Monday, September 28, 2015

Window Box Card

 3D cover:
 3D inside:

Sometimes you just need to bring out some of your retired stamp sets. That is exactly what I did for this fun card. The new Holiday catalog has some great sets that would work great for this type of card, especially the Snow Place, which can also be purchased with the matching die set to save 15%!

The base of this card is Pacific Point cut at 5 1/2" x 10 1/2", scored at 3 1/2" (the front panel), 6 1/2" (the middle "back" panel), 7" (right side of "box"), 10" (window section plus 1/2" tab).

With the front panel to the right side, decorate as desired, of course, but here is what I did.  I used the retired set Snow Much Fun for this sample. I stamped snowflakes with the Silver Encore ink around the cover, inked the snowman on Whisper White with Marina Mist. He is watercolored with Real Red, Garden Green, and Smokey Slate. This was done by squeezing the ink pad while shut to form a spot of ink on the inside of the lid for a pallet. Use a blender pen or an aqua brush to pick up some of the ink and color. The more ink you pick up, the more dense the color will be. The "snowballs" are punched from the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper. All are added with dimensionals to the cover.

On the "window" panel, which is on the left side. Using the window frame from the Hearth and Home Framelits set (which can be purchased with the Happy Seasons stamp set as a bundle to SAVE 15%), I placed it on the panel and marked the outer corners of the window squares with a pencil. Then cut this box out about an eighth of an inch outside of these marks. Cut the window Frame out with Whisper White and use glue or tape to place around the cut out box. (At this point you could also add a piece of window sheet to the back, but I chose to just leave mine open.)I stamped a few images with the snowflakes and added the sentiment to the bottom, again using the silver Encore.

Add a strip of strong tape or glue to the left 1/2" tab, using tombo, Tear and Tape, or Fast Fuse Adhesive. IF USING GLUE, wait on this step!

Now for the inside panel, flip the card (decorated panels will now be face down, with the cover on the left side.) Checking to make sure things will show through the window like you want them to do, decorate this panel. I placed designer series paper, then added the tree with dimensionals.

Fold the window panel to the center, lining up the 1/2" panel to the 3 1/2" score line. (Glue can be placed on the tab at this time.) Fold the cover over and press on the 1/2" tab. This will attach it to the back of the front cover and now when you open the card, the box will pop up. Make sure all of your score lines are crisp folds as this will help the card open and close easier.

Have fun with this one and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Festive Fireplace

Heart and Home:

This card was created using the Festive Fireplace Bundle in the Holiday Catalog. That means I saved 15% by purchasing the stamp and die set together!

There is some fussy cutting even with the die set, but I think it was so worth it.

The base is Very Vanilla, using the Hardwood background and Sahara Sand ink. HINT: When using a background stamp, I turn it upside down and ink it, then carefully place the piece of cardstock on top of it. Place a piece of scratch paper on top of that and using your fingers or a brayer, press all around. Remove the scrap and carefully pull up the cardstock. This is the easiest way I have found to use the large stamps.

Stamp the fireplace with Cherry Cobbler ink onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and cut out. Using Soft Suede, stamp the log fire on Crumb Cake cardstock. Use the die to punch out, then cut the logs out and sponge them lightly with Chocolate Chip. Stamp the same image on Daffodil Delight with Cherry Cobbler ink and punch out with the die. Use the blender pen to bleed the ink around the edges of the fire. Tape the logs on top of the flame piece. Cut a piece of Smokey Slate cardstock to fit behind the fireplace and add the fire to the bottom. Attach a line of dimensionals (the outer edge of the dimensionals works great for this) around the fireplace and add it to the Smokey Slate piece. Using Smokey Slate, stamp the mantle on the same color of cardstock and use the die to cut it out. Place a small line of glue with the Fine Tip Glue Pen (LOVE this new product!) and attach to the top of the fireplace.

Stamp the garland with Garden Green on to Old Olive cardstock and cut out with the die. Clean your stamp then use the Chocolate Chip marker to color just the pinecones and stamp them onto Crumb Cake cardstock. Cut them out, add glue dots and place them on the garland. Place a thin strip of dimensionals across the top of the garland (do not remove the cover paper yet) and a line of glue across the bottom. Glue this to the top of the mantle. Decorate your stockings, adding dimensionals onto the bottom portion and attaching to the fireplace. Add adhesive to the back of the fireplace, remove the cover strip from the garland and position onto the card. Using White Craft ink and Basic Black cardstock, cut the cat out with the die (I didn't use the tail). Add dimensionals and add to the side of the fireplace.

Stamp the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Add dimensionals and attach to Cherry Cobbler cardstock before placing onto the top of the card. TaDa!

There are lots of steps to this card and the dies save you a lot of time. I hope you will give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Forest

These look like Aspen to me, so I need to make a card depicting all the beautiful golden leaves that they have right now.

This is using the new Woodland embossing folder and the Among the Branches stamp set. Both are in the new Holiday catalog AND you can save 15% by purchasing both!!!! How great is that!

I brayered Daffodil Delight on the folder before embossing the whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Pumpkin Pie, attached to a Daffodil Delight Scallop punch out, the attached to the card with dimensionals. The leaves (there are three different shapes in the set) are stamped with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Night of Navy. I then placed it on the cover of a Daffodil Delight card.

Fall is definitely in the air around here, so I hope you are having a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall shaker

This fun card uses the items from the new Holiday catalog. You really need to check it out. There are so many great new goodies and lots of bundles to save you 15%! Who doesn't like to save money!

Anyway, back to the card. The base is Whisper White. I was going to stamp the background with the hardwood, but forgot, SO, I waded up some wax paper and stamped it with Pumpkin Pie ink. There is a new technique for me that I will be using again!

I used the Happy Scenes stamp set for the fall scene, stamping with Basic Black and coloring with markers. Cut the window out of Chocolate chip with the new Hearth and Home Framlits and two pieces of window sheet ( 2 1/4"x3"). Adhere one sheet to the back of the window, add dimensional tape around the edges (the sides on the sheet of dimensionals work great for this!). Add a few sequins to the center, I really think that the secret here is to not add too much. You want your image to be visible.  Add the second piece of acetate to the back and attach to the card over the stamped image. Hello is from the Perfect Pennant set, stamped in Pumpkin Pie. I added dimensionals and placed it on the white Organza ribbon, which I have colored using a dauber and Old Olive ink.

Hope you enjoy this fall themed card and give it a try. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Calypso Coral Spring

This isn't exactly the time of year for this card. It looks more like a spring card to me, but when the creative bug takes over, you just go with it. :)

You could actually change the colors to make it work for any season or holiday. I may just do that and share them with you at another time.

The card base and layers are Calypso Coral, with Whisper White for contrast. I used the Serene Silhouettes and Butterfly Basics stamp sets. The ink is also Calypso Coral. The image is punched out with the circle die, then mounted on the scallop punch with dimensionals. I also used dimensionals to mount this onto the card.

Hope you enjoy this card and will give it a try. It is really simple and quick, one of my favorite types!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall in the air

This is a card that I created after seeing one by my fellow demonstrator, Beth Rush. It is made with products from the new holiday catalog. If you haven't seen it, you REALLY need to click on the button on the right side and check it out!

I used the Among the Branches and Woodland embossing folder Bundle on page 39. Don't you love those bundles!!! saving 15%!

The card base is old olive and the mat is natural's white. I sponged soft suede lightly across the trunks, then stamped the leaf images in old olive, tangelo twist, and hello honey, stamping off on scrap paper on a few of them.

The sentiment is stamped with tangelo twist on naturals white, and punched out with the 2" circle punch. I put a strip of old olive across it, using the small banner punch to create the ends, and fussy cutting a set of leaves. attaching with dimensionals. I added the ribbon and placed it all on the card, again using dimensionals to give the card more texture.

I hope you will give this one a try. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Stamping!!