Monday, July 24, 2017

Thanks for being you - Swinging Two-Tone Card

Linda's CTMH 2017 AI Card Swap - This is for the Swinging Two-Tone Card

There’s two ways to make the card, so I’ll do both ways, but since I was making so many cards, it is easier via the cricut method. You can fit two card bases on a sheet of cardstock, and I think it really shows off the new CTMH two-tone cardstock.

Thin-cut (single card) way: 

1.) Cut a sheet of cardstock 5 ½” tall by 10 ¾” wide
2.) Position thin cut using washi tape ¾” away from edge of paper.   Ideally the score lines for the front should be at 2 ¼” and 3 ¼” so mark those in light pencil lines at the top of your card. Run thru cuttlebug (or other die cutting machine) just so that it goes up to the line and only cuts the edge.  Flip the card around and do the same on the other side.
3.) Score cardstock at 2 ¼”, 3 ¼” & 6 ½” .  For the 2 ¼” and 3 ¼” score lines DO NOT go thru the cutout.
4.) Use bone folder to fold the card over at the 6 ½”
5.) Fold card back at 3 ¼” score line (the cardstock should meet up with the first fold edge of the card)
6.) Fold at the other score line (the two un-folded edges of the cardstock should meet. If not, use paper trimmer to trim off extra)
7.) Out of patterned paper, cut two pieces that are 5 ¼” tall by 1 ¾” tall.  Pick one for each side of the card, place it on the card and put the thin cut where it should be on the card, then nudge it over a smidge and using washi tape, tape it to the patterned paper on one side, and run that through the Cuttlebug.  Repeat for the other side.  Now there should be an outline border for the patterned pieces.

The Cricut way: 
1.) Here is an svg that has two card bases on a single 12x12 page.  Import file into cricut design space & cut however many you need.  I cut it so that the dark side of the cardstock was facing up on the mat.  This way the lighter color is on the inside of the card.
2.) Score at  2 ¼”, 3 ¼” & 6 ½”
3.) Use bone folder to fold the card over at the 6 ½”
4.) Fold card back at 3 ¼” score line (the cardstock should meet up with the first fold edge of the card)
5.) Fold at the other score line (the two un-folded edges of the cardstock should meet)
6.) Also attached is the patterned paper svg.  Import file into design space.  There are six different sets (12 total) of patterned paper per page.  I also included an optional inside banner in case you wanted to use that instead, I liked how it looked switching up the different patterns on the inside banner, but you could also use the same pattern on both sides.

Finishing Touches:
8.  Using the smallest banner thin cut, use it to cut out complementary banner colors.

9. Stamp sentiment inside of card and lines on top of swinging banner.  Stamp outer sentiment on dark side of paper & fussy cut.  Use 3d foam dot to attach to card.  Tie flat ribbon bow and use thin foam dot to attach to card.

Here's what you need to make the card yourself:  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Dare #243 - Bright Beautiful colors!

 The CTMH stamp of the month is fabulous - I've been using it on everything.  I really like the sentiment - it's pretty large sized, so I think it's really good for the larger scrapbook sized art, but it's fun to use on a card, too, because it really makes the art stand out. 

So this card I made for the new color dare, but I think it'll work great for the hubby.  I used Lagoon to stamp out the main LOVE stamp - here's the stamp of the month, you can get it for only $5 when you spend $50 during the month of May

I really like how well Lagoon and Blossom go together, so I very carefully colored in the inside negative space of the stamp with one of the CTMH alcohol markers, one that was the closest to Blossom.
I stamped the "Hello" from a retired stamp set, but it could have easily been from one of the alphabet stamps.  I had the paper frame left over from another project that I used the cricut to cut out the shape, so I trimmed the paper down to the standard card size. 

Next, I used the new Nesting Heart thin cuts to cut a heart out of a front heart (and kept the little heart to use on another project) and ran it thru again to get a back side to the heart without any cutouts. 

So last week, I made my own colored glitter - I used plain white glitter from the store and dropped in about 10 drops of the raspberry colored alcohol reinker and mixed everything up, using a plastic fork and mixing it up.  The colors came out great, and I like it when the glitter matches the ink colors, it's a little subtle touch, but I think it looks great. 

So I used some double-sided tape and covered the heart back, popped on the heart "front" and then pushed the colored glitter into the tape.  I used 3d foam tape to pop it up and out a little bit.

I stamped the heart outlines from a retired set and used watercolor pencils to color in the heart outlines.  Then, because I'm totally into the sparkley lately, instead of using water to smooth out the color in the hearts, I used the clear shimmer brush, so that brought in some sparkly accents to go with the glitter heart. 

This was all part of the Color my Heart Color Dare #243, and I think the card came out super cute - it's always fun to do a totally girly kind of card, and the colors were really inspiring!  Thanks!   

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sparkle and Shine inspired card

Custom glitter!  Shiny! Sparkly!  To find out how to do all this, make sure to sign up for the Sparkle & Shine online class - check out this link here to see more about the class.  

The thing that totally blew my mind, however, was a basic thing - of course you would have your own specific color of glitter on hand.  I'm new to card making and I'd never thought about it and it seemed like fun!  I got some bulk super fine white glitter at the local box store, took it home, and in plastic cups (and using a plastic fork - no one wants to eat glitter for the next month) mixed a bunch of glitter with about 10 drops from the CTMH reinker bottles.  What I had on-hand came out marvelously.

Then I cut down a piece of crystal blue cardstock to a little smaller than a regular card size (4" x  5.25") and used the Happy thin cut to cut out the shape for the words.  Then I used a piece of double-sided adhesive and cut that down to the size of the Happy "hole" and applied it to the wrong side of the card.

The next part was super fun - I took the differently colored glitter and rubbed it into the exposed adhesive so it looked like a rainbow had left a mess on the card.  I brushed away the glitter, and watercolored a few thin cut hearts.  Then it was time for some embossing fun - I embossed the "Birthday" strip for the front and the same sentiment on the inside of the card.  I used the thistle ink and clear embossed it on the inside to match the sentiment on the outside of the card.  Embossing is still so much fun, it always seems like magic is going on when it starts appearing.  I used 3-D foam tape to add the "birthday" ribbon and the hearts onto the front of the card.  For the heart on the ribbon, I used two layers of foam tape so it would pop out more.

The final version came out looking so subtle & fun, but it's minimal enough that it "felt" like it matches the recipient's taste.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Color My Heart Color Dare #241 - White, Lemon, Raspberry & Willow

So this is my first time trying the color my heart color dare, but I *love* the color combinations & I was playing with a new stamp set from Seasonal Expression 2 and it worked out perfectly.

>  This week we are challenging you to use all and only these colors: White Daisy, Lemon, Raspberry and Willow.

It's fun to play with a limit, because it really helps edit down your choices - so I worked with only one stamp set, Fiesta Time.  Fiesta time is perfect for Cinco de Mayo - so I made a fun card celebrating my love of Mexican food.  


I stamped Raspberry and Willow on the Lemon cardstock and then I clear embossed those to give them a little depth. On the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment in raspberry and then added a bunch of the little ribbons in Lemon, Raspberry & Willow. I used an oval thin cut and cut thru the card and the lemon cardstock in the perfect spot, and then used a white pen to draw a little border around it. Then I used a couple of smaller ovals from Raspberry and Willow, and then white embossed the margaritas, fussy cut and switched the colors up. Then I popped them up and tilted them. It's hard to tell, but I clear embossed some of the ribbons on the front of the Lemon cardstock also, which gives it a nice finish. 

Thanks for looking - this was fun to do, hope you enjoy the submission. 

Stamp set used:
C1681 - Fiesta Time

Other supplies: Lemon, raspberry & willow cardstock;
Lemon, raspberry, willow & versamark inks
Clear & white embossing powder
Nesting Oval thin cuts
Scissors, foam tape, card base and glue