Add texture to a card without adding bulk! I took a rather simple design and just by using texture, took it over the top. Here are the five ways I added texture:
1) embossed a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with the Brick Walls embossing folder
2) sponged Whisper White Craft Ink with a sponge dauber over the cracks in the brick
3) tore the edges of the cardstock, exposing the inside layers
4) embossed the Real Red star with silver embossing powder
5) coiled a piece of metallic silver thread behind the star to provide a nice contrast with the solidness of the wall
Dimensionals on the back of the star pop it away from the wall, adding more dimension.
This card is intended for my neighbor, who is on his Badger Honor Flight today. The Badger Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington DC for the day, all at no cost to the veteran, as a way to say thank you for your service. On the return flight, each veteran receives mail call, with thank you cards and notes.
Happy Pi Day! In honor of the trillion-digit ratio of a circle’s circumference, I bring you a piece of Pi in the form of this card.
A few facts—did you know the symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler? And that the value of Pi rounds up to 3.14159? The number is extremely useful when solving geometry problems with circles. The area of any circle equals πr2 where r is the radius or distance across the middle of the circle.
I have no idea what the areas of the circles are on my card, but I know that if I wanted to calculate it out, I could. Sheldon Cooper would say shame on me.
How are you celebrating this March 14? Whether it’s baking your favorite pie, ordering pizza pie, or participating in NASA’s Pi in the Sky challenge, I hope you bring out your inner math nerd today!
Making your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.
After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.
I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?
She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!
Emboss resist, sponging, die cuts, double layered ‘love’, lace and a tag all add up to lots of glorious texture, elevating this card from boring to sensational. Who wouldn’t love a thank you card like this? Want to learn how to make a card like this? Hold a workshop or attend one of my classes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine. Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!
Hey Chick, need a great treat box? The perforated tiny holes on the sides of this little box give a hint to the contents or put a flameless tealight inside for a cozy glow. And look at that chicken wire on the top under the circle medallions! It’s not a new stamp, but an inked embossing folder. Check out my online store to order supplies to make your own. With a $50 order, the stamp set is free during Sale-A-Bration!
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: Sale-A-Bration 2017 starts today! Gorgeous new coordinating stamps, paper, and accessories in the new Occasions catalog, and free goodies for every $50 purchase. Come Sale-A-Brate with me!
I attended Stampin’ Up OnStage in Madison, a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators where we got to see the new Occasions catalog and stamped with new goodies. I came home with the gorgeous new set, Beautiful You and I paired it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits that are available for the month of November. The set features brushwork art and absolutely fabulous sentiments. A bit of watercolor with the new pencils makes the figure pop. I peeled the back off the White Perfect Accents and applied three of them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I thought the sentiment was fitting for the results of the election this week, as well as Veteran’s Day.
I have been waiting to make this dandelion image since the moment I first saw the individual seed image in Balloon Celebration. Since I was using Versamark, a clear ink for embossing, I first stamped a template using the small seed spaced evenly in a circle with a colored ink, and then stamped the large seed in a different color ink. I placed my piece of vellum cardstock over the top of the template, and stamped in Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder, applied my adhesive under the dandelion image and adhered to a Silver Foil mat. And my dandelion stem is made of the words ‘let us celebrate’, a perfect sentiment for a 25 year silver anniversary!
This card started with the yellow swoosh from Work of Art that was left over from a previous card making session that didn’t work out the way I planned. All of a sudden, I had a burst of inspiration, and these cards came together in minutes. I love the mix of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight, and the bold pop of black contrasts beautifully. It’s amazing what can be created with scraps!
Shaker cards are easier than ever with the new Foam Mounting Strips! The four big stars are all shakers with mini multi-colored stars inside. No need to cut the mounting strips for each star point. I chose a starting point, and curved/pointed my way around all in one strip. And the Star framelits make quick work of the shapes.
As soon as I saw this stamp set, Wherever You Go, I had to have it, as the bridge image reminds me of the Mackinac Bridge. I love looking at the bridge from the water perspective, but don’t ask me to drive across it – freaks me out!
This card came together in minutes as the water/skyline is a piece of the Serene Scenery designer paper, no sponging or inking required.
Here are photos I took of the actual Mackinac Bridge on my last visit to Mackinac Island.