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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Silhouettes and Baskets All Occasion Cards

Today I'd like to take a break from sharing Christmas Cards and show two cards I made at one of Cheryl LeFore's stamp club meetings.  Both cards are suitable for "all occasions".  

Stamp Clubs are a really great way to get together with other stampers and friends, learn new techniques and try out new stamp sets and products. That's how I started out stamping and I've never regretted joining one.  

I'll be starting a Stamp Club this Spring, and I'm looking for new and seasoned stampers who want to get together and have fun.  My club will run from April through September and will feature wow techniques, stamp sets and products from the new Spring Occasions catalogue, oh and did I mention fun!  If you're interested in joining in stay tuned for more information, which will be posted in my new tab on the main menu, appropriately called "Stamp Club". 

World of Dreams Silhouette All Occasions Card:

This beautiful card takes less than 15 minutes to assemble and would be wonderful for almost any occasion.  

Stamp Set:     World of Dreams
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, So Saffron, Soft Sky
Card Stock:    Basic Black, Whisper White and So Saffron
Accessories:   Oval Framelits Collection Dies, Itty Bitty Accent Punch (flower), Sponge Daubers, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Post It Notes for Mask, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Wood Grain Embossing Folder, Trimmer and Big Shot.

Here's a view of the full card. Isn't it beautiful?   
  1. Cut an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" piece of Basic Black cardstock for the card base and score at 4 1/4" for the fold line. 
  2. Cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock for the first layer measuring 4" x 5 1/4". Emboss this layer in the Big Shot with the Wood Grain Embossing Folder. 
  3. Beforing adhering the So Saffron layer, cut a 6-inch strip of 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon and wrap it around the left hand side of the card layer. Secure the ribbon ends to the backside of the layer with scotch tape or sticky strip.  Using another piece of ribbon tie a small bow and adhere it to the front of the card with a glue dot.  
  4. Using Ovals Collection Framelit dies, cut an oval from Basic Black using the 5th oval from the center and a Whisper White Oval using the 4th from the center oval die.  Note:  I number my framelits starting from the center outward.
  5. Ink up the bird silhouette from World of Dreams with the Momento Tuxedo Black Ink (this ink doesn't smear when it dries so it's really good for these types of images, plus it gives you a clear total coverage), and stamp the image in the center of the Whisper White oval.  
  6. Punch out a mask from the Post It Note with the 1 1/4" circle punch and place the circle (sun) over the bird image.
  7. Using a sponge dauber sponge the oval with Soft Sky ink working from outside the oval to the inside.  Leave some white space below the nest.
  8. Remove the mask and sponge So Saffron ink from the white space up towards the sun, but don't cover the sun, just some of the bottom.  
  9. Adhere the ovals together with adhesive, and then add dimensionals to the back of the black oval.  Adhere this layer to the card front, slightly overlapping the ribbon on the left hand side.  
  10. From a scrap of So Saffron card stock punch out two flower shapes with the Itty Bitty Accent punch and add to the card front with dimensionals.  Add basic rhinestones to the flower centers.  
This three pack of punches are awesome!  Just the right size when you want to add a little sparkle to your projects.
  1. Cut a 3 3/" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock for the inside of the card.  Stamp the leaf image twice in So Saffron to the bottom left hand corner of this piece.  Do not re-ink between stamping the image, just move the stamp slightly to the right and stamp the second image.  This creates a shadow effect.  Adhere this layer to the inside of the card, and you're done! 
Here is a view of the inside of the card.  You'll see that the leaf image is slightly offset on the second stamping and gives a shadow effect.   To get this effect do not reink your stamp and just move the stamp to slightly to the right of the original image.  Because this card can be used for any occasion I won't stamp a sentiment on the inside until I'm ready to use it.  At that time I would stamp the image in Tuxedo Black ink.   

Basketweave Technique Happy Birthday Card:

The basketweave technique used in this birthday card front is a perfect example of how to use small scrap pieces of designer series paper to add a quick and easy design to a card.  No extra-ordinary skills or equipment are required here.

Stamps:           And Many More 
Ink:                 Lost Lagoon 
Card Stock:     Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White and Basic Grey 
DSP:                Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack 
Accessories:   Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Trimmer, Adhesive, Big Shot Machine, Basic Pearls and Dimensionals. 

1.  The card base is an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Lost Lagoon card stock scored at 4 1/4 for the fold.

2.  The first layer of Hello Honey card stock measures 4" x 5 1/4".  Before adhering this layer to the card base use the Elegant Butterfly punch to punch out one solid butterfly image and then move to another area of the cardstock and punch out a butterfly image with the Bitty Butterfly punch, then center the negative image with the Elegant Butterfly and punch out another large butterfly shape.  This piece will be used for the interior of the card. 

3.  Cut a third layer from Whisper White card stock measuring 3 3/4" x 5" for the card front.  Before adhering this to the Hello Honey layer stamp "happy birthday" from the And Many More stamp set in Lost Lagoon ink in the bottom right hand side of the card, about 1 inch from the bottom and a half inch from the side of the layer. 
This 23 piece mixed style stamp set is perfect for capturing all the occasions in your life.  It comes in Wood and/or Clear Mount style and is available in French, Spanish and Englsh. Check it out for yourself on page 20 of the Annual Catalogue.
4.  Cut a strip of Basic Grey cardstock measuring 1 1/2" x 5" and then embossing it in with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder in your Big Shot machine .  Adhere this strip on the left hand side of the Whisper White layer, leaving 1/8" of the Whisper White card stock visible on the left hand side.

5.  Okay now the fun part.  Cut six strips measuring 1/2" x 3" from the Moonlight Designer Series Papernpack.  Lay three of the strips vertically on your work surface and starting with one strip weave it horizontally across the vertical strips.  Repeat for the second and third strips.  Flip the woven piece over and adjust so the basket weave is firm and in a square shape, then add sticky strip to hold the shape together.  When you're satisfied with the shape and it won't fall apart attach it to the face of the card on an angle.

6.  Punch out a  Bitty Butterfly shape from a scrap of the coordinating DSP. Mount this small butterfly with dimensionals to the back of the solid Hello Honey butterfly image.  Add small basic pearls down the center of the small butterfly. Add dimensionals to the back of the larger butterfly and mount it to the card front.  

7.  For the inside of the card cut a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 3 3/4" x 5".  Before mounting this piece to the inside of the card, punch out an Elegant Butterfly shape on an angle from the bottom right hand side of this layer.  

8.  Insert the Hello Honey large butterfly image into the punch out butterfly image.  Flip over the card stock once the butterfly is placed and then secure the butterfly outline very carefully with small strips of sticky strip along the sides of the butterfly.  Note: Make sure you can't see the tape from the other side of the layer.  For some more detailed instructions for this technique click here to see my original tutorial.  You need to scroll down in the post for the detailed pictures.  

9.  Finish the inside layer by stamping "Celebrate" in Lost Lagoon ink.  Stamp the image three times, one image over top of the other without reinking in between stamping. Note:  I just eyeballed this in the stamp camp meeting, but if I were doing it at home I would've used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement of the sentiment just right.  Enough said.  When you're finished stamping adhere this layer to the inside of the card with sticky strip on all sides. 

Hope you enjoyed these "non-Christmas" cards today.  Drop by and leave me a comment or if you have any questions about the tutorial I'd be happy to hear from you.

Happy Stampin!
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