My card this week is one I made for my God-daughter’s sister, Charlotte, who celebrated her 18th birthday last week. I picked these colours as they are similar to those she chose for her bedroom, so I’m guessing she likes them!
The card is another ‘fun fold’ called a double easel. It is built from a standard card base with an extra half sized piece fixed on the front. First, I glued the extension piece on place and then attached my various decorative paper panels.
Next, I die cut a bunch of decorative elements from the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Stars set. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to use but I like to use this process to create. I also die cut a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment and number 18.
I stamped the piece to write on, which was going on the back, and the envelope with one of the star images from the So Many Stars set.
Here’s the finished card.
The great thing about this style of card is the added dimension given by the front fold.
It was Valentine’s Day on Friday and whilst we don’t buy big presents or go out and get fleeced for a distinctly average meal, I do enjoy making a card for Mr L. He generally gets his crafting on and asks for access to my craft room to make me a card too – which I LOVE! I don’t get many handmade cards. I’ve just got the This Little Piggy set and thought it would be perfect to use for my card using the mirror stamping technique. I wrote a blog post last March on how to do this technique, it’s linked at the end if you’d like a refresh.
To begin, I mirror stamped my pigs.
Next, I coloured them in using some alcohol markers and also drew in some more grass in the gap in the middle to unite the two images.
I then stamped the pig on the front and back of a post-it note and cut around them to create two masks. Note: The ink stamped on the adhesive on the back of the note stayed wet for a long time so I repeatedly pressed the adhesive part on scrap paper.
Using the bunch of hearts from Forever Lovely, I second generation stamped using Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick inks. I also stamped the trio of smaller hearts from the same set and then removed the masks.
I wanted a fun, pig-based sentiment for my card so I hand lettered one.
Lastly, I mounted the piece on Lovely Lipstick and Basic Black mat layers and then onto a Real Red cardbase. I finished by adding some epoxy heart droplets over some of the stamped hearts for some dimension and a couple of pink hearts to frame the sentiment.
The Stampin’ Up! Very Versailles set is a simple, elegant set which can be used to create cards quite quickly. I think it also lends itself to a vintage look. To achieve that on my card, I simply used a sponge dauber lightly on the edges to give a slightly distressed finish.
First, I stamped the lettering twice in Smoky Slate.
Next, using Mint Macaron, I stamped the leaf image twice into the gaps.
I often find the sentiments in the sets a bit “full on” as is the case with ‘Always thinking of you’ in this set. Normally I would do a bit of surgery and cut off the ‘always’ but I was concerned that the long crossbar of the ‘t’ in ‘thinking’ would lose some support and smudge so opted to cover it instead when I inked up the stamp. Then I removed the cover and stamped my sentiment.
The last job was to build my card by mounting the front onto a Mint Macaron mat and then onto a thick Whisper White card base and adding some self-adhesive sequins.
The weather here in the south of the UK has been particularly dismal for the past few weeks. The eternally grey and rainy skies have really been getting me down so to cheer myself up, I thought I’d make a bright, happy, flowery card. My stamp set of choice was the freebie from Sale-A-Bration called Thoughtful Blooms and the matching punch.
I decided to do a gate-fold design so cut my card base from Lovely Lipstick and some Whisper White panels to decorate the front sections and inside. The flowers and foliage were stamped using Lovely Lipstick and Old Olive inks.
These panels were stuck onto the card base after attaching a strip of ribbon for some added texture and interest.
The single flowers were cut out with the punch. To give them extra dimension, I used my ball tool and the foam mat from my Stamparatus to curve the flowers.
I added a medium sized rhinestone in the centre of the flowers and glued them on top of some of the flowers on the front of the card. I also made a bow for the centre of the ribbon.
The last job was to add a sentiment which I took from the S-A-B freebie set Sending You Thoughts.
Pictures made up of words are all the rage now and I’m a huge fan. I hope one day to be able to produce such things with my own calligraphy but for now, I’m happy to use my Cricut to create these works (or words!) of art. I posted my latest project in the Cricut Facebook group and had a lot of comments asking how I did it, which prompted this blog post. Apparently, there is a website or app you can use to arrange your words but personally, I think that takes all the fun and creativity out of the project.
First, I drew in a heart the size of my intended project in Cricut Design Space. I then listed words that I wanted to include in the piece. Then it was simply a job of changing the fonts, sizes and alignments and fitting the words into the heart shape. Where there were gaps too big to leave blank but too small for words, I added little images like hearts, stars, paw prints, cats and aeroplanes. Once I was happy with the layout, I then changed the words and images into 4 colours as I was using black, gold, silver and brushed metallic pink vinyl.
The key at this stage was to “Attach” the images by colours as this allows the Cricut to cut out that colour with the words in the correct position so you don’t have to be bothered trying to line them up on the canvas. As is usual for me, I made my life more difficult by making my project lots bigger than my cutting mat so I had to divide my words into two mats for each colour. After ‘hiding’ or deleting the heart shape (this needs doing to prevent the machine cutting out a vinyl heart too), the next task was to cut out each colour. I cut out the sections of vinyl without any words to save for small projects.
The next job was to ‘weed’ the project. I begin by removing the centres of the O, R, Ps etc.
And then removed the rest of the surrounding vinyl.
The vinyl needs mounting on transfer paper in order to remove the backing prior to sticking to the project. I had some difficulty in doing this from above by placing the transfer paper onto the vinyl, so I placed transfer paper face down on my light pad and then positioned the vinyl into the correct spaces, using the Design Space for reference.
Once all the pieces were in place, I roughly cut the transfer paper into a heart shape to help with centralising on the canvas.
The transfer backing paper was in two halves which helped a lot for the final sticking into position. I lined up the image, then held the top section onto the canvas whilst I peeled off the backing paper of the bottom section, sticking the bottom onto the canvas. With the bottom secured, I then removed the top section of backing paper.
Despite burnishing the images really well, the vinyl preferred to stick to the transfer sheet rather than the canvas so a bit of work was required to encourage the letters off the transfer sheet. Once they were all on the canvas, I burnished them well again to ensure they were properly adhered. The only job left was to hang it on the wall.
I then made a similar canvas for my friend’s big birthday. He is retired now but worked in the aviation industry so I used an aircraft silhouette as my shape to fill. This was trickier as the font was smaller but each colour did fit on a single cutting mat so lining up was easier.
Things I learnt from these projects:
Don’t use fonts with really long, skinny parts to the letters.
Do a test cut of a small shape if using new vinyl; they don’t all cut the same.
Try out the transfer sheet on the project first. Mine was a bit too sticky and the vinyl stuck better to that than to the canvas.
The smaller the font, the trickier it is to weed and transfer.
Use “Unlock” to allow words to fill the spaces better otherwise they scale proportionally.
Finally, for a bit of fun, I pimped up our new robovac. In honour of the Robocop being Jean-Claude Van Damme, we’ve named our robovac Jean. I designed a logo for her and added a little slogan! Aside from the fun decals, the little vac is brilliant – in fact, Jean’s busy doing the vacuuming whilst I’m writing this post. Now that’s my idea of housework! 😊