A Cricut Challenge

I bought this Nordic ornament stamp last week and I’ve been trying to think of the best way to present it.  It’s about 5¼” across and I don’t have any dies that big.  Also, I wanted it to have the hanger part on the top too so a straight circle die wouldn’t work.  This seemed like a perfect job for the Cricut.

To begin, I stamped the hanger and bow and scanned it in to my computer.  I imported it into Inkscape using a great tutorial from TroyTube on YouTube and then added an offset (the red part) to give me my basic cut-out shape.  I played around with the shape a bit to remove the holes to make the cut-out section sturdier.

Next, I uploaded the finished shape into Cricut Design Space and scaled it to fit the stamped image.  I made the basic card shape by making a circle 5½” diameter and welding the ornament hanger onto the top.  I also sliced a smidge off the bottom so that the card would stand up.  The shape was duplicated and flipped horizontally so that it would be a mirror image and then overlapped the first circle a small amount to give a place for the fold.  A test cut revealed not quite a perfect fit but close enough.

My first card was for a swap in a Facebook group.  I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed in white before blending pink, purple and blue inks over.  The embossing resists the ink but gives texture with a lovely blended background.  Lastly, I added some rhinestones on the centre of the snowflakes and a small sentiment.  And a decorated envelope, of course!

I tried the stamp out on other coloured cards to see if it was as effective.  It gave good results whether it was heat embossed or just stamped, although a stamp positioner does help as it’s tricky to get all sections of big stamps to stamp well first time.

White embossing powder on Real Red and gold embossing powder on Shaded Spruce
White embossing powder on Sahara Sand and silver ink on Blackberry Bliss

I hate waste so try to salvage anything that hasn’t gone to plan.  Tags to the rescue!

Silhouette Blooms

For my cards this week, I used the top half of the Stampin’ Up! Banner Blooms die to create a silhouette style card.

Whilst it’s possible to make this card using plain card, I wanted to add some dimension to mine so blended some inks onto my Bermuda Bay panel and then spritzed with some Frost White Shimmer Paint for a bit of shine.

Next, I die-cut the banner blooms from Whisper White card together with my sentiment from the Well Written dies set and glued them in place, cutting off any excess from the banner die.

Since I had used Night of Navy ink, I used a navy mat layer and mounted on a white card base to tie all the elements together and finished with a few navy gemstones.

For my second card, I wanted to try a warmer colour palette and used Crushed Curry as a base and used black card for my blooms and sentiment.  Again, I added a few rhinestones for a bit of bling.

 

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Corner Masking

This week’s technique is one I saw Amanda, from Inspiring Inkin’, demonstrating on Facebook.  I can’t resist a bit of masking and ink blending so this corner masking technique was right up my street.

To begin, I masked one corner of the card front.  I used Post-it notes.

Next, I blended a couple of complimentary colours onto the card.  I started on the mask with my darker colour and then switched to the lighter shade, blending that out to almost nothing onto the white card.

The last step was to remove the masks and stamp the images and sentiment. 

Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay and Balmy Blue inks mounted on Pretty Peacock layer and Bermuda Bay card base.

Such a fun, simple technique to do and adaptable to all occasions….  including Christmas…. there it is, I’ve said it already!

Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry inks on Blackberry Bliss layer and Rich Razzleberry card base.

Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks on Basic Black layer and Crushed Curry card base.

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!