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!

Misty Moonlit Trees

Welcome to September – it’s time to get started on Christmas projects!  This is my first Christmas card this year.  For best results, a stamp positioning tool is needed – this allows the trees on the two layers to be perfectly aligned.

First, I cut a ‘moon’ layer of Whisper White and a Misty Moonlight layer ¼” shorter in height.  I positioned both pieces of card in my Stamparatus, added the trees from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and stamped on the blue layer, removed it and stamped the white layer.  The white layer was removed and I repeat stamped the trees on the blue layer to cover the front.

Next, I masked the trees and sponged a little black ink to ‘ground’ my trees. I sponged a little white and silver ink too.

The moon was made by punching a circle from the blue layer and to add some more wintry feel, I ran the blue section through the Winter Snow embossing folder to cover with snowflakes.  As I’d used the stamp positioner, my trees matched through the hole beautifully!  I was mounting the card on a white card base so I needed an extra border which I made by cutting thing strips of Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.

The final step was to stamp the sentiment in the tiny gap I had left myself!  Fortunately, the simple Season’s Greetings from Itty Bitty Christmas fit perfectly 😊

 

 

 

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Holy Crap!

A very dear friend of mine had a milestone birthday recently so I wanted to make him a special, one-off, kind of a card.  I had a quick surf on Pinterest and saw this idea and knew immediately that it would perfect!

I wanted my ‘bathroom wall’ to comprise 2 parts; a wallpapered top and a wood panelled bottom, so began by selecting some patterned paper for my wallpaper and dry embossing some card for the wood panelling.

Next, I needed to make a miniature toilet roll… like you do. I used a straightened-out paper clip for the holder and glued a small tube of brown card around and bent the wire at 90° either end of the tube.

Actual toilet paper was then cut into strips and glued onto the tube and wound around until I had the desired thickness of toilet roll.

I punched a couple of tiny holes into my wood panelling and inserted the wires, bending and securing them on the reverse side.

The writing was next.  I had planned on using die-cut lettering but all my die sets were too big.  Then, I tried hand lettering but the finish on the paper made the ink patchy.  That left heat embossing.  I used my Stamparatus stamp positioning tool and a ‘test stamp’ to ensure my letters were aligned correctly….

….before heat embossing the lettering onto my ‘wallpaper’ using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.

I cut the numbers from silver glitter paper and cut 2 circles, one from silver foil card and the other from some mercury acetate as I wanted the circle to look like an ageing mirror.  A couple of brads were poked through to resemble the mirror fittings.

The top layers were mounted, using thin foam adhesive to hide the wires behind, on a mat layer and card-base, the colours of which were taken from the patterned paper.  A thin silver card ‘dado rail’ finished off the join.

Lastly, I had to make a box rather than an envelope for the card so the toilet roll didn’t get squashed.

I think this card and the bottle of anti-ageing moisturiser gave him a laugh!