Well, it doesn’t seem like a year since I was creating an anniversary card for my parents’ golden wedding but clearly it is, so it’s also time to create another one! I had in my mind a floral frame featuring dandelion silhouettes with some lettering on top. It was clearly a job for the Cricut.
I started in Design Space by adding various dandelion, floral and leaf elements and arranging and rearranging them into a square to create my background floral frame.
Next, I added two cut out sections so that my letters would stand out more and then added the text. I went for a bouncy alignment as this allowed the words to be cut as whole pieces (more or less!). I then cut out the frame and two white versions of the sentiments.
I also cut a purple version of the sentiment for the top layer.
The reason for the white layers was to build up dimension so the sentiment stood proud of the frame. I glued the two white sentiments onto the frame and then stuck the purple one on top. This was the fiddliest job of the lot!
To add some extra glitz, I went over the lettering with some sparkly glue and left it to dry. This gave some shine and a bit of sparkle whilst not overpowering the look of the card. Some rhinestones and enamel hearts finished the card and I added some dandelions and hearts cut from leftover vinyl to the envelope.
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.
Frosted Foliage stamps and the Frosted Frames dies are part of the Feels Like Frost suite in this year’s Autumn/Winter catalogue. The suite includes Seaside Spray metallic ribbon, chunky glitter and some gorgeous DSP. I don’t often buy DSP as I never know what to do with it! This DSP has such beautiful images so Ithought I’d challenge myself to use some on a card.
The Frosted Frames don’t actually cut out any of the images from The Frosted Foliage set; they’re more complimentary than coordinating.
I used the large greeting from the set and also the ‘Seasons Greetings’ from So Many Stars. The snowflakes and foliage stamps were repeat stamped to fill in the blank space surrounding the greetings. I used silver embossing powder on Whisper White card and on vellum and used the smaller frame to cut them out.
I tried white embossing powder but wasn’t happy with the finish. The colour was slightly off white and the images weren’t crisp. I made it into a tag anyway with a Seaside Spray frame and metallic ribbon!
To add some extra interest without detracting from the DSP frame, I stamped the foliage and snowflakes with Versamark and applied clear embossing powder. This gives a shiny, subtle background.
I cut out the fancy frame from one of the darker DSP sheets and mounted the vellum on top using tiny dots of glue behind the embossed areas so that the adhesive didn’t show through.
For my next card, I stamped the foliage and snowflakes in the same ink as the card base, Blackberry Bliss in this case.
The fancy frame was cut from Smoky Slate and I went over the edges with my Wink of Stella pen to get a sparkly, frosty look.
The last card was made the same way using Night of Navy and Seaside Spray.
Z-fold cards are very cool! This card was demonstrated by Amanda from Inspiring Inkin’ during a recent team training video. I have made Z-cards before but I liked Amanda’s addition of the ‘foot’. This card also offers the opportunity to use up any odd bits of DSP.
Whilst the supplies list may seem extensive, once they’re all assembled, the card comes together really quickly. As well as a fab Christmas card, this can also be modified to include a gift card holder too.
I scored only the centre of the card base to begin and masked the back with a sticky note. Using the same ink as the card base, I randomly stamped the tree image. This process was repeated on the reverse side.
The tree image was also stamped on the card liner and envelope.
I heat embossed the tree and cut it out using the punch. The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Christmas, was stamped on the white circle.
Next, I added the second score line onto the front of the card, to form the Z-fold.
The tree was mounted onto the largest circle. It’s important to get it central so I used the grid paper to help with this.
I didn’t have any DSP to match the Seaside Spray card, so instead I stamped the group of small stars (So Many Stars) repeatedly on Layer 3. All the layers were assembled and the tree mounted in the centre. Again, I used the grid paper to ensure the tree was central.
The liner was stuck onto the inside of the card. The left-hand side of the layered piece was glued onto the front of the Z-fold. Once this was in place, the foot was assembled and glued onto the front, lining up the edge of the circle with the bottom and edge of the card base.
To convert to a gift card holder, I took a piece of card 2¾” x 4⅛” and punched a semi-circular thumb hole. Tear ’n’ tape was applied to the other three sides.
This piece was then stuck onto the reverse of the Z-fold to make the pocket for the gift card.
Back in November, my Mum reached a milestone birthday which warranted an extra special card. For some time, I’ve been meaning to try out an easel card and also to create a floral wreath using the Jar of Love so I decided to combine the two.
For this project, I used:
Stampin’ Up! Jar of Love stamp set
SU! Everyday Jars framelits
SU! Large Letters Framelits & Letters For You stamps
SU! Number of Years and Large Numbers framelits (sadly retired)
11½” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card scored at 5¾” and again at 2⅞” on one half
5¾” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card
5¼” x 5¼” Whisper White card
5½” x 5½” and 5” x 2” pieces of Always Artichoke (retired but I love it!)
A couple of pieces of Smoky Slate card
Silver embossing powder
SU! Inks in Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Garden Green
A 5½” x 2⅝” strip of DSP (I used one of the Frosted Florals pack)
A scrap of silver glimmer paper
Layered Leaves Embossing folder
I started off by stamping ‘MUM’ in Blackberry Bliss ink and cutting the letters out with the matching framelits. For the backgrounds to the letters and numbers, I cut out a couple of scalloped ovals from Smoky Slate card and ran them through the Bigshot in the Layered Leaves embossing folder to give some texture.
Next, I set to work stamping the flowers, leaves and bow for the wreath. I used Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride for the flowers using 2nd generation stamping to get some colour variation. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and Garden Green. All these were cut out using the Everyday Jars framelits. I also cut out some small hearts from silver glimmer paper.
I drew around the scalloped oval onto the white card to give me a guide for stamping the sprigs of small leaves for the background layer of foliage. I stamped these using Old Olive and Garden Green inks in a random pattern around the oval.
The MUM letters were stuck onto the grey oval using dimensionals and then the oval was adhered to the white piece over the stamped leaf sprigs. I played around with the flowers, leaves and hearts to get the placement right and then glued them on with a mix of glue and dimensionals, tucking some under the oval and some under the letters to add interest. The white card was then adhered to the Always Artichoke panel and then onto the Blackberry Bliss panel. This forms the card front.
To make the front of the card, apply strong adhesive tape to the outer half of the scored panel only.
Then stick the card front onto this adhesive.
To make the ‘stop’ for the easel, I layered up the strip of always artichoke with the DSP and the grey oval, added a stamped and heat embossed “Happy TH Birthday” strip and then stuck the numbers cut from silver glimmer paper on top using dimensionals and then stuck the whole panel on using dimensionals to raise it up to form the stopping element.
I really like the sentiment in the number set so on the strip of Always Artichoke, I stamped that and ‘70’ in Versamark and silver embossing powder and heat set it. I stuck this onto the reverse side of the easel.
I found some great little stickers on Pinterest to stick to the back of the card to show how to display an easel card – handy for the uninitiated!