This week, my sister and brother-in-law moved from 120 miles away to ‘cup-of-tea distance’ (7 miles) away! I haven’t lived this close to my sister for just over 30 years so I’m very happy indeed to have her nearby again. This week’s post is the new home card that I made for them.
To begin, I cut a house from the Home Together die set a couple of times together with a panel to fit behind the heart hole. I glued these layers together and added a red glitter heart into the hole.
Next was my background and I used the Detailed Hearts die. I cut one in white and another in Smoky Slate as I wanted to inlay some of the hearts with white and grey. This die cuts out loads of hearts – handy for a shaker card!
My greeting was next. I have no ‘new home’ sentiment stamps and the home related ones I do have say Congrats. Eugh! – I hate Congrats!! So, I’d have to make my own. I wanted to say ‘Happy New Home’ so I used the happy from a happy birthday die. A quick tip for die cutting. I’ve had this die for many years. The more modern dies seem to release easier but this one holds on to the card so well that the cut-out often rips when trying to get it out of the die. If you have dies like this, add a layer of wax paper between the die and the card and it will release much easier.
For my sentiment panel, I cut out a small rectangle, rounded the corners, adhered the glitter ‘happy’ and then wrote in ‘new home’. I then glued the house onto the rectangle.
The heart panel was mounted onto a grey card base and the sentiment popped up on foam dimensionals with some silver thread underneath.
Sometimes, a jaunty angle can really add a new dimension to a project. When I first tried this card, I cut it straight across and it looked… well… distinctly average. However, make a diagonal cut and the whole thing is transformed. I give you three options, depending how much work you want to put in!
To begin, I stamped the greeting from Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes on the bottom of my card front, just so I had an idea of how much to chop off. I found a nice angle if I lined up the bottom right corner with the top of the grid section on my trimmer and the top right corner against the stop rail. This also allowed me to repeat the cards at more or less the same angle.
The top section was embossed using the Winter Snow folder and I covered the join with a ¼” strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper, trimming the ends flush with the white panel.
The whole panel was mounted onto a Balmy Blue layer and then onto a white card base.
For an easier option, I cut a piece of Snowflake Splendour DSP about 5” long and a piece of Whisper White about 1½”, placed the white piece on the right side of the patterned paper and cut both together at the same angle.
I flipped over the white piece and stamped the sentiment, then covered the join with the strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper. By cutting the two pieces together, the pieces should have the same angle and match up. Hopefully! The piece was trimmed to size and mounted like the previous card.
The last option is a bit more work. I embossed the white piece with the Subtle folder and cut out a selection of snowflakes using the So Many Snowflakes dies. Tip: applying a sheet of adhesive to the glimmer paper before die cutting the snowflakes makes the next step much easier. Guess who didn’t remember to do that! These snowflakes were stuck onto the embossed piece and any overhanging bits were trimmed off.
Mr L gave me the idea for this week’s card where sometimes, a coffee just won’t cut it! In the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set, there are lots of fun little phrases to pair with the main words but none that quite say this. I first tried doing small lettering like the stamps but the big, bold lettering worked better for the feel of the card.
I used the Love You More Than dies and wanted my focal words to stand out on a background. For the words, I blended Misty Moonlight/Smoky Slate and So Saffron/Rococo Rose onto two pieces of white card. For the black backgrounds, I drew around the outside of the die and fussy cut.
The black halo really helps the words have drama!
Next, using my grid paper, I experimented with wording layouts and styles, eventually choosing a plain, bold style. I transferred this onto vellum before transferring onto the card using my light box.
To finish, I stamped the coffee cup and cocktail glass, colouring with the same inks and die cutting, then adhering to the card. The words were raised on foam adhesive.