This week’s star of the show is the Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. It’s super detailed and has so much dimension that it deserves to be the focal point of the card. I paired it with the new Brushed Metallic cardstock for added glitz!
To begin, I embossed a top layer of white card and a skinnier panel of metallic card. I deliberately made my metallic panel longer so that I’d have some wiggle room when assembling the two together.
As the embossing is so deep, it’s easy to ‘feel’ when the panels are aligned and the branches match. Once aligned, I glued first the top half, holding the bottom in place, then lifted the bottom to adhere that. I used lots of liquid glue to get into all the nooks and crannies of the trees. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess metallic card.
I wanted a pop of colour on the card so I applied a strip of adhesive tape across the panel to attach some coordinating ribbon.
Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a Cherry Cobbler mat layer and then onto the Smoky Slate card base, adding the greeting.
Since I had three colours of brushed metallic card, I had to make three cards. This one is in more traditional colours comprising Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
The last one is copper with Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy.
My challenge to myself this week was to make a masculine card. I used the skeleton leaves from Stampin’ Up! Rooted In Nature for my background design but didn’t fancy the trees as the focal image. Instead I opted to make the sentiment the focal image and add interest with texture with heat and dry embossing.
First, I random stamped the skeleton leaves with Versamark, added copper whisperembossing powder and heat set. Texture 1 complete!
The second texture was created by using copper glimmer paper and the hammered metal 3D embossing folder. The third was Old Olive paper and the Subtle embossing folder.
Many of the Stampin’ Up! sentiments are quite scripty and not necessarily what I would use for a bloke’s card; I prefer thick brush script or block lettering. Instead, I used an Avery Elle set which always makes me smile. I stamped with Early Espresso ink and then applied clear embossing powder over the top to give some extra oomph since it was the focal element.
The last job was to assemble, using lots of wet glue to glue those textures together. I added a small strip from the Old Olive layer and popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.
Aside from the actual enjoyment of doing hand lettering, part of my reason for attending the course on modern calligraphy earlier this year was to be able to create sentiments that aren’t available with stamp sets. Never was this more applicable than when my friend asked me to create some simple but rude cards! She didn’t want fancy writing as that was too nice(!) so I went for block lettering with a mix of lower case and capital letters.
Another friend has just set up a cat rescue charity and is having a launch party and fund raiser at the end of the month so she asked me if I could create some cat-themed things for them to sell to raise money. I started by sketching out the letters on graph paper and then traced over them onto tracing paper using a marker pen.
The next stage was to put the card base and lettering template onto a light box and effectively trace the letters onto the card base. I don’t concern myself if the letters aren’t perfectly traced – they are hand-lettered after all – but having the lettering set up ensures that the sentiment is central and the letters are equally spaced.
To add a little texture and Christmas theme, I ran each piece through a snowflake embossing folder in my Big Shot and added a cat silhouette using glitter card/DSP and the Stampin’ Up! cat punch.
Lastly, the pieces were mounted on coloured card bases.
I’ve also been playing around with arranging lettering from various cat-themed items I have around the house and making them into frames.
The fund raiser is for The Cat Welfare Group and will be held on Saturday 30th November 2019 at Lock’s Heath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate, SO31 1BD between 16:00 – 18:00. Pop along for the opportunity to buy some great goodies for Christmas made by local people, have a cuppa and a piece of cake and support a very worthy cause.