Floating Frames

My cards this week use a technique called Floating Frames, which I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube channel.  She is a very talented crafter and makes everything look so effortless!  The technique uses lots of die cuts mounted on foam adhesive to create a frame which looks like it is floating above the card.  It has the added bonus in that the process also creates a decorative panel for another card – two for the price of one!

I used the large rose and thistle images from Frosted Florals and their matching thinlits to create my die cuts, using Lovely Lipstick and Mint Macaron inks.

The next step was to position these die cuts over a piece of scrap card cut to the size of my required frame and then covered with a layer of GLAD Press’n Seal (available from Amazon).  This holds the pieces in place by temporarily adhering them to the scrap card.

I then cut around the scrap card to create the outside of the frame and then positioned the die to cut out the shape. I used a heart but any shape will work.

This creates the frame and the decorative panel.

The next step was to remove the backing card and add foam adhesive to support the pieces.  I had thought that this job was quite labour intensive, however this paled into insignificance when it came to taking the backing pieces off, which took an absolute ETERNITY!!!!

What I did discover was that the piece is quite unstable once the card is removed!  It’s almost impossible to lift into position as the film is flimsy and the sticky bits try to stick to each other.  I don’t recall Jennifer having this trouble!!  Anyhow, I got around it by lining up the pieces face down on my grid paper and then placing the card on top.

The final part is to remove the Press’n Seal.  This had to be done slowly as it was quite sticky and the film did leave a tacky residue so I dabbed over the pieces with my Embossing Buddy.

So here are the finished pieces.  On the frame, I added some rhinestones in the gaps and a Happy Anniversary sentiment.

For the second card, I added pearl accents into the gaps and left it blank to add an appropriate sentiment at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mistletoe Season Card – with a bunny ears bow!

With the Christmas season fast approaching, it’s time to get making your Christmas cards – although I have been making mine since July!  The stamp set comes with a bow that you can stamp but I thought it looked a bit flat so decided to add a real ribbon bow instead.

If you’d like to watch my YouTube video tutorial, please follow this link               https://youtu.be/jPM1RmNVfQE

The video is unedited and contains all my mistakes for added entertainment value! Please be kind, it was also my first ever go at a YouTube tutorial!! Apologies for the lighting, I’m sorting it out for future videos.

For this card, I used:

Green card base, 4” x 11¾” and scored at 5¾” in Always Artichoke (retired)

Red mat layer 5⅝” x 3⅞” in Real Red

White inner 5⅝” x 3⅞” in Whisper White

White card front 5½” x 3¾” in Whisper White

Strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5⅜” x ¾” in any design you like

2 scraps of green and white card for the labels

A strip of green card left over from cutting your card base. Cut an A4 sheet in portrait at 4” and again at 4”. You should be left with a strip just over ¼” wide.  Cut it in half lengthways to give you the strip of card.

Stampin’ Up! Mistletoe Season stamp set

Real Red ribbon, about 10”

Everyday Label punch

Shimmer Ink – Champagne Mist

SU Garden Green ink

SU Old Olive ink

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Adhesive pearl embellishments

With a sponge dauber, apply a little (and I mean a little – it goes a long way!) shimmer ink to the green strip.  Punch out a label from your scrap of green and cut it in half along the straight edge.  Dab some Shimmer Ink on the curvy edges of the label.  If you don’t have Shimmer Ink, you could stick glitter on or leave it plain.

Sorry, I didn’t photograph these bits individually but you can see here which sides to glitter the green card.

Adhere the DSP to the left of the card front layer, setting it in about 1/16th from the left edge.

Stamp the open leaved mistletoe sprig with Garden Green and the solid leaved sprig with Old Olive (although I did this the other way around on the video).

Partially stamp the liner and the envelope in Old Olive by stamping off the edge of the page.  Stamp the sentiment on the scrap of white card and cut out with the punch.

Your green glimmer decorative strip should be dry by now so stick it onto the card front, just overlapping the edge of the DSP.

Make the bow.  This method of bow making is called the Bunny Ears technique and is used as the bow loops stay at the top and the tails go to the bottom naturally.  It takes a bit of fiddling about but produces a nice-looking bow.

Begin by making a loop…

…and then make another the same size.

Tie the loops together in a knot.  It will probably look a mess at this stage.

Pull the tails of the bow to make the loops smaller and pull the loops to tighten the knot.  Keep repeating this process until you’re happy with your bow then trim the ends of the ribbon and use a glue dot behind the knot to stick the bow in the gap between the mistletoe stems.

Cut the green label in half and stick each half to the back of the sentiment label, allowing the glittered edges to protrude.  Trim off any green that’s overhanging the top or bottom of the white label.  Apply foam Dimensionals to the back of the label and attach it to the bottom of the card.

For the mistletoe berries, add a few self-adhesive pearl embellishments.

Finally, adhere the card top onto the red mat layer and then onto the card base and add the liner.

 

 

 

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