Puss Patronus

As you know, I’m a great lover of cats so, this stencil on Sweet Poppy Stencils’ website immediately called to me.  It’s called Faith and I think it has a very calm, serene feel to it.  I planned on using my Mooch silhouette with it but hadn’t envisaged it looking like a patronus from Harry Potter!

I thought I’d make two cards but in different colours to see which looked best.  First, I used my blending brushes and Rococo Rose and Pretty Peacock inks, plus a touch of Smoky Slate, through the stencil.

Next, I stamped Mooch and then grounded him by using my hillside mask and blending some grey ink.  I added another hillside slightly paler and then some mountains, paler still, to give the illusion of depth.

Trees were stamped either side and I used the tops of the trees for bushes in the foreground.  I used the Star Cluster and heart Fairy Charm as the focal point for Mooch’s gaze.  These were stamped in Versafine Claire Glamorous and Sea Breeze as they were the same tone as the blended colours but stood out more.

A few Nuvo drops were added, together with a little glitter.  I went  over the heart with Nuvo drops in a thick layer to give the heart dimension.

To finish framing the piece, I stamped leaves around the edges and also blended some grey though the Feather Leaf stancil and black around the edges to draw the eye into the centre. 

Which is your favourite? The pink or the green?  I love them both!

Fancy Fold Pop-Up Card

Triple cube pop-up cards are all over Pinterest at the moment but what struck me was why the top section isn’t taller.  I guess that would make the back section not a cube.  Or maybe two cubes? Who knows?! Anyway, this is my version – a tower cube pop-up card.  Despite the lengthy instructions, this card is quite simple but it is a bit time consuming.

Stage 1: Making the base card

To begin I cut out my bases, mats and DSP layers.  Mats are optional but if not using, cut the DSP in the mat sizes instead.

Base: 6” x 8¼” scored at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8” and two pieces 2” x 8¼” scored at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8” (I trimmed the corners of the ¼” flaps to make assembling neater)

Mats: eight 1¾” x 1¾”, two 1¾” x 3¾” and two 1¾” x 5¾”

DSP: six 1½” x 1½” pieces, two 1½” x 3½” pieces and two 1½” x 5½” pieces.

The fold lines on the bases were reinforced.  After gluing the layers together, I adhered them to the appropriate sections on the bases before assembling the cubes by gluing the ¼” flap to the opposite side.

DSP and mat layers, bases and placement of the mats. On the right, the base assembled.

I stamped my first sentiment and secured it so that it floats in the gap between the two cubes by first adhering two small strips to the centre of the cubes, then attaching the sentiment to the other half of those strips.

Stage 2: Making the centrepiece

The space available for the centrepiece is about 4” x 4” although a smidge over will still be OK but if it’s too big, it won’t fit in the envelope!  To help me gauge the size, I assembled it on my gridpaper.  Also, I was aware of not making it too dimensional (thick!) as the cubes would be folding in on top.

I die cut some stitched nested labels in Old Olive and copper foil paper and heat embossed my large sentiment in copper.  Using the Forever Fern dies, I cut various foliage from Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, copper foil paper and vellum.  On arranging them, I felt it needed some light so I punched out 3 flowers and gave them dimension using a ball tool and foam mat, first working the petals, the turning the flower over and working the centre

 I added a few green highlights in the centre using my Wink of Stella pen and some Old Olive ink before adding some Champagne rhinestone centres.

The centrepiece was layered up and glued in place and I cut another of the large labels from DSP to glue to the back to cover the stems and make it look neater as the back will be visible once the card is displayed.

The final job was to attach the centre piece in the same way as the smaller sentiment was attached earlier.

And here’s proof that it fits into a standard C2 envelope.

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Festive Floating Window

I saw this card style on a YouTube video by Scrimpingmommy and thought it’d be fun to try.  As it transpired, I got completely carried away with it and made 4 bases ready for decorating!  I used Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid, Stitched Stars and Brightly Gleaming for my decorative elements.  Although I’ve made Christmas cards, this style of card can be used for any occasion.

My card bases are 5¾” x 8¼”, a little less than half a sheet of cardstock, and scored at 4⅛”.  For this card, the front needs to be cut into three so I cut mine equally at 1⅜”.  For the window section, I cut a piece of acetate 1¾” wide by a smidge under 5¾”.  I discarded the centre portion and applied thin adhesive tape to the top and bottom edges of the acetate.

Next, I cut some layers from card and DSP to decorate the top and bottom panels of the card.

The easiest way to line up the acetate panel is to clip the bottom section to the card base, line up the acetate with the edges of the card and overlapping the bottom section.

Holding the acetate in position, I removed the backing paper from the adhesive and folded the top section of the card down into place.  I then removed the clips and stuck the bottom section into position.  That completed the floating window card base.  Once you’ve got your card ‘recipe’ sorted, you can knock these out in record time!

I decorated the liner with the same card and DSP.

Now for the decorative elements.  I only applied glue to the sections that would be on the card so that a gluey mess wouldn’t be visible through the acetate.  Firstly, Brightly Gleaming ornaments with copper embossing powder.

Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock with Brightly Gleaming DSP and Christmas Gleaming stamps

Next was the Stitched Stars using Copper Foil paper.

Night of Navy, Whisper White cardstock, Copper Foil and Brightly Gleaming DSP.

Snowflake Splendour DSP with silver heat embossed trees from Perfectly Plaid.

Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy cardstock, Snowflake Splendour DSP and Perfectly Plaid trees. I used the (retired) mercury acetate on this for a snowy background.

Lastly, my favourite, Brightly Gleaming DSP with copper heat embossed trees.

Pretty Peacock and Very Vanilla cardstock with Brightly Gleaming DSP and Perfectly Plaid trees.

I hope you give these a try.  They’re really fun to make and look stunning!

 

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