Meow Wiper

This week’s card is inspired by a card made by Therese Calvird from www.lostinpaper.com – I really loved the repeat stamping of the kitties!  To make the card my own, I wanted to make the upside-down kitty into a wiper element on a Z-fold wiper card.

First, I repeat stamped the kitty by using masks to protect the lower line of cats.  I used MFT’s I Knead You stamp set.

Next, I adhered these panels onto my card base, which is 3” longer than my standard card front and scored at 1½” and 3” from one end.  The Z-fold section is 1¾” wide and the same length as the base and scored in the same places.  The extra panels were decorated using the Meow stencil from Newton’s Nook.

The wiper element was next.  I coloured one of the kitties in greys (like my tabby cats) and cut out a small rectangle for the wiper mechanism.

Now, I watched many YouTube videos to try to get my head around the wiper mechanism!  This way seemed the easiest.  I glued the Z-fold card together and then made a 45˚ score line at one end of the wiper mechanism, folding it back and forth a few times to loosen it up.   After putting glue only onto the underside of the triangle, I held the piece underneath the Z-fold with the point up the the fold line (it’s shown in the collect position but on the top in the photo) and then folded the card flat so that the triangle was glued to the side of the Z-fold.

The next job was to attach the wiper element.  I attached it with Blue-Tack to begin so I could check the position and ensure that it would be covered by the front when the card is closed.

Finally, I stamped a piece for the back of the card, decorated the envelope and added a sentiment onto the front.

Here’s the card when it’s closed…

And when it’s opened…

Here’s the card in action.

I love a fancy fold but a kinetic fun fold is even better!

Blended Bunnies

We don’t usually send many Easter cards but with the mad year we’ve had and not being able to see people in person for so long, it seemed a good way to let people know we’re thinking of them.  Since I don’t have a lot of use for Easter cards, I only have one stamp set and that has been sent to everyone already so I needed some fresh material! Hello Cricut! I found a free SVG file from Craft House, cut out some bunnies and tails and created this card.

Whilst weeding the vinyl and seeing the outline of the bunnies, it occurred to me that I could make a stencil of the bunnies.  So, I created multiple bunnies in Design Space, arranged and sized them for my card and cut out two stencils from acetate – one for the bunnies and one for the tails!

Using my new blending brushes, I added pastel colours to the bunnies through the stencil.

Once the bunnies were complete, I added the tails using white pigment ink.  Unfortunately, this didn’t show up as much as I thought it would so I went over the tails again and added white embossing powder which, when heat set, showed up much better.  Embossing paste would probably work well too.

One of my cards was an ombre and on the other, I tried to colour each bunny separately. Some of the ink did get onto the adjacent bunnies but they still look OK.

Inspired by the bunny stencil, I then made another stencil, this time of Easter eggs and blended the same colours into the gaps.

For added decoration, I used my white gel pen to make simple patterns on the eggs.

This stencil had a nice gap in which to stamp the greeting.

I’m so happy with how these cards turned out and I love the blended pastel colours too!

Beautiful Bokeh Backgrounds

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘bokeh’, it’s a photographic term for an aesthetically pleasing blur you get when the background is out of focus.  Bokeh is from the Japanese word ‘boke’ meaning ‘blur’ or ‘haze’ and as far as I can ascertain, it is pronounced “bo-kay”.  However, I may be wrong but, irrespective of how you pronounce it, it’s a fun technique to try out.

To begin, choose 3 complimentary ink colours and, using sponge daubers or sponge pieces, smoosh ink onto cardstock in random places gradually blending the colours together at the edges.  Leave to dry.

Next, you’ll need to make a bokeh stencil.  Cut a selection of circle sizes out of a sheet of acetate or glossy card.  You will need a pigment ink for the circles so that they show up on the coloured background.

Using a clean sponge dauber, apply the white ink in circles, moving the holes around the background and overlapping other circles in places.  Leave to dry.

The last part is to use your unique background to create a beautiful card.  I used gold embossing powder and the hot air balloons from the recently retired Lift Me Up set to finish my card.

I enjoyed the inking process so I decided to try out another in purples and yellow.  What I discovered in making this one into a card is that you can’t stamp silhouettes on it with Memento ink as it dries to a dirty grey colour.  Black Stazon works though, as you can see from my little experiment; S=Stazon, M=Memento.

As this inking disaster had ruined my bokeh panel, I cut off the offending half and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with silver embossed dandelions on the remaining half of the panel.

If you can’t be bothered with any of the above, you can use the Bokeh Dots background stamp.  These stamps are a little tricky to ink as if there’s too much ink on the stamp, it loses the effect. Applying the ink using a brayer worked better for me.

Whilst I had the stamp set out, I decided to use the other stamp in the set too, which is a starburst/firework kind of effect.

 

 

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