Sunday, July 20, 2014

Take Me Back in Time

Hello everyone,

A couple of years ago I took a card class. In the class we made two masculine cards, something I had not done before and it has inspired me to make more. I gave one of the cards that I made in the class to my father and the other to my husband. My husband still has his card and my father framed his and hung it in the garage beside his adored Mustang.

I recently made another card for my dad, a vintage car card. He said that he is going to frame this one as well and hang it beside the other one.

I have to say, I think the Art Deco Cricut cartridge has to be my favorite cartridge so far. I say this but I haven't cracked open my Outdoor Man cartridge yet. It may be a tough choice and they may both become my favorite.

Lets start at the back of the card. I saw this technique online a while back (I can't remember the source, sorry), where you ink the flat side of the embossing folder and then emboss the paper. What a fantastic technique. It allowed me to add colour to the flat portion of the paper and not the embossed portion of it. I did a test where I did not ink the embossing folder but inked the embossed pattern instead. As you can see, the test sheet did not make it to the card. I much prefer the lighter red embossed pattern and the dark brown background.

In keeping with the vintage look, I inked the edge of each framed paper. This is a technique that I use often and find that it gives the paper - patterned or solid colour - a little more pop.

I absolutely love how this card turned out and from my father's reaction you can tell that he loved it too.

Until next time, Happy Paper Crafting!!!!

Used from my inventory:
  • Recollections cardstock
  • EL-017 M-Bossabilities
  • Walnut stain distress ink
  • Big Shot
  • Scotch Advance tape glider
  • Cricut Expression
  • Art Deco Cricut cartridge
  • Stampin'up 2-way glue pen
  • Paper and cardstock from my leftover pile

Friday, July 4, 2014

Love is Blind

Hello everyone,

I had so much fun with this card.

The card was inspired by a quote I found online "Love is Blind, why is lingerie so popular?". So true. Unfortunately the author of the quote is unknown.

I used the Cricut Expression and the Tie the Knot cartridge to create the bustier and bling'd it up with some xmas red stickles.

I find that the Spellbinder large classic scallop cutout creates a feeling of a window, like looking into someone's boudoir.

I wanted the entire card to have a lacy feel to it. I stamped swirl designs on the red cardstock and applied the black trim to the inside edge of the card. The black trim is leftover iron-on applique that I used in the design of my sister's wedding dress. Surprisingly enough the applique bonded to the card when I heated it with my Marvy embossing heat tool. I don't think I would use the heat technique if I were to use the applique on something that would be handled often. The bond is not as strong as using glue.

I am submitting the card in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #217 "Anything Goes".

Hope you enjoyed. Until next time, happy paper crafting!

Supplies used from my inventory:
  • Recollection 110lb cardstock
  • Cardstock from my leftover pile
  • Spellbinder Classic scalloped oval large
  • Xmas red Stickles
  • Cricut Expression
  • Tie the Knot cartridge
  • Big Shot
  • Jet black Archival Ink
  • Iron on trim - source unknown
  • HP Deskjet F4280
  • Stampin'up 2-way glue pen
  • Tombow glue
  • Marvy embossing heat tool
  • Autumn Leaves - Swirls V:I stamps

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