Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Card Designs to Love!

Direct Case from Lynn Starzl
The photopolymer stamp set called Snuggles and Smooches is so cute! I love the swirls! Simple card using Real Red, Whisper White and some retired scraps of a Black and White Designer Series Paper. Black Memento Tuxedo Ink and Real Red ink were used. Finished off with a Real Red heart punched and a little bling added with the Rhinestone Jewels. Don't forget to use the Piercing Pad for a cushion for the clear stamps, it really helps to get a great image. Thanks Lynn for the great design!

Color Scheme Inspired by Carol Lowenstein
I love this Lumberjack! What a hunk! Using Lost Lagoon, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock you can make this cute card. Stamped the images from the Wood You Be Mine set with Chocolate Chip ink, colored with the Mocha and Blush Skin Tone Blendabilities, Lost Lagoon  and Smokey Slate Stampin' Write Markers. A second layer of beard was colored, fussy cut out and raised with dimensionals. Used the Word Bubble framelits for the verse, then traced the outside edge of the framelit and fussy cut the Chocolate Chip cardstock to frame the greeting. The background was stamped with the retired Woodgrain stamp in Chocolate Chip ink. I used an old pair of deckle edge scissors to cut around the frame behind the lumberjack. You could even add some heart stamps to show he's really in love!

My Original Design
Starting with Melon Mambo cardstock and Back to Black Designer Series Paper you can make the  base fast, with the 5/8" White Organza ribbon wrapping around the card and will be fastened underneath the framelit layers. The stamp set Seasonally Scattered is now retired but was new in the 2014 Holiday Catalog. I heat embossed the image with Melon Mambo embossing powder, then cut it out with the Deco Labels Collection framelits using the Big Shot. The larger framelit in Melon Mambo was cut first with the framelit, then dry embossed using the Spring Flowers embossing folder. Bling finishes it off with two Rhinestone Jewels. Classic Cool!

Inspired from Blush Crafts Blog (24 Feb 2010 post)

This darling Purse Card I just couldn't resist trying. I had to special order the 1/2" black D rings from Amazon and they came all the way from China, but they make the card! This is a great card to use up your Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is retired. I used a Crumb Cake card base then adhered the DSP of my choice making sure I paid attention to any directionality of the DSP. Next I used the Top Note Die on the Big Shot to cut the top of the purse in cardstock of your choice. I scored it in half lengthwise, then used an exacto knife to cut slits on the fold where I wanted the small strips of paper that hold the D ring to come through the slits to the inner-underside of the top note paper. Use strong adhesive like Fast Fuse to attach. Using matching cardstock I scotch-taped two of my circle framelits together to be able to cut the circular handle on the Big Shot with the magnetic platform. Once cut, fold the circle in half and cut through only the top layer halfway between the two folds. That will be the way to thread your paper handle through the D rings. Use adhesive to attach the folded circle together to make the purse handle. Next, I used the 1" scallop circle punch and a small stamp punched with the mini heart punch as my "logo" for the purse. But you can come up with whatever you like.
Now the last couple steps. I eyeballed a diagonal cut by hand through the folded card from the inner card fold to the outer lower corner starting at about 5/8" in from the outer edge on the fold. Flip card over horizontally and repeat. Then using your Envelope Punch Board corner rounder feature, round the bottom edges of the purse. Double check that your diagonal sides will fit inside of the folded top note before doing a final gluing with Fast Fuse. Retrim if any DSP is peeking out. You will need a square envelop for this card, but luckily the purse handle does fold back down quite nicely.

Have fun with these. Enjoy!

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