Happy Happy New Year!
This is the first Brain Injury card class for 2013 and I am very excited to get back into the groove and so is my side kick my Crafty Kitten Presley!
We have been busy in the craft room designing and playing with the new products! Exciting!
So the first card has a technique that I have been dying to try for quite awhile now the chalkboard technique. I am not sure why I have not done this before, but you can be sure you will be seeing some wide variations coming up in the next couple of months.
Of course these cards are simple on the skill level scale but beautiful all the same.
I love this stamp set. You can see the "Keep Calm" sentiments in everything from clothing to art work and now in my creations. You can get this one with your hostess dollars from Stampin UP!
To create this card I used the new Ovals Famelits to cut a piece of Basic Black card stock for the chalkboard. I used retired DSP with a cupcake pattern and the largest Oval that has a scallop to it and adds some wonderful detail .
To achieve this simple chalk board effect I first used my embossing buddy all over the the black layer. I arranged the stamps on my clear block to fit into the space of the "chalk board". I used Versa Mark to stamp the sentiment and then used white embossing powder and the heat tool to set . Set this aside and let it set some more. Next I used a tissue and some Whisper White ink to create the "chalk dust" just smudge it around on the board. I used the Stampin UP! coloured pencils to add some corresponding colour, in this case I chose the one that was closest to Calypso Coral which is the base of my card.
Next I added the words Happy Birthday with a white pencil crayon. You can add more white hand drawn items at this point or you can add more stamps to enhance your image.
I used the sale-a-bration item! EEEEK!! yes I said Sale-a-bration! Ribbon and button kit. Such pretty colours and so versatile. Wait until you see the rest of the Sale-a-bration items available this year.
The Ribbon is Pool Party and the button is Calypso Coral. You are definitely going to want this set.
In this picture you can see how the dust effect looks close up.
The Next card is a sympathy card. Our community has been hit very hard so far this year with tragedy hitting us so it seemed appropriate that we do a sympathy card and unfortunately necessary.
This one I made for a friend to give to a family friend who tragically lost their daughter on New Year's Eve. This is a stepped up version of what we are doing in class this week. This one starts with a base of Perfect plum then the next layer is Marina Mist. The Marina Mist layer is stamped with the background stamp EnFrancais in Marina Mist Ink. The next layer is Very Vanilla and I used Stampin Write markers in Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Marina Mist, to colour the large flower stamp from Elements of Style. Next you "huff" or blow on the stamp to re-activate the ink. I let it dry a minute then ran the panel through the Big Shot with the Elegant Embossing folder form the Holiday Catalogue, so pretty!. Next I tore the edges of the panel in a random manner and sponged with Early Espresso ink. I then used a scrap of Very Vanilla to Stamp the sentiment in Perfect Plum and punched it out with the oval punch, then sponged with Early Espresso ink. The scallop oval was punched from from perfect plum as well. The Very Vanilla layer was then popped up using dimensionals and the whole thing was adhered with tape runner.
At the top of the card I cut a small slit on the edge to allow me to thread the Basic Grey satin ribbon through to add some detail. Inside I stamped the branch from Thoughts and prayers too and one of the sentiments in Perfect Plum.
The last touch was to add some dazzling diamonds to areas on the flowers to just give it a bit of shine.
I have made this card before without tearing and in more masculine colours and used the lattice embossing folder and it also gives an amazing effect to the card.
Next Up! Butterflies. Everyone knows how much I love butterflies. I can never get enough! This card is full of texture and shine.
The base is Melon Mambo and it was run through the Big Shot with the Polka Dots embossing folder. The Butterflies were cut out with the Sizzlet butterfly that cuts and embosses. I layered the butterflies with Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette. The next layer is Pink Pirouette and was run through the Big Shot with the elegance embossing folder from the Holiday Catalogue. The Whisper white layer was cut with the large scallop Edgelit and then embossed with Delicate Designs folders such a beautiful effect and, I am ashamed to say this is the first time I have used it. The ribbon is from another site but is so pretty with its polka dots and scallops it just worked perfectly with my card. And this card features another Sale-a-bration item. The mini label punch is so stinking cute! And there are matching stamps not only as a sale-a-bration item but also in the New Spring Catalogue! Check them out in the link to the side.
This next card is so adorable and I know my oldest son is going to love one for sure! He is crazy for bee's and I try and make him only Bee Cards so this one made me think of him.
How cute is this one??! I started with a Cherry Cobbler base and ran it through the Big Shot with the cool new Hexagon embossing folder. Next I used the Adorning Accents Edgelit to trim the edge and create a cool effect for the stamp on the inside of the card. I stamped two bees on Daffodil Delight with Staz on ink. I fussy cut the bee and then just the wings on the second Bee and popped the wings up with dimensionals. Of course I had to add some dazzling diamonds to the stripes of the bee. I stamped the saying on Whisper White scraps and created a banner. Then I used a scrap of Daffodil delight to add a highlight to the banner.
The inside panel was cut the same size as the base and I stamped the bees in Staz on. The sentiment inside was first stamped in Daffodil Delight and then off set slightly in Staz on.
I added some cute Black Gingham ribbon to finish it off.
I hope you enjoyed today's post and tutorial!