Thursday, November 29, 2012

Let it Snow Card

For this quick card, I turned to the Mulberry Wood Classic Christmas Luxury Card Collection and some Silver Let it Snow Peel-Off Stickers from Crafter's Companion.

I selected one of the pop outs from the collection.  Then, I selected some coordinating card stock from my stash on hand. I chose red and pink for this particular image.  I started with a piece of 8" x 9 1/4" red card stock for my card base.  I folded it in half length-wise.  This card will fit into a business size envelope.

I placed the image on a 2 7/8" x 5 1/4" piece of pink card stock.

This was placed on  a 3" x 5 1/2" piece of red card 

The stack was attached to a 3 1/4" x 8 1/4" piece of a decorative card stock from the collection.

The stack was placed on top of the card base.  All of the layering was done using the Extra Strong Permanent Tape

I then started placing snowflakes from the sticker sheet to the top of the card.  Please refer to the card for placement suggestions.  Here's one trick I used ... at the top left corner of the card, I placed a large snowflake off the edge of the card.  I used scissors and cut it off.  It left about a part of the sticker with a corner cut out.  I turned the sticker upside down, and used it on the lower right-hand edge of one of the layers.  It makes it look as if the snowflake is under the layer.  I also used one of the "Let it snow" word sets from that sheet on the front of the card.

The Luxury Card Collection and Peel-Off Stickers will make many cards and still have parts left over for even more.  

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

You're the Cat's Miaow ...

I think this  S.w.a.l.k.™ image is adorable!  I colored the cat to look similar to one of my Tuxedo cats (Shirley).

I placed the "Cat's Miaow" image, from the Pawfect Pals collection, on a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Here is a list of the colors I used:

  • For her skin: FS1, FS2, PP1
  • For her mouth: PP1
  • For her hair: EB1, EB2, TN1
  • For her dress: HB1, HB2, HB3
  • For cat's fur and hat: IG1, IG2, IG5, IG8
  • For inside cat's ears and nose: PP1For cat's cape: IG2, IG3
  • For cat's eye: GB2, DG3
  • For cat's monocle: BT3
  • For cat's hat band and flower: CR8, DR1
I also used an opaque white gel pen to add the white back into the cat's eye after coloring.  I also used it around the white spots left on its face, chest and paws to make it appear more like fur.  I also used a fine line black pen in the same areas for the fur.  I colored her purse, the bottom ruffle on her dress, and the cat's bow tie with a silver glitter gel pen.  I used a green fine line pen for color in her eyes.

I layered the colored image onto a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of dark violet card stock.  This was then layered onto a 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of light violet card stock.  Finally, this was layered onto the front of the card base.  The card base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of violet card stock; folded in half with the fold on the side.  All attaching was done using the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  

After the assembly, I attached some gem stones across the bottom of the card and around the girl's neck for her necklace and on her ears for her earrings.

I think this will be a great addition to your stamps for that card you need to show someone that you think they're special.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Prince Charming Card

This week's card uses a new S.w.a.l.k.™ image ... Prince Charming.  I just thought it was adorable and wanted to use it first.  It's part of a new twelve image release.

I started with a 3 3/4" x 5"  piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I added the image and started to color with my Spectrum Noir pens.  Here is a list of the colors I used:
Skin:  FS1, FS2, PP1
Hair:  CT1, LY3, GB1, CT4
Lips:  PP5
Eyelids:  IB1
Dress:  LV1
Bottom of Shoes: IG6
Frog:  LG1, LG2, CG4
Crowns - CT2, CT4, GB4
In addition to the Spectrum Noir pens, I used a gold gel pen for her earring and the tops of her shoes.

I layered my colored imaged on top of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of dark metallic lavender text weight paper.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the layers.

I attached this to the card base.  I made the card base from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Centura Pearl Snow White Cardstock.  I folded it in half to have a side fold.  I again used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape in this step.

I looked through my many embellishments but had no lick in finding "the right thing".  So I grabbed a pre-made white organdy bow and a store-bought cream colored paper flower.  I used my Spectrum Noir LV1 pen to add color to them.  I used Mono Multi Glue to attach these embellishments to the top left corner area of my card.

I had fun making this card.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beatrix Potter to the Rescue!

Need a birthday (or other) card in five minutes?  You can do it!  Just be sure to have some of the Beatrix Potter 3-D Toppers on hand.

I love these toppers!!  What a time saver!  And what a nice card you end up with!

I started out with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of charcoal gray card stock.  I folded it in half giving it a side fold.  I used a border punch down the right side of the front flap.  I punched out a 3 1/2" scalloped circle (from a coordinating color card stock) and punched 1/16" holes in the scallops.  I attached this to the front of the card with the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  I then chose my topper, from the Appley Dapply set, and attached it to the center of the scalloped circle.  Please note:  for all attaching in this project, I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

I punched out the "Happy Birthday" from the topper set and taped it to the same color coordinating card stock as the circle.  I cut around the birthday sentiment, leaving a small border of color. This was attached to the lower right area of the front of the card.

I cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cream colored text weight paper from an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet.  I attached it to the inside of the card.  The lighter colored text weight paper allows the user's own words to be viewed easily.

That's it.  The card is done.  I bet it took me longer to type this than it took to put the card together.  Don't you just love a quick card?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Kitty with Present Card

This week, I got a little carried away with the cute little Strawberry Kisses Christmas Collection.  I hope you enjoy to end result.

I used simple masking techniques in this card project.  I used the main cat image from the Love You set, the  present from the Me and You Babe set, and the sprig of mistletoe from the Mistletoe Mwah! set.  The images were placed on a 4" x 4" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  On a scrap piece of the same type of card stock, I placed an extra image of the cat.

Here are the colors of Spectrum Noir pens I used to color the images:
bow on hat - TB2, TB4, TB6
hat (not fur on hat) - CR7 CR9, DR3
mistletoe - LG3, DG1, DG2, GG1
mistletoe berries - LY2
cat's nose - PP1, FS8
cat's fur - TN1, GB1, GB2
fur on hat and shadow around cat - C0
After coloring the first images on the 4" x 4" piece, I colored the cat's front paws and the fur ball - the decorative fur embellishment at the end of the hat (ha!) - from the extra image.  I fussy cut these away from this second image.  I used double sided foam adhesive to pop up the fur ball at the end of the hat.  I curled the front paws with my fingers and used 3-D Crystal Lacquer on the very outside end points of the cut out to adhere the front paws to the main image.  It makes it look like the kitty is holding a package.

The card base is a piece of 10" x 5" red card stock.  I folded it in half.  This card has a top fold.  For all of the next steps, I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape for attaching the layers.  On top of the base card, I centered  a 4 5/8" x 4 5/8" piece of black card stock.  Centered on top of that layer is a 4 1/2" square piece of red and white striped patterned paper.  On top of this is a square of 4 1/8" black card stock.  And at last, is the 4" x 4" colored image piece.

After I'd assembled the layers, I thought it "needed" a little something.  I ended up putting the line of red gemstones underneath the cat image.

Hope this makes you think of peppermint and Christmas.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.