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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Butterfly card using SCS Sketch SC325

This is a sketch layout from Splitcoast Stampers. Roxy71 posts a new sketch every week! I liked this one, so I tried it. This is sketch challenge 325 or SC325. I also had the SCS Inspiration Challenge in mind for this card. I viewed IC277 from the online store Ruche. I liked the photograph here that inspired me to make this card.
I had fun with this one. I used a home made embossing folder that I made with jute twine. I simply laid pieces of jute twine on a piece of cereal box cardboard, and glued then in place with very tacky glue-I used Scoth brand white liquid glue, it is one of my favorites. I used nitrile gloves for this so I could lay glue all through the twine so it would stick well to the cardboard in straight lines. They weren't perfect straight lines and that's ok because this was the look I was trying to achieve. Then when  the pieces of jute were dry, I brushed Modge Podge over the entire surface and let dry again. I let it set overnite to cure. When I made this card, in order to get the embossing to work I slightly dampened the green cardstock with a water mister and spritzed the triangle pieces, and put it through my Cuttlebug. It's a plain texture, but it worked nicely. I like the color combination inspired by the mosaic paper, and colored the butterfly with my Copics. I used Spellbinders Labels Eight nestie for the die-cut of the butterfly.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Josh's BD Card

This is a card I made for Josh's Birthday. I used a sponging technique on the background, where I had three stamp pad inks ready. First, I took my Versamark embossing pad and smeared a few streaks on plain white cardstock. Then over that, I sprinkled some clear embossing powder and heat treated it. Then I took some Post-It notes and tore off pieces and then sponged over it. Then I lifted the post-it and placed it higher on the paper and sponged with a different color. I lifted the post it one more time and sponged yet a different color. Then I wiped off the clear embossed spot with a cloth to take off any color. This method is called emboss resist. One of my favorite techniques. This idea and technique I learned by watching Michele Zindorf blog: Freedom in Creating.
I then used my Cricut Imagine to cut out the Happy Birthday sentiment and the Skateboarder and the word Skate. The Skateboarder and the word Skate came from a Cricut Lite Cartridge by the name of "DUDE". The star and the flourish came from my Cricut Imagine Cartridge by the name of JT Art . It has a steampunk feel to it, and it looks great to use for teens and young adults. My son has been a skateboarder since he was a pre-teen. Now he gives lessons to pre-teens he has been at it so long.  The background star paper I found at Hobby Lobby. I used some black square brads in the corners and just lifted the image on three layers of cardstock to bring out colors.