Tuesday, 26 May 2015

In review - Four Feathers masculine birthday card

Four Feathers is a set that had to grow on me initially, but grow on me it did. I used it for my darling Man's birthday card last year, then the card disappeared until I found it again a couple of weeks ago. Now that has reappeared, I've taken pics & can finally share it with you... just in time for Four Feathers to fly away as it won't be carrying over to our new annual catalogue. Anyway, here's what I made for my darling.
It's a little tricky to see & photograph but the card has a stamped layer overlaid with vellum. You can see the stamped feather layer better in this pic. I got the idea for the drifting feathers from this great card by Kim Ryden. I think it was a fun way to show movement.
I die cut happy through both the stamped & vellum layers with my Little Letters alphabet thinlit dies to show the island indigo mat underneath. I think this & the stamp images from the hilariously named Age Awareness set added a less traditional twist to the card, which I liked & I think Damo did too.
This idea could be easily replicated with paper or many stamped backgrounds to make it for a teen or child too so I hope you've found it useful. Leave a comment if you have any questions or just liked the card. Back soon!
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Four Feathers is only available until June 2nd, so remember to pop it on your order list if you love it.

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.


Monday, 25 May 2015

Sheltering Tree pop up book card & template

I love to make special cards for the Mums, Grandmas & all the other special mum-like ladies in our lives & fancy fold cards are top of the list to make them extra special. So for this year's Mother's Day class we made a new to me fancy fold called a pop-up book card. The card looks pretty normal from the outside (albeit a quite large 14cm x 14cm front)...
...but open it up & up & you'll see why it's called a pop up book card. I used a surprising colour combination of so saffron, calypso coral & real red for the blossoms for this one (try it!).
A little tip on layering the blossoms - stamp the first layer in so saffron, ink up in calypso coral & turn the stamp upside down before stamping so the blossoms look nicely random. Then, use the small blossom stamp to add a touch of real red. Easy! You might notice I carried the scene over to the side panels too. Big thanks to Cheryl Algie for inspiring me to use Sheltering Tree after she shared a pretty pink version on a demo group (sadly not on her blog yet).
Here's a combined pic showing all the views for you to save and pin.

Make your own using A4 or 8-1/2 x 11in card
My card size was adapted from this beautiful card & tutorial shared by Deb Valder. Thanks so much, Deb! The basic card is made of just 2 pieces - the front which is just scored in the middle as usual, & the pop-out book insert, which is a little smaller. The pop-out insert is cut, scored & folded then partially attached to the base, leaving the pop out sections free.
Deb's tutorial uses 12x12 inch card. I adapted these to make a slightly smaller version using A4 card (& 8-1/2 x 11 inch too). This works better for me as it's what I & many of my papercrafting lovelies mainly use. Good news - I'm sharing my templates with you too.

My cutting & scoring templates
I've made two templates - one in centimetres for metric gals like me & one in inches. Each list the size pieces to cut & the all important pop-out insert cuts & scores.
If you haven't tried making this type of card before, I'd suggest you watch Deb's tutorial first to get the hang of the method, then you can follow the same steps using my measurements. It looks a bit tricky but is really just 2 cuts & some scorelines.
Note: the overall cm & inch measurements are ever-so- slightly different as I wanted to make sure they were as simple as possible to follow. As I mentioned before, they both fit standard A4 or 8-1/2x11 card.:

Download Tips: Click on the template name or pic below & the pdf document will open. Then, simply click the download button (arrow with line below it) & you can save the document to your computer.
Please don't right click the image to save as that will just save the small jpg image.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOQUhZeFJDS00xRzA/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOXzJjTXZUZjlrOUU/view?usp=sharing

Thanks for visiting, today. I think that's all I need to share to help you make your own version, but please leave a comment if you have any questions or just like my project & click on the links below to see what I used in more detail or order the supplies.
Inky wishes, Di

SuppliesTo see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Embossed flowers for Mum's Day... or a wedding?

Today, I'm sharing a soft, pretty card we made at the end of April at my Mother's Day - ladies only class. It's also new challenge day at Just Add Ink & this week's challenge is to Just Add a Wedding. Sadly, I ran out of time to make a card for this challenge but now looking at this card, I think it could work for a wedding too. What do you think?
The sentiment & large flowers are heat embossed which gives them a lovely shine & tactile feel. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics & the flowers are from a beautiful floral & lacy set called Petal Potpourri, in the Occasions Catalogue. I teamed these with some smaller flowers from Petite Petals, Something Borrowed DSP & gorgeously blingy jewel embellishment (our wedding collection suite). Sadly & to my total shock, none of these goodies will be carrying over to the new annual catalogue, so June 2nd will be your last chance to get them. See the supply list below to see & order these goodies.

I liked the card so much that I made this one for my own wee Mum. I used another paper design from The Something Borrowed DSP pack & a retired Mother's Day sentiment. I punched 2 centres from the flowers & curved the edges to give a more rounded look rather than using the bling.
So, are you sad too about these lovelies not going into our new catalogue? If so, make sure you order them soon. I'll be back next time with the second card from the class & it's a fancy fold.
Until then, inky wishes, Di

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.

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