Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Magic Slider Birthday Card


A Blog Named Hero's challenge theme this month has been "Interactive." I decided, since I needed a birthday card for a family member, I'd wow her a little with a magic slider card. I followed the instructions from Kelly Marie Alvarez's lesson in Online Card Classes' "Clear & Sheer" class.

After I cut & scored a panel for the magic slider portion of my card, I die cut a window in the front of that with a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Rectangle" die. I used a pencil to draw lines on the inside of this card around the window area. Then I stamped the balloons from Hero Arts' "Happy Birthday" set (discontinued). Because I was masking, I had to stamp on the card & the acetate piece I'd cut for the window at the same time. I stamped first on the card, then the acetate for each balloon cluster. Then I masked the image on the card, moved my stamp, stamped on the card, repositioned the acetate over the card, stamped, and so on. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the card, and Staz-on Jet Black ink for the acetate. I also used my MISTI tool, which I feel is pretty important to make sure the images on the acetate & card line up well. I also stamped the "Happy Birthday" greeting from the same stamp set, though just on the card, not the acetate. Kind of an extra surprise when she pulls up the insert.

After I had finished stamping, I put my acetate aside and colored the images on the card with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I used paper stumps dipped in Gamsol to blend the colors out & give some shading to the balloons. I then lined up my acetate with the image, & adhered it to the front window portion of my card with Scor Tape.

Insert halfway up
I used 1/4" wide cardstock strips along the sides & bottom of my colored card to create the channel for my insert. I cut the insert from white cardstock, and added another strip to the bottom, to act as a stopper. I cut a slit along the fold of the card, for the insert to slide up & down through. Then I slipped the insert through the slot, and adhered the front of the card to the back with more Scor Tape, sandwiching the insert in between.

For the pull tab, I die cut 2 hearts with a Nellie's Choice "Straight Hearts" die from a scrap of pink chevron patterned paper. I inked both hearts with Worn Lipstick Distress ink, just to knock the pattern back a bit. Then I stamped the "pull" & arrow from My Favorite Things' "Interactive Labels" set on one of the hearts. I glued that to the top of the insert, and glued the other heart to the back.

Insert all the way up
To create a mat for my magic slider, I used a Prima chevron stencil & Worn Lipstick to ink up a 4.25x5.5" piece of pink cardstock. I added Scor Tape to both sides of a piece of craft foam, adhered that to the back of my slider card, & adhered the foam-backed slider to my mat. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Dies R Us Challenge #75: "Celebrations"
613 Avenue Create #198: "Anything Goes"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Floral Slider Card


The craft for Day 4 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Sensational Sliders." I must admit, I could count the number of slider cards I've ever made on one hand, probably with at least 1 or 2 fingers left over! But I decided to take the plunge and make a slider card.


I decided to make my slider a floral arrangement. So I stamped all the images from MFT's "Watercolor Flowers" set multiple times. For the red flowers I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Memento Lady Bug, & Altenew Ruby Red inks. I stamped the purple flowers with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender, Hero Arts Orchid, & Memento Sweet Plum. I used Memento Dandelion & Cantaloupe with Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink for the yellow flowers; and Altenew Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades and Hero Arts Forever Green for the leaves. I finished with Hero Arts Navy ink for the flower centers. After I had finished stamping all the flowers & leaves, I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I stamped Inkadinkado's "Mason Jar" on a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. After I stamped the flower stems with Forest Glades & Frayed Leaf, I colored the water area with a light blue Tombow marker. I blended the color out with a water brush, & fussy cut the image.

To create the flower arrangement, I took some of the flowers & leaves I'd stamped and die cut, and positioned them around the top of the jar. Once I had the arrangement like I wanted, I glued them to the jar & to each other, so they were all in one piece. I arranged the rest of my flowers & leaves in another cluster, and glued them to a scrap of white cardstock. Once the glue had dried, I cut that out with my scissors.

Card with flower arrangement extended
For the slider, I created a channel on the back of the jar with 1/4" wide strips of bristol paper. I also cut a strip of bristol for the pull mechanism, and added a narrow strip to the bottom of it, to act as a stopper. I adhered my second flower cluster to the pull strip with Scor Tape, & determined where I wanted the slider to stop. I glued another strip of bristol across the back of my jar at that stop point, adding the glue only to the ends of the strip, so the pull strip would slide freely, and the stopper would catch on the cross strip. I die cut a heart with a Nellie's Choice "Straight Heart" die from a patterned paper scrap, and glued it upside-down on the top of my pull strip. I trimmed off the bristol that showed from behind the heart, and stamped the "pull" & an arrow from MFT's "Interactive Labels" set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I cut a piece of black dot paper from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" pad and a strip of chevron paper from Basic Grey's "Fiction" 6x6" pad for my background. I adhered the chevron strip to the bottom of the dot paper, and adhered my focal image with Scor Tape. I ended up having to pull it apart, though, because the slider mechanism caught on the paper seam. So I added a piece of Scotch tape over the seam where the jar would cover it, and reattached my jar. That worked!

I used MFT's "Happy Hellos" (discontinued) for the greeting. I adhered a piece of patterned paper to fun foam with Stick It on both sides of it, and die cut my "hi" from that. I adhered that to my card front over the jar. All that was left was to mount my card front to a white A2 card base. I'll have to make an envelope that's larger than A2, since the pull tab sticks out over the top of my card. But hey--I'm glad everything works in the end! :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rainbow Hello


Day 5 of Camp Create at the My Favorite Things blog is about "Glitzy Glitter." I don't use glitter often, but decided to create this glitter die cut inlay card for this challenge.


I die cut the greeting from MFT's "Happy Hellos" set (apparently discontinued) in a panel of dark blue cardstock. I also cut a scrap of white cardstock, applied Scor Tape to the front, and die cut the hello again. For that, I adjusted the pressure setting on my die cutting machine, so it only cut through the liner paper on the adhesive layer. I removed the liner paper from around the word, and adhered that piece to the back of my blue panel, being careful to line up the letters.

After choosing 6 colors of glitter (in rainbow order), I removed the liner paper from just the "h" and applied first red glitter, then orange. After burnishing the glitter into the adhesive & wiping away the excess with a tack cloth, I moved on to the rest of the letters. I removed the liner paper from one letter at a time, and applied the glitter. I had made sure, before I starting glittering, to adhere the centers of the "e" & "o" that had been cut from the blue panel. After I had applied all the glitter, I gave one final burnish.

For the arrows, I used a die from "Blueprints 13." I die cut the first arrow from a piece of red patterned paper (all the papers were from my scrap stash). For the remaining arrows, I did only partial die cutting, letting the end of the arrow hang off the edge of my cutting platform. After I'd finished with the die cutting, I determined how long to make the arrows from orange on, and finished the cut on each with my craft knife. Then I adhered them in place on my panel. All that was left then was to mount the card front to a white A2 card base. I will send this to Send a Smile 4 Kids, to cheer up a hospitalized child.

I'm also entering my card in Incy Wincy Designs "Sparkle & Shine" challenge.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day


My Favorite Things has a special "Campfire" challenge for Camp Create--dry embossing. I'm not sure if you could use embossing folders, because Stephanie Klauck demonstrated using a die. So I went ahead and used one of the "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" dies from My Favorite Things & also a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die.

I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5". I marked the center of my panel, and used that to help me position my greeting, from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I stamped it in Lawn Fawn Guava ink, and positioned my oval die around it. I ran that through my die cutting machine with a silicone mat, to impress the oval into the cardstock. Then I removed the die, and used the butterfly die to make several impressions around the oval.

Because I inadvertently ended up with an awkward empty space on my card panel, I created a "faux bow" with pink satin ribbon, following these instructions. That added a nice bit of dimension to my flat panel, and filled in that space perfectly!

I decided I wanted a mat around my panel, so I trimmed off 1/8" from each side, to keep the greeting centered. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base with foam tape.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Dies R Us #75: "Celebrations" (I hope this qualifies, even though I just used my dies to emboss!)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make Everything Better


The theme for Day 2 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Remarkable Resist." I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. Even though I used MFT's "Get Well Wishes" stamp set, this particular greeting could go for pretty much any time someone is going through a tough patch.


I decided to use just plain white cardstock for my card front, since I wanted to color the butterfly with colored pencils. I first stamped one of the "Elegant Butterflies" from Clearly Besotted with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using my MISTI so I could double-stamp & get a good impression. I then masked the image, and stamped over it with MFT's "Romantic Script Background" stamp inked with Versamark. I sprinkled on Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder, removed the mask from the butterfly, and melted the powder with my heat tool.

To complete the background, I replaced the mask over the butterfly, and inked a gradient using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, & Abandoned Coral Distress inks. I was kind of nervous about doing this on plain cardstock, and was pleasantly surprised that I got no blending foam marks, but instead, just a smooth blend! After I finished inking, I buffed off the embossing with a dry cloth, and colored the butterfly with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I created kind of a purple-to-mint gradient, to contrast with the warm hues of the background.

For the greeting, I stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and clear heat embossed that. After cutting it down into a banner shape, I inked with Shaded Lilac, Broken China, & Cracked Pistachio Distress inks, working from the middle outward. I thought these colors went well with the colors I'd used in the butterfly. I adhered that to my card front with some ATG tape, coated the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer, and mounted my finished card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Enjoy Your Special Day


Day 3 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is all about "Spectacular Shakers." I really like making shaker cards, and especially love when I show them to people, because they just have to shake them! I decided initially to do a birthday card, though I suppose with the particular greeting I used, it could go for any celebration.


I cut a piece of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's "Birthday Bash" 6x6" pad with the stitched rectangle die from MFT's "Blueprints 13." I used the larger star die from "Blueprints 18," & die cut 3 openings in the panel, making sure to leave room for my greeting. I adhered a piece of acetate behind the stars with Scor Tape, added 2 layers of foam tape to the back of the panel, and filled my shaker wells with seed beads. I used only one color of beads for each star, which wasn't easy, since they kept wanting to mingle! But I finally succeeded in filling my wells. I carefully peeled off the liner papers from the tape, and adhered a piece of blue chevron paper from Simple Stories' "SN@P Color Vibe" 6x6" pad as a background.

For my greeting, I used one from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I die cut a label shape with a die from "Blueprints 13," and stamped my greeting on that. I heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder, inked around the edges with Broken China Distress ink, and adhered it to my shaker panel. To finish my card, I adhered the shaker panel to a 4.25x5.5" piece of lime green cardstock, mounted that to a white A2 card base, & added Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops to the front.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

You Make Life Beautiful


My Favorite Things has been having their first session of Camp Create on their blog. Day One's theme was "Wonderful Watercolor." I created this card as a "pick me up" to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, using MFT stamps & dies.


I had to play around with what size card I wanted, that would work for the design I had in mind. A2 size turned out to be just a bit too small, so I went for 4.5x7.25" instead. (I have envelopes made to fit that size, so every so often, I make a card to go with those.) After cutting a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to that size, I laid out my dies & stamps to make sure everything would fit where I wanted it. I used my MISTI to stamp the greeting, from MFT's "Simply Fabulous Sayings," in Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder.

My idea for the background was similar to the one Stephanie Klauck shared in the Camp Create post, to do a galaxy-type look. But rather than do a rainbow like she did, I wanted spots of color behind the butterflies. So I lightly traced around my dies on my watercolor paper, just so I would know where to apply color, and then erased just enough so my lines were barely visible. Since pencil gets trapped under watercolor & can't be erased afterwards, I had to do that so my outlines wouldn't show. I applied watercolor to each area. I then went around each spot of color with black watercolor, blending in around the edges of the colored areas to create soft edges. I did a few coats of each color & black, drying with my heat tool in between coats, to build up the color intensity.

I die cut all the butterflies & bodies from MFT's "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" set from pearlized cardstock by The Paper Studio. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue them down to my background, applying the glue only to the middle portion, so the wings were free to bend up. Then I glued the bodies in place. As one final touch, I decided I needed some sparkle. So I used the Light Gold color from my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set to add flicks to the panel. The gold did get on the butterflies, but I don't really mind. Finally, I adhered my panel to a white card base.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Emboss It."