Saturday, 30 October 2010

Snow Flowers

This Christmas card features a handmade paper flower covered in 'snow,' or chunky and flaky glitter.

The card base is Stampin' Up Sahara Sand cardstock, trimmed with Wild Wasabi and Black. A faux stitch was drawn on with a thin black marker.

The lacy trimmed black embellishment was made with an eyelet border punch.

The sentiment stamp is SU's Season of Joy.

The flower is made from paper that has been punched with the 1 3/4-inch Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch. Four layers of scalloped circles were used. They were sprayed with glimmer mists and worked into the shape of a flower by rolling and curling. Chunky snow glitter and buttons tied with twine were added.

I love the simple lines, but sophisticated feel of this card, which we will be making during an upcoming class in November.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Halloween Sketch Card

If you ever get a bit bored with the standard-sized card, you can try a different shape, like this Halloween scalloped circular card.

I followed a sketch challenge from the Mojo Monday blog.

As you can see, they gave the option of a traditional square card or the circle, and I decided to think outside the square box!

The circular card is easy to make by using a large plastic scalloped template. Each scalloped circle was about 5.5 inches in diameter. In other words, I was able to get four scalloped circles from a 12-by-12-inch piece of designer cardstock.

The cards are simple to stick together, and I went to Julee Tilman's blog, Poetic Artistry, for a tutorial. If you visit her tutorial, you will see that she has used a Spellbinder's Nestability die to cut out her circles. They result in much smaller circular cards, but that makes them easier to put into the traditional A2 envelope (whereas my circular cards have to go into the larger square envelopes that often require more postage).

The pumpkin on these cards is from Stampin' Up's Autumn Harvest stamp set. They were colored with colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits, and blending stumps. The cards were part of a class that I taught recently, and I showed my friends how simple it is to use colored pencils to create stunning stamped images.

Wreath of Leaves

For a variation of the celebratory wreath cards created in the previous blog tutorial, you also can use the leaf stamp in the Stampin' Up Autumn Days set.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Autumn Days Celebratory Wreath

Once again, I've featured Stampin' Up's Autumn Days stamp set in making this celebratory autumn wreath card.

The wreath was made by using a combination of colors to ink up the berry branch stamp  -- Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.

In the Thanks So Much card (above), the wreath and salutation have been stamped onto Confetti White cardstock, and Naturals Ivory cardstock is peeking through the back of the circle. The cardstock with the wreath has been antiqued with a light tan (in this case, craft ink, or SU's Crumb Cake).

How to Make the Wreath: Begin by drawing a circle with a pencil onto your background cardstock.

You can use a stencil or anything that has a circle shape to draw your circle. I used a plastic circle with a 3.5-inch diameter; but you also can use the inside of a tape roll, as pictured.

Stamp the berry branch in one direction around the pencilled circle. After the wreath is dry, you can erase any pencil marks.


Using a self-healing mat and a plastic circle template, 

you'll want to cut out the 2-inch-diameter center of the wreath.

Then further punch or cut a 1 3/4-inch circle from that piece.

You will be stamping a greeting on this smaller circle, such as SU's Sincere Salutations, which I used. Choose your ink to match your overall layout. In both instances, I inked up with Cajun Craze. 

The Birthday Wishes Wreath was layered onto Certainly Celery cardstock. The circular salutation as been adhered with dimensional adhesive to lift it slightly. Certainly Celery colored ribbon was added as an embellishment, but you could use any coordinating ribbon.

Although I have used both Confetti White and Naturals Ivory for these cards, any white or ivory cardstock will work beautifully. In both instances, I have used patterned designer cardstock to make the bottom layer of the card.

VARIATION: If you don't want to cut out a circular window on your wreath card, you can take the easier option of layering circles on top instead. The look will be a little different, but you might find it slightly easier. For example, in the card above, the Birthday Wishes circle is 1.75 inches in diameter; the plain Certainly Celery circle is about 2.25 inches.