“You should make a get-well card for yourself. You’ve been sick all week.”
My husband suggested this to me Friday after dinner. It’s true — I have been sick all week. It’s been a week filled with soup, including the tasty shrimp pho I had Friday; annoying, harsh coughing fits; nights of interrupted sleep; and a sharp decline in motivation and creativity.
Friday was the first day this week that I started to feel normal, though you couldn’t tell by my raspy voice. I challenged myself to make a card in the eleventh hour for this blog. I’ll call it “being realistic,” because sometimes life presents a situation for which you must craft quickly.
Stay healthy, my friends.
I’ve used neon colors for a summer-themed card, Christmas cards and a birthday card, so Valentine’s Day neon seems like a natural progression. This trend is not going anywhere. Neon is fun, retro (so many craft products are retro-themed lately) and screams, “Hey! Look at this awesome, happy project!”
I relied on brads instead of adhesive to attach the transparency to the card. Not having to wait for glue to dry is a bonus. To prevent the recipient from being blinded by love, I tempered my neon pink with layers of patterned transparency, vellum and cardstock in gray, black and white.
Vellum is a versatile craft product. You can use it to see through or into something, such as for “snow globe” or “shaker” cards. Vellum also can become a screen for something behind it, softening the impact of a bold pattern or giving a satin finish to shiny silver cardstock, such as with this card.
I love the shine and pattern of this silver cardstock and wanted to pair it with the beautiful stamped image, but stamping onto the cardstock didn’t allow the image to stand out enough. Vellum to the rescue! It cuts down on the high shine of the cardstock and showcases the image. To adhere the vellum without the adhesive being visible, I applied adhesive behind the image and where I placed my sentiment.
To add more depth, I layered the vellum and silver cardstock onto glittered, textured and patterned papers, added rhinestones and used dimensional adhesive on my sentiment piece.
With a blizzard turning my region of the country into a winter wonderland, this card seems appropriate.
I created the hills of snow with layers of vellum, which softens the black-and-white snowflake pattern behind them. Sticking washi tape over the raised layers did not come easily, though. It had to be glued on to keep it from popping up.
After a little glue, a little drawing, a little bling and a lot of vellum, my snowscape was complete, and now the blizzard outside seems kinda pretty (as long as I don’t have to go out in it).
I tracked down a Hero Arts Decorate It! stamp set at Target for its cute penguin, but the penguin came with friends: two cute snowmen. Using this set has helped to add variety to the 60 cards I’ve made for the holidays this year. While I duplicated several designs to get to 60 cards, some are unique, such as these. These designs have numerous steps, including gluing 40 little letters. What would that card be without them, though?
These cards also involve a bit of precision cutting with a die-cut machine, in this case, the Slice. With the first card, though, an oval punch that works anywhere on the paper also could be used.
Typically, when October rolls around, I’m thinking of ideas for Christmas cards. This year, I started in July.
I pushed myself to do it. Two Peas in a Bucket held a “Christmas in July” challenge. I created one trend-heavy holiday delight with a hand-cut chevron pattern, vellum, die-cuts and glitter. The color scheme of black, red and white is non-traditional, and that’s an approach I often take. In the coming weeks, I’m certain I’ll have cards with “retro” colors such as light green, fuchsia and turquoise (check out my gallery for past cards like this). I’ve already thought of a card featuring neon colors. I can’t wait to create that one!
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
“Macbeth,” William Shakespeare
It’s the final weekend of October, which means this is my last Halloween card for the year. Time to bid farewell, holiday o’ spirits and costumed foolery.
My final patterned paper design is vellum adorned with green bubbles. I added glittery paper, a shiny die-cut, plenty of “bling” and silver cardstock to complete this card. Don’t have silver cardstock? If you have metallic ink, swipe it on light-colored cardstock and rub it in with a paper towel.
So grab a cauldron, some crafty ingredients and gather ’round to cast a creative spell. Happy Halloween!
I’ve been entering more paper-craft challenges lately, and I find that I think outside the card box and try things I’ve never done before. You’ll see more cards I’ve made for challenges in the coming weeks. While none of them won, I really enjoyed putting my crafting skills to the test.
I entered this card for two challenges on the Two Peas in a Bucket website as part a celebration for the Craft & Hobby Association‘s summer show. The challenges required the use of fabric and a pocket on the projects. I had the concept for this card already in mind, and I thought using canvas would fit well with its sewing theme. I also used a vellum envelope as a pocket.
I have canvas left over from a painting class I took in college. I used StazOn ink on the fabric because it seemed more vivid than traditional ink. When stamping on canvas, work quickly so as much ink as possible transfers to the fabric.
I love teal. If you glance at my previous posts, you’ll see that I’ve been using a lot of the color. This card is no exception.
For this card, I used different shades of teal, from light to dark. I could have done this with just about any color because I have a lot of cardstock!
I used my trusty Slice Elite to cut out the same shape multiple times, smaller and smaller. Then, I stacked the negatives of the cutouts, which means I didn’t use the shapes but used what was left behind. Well, just look at the photo below to see what I mean. The tutorial tells you how to do this, step by step.
I love the look, and now that I’ve figured out the process, I’m sure I’ll turn to it again.