Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Time & Distance

I'm still making cards from the same 6X6 paper pads that I have been using for the bold patterned papers.  There are also some nice subtle patterns in sets.

 This sentiment is by Verses Rubber Stamps. 

The frame was cut from a Spellbinders die. I had a lot of difficulty getting good clean shapes from this die. It took some effort and wasted paper to accomplish these cards. I either tore the edges or the lacy edge didn't cut completely.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

More cards from bold prints

I'm still working with bold papers to make cards.

I've always avoided using such bold patterned papers on my cards.  By cutting it smaller and leaving some white space around it, it seems to work.

Friday, July 26, 2013

You're Special

Once I had my measurements figured out, I made 4 more of these cards from the Ki Creations 6X6 paper pad.  I cut the 6X6 sheet of paper 3" wide & 4 1/4" tall.  This leaves a strip of the paper 1 3/4" X 6".  I will use that strip on future cards.

The ribbon is by May Arts and the sentiment is by Inkadinkadoo.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bright flower cards

I used the templates again to choose where to cut the paper for these cards.

The ribbon on these cards is by May Arts.  The papers are from Ki Creations 6" X 6" paper pad, called Berry Blast.  It's nice to have papers that work together, but it was harder to find embellishments to go with those colors.  I decided on a punch for the flowers.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Remember Evo Templates?

I have purchased many craft suppies over the years.  A lot of them have just been taking up space in my small, crowded craft room.  For this project, I pulled out my Evo Templates.  Do any of you remember them?  There were sold at conventions by Evolving Images (no longer in business) and looked so good in demos.  I haven't touched them for years, until now.
These are the rectangle sets.  There are a number of sizes that fit perfectly together on an A2 card.  I used to use these templates with a stipple brush to create faux layers on card.  The large one in the rear has been labeled for the Rule of Thirds for designing cards.  I found the pattern HERE.

My current use is to decide how I want to cut my designer paper to not waste the pretty designs.  This is a page from a 6" X 6" paper pad by Ki Creations.

These steps helped me decide on the last on, because it wasted less of my pretty paper.  This is how I cut the paper.
I used the 2 lower pieces to make these cards.  The top part will be used later to add a strip to another card.

Monday, July 22, 2013

More vintage paper

This vintage paper is getting me started making cards again.  I'm mostly letting the paper guide me in creating a design.

This paper is from a 6X6 pad by Ki Creations called Vintage Charm.  There are 2 sheets of each design, so I'm trying to decide how to cut it to best advantage.  I've also added some stickers to some of the papers.  Others have just had stamped sentiments added.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vintage paper

I've been enjoying playing with this pretty paper from Ki Creations.  This 6X6 pad is called Vintage Charm.  I've made 3 cards with one sheet with roses on it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stimulated mojo

I was excited this week to discover some new paper pads at my local WalMart store.  It's the only place in town that I can purchase supplies.  I usually have to shop online.  These pads are by Ki Memories and distributed by Hampton Art.  I've made a few cards, but I'm still old & slow.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Punched frames

I'm still trying to use supplies that I have on hand.  I pulled out my MS Punch around the page sets.  These punch both the corners and borders of cardstock.  Here's my efforts this week.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

More leaf cards

I've been making a few more cards with leaves on them for the fall season.  I stamped the backgrounds with various small leaf stamps with a Kaleidacolor ink pad called Autumn Leaves.  The ink pad has 5 colors of ink to give a nice balance.

I have learned to stamp one stamp on background in 3 different areas, in the form of a triangle.  Then, chose a second stamp and repeat the process.  This gives a nice balance to the stamped image.  The triangles aren't all the same and some images are partly off the paper.  I allow the ink to dry before placing the stamped background in an embossing folder and running it through my Big Shot.  Each background is a bit different, but they all have a similar appearance.

These 2 cards were embellished with Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment is a die cut with a Cuttlebug die.  The tag is also a Spellbinders die.

The leaves on these last 2 cards are called Decorative Accents from the Black Ink Co.  I've had them for years, so they may no longer be available.