Saturday, November 22, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! *singing* At least it does in every store in town! Many of us like to get our Christmas cards done early so we here on the blog are giving you ideas on what you can make using paper from Paper Temptress's Christmas Paper Pack.
I used Red Ruche from the Christmas Paper Pack for the outside of the house and I made the window out of the Autumn Hay. The greenery is the gorgeous Emerald Metallic cardstock.
As you open the card you will see that the window was cut open so that you can see the main image on the inside of the card.
Here’s the image on the inside of the card. I sponged some yellow around the image to make it more warm and welcoming.
Thank you for stopping by! I will be taking some time off from the blog for the month of December while my husband has surgery but I'll be back after the first of the year! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Since I'm living in a construction zone right now due to an unfortunate plumbing issue which led to the dishwasher flooding our kitchen and hallway, getting underneath our wood laminate flooring and into our walls... I decided it would be a good idea to post a Blast from the Past post using one of my favorite cards from last year. What's great is that the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package is on sale again right now!!! I love this paper so much that I've ordered more of it throughout the year. It's gorgeous! Now onto the post:
I have a special treat for you today! This is one of the cards I made using the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package which is on SALE!! You can really get a lot of cards out of the package! I tried a new technique for this card which is called Die Cut Inlay. The paper I used are: Black Onyz Mica/Metallic, Russo Incandescent and Candido Incandescent for the snowflakes.
I found a video by Jennifer McGuire here: Die Inlay It's a fun technique and I think I did pretty well considering this was my first try at it. I had to work with a LOT of small pieces because I chose snowflakes... which have a lot of small pieces. hehe!
First, you need to choose your background paper and the inlay paper. You need to decide where you want the inlay pieces (snowflakes) to be on the background paper. I placed the snowflake dies on top of the black Onyz background, taped them into place and ran it through my die cutting machine. (pictured below - you can see the black snowflakes top left of the image and the black background cut out just below.) You then need to cut the same pieces (in my case - the snowflakes) out of the contrasting (inlay) paper also shown below:
Be sure to save all the little pieces - you'll need them! Next you will adhere your background paper to the card and then start filling in the white spaces. It's just like a puzzle. You need to be sure to fit the snowflakes and the tiny pieces in where they fit. You'll need to dot liquid glue to the backs of the pieces. My favorite glue is Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue found in most craft stores. The smaller bottle has a fine tip so you can easily manage how much glue comes out. Try not to get glue on the background paper or on the top of the snowflakes. I use tweezers to pick up the pieces and place them onto the card.
You can see that parts of a couple of snowflakes hang over the edge. Carefully cut off the excess for a professional look. You can see in the photo below how the card is one layer. I added 1/2 pearls to the snowflakes to give them an elegant look.
I added a sentiment for the finishing touch. I just LOVE how the Black Onyz shines in the light.
Thank you for stopping by! This was a fun card to make even if it was kind of time-consuming. But once I started putting the "puzzle" together, it was fun and went quickly! If you try this technique of Die Cut Inlay, please let me know! I'd love to see it!
The Good Stuff:
Snowflake dies: Lifestyle Crafts - Snowflakes / Spellbinders - Create A Flake One / Sentiment stamp - Stampin Up - Angelic Joy (no longer available) / Spellbinders dies: Fancy Framed Tags Two & Labels Twenty