Sunday, June 28, 2009

Christmas Stack Class - Gingerbread

This class was requested by some of my card club girls who wanted a head start on their Christmas card making. I'll have another class in the fall with new designs. The Gingerbread man is a Sizzix die cut. The decorative paper is Christmas giftwrap. The twill tape greeting sold on a roll was applied with heat and bond. The white frosting is a gel pen on this sample but for the class I brought a Galaxy Marker - Milky Way White with a broad point which did a super job. The red paper background was a bonus because I didn't have to cut extra red paper to ensure the hearts were red (an extra step I've done in the past). The fiber on the spine is red cotton with a gold thread.

Christmas Card Stack - Embossed Vellum

The accent on this card is a color printed image on vellum which has been embossed with clear powder. The options for images are endless. This star is a symbol from a stars font on my computer which has been set to white in the document so no embossing powder sticks to it. The blue watercolor background is a scan from some work I did several years ago. I brought several corner rounders for different looks. This is the classic corner rounder. The white card sets off the bright colors of the accent. The greeting was color printed on the card. I found having greetings on the front created a challenge with I came to creating verses for the verses. I would recommend at least some with no words on the front.

Christmas Stack Class - Silver Star

The accents on these cards are silver stars from a tree garland. Of course a Zot keeps them in place. The decorative paper again is foil Christmas giftwrap. The red one has silver swirls which appear black on the scan. The blue one was blue foil with white swirls. The ribbon is red 3/8" gross grain ribbon and the blue is Martha Stewart twill ribbon. They were a great color match. The ribbon again is brought to the inside of the card through a slit in the fold. These were the favorite in the group in the class.

Christmas Stack Class - 3D Snowflake

Really like those Cuttlebug embossing folders! I used the snowflake one on this card in several colors. The snowflake worked with turquoise, royal blue, lavender, purple. I couldn't go down the pink road. The greeting is color printed to match the embossed layer and ripped on top and bottom and trimmed to the edge on both ends. The 3D snowflake attached to the card front with a Zot. Works very well. I've made up the last few snowflakes into kits. It feels great not to have leftovers!

Christmas Stack Class - Black & Copper

The background paper is copper textured giftwrap I bought at Superstore on clearance last December. It was a great deal! The ornament is a Sizzix die cut which has been splattered and painted with Making Memories Copper Glaze. The greeting is a Michael's $1.50 stamp applied with Versafine ink. I was expecting it to quickly dry on this pearlized paper but not so much. I ended up having to use my heatgun on them. Good thing I didn't leave it to do in the class! The accent is pop dotted and the string was put in with a permanent black marker. I offered Sizzix primitive stars as an option. Nice classic card.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Card Club - May - Scallop Note

This is a very simple note card. I used my Scor-Pal to create the embossed lines on the front of the card. The Stampin Up! scallop punch and 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 punches do such a great job. The white daisy shape is a die cut flower I purchased at Michaels in the wedding section. They come in many colors and I hear crafters are coloring the white ones with ink, etc. The greeting was color printed onto the card before it was folded. Again any color combination is possible. I had yellow, pink, orange, purple. A full rainbow of possibilities.

Card Club - May - Acetate Window

I have seen this style of card on a couple of places on the web. The greeting was laser printed on acetate (StazOn ink is an alternative). The fold is at the top of the card. The front was cut and the acetate glued into that space. The bottom of the card front is now trimmed to be even with the back piece. I sandwiched the acetate between the cardstock and the decorative paper. I made the same style with male oriented paper and placed 3 brads instead of the flowers. The insert then is just a quarter sheet so that you can see through the "window" when the card is standing.

Card Club - May - Vellum

The card is navy with a navy white plaid scrapbook paper trimmed to size and adhered to the front. The tree and greeting were laser printe onto vellum. There are two ways to the attach the vellum. In this sample I have made a simple knot. The other way is an inny-outty. You make two 1/8 inch holes on either side of the middle of the card. Pull through the two ends of ribbons from front to inside of card one in each hole. Now cross them and return the ends to the front of the card through the opposite hole. Pull tight and trim ends. Fits well in the masculine theme I had for this month.

Card Club - May - Father's Day

Father's Day is soon! Are you sending yours a card? I am.
On this card I used a leaf image I designed myself several years ago when I was screen printing on cardstock. Now the color printer can do the same effect with less mess. The cardstock is Always Artichoke from Stampin Up! I'm finding I am using that color a lot lately. The acetate greeting allowed my girls to add the greeting or not. The scrapbook paper was very versatile allowing quite a few color options for accent and card.