Beautiful You – Shadow Box Card

Beautiful You – Shadow Box Card

One thing I love about designing cards is combining older, and even retired, stamp sets with new ones. This is one such example, but then I also discovered a unique way to combine them. So after learning how to make a shadow box card at a recent stamp class, using the Colorful Seasons set, I decided that the Beautiful You stamp set just screamed to be made into a shadow box card. I might have paired it with Serene Scenery, if I had any of that paper stack left (alas, no) along with the retired Wetlands set, but finally decided Lovely As a Tree was my best option for creating a backdrop for this card. And since I was using this design for a class, I wanted to make sure to use current products.

 

At first, I considered masking the girl out of the background on the inside panel, so it would have looked like this inside.

 

But then I decided to fussy cut her and secure her to the inside of the front of the shadow box giving the whole project more perspective.

 

You will notice that while she is attached below the circle to the inside of the front panel, she is leaning to the front through the die-cut circle, and her head and limbs rest against the outside of the circle.

The front and rear pieces of card stock are cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 1/2″ and 1″ on each side. The front is thick white card stock and the back is Berry Burst. The inside panel is 3 1/4″ x 4″.  The circle was die-cut with the next to the largest of the 4 circle nesting dies, 2 1/2″. All of the stamping is done in black ink. The girl was colored with Melon Mambo marker and the background was sponged with Soft Sky for the sky, Wild Wasabi for the grassy area and Marina Mist for the water. (For those of you wanting to see the shadow box card that sparked this design, here is the link to my upline’s blog where she shares the shadow box that she created.)

For the amount of card stock used for this project, it definitely provides a bigger WOW value that many of the multi-layered, heavily die-cut cards.

Some of the new stamp sets in this year’s Holiday Catalog are going to be perfect for creating future shadow box cards. Can’t wait to get my hands on them.

 

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2017 Expo Swap

2017 Expo Swap

This was my second year participating in the Orlando Expo Swap. Being that it was scheduled on May 5th, also known as Cinco de Mayo, I decided to create the following card for my swap.

I love the metallic look created with the silver card stock by streaking it with black stazon ink, embossing with the Fiesta folder, and then heat embossing with both gold and copper embossing powder, and more black stazon ink. Those embossing powders were then repeated on the sentiment panel, along with red embossing powder used for the sentiment.

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Scrap Cards

Scrap Cards

How good do you feel when the card you make for someone fits them so perfectly? Well, actually that was a rhetorical question. But, it makes you feel really good, right! Here’s a card I made in such a hurry that I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. I had a ton of 1″ square scraps left from making a bunch of note cards using the Serene Scenery paper stack from last year’s catalog, along with a badly stamped panel that I thought I might be able to use for an under layer. After pasting the scraps all together on that panel and then onto the card base, I ran it through an embossing folder on the Big Shot. And voila, after adding a circle greeting, I had the perfect card for my sister-in-law’s birthday, who just happens to be an excellent quilter. Sometimes those small scraps drive me nuts and I toss them out. Just happy I saved this bunch for the perfect scrap card.

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Denim Background Stamp

Denim Background Stamp

When I was gifted with this stamp a year ago (thanks, Laura), I immediately set out to find card samples using this background stamp.

That’s when I stumbled upon Ellen Hutson’s post, detailing how she created the seam on the card. 

Using the directions found in Ellen’s post, the background was stamped on gray card stock using pacific point ink from Stampin”Up! For the seam, I pierced a double line down the card, and used pacific point marker and white pencil to create the shadow and puckering effect. An orange gel pen was used to make the stitching. The sentiment was stamped in brown on vanilla card stock, the edges distressed with scissors and the surface sponged to look like leather. Enamel dots were added to the corners and then popped up on dimensionals.

I created multiples of this card as it makes a perfect male birthday card.

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