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5 Things We Love about Dad

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Happy Monday!  I am here to share a fun “Dad” themed card with you today.

I am going to be doing things a little bit different… I really want to show you an idea of a card and see what products you guys have at home that you can use to create something similar.

My inspiration for today’s card was a digital cut file that I saw in the Silhouette Design Store.  It is by Lori Whitlock and it is called “5 Things Pocket”.  While I know not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine, you can still look through the cut files and get some really great ideas.

I really liked this pocket idea and wanted to incorporate into my card.  I downloaded the file and was able to customize and alter the cut file to fit my needs.  You can easily recreate a pocket like this with metal die cuts like using rectangle dies to create the little files and small circular ones for the tabs.  There are also many free resources on the good ‘ol Inter web!

Since this card is for my husband, I really wanted to personalize it to suit him.  He LOVES math, I mean LOVES.  He can be found spending his leisurely time reading calculus books. and doing equations..for FUN!?  He even spent our holiday last summer in Vegas poolside reading a math and physics book.  People walked by and had a good laugh at him!  It’s funny how we even got together as I am not good at math at all!  None the less…he is MY nerd, so back off girls!  LOL.

I headed to the internet and found some really great math papers that I could download (and I just know he is going to try to solve the calculations on them). I found this set on Etsy from KecheliPapers.  They were perfect for my theme!  I also found another digital cut file from the Silhouette Design Store that looked very similar to an abacus, so I die cut that from some red paper.  Again, you can customize your papers and card to suit who you are making the card for and use background dies that you already have.

I cut one of the papers down to fit a 5 1/2″ square card base and adhered it to the card base with my tape runner and glued the abacus looking die cut closer to the top left hand side of the card.

I used another of the papers to create the envelope and used Gina K Connect Glue as the adhesive.  This is a very strong liquid adhesive and I know it will hold up to the pulling that will happen when the little files are removed and inserted back into it and it gives me wiggle room to ensure I have the edges lines up evenly.  As that has time to set up I can then move onto the little files that will be inserted inside the envelope.   My husband has a very small colour palette that he likes, red, black, blue white and gray, so those are the colours I chose.  You can easily create these and the tabs with dies in your stash.  The next thing to do is to stamp the numbers on the tabs.  I pulled out all the number stamps in my collection and found some that were the perfect size.  This is actually a stamp set that is used to create day-timers.  for the red, blue, gray and white I will stamp with Versamark ink and use clear embossing powder and for the white one I will use Versamark Claire Nocturne Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I suggest using a stamp platform like the stamp perfect so that you can stamp multiple times and get a good impression.  I also notice these stamps developed air bubbles underneath which hindered the stamping, so to overcome this I used the Versamark marker to fill in any gaps.  This is a useful tool to have around, especially because it has the bullet tip one end and the brush tip on the other.

I want to add some lined paper onto the file so that my kids can write what they love about their Dad.  I used another Silhouette file, but you can easily just use white paper or even use lined paper from a small note book.  I adhered this with my taper runner.

I need to work on my sentiment and used one of the big number 5 stamps I had and stamped that with Memento Black Tuxedo ink so I could Copic colour in complimentary blue colours (B24, B26 & B29).  To get the exact sentiment I wanted I created a cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio and sized it to fit on the envelope.  I changed the sentiment from saying “5 Things I Love About You” to “5 Things We Love About Dad”.  You can easily create your own sentiments with stamps, alphabet stamps, alphabet die cuts or even your own printer!  I die cut this twice once from red and once from white cardstock and then used the Gina K Connect Glue to adhere the two together just a little offset to help the sentiment pop off the black background.

It’s now time to finish adhering everything down to the card base.  I used Be-Creative Scor Tape to adhere the envelope to the base.  I chose this adhesive as it is a VERY strong adhesive and again, it will hold up to being pulled on.  Check out my YouTube video to see my special trick on how I use Scar-Tape.  I will then adhere the sentiment with the liquid adhesive to give myself time to wiggle it into the perfect position.

Of course, I could not resist adding a bit of sparkle to this card…even if it is for my husband!  So I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and sparkled that bad boy up!

You can watch the corresponding YouTube video here:                  https://youtu.be/toopBH8ki6s               

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you feel inspired to create your own interactive envelope card.  Make sure you head over to the Facebook Challenge Page and share your “Dad” inspired cards!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala

 

Orange You So Awesome Encouragement Card

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Orange You So Awesome Encouragement Card

Hello Everyone. Thank you for stopping by. Todays  project is an encouragement card;  Orange You Awesome .

Concord & 9th’s stamps and die are unique. They steer away from cutesy , or  child like characters and  focus on different innovative designs.  They have won numerous  awards for their  designs.

I used   Orange You Sweet Stamp Set and Orange You  Sweet Dies to construct this delightful card.

Ink to Paper:

Memories Black Dye Ink Pad was used to  stamp all of the images.  Orange rims first  and   then pulp section  stamps  inside  the rim. Both sizes were stamped  and  multiples of each  on  white card stock. Black and orange card stock sheets  from Bazzill Premium Paper  (100 sheet)  Pack  were trimmed  a smidgeon larger than the two piece  Awesome die ( from my stash).  A few oranges in both sizes were  cut with Orange You Sweet Dies. A press of the button and the images were cut  with  Crafters Companion Gemini Die Cutting Machine.

Sentiment Strip:

“Orange You So”  was stamped with Memories Black Dye Ink Pad on the edge of white card stock and trimmed to a .25 ” x 5.5 ” strip. MFT’s Black & White Stripes 6×6 Pad  and Silky Sky  Tonic Mirror Card were also cut into .25 x 5.5 ” strips. The white sentiment strip was shortened to 2.5 “.

 Be Creative 3mm tape  was applied to the reverse side of “Orange You So”  strip and then attached  on top of  Silky Sky Tonic Mirror Card ( this was trimmed to 3″).  The die cut word “Awesome” had  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive applied sparingly to the back and placed precisely over the black  word shadow die cut. Once dry this was applied   between the layered sentiment and the edge of  last remaining full size strip. (MFT’s  Black & White Stripe strip).

Card Assembly:

Three orange die cuts were formed  into a triangle on the left hand side of a  landscape card front  panel . Once I was happy with the placement they were adhered directly to the panel. “Orange You So Awesome” sentiment strip was applied centre horizontally to the front panel with 3 D Foam Squares  ( low profile).

The front panel was secured to a side fold landscape card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. An inside card panel was trimmed to 4.15 x 5.5″.   MFT’s Black & White Stripes 6×6 Pad    piece of  stripped paper  was trimmed to .25 x 5.5 ” and adhered to the bottom edge of the inside panel. ” I Could Just Squeeze You ” was inked with Memories Black Dye Ink Pad and stamped a tad higher than centre. The inside card panel was attached to the inside card base with liquid adhesive.

Sequins to match Silky Sky  Tonic Mirror  was attached above and below “Awesome” and a small sequin attached above the “e” to form a triangle.

Orange You So Awesome Encouragement card is now complete. Until next time. xo Karen

Sending Hugs – Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Bundle

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Sending Hugs – Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Bundle

Hello Everyone. Thank you for stopping by. Todays project is a  Sending Hugs Card using  Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Bundle.

Each bundle  contains a  Color Layering Stamp Set,  co-ordinating dies and the necessary ink to layer the stamps with a successful outcome. In most cases four is the magic number. The four inks in this bundle  are  set AF381 Earth Neutrals Dye Ink  (Charcoal, Cup O’ Joe, Wet Cement and Pumpkin Pie). Green Hills from my stash was added , any green would work.

 

Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Stamp Set and co-ordinating dies are available to purchase separately too.   They are the same stamps and dies available in the combo pack. Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps have clear instructions on how to layer the stamps on the back of the stamp set  packaging . In addition there are photos of each step and the inks used to achieve each step.

Making the Card:

Starting with  the lightest ink and the  solid stamp, working toward  the darkest shade with  the less area to stamp.  The inks were used in this order:  Wet Cement,  Cup O’Joe and finally Charcoal.

The greenery was stamped starting with the branch with  Cup O’ Joe and the greenery in Green Hills. These two stamps were stamped  three times.

Once the ink was dry the images were cut out using the co-ordinating dies.

MFT Die-namics Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle Stax  cut a frame with Green  Bazzill Premium Card Stock (counting from the smallest die, six and seven were used to make the frame).  Reserving the negative space (centre) for the card. A  1/4 x 5-1/2″ strip  was  also cut and set  aside  for the inside panel.

A white card stock panel was cut to 4 x 5-1/2 ” for the card front . MFT Die-namics Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle Stax die number six was used to cut the centre of the panel. This will be used later.

Card Assembly:

A white Card Stock card base was cut  to form a side fold landscape card  11 x 4- 1/2 ” and  scored at 5-1/2 ” . Be Creative Tape 5 mm was applied to top and bottom of the card front. Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter , Green Meadow was burnished into the tape. Removing any excess with a fine brush.

Onto  the card front panel. The  Tag-Corner frame  is adhered to  the outside of the  the die cut centre, essentially framing the centre  of the panel.  The white panel is attached with Be Creative Tape 3mm between the  Pure Sheen Glitter strips. Foam tape is applied to the white card stock centre and placed back  into the front panel. Liquid adhesive is used to  secure  Bazzil Tone on Tone Polkadot frame centre to the popped up centre of the front panel.

Next the images are added to the popped up centre portion. The larger Koala is added to the right hand side with foam tape for added dimension,   the smaller Koala is adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive  below the ear of the larger Koala. Greenery is tucked into the larger Koala’s Hand. Two Greenery sprigs are attached  to the bottom left hand side of the Bazzill Premium Card Stock.

Sentiment:

Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Stamp Set ” Sending Hugs”  stamp was  inked with VersaMark Watermark Ink and stamp  onto white card stock. Nuvo Embossing Powder, Hot Chocolate was sprinkled over and heat set.   The sentiment strip was trimmed and added just below the larger Koala’s foot (bottom right hand side of the popped up  green card stock centre )

Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was applied to the bottom   edge of the inside panel. The Bazzill strip that was reserved for later was attached over the  liquid adhesive.  The inside panel was attached to the inside card base.

Finishing Touches:

Beads were added to the eyes of  both Koalas . Nuvo Prickly Pear  Sequins and Sparkling Crystals were layered onto the card front. Nuvo Glitter Gloss was applied to the greenery.

That completes this card. Until Next time – Karen xo