Colors of Autumn – Thanksgiving Card

I had fun trying out my new “Autumn Leaves” Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink pad! This is a 5 color ink pad that gives you a rainbow of color for a multi-colored look using stamps or a brayer. For this card, I used the oak leaf from Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, Leaves. I stamped it twice onto cream cardstock, then fussy cut the images out with scissors. The embossed wreath is from Sizzix’s Birds and Wreath set. I dry embossed cream cardstock and colored the raised image using a clear ink embossing pen and soft chalk. It’s best to work in small sections with the embossing pen so that it’s still damp when applying the chalk. The embossing ink permanently sets the chalk so there’s no mess! Plus, if you make a mistake with your chalk on other parts of your paper, you can simply erase the mistake. I stamped “Blessings” using the Kaleidacolor pad to tie in with the leaves. This stamp and the flower layers are from Michael’s Dollar Bin. I secured the flowers together with an orange brad then adhered it with foam dimensionals. One leaf is also adhered with dimensionals to pop it up from the card.

Supplies

  • Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Autumn Leaves
  • Inkadinkado Mini Stamps – Leaves
  • Sizzix A2 Embossing Folder – Elegant Wreath
  • Ranger Inkssentials Clear Embossing Pen
  • Craft-T Chalks – Orange, Ruddy Red, Burnt Sienna, Light Brown, Dark Brown
  • Flowers – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • Orange Pastel Brad – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
  • “Blessings” Stamp – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • 4.25 x 5.5 cream cardstock
  • 4.5 x 5.75 brown cardstock
  • 4.75 x 12 orange cardstock – scored in the middle then folded to make card base measuring 4 & 3/4 x 6 inches
  • Corner Rounder Punch – Hobby Lobby
  • 3D foam adhesive squares – Michael’s
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Adhesive dot runner – Wal-Mart

The Sizzix Elegant Wreath embossing folder can be used in so many designs. Just by changing colors or embellishments, you get a whole new look. Here are three other cards I made in previous posts using this versatile folder:

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Paint Chip Butterflies

When have you turned into a craft supply hoarder? When you pull paint chip cards out of the trash and recycle them into art! 

A couple of days ago, I cleaned out our file cabinet and ran across some paint chip cards. My first inclination was to throw them away, so in the trash bag they went. Luckily the trash bag was new and only had old magazines and non-confidential papers in it because a pang of anxiety shot through me as I contemplated projects these paint chips could be used for. *Yes, I know I ended a sentence with a preposition and yes, I’ve turned into a hoarder :). I look at packaging, gift bags, wrapping paper, and bows in a whole new, recyclable way now. So I pulled the paint chips back out and put them in my craft room for safe keeping.

Yesterday, my sister reminded me that my sister-in-law’s birthday is coming up so last night I played around with a card idea. I thought of those paint chip cards and found a pretty one with varying shades of pink and cranberry. I tried my Emagination butterfly punch on the card and it worked perfectly so I punched out as many butterflies as I could for future uses. I used four on the birthday card (one butterfly from each shade of color). I adhered the butterflies in the order of their shades from light to dark using small foam dimensionals that I cut in half with scissors. I also folded their wings back to simulate flying.

The card measures 5×7 and uses plain sheets of cardstock in Kraft, light green, and cream. The oval background is from a Sizzix Birds and Wreath embossing folder set. I used Versamark (clear embossing ink), cotton swabs, and chalk pastels to color in the embossed image. I then cut out the image with scissors and adhered it to the card base with foam dimensionals.

The flower layers and teeny-tiny light green brads are from Michael’s and the larger brad is from Hobby Lobby. For the birthday sentiment, I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ (TPC Studio) in pink ink and when dry, I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Masculine Nature Card

With the arrival of Spring comes this nature-inspired card that plays with shading and the notion that sometimes less is more. I used Craft-T Chalks and a clear embossing pen to achieve this water color effect. These particular chalks aren’t permanent but there are some advantages when using a clear embossing pen. The embossing pen acts as a chalk enhancer which adds depth to the colors, creates a water color effect, and seals the chalk for a no-smudge card. And most importantly, the non-permanent chalk allows me to erase mistakes with a standard pencil eraser. I still want to get my hands on permanent chalk but I digress!

If you would like to try this method, here are some tips.  Emboss your cardstock with an embossing folder of your choice and then color in the embossed sections with a clear embossing pen (I use Rangers Inkssentials). Work in small sections so that the paper is still damp to accept your chalk. If you don’t want to damage your chalk applicators, use Q-tips to work in the colors. For the grass, I applied two shades of green to one Q-tip (one color next to the other) so that I could blend them together effortlessly. This adds more depth to the grass. Don’t worry if you get chalk powder over the un-embossed, dry parts of your paper. A quick erase using a standard pencil eraser cleans up the unwanted “coloring outside of the lines”.

Card Supplies

  • Cuttlebug “Bird Call” Embossing Folder
  • Clear Embossing Pen
  • Q-tips
  • Craft-T Chalks (turquoise, dark green, lime green)
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Cardstock (cream, brown, kraft)
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Dimensionals (foam tape)

Halloween Jack-O’-Lantern Card

Here is a cute little jack-o-lantern card from Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge.  I have been eyeing this one for a while but put it off to the last minute.  It’s the only Halloween card I’ve made and I put it in the mail last night to be sent to my sister who lives 5 hours away.  Just thought it would be a cute “hello” from me to her.

All cuts are 5 inches (card details and envelope), except the bat and spider which are cut at 2 inches.

I have noticed around the internet and on the Cricut Message Board that there’s some confusion on how to assemble this to get the black to show up behind the pumpkin carvings.  The easiest method for me was to cut the card twice, once in blackout using black card stock and one in the regular mode showing the carvings for the eyes and mouth in orange card stock.  I then used a paper trimmer to cut off the orange jack-o’-lantern section to lay on top of the solid black pumpkin.

The web was trial and error.  At first I used silver glitter glue but it made the web warped and weak and I didn’t want to wait until morning for it to dry.  So I cut it out again in black card stock (5 inches) and used my Zig 2 Way Glue Pen to completely cover it and then sprinkled on silver glitter.  I shook and thumped the covered web until it was hard to get any more glitter to come off.  Hopefully it will travel well in the mail!

Below is a gallery of more pictures.  Just click on the thumbnails to see a larger version.  I also show how I highlighted the matching envelope using a clear ink embossing pen and chalk.

I entered this in Mary’s Cardz TV challenge: http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2011/10/cardz-tv-cricut-cardz-challenge-94.html.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Butterfly Sympathy Card

A dear friend of mine lost her father last month and this is the card I made for her and her family.  This was my second attempt as the first just didn’t reflect what I was trying to express to her during this difficult time.  She has always been there for me and now we live quite a distance apart.   I wish for her peace and comfort, and pray that time will help heal the sorrow she is feeling.

Card Details:
The lavender card base is 5X7. The wreath embossing is an A2 Sizzix folder from the Birds & Wreath Set. I colored in the wreath using a Rangers clear ink embossing pen (working in small sections so it wouldn’t dry too fast) and then I applied green and purple Crayola chalks with Q-tips.  I cut the butterfly and cage from the Cricut Lite Bloom Cartridge at 3 1/2 inches. The black and lavender card stock came from Wal-mart in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The lavender satin ribbon is from a ribbon scrap pack from Paper Studios. The cream card stock is from a ream I got from Desktop Publishing supplies. The “Thinking of You” is a rub-on I had in my stash. The butterfly is embellished with Lavender Stickles and three light green adhesive gems.

I typed the sentiment in Word using Edwardian Script and printed it on a 5×7 sized sheet of cream card stock which I then trimmed down just a bit with a paper-cutter so it would fit on top of the other mat layers (went 1/8 inch inward around all sides for each mat to show the layers of mats). I used a corner rounder from Paper Studios on all corners of each mat and card base before adhering everything together.

Thanks for stopping by,

Vanessa

“Birds of a Feather” Flock Together – 2 Sizzix Embossed Cards for Comparison

Last night I made two A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches) featuring the Sizzix embossing folder called “Birds of a Feather”.  For the blue thank you card, I embossed the image on the actual card base and didn’t add anything else to the image.  The image is so pretty that it can pretty much stand on its own.  Embellishments from the ribbon, rub-on, and a corner rounder punch finish off the card.   For the pink “Thinking of You” card, I embossed the image on a beige linen mat.  I then “colored” in the image with a clear embossing pen by Ranger Inkssentials, making sure to work on small sections at a time.  I then applied chalk using cotton swabs while the clear ink was still damp.  The clear ink helps seal in the chalk, creating a water-color effect.  The chalks used are regular Crayola chalks that can be bought at a dollar store or grocery store.  I used red, green, and blue chalk on the image.  The red actually looks like a darker pink so it worked well with the ribbon and the pink card base.

The sentiments for both cards are “miniMARKS” rub-on transfers from American Crafts.  Both ribbons are also from American Crafts called “Dear Lizzy Value 24 Pack”.  The embossing machine I used is called Sizzix Texture Boutique which I got from Amazon for around $35.00.  It only embosses (no die-cutting) but I can always use my Cricut Expression to cut what I need.

This embossing folder is such a cute image, and just by changing the paper or ribbon, it gives it a different feel.  Also, by changing the direction of the card base cut using the paper trimmer, you can have the A2 size card open from top to bottom or from side to side.  Using pastel 8 1/2 x 11 card stock from Wal-mart, I was able to cut two A2 cards out of the blue paper (opens side to side) and two A2 cards out of the pink paper (opens top to bottom).  I will save the extra cards for other projects.

Tip: To get an A2 that opens from top to bottom, take your 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut it length-wise at the 4.25 mark.  This will give you a 4.25 x 11 shape that when folded in half (top to bottom) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  To get an A2 that opens from side to side, place your paper on the trimmer so its laying width-wise (11 x 8 1/2) and then cut it in half at the 5.5 mark.  This will give you a 5.5 x 8.5 shape that when folded in half (side to side) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  Each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper will make two perfect A2 sized cards with no paper waste (cards must open the same way: top to bottom or side to side to achieve this) and only requires one cut on the trimmer, followed up by one fold with a bone folder.  A2 sized cards are perfect for Cuttlebug, Sizzix, or other brand embossing folders that are sized A2 or smaller.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Bemused Butterfly

The solitary butterfly rode the wind with falling leaves as companions.  A blanket of greens and blues from the evening sky enveloped his flight.   Lost in his own thought, he enjoyed the summer winds that aided his travel.  It wasn’t a journey of necessity, but a flight of abandonment and joy.

~Vanessa

I made the above butterfly card just for fun. There was no deadline and there was no theme in mind. I just started stamping free-style with no apparent path. This is what evolved from my afternoon of creating from my mind. It is completely handmade. I didn’t use my Cricut or any computer device. I used my brain, a paper cutter, a corner rounder, some stamps, chalk, and a clear embossing pen and embossing pad. I added a ribbon and some adhesive gems to add some interest. The chalk and embossing ink created a watercolor effect which I would love to explore more in the future. I didn’t use any special chalks either. I just used a couple of cotton swabs and a cheap pack of Crayola chalks I had laying around. The card gives me a dreamy, fairy-like feel so I was inspired to write the above narrative.