Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring-y Shapes!

Wow! How 'bout that! No snowstorm this weekend! I really thought having a spring-themed class might jinx me and the driveway would be filled with snow! I got lucky!

Some of my class registrants didn't get any of that luck though! I had more phone calls than I like from stampers who had succumbed to that darn flu bug. Hope you ladies all feel better soon! Thought I'd share what we did in class, just so you don't feel totally left out.

As "advertised," this class was all about spring cards that were somehow shaped so they weren't "just" an everyday rectangular card. We did the four cards pictured below while we experimented with some new folds, techniques and Big Shot toys.

This first card didn't involve any stamping at all. Instead we folded circles of Designer Paper (from the Sale-A-Bration pack) using the "Dahlia" fold technique. We used the cutter kit and a cutting mat to shape the stem, and ran a scrap of Certainly Celery cardstock through the crimper and then punched an oval to give us leaves. A couple of pearl embellishments jazz up the flowers a bit.

The second card used the "Top Note" die for the Big Shot as the base for the card. Placing a regular folded card base on the die so the fold is just under the little score marks and running it through the machine will give you this versatile card base. For this card Shimmery White cardstock was used because it is a bit heavier than Whisper White cardstock, and, well, because I just LOVE the stuff!! I always seem to be adding a pack to each order I place "just in case!" :-)

The rose image is from the new "Fifth Avenue Floral" stamp set and we actually used two different techniques to get it. After watercoloring 3 separate stampings of the rose with Tangerine Tango ink, all three images were covered with Versamark ink and Irridescent Ice embossing powder and heated. ("Diamond Dust" technique) The images were then cut out, with each image being "just a layer" smaller than the one under it. The layers are then adhered together with Dimensionals, giving this cool 3-D effect. ("Paper Tole" technique) The rose is also done with Shimmery White cardstock because its weight is good for watercoloring.

The Tangerine Tango "ribbon" you see running through the center of the card really isn't ribbon at all, but a strip of cardstock with white gel pen "faux stitching." The Baja Breeze cardstock on the lower half of the card is just half of another "Top Note" shape with the score marks cut away and a few stamps of the rose with Baja Breeze ink.

This next card again has a base made using a Big Shot die, this time the "Scallop Circle." A regular card base gets placed on the scallop die, with the fold just below about 5 of the scallops. The Bashful Blue circle was also cut out with the Big Shot, using the "Clear Circle" die. The circle is stamped with one of the "Sweet Stems" and a sentiment from "Simply Said," colored in a bit and embellished with Crystal Effects and a linen thread bow. Piercing the scallops on the card base added some visual interest and really made a difference in the look of the card. Because the card is a little smaller than the envelope, a strip of cardstock was adhere to the inside of the envelope after punching the envelope with the Trio Flower punch.

Two of my new favorite "accessories" for using the dies is my Dotto repositionable adhesive and my white gel pen! I've been placing a bit of the adhesive right on the outside edges of the black cushion on the die to hold cardstock in place when it's really important that it not move--like when making these card bases! The adhesive usually comes right off on the scrap sides of the card, or it can just be rubbed off the die if some stays behind.

The gel pen makes great "cheater marks" on the black cushion, so it's easier to see that the cardstock is positioned correctly. If I can see a white mark peaking out, I know that I'll be losing a bit of a scallop.

The last of the four cards is this cute flower pot card that I "cased" from a demo in Florida. The Big Shot was called into duty again to help cut out the flowers from the "Spring Flowers" Sizzlets set. The Boho Blossoms punch made quick work of the flower centers, and the Scallop Edge punch added interest to the rim of the "pot."

The "extra-fun" thing about this card is that the flowers lift out of the pot to reveal the inside sentiment. "Interactive" cards are so neat!

Hope this weekend sunshine is making everyone feel just a bit better! See you later!!

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