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Thursday, 29 December 2011

3 Golden Wedding Anniversary Cards

I have been making Golden Wedding Cards, as the last time I had a stall at a fair, I sold all my Golden Wedding anniversary cards, so had to make some more.  

This card was done with the Nellie Snellen Corner dies with gold foil card under it.  The hearts are also a Nellie Snellen die, the multi frame die.  I have finished it off with some cream pearls, and a sentiment on the computer. 

This one is a cream on cream one, and was quite a simple one to make.  It is just layers of cream embossed card, and cream paper that is edged with the Martha Stewart doily lace border punch.  The back embossed card is the Craft Concept Budding Vine folder, and the top one is the K. Kingston leaves and butterflies folder.  I have put ribbon vertically on each piece of embossed card.  The sentiment was done on the computer and then mounted on one of the spellbinder fancy tags two.  Finally a big bow using the Bow easy.  

This one I have done for Fat Cats Card Corner as they provided the Swirl Designables Cut and Emboss folder by Marianne, with gold foil behind it. I have used this for the background and also used the Martha Stewart doily lace border punch from there also, for the right hand edge of the background. The flower I have made with a large and medium sized Retro flower punch which I wet and scrunched.  I have used a pearl brad as the centre.  The sentiment again was done on the computer and then edged with gold.  Lastly the flourish is also from Fat cats card corner and is the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die.  It is two die cuts I have used.    

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Two Wreath Cards

Two more quick cards using the Branch Punch Wreath.

This one was made with the Swirl Designable Cut and Emboss Folder that you can buy at Fat Cats Card Corner .  I love this folder, it is so pretty.  I have edged it with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, a strip of red and gold ribbon beside it, and some red foil card behind it.    The wreath is decorated with a wider red and gold ribbon, and some glitter balls.  

This one is also mounted on red foil card.  This time I have done the pendant at the back with the Nellie Snellen Fancy Corners.  The Wreath I have mixed the branch punch with the Ash Family punch.  I have again decorated the wreath with glitter baubles and a red and gold bow.  


Friday, 16 December 2011

Door Card with Christmas Wreath

This is a card I have done using the Punched Christmas Wreath.  

I have decorated the wreath with red crystals and a gold bow.  I have used 4 different green papers to make the wreath. The door was made by making 4 panels, each with 3 layers glued on top of each other, slightly smaller than the one below.  The top one I have scored a rectangle about 3mm in from the edge to make it look like bevelled. The panels were then glued on the base card, two at the top and two at the bottom, the base has  two lines each side scored.  

I have made a letter slot with two rectangles of gold paper, one with a rectangle cut out of the middle and mounted on the top of the other one.  I made a letter with handwritten 'Merry Christmas' and a stamp drawn on it.  I cut the corner off, so that it looked like it was poking out.  The plate behind the doorknob was the part that was cut out of the rectangle post slot.  I rounded the edges and made a keyhole with a small hole punch and cut a slit underneath it.  The door know was a fancy plastic button embellishment I had that I cut the button shaft off of it. 

This is another colour version of the same card.  

A Punched Christmas Wreath tutorial

To make a Christmas Wreath with the branch punch you need to punch out lots of punches with green paper.  I have done this one with the Nellie Snellen Branch punch, but the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. I have used two shades of green, but you can do it all with just one colour or use 3 or 4 shades which looks really good too.  You can even mix it up by using other shaped leaves such as holly leaves which gives a fuller look. 
The base is made by using two sizes of a circle spellbinder die, but you could use a larger punch, and one slightly smaller.  The outside circle is about 5cm or 2 inches in diameter and the middle one is about 3.5cm or 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You could even just cut it freehand and with scissors.  It will be completely covered with punches so it won't be seen, so  It doesn't have to be perfect.  

Now you are ready to start gluing the punches onto the ring base, using a craft glue.  All you are gluing is the bottom stalk of the punch.  The rest is left loose, so that it looks more realistic.  Use one main colour and if you are using any other coloured punches, then dot them throughout the wreath every 3-4 and alternate the sides you put them, top or bottom, or middle.  Make sure all the branches are facing the same way.  You will work your way around the base in a spiral pattern.  
As you work around it will start looking like this one.  Keep layering the punches so that it looks full, the more you put on the better it will look and more 3 dimensional.  When you get to the place where you started, you will need to tuck the ends of the branches under the top of the ones where you started, to make it look like the beginning ones are on top of the last ones you are gluing.  

This is how it should look completed.  The centre is just some baking/wax paper that I have the wreath sitting on until the glue dries.  It can then be decorated with crystals and bows etc.  

Friday, 9 December 2011

Dark Pink Roses and Sparkle

This card has taken me quite some time to make, by the time I had made the flowers, and worked out what I was going to do.  

Another card for Fat Cats Card Corner, this time to show the Swirl Designables Cut and Emboss folders by Marianne Designs.  

After doing the embossing, I went over the raised parts with some Kindyglitz (Stickles) and then cut the bottom edge with the Martha Steward Doily Lace border punch.  I mounted this on some hot pink foil card.  I mounted this on white card, and then scored round it to make a frame with the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.  

The leaves and flowers are made with a variety of punches that I have.  I edged the lilies with some dark pink stamp ink and they have some glitter stamens to continue the sparkle theme.  

The roses I have edged with kindyglitz to continue this also.  I did the Sentiment on the computer and then cut it out with on of the Pastry Label dies from Memory Box. I hung a butterfly charm off of one end of the tag.   I added some hot pink crystals on the sentiment tag and along the border punch.  The butterflies are also Martha Stewart punches, with a little bit of sparkle as well.  

Apricot card with White Daisy

Another card for Fat Cats Card Corner.  This time it was to use the Cheery Lynn Stacker Flowers and leaf dies. Now the die is quite big, so I wasn't sure how it was going to go on a card, but I am rather pleased with it. 

I have done the Sentiment on the computer, and then cut them out with Spellbinder Label Four. Some ribbon and some pearls to 'bling' it up a little.  

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Rose made from frame

This card was done for Fat Cats Card Corner, to show the versatility of the Marianne Craftables Frame dies.  This one is done with the Rectangle frame only, not the flower die.  

This time I didn't cut the die out, but just embossed with it.  There was a fine line between using enough shims to get the embossing detailed enough, but without cutting through the card.  

The flowers were also done with the frame die as well, I cut two frames out for each flower and embossed them.  I then cut the long side off of each side and glued each of the four strips together, one to another, matching up the holes and scallop.  I put a curved slit at the dip of each scallop of the frame, which was to make each petal of the rose.  

Once that was done along  the full length of the strip, it was just a matter of rolling it up with the embossed side inwards, just like you do for a spiral rose, trying to get the petals to be alternated.  I then let it go a little, and then glued it onto a circle punched out.  Finally it was just a matter of folding the petals back and there was a rose!

The leaves were from the Spellbinder Foliage die collection.  

Card for Mum

I have been wanting to have a go at the spiral roses I  have seen on lots of cards lately, so decided to use them on a card I was making for my Mother's birthday at the weekend.  I ended up doing them in white with the edges sponged with mauve ink.  

The sentiment was done on the cardboard and then cut out with an oval spellbinder die.  The Mauve part of the background frame is embossed with the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles folder. The white border is done with two of the Spellbinder Parisian Accent medallion dies cut in half, and then each of the corner are done with the corner die in the same set.  The leaves are done also with a spellbinder Foliage die.  Finally a bow and ribbon to finish it off.  

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Two Male Cards

I wanted to share two cards I have made for Fat Cats Card Corner.  They are both using the new Marianne Creatables Model T Ford Car Dies.  

The first one is for a Dad, with the Front view of the car die mounted on a frame done with the Nellie Snellen Square Multiframe Die.  The blue background was done with the Cuttlebug Embossing folder called 'Clockwork', the corners were done with the Cuttlebug Vintage dies. The bunting was just cut out from some card, and strung together with a piece of fine string that I tied bows to each end, and glued to the edge of the card.  The Car die has been sponged with some pale blue ink on cream card.

I really like this car die, it has such a lot of detail on it.  The second card I made into a Travel/Bon Voyage type card.  For this I used the back view of the Model T Ford die.  I have mounted it onto two parts, in different colours of the square Nellie Snellen multiframe die.  I added some rub-ons for the words at the bottom, and the postcard, and then made two tickets on the computer and sponged them to make them look old.  The paper for the background and the frame behind the car die, were a couple of papers that have maps drawn on them.  I added some date/country stamps that I had here to follow the travel theme.  

I always find male cards difficult, but these dies certainly gave me a good start to work on some different ones.