Monday, April 28, 2014

Negative Die Cuts + Sequins

Today I am sharing a project that uses the negative space of a die cut and sequins to create a fun card that uses these traditional supplies in new ways. 


To start this project use a standard size A2 card base (4.5 x 5.5 inches) and a piece of pattern paper cut smaller than the card base.  I used a pattern paper from the Studio Calico Bluegrass Card Kit for my card. I used sequins from the Essentials collection in Red, Yellow and Green and the Fruit punch dies for this card.

I used stamps from the Camelot Card Kit to create my sentiment banner.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and used white embossing powder.

I temporary located the sentiment banner then placed the dies where I wanted the openings or images to be cut.  I used post-it note tape to hold them in place.

After cutting all the openings I lined up a scrap piece of white card stock cut slightly smaller behind the pattern piece.  Using a pencil I lightly traced the shapes as a guide for my sequins.

I used Studio Multi medium in matte to adhere my sequins down using the outlines as guide for where each color will go.  I personally like to use tweezers to place my sequins, it keeps my fingers from getting messy and the sequins don't stick to me from the static.

After all the sequins were adhered down and the glue has dried I placed foam adhesive all around the panel so that the pattern paper one top will stand away from the sequins a bit and stay nice and flat.  I am always sure to use plenty of foam adhesive so there is no sagging spots on my front panel.

Line up the die cut openings over the sequins so that the sequins go all the way to the edges.  

After adhering the front panel on I then adhered it to my card base, added my sentiment banner and finished it off with some faux stitching using a white gel pen.

Just another way to use die cuts and sequins and stretch your supplies.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Studio Calico: Morgan Add-on kit

I'm back with some more projects with the May Studio Calico kits.  These cards use the main card kit Camelot as well as the add-on kit Morgan.

I really loved the peach star paper included in the main kit so I wanted to make a card that really features it. I must be on a coral kick lately.


I really love the gold of the flair so I used the gold ribbon behind it to bring it out a little more and I picked some papers from both kits that went well with the background keeping a nice soft color palette.  


On my second card I used the Bow craft die to create some cute little paper bows.  I picked papers from both kits to cut my bows from.  I used the yellow polka dot card included in the Morgan add-on kit as my base for this one.  It's 4 Bar size so it makes a cute little mini card.


I used the 3x4 stitched journaling card die from Lawn Fawn to cut the grid pattern paper for the front panel.  The sentiment is stamped in Studio Calico Color Theory Clean Slate ink.  How cute are those little bows? 


For my final card I used the Happy craft die to create a thick embellishment for my sentiment.  I used barn door distress ink to darken the edges of the pattern paper on the card front.  I cut a fishtail banner from the extra wide aqua ribbon from the Morgan add-on kit and layered it with the ribbon from the Camelot main kit.


To create the sentiment I used the Happy craft die to cut multiple pieces from white card stock and layered them one on top of the other and finished the top with a piece cut from dark grey card stock.  I think this just adds a little more detail and interest to the sentiment.


I completed the sentiment using the delicate sticker letters included in the Morgan add-on kit and scattered some of the lighter pink dot embellishments around to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Studio Calico: Camelot Card Kit

The May kits have been revealed at Studio Calico.  Here are a couple cards I created using the Main Card kit Camelot.  For my first card I used the stamp set to build the cake image using Studio Calico Color Theory Inks in Coral Bay, Mint Hint and Clean Slate.


I cut a card base from the dark grey card stock in the kit and used the stitching lines craft die to cut the stitching holes around the yellow pattern paper panel.  I also used some antique linen distress ink to distress the edges of the yellow paper as well.


I used some embroidery floss in a color that matched the mint ink to stitch around the edges.  I cut the cake out as well as the extra banner and popped them up on the card front with foam adhesive.  I finished off with a gold bow on the cake stand using the gold ribbon from the kit. 

I am in love with the color pallet of buttons that come in the Camelot card kit so for my second card I wanted to feature the beautiful buttons. 


I pulled on button of each color and was sure to pick one of each of the different button shapes as well. After deciding on my arrangement I threaded the gold ribbon through the buttons and adhered them down with glue dots to my card front.


The banner is stamped with Studio Calico Color Theory Mint Hint and Clean Slate ink, cut out and adhered down with foam adhesive.

Check out the full reveal of the Camelot Card kit HERE.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You're a Star: Offset Die Cuts

Today I'm sharing a project I actually made weeks ago!  I made this card with the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive die Star Parade and I love how it turned out. :)


I cut multiple die cuts from Neenah white card stock then colored them with copic markers.  I could have cut from color card stock but I was away from my regular craft area at a retreat and didn't have colored card stock with me so I improvised.


I layered all my colored die cuts by off setting them slightly then I added the black one on top.  I layered them together before adhering them to the card base so I could center it as an entire element rather that trying to figure out where the final die cut would end up.  It was also easier to glue them together this way too and keep my card base nice and clean from glue.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Lucky Stars stamp set and I used wood veneer stars by Studio Calico colored black with a little bit of Stardust stickles on top.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio Calico May Card Kits - Sneaks

Today I have a few sneak peeks to share of some of my projects made with the May Studio Calico Card Kit Camelot and add-ons.

Reveal is this coming weekend!  Can't wait to share my projects with you then.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello and Happy Easter!

I have a fun Easter card to share today using lots of cute Lawn Fawn goodies.


I used the Lawn Cuts Grass Border die to cut many colors of easter grass from the Let's Polka 6x6 paper pad.  I used distress ink to color my sky on the base of my card before layering my grass over top.  The bunny, eggs and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's Happy Easter set and color with copics.  The ribbon is from May Arts.

Thanks for hopping by today! Have a very happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lawn Fawn April Inspiration Week: Dream

Hello Friends!
I'm back again with another day of April Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week.  Today I have 2 cards to share both made with the mini set Dream.  I adore these cut little feathers.  I've seen lots of feather sets out there but I have to say none are as cute as this one, it's that cute Lawn Fawn style.  And it has matching dies too!


For this first card I heat embossed the large feather image on water color paper and used the matching dies to cut them out.  I watercolored them using distress inks and a water brush.  It had to see in the picture but I also added some Wink of Stella glitter to them as well.


For my second card I white embossed he feathers and sentiment on watercolor paper and use distress inks in Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw for the background and distress markers to color the feathers.  I used perfect pearls mist to blend the colors of the feathers which gives them all a lovely shimmer.  I used the small tip of the Dried Marigold distress marker to trace around the sentiment and make it stand out from the background more.

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn Blog to see more inspiring projects!


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