These are actually mini slimline cards. Their size is 3 1/2″ x 6. That's just a fun size!
I used the Gina K Designs SWIRL FLOWER MINI SLIMLINE COVER PLATE Die on white cardstock and then after the fact realized that I could have had a two-fer again. So, then I ink blended a background with purple, teal and green. Then I die cut that piece and got enough for two cards... frame on one and the inside pieces on the other. Zero waste! Well, except for the first card. LOL.
On card 1, I used the "use up that glitter" technique from Jennifer McGuire.
Which brings me to this...
"You and 9 friends are crafting. One person uses glitter. How many projects now have glitter on them?"
Same stencil as before... the dahlia one from theTonStamps.com. This time I used 3 different colors (yellow, orange and red) instead of 3 from the same color family. I was excited to see how this would turn out. I used the lightest of each of those colors on the actual card and then then the darkest of them on the yellow envelope. I do like the boldness of the envelope.
I made this a couple of weeks ago for my sister-in-law's birthday (was just waiting for the mail to get to her before I could post). Isn't it pretty?
I had to put the stencil away for a while so I could play with the other toys. :)
I'm getting better at the reverse foiling. The only full plate to do this right now is an oval. I did order a rectangle so I'll have to try this out again when I get that one. I like how I can make 2 cards with one piece of foil and not waste any of the foil. Three different occasions with the same image: Birthday, Sympathy and Anniversary.
Card 11: Hot foiled with gold foil on white cardstock on a deep purple card base
Card 12: Reverse foil with foil from card 11 on black cardstock; embossed the background for a sympathy card; sentiment by theTonStamps
Card 13: Hot foiled with gold foil on black cardstock on lilac card base
As I mentioned before, it took a few days to make all of those backgrounds/pieces into these 13 cards. It was harder than it should have been to put them together but I learned a lot and think that they all turned out pretty well. Do you have a favorite of the 13?
More lunar paste. It is a little messy but the shimmer is worth it. This time I used yellow (shooting star), green (tropical tango), blue (clear skies) and purple (crown me) on a mod circle stencil.
Card 9: Celebrate in a turquoise/teal-ish foil on a turquoise card base
Card 10: You are Loved die cut from gold metallic cardstock on vellum
Once again, used Simon Hurley's Lunar Paste in Crown Me (purple) and Prom Queen (pink) and Newton's Nook's Confetti Stencil on a 6x6 piece of white cardstock. The hard part here was what to do with it after it dried. I ended up cutting it to have two rectangles, thinking I'd use them on two cards but then I still had another strip left over so I ended up making 3 cards from this one background!
Card 6: OH HAPPY DAY! is pink oxide ink embossed on vellum with clear embossing powder, all laid out on a lilac card base
Card 7: BIG BDAY vibes is purple oxide ink embossed on vellum with clear embossing powder on a hot pink card base
Card 8: Birthday wishes is black ink embossed with black embossing powder on a lilac card base
I really like the end result from this glimmer hot foil machine! I bought this Spellbinders Geometric Optical background hot foil plate and I really love it. I foiled a white piece of cardstock in purple foil (duh!). And then I had this "leftover" foil with that pattern on it. I have watched so many hot foiling videos and all those industry experts talk about saving the scraps and doing reverse foiling. WHAT IS THAT? Well, first you need a solid foil plate to put the remnants on and then foil again. With that in mind, I got a solid hot foil oval plate. Then I ran it through the glimmer machine twice because the background was big enough to make 2 ovals. Y'all, that is 3 cards for one piece of foil! YES!
Card 3: Purple Geometric Background with "You Are Loved" in black on vellum. The purple foil is so shiny!
Card 4: Purple Oval on top of dry embossed dots (all on foam tape) with silver "just because" on vellum. I love the font and size of the just because sentiment.
Card 5: Much like the just because but with "happy birthday" in silver. Again. love the font/size and sentiment.
What do you think? The purple and silver are good together, right?
I've been making so many cards lately but haven't had a chance to post them or blog about them. But that changes today!
Last week, I took my new glimmer machine and my lunar pastes over to my crafty friends' house and we just played and made a bunch of stuff. I came home with several backgrounds and spent the next 3 or 4 days trying to turn those into cards. It was way harder than it should have been!
In the end, I made 13 cards from the stuff I made that day. I'll blog about them in groups based on the technique used or how they are related.
Cards 1 and 2
I recently acquired Simon Hurley's Lunar Paste (don't know about Simon? Google him. Amazing story and he is my oldest son's age). Anyway, his lunar paste is really creamy and dries fairly quickly. I took this pyramid stencil I have and covered it with the clear skies (blue), crown me (purple) and prom queen (pink) lunar paste. I forgot to take the before picture but you can see the cardstock after I cut out the pieces. I got 2 backgrounds plus a sentiment out of that cardstock and probably could have used the scraps, too (I didn't because I was having a hard time figuring out what else to make!)
Card 1: Hello Script in Gold Foil. I dry embossed that same stencil on a piece of white cardstock and lined it up with the circle cutout lunar paste background on top of it. Added the gold foiled hello and some bling.
Card 2: Bold Hello in Silver Foil. This background was big enough and colorful enough to have it on it's own. Added a little silver metallic cord and popped up the hello foil and it's vellum shadow on some foam tape.
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I started with a piece of white cardstock that I embossed with this 3D embossing folder, Spellbinders BEVELED DIAMONDS. It was pretty but kinda boring to be just white embossed on white. What happens if I blend yellow ink over it? That looks kinda cool. Now what? What color goes with yellow? OH, Purple does. And I do like this sentiment and font a lot. Voila! It's pretty bright and cheery and I swear it's more purple in real life.
Another color combo not in my go to bag... yellow and purple.
A few weeks, a friend asked if I'd make a birthday card for a friend of hers. The instructions were "something bright, maybe sunflowers or butterflies." Well, I'm not a flower person and have zero sunflower stamps nor do I have any butterflies but I did acquire (aka buy, LOL) this dahlia for THIS EXACT CARD. I made this card first before the red or purple ones shown on my website. Hot Pink and Lime Green. Again, not my colors but them seem to go together. I've been told that her friend really liked it. YAY!
Stencils are from The Ton Stamps. In addition to these stencils, I *REALLY* like their sentiments - such a clever way to get multiple colors and it's not hard to do! This is the easy expressions set.
Leave me a comment on which you like better: a) Pink/Green b) Red c) Purple? I'll post a couple more variations in the next few days, too.
I don't really do custom work because the deadlines stress me out but I do have some cards up for sale in my store. Each card is $5 and I'll be adding more as I make them. Take a look!
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