Thursday, January 16, 2020

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Have a Heart

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with hearts! I made two completely different cards with the same 2 die sets, so I thought I'd share those today - hopefully they'll inspire you! 


This heart die is brand new from Carmen Medlin - I don't have many of her dies, but I realized with this one that her style is perfect for a layered inlay. Here's the die:


DIE919-R Heart

So for my first card, I cut the heart out of a watercolor panel. I removed all the negative pieces from the die cut piece, then replaced the die cut back into the heart opening, and backed the white panel with a red one (this style of die makes a dramatic pop easy without having to replace all those tiny pieces!). I added some flat backed pearls to the little buds for a little more dimension.




The other set I used on both cards is this one:

DIE929-Z Love Words

Sweet little set, and I love that the words are separate and interchangeable. To finish my card above, I added a strip of cardstock with a scalloped border (that's from this sweet little frame die, pieced for length), then built up the 'love' word with 3 die cut layers.


For my second card, I used the same dies, but instead of cutting out the heart, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer System to foil the outlines of the die. Since the design is so delicate, I used a silver colored pencil to fill in the area instead, for a light shimmer. The words are die cut from mirror cardstock, and I used the silver foil over a line of adhesive for another accent.



Be sure to visit the other designers' blogs for inspiration on this week's challenge - see the I.O. blog for all the details! Remember, you can play along with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Splitcoast Tutorial: Marquee Board Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun tribute to those message boards with the slide-in letters - it's the Marquee Board Card!


I mixed brands here a little, because this little dog from The Cat's Pajamas was the perfect size, and I hadn't used him yet! He's here along with another little critter in the set, and there is a stamp set to match. I colored hiim up with Copic markers and a brown colored pencil. 

My alphabet die is this one, and it's on sale at Spellbinders. I love the sturdiness of a steel rule die! I just cut small pieces of black cardstock to lay over the letters that I wanted to cut, rather than cutting the entire alphabet. 


I don't have balloon dies (?!) so I used simple shape dies to cut those, and then free cut their little ties. The highlights were added with a little white gesso. 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Spellbinders January 2020 Glimmer Kit + an add-on!

More Valentine love from Spellbinders - now for the January Glimmer kit! This month there is also a matching add-on set, and I have to admit I went for that one first. 


These heart-shaped plates reminded me of school days, so I made a shaker card with a playful notebook paper background. Instead of foiling the hearts, I inked them up with Stazon Pigment ink. My shaker frame was made with rectangle dies, and there's glitter paper in the background from a recent card kit. 


I cut some hearts from this kit and added some jumbo glitter and sequins to the shaker - the larger hearts inside are glued to the back. The sentiment is from this older glimmer kit, which is a great everyday set to have!


So here's the add-on kit, and those hearts are the same size as the ones in the Glimmer kit! Both sets come with a heart die that leaves a sweet white border around the foiled or inked impression. 

Here's the monthly kit:

The kit comes with 2 foiling borders that are designed to line the points of a mini envelope like you see above, along with dies that cut the edges (imagine one cutting the outside flaps that you see above, and one cutting the inside side ones).


I wanted to use the scalloped border to edge an angled card panel instead of making an envelope flap, but the die has a cut line across it. To just cut the scalloped edge, I lined the die up so it hung over the edge of the bottom cutting plate. I had to hold it up to the window to line it up just right, then I taped it in place (sorry it's hard to see!) and ran it through my die cutting machine. 




After the edge was cut, I just cut up straight from the ends of the foiling and squared off the top to create my panel. Here you can see the shine of the foil - this is the magenta foil that comes in this month's kit. So pretty!


This carefree bear is from a card kit extra - those are always fun to check in case you don't want a full kit! I colored the image up with Copic markers (just the base color) and colored pencils, scribbling in a background and some ground for his dancing feet.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Spellbinders January 2020 Large Die Kit

This month's Spellbinders kits are beautiful ones for Valentines Day - the Large Die Kit has several options with these friendship necklace style dies! I wanted to make my card look like a Tiffany box, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I love the dimension! 


I cut two metallic cardstock layers for each pendant piece, one with the lettered inserts and one without. On the plain pieces I used a dark marker to color the center, just adding a little contrast so the letters would show up better.


I scored my 5" square panel at 1/2" and 3/4" from each side to create a double frame (I actually meant for the outside of the frame to be at 3/4" - didn't think that through all the way - but this works fine too).


Cut from corner to corner, and then fold back on the 1/2" line and in on the 3/4" line. That creates a recessed frame.


Glue just on the triangle sections, and tuck in a 4" square of glitter paper into the frame - this will hold everything in place. 


I assembled the pendants and attached them with foam tape, then tucked in the 'chain' pieces and trimmed them at the edge of the frame.


Glue the frame piece to a 5" card base to finish... the card front has a 1/4" thickness, so just note that it would need to be tucked in a package rather than sent in an envelope.


I added a little glitter cardstock 'bridge' on the corner of the front so I could move the bow in away from the edge. That's it! A Tiffany Box card. 

Here's the full kit and a little information about the club kits, in case you're interested in subscribing - I love getting these each month! (Note - the insert pieces cut out the holes and letters, so the broken heart pieces are plain, and could be used without the jewelry findings to make a sympathy card or another embellishment.)



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