Tuesday, April 17, 2007
This is the card I made to send my mom for Mothers Day. The rose (TAC) is colored with Twinkling H2O's. The image is wrapped with gold twine and green embroidery floss, then mounted to the card with foam tape. The scalloped band is a self-adhesive "sash" by DMD that I picked up at Target. Inside is "Happy Mothers Day" and the outer saying is by Stampin' Up.
Friday, April 13, 2007
A Marvy scallop punch was not to be had--it's sold out everywhere! So I picked up a lone Fiskar's Circle Border Punch at AC Moore, the "Antique Elegance" design. Unfortunately, the card I had to make was a sympathy card, but it turned out great...one of a kind, as they say. (Hopefully no more sympathy cards will be needed for a long time.) I also punched the ends of the floral piece and inked the edges to give it a more antiqued look.
Mary was here the other day with her Cuttlebug which seems to be all the rage lately. Joan and I used the embossing folders and stored our card-sized pieces for future use, which is today. The bird is mounted on embossed parchment. The green card was embossed on cardstock which I sanded to highlight the delicate pattern.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Since today is Wednesday, Joan and Mary were here to stamp as usual. Mary brought her Cuttlebug for us to try, and we were amazed at how easy it was to create beautiful embossed backgrounds in seconds!
What was UNusual today, is that none of us finished a single card. Instead, we were sharing techniques. First, as shown in the tree and herb cards, we learned about resist stamping using two different embossing powders: one with clear embossing, and the other with black embossing. Both were done the same way by first embossing, then sponging appropriate color over the surface, then wiping off the excess ink with a tissue to bring out the image. Ink may also be applied using a brayer.
Next, we talked about covering a slide frame with background paper. Start with a piece of bg paper cut about a half inch larger than the frame. Next, trim the corners diagonally across and fold the paper over the back of the frame, securing with double stick tape. Then cut an X in the middle, trim the triangles and fold over the back of the frame, securing with ds tape. After tying yarn or ribbon around the side of the frame (optional) tape or glue an image on the back and attach to the card.
All in all, it was a delightful morning high and dry in the "tower"...