As we are well and truly into 2015 and looking forward to Spring, I thought I’d look to Easter for my project today. I designed a Card Cover which makes a simple but fun Easter Egg Card also if you like to give chocolate treats at Easter time, I made a matching Easter Egg Gift Tag. The cut files are available at the end of the post 🙂
I cut the front layer of my card from some white cardstock and the backing layer from some pink paper which I glued together. Once dry, I strategically added some 3d pads behind the Card Cover and popped onto my card base.
To assemble the Tag, simply glue all 3 layers together before adding some thread.
Do you ever look at the waste left behind after you’ve made your cut and thought it was too nice to throw away?
One simple step to make your waste more usable is to draw a square (or other shape) around the design you are about to cut to produce a frame effect from your waste material making it super easy to remove from your mat and use right away. How about taking this idea one step further and adding a shadow layer around your design to create a slightly different version of it?
This is exactly what I’ve done today, I’ve added an internal layer to my Bauble and an external layer to my Snowflake then drew a Square around the outside. This one 5 inch cut will give me enough elements for all 3 of these 6 inch cards!
Usually shaker cards are squares or circles so that adding the foam tape walls will be as easy as possible, but what if we build up our walls with shapes cut from our KnK machines? We can have any shape of shaker card we like but we could also chose to have more than one cavity to fill with different shaker elements.
Here is a card I made for my Mum’s Birthday. I chose 3 different colours of sequins to match my patterned paper but the fun thing is, the sequins will never get mixed together as they are within their own section:
Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will need to cut to complete your shaker card. You will need to cut your card base once, then cut the solid Mum/Mom piece once in acetate and once in your chosen patterned paper. You will also need to cut the Mum/Mom outline once in the same cardstock as your card base then cut it several times to build your shaker walls, I cut 9 of these for my card:
Pic 2. Glue your front outline onto your acetate piece and set it aside to dry. Next, adhere your other outline pieces one by one on top of your patterned piece using wet glue so you have a little wiggle time:
Pic 3. Fill each section with different coloured sequins, you could use glitter, small beads or confetti instead. The trick is not to add to much:
Pic 4. To seal your shaker sections, carefully add glue to the top of your shaker walls and pop your acetate panel into place:
In my last post I demonstrated how I use cut files for embossing and I thought I’d look at another use for cut files today so I will show how cut files can be used for masking or stenciling.
You can use a large patterned panel such as these designs as a one-piece stencil to spray or ink through to create a great background for your peojects. Today though I will use smaller pieces to build up a scene and as Halloween is fast approaching I will create a spooky graveyard picture for the front of my card. The cut file is available at the end of this post 🙂
Pic 1. I cut the pieces I will use as masks (the pieces which will protect my card and keep it white underneath) from some paper and added temporary adhesive on the back of them:
Pic 2. I cut my stencil pieces ensuring that there was plenty of paper around them to protect my card from over-spray (or over-sponging). I added temporary adhesive to the back of these too:
Pic 3. I placed my masking pieces, except for the clouds, onto my card front:
Pic 4. I placed the first cloud piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed along the top edge and slightly upwards with a light purple marker. You could also use ink sprays or your regular ink pads and a sponge to achieve similar results:
Pic 5: I continued to spray the clouds with 4 different colours of purple gradually getting darker towards the top alternating the 2 cloud pieces as I went:
Pic 6. Now the the masking is done we can do the stenciling, I placed the graveyard stencil piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed with a dark grey marker:
Pic 7. As I wanted my bats to look like they are flying in front of the moon I needed to remove my moon mask before I stenciled my bats, I used a black marker this time:
Pic 8. Once all of your masking/stenciling is done you have the fun of peeling any remaining masks from your card to reveal the bright white card underneath. I added the cloud pieces back over my moon and gave it a subtle cloudy look with a pale lilac marker:
Pic 9. To complete my card I backed my Halloween scene with some black card. I cut my sentiment from some more black card and adhered it to a strip of vellum which I wrapped around my scene panel and stuck to the back of it with tape. I then popped my panel onto a purple card base with 3d foam pads:
I love the look of embossing on cardstock especially for those really special cards such as Wedding and Christening cards, it adds a tactile quality to your cards and makes them look expensive too 🙂
Today I will show you how I emboss using cut files (available at the end of this post) and my trusty Zing, this is yet another way that my Zing saves me money as I no longer have to purchase Embossing Folders 😉
Pic 1. I cut my chosen background design from some heavyweight cardstock, I cut 2 copies and stuck them together with some wet glue so I had a few seconds to slide them into place. I cut 2 pieces to give me a deeper empression when I emboss:
Pic 2. This is the sandwhich I use in my big shot, one cutting plate – my cut file – my card for embossing – a tan embossing mat – my second cutting plate. If you don’t achieve a deep emboss add a shim (a piece of card) above your sandwhich and add a second if necessary, you should feel a certain amount of resistance in order to achieve a decent impression:
Pic 3. Experiment with different materials, you can achieve fantastic results with pearl, satin and mirror effect cardstocks:
Pic 4. I chose some white card for my card today, the embossing doesn’t photograph quite as well in white unfortunately but it is lovely in the flesh. I backed both my embossing panel and my sentiment with silver card:
Pic 5. Here is my completed card, I kept the layout quite simple so I didn’t cover too much of my embossing, I added some lace and ribbon to the middle and finished the corners with some pearls: