Black and White and One Other colour

I created another challenge card.  For my second challenge, I chose ModSquadChallenge’s Black and White and One Other color.  The challenge is tos to make a black and white card with one other colour.  As I was trying to come up with ideas, I looked through my dies and found this wreath die I never used before.  Then I had a vision of this card and I told myself, “Just do it!”  And here is the card:

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The photo does not do it justice… it is really stunning in person!

This card is not difficult to make, just a little time consuming.  I started by cutting a black piece of card stock to size and then die cut the wreath.  Then I die cut the wreath again, but on white card stock.  I was using the die-cut inlay technique.  After both pieces were die cutted, I took a fat roll of double-sided tape and put it on the back of the card where the hole for the wreath was.  I turned the card over to expose the sticky tape where the hole is and proceeded to place the white die cut wreath in and the black center piece.

Once that was done, I then die cut and punched  out some leaves with the same white card stock.  Then I took two 5-petal flower punches and and punched pink flowers out of pink origami paper.  I like using origami paper to make flowers with because it’s so fine, delicate, and soft, like flowers.  For each flower, I took a ball-tipped tool and rolled the ball over each petal and flower center to give it that concaveness, so they are not flat boring flowers.  I then set this all aside and started on the word “love”.

To make the word “love”, I used a die cut for the word on white card stock and then covered it with Versamark Dazzle.  Then I coated it with clear embossing powder.  I did this three times to give it this smooth glittery enamel-like finish.  It was so beautiful that I had to take a close-up picture of it.

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Once the word was done, I glued it into the center of the wreath and then proceeded to build the wreath with more white leaves to give it dimension as well as gluing flowers here and there.  When that was all done, I stuck self-adhesive gems in the center of each flower.

Finally, I felt the card was a bit bland on the bottom, but I didn’t want to add too much to it, so I just made two score lines for a subtle effect.  It was a bit difficult to score the card with the flowers (I was afraid they would get flattened or smooshed), but the flowers survived.  I am curious how this card will fare going through the post, so I think I might mail it to myself and see what happens!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this card and perhaps learned something or got inspired to create happiness today!

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Grey Kitty flower card

I want to be better and faster at card making.  So I decided that I need to start doing some handmade card challenges.  For my first challenge, I choose clean & simple stamping’s Fall to Layout #28 – Take two.  I generally enjoy making clean and simple cards, and this is a very small challenge with no winners chosen, just to have fun!

So following their card sketch, here is my card:

Grey kitty flower card

I first stamped the image of the kitty from Scrapberry’s Basik&Ko onto paper made for stamp colouring.  Then I coloured in the flowers and kitty with alcohol markers by Deco Time and cut out it out.  Then I die cut the white border banner tag and glued that onto some pretty pattern paper.  The banner was actually a lot shorter, like it ended around where Basik’s head would be.  So I used a trick to lengthen die cuts, which you can read about from this blog: Simply One of a Kind: Elongating Die-Cuts.  (You can also find lots of videos on how to do this too.)

Next, I die cut a little scalloped circle for the “for you” sentiment, made a little hole on top with my Fiskar eyelet punchers, and looped a small piece of baker’s twine through.  Finally I stuck it all together onto a pink metallic linen paper using 1mm foam tape behind Basik the kitty and the sentiment, and all of that on top of a basic white card stock.

And there is my card!  It is relatively “clean and simple” and didn’t take that long to put together.  What takes long for me when I make cards is trying to find matching colours with my papers since I don’t buy packs or sets, just a random jumble of papers….  I am also a little bothered by how the pink linen paper seems very plain…but hey, that’s the point of the card, right?  Clean and Simple!

Crafting with my kids

I saw this challenge at Simon Says Stamp and I thought it would be nice to participate.  I really want to craft more with my kids, but I’m a bit of a control freak, so this is good practice to allow me to “let go” and let my kids be kids.  The challenge theme is “anything goes with sparkles”, which was a good opportunitiy to show them glue + glitter = magic!

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Crafting away!

First I first cut out two 13 x 13cm white cardstock and gave one each to my kids.  Then I pulled out my Quickie glue pen and told my kids it was a special magic pen.  I showed them how to write with it and then sprinkle glitter on top, tap the glitter off, and presto!  Glitter drawings!  I’m over 30 years old and I still can’t get enough of this “magic”.  I think I was also more enthusiastic about the reveal than my kids!

Next I gave them some normal markers from IKEA to decorate.  Then I taught them how to stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a scrap piece of paper.  Then they did it themselves onto the cardstock.  My daughter’s reaction was of amazement at the stamping because a car “appeared”.  Afterwards, I let them choose some self-adhesive gem embellishments and stick as much as they want. As you can see, my daughter went a little nuts with this because she loves stickers.

Then I let them draw some more with the other magic pen: Clear Stardust Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  I love this pen a lot, but my kids were not as giddy about it as I am.  Fiinally we stuck the card onto some cardstock paper of a colour of their choosing.  My kids went back and added more glitter with both the Stardust pen and the Quickie glue+glitter combo.

My son's card for grandpa
My son’s card for grandpa
My daughter's card for grandma
My daughter’s card for grandma

Overall, it was a success.  There were times I wanted to “direct” them on what to do or where to put something.  Also the part where they stuck the white cardstock onto the coloured cardstock was driving me a little crazy because I’m a bit of a perfectionist too.

Well, I look forward to the next challenge because it was a nice bonding experience.  My hope is that my kids would also love crafting like me so I can go to craft fairs with them someday!