Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mickey Mouse Birthday Card

I made this card for a gamer friend of ours. His birthday is on the 27th so I had Mickey hold cards forming a 27. I just love these Disney Cartridges; they cut the characters perfectly.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a card base. Cut black cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Cut Disney patterned paper 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Adhere patterned to center of black cardstock. Stitch with sewing machine around edges. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut Mickey Mouse with Mickey and Friends Cartridge: black cardstock shadow, black cardstock base, white gloves/eyes/buttons, blue shorts, dark teal shoes. I cut his tongue and face from white cardstock then colored them with alcohol markers. You may cut the from pink and cream cardstock, respectively, if you like. Assemble.

3. Using the Micky Font, type Happy Birthday. Add the shadow. Ungroup and drag pieces away as needed so that you can weld the shadow together. I didn't bother with the letters themselves. Cut the shadow from black cardstock and the letters from pink. Assemble.

4. Die cut scribble from pink cardstock. Adhere Happy Birthday and scribble where shown. Using dimensional tape, adhere cards (I glued them to each other first) and Mickey Mouse as shown.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Black and White Chrysanthemum Sympathy Card

I wanted to make a clean and simple card design using mini chrysanthemums. I also wanted to use my Washi tape (I've been collecting too much of it and the guilt is starting to get to me!). The idea was to make the little yellow centers of the chrysanthemums pop against the black and white background.

My other goal with this card was to make it a sort of non-traditional sympathy card (or just a card to send to someone who is otherwise having a tough time). The small stamped words are more subtle than the usual stamped sentiments.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x7 inch card base.

2. Mask around "faith" on the Planted in Faith stamp with Post-it Tape (or Notes). Ink in black, remove Post-its, and stamp on scrap of white cardstock. Cut out the word. Ink lightly on edges. Do the same with "Hope" and "Love" from Hope stamp and Sunshine and Love stamp respectively.

3. From white cardstock and the Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum dies, cut 3 large chrysanthemum petals, 3 medium chrysanthemum petals, and 6 small chrysanthemum petals. Color 3 small chrysanthemum petals in light yellow (I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink on both sides).

4. Shape the petals using the Metal Tools and Mini Moulding Pad. I place each medium and large flower on the pad and draw a line down the middle of each petal with the fine pointed leaf tool. Press in the middle with the large or medium stylus (8mm or 5mm ball) to cup each, slightly for the large, more with the medium. Use small scissors (I use ECD Scissors), cut down the center of each of the yellow petals (don't go into the center area). With the smallest stylus (2mm ball) rub down each petal of the small white petals. Rub in the center of the small petals to form a tighter cup. Press harder in the center of the yellow ones to form the smallest cups. Stack and glue the layers from large to small, with the yellow ones in the center.

5. Add a variety of black and white Washi tapes to the right side of the card (see photo). Die cut squares from black cardstock using Garden Patch - 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses frame (I had kept the extras from making another card where I just used the black frame).

6. Adhere the top black square as shown in the photo. Use dimensional tape to adhere the other black square slightly overlapping the first. Use dimensional tape to adhere all the words. Adhere the flowers and enamel dots as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White, Black
  • Ink: Black, Light Yellow
  • Washi Tape, Variety of B&W
  • Enamel Dots: White, Black
  • Post-it Tape or Notes

Monday, March 9, 2015

Butterfly Tulip Card

This elegant card is fairly simple to make. I used Warm Diamonds Silk Microfine glitter on the butterflies to give them a beautiful sparkle (unfortunately photographs do not do them justice). This wonderful glitter can be colored as well but I decided to keep them neutral to bring your eyes to the tulips.

Making the Card

1. Cut kraft cardstock 6 1/2 x 10 inches; fold in half for a card base. Cut brown cardstock 4 5/8 x 6 1/8. Cut patterned paper 4 1/2 x 6. Adhere patterned paper to center of brown cardstock. Adhere brown cardstock to center of card front.

2. Die cut Tulip petal sets from cardstock, one yellow, one orange, one red, as well as three stem/leaf sets and three stamen in yellow cardstock. Cut bottom leaf off one (cut straight across stem where leaf starts so it will be shorter). Color petals. I used Distress Ink as watercolors and colored pencils. Shape petals and assemble. Adhere to card front as shown. I used embossing powder for "pollen" - yellow for the yellow and orange flowers, brown for the red.

3. Stamp Butterfly is Proof sentiment on kraft cardstock with black ink. Die cut using oval from Accordion Oval Card  leaving some space at top. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Crimp a piece of kraft cardstock. Tear along two edges as shown; ink with Vintage Photo. Add light embossing paste as desired. Adhere to card as shown. Use dimensional tape to adhere oval sentiment.

4. Adhere double sided adhesive to a piece of cream cardstock. Note: ECD double sided adhesive is super thin so it die cuts really well; it comes in a variety of forms. Peel off liner and sprinkle with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with finger. Die cut butterflies (dies from Butterfly Accessory Dies and Butterfly Pivot Card). Adhere where shown.


ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Kraft, Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Cream
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV The Mariposa Stack 6x6
  • Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon
  • Embossing Powder: yellow, brown
  • Black Ink
  • Crimper Tool
  • Light Embossing Paste
  • Dimensional Tape