Hello fellow crafters & bloggers!
I thought I’d try a different format for my cards, today, for those people who might want to make one like it. I will introduce them to you then supply you with a list of what I used and describe the process.
It’s been a rather hectic 2 weeks so I didn’t get as many cards made as I had hoped, but I did get the ones done that were needed! A dear friend is retiring this year after working in our school division for about 35 years, so of course I had to make her a card! I made this one big enough that all the staff in her class would have room to sign it and add a comment or two. Mrs. L. is a very colourful and gregarious person so the card reflects that – as did her retirement party this past Monday night. The theme for the party was colour!
1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ yellow card stock
Purple card stock (large paisley)
Blue card stock (small paisley)
Green card stock (frame for sentiment)
Orange Card stock (small butterfly)
White card stock (sentiments)
Yellow card stock (large butterfly)
8 1/2″ feathery ribbon
Glue Dots – large & small
Sticky Dots Die-cut Adhesive
Fanciful Labels embossing folder by Cricut (I used the yellow shape)
Cuttlebug plus ‘C’ plate & 2 ‘B’ plates (or a Big Shot)
Versa Mark (or similar) sticky pad for heat embossing
Close To My Heart‘s Sonoma Workshop On The Go acrylic stamp set (or any other style of paisley stamps)
Large swirl from CTMH Love Life clear acrylic stamp set
9 green mini jewels
1 copper-colored mini jewel
1 pink silk flower, 1 3/4″ in diameter
1 small plastic flower (or flower-shaped brad)
small butterfly stamp (I used one from Martha Stewart‘s butterfly clear acrylic stamp set)
Scotch brand Quick Dry Adhesive (I like this brand because it has a fine spout that’s perfect for gluing on the jewels)
Copper embossing powder
Black embossing powder
Green embossing powder
large butterfly stamp (I used one from Martha Stewart‘s set)
white card stock
orange/yellow poppy specialty paper
2 1/2″ scalloped circle punch
Lacy Labels embossing folders by Cricut
Microsoft Word for printing the sentiments
non-heat embossing powders in green & gold
1. Fold the yellow card stock in half.
2. Attach the feather ribbon with small Glue Dots along the left-hand side of the card about a 1/2″ from the edge.
3. Cut out the green label using the Fanciful Labels embossing folder & your Cuttlebug. Then, with your sharp pointy scissors, cut neatly along the inside rim of the label.
4. Print out the sentiments, making sure that the ‘Happy Retirement’ is no longer than the inside dimension of the label you just cut out.
5. Carefully attach the label over the sentiment with sticky dots, then centre on card and attach with Sticky Dots.
6. Stamp the paisley prints (large on purple, small on blue card stock) using your sticky pad and then sprinkle with black embossing powder.
7. Use the heat tool to melt the embossing just until it becomes shiny.
8. Carefully cut out your paisley prints and attach to card using the Sticky Dots.
9. Attach silk flower just below the label/sentiment with a large raised Glue Dot. Use a generous amount of Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the plastic flower onto the centre of the silk flower, then glue the copper-colored jewel to the centre of the plastic flower. Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry. (As an alternative, you could use a flower-shaped brad for the centre of the silk flower.)
10. Use Versa Mark to stamp the swirly design beneath the flower and sentiment on an angle. Add the green embossing powder and heat. Glue on the green mini-jewels onto the ends of the swirly bits.
11. Use Versa Mark to stamp the small butterfly on the orange card stock. Add the copper-colored embossing powder and heat. Cut carefully around the outline of the butterfly and attach it to the bottom right corner of the card with a large Glue Dot.
For the inside of the card, use the Cuttlebug to emboss the frame. Carefully cut around the outside of the frame. Brush the leaves with the green non-heat embossing powder and the flowers with the gold. Brush off any excess. Attach the frame to the inside of the card with sticky dots.
2. Punch out a scalloped circle of the orange/yellow poppies. Carefully cut around the sentiment and place it over the centre of this circle. Use sticky dots to affix to the centre of the green frame.
3. Stamp & heat emboss the large butterfly with black embossing powder. Use large Glue Dot to attach to the bottom of the frame below the sentiment.
This card was for one of the students I have worked with since he started Middle School. He is now 21 and will be graduating, this year. He is in a wheelchair and wears braces over his ankles with the imprint of a motorcycle on each one, so I decided to use a motorcycle theme for his card.
5 1/2″ x 2 1/5″ Pale green paper for the grass plus another strip 5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
3″x 3″ pice of darker green paper for inside
5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ piece of pale blue or ‘cloud-patterned’ paper for the sky
brown card stock
Sookwang sheet (double sided adhesive sheet) – one piece 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (same as the green paper) & another piece the same size as the road
yellow, white & red glitter mixed together (maybe a teaspoon, altogether)
CTMH Born To Ride clear acrylic stamp set (Born To Ride, Motorcycle stamps)
CTMH Dreamin’ Workshop on the Go clear acrylic stamp set (leaf pattern)
CTMH Hero Alphabet clear acrylic stamp set (1, 2, !, &)
CTMH Pure Adventure clear acrylic stamp set (the flying goose)
Versa Mark sticky pad
Black embossing powder
black ink pad
green ink pad
The boy was from a set of paper dolls I got a long time ago and I don’t remember where I got them or what the name of it was.
3-D double-sided sticky squares
The ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp was from the bargain bins at Michael’s
Cuttlebug, ‘C’ plate & 2 ‘B’ plates
Happy Birthday embossing folder
1. Draw a road on the green paper to the ‘horizon’. Cut out pieces. Trace shapes onto Sookwang and cut out.
2. Trace the road you’ve just cut out onto the brown card stock. Peel off the backing of the Sookwang from the piece that matches the road shape and affix to the front part of the brown road. Remove the rest of the backing and sprinkle the glitter onto the sticky surface. Rub the glitter around so that no stickiness is left. Cut enough Sookwang to cover the back of the road.
3. Snip the road-side edge of the green paper that will go on the right-hand side to look like grass. Attach the matching piece of Sookwang to this pice of ‘grass’ and attach to the bottom right-hand side of the card front.
4. Peel the Sookwang backing from the road and stick into place under the grassy fringe.
5. Match up the left-hand side of grass with the Soowkang and attach grass to the card.
6. Stamp the motorcycle, numbers, & sentiments using Versa Mark and black embossing powder. Heat until shiny. Carefully cut around each piece.
7. Stamp the flying goose in black ink at the top left-hand corner of ‘sky’.
8. Stamp leaf patterns in the ‘grass’. if you want them to overlap, use the extra piece of green paper and cut out the patterns to suit your taste.
9. Place the boy on the motorcycle and tape the back so he does not fall off the bike. Use 3-D squares to affix the motorcycle and boy as shown.
10 Inside, use the Cuttlebug to emboss a piece of green paper with the ‘Happy Birthday’ embossing folder. Glue to the centre of the card. Attache the sentiments with 3-D squares as shown.
Phew! That seems like a lot of work when I write it out this way! I hope I remembered to tell you everything. Let me know if I’ve missed a step, or if something seems confusing.
Do you prefer this format, or the previous, more chatty version to describe how I made my cards?