Thursday, 9 September 2010

September 2010 Card Group Projects

Today  was our card group get together, it's been a while as we had to cancel the August meeting.  September means it's time to start Christmas cards!  I'm sticking with my non traditional colour combos for this months cards.  I've also decorated the insides of the cards to tie the whole design together.  Just something simple like some stamping, a piece of matching patterned paper and some punched or die cut shapes can make a big difference and it really doesn't take too long to decorate the inside of the card too.

First up is a trapezium shaped card made to look like a gift.  Very simple, cover the entire card front with patterned paper, add some ribbon strips and a tag and the card is done.  I debated whether or not to centre the ribbon strips but decided to go off centre but I think either way works. The circle tag is popped up.



This photo shows the inside of the card:



Next up is a card using the tree and various images from the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sewing Box Christmas set.  Turquoise Stickles has been added to the baubles and some of the baubles are popped up.  The ric rac strips are made with die cut shapes.  The sentiment circle and the star are popped up.



This photo shows the inside of the card:



Last up is this lovely blue and chocolate card made with the SU! Dasher reindeer stamp.  I've CASEd this design from Monica Gale.  I saw the card on her blog, fell in love with it and made one straight away.  I thought it would make a great card for my card group to make.

I used a piece of torn CS as a mask at the bottom of the Whisper White piece and sponged Bashful Blue ink above the mask.  Monica used a brayer to apply her ink, either way works really well.  I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp the trees on either side of Dasher and on the card front because I wanted the trees to look fairly seamless but I bet it also looks fine if you're not so persnickety!  I'll let my ladies decide if they want to use the SAMJ or not.  Dasher stamped a tad blotchy in places so I went over him lightly with a Chocolate Chip marker.

I've applied some ultrafine glitter to add some sparkle to the snow line.  The star brad is fixed around the centre of the bow and was attached to the panel before being applied to the card front so the brad prongs don't show through the card front.



This photo shows the inside of the card:



Supplies for trapezium card:
Stamps: SU! So Many Scallops set, inside sentiment by Hero Arts
CS: Woodware white trapezium card blank, SU! Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke & Sage Shadow
Patterned paper: SU! Wintergreen Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke
Tools: SU! Scalloped & plain circle punches, X Cut snowflake punch, Crop-A-Dile
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Certainly Celery twill ribbon, gem brad, silver cord, 3d foam pads


Supplies for tree card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Sewing Box Christmas set, Wishes of Joy by Hero Arts, inside sentiment by Penny Black
CS: Anita's white A6 card blank, SU! Old Olive & Tempting Turquoise
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip & Old Olive
Tools: Circle punches, Sizzix 'Ribbons' Decorative Strip die
Embellishments & accessories: Turquoise Stickles, 3d foam pads


Supplies for Dasher with trees card:
Stamps: SU! Lovely As A Tree set, SU! Dasher stamp, Merry Christmas from SU! Seasonal Wishes set, inside sentiment by Penny Black
CS: SU! Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue & Chocolate Chip
Tools: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Crystal ultrafine glitter, star brad

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