Thursday, 28 March 2013

Five SU! Make & Take Cards

I spent a very happy time at Joanne's house last Saturday at our monthly SU! Make & Take get together.  I've put together five of the six cards that Joanne designed for us to make.  The sixth card featured a punch art teddy bear and I wasn't up to tackling that on the day and I will have a go at that some other time!  I have to confess I changed a few things from Joanne's original card designs - I think she's used to that by now LOL!

First up is a masculine card featuring the fabulous Honeycomb embossing folder and Comfort Cafe papers.  The colours are Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party and Very Vanilla.  The Happy Birthday flag banner is popped up.  I added the balloons to this card, Joanne hadn't included those on her original card.  I punched 1" circles and owl feet to make the balloons.  I sponged Pool Party ink around the shapes and added some white gel pen highlights.  Two of the balloons are popped up.

Card two  features the Woodgrain embossing folder, a stamp from the Serene Silhouettes set and the pretty Old Olive striped organdy ribbon.  The stamp was coloured with Old Olive, Marina Mist and Perfect Plum markers and the oval and Woodgrain panel were sponged with Old Olive ink.  I also sponged the image panel - Joanne had doodled a lovely dot and dash border on the image panel using a Marina Mist marker.  Hmmmm, my doodled borders are always less than satisfactory - I can never get the size and spacing even - so I sponged my border instead!  The sentiment oval is popped up.

Card three features a fave colour combo of mine - Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party.  I die cut and embossed the white panel, punched out the larger butterfly shape, pierced around the butterfly and stamped the sentiment.  I glued a piece of patterned paper to the Rich Razzleberry card base and then popped the white panel up.  I punched the Pool Party smaller butterfly, sponged the edges with Pool Party ink, glued it down and added three small pearls.   I really wanted to add some Pool Party satin ribbon - but I'd already popped up the white panel so I wasn't sure how that would work out.  Happily, I was able to feed the ribbon around the panel without getting snagged up on the Dimensionals.

Card four uses a gorgeous rose snipped off from the vintage Flower Trim.  After cutting off the rose flower I applied Rose Red ink with a sponge dauber.  It's so easy to colour the flowers this way!  After embossing the Very Vanilla panel with the Manhattan Flower folder and stamping the sentiment I added the Rose Red seam binding ribbon.  I glued the Very Vanilla panel to the Rose Red card base, tucked in the Certainly Celery leafy stems and glued on the rose.  This card I left exactly as Joanne designed it!

 For the fifth card the Simply Scored tool was used to add an embossed background to a Very Vanilla panel and then pretty punched flowers were added.  Joanne had used a combo of Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand.  Oh dear, Sahara Sand is NOT a fave of mine, I really don't like it at all!  Plus, I like to add a pop of dark colour when I use paler shades so I've used Night of Navy instead of the Sahara Sand.  Oh yes, I changed the position of the flowers as well, Joanne had all her flowers in the bottom part of the card.  I finished this card off at home and, as per usual, I spent ages faffing about with flower placement!  Anyway, I decided to position two flowers at the top.

Joanne is brilliant at adding shaping and dimension to punched flowers, I've learnt some fab tricks from her including this one  -   USING A PAPER PIERCER TO SCORE PETALS


Place the flower on the piercing mat
Lay the piercer flat along the petal as shown.
Press down firmly and draw the point down the petal from the base to tip.

Here's a close up of some of the flowers.  For the Blossom flower I snipped between each petal and used the method above to score the petals.  Joanne added rhinestone jewels to her flower centres but I took the opportunity to use up some So Saffron brads from my stash!

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