It was our card group get together this afternoon - I can't believe we're in October already - and a very happy time was had by all! As per usual, I made three cards for the ladies to make, two Christmas cards and a masculine birthday card. Yep, that's right - another masculine card - that pleased the ladies enough to allow me three Christmas cards next month, yay!
First up is a floating front card - I just had to design a Christmas version for card group! I love that the card is dimensional on display but that it folds flat to go into an envelope. I have written instructions for making a floating front card and the PDF tutorial can be found on my Tutorials page HERE. I used 12" x 12" textured Island Indigo CS to make the base, the finished card size is 6" square. I adhered snowflake patterned paper to three of the panels. I chose a snowflake as the floating element, layering the Smoky Slate stamped and die cut snowflake onto a larger die cut Island Indigo snowflake. I placed a punched snowflake in the centre of a circle and embellished with a Marianne Designs 'Diamond Gem'.
This second photo shows the circle and slit closure, the sentiment panel and the decorated envelope flap.
The Glitter Pot, my local craft shop held a Christmas demo this weekend and I went along to check out the wonderful inspiration on offer. Alex Kamann demoed techniques using embossing folders, she had inked inside embossing folders with Memento inks before dry embossing Centura Pearl CS. What a fab effect, I was really taken with how the Memento inks, normally so bold and vibrant, appeared soft and muted when applied to the pearl CS. Rather than inking inside the embossing folder I chose to simply apply ink over the embossed card front using an ink duster brush. I made an A6 card base with Centura Pearl CS and embossed the front with a holly frame folder. I applied Memento Bamboo ink, shading from dark to light going from top to bottom to get an ombre effect and lightly buffed the card front with a piece of kitchen towel. I placed stamped and die cut ornaments back to back, pierced holes in the tops of the ornaments, pierced holes along the frame and added gold lurex thread. Tiny gold brads keep the thread in place and the ornaments dangle freely. I adhered the sentiment label to a strip of Cherry Cobbler CS and added a punched holly sprig with tiny red pearl berries.
Here's the inside and the envelope - I thought the vintage flourish complemented the large elegant ornament on the front of the card - any excuse to ink up that gorgeous stamp!
Onto the final card, the masculine birthday card. Nothing fancy here, just simple stamping, paper piecing and fussy cutting. The balloon and basket portions of the image are both popped up.
I simply stamped a sentiment on the inside.
Supplies for snowflake floating front card:
Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry' set, Hero arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: SU! Island Indigo 12" x 12" textured, plain Island Indigo, Whisper White
Patterned paper: Echo Park Home for the Holidays 'Merry Icons'
Ink: SU! Smoky Slate & Island Indigo
Tools: SU! 'Festive Flurry' Framelits dies, Simply Scored, 1" & 1 1/4" circle punches, X Cut Snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Marianne Design 'Diamond Gem', SU! Dimensionals
Supplies for dangly ornaments card:
Stamps: SU! 'Ornament Keepsakes' & 'Sweet Essentials' sets, Stampendous 'Christmas Cheer', IndigoBlu 'Vintage Flourish'
CS: Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Bamboo, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Tools: X Cut Holly Frame embossing folder, SU! 'Holiday Ornaments' Framelits dies, Spellbinder's 'Labels Trio' die, X Cut holly punch, Inkylicious ink duster brush, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: gold lurex thread, tiny gold brads, tiny red pearls
Supplies for hot air balloon card:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Clouds' DesignBlock background stamp, Woodware 'Hot Air Balloon', Hobby Art 'Flock of Birds', SU! 'Sassy Salutations' set, inside sentiment from PSX
CS: PaperMania A6 white card blank, SU! Basic Black, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot papers in 'Almond' & 'Mellow Yellow'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Soft Sky, Crumb Cake & Basic Black markers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals