A fun design inspired by a wish for spring!! The background papers on the card bases are from a stack that I bought a long time ago and I have lost the cover, so I have no idea who made the paper.
Sizzix made the die for the flowers. After cutting them out I embossed them with Cuttlebug's Dotted Swiss folder. I happened to have a blue glitter card stock that matched the blues in the scrapbook paper, so punched out a nice glitzy center for the flowers. The flowers are 3-D, using a double-sided self-adhesive foam.
Note that on two of the cards there is a textured portion on the left. This was done in another Cuttlebug folder.
Now for those gorgeous leaves. I used a light weight medium avocado card stock. Cut 1 inch in strips, folded those in half and ran them through my corrugator at an angle. I used one of Punch Bunches leaf punches. You will be using only half your punch. Make sure the fold is in the CENTER of the punch, now punch and unfold your lovely leaf.
This yellow Cuttlebug textured card base is so bright and cheerful. What we need for the dreary winter day.
Each of the phrases has been computer generated by me in Paint Shop Pro X, then copied to Word 2003 and printed out in 3 columns with 9 to 12 per page. I really like the smaller version as more of the A2 card is visible.
While I love looking at the card created by the design teams of all of these companies, I have come to realize that most of them work in a 5.5 x 8.5 format. (aka - half fold) I suspect that most everyday stampers and card makers are working in the A2 or 4.25 x 5.5 format.
Many of the lovely stamps are also created with the half fold format in mind. My answer was to do a little practicing on my PSP program and design my own.
I am working on making these phrases downloadable to you through google documnets. So far I have failed. I will keep tinkering with it and discover the secret.
Here is the card that I made for my husband for Valentine's Day. While this is a Valentine the basic idea would work for any "man card".
The textured layer, which is dark brown, was done with a Cuttlebug folder. It looks like the decking from a cattle pot. OK, let me explain, my husband trucked cattle all over the western United States for about 10 years. This looks like the texture of the aluminum on the floors of the cattle hauling trailers. It was to help keep the cattle from slipping. This type of texture is also used on some of the aluminum steps put on pickups and ramps for loading things in the back of pickups. Why am I blathering on about this? Because this texture is a very manly guy type look.
The ric rac is a Sizzix extended cut die. The hearts are a McGill punch. The stamp is an unknown from when I first stamping 19 years ago.
This is such a versatile card. It can be used for get well, someone that is having a tough time or humorously. The stamps are from two different Inkadinkado clear stamp sets. The scrapbook paper is from DCWV La Creme stack. The card base is a card stock color called craft.
The doggie inchie is on some 3-D foam.
My stamps, inks, embossing powders, scrapbook paper and card stocks are from multiple companies. I do no limit my creativity to one small company.
I was leafing through my card stash and came across this old Valentine. I made it at least 5 years ago, but I still like it.
The card base has been covered with scrapbook paper.
The large heart is one that I made a template for. I took a piece of plain white card stock, folded it in half, drew the open heart, and cut it out. It took several attempts to get just the right look. Things do look different when unfolded.
Now take the paper that you want for the large open heart, fold it in half and draw around the template you just made. Cut it out and you are ready for the next step. By folding in half and cutting you get a perfectly symmetrical heart.
The phrase was computer generated. I had downloaded a font that had open spaces in the letters. A pink gel pen was used to fill in those open spaces. The are lots of free fonts on the internet. I did a google search for "free fonts" and came up with a multitude.
After cutting out the phrase with a straight edge, the edges were sponged in pink, the it was attached to another piece of white card stock and that layer was trimmed with a scallop decorative scissors. Again, sponge the edges with pink.
From the scrap that was cut from the inside of the heart I punched out three more hearts to finish off the design. Happy Valentines Day to all.
I love the color combination's of this K & Company Floral Dream stack.
The edges of the scallops and even the holes on the center die cut have been sponged with Ranger Archival coffee ink. This gives much more depth and definition to each scallop.
The largest scallops have been cut using a Sizzix extended cut die.
The two smaller sized scallops have been cut using Quickuts extended dies.
The center piece with the "ribbon" woven through the holes is from a Spellbinders die. All dies were cut with my trusty and dependable Wizard, by Spellbinders. Which they are no longer selling as they have come out with a new bigger machine. I am very sad about this. My stout little Wizard is so portable and remarkably tough. I have worn all the paint off the throat because I use it so much. There are only a very few dies from any company that my trusty Wizard will not cut cleanly. Sometimes I really hate change.
More Valentines and scallops. Here is a little bit different take on the designing with scallops thing.
I took a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 card stock, which is also known as A2 size or quarter sheet, and dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. Pleas note that if you try this with a regular sized Cuttlebug embossing folder it will be smaller than the size of an A2 card base. Grrrrr.... why did they make them that size? It would have taken no effort whatsoever to make them A2 size. The result of that mistake is that I search high and low for the Sizzix as I love the size of the finished product. OK, rant over.
I attached the embossed paper to my card front.
Now layer those scallops. Depending on the papers used and the desired finished look, you can sponge the edges or not.
I printed the Happy Valentines Day on a coordinating sheet from the K and Company Floral Dreams stack. The 12 x 12 sheet of paper was cut down to 8.5 x 11 and run through my printer.
For some of the greetings the phrase was attached to cream paper, cut with a scallop edge decorative scissors and sponged.
The pictures are a little dark. It was the only way I could get the lovely dry embossing to show up.
Scallop die cuts are by Sizzix (largest scallop) and Quickuts.
These hearts with the ivory embossing powder on white card stock are just addictive.
Note the layering here. The card base is craft paper card stock, then cream and then the DCWV stripe from the La Creme stack. I use my Perfect Layers rulers to get consistently even border and layering edge cuts.
The three sizes of hearts were cut from the Spellbinders Nestibilities heart and scalloped heart dies.
I stamped the phrase first, then positioned the die over it, taped it down, cut and embossed. Again this is a Spellbinders die, the Fancy Labels One. I have no idea of where I got this stamp. I have had it for at least 15 years. I do know that I bought it unmounted and cut a wood mount for it myself.
I do wish Spellbinder would come out with some stamp phrases that would fit in their series of Fancy Label dies. It is a big pain to find one that fits. I have resorted to computer generated phrases which works well, except when you want to heat emboss with embossing powder.
The paper used here is from DCWV Rustic stack. The large scallop was cut with a Sizzix extended cut die. The smaller scallop was a Quickuts die. I carefully punched each heart in the smaller scallop. Another punch was used for the slightly larger hearts on either side of the stamped phrase.
Note that all the edges have been sponged. This really adds to the "rustic" look.
The main technique used in this card was layering. Having all the paper from one stack is a sure way to make sure that all your colors coordinate.
The initial inspiration was the ivory embossing powder on white card stock. The hearts were cut with Spellbinders Nestabililties hearts. Thge scalloped hearts are cream card stock, while the inner heart is white card stock.
Paper is DCWV's La Creme stack and the gold paper is gift wrap.
The tags are from Spellbinders first fancy tags set.