Thank you

Semi Shadow box card

Good morning friends!

It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love Design Team post! This month I received the amazingly intricate Organic Tim Holtz background die *  and a pack of paper by the Paper Boutique *.

I immediately started pondering a way of showcasing the beautiful die with the papers… and here’s what I came up with – I’m calling this my semi shadow box card! I knew I wanted to raise the die cut background and while I probably could have used a couple of layers of foam tape, I decided to adapt a pop-up shadow box card. There are tons of tutorials online – Jennifer McGuire has a super video here,  but I decided to create a quick step-by-step too!

Step 1 – Die cut the background die on watercolour paper

As this die is incredibly intricate, I used a metal shim when I ran this through my cutting machine. . You can see that this background die doesn’t create a frame, so you can easily create a bigger die cut panel if you want one.

 

 

 

Step 2 – Colour the image using distress inks

I chose a few distress inks which I smooshed onto a craft sheet, diluted with water and started to colour. So relaxing!

You can see that I didn’t poke through all the waste pieces at this stage as I prefer to colour with those in situ. At the end of the process, I removed all the spare pieces and coloured any bits that I had missed (there’s always the odd branch here and there!).

Step 3 Create a frame and prepare a card back

I chose a piece of paper from the Paper Boutique pack and cut a frame for the die cut piece from it. I used this frame as a guide to create the back of my card which I cut to the same height. I added 3cms to the width of the frame for the base as the two sides would be folded twice.

I then made four scoring marks on the card base – 1cm and 2cms from the left and right side.

 

Step 4 Score along card back twice on each side

Although I do have a scoring board somewhere, I find it easier to use my trimmer to score card stock.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5 Fold in the sides of the card

I then folded along the score lines to create a ‘Z’ on each side. I folded inwards at the 2cms score line and then the other way for the 1cm score line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6 Attach the die cut panel to card back

Before attaching the panel, I added some more paper to the back of my card to provide even more of a contrast for the die cut.

I added some strong adhesive to the sides of the panel – I always reach for Scor-tape which is super strong and has stood the test of time for my cards!

 

I then added the frame on top of the card and finally adhered the Thank You die cut from Creative Expressions to finish off my card.

Although it is only half a box card, it really is amazing stable and I didn’t need to used anything to prop it up!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.

Flower Garden

Hello everyone!

I finally had time to sit down and play with my new Hero Arts purchases today!

I love the new Flower Garden Bold Prints background and couldn’t wait to ink it up!

I heat embossed the image and  then coloured it using the palette from this week’s Color Throwdown challenge (grey, purple, lavender and kraft) – and added a die from a my Monthly Hero kit to finish it off. As I used my Twinkling H2Os, this is beautifully sparkly in real life – so difficult to capture in a photo though!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Bold Bright Star

Hi there!

Today I’m playing along with the current Poppystamps challenge where the theme is ‘starry night’. Now, I admit I was a little stumped when I first saw the theme as I don’t have many star stamps by Poppystamps and none that lend themselves well to a starry night scene. Then I read the blog post and the team is looking for projects with a star this month. Now, that I can do with my Poppystamps dies!

I used the Stitched Star Cutouts die to cut my base card and then I inlaid some pink and purple stars. I also added a few punched stars and an Open Studio/Memory Box stamped sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Sincere thanks

Hi there everyone!

Today I have a card I made using an old Stamp-It kitty stamp from my wooden stamp collection and the sketch from the current Case This Sketch challenge.

I stamped the image and then coloured it in using my Twinkling H2Os. I then embossed the Clearly Besotted sentiment, cut it out with a Lawn Fawn die and folded the end to reflect the sketch. I rarely play around with my sentiments like that, but I really like the effect, must try it more often!

I then added a few gems as the finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

You star!

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m playing along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge today.

I started by creating an embossed panel using a square piece of card and an embossing folder.

I knew that I wanted to use my Avery Elle star frame for the focal point, but didn’t want the embossed background to be seen in the centre of the frame. So, I carefully cut and stuck a piece of vellum to the frame and the added a silver die cut star to the centre.

I then stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on a strip ofwhite card which I trimmed down to touch the edge of the frame rather than run behind the vellum. A bit tricky, but it turned out just as I’d hoped.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Festive thanks

Hello everyone!

I’m not quite ready to put away my festive supplies! I love using them for thank you cards that I hand out after Christmas.

This is the card I made for my lovely mum using Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers stamps and matching dies. I embossed, cut and coloured all the images with my Twinkling H2Os and then created a see-through card front using Jennifer McGuire’s press n seal technique. Time consuming but totally worth it! The sentiment is by Winnie and Walter.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (something new – the matching dies were a new purchase).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.