Saturday, 27 February 2021

Diamond Panel Coffee Break Card

 Diamond Panel Coffee Break Card

For this card I've started with a square card base 14.8cm square (cut down from an A5 card blank).  This is just a little smaller than a 6" square card blank.

The front of the card base is folded in half to create the flap that the diamond is attached to.  The diamond is really just a square mounted with its points on the fold line.

The decorative papers, stamp and die are from Couture Creations Blooming Friendship collection. I've also used some dark grey card and white card.

I've used the Floral Mosaic, stamped 4 times to create the impression of a mosaic tiled floor.  It's very important that the square panel does not measure more from corner to corner (across the middle) than the height of your card base.  For my card base (14.8cm square) I used a square of card 10.1cm square.

The panel is mounted on the card front, on the left side only, using foam pads. I've tucked some of the red flowers from the ephemera pack under the edges of the diamond and then added some of the blue flowers overlapping the panel.

In the centre of the diamond I've used the Coffee Break mini die (cut from  dark grey card), mounted on a die cut white circle, matted onto a a circle cut from some dark grey card.

The inside of the card is also decorated with the patterned papers and has a sentiment cut from on of the papers using a circle die, matted onto a circle cut from white card.

The diamond panel hides the sentiment when the card is closed.

In my video I show you how to  use repeat stamping on the diamond panel - you will need to use a stamping platform (Stamp Press) for this.

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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Blooming Friendship Cards

 Blooming Friendship Cards

For these cards I've used the beautiful papers from Couture Creations Blooming Friendship collection. 

The backgrounds for both cards are made from one of the 12"x12" sheets, and I've also used sentiments from the sentiment panel 12"x12" sheet and the ephemera pack.

This card is made from the bottom half of the 12x12 sheet.  The bottom left corner is used for the main background and the reverse side of the bottom right corner is used as the backing layer - to create the red border.  My card base is 14.8cm square (cut down to a square from an A5 card blank) so I've cut the red layer to 14.4cm square and the piece for the main background to 14cm square.  

I've added some foiling to the background paper using the crackle die - I show you how to do this in my video.

Before sticking the layers down, gut the middle from the red piece using either a square die or a paper trimmer (the type with blades that slide in a groove).  The cut out piece is used to make the label the die cut is mounted on, and to make flowers for the other card.

I've used the Coffee Break die cut, and mounted it on a label cut from the red side of the paper.  For the label I've used one of the Modern Essentials  Cut, Foil and Emboss die sets - Nesting Inset Ovals, but you could use a plain oval die. 

The sentiment is from the ephemera pack.   I've added some ink around the edges to make it stand out from the background - I've used Card Deco Pearlescent Pigment Ink in Brown.

The second card is made using the top half of the 12"x12" sheet, with a sentiment cut from the sentiment sheet.  I've trimmed it out and then used another of the Modern Essential Cut, Foil and Emboss die sets (Bracket Frames) to die cut and foil it.

Cut the floral piece for the left hand side first  - approximately 5cm wide.  Leave trimming this piece to length until after it is stuck in place.

Turn the paper over to the red side and cut a piece to 14.3cm square (so there will be a small border of your card blank showing)

Line the floral strip up at the left hand edge of the red paper.  I've added a lacy die cut tucked under the edge of the floral strip, but you could use some actual lace.

Stick these in place lined up with the left hand edge, and then turn the assembled piece over and trim off the excess of the lace and floral panel at the back using scissors.

Once the background has been stuck down on the card base, add the sentiment panel and flowers.

The red flowers are die cut from the red side of any odd pieces of the paper and then I've added some Christmas Red Card Deco Pearlescent Pigment Ink which gives them a lovely sheen.  For the blue flowers I've used some pale blue paper and shaded with Navy Blue Card Deco Pearlescent Pigment Ink.  I show you how to shade the flower petals in my video.  
I've added some veining to the petals using a white gel pen.

In my video I show you how to foil using the crackle die, use the inks to shade the edges of sentiments and flowers, and how to put the cards together.

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