Sunday, 19 August 2018

#CTC192 - Tranquil Textures

Time to head over to pages 154-163 of the catalogue for this week's blog hop:

I've landed at page 163 and am CASEing the bottom right card:

This technique is one I used to make a couple cards for the demonstrator booth at Gold Coast Convention back in 2015. (You can view the cards here and here). As per the tip typed onto the photo in the catalogue - the technique is embossing with more than one colour embossing powder to "create a unique embossed look".

I've chosen Very Vanilla cardstock with a frame of Copper foil. The stamped images are from Petal Palette. I've used Granny Apple Green stamped off for the foliage and fully inked for the greeting. I versamarked the rose image directly over the foliage and the bird onto a separate piece of cardstock. I started with copper embossing powder, then tipped that off and applied black embossing powder over the rest of the image before heat setting. As I still had my colour spritzer I used this with a crumb cake marker for a very light splatter over the whole area. I have then used the new Corrugated Dynamic TIEF with the foil frame angled in it - (it does become a little fragile, so treat it with care). I glued that down and then popped the greeting banner onto dimensionals with copper metallic thread in lieu of the copper ribbon, and added the little bird last. 

Feel free to play along and add your picture to our Facebook page with the link over on the right. Let's head on over now though, and see what Mel has been up to this week:

Sunday, 12 August 2018

#CTC191 - Nature's Poem

Check out pages 142-153 for this week's challenge, then play along with the link on the right

I had reason to be creating a special card for my aunty this week, using the challenge to get me started. The person in mind enjoys travelling which led me to the card on the right of page 146:

A bit of pondering about which fancy fold to make ended up becoming a Joy Fold card. I started with a sheet of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and because she is an avid gardener, I knew I wanted to use Petal Promenade DSP. Although this colour isn't listed as a co-ordinating colour, I think it worked with the design I chose. I matted each layer with Mossy Meadow to give it a bit more appeal. The finished size of the card is 6" square. I have also used one of the smaller designs from Petal Promenade with the olive branch wreath as the background for my Gold foil and Rich Razzleberry (retired) large numbers. I didn't want a lot of bling but the foil tied in with the gold heat embossing I used for all the images on Whisper White cardstock.

Now you can see where the CASE card came in! As you open the top layer, the two scenes meet your eye. I chose not to add any colour to them as I liked how the gold made them pop anyway

As you open again, the greeting appears, a Berry Burst die cut Happy Birthday, along with a third image from Mediterranean Moments. Also appropriate because she likes cats! I've intentionally lowed this image as my personal greeting will be added to this page.

I'll pop the measurements further below if you are interested in making a card this size yourself. Time for you to pop over and see what Megan has designed for the hop:

Measurements used:
Rich Razzleberry: a) 10" x 6" scored at 4" mark; b) 8" x 3 3/4" scored at 4" mark
Mossy Meadow: a) 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"; b) 2 x 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" c) 3 x 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Whisper White: a) 2 x 5 1/2" x 3 1/2"; b) 2 x 3 1/2" x 3 1/4" 
DSP: a) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"; b) 3 1/2" x 3 1/4"

I did use a magnet on the front (which caused a few problems because it was a little small for all my layers so I had to rejig and in the end it was popped under the two scene images!) You wouldn't need a magnet if you made a smaller top card and used a dimensional embellishment to tuck the top layer under. If you search for Joy Fold cards you'll get the idea.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

#CTC190 - Artistic Impressions

Here we are again, CASEing from pages 127-141

I think I was drawn to the middle card on page 135 (right hand side of picture below) as I really like Blackberry Bliss

However, I've chosen to CASE the layout and add my own little twist - (get it?) - Lemon Lime Twist! OK, a little Stampin' Up! humour there. So other than swapping out the colour, I've changed the embossed die background to an embossing folder, and used the Layered Leaves 3D TIEF. As per the CASE, I have used a thick Whisper White card base, and used a couple of pieces from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty DSP - it is so versatile and a little goes a long way. 

You may not have realised, but the above image is from Wonderful Moments and I've chosen a similar style of image but from the stamp set Beautiful You. My greeting is also from the same set. I've stayed with the masking technique and sponging around the image. In lieu of pearls, I've opted for a few rhinestones to finish.

The crew would love to see you play along, you can use the link over on the left to add your photo to the Challenge page.  But before you go, be sure to pop over and see what Monique has been up to, seems like she's been busy this week: