Sunday, December 04, 2011

Wedding Wishes and 'on my drum' cards

My first official cards as a CAS 2011 Winter Design Team member!!! :)  I'm so excited!

I had so much fun making these two sample cards for Monday's CAS Challenge (CAS147 - Twine)!  I hope these cards inspire some of you to participate.  It's so much fun and it's wonderful to see all the different creative ideas.  If you have time, check out the CAS Challenge forum on Splitcoaststampers and post a card - you won't be sorry!

"Wedding Wishes"

Stamp:  Easy Events (SU!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Soft Suede DP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  paper-piercing tool, embroidery needle, Cappuccino twine (The Twinery), adhesives and dimensionals

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I stamped the main image in Early Espresso ink onto Whisper White cardstock and trimmed the image to 2 1/2" square.  I used Stampin' Write markers to color in the leaves and the heart.

I paper-pierced a border 1/4" in from the edge on all sides.  I threaded an embroidery needle with the twine and stitched all along the border, starting and stopping at the bottom right-hand corner (leaving a good-sized tail on both ends).  I wrapped a second piece of twine around two fingers, three times and then used the tail ends from my stitching twine to tie a knot in the middle of the bundle.  I separated the loops by gently pulling them apart.  I mounted the main image onto a frame of Soft Suede cardstock.  In hindsight, I should have mounted the frame before stitching as it would have made the main image stronger ... I'll know for next time!
For assembling the card, since the main image was square, I wanted to mount it in an area of the card base that was square ... so that determined that my strip on the left-hand side would be 1 1/4" wide (leaving the plain crumb cake portion of the front of the card to measure 4 1/4" x 4 1/4").  So I cut the side Soft Suede cardstock strip 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" and cut the Soft Suede DP strip 1 1/8" x 4 1/4".

I mounted all the pieces, popping the main image up with dimensionals to add depth.


Here's my second card for Monday's CAS Challenge (CAS147).  Hope you like.

"...on my drum"

Stamps:  None - the image and sentiment were both computer-generated
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Garden Green
Ink:  Garden Green Stampin' Write marker
Accessories & Tools:  paper-piercing tool, embroidery needle, Denim twine (The Twinery), silver mini brads, wooden skewer, wire cutters, emery board, Tombow glue, adhesives and dimensionals

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I "googled" musical drum images and found this image on-line.  I printed it off twice, once on Garden Green cardstock and once on Pacific Point cardstock.  I cut out the whole drum from the Garden Green and used that as my base.  I cut out the top and bottom pieces from Pacific Point and glued them on top of the Garden Green drum base.

I used the paper-piercing tool to pierce holes and then stitched the Denim twine across the middle part of the drum.  I added mini silver brads through the same pierced holes.
I used the wire cutters to cut two small pieces (each about 1 1/2" long) from a wooden skewer.  An emery board  was used to sand down the rough edges.  I used the Garden Green Stampin' Write marker to color a strip of green around each drumstick.

I printed the sentiment from my computer onto Whisper White cardstock and mounted it on a card base of Pacific Point.  I mounted the drum onto the front of the card, popping it up with dimensionals.  The two drumsticks were glued on top of the drum.

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