Friday, April 06, 2012

Asian-themed and Easter-themed cards

Today I made two cards for two different challenges and they couldn't be more different ...

The first one is for CAS-ual Friday's Challenge (CFC47 - "Let the Hunt Begin" - something you'd find in an Easter Basket).  I used a digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles for the card below and had a lot of fun paper piecing the "peeps".  Hope you like.

"Hangin' with my peeps"

Stamps:  "Hangin with my peeps" (Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamps)
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White (SU!);  assorted pastel patterned paper ($1 Store)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write marker (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Tombow glue, 1/8" Certainly Celery Tafetta ribbon, 1/8" Baja Breeze Tafetta ribbon, glue dot, sticky strips, and adhesives

I printed the digital stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  I ran it through again, printing four copies onto copy paper.  I then taped pieces of different colored patterned paper over each image and ran it through the printer again.

I cut out the chicks and glued them onto the Whisper White card front.  I used the Pink Piroutte Stampin' Write marker to color in the hearts in the sentiment.

I wrapped the two thin ribbons around the top of the card front and secured them at the back.  I took a small piece of each ribbon and tied them together around the bands of ribbon that I had added to the card front; tying a half knot.  I added a glue dot under the knot to hold it in place.

I mounted the card front onto the card base of Bashful Blue cardstock.


For the second card, I made an asian-themed card for today's "Free For All" Challenge at SCS (F4A111 - Celebrate the Dragon).  I used a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up! (sorry don't know the name), lent to me by my friend Frances.  Hope you like.

"Symbol of Love"

Stamps:  Name unknown (SU!)
Paper:  Basic Black, Gold, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder (Sizzix), Foral Screen embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Nestabilities Circles die-cuts, rubber brayer, adhesives, sticky strips, glue, and dimensionals

I used the rubber brayer to add Soft Suede ink to the inside of the Floral Screen embossing folder, added a piece of Soft Suede cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot ... this is called faux letterpress technique.  I cut out the embossed cardstock with my Nestabilities circle die-cut.  I also cut out a circle frame from Basic Black cardstock.

I ran the gold cardstock through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder, then trimmed it to size.  I cut two 1/8" strips of black cardstock and glued them on top of the gold embossed cardstock, trimming off any excess.  I cut two more 1/8" strips of black cardstock and glued them to the front of the embossed circle, trimming off any excess.  I mounted the black circle frame on top of the embossed circle.

I mounted the gold embossed cardstock to the Basic Black card base.  I mounted the framed circle to the card front, popping it up with dimensionals.

I stamped the Japanese symbol for Love in Basic Black ink onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and trimmed to small square.  I mounted the symbol onto a thin frame of gold cardstock and then added to the card front, popping it up with dimensionals.


Susan said...

Love both cards, but especially the Asian-themed one. The focal square contrasts so well with the circle.

Allisa said...

Love both of your cards, the Symbol of Love card is stunning! Saw your peeps card at CAS-ual Fridays!

June K said...

Your first card is so darn cute. The chicks in different colors are so pretty. Your second Asian themed card is stunning. You did a great job of making the "sho-ji" (Japanese screen) with the embossing folder and black strips.

Dana said...

Both are gorgeous!!! So glad you played along with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week:)

Laura Davis said...

LOVE this!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!