Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another Swing Card

Since I have my file for the swing card I designed saved in Silhouette Studio, it was very easy to make another one.  The patterned papers I used are free digital ones the I picked up from jessicasprague.com, when they had their five year anniversary celebration a little while back.  I love how they all coordinate, and I was able to use them with the print and cut feature in Studio.

For this tag, I decided to use clear cardstock instead of vellum.  I used the My Creative Time Fly Away with Me Dies to cut out the hot air balloon on white cardstock.  Then I stamped the balloon image from the Fly Away with Me Stamp Set onto three different patterned papers that I had printed from Studio and cut out the pieces I needed to paper piece the balloon.  The sentiment and the banner die cut are from the Fly Away with Me Sentiments stamp set.

Since I was using clear cardstock, I needed everything to line up perfectly on the back of the tag.  The hot air balloon die is not completely symmetrical, so I used the back side of the die cut this time.  It didn't line up perfectly, but once I paper pieced the basket part, you couldn't really tell.  The sentiment I used on this side is from My Creative Time's Many Greetings stamp set.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Wild Card 2 House Card with Video

Some friends of mine just bought their first house, so I wanted to make them a fun house shaped card.  I found this one on the Cricut Wild Card 2 cartridge.  The handbooks says not to cut it smaller than 4 1/2", so I made an A7 size card (5 x 7).

The sweet sentiment is from the My Creative Time Home Sewn stamp set.  I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

For further details, including how I used my Gypsy for this card, watch the video above.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Tag Swing Card

The other day Kristina Werner had a swing card on her blog that was really cool.  I've never tried making one of these before.  She used a Sizzix die for hers, but I thought maybe I could design my own in Silhouette Studio.  It took a long while, but I finally figured it out!

Instead of a circle, like the die she used, I decided to put a tag shape in the middle of mine.  I really liked Kristina's use of embossed vellum, so I did that too, using the Papertrey Ink Crackled Mini Stamp Set.  I also used the Cricut Life is a Beach cartridge to cut a 1 1/4" anchor.

My sentiment is from My Creative Time's Wow!  So Many Candles stamp set, my "go to" set for birthday cards.

This picture shows the back of the tag.  When I cut my anchor, I used my Gypsy to flip the image horizontally and cut it again so that I could match it up on the back of the tag.

The nice thing about designing this in the Silhouette is that I now have the file to use again!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Floral Birthday Card

This is another card I made for the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire.  The collection was already closed when I made it, but the colors really appealed to me, so I thought I would give it a go.

The challenge called for the PTI Natural Beauties stamp set.  I don't have that one, so I pulled out the only two floral sets that I do have:  Wildflower Garden and Botanical Silhouettes, which was a reward stamp set from a couple of years ago.  I used all of the suggested colors and had fun just stamping.

The sentiment, from Wildflower Garden, is stamped on a strip of vellum that has 1/8" ScorTape hiding behind the score marks.  I used StazOn ink (I think I need to practice this technique a bit).  To see Nichole Heady's original card, click here.

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