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using wood

I’m showing something a little different today.  I made this card for the last weeks SCS challenge which calls for using wood on a card.  That material may sound unusual for cardmaking but it did not require the use of actual wood.  However, I remembered that I had some wood veneer samples sent to me awhile ago from Dowlen Wood and Paper Crafts.   There were some small pieces of real wood veneer – some mounted on thin chipboard, some not.

So…I made this clean and simple card:

wood heart

I used a piece of wood veneer that had been mounted on chipboard and die cut a heart our of the center.  The decorative paper (from Basic Grey) was placed behind the panel  using foam tape to provide a bit of dimension.  The sentiment on the front and the script text on the back panel are from Papertrey.  The flowers are from prima.


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Christmas? Oh no….

Yes, a Christmas card!!  Don’t hate me!!  I know it is so very early to even be thinking about Christmas but this card was so quick and easy to do and I thought I would share it now.


The base card is Cranes Lettra letterpress paper – love this paper because of its wonderful feel and look when either letterpressed, or as shown here, embossed. I used my all time fav cuttlebug embossing folder.

The ornament was made using Spellbinders 2011 Ornament set.  I used the next to smallest die and cut 3 shapes from the Midnight Frost collection from Bo Bunny.  Note:  if the paper you are using is patterned only on one side you will need to cut 4 shapes and combine two to make the middle layer since the back of the paper shows.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.

Here are the three easy steps to make this:

Place the first layer down flat.

Take the second layer and fold it in half.   (Since the back side of the paper will show this is where you will have to combine two pieces if your paper has a pattern on one side only.)  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the first layer.



Take the third layer, fold it in half and glue it together.  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the second layer.




Then attach the entire piece to the front of your card.

For this card I wanted a little more “sparkle” so before I attached it to the card I lightly sprayed it with adhesive and sprinkled some glitter on the ornament.  Here is a closer look.

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Die cuts – accentuate the negative

When using die cuts papercrafters generally focus on the actual shape that was cut from the die -cut out the shape and place it on a card or scrapbook page, etc.  Today I used a die but instead of using the piece that was cut out, I decided to make a card from the negative space remaining once the cut part was removed.  Here is the card.

Here are a few short steps on how I made it:

First I used a Cheery Lyn die to cut the leaf image – using a piece of wax paper in between your die and cardstock helps tremendously in detailed dies like this.  The actual die cut will not be used on this card so it will be put aside for another project.


Now for the background.  Scribble a few water based markers (SU markers used here) on a non stick craft sheet, then lightly mist the ink with water.

Press a piece of watercolor paper onto the misted ink and slightly move the paper to get full coverage.  Full disclosure – you may have to add more scribbled ink and misting to get the color you desire.  And you may have to try this a few times to get the hang of it!!

Here is what my piece looked like …

Now attach the watercolored piece behind the cardstock  with the die cut piece.   And there you go!!

To finish it off I stamped a sentiment (from Flourishes) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink  and added a grosgrain ribbon.  The piece was mounted on a piece of orange and cocoa cardstock.  The base card is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

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