A card for Jeanine
Over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week our theme is “Monochromatic” like shades of blue, green or in my case, shades of purple. You can accent with white or black. This card was made for the other hairdresser in the salon we work at, Jeanine! Last week, my premier week as a designer on the team over at the “Crazies”, I made a card for my sisters for their support. This week, I need to thank my work partner Jeanine. She has encouraged and supported me through a lot! We’ve worked together going on 14yrs.!
Believe it or not, I only used two die sets for this card by Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares and 1020 – Susan’s Garden – Hydrangea
This week’s commercial: I just love this Fitted Frames series. It doesn’t show well in the picture above on the left, but all the frames pictured in the set are cut with one pass through the die cutter! These sets of frames come in Squares, Rectangles, Circles and Ovals. I admit when I first saw these I thought “Well that seems like a waste of card stock when you only want one frame”. However, if you cut them with a piece of white cardstock then you have a supply of frames that you can color any color you need. You can stencil or do a cool ink Oxide on paper and then cut them out. Or, color each one a different color to go with a designer print paper. The ways you can use these are endless. But you also get some cute little shapes with them. I used the heart that comes out of each cut to decorate the inside of the card.
Step 1: I cut the frames out of 3 colors of purple and just set them aside.
Step 2: Cut all the pieces from the “Hydrangea” die set. I cut two bases (the weird oval shapes in the same color as the frame in the upper left of the above picture). I also cut the square pc. in the set, which is what cuts all the petals, 3 times in this same pale lavender cardstock. I cut the 3 leaf pieces 3 times from this pale lavender and 3 times from white cardstock.
Step 3: Decide what will be the components of the card:
I want to draw your attention to the assembled Hydrangea in the above photo. I started out with just larger leaves on either side of the flower but hated it. So I decided to just put leaves all around the flower which I think turned out better. (Just thought it would help to see sometimes things go wrong. Don’t panic, most mistakes can be fixed without starting over!)
Step 4: There is an assembly video by Susan Tierney Cockburn on YouTube on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel under Susan’s Garden. I always highly recommend watching an assemble video if available whenever you get a new die set. It can save you so much frustration. Shape all the pieces of the hydrangea and assemble per Susan’s video. But first cut a dark purple square the same size as the only “stitched square”. Glue the “stitched square” over this purple square. This sandwich is what you will build the “hydrangea” on. After I veined all the leaves I added PanPastel Violet to all the leaves both light lavender and white. After the whole flower/leaves were all glued in place I squeezed a drop of glue here and there and added some “Express-o Yourself” Prills. I then took a soft paint brush, just as in the video and lightly added a little of the “bright green” PanPastel she mentions, that is actually called “Bright Yellow Green” by the brand.
Step 5: The last step! Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ White 100 lb. ECD Soft Finish cardstock in half. Create the base by taking one of the 6 x 12 and scoring at 6″ on the long side. Cut a printed designer cardstock square mat that measures 5 3/8″ square. Adhere to the front of the base card. Cut a pale lavender sq. that measures 5 1/8″. Adhere to the previous “designer print” mat. Now add the 3 “Wavy Frames” starting with the largest to the smallest. Then adhere the “Stitched Flower” square pc. to the center as shown. I added a little tag sentiment.
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Other Products Used:
Cardstock from Michael’s:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: 12 x12 White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm and “General Sentiments” Clear Stamp set.
Spellbinders: The little “For You” sentiment.
Beacon’s Kids Choice glue
Sizzix: Big Shot Plus