Monday, October 29, 2012

October Cards

Triple Layer Gratitude Card

I have seen this style (triple layer) card used a lot recently and thought “oh that is tough to do”. Well, it turns out it is not and I love the effect. Once you cut all the layers of the vanilla stock you simply layer them on top of each other and then begin stamping the images. Before taking them apart, I ran all the layers through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Impression embossing folder. I like the dimension and ‘funness’ (yes that is not a real word) of this impression folder. Okay back to the card, after running them through the Big Shot, you separate all the layers and then back them to the second layer color. I used More Mustard for the layer backing stock.  Once the backing color is adhered, I started layering them on the base stock (Chocolate Chip). On the second and third layer I added dimensional to ‘pop-it-up’ a little bit more. The ribbon used for this is Soft Suede,3/8” Taffeta Ribbon. The sentiment and images stamped are from the Day of Gratitude stamp set. This was a new set introduced last year and I was pleased to see it made its way into this year’s Annual Catalog. Colors used for this card were: Cajon Craze, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery.  Now that I know it’s an easy technique to do and that delivers such a ‘bang for your buck’, I think I will use it again.

Leaves, Happy Thanksgiving Card

This is pretty much a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) card from Mary Fish. I love the cleanness to this card while it incases the outdoors feeling of Fall. After I used the earth colors in the Gratitude card I wanted something a little crisper and I love the color combo of Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade and Crisp White. I ran the white background stock through the Big Shot with the new Woodgrain Impressions embossing folder. Also used and ‘new’ is the Autumn Accent Bigz Die and coordinating Wonderfall stamp set.  I have found when these two are used together it can be tricky at first. I think that is because we have been so spoiled with SU! new Framelits where you stamp first and then die cut out second. With this combo it is easier (for me) to die cut out all my shapes and then stamp the image afterwards.  Using dimensionals, I layered the stamped leave images on top of the Woodgrain and then added a bow and button (both retired) at the stems. The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and then uses the Word Window punch and the Bitty Banners Framelits layered together. I would say this is a Clean CASE.

Christmas Elf Shoes Card

Okay, now I am thinking do I ever think of my own cards?…..Yes, I know I do, but sometimes I love some that I have found from other talented stampers that I just have to CASE. This Elf Shoes card was from Becky of Inking Idaho (2011) and it was fun to start doing Christmas cards. Christmas seems so far away, but it is less than 2 months from now. I am sure we have a TON of things we are planning, doing and buying in the next 8 weeks…..yikes. The elf shoes are made by cutting a Top Note die in quarters and then using the Ornament and a 3/4 “ circle punch. Once cut/punched, I sponged the edges with black for some shading. The toes are 1/2” circles of the Red Glimmer paper. Bows are the Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon and the legs are DSP. The greeting is from the Seasonal Saying stamp set. You can buy this stamp as a set or a single stamp until January 2nd.. Colors used for this card are Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and White.

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