Hello, this is my walk through guide / tutorial on how to make the two homemade cards above.
I applied the ink in a circular motion, making sure to keep a firm grip on the card with the other hand to avoid the card scrunching. I then scored down the middle of 2 of the pieces of card to make my 2 base cards and put the 3rd piece aside to use for later.
Next i took a 4th piece of the brown – grey recycled card and a faded jeans distress ink and repeated the process this time using very light pressure with the ink blending tool and moving it in random directions.
Once the papers were finished I took the white piece of paper and stamped out my image and greeting using a clear acrylic block, (these projects were both made using Tim Holtz visual artistry miniature stamps), selected nesting dies and cut them out using my die cutting machine.
Taking the recycled card with the faded denim ink I cut out the same shape i had used for the topper using the next size up in the nesting dies and once it was cut out I ran it through the die cutting machine again in a bubbly embossing folder. The next step was to highlight the embossed bubbles with pale blue shimmer paste and then layer the white piece with the image on top of it using double sided tape or a flat glue.
Repeat this process using smaller dies from the same nesting set and the same colour scheme for your greeting.
After your topper and greeting are stuck together lay them to one side and take one of the card base’s you prepared earlier, using a craft knife carefully cut a small slit along the score line of the card. The slit needs to be a reasonable distance from the edge of the card (so as not weaken the structure and to be sure you don’t accidentally go too far and split the edge of the card) This slit is to thread your ribbon through so it only needs to be as big as the ribbon that you intend to use. Once this is done, thread your ribbon through the slit from the inside of the card and then bring both ends of the ribbon around the card front and tie a bow towards the right hand side of the card. Be careful not to pull too tightly when tying to be sure not to damage your card base, the ribbon needs to be tight enough that it will not slide down the card but not so tight that it pulls the card in to a curve.
Now you are ready to stick your topper and greeting on to the card, I chose to stick the topper to the bottom left of the card so that it overlaps some of the ribbon and the greeting to the top right. As finishing touches i used a quickie glue pen to out line the topper and the greeting and decorated with dark blue glitter for a pretty out line and then placed some shimmer dots in a line at the top left and bottom right.
For the second card I took a green piece of card and stamped out the image of the car 3 times (leaving adequate space around them) and then stamped the image of the birds three times just above the cars, I also stamped my greeting and 15 butterflies on to the same piece of card (you only need 12 butterflies but i find it’s always best to do a few extra in case of accidents).
When you have everything stamped out choose a set of nesting dies that work for the shape of your image and use them to cut out your images and greeting (using a slightly smaller die for the greeting). Then using the same die that you used for your image / greeting take the 3rd piece of recycled card with the soot black ink (the piece that you didn’t score) and draw around the outside edge of the die, repeat 3 times for the image and once with the smaller die used for the greeting making sure to leave enough space between them to easily cut them out. This is to create a frame to edge the image that is smaller than the die the next size up because we are going to use the die that is the next size up to cut out another layer from green mirror board. Once all of your pieces are cut out layer the pale green pieces with the image / greeting on to the pieces of the recycled card with the black ink that you cut out earlier and then layer them on to the green mirror board sticking them with a flat glue or tape.
Put your toppers to one side and take the base card you made earlier, open it out flat and lay it on a cutting mat. Using a screw punch and a ruler measure 4cms in from what will be the bottom of the front of your landscape card at both the left hand and right hand sides and punch a hole. Then punch a third hole in what would be the top right hand corner of your landscape card (near the score line). Once this is done thread your cord through the holes near the bottom of the card coming from the inside of the card to the front of the card and tie a knot toward the right hand side. Cut several more small pieces of the same cord and knot them around the original knot leaving the short ends to splay out.
You can now stick your images and greeting to your card I have used 3d glue gel to do this as I have chosen to have the 3 toppers overlapping the cord and each other and 3d glue gel makes it a lot easier to do with out bending any pieces. Once everything is stuck down place the card to one side to allow the glue to dry.
Next you need to cut out each of the butterflies that we stamped earlier, pair them up and glue them back to back so that an image shows on both sides. Before glueing i like to shape the wings a little with the end of my finger a little to give extra dimension. Whilst the butterflies glue is drying take some jump rings and link them together to form six small chains of varying lengths and link all six chains together at the top using a key ring.
When you are absolutely sure that the glue is completely dry in your butterflies use your screw punch to punch a hole in one wing of each of your six butterflies and then carefully attach one to the end of each of your six chains and attach the key ring through the hole that you punched in the top right corner of your base card earlier.