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More Copper and Kraft (Valentine’s Day and Sympathy Cards)

More Copper and Kraft (Valentine’s Day and Sympathy Cards)

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I loved the combination of copper and Kraft so much and still had the supplies out on my desk after making my Copper Leaves card, so I decided to make a few more cards…

The sympathy card above was made with the “Magnolia Blossoms” stencil by Crafters Workshop (#TCW6X6-815S), gel medium, and Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.  The greeting is from the “Sympathy Duo” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The Kraft card stock was also from Gina K Designs.

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This Valentine’s Day card was done by placing the “Flourish” stencil by Tim Holtz (THS-032) over a heart shaped mask cut with a die from the Ecstacy Crafts/Nellie Snellen Heart set MFD060 before applying the gel medium and copper embossing powder.  The greeting is from a stamp set called “Sealed with a Kiss” by Paper Pretties (no longer available).

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Diagonal Split Panel Valentine’s Day Card (and another CAS design)

Diagonal Split Panel Valentine’s Day Card (and another CAS design)

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This 5×7 Valentine’s Day card is similar to the diagonal split panel cards I posted previously and features the gorgeous patterned paper called “Moonstruck” by American Crafts (#320318) along with a greeting from the Hampton Art (SC0744) stamp (and die) set.

Diagonal split panel cards are quick and easy to make and can be adapted to any holiday or occasion by simply choosing different patterned paper, an appropriate greeting, and as many (or few) embellishments as desired.

Here is a video tutorial on how to do this technique, although as I mentioned in my previous post, I changed mine up a bit by matting my finished panel and changing the angle/measurements of my cuts.  I’ve also seen variations where the solid panels are popped up with foam tape and where the center portion is hand-stamped.

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This next card seemed too simple to get its own post – lol!

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I whipped up a few of these “Clean and Simple” cards for my kids who think it kind of silly that I make and send them Valentine’s Day cards at all but who enjoy the “little something” I put inside – lol!

This A2 sized CAS card features the heart stamp from the Hero Arts “Stamp Your Story – Brush” set along with a greeting from the “Sealed With a Kiss” set from Paper Pretties (both no longer available).  The texture stamp behind the heart was unmarked and was stamped off to keep it subtle.

Gina K Designs Soft Stone ink and Edible Eggplant card stock was used (not black as it appears in the photo!!) along with Blackberry Bliss ink from Stampin’ Up.

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Copper Leaves

Copper Leaves

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I love how copper and black look on kraft card stock.

To create my leaves, I used gel medium and copper embossing powder.  I applied the gel medium to my panel with a palette knife through a stencil, and while the gel medium was still wet, I sprinkled on the copper embossing powder.  After the gel medium had dried, I heat set the powder with a heat tool.  Love, love, love the results!!

The vine stencil (5×6) was from Stencil RevolutionCopper embossing powder is from Hero Arts.  The stamp is from the “Frame and Flowers 2” set by Gina K Designs as is the lighter Kraft card stock.  The black and kraft card base is by Recollections.  I stamped the greeting with versafine onyx black ink.

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Italian Ristorante Napkin Cards

Italian Ristorante Napkin Cards

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(inside:  Wishing you an amazing birthday and your best year yet!)

My sister is very excited about her upcoming trip to Italy so I thought I’d make a card for her birthday using an “Italian Ristorante” scene napkin.  (I think the man and woman in the blue and red vaguely look like my sister and her husband – lol!)

I really struggled with this one and tried a few different layout ideas before “settling” on the design above.  The napkin was just so colorful and busy, and finding the point between “unfinished” and “a hot mess” was tough!!  It’s a good thing each napkin had 4 usable panels as I only ordered 3 individual napkins from Etsy!

The finished card measured 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  I made a square envelope with my envelope punch board so a trip to the post office was required to mail it .

Here are a few more of the samples that didn’t end up in the trash…

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I had to stack/layer several of the greeting die cuts on each of these in order for them to stand out.  In hindsight, I think a lighter background behind the “mosaic tiles” might have been better on the second sample.  And while I kind of liked both of these layout ideas, “my sister and brother-in-law” weren’t visible!

This next sample (5 x 7) was made using a sketch that was meant for an A2 sized card.

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I think mine ended up looking a little too tall and stretched out.  In hindsight, I think I would have liked it better as an A2 sized card.  (Not crazy about my diagonal size/placement either!)

At some point however, you just need to move on to the next project – lol!!

Click here to see how I created the napkin panels for my cards.

To see tools and products used on these cards, continue reading….. Continue reading

Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card

Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card

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It seems like only yesterday…

My triplets turned 21 today.  Happy Birthday, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!  These fun (A2 sized) cards were made with the Karen Burniston “Photo Collage Pop-up” die set and a bunch of (mini) photos of Kelly, Kevin, and Keith when they were younger.

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This is what the front of the cards looked like.  Kelly’s is on the left, and the boys’ is on the right.

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Here are the insides of each of the cards:

Keith…

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Kelly (again)…

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and Kevin…

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The card fronts were made with digital paper from MelanieBrittDigitals that I purchased on Etsy.  The “21” was created with the harrington font and cut with my Silhouette.  The greeting is from the “Itty Bitty Birthdays” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and was stamped with Gina K Designs Peach Bellini or Ocean Mist mixed with Soft Stone ink.  The small happy birthday stamp on the inside is from “Newton’s Birthday Bash” by Newton’s Nook Designs.  I ordered the photos (as 4×4 collage sheets) from Walgreens.

HERE is Karen’s video tutorial on how to create the pop-up photo collage.

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