Congratulations, Eagle Scout!

Congratulations, Eagle Scout!

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(inside:  You did it!)

One of the things I love about card making is being able to customize a card to fit any occasion, situation, or subject.  My friend’s son was being honored for the well-deserved achievement of becoming an Eagle Scout, and I was invited to his Court of Honor.  I needed a card to fit the occasion but saw nothing in my travels that was made just for congratulating scouts.  It was great to be able to come up with something that worked, and I had a lot of fun making it!

I started with the digital paper/image from Ladybird Press called “Boy Scout Oath Print” that I purchased on Etsy.  At my request, the shop owner was nice enough to also send me the blank wood-grained background file (without the words) that I used for my greeting panel.  Thanks, Carlee!!

I used Gina K Dark Chocolate and Sandy Beach card stock for the card base and mats.

I purchased the Eagle Scout sticker on ebay, but the colors did not match those on the background that well, so I scanned and printed the sticker image on a piece of vellum, cut it out, and glued it to a piece of Gina K Sandy Beach card stock.  The color of the card stock through the vellum made the whites of the original sticker more of an off-white and dulled the reds and blues to be closer to the background.  I cut a frame with dies from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals (large and small) sets out of the Dark Chocolate and adhered it on top of the vellum to hide the glue dots that were visible around the edges.

The greeting stamp originally said, “Congratulations, You did it!” (unknown brand).  I cut the stamp apart and used the “You did it!” half on the inside of the card.  Both were stamped with Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.

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Black and White Daisy Note Card

Black and White Daisy Note Card

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This simple note card features the “Watercolor Daisy” stamp from Hampton Art.  When I originally purchased it, I intended to add color to the image, but I really liked how it looked in black and white so I “threw together” a quick black and white note card.  (I’ll try it with color next time!)

The image was stamped with Gina K Black Onyx ink on white card stock.  A Teresa Collings Enamal Dot was added to the center. The background panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug “Swiss Dots” embossing folder.  Black mats and a piece of black and white ribbon (by Offray) finished it off.

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Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

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Over the years, I have purchased quite a few 12″ x 12″ paper pads and packs.  Usually, I buy them for a sheet or two that I need for a particular project, and then the rest of it gets filed away and forgotten about.  I recently pulled a bunch of them out and found some great pieces that made nice card panels.

The above 5″ x 7″ center step card was made with paper called “Birds of a Feather” by 7 Gypsies.  The printed panels were matted on Gina K Faded Brick card stock and a heavy weight ivory card base.  I love the pattern and rich colors on this paper!

To create the greeting, I used the “Thank You 2” die by Cheery Lynn Designs and black card stock.  The background paper was so busy which made it difficult to see the die cut by itself so I created a banner for behind it from Gina K Faded Brick card stock and ink, a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz, and the Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up.  (As you can probably tell from a few of my recent posts, I am loving the “texture” created when you stamp a tone-on-tone image randomly to cover the card stock panel!)

Here is the template for a 5×7 inch center step card:

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I had several sheets of this paper so I made a few more without a greeting so they would be suitable for a variety of occasions and ready to go as needed.

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Here are a few more step cards I came up with using paper from a pad called “Lake Life Is Best” by Paper House.  (The Father’s Day stamp is from a set called “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” by My Sentiments Exactly.)

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These cards practically make themselves; the scenic paper does all the work!  I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but I have SO MUCH paper like this (with a large pattern or scene), and using it on this step card design is a great way to put it to good use.  And you can add as much or as little to the scene; I think it always looks “finished” and awesome.

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Autumn Leaves Note Card

Autumn Leaves Note Card

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In my last post, I showed how I created a subtle, tone on tone pattern using a leaf stamp and ink that matched the card stock.  For this project, I used the same technique but stamped a different color ink on the card stock.

This time, I used Gina K Faded Brick card stock, Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, and the same leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz (shown below).  As on the last card, I randomly and repeatedly stamped the image (overlapping) until the whole panel was covered.  (If you overlap a lot, the card stock will get darker and the leaves will be less defined.  Overlapping less allows more of the card stock color to show and allows you do see the leaf images better.)

Fall Leaves Set

(I used the stamp on the bottom right corner.)

I used Gina K Dark Chocolate and Color Mates Light Caribbean Coral card stock for the mats and card base.  A Strip of Recollections Shimmer Card Stock (bronze) was embossed with the Darice “Fall Leaves Background” embossing folder.

The leaves were cut from the stamped Faded Brick card stock (same as background panel) with a die from the “Oak Leaves” die set by Gina Marie Designs.  I used glue dots just up the centers of the leaves so the edges could be curled up a touch.

Brown hemp was the finishing touch.

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Autumn Wishes

Autumn Wishes

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I can’t believe it’s almost November!  I figured I had better make a few fall cards before I miss the season altogether!

In addition to going with a fall theme, I was determined to use some items I had purchased a while ago and had not gotten around to using yet.  The patterned paper for the quilt sections is from the “Give Thanks” paper pack from Gina K Designs.  (Not sure what I was saving it for!)  The “Autumn Leaves Wood Embellishments” (retired?) and the greeting stamp from the “Autumn Wishes” set are also from Gina K Designs.  I’m glad they finally got used, too!

The quilt was made with the “Quilt Die #1” from Gina Marie Designs.

The card base (5 x 7) is Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream.  I also used this for the greeting panel, but I colored over the whole piece with Copic Marker E31.  Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink was then used to ink the edges and to stamp the greeting.

The solid brown card stock is the back of paper called “Joyeux Noex Santa” (JN3788) by Glitz.  The lighter cardstock with all the fibers and texture was a scrap in my stash, and this piece did not have a label on it.  I purchased it as open stock at one of the big box stores (Michaels, AC Moore, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby – I can’t remember which).

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