Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

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(inside: You’re living proof that dreams come true.)

My husband is an avid birdwatcher so when I saw this napkin design with the pair of birds, I immediately thought it would make a great anniversary card for him.  (He got two cards from me this year – lol!)

I used my Minc foiling machine, the napkin, and some freezer paper to create the panel for my card front.  (This post includes instructions on how I did this.)

I always struggle with layout ideas when I use a napkin with a scene for a card panel.  Do I cut it apart, add a bunch of stuff to it, or leave it as is?  Here is one version I did where I simply matted the whole napkin panel, layered the die cut greeting, and let the beautiful image do all the work.  (This card is 5 1/2 inches square.)

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(inside: An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.)

For the sample at the top of this post, I used the Mosaic Moments 4 x 6 Crisscross die to cut the frame and the napkin panel and pieced them together.  The die is large (made to cut a 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 inch photo), and my napkin was only 5 1/2 inches square, so I added an embossed panel behind the frame (made with the 5 x 7 “Basket Weave” embossing folder by Darice) to fill in the holes.  The greeting was cut (3 times and stacked) with the “Mini Expressions – Happy Anniversary” die by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions.

The inside sentiments on both cards are from the “Anniversary 2 Celebrate” set by The Stamps of Life.

The first card ended up being 4 5/8 x 6 7/8, and while it would fit in an A7 sized envelope (for 5 x 7 cards), I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a custom envelope that was a better fit.  I needed to create an envelope for the square card as well.

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Happy Cacti Anniversary Card (and 2 products worth mentioning)

Happy Cacti Anniversary Card (and 2 products worth mentioning)

On our recent trip to Arizona this past winter, my husband and I visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.  This is primarily an outdoor museum which includes walking trails, a zoo, an aquarium, a natural history museum, botanical gardens of desert plants… and this happy couple!

As soon as I saw these cacti which appeared to be standing arm in arm, I immediately thought they’d be perfect on an anniversary card for my husband.  I added a computer generated greeting, matted the photo, and called this done!  …a super quick card and a great memento of our trip!

Two products worth mentioning:

The photo and mat on this A2 sized card were cut with dies from the “Infinity Rectangle Dies” set from Hero Arts.  I am loving that these 16 dies are perfectly sized for A2 layering with 1/8 inch borders from one die to the next. If you struggle cutting panels and mats to size with a trimmer, these dies are just what the doctor ordered! And I prefer using a die to cut a photo (or stamped focal panel) instead of a trimmer because I can frame/position the image to my liking and see what my finished panel will look like before it is cut.

I also used a Sizzix crease pad to cut my photo and mat in place of one of the clear plates in the Big Kick cutting sandwich. The crease pad is intended to create subtle fold lines on die cuts meant to be folded, but it also happens to eliminate the indentations you often get around the edges of your photo or panel when die cutting. HERE is a video (1:53 mark) showing how to use the crease pad to die cut. (Important – do not cut into this pad. You position this pad against the flat side of the die and NOT on the cutting/blade side.) While the crease pad also works with other machines like the Spellbinders Platinum machine, it unfortunately is a little too wide (measuring 6 1/16″ across) for the Cuttlebug.

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Love Is…

Love Is…

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Here’s another wedding card design – simple, but elegant.

I have several stamps with this beautiful verse, but none are big enough for a 5″ x 7″ card, so I used a digital image I purchased from a shop called Chickadee Art and Co on Etsy.  (I love the combination of fonts used here!)

The card stock is from the Recollections Shimmer Silver & Champagne pack, my go-to paper for wedding cards.  It has a beautiful, subtle shimmer which makes it perfect for “elegant” card designs.  (Difficult to photograph, though!!)  I chose a grayish taupe color on my computer for printing the verse.  The shimmer paper was mounted on Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe (retired?).

The embossing folder is called “5 in x 7 in Corner Scroll Background” by Darice.

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Diagonal Split Panel Wedding Card

Diagonal Split Panel Wedding Card

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I came across this fun technique that features offset angles and some patterned paper to create an interesting, layered background panel.

Here is a video tutorial on how to do this technique, although 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.

I used Bazzill “Whirlpool” along with black and heavy weight white card stock.  The patterned paper is called “B&W Wedding Words” by the Paper Studio.  I just love the dies from the “Shadow Box Collection – Mr. & Mrs.” set by Creative Expressions!

Here are two more cards I made using this technique:

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Embossed Wedding Bells

Embossed Wedding Bells

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Two embossing folders were used to create this CAS, 5 1/2 inch square wedding card.  The bells were from the Sizzix Textured Impressions “Together Forever” set (#661488).  The background was made with the “Dotty Floral” folder by Apple Blossom Designs (#EFOB0056).  This folder is large – 6 x 6 inches.  (I trimmed my panel down to 5 x 5 inches for this card.)  The embossing effect on these folders is very strong, and so it is recommend that thick card in excess of 250gsm be used.  However, the card stock I wanted to use was light weight, so I lightly spritzed the card stock with water before running it through my machine which seemed to prevent it from cracking.  I used my Big Kick with the multi-purpose platform ( no shims/tabs) and 2 cutting plates.

The background card stock is from the Recollections Shimmer Silver & Champagne pack and has a beautiful, subtle shimmer to it (which you can see a bit better below).  I love this paper for “elegant” card designs.

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I embossed the wedding bells on water color paper (I love the texture!) and added a few pearls to finish it off.

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