Fall Leaves Center Easel Card (and a word on Movers & Shapers Dies)

Fall Leaves Center Easel Card (and a word on Movers & Shapers Dies)

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I had shared a center easel card (along with a template for how to create one) a while back.  I decided to try another one with fall themed paper and embellishments.

The patterned paper is called “Fall Leaves” (#676908) from the Paper Studio.  Heavy weight ivory and kraft card stock was also used.

To create the leaf embellishments for the center of the card, I used my Uchida Corru-Gator paper crimper to add some texture to the leaf cut from the kraft card stock, some American Crafts paper backed burlap for additional texture, a piece of ivory ribbon, and a piece of gold cord.  Since I was cutting burlap (in addition to the plain card stock), I thought I’d get a cleaner cut using a steel rule die instead of a wafer thin die so I used one of the Sizzix “Movers & Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves” dies by Tim Holtz.

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A word on Movers & Shapers dies:  The small insert dies (like these leaves) can not be used by themselves in a standard die cutting machine with standard plates.  They were designed to cut shapes from the larger Movers & Shapers base dies (steel rule dies), and as a result, are not the proper thickness to be used alone.  If you don’t have a base die that accommodates the insert die, they now sell a Movers & Shapers Shuttle which is a 6 inch wide magnetic plate that is the correct thickness for these Mover’s & Shapers dies.  (This shuttle was designed to be used specifically with these insert dies and in the Sizzix Big Kick machine; I am not sure if it fits in other machines, like the Cuttlebug, because I do not own one of these plates.  I used one of my base dies to cut the leaves for this project.)

Below is a photo of one of the base dies called Postage Stamp Frame.  It could be used alone to cut the postage stamp shape.  (The little magnetic square in the center is removable and does not actually cut anything but is used to make it easier to release the die cut from the die after cutting.  Don’t throw it away; it is not trash!  It keeps the paper a little higher than the die itself, and without it, the die cut may get wedged inside the die and is hard to get out.)

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In this next photo, I replaced the little square with one of the magnetic leaf insert dies.  Now, the leaf is cut along with the postage stamp frame.

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So, in order to use these insert dies, you either need one of the available base dies  or the shuttle adapter.  Personally, it makes more sense to me to purchase a base die because then you have an additional die in your collection.  The shuttle adapter has no other use than to be a carrier for the small insert dies.  Plus, if you choose a base die that is narrow enough, you can use other die cutting machines.  The die above, for example, fits in the Cuttlebug.  Just a thought….

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Surfing Penguin Birthday Card

Surfing Penguin Birthday Card

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I think this surfing penguin image is adorable as is, but adding an action wobble spring to the back of the panel makes this card even more fun!

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The background border was created with a stamp from the “Timeless Textures” set from Stampin’ Up and was repeatedly stamped with Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distress ink.  The penguin image is from the “Penguin Paradise” stamp set (retired?) also from Stampin’ Up.  I colored him in using Bic Alcohol Markers.

The spring is plastic and has adhesive on both sides which makes it is easy to adhere your “moving/wobbling” item to your project.  The action wobble spring is from Hampton Arts and comes in two sizes.  I used a larger one for this project because the panel was big enough to cover the spring, but if you were putting the spring behind a smaller image (like the head of something for a bobble-head effect), the smaller (mini) one may work better.

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Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping

Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping

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I’ve done multi-layer stamping before, but it has always been with three panels layered (and centered) one on top of the other.  I thought I’d try a more horizontal “scene” approach with this one.  (My scene layout was inspired by this card.)

HERE’S one I had done before…

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To do multi-layered stamping:

1.  Cut the panels you plan to layer and on which you plan to stamp.  (The sizes don’t matter; make them fit your design!)

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2.   Layer and temporarily adhere the panels as desired.  (Use removable adhesive behind the panels so it does not interfere with your stamping.)  For the goose sample above, I used two white rectangles – one positioned horizontally and the other smaller one positioned vertically and centered on the first.  (For the older sample, I used three white rectangles layered and centered from smallest to largest.)  Do not add the mats at this point; you are just layering the panels on which you will be stamping.

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3.   Simply stamp your images onto the layered panels making sure that some of the image(s) go over the border(s) so parts of the image(s) are on two (or more of the layers).  You may notice that the images don’t stamp really close to the borders of the overlapping card stock and leave a little gap.  That’s because the thickness of the card stock is preventing the stamp from making contact with the neighboring card stock.  That’s fine; these “gaps” will be covered with the mats.

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(At this point, add color if desired.  You want the color to flow across the panels just as the stamping does.  I did not add any color here in this quick tutorial but did in my finished card project.)

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4.   Once all the stamping (and coloring/inking/shading if desired) is complete, separate the stamped panels, mat each one, and re-attach them by layering them the same way they were originally stamped.  Make sure to line up the images as best you can so it looks like they continue past the mats.

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Play around with different sizes and positions for your layered panels for a variety of card layouts!

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To add the color to my images, I loosely sponged ink over and around the areas with a foam blending tool.  I just wanted a hint of color and was not going for a neatly colored scene.

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I used Recollections white, black and kraft card stock along with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink and Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Summer Sky inks.  I spritzed ink over the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.  The embossing folder is Multi Stripes by Darice.  Stamps were from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?).

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Birthday Bears Coloring Card

Birthday Bears Coloring Card

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This “interactive” card was created with the idea that the recipient would have the opportunity to color the images upon receiving it.  Of course, it could be sent with color as well!

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This card is being used to demonstrate the masking technique in one of the classes I am teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School.  Because time is so limited, I was trying to come up with a project that we could complete quickly, and leaving the images uncolored seemed the best way to do that.  I wasn’t comfortable sending the students home with an “unfinished card” though….. unless it was supposed to be unfinished….. and came up with the idea to include a box of crayons with the card!  Lazy, rushed, or genius?  Hmmmmm……

The “Beary Special Birthday” stamp set from My Favorite Things has a bunch of adorable images that can be layered (with masking) to create cute birthday scenes.

I used “Summer Daze” card stock from Recollections along with “From Me to You – Mail Poste Correo” patterned card stock (#732258) from Pebbles.  For my colored version, I used Artist’s Loft Colored Pencils.

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Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Fall Leaves Birthday Card

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The background for this card was created using one of the leaf stamps from the nature stamp set by Momenta.  The image was repeatedly stamped with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Tea Dye distress inks and Memento Potter’s Clay and Cantaloupe ink.  Once the stamping was done, I spritzed ink with a Walnut Stain distress marker and Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool to create the splattered dots.

I pounced Tea Dye and Vintage Photo ink with a foam blending tool onto the greeting panel and mat and adhered these to a pierced rectangle die cut.  The embossed strip across the center was made with the Darice Multi Stripes embossing folder.  Gina K Dark Chocolate card stock was used along with white (and ivory for the inside panel).

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