Mod Squad Challenge – “Simply Clean” – A Top 3 Winner!

Mod Squad Challenge – “Simply Clean” – A Top 3 Winner!

Mod Squad Challenge Badge-TOP3

(April 18, 2018)

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(The host/hostess picked the “Top 3” which will be featured on PINTEREST.)

Click HERE to see winning announcement.

Click HERE to see original challenge post.

Click HERE to see the original blog post for this card project.

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Silhouette Daisies

Silhouette Daisies

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This CAS card features the daisies from the “Various Verses” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and a greeting from the “Painted Harvest” set from Stampin’ Up.  Both were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on white card stock matted on black.    A sponged background of Gina K  Ocean Mist and Applemint inks added a pop of color.

Using the same layout, the same mask for the sponging, and the same daisy stamp, I switched up the colors and made a birthday card as well.

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On this version, the images were stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink on white card stock.  (The greeting on this one is also from the “Various Verses” set.)  The ink for sponging and the card stock used was Gina K Peach Bellini and Kraft.

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Child Sympathy Card

Child Sympathy Card

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I think sympathy cards are among the most challenging cards to make, and it is especially difficult if it is for the loss of a young child.  I recently needed a card to send to friends who lost their three year old granddaughter.  She had a rare, childhood form of kidney cancer but showed no signs or symptoms of having the disease, so her death was completely unexpected.  I cannot even begin to imagine what that would be like, and there is very little anyone can say or do to make it better.  So I really struggled with this card.

Ultimately, I chose this teddy bear image from the “Baby Bear” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and a beautiful sentiment stamp for the inside called “God’s Promise” by DRS Designs.  It says:

God’s Promise
“God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain.
But God did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and a light for the way.
And for all who believe in His kingdom above,
He answers their faith with everlasting love.”

The bear image was created with 3 stamps that are layered on top of one another.  I used Gina K Kraft ink for stamp #1 (the most solid of the three stamps/lightest ink), Gina K Warm Cocoa for stamp #2, and Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe for stamp #3.  The greeting is from the “Sentimental Bouquet” stamp set from Gina K Designs and was stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.  I used water color paper,  Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe card stock, and printed paper called “Tan Floral Tapestry” from Hot Off The Press/Paper Pizazz.

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Interactive Birthday Cake Card

Interactive Birthday Cake Card

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(Inside:  Wishing you the Best on your Special Day)

This card was made with the Die-namics “Interactive Birthday Cake” die set from My Favorite Things.  When the tab is pulled, the single layer cake becomes a double layer cake.

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Next time, I would probably position the cake a little higher and would put the greeting either under the cake or on the hidden top layer so you would see it when the tab is pulled.  I like the greeting above the cake when the top layer is hidden, but I’m not crazy about it being covered when the top layer is pulled up.  As I said, next time…

HERE is a video showing the die set and how to use it to create an interactive card.

If you watch the tutorial video I just mentioned, you will see that MFT has these plastic slider elements that sandwich between the pull tab and the top cake layer which allow them to slide up and down smoothly in the die cut channel behind the cake.  These slider elements do not have adhesive on them, and the glue I was using didn’t seem to want to stick to the plastic very will, so I used foam pop dots (1/4 inch diameter and 1/8 inch thick) instead.

I tried fun foam on one card and foam tape on the other to raise the front panels to allow the slider tabs to slide.  Both worked well.

The greeting is from the “Notable Notes” set from Stampin’ Up and was heat embossed with versamark ink and Gina K white embossing powder.  The stamp originally had a cake with the words, and I cut the stamp apart (creating two separate stamps) so I could just stamp the greeting on this card.

The sentiment on the inside of the card is from the “Birthday Sentiments” set from Honey Doo Crafts.

The brown and white striped card stock is called “Party Time” from the Spring Fling Collection from Pebbles (#733104).  The tan mat is called “Nutmeg Boy Southwest Paper” from the Indie Chic collection from My Mind’s Eye (#IC0187).  I used Recollections heavy weight white for the card base, and either Gina K Blue Denim or Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron for the main panel behind the cake.  On the mint card, I used Recollections Printable Glitter Paper for the candles, flames, and cake trim.  I colored the flames with Copic E35 marker.

I tried to make the tab obvious for the recipient by making it extend over the top of the card.  As a result, I ended up creating a card that no longer fit in my standard A2 sized envelopes, so I needed to create a custom envelope with my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board.  I started with an 8 3/8 inch square of heavy printer paper.  Normally, when using this punch board, you measure the first “punch and score line” and then use the notch on the tool and the previous line to create the next line.  Instead, for this envelope, I “punched and scored” the 1st and 3rd sides at 3 3/4 inches, and the 2nd and 4th sides at the 4 5/8 inch mark.  This created the perfect envelope (not too big, and not too small) to accommodate the tab.

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