The shimmery cardstock base is a perfect compliment to this patterned paper with glitter accents. I carefully cut this section out of a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper so that the elements in the design would be where I wanted them in my card front design; I made sure that the moonlit sleigh would be at the top right of my design. To incorporate the snowflake button, I covered it with Diamond Stickles.
I can't tell you how much I love the texture achieved with embossing folders. There is yet another company I have discovered who has produced a line of these. This folder is called Giving. I thought I would add a littler holiday glitz. First I used doubled sided tape to apply the straight section of "ribbon". I used liquid glue to apply the glitter to the "bow". The pattern in the embossing folder design gave me direction to apply the rhinestones.
Card Recipe Paper: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific) Accessories: glitter (Art Institute Deep Forest), rhinestones (Bazzill Cardinal), embossing folder (Couture Creations Giving)
With so many cards to make for the upcoming holiday season and so many options to choose from, it's sometimes difficult to know where to start. By choosing a patterned paper and a coordinating solid cardstock from the same product line, you have an instant card base. Die cutting the patterned paper with the new Spellbinder Card Creator Dies gives you straight, crisp lines and a perfect fit. Wish I had had these these dies when I first started scrapbooking more than 15 years ago! Pictures can be perfectly matted in a snap. A stamped image that can be fussy cut, embellished with a few Bazzill rhinestones completed my first card in no time.
I wasn't sure how this Spellbinder die cut was going to work as a frame since it is patterned and so is the paper behind it. However, the black is enough of a contrast to the colours in the paper beneath it to allow it to stand out. You never know until you try! :)
Not sure if I like this oval die cut for this stamped and coloured image. Though a rectangle may have been better for the house, I don't always like how they work with striped patterned papers. This label shape appealed to me because I can layer it with ovals. There's always a challenge...
This card would be suitable for a particularly young person. The stamped image was given to me by Linda G. and I immediately coloured it with markers to put it to good use with this coordinating patterned paper.
The matted sentiment needed a finishing touch so I added a bow to the corner for interest. Varying the thickness of matted layers brings more attention to a particular colour within the patterned paper.
In an effort to use up older supplies, I broke out the rubons. They had the same colours as those found in this patterned paper. This card, and the ones to follow using more rubons, will be more appropriate for younger card recipients. Last year I found that not all of my cards were suited to children and youth. Keep in mind your different of card recipients when creating your cards and you will find yourself using a variety of card supplies.
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), green & orange cardstock (Bazzill), black cardstock (stash), patterned (Doodlebug)
Accessories: rubons (Dollarama), Spellbinder Squares & Ovals, ribbon (Wendy B.)
The appreciation of the use of Tiny Alpha Letters for the "title" of this card is much better appreciated in real life. The photograph doesn't do the stickers justice, but they spell out "boo 2 you". Though my first instinct was to make the die cut out of solid cardstock, I like the patterned house. This paper was taken from the same product line as the paper used as a background on the card front--probably why they work well together. Once again, tiny googly eyes were used on the bat.
Papers: patterned (BG Eerie), green cardstock (Bazzill), black cardstock (stash)
Accessories: Tiny Alpha Stickers (MLS), tiny googly eyes (stash), house die (Sizzix)
I stamped and cut out this little pumpkin to use on another card, but it just didn't work, so it became an accent here. Actually, most of this card was created from the bits and pieces left over from previous creations. What doesn't work in one case may become an essential element of another design.
When I saw this pumpkin stamp combo I just had to have it! The solid and script pumpkins are from Close to My Heart. I stamped the solid pumpkin in clear Versamark ink on orange cardstock to get a tone on tone look. Then I stamped the script pumpkin directly on top of that. Core'dinations kraft cardstock was using in conjunction with a Quickutz Dots folder to create the textured background.
This card isn't anything like the card that inspired me to make it, but that's a good thing. All of the elements seemed to have the same "feel" to them, right down to the border stamp I partially used to create a corner in the top, right hand side. Using a safety pin to hand a tie from a ribbon knot allows the tag to swing, giving the card movement. An eyelet is recommended to avoid tearing the tag.
Card Recipe Stamps: sentiment (Flourishes), bat (Flourishes), pumpkin (Inkadinkado), border (Sandylion) Papers: orange & black cardstocks (stash), off white cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (MME Mischievous) Inks: ColorBox Rousillion, Versafine Onyx, ColorBox Olive Accessories: tag die (Quickutz), eyelet (stash), safety pin (Making Memories) Spellbinder Circles, off white twill (stash)
To give a tree more "life", I decided to make the die cut out of patterned paper. This provided me with a palette of colours to use for my card design. I stamped the witch image twice, once directly on the card front and once on a piece of orange cardstock. Then I cut out the pumpkin so I could create dimension with a "popped" element.
This is one of my favourite embossing folders. Its edges does, however, require some "fussy cutting". The Kraft Core'dinations cardstock works perfectly with a kraft cardstock base. The folders "white space" provides enough room for endless possibilities. In this case, the sentiment stamp is a perfect fit.
The card that gave me inspiration for this one used a strip of green, zig zag patterned paper. I thought a patterned paper of similar size, but with Hallowe'en colours was more appropriate. Found this one, thanks to Linda G. The dots are small enough to still appreciate the stamped tree. In real life, you have a better appreciation of the orange rhinestones adorning the tree limbs. Half of a die cut was used as the tag/label for "Wicked".
A sprig of bling, peeking out from behind the focal element of a card is a great way to create interest. I found tiny googly eyes to give life to the bat. Ric rac is a nice variation from ribbon to use as a border or seam cover.
Card Recipe Stamp: Studio G Papers: orange & green cardstocks (Bazzill), patterned (Doodlebug) Ink: Versafine Onyx Accessories: Spellbinder Ovals, button & embroidery thread (stash), ric rac (stash), rhinestones (stash)
It's wonderful to find as many matching pieces of cardstock for a piece of patterned paper as possible. Doodlebug patterned papers were made to match the Crosshatch line of Bazzill cardstock. Stamping images on coloured cardstock is a quick and easy way to create card elements that work well together.
Card Recipe Stamp: Stampendous Papers: black cardstock (stash), purple, green & orange cardstocks (Bazzill), patterned (Doodlebug) Ink: Versafine Onyx Accessories: border die (MFT), ribbon (stash)
I just love this stamp from Impression Obsession, but it's fine detail and length make it a challenge to worth with. This speckled cardstock has just enough of a pattern in it to work well with the stamped image. A small patterned paper is required for a border and its colours compliment the cardstock.
Long stamp images aren't as common as square or wide rectangular images, but certainly have their place in card design. The long ghost image works well with the pattern in the patterned paper. Stamping in black on almost white cardstock allowed me to make the ghost an appropriate colour and a colour found in the patterned paper.
I have used small squares of scrap patterned paper within a card design, but this time I "took it up a notch" by embellishing a square. My inspiration was found at craftprojectcentral.com. I used an egg punch to cut out the white shapes and a 1/4" circle punch to cut out the black shapes to create the "eyes" on the top left hand side. These squares of images on the front will make it suitable for me to stamp my sentiment on the inside of the card. As with most dark cardstock based cards, I cut a piece of white, text paper to line the inside to make reading the stamped sentiment easier.