Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Card Angel 11-3-09

This card is my weekly one for my Chemo Buddy...

I have some new embossing folders & had just gotten two new sets of Spellbinders nestabilities dies, so I wanted to try them all out...I LOVE THE RESULT! Now I have a better idea of how I'll put together my Christmas cards.

Materials used:
Close To My Heart paper packet - Stylin'
Close To My Heart cardstock - Blush, Hollyhock
CTMH white grosgrain ribbon
Cuttlebug embossing folder - D'Vine Swirls
Spellbinders nestabilities dies - Labels 9
Stamp set - Somewhere Within (Unity Stamp Co)
Tsukinenko Brilliance (?) metallic pigment ink (rubbed over the raised embossing - by the way, I like the effect, but when they claim this is "fast-drying" pigment ink, it is a complete lie. It takes forever to dry, just like all pigment ink. I love the effect of the silver ink over the embossing, but you have to be very careful, as I ended up smudging the ink all over my card. And that was even after trying to speed up the drying time by heat setting it)

Card Angel 11-3-09

Peter's Birthday Card

So my hubby's birthday required a very fancy, lots-of-time card (especially since I couldn't afford to get him a birthday present this year!) I started with a blank white 5x7 card base, but wanted to try something new, covering the entire thing in pattered paper, inside & out, front & back. It turned out pretty well, making a nice sturdy, heavy card, with lots of body to it. I like it. And it's a great way to use up the massive quantities of patterned paper I have! ;)

Materials used:

Close To My Heart paper packet - Good Times (background paper, inside & out)
Close To My Heart ink & markers - Chocolate, Twilight, Buttercup
Close To My Heart cardstock - Buttercup & Sweet Leaf
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Happy Birthday
Chocolate embossing powder
Metallic rub-on
Stamps ~ Close To My Heart Adorning Corners (corners of text block on inside), Unity Stamp Company Something Within (frame & sentiment on inside)
Gold micro beads w/ super tacky strip tape
Embossing marker, 3-D adhesive dots, corner rounder punch

After embossing the card front, I decided to make two of the words "Happy" and "Birthday" stand out by coloring them with an embossing marker and then coating them with embossing powder & setting it. It didn't work perfectly (embossing markers aren't gooey enough to make embossing powder stick perfectly, and in trying to tap off the stray embossing powder grains, you end up tappping off the powder where you don't want it to be off!) but the general idea is there. That wasn't enough for the front, so then I added the metallic rub-ons over the whole rest of the embossed front; that wasn't enough, so then I added four tacky strips as borders on the front and coated them with micro-beads. Ah, finally, it looks more "finished" (IMO anyway).

Then since I had covered the inside with a very busy patterned paper, I had to make a place to write and stamp a sentiment, so I stamped & embossing the frame using the USC stamp, and then made a decorative text box.
Peter's Birthday card front
Peter's Birthday card inside