Sunday, August 31, 2014

An Inspired Thank You Card

Inspiration Challenge
I made this card for the Inspiration Challenge (IC456) over at Splitcoast Stampers. We were challenged to create a card inspired by a pin on the inspiration board. This is the pin I chose for my inspiration.

The Results
I'm not totally happy with my results. Although I got the general feel of the inspiration photo, I wish that I had used Tempting Turquoise ink instead of Coastal Cabana.

I used Stampin' Up! Work of Art stamp set for the greeting and large dots on my card. The small dots were made by stamping with a pencil eraser...sometimes you just have to improvise. 

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wow...Make A Card in a Box!

I just love today's card. It's a card in a box! Not only does it make a stunning presentation, but it actually folds flat to fit in a standard A2 size envelope for easy mailing.

To create the box base for this card:
  • Start with a 9" x 5.5" piece of cardstock.
  • Score the in half, the long way at 2 3/4"
  • Score the other way at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" and 8 1/2"

  • Cut along the 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" score lines on one side to the middle (shown above in red)
  • Remove the shaded parts in diagram above.
  • Fold along score lines to make the box (bottomless)
  • Apply sticky strip to the small tab with the corner snipped of to secure box.

To create inside supports for embellishments:
  • Cut two pieces of cardstock 3 1/8" x 1 1/5"
  • Score each end the short way at 1/2" (see photo)
  • Fold like a "Z" and secure inside box with sticky strips.

Embellish Card
  • Decorate outside of box with coordinating designer papers.
  • Cut strips of Stampin' Up! window sheet to invisibly lift embellishments out of box.
  • Use glue dots to secure embellishments to strip of window sheet and the window sheet to the box.
  • Use Stampin' Dimensionals to give added dimension.
  • Before attaching your embellishments give them a "test run" hold them in place and fold the box flat to make sure they stay within the confines of the card.
  • Find more tips and some product recommendations here: Mother's Day Pop Up Card

Need More Instruction?
If you need more instructions or think a video tutorial will help...check out YouTube. There are tons of videos showing how to make a card similar to this one.

I used some retired items...(and they're on clearance)
  • Stampin' Up! Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper gave this box, the bright and cheerful look I was going for. This paper has been retired, but as luck would have is available for only $4.39 on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack.  
  • The Secret Garden Framelit Dies which I used to cut out the flowers and leaves are also on the Clearance Rack for only $14.99.
  • My complete supply list is at the end of this post.

Alternatives for the retired items
Unfortunately, the Secret Garden stamp set that I used, is retired and no longer available.  But thankfully, there are several excellent alternatives in the current catalog.  Either of these would work beautifully to achieve the same effect.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card
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Clearance $14.99

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes with Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio

I am really having fun playing with Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio! I really like the flexibility it offers. To create today's card, I used both traditional paper crafting supplies and My Digital Studio.

Combining My Digital Studio with Traditional Paper Crafting:
The image and greeting were designed and printed in MDS (My Digital Studio) and printed 4 to a page on Very Vanilla cardstock. I then, cut them out and mounted them on Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler cardstock to make a nice frame. Then, I mounted the framed image onto an Early Espresso card base.

Benefits of My Digital Studio
I love the way the image came out in MDS. 
  • I was able to use the coloring tool to color the different parts of the stamped image and greeting to match the cardstock. I love the multiple colors on the image...and it was so much easier than applying different color inks to a traditional rubber stamp. 
  • The stamp images in MDS can also be resized, flipped or mirrored...something that can't be done using traditional stamps and ink. 
  • You have access to hundreds of templates, stamps, papers, punches and embellishments to digitally create cards, photobooks, calendars and scrapbook pages.
  • Stampin' Up! regularly adds to an ever-increasing library of downloads that are perfect for seasonal projects, important events or everyday crafting.

Try it for FREE!
You have to try it! It's awesome and it's FREE...the perfect combo!

With the FREE 30-day trial, you will get:
  • Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
  • Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars and more.
  • Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork.
  • The chance to buy additional downloads that you can keep after your trial expires.
  • Ability to order your projects from our professional print services
  • To use the software more than 30 days, buy the full MDS software (item 130646).

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!