Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day here in New Zealand which means I can now share with you the cards I taught at my April card class. Both cards feature the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, Watercolour Paper and a technique.
This first card is the one I gave my Mum and is a Fancy Fold card – I’ve called it a Double Front Card and you’ll see why.
I started with a normal card base, scored at 10.5cm then trimmed it down to 6 1/4″ (sometimes imperial measurements work better than metric). With the offcut I dry embossed it using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder then gave it a light sponge with Petal Pink before adhering it to the left panel. I haven’t used Petal Pink much but after creating this card I think I’ll be using it more. It’s got a nice peach hue to it.
The front focal image is heat embossed with White Embossing Powder before applying a wash of water and then the colour. I found by pre-wetting the paper it helped to get a more even flow when applying the colours (Pear Pizzaz and Petal Pink)
When you open the first layer you come across the second ‘front’ with another Dandelion image – stamped in Petal Pink. The sentiment is stamped in Sahara Sand.
After one more opening you reach the inside of the card 🙂 and another image from this set. The first two layers of the front image were adhered together then using dimensionals were adhered to the Sahara Sand mat. I love the White Satin ribbon which can be used as is, coloured with ink or as in my next card coloured using our Stampin’ Blends to create whatever coloured ribbon you want. Don’t forget to add a roll of this to your next order – it’s such a versatile ribbon.
Our second card creation I sent to my niece who has two gorgeous children – she is such a good Mum and it was lovely to be able to pen some words of encouragement and let her know how proud I am of her.
The Salt Technique has been around for ages but this is the first time I’ve tried it – I love how this turned out. Each time you do this technique you will get a different look. To start I used my Aqua Painter and wet the paper – I didn’t go right to the edge. My colour combo for this card is Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. I applied the three colours (in the order above) using my Aqua Painter making sure there was enough water on the paper before adding rock salt. You need to put this aside for about 20 minutes so that the salt can absorb the water. Once it is really dry (you can use a heat tool to give it a helping hand) stamp you image and sentiment with Memento Black.
Using the largest Stitched Square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits I die cut the image out of the main card front. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the matted card front and then placed the bow on once the image had been adhered. The matted die cut image was adhered with dimensions over the top of the ‘hole’ – the mat helps cover this us. The final touch for this project were some small rhinestones and a bigger one in the centre of the Dandelion.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside – I used the same image as I used on the inside of the first card which was stamped in Memento Black. My card base is Thick Whisper White.
I hope all the ladies (not just Mum’s) had a lovely day and feel valued for the contribution we make to the lives of others.
Until next time …