A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!

Dinosaurs Up to the Challenge

These dinosaur cards were inspired by this Mojo Monday challenge #444. I really like this particular challenge. It has resulted in SO many awesome cards! Go take a look for yourself!

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The official art term of the day that relates to this challenge is triptych. A Triptych is a work of art divided into three parts. This was a very common way to create artwork for Christian religious displays above altars in the Renaissance period. These paintings even folded closed, like a giant card!

Enough history… let’s move on to ancient history!

I decided that I wanted to feature dinosaurs in this challenge. Have I mentioned that No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up is one of my favorite stamp sets? I’m excited that it is not retiring when the new catalog comes out! I already have it, of course, but not retiring means people will continue to use it and post more ideas using the set. Wahoo!

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This card (above) is my official entry for the challenge, but I couldn’t help make another and still another!

All three cards use a technique of stamping on a solid colored paper to create my own patterned paper. Wanda Cullen also used this idea for this challenge, and I loved it!

The best advice I ever got about stamping my own paper was from my Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Jan. She says that if you want a background to look “random” you shouldn’t stamp it randomly at all! Start with a triangle, then wherever you have two points of a triangle, add a third point. Keep building up until you have the whole paper covered in triangles. This works so well! Thanks for the awesome advice Jan!

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I realized after the first card that I had chosen an herbivore dinosaur to go with the leafy background, so I chose a carnivorous dinosaur to go with the bony background, thus completing the food chain.

The third and final card was also supposed to be a triptych, but it didn’t behave itself in the slightest. Three white panels were too bright with the background, so it got cut down to one. The circles started their own little party and invited a wacky spiral shape to join in the fun (more about that in my next post). In the end, this is my favorite of the three cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Silver Cardstock, Cricut Explore Air

Luck Strikes

It’s your lucky day, readers! Two posts in the same day! Has lightning struck twice? No, I’m just in a card challenge frenzy! There were so many inspiring ideas this week that I just had to participate in them all.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge for this week.

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Having just created a star themed card last week, I decided to go with a different shape: Lightning Bolts! Spring isn’t just about sunny days and flowers, we also need those Spring showers to help green everything up!

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To tie everything in this card together, I put a black border around everything. It all started with those cute little raindrops in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, then spread to the clouds from Balloon Celebrations, which I drew by hand since there wasn’t a coordinating outline stamp. I would like to point out that these lines are not quite perfect ON PURPOSE. The raindrops are a little off center with their outlines, so I tried to match that style.

Where was I? Oh, black borders. Yes. I also added thin black borders around each of the paper panels. Black is a really stark and strong color, so thin, thin border stand out just as well as a thicker border would in a different color.

In the end, all these black borders around things give this card a bit of a comic book look.

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Tips:

All the lightning bolts are the same stamp! I just shortened them to different lengths and drew a solid black line across the top of the shape.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Wildflower Fields (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamp Sets: And Many More, Balloon Celebration, Calling All Heroes (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

A Handwritten Hello (to you)

This is a simple card, fit for any occasion! The sentiment in this case is my own handwriting cut out using Adobe Illustrator, a tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. There are also several dies available from a variety of vendors that give the same effect. No matter what method you choose, it turns out so cute!

This is a great card for showing off beautiful designer papers. This design gives the paper a lot of room to show off. Look how lovely!

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If you have a Cricut, you can use this image to cut out your own “happy” or “hello” sentiments. If you use this image, I’d love it if you could link back so I can see what you’ve made!

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If you’d like to cut out your own handwriting, here’s the steps I used:

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If you don’t have a Cricut you can get sentiment dies at Stampin’ Up (Greetings Thinlits Dies, Hello You Thinlits Dies) or Papertrey Ink (Bloomin’ Cute Sentiments Die). I’m sure there are more companies that make them, too!

Happy card making!

Materials used:

Technology: Cricut Explore Air, Adobe Illustrator, Drawing Tablet

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up

 

 

Happy By The Dozen

I made a card for my husband… then I liked it so much I made a dozen more. The base for this card couldn’t be simpler.

  1. Four strips of washi tape in happy colors run diagonally across a white panel (3.75 x 5).
  2. Add a border in a coordinating color (4 x 5.25).
  3. Add a happy shape on top. There are so many options here! I used penguins, sentiments cut out in white, banners, and butterflies.

I’d like to admit here that I love washi tape. It is so happy! It is also so easy to use, being by far the most forgiving tape I’ve ever worked with. Even if it gets stuck to itself, it is easy to separate it again and it is still usable!

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For the sentiments on these cards, I created an image of the words “happy” and “hello” in a cursive font I liked*, uploaded it into Cricut’s Design Software, and cut them out. There are also dies available from Stampin’ Up and other scrapbooking / card making companies that create the same effect.

*I also played with cutting out my own handwriting on the Cricut. There us an example of that in the banner image on the upper right blue card.

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These penguins are so lighthearted and fun! They are from Stampin’ Up’s Snowplace Stamp Set. With coordinating dies, they are so easy to cut out and pop onto a card!

Even while writing this post, more possibilities for cards are springing to mind. I’d love to try mixing this with Botanical Blossoms Dies, Butterfly Thinlit Dies, or the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies all (c) Stampin’ Up. If you make a card like this, I’d love to see what variations you come up with!

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Materials used:

Cricut Explore Air

Snowplace Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Elegant Butterfly Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Washi Tape in a variety of colors (some (c) Stampin’ Up, the rest by Recollections)

Cardstock in lime, aqua, tangerine, and white.