As I said before in another post a very dear friend of mine moved. This was another card I made her to remind her that she wasn't going through all of this stress alone. I wanted to send her something whimsical, but spooky, and containing all her favorite colors. So as I was flipping through a couple of paper pads with the right colors I found a great image of a flying bat. That is what dictated the rest of the card. Vampire bat would send her hugs, and remind her to breath cuz it will all be over soon.
One of my favorite people in the word just moved. Not so far away that I won't be able to see her, thank goodness. So of course I had to make her a card to welcome her into her new home. I wanted it to be waiting for her in her mail box when she arrived with the moving trucks. Like a little welcome wagon from her friend so she would feel loved and connected in her new digs. I am happy to say she is all moved in, and liked the card very much.
This week has been particularly difficult for a good friend of mine. Several different issues have been thrown at her in a very short amount of time and I can tell she is getting very overwhelmed. It's time that she had a little friendship pick-me-up. So I got to work right away making this card. I knew I wanted something lovely, but sedate. There was a tragedy involved in all the things that happened to her. And though it was not immediate family it hurts deeply all the same. Because of that this card had to be more on the side of a sympathy card. Meaning more sedate than my normal style.
My friend is such a bright, cheery, energetic person to make a card that was a little bit somber was really hard to do. I never realized
just how much I focus on the person I am making the card for until now. So to help the process along I to focused on choosing muted soothing tones. And then picked the prettiest papers I could find that really express her. So of course I had to choose My Mind's Eye paper. And the Lost and Found Breeze collection just had the perfect colors in it. She appreciated the thought. And I could tell she had a lot of fun picking out the different elements of the card itself. She is a crafter too. It turned out to be a really nice way to get her mind off her troubles for a little while.
Not to worry I'm sure all the issues will wrap themselves up soon and she will be back to her old perky self in no time. Until then I will just have to keep distracting her with pretty handmade things.
My Mind's Eye - Lost and Found 2 Collection - Breeze-- Stickles Glitter Glue - Diamond-- Hero Arts Cling Set, Border Messages Stamps-- Die by Tim Holtz, Styled Labels-- Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo-- EK Success Punch, Flowers and Leaves-- Burlap String Natural -- Grafix Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets-- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Serrated Snips-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer-- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive-- Neenah Cardstock Kraft-- Corner Chomper
I absolutely love these Lifestyle Craft nested oval dies. If I were only allowed 10 crafting items on a desert island this would be one of them. So imagine just how excited I was when I finally figured out how to make a folded card from one die. REALLY EXCITED!!!! When I learn a new technique, and have all my equipment out to make it I usually make multiples of the card in different colors to reinforce the process. It just so happens that when I was making this
card I needed to write a thank you note to my sister, and a thinking of you card to a very dear friend. By the way to achieve this look all you have to do is fold a piece of card stock in half. Take the die you want to use and hang one of the edges of the die over the folded edge so when you run it through you die cutting machine it doesn't cut that part of the paper making the hinge. Beth Beard does an amazing job explaining the technique in this video.
Supplies Used: Sizzix Framelits Dies 4/Pkg Flowers #3 -- K and Company - Haunted Collection -- Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Inverted Oval Cookie Cutter Die Set -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 0.5 Ounce Black Diamond -- Ranger Signature Series Distress Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Vintage Photo -- Inkadinkado Thank You Words Clear StampsSizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine with Standard Multipurpose Platform, Black & Pink -- Sizzix 657228 Sizzlits Die, Snowflake No.23 by Basic Grey --3m Scotch Quick-dry Tacky Adhesive 4oz -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips --
One of my main projects for 2012 was to work more with color. Color in my artwork is something that I have always ignored. My designs with jewelry and sculpture have usually been in metal or monochromatic so there was never any real need for color. But, I realized this might be hurting my design process. And in an effort to keep growing I wanted to push myself in the area that I'm least comfortable with. So last year in my spare time color was my new project. But how to go about that. If I was actually going to be serious about it I would have to make the pursuit fun. But, again, how to do that. And then while browsing around one of my favorite stores The Paper Source thumbing through their amazing papers it hit me... card and package design.
I have been fascinated with package design since I started studying Japanese culture ages ago. They have this unique affinity for wrapping packages, and gifts that is unparalleled in the rest of the world. I have been making cards and boxes for presents for years, but always making them out of scraps of materials laying around the house. For some reason I just never made it over to the scrapbooking section of the craft store. But after buying my first 6x6 paper pad I was hooked. Scrapbook papers are so amazing these days that you simply can't walk by a pad and not thumb through them. Then and there I decided to start out by making the cards and little items around the house I use to make out of scraps, out of these beautiful papers. A funny thing happened though. I would buy the paper and not use it. Just look at it from time to time still making things out of scraps. You know what my problem was? The paper was just too pretty! I couldn't make myself cut it up. Also there was an element of, "if the thing that I was making good enough for the paper to be used for it". This mindset had to go! So that is why I started this blog to showcase the items I have made, forcing me to use those pretty, pretty papers. As well as focusing on color, and pushing my designs sense. So here is my first foray into this new medium. It's a sweet little card made with Basic Grey Konnichiwa Paper and Hero Arts Konnichiwa stamp set.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spun Sugar-- Tonic Studios Micro Serrated Snips-- Uni-Ball Gel Pen- White-- Sakura Micron Ink Pen Black-- Hero Arts Rubber Stamp: Three Japanese Dolls-- A2-Size Cards, White-- Lifestyle Crafts Envelopes, A2-Size-- BasicGrey Konnichiwa 6x6 Paper Pad-- Tombow Adhesive Runner-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch
I used the scissors for fussy cutting the dolls, lanterns and flowers. The spun sugar pad was for inking up the edges. I attached everything together with the adhesive runner. The white gel pen was for the little sewing lines around the inside of the card. And the Sakura black pen was for touch ups to the stamping areas, and to write the message on the inside.
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