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Sunday, February 28, 2010

My first sliceform

I made this card for my mother-in-law's b-day.  It was my first attempt at a sliceform.  If you just read that and said to yourself, 'what's a sliceform?', you can read all about them below the pictures.  I'll paste the explanation from the wonderful lady, Jennie, who created this vase file!  Speaking of which, you can find her vase file here.  Jennie offers it in a variety of formats - I used the gsd format, naturally LOL.   

For this card, I cut everything out on one piece of peach colored paper.  The flowers I colored in with Prismacolor pencils.  The stems and random pieces of grass I stamped with a green ink spot and then used my blender pen to soften it up a bit, but to allow the lines from the ink spot to show as if it were the veins running through the grass and stems and to give it some faux texture.  The tops of the flowers were adhered to the card with pop-dots while the stems were just placed into the vase.  I embossed a piece of green cardstock for the background.  I hope you like it! I'm looking forward to see what else I can create from Jennie's very cool creations!

Tools used: Silhouette, Cuttlebug, Prismacolor pencils, blender pen, embossing folder

What is a Sliceform?

A sliceform is an object normally made totally from paper, where all the different parts slot together (normally no glue is ever needed apart from any embellishments) to form a 3D object. These sliceforms fold totally flat with the simple push of a finger, making them perfect for including inside a card which has to be mailed to a friend or loved one,or even inside a pocket on a scrapbook page. Then either by lifting the sliceform, or again pushing it with your fingers, it will pop back into its 3D form.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Hubby's b-day card

I find it challenging to make 'men' cards, but I think this one came out okay.  I used the diamond plate embossing folder for the background and some 'screw' brads in the corners.  The sentiment is from JustRite Stampers.  The silver stuff is like sticky paper that I came across.  I cut a strip to use down the center of the card.  I also covered a punched circle in it to mat the sentiment.  The second picture was taken to show that I used a pop-dot for the circles to give the card a little more dimension. 

Tools used: JustRite Stampers, Cuttlebug, Embossing folder

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cooper's 1st b-day card

This is a card I made for my husband's Godchild who had his first birthday last month.  It was the first pop-up card I've made with a file I purchased from the Silhouette online store.  The pop-ups are so fun!  This train was designed by Rivka (check out her blog here).  She's a Silhouette designer and has some fantastic designs! I can't wait to use more!  I have purchased some more of her pop-up files and when I create cards with them I'll post here.  Until then... you can enjoy this one :-)  (The signatures on the card are from my 3 and 5 yr olds.)

Tools used: Silhouette

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Block Stencils

For these cards I took two blocks of the block stencil kit and enlarged them to 2.5x2.5" each.  They come either in the sheet, or as individual blocks, so once I enlarged them and centered them on a rectangle (4.25x5.5") I removed the outline of the block so that the stencil part would stay on the paper I was making for my card.  This created the centerpiece, if you will, for my cards.

For the hearts card I cut a frame out using my nesties and cuttlebug and put it over the stencil part.  I used a scrap piece of red paper to put behind the hearts.  Chalked the border of the paper I cut on my Silhouette and then stamped "love" and added some flowers to the end.  Voila!

For this card I followed the same kind of thing as above, but instead of the red paper, I used - get this - a part of the blue plastic bag that covers our paper each week.  Good way to recycle, right? :-)  I was going for more of a stained glass look.  I wanted the blue to really show through, but I wanted it on a black card, so I layered the blue plastic and then white paper behind the stencil (blue plastic on black would've been too dark).  Then I added bling, a ribbon, a stamped sentiment and then adhered to the black card and I was done!  Well, except that it's hard to write on black, so I put a white piece of paper inside to write a note on.

Tools used: Stencils, Silhouette, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities