I follow some amazing people on instagram and blogs that make incredible cards. The stamping and coloring are so skillfully created, I look forward to their posts, enjoying each creation. However, I have known since second grade my coloring skills are just not up to snuff! As much as I would like to think I can create cards such as these, part of knowing yourself is appreciating your limitations.
Which is why when Echo Park came out with their Coffee line last fall, I knew I had to get it. Lately, the only time I get together with some of my friends is over a quick cup of coffee. Our meet ups are done by text so I thought this line would be perfect to make cards and send them for a change.
I needed the cards to be quick and easy but still have a handmade touch. The cut apart pages and solid matching papers were perfect for my needs. I also used the Echo Park Coffee designs uploaded to the Silhouette Design Store for a print and cut embellishment.
Using two short blocks of time I divided the cutting and assembly into each. In the first block, I cut the card base out of the solid pink/teal matching cardstock for a finished size of 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. Then cut the 4×6 and 4×4 Journaling cards. Along with white cardstock blocks for my handwritten note and downloaded the print and cut. (If you have questions about print and cut leave me a note in comments. It is one of my favorite features of the cameo.)
In the second block of time, about a week later was assembly. I found some enamel dots from my stash to add a little shine on the front and inside and I cut my print and cut. If I put the two blocks of time together I think it might have been a little over an hour to design, cut and assemble these fairly simple cards. I love how these three cards turned out. Simple but fun and easy to create. Let me know what you think.
Here is the Supply list:
Echo Park 12×12 Coffee “4×6 Journaling Cards” – 3 sheets
California is seeing record amounts of rain and snow pack this year. While it is dreary it does make for a beautiful green spring filled with surprises, I have plants and vines from years ago reappearing. All the green outside is inspiring me to create something for St. Patrick’s Day.
I was thinking a shaker would allow me to play with the pretty Prickled Pear Green and Rose Gold (more like old gold) sequins. Along with new heart dies to make confetti and a new shaker set. I was out of luck in finding any St. Patrick’s theme in my stash or local stores, but luckily I found some old Bo Bunny Double Dot in my stash and set to work.
As I sat down to create the shaker, I had forgotten my technique. After dumping a full shaker everywhere on my first attempt, I grabbed another cup of coffee and picked sequins off my dog’s back, she is a great foot warmer. I remebered to make a pile of the filling on the base paper first. Then cover it with the adhesive backed shaker piece followed by layering the piece with the die cut opening on top. To cover the cut edges and mechanics, I cut two larger hearts out of a gold textured paper (a new favorite) and the green mirror card.
Finally with a little experiment in hand lettering tall letters with doodling and making clovers out of hearts topped with black sequins, I was done.
If you are interested, here is my supply list along with resource links:
My Kindergartener’s teacher is having a birthday this month. My son, who loves using stamps, wanted to make a card. For the last couple of nights we have stamped, colored and die cut. We finally came up with this card.
We used a new stamp and die set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard along with her ink pads and matching pens. My son loves lots of bright colors, so I pulled out an old paper pack from Bo Bunny “On the Go” to bring out all his colors. He wanted it to look glossy and “painted” so we added Glossy Accents. The banners are cut from an older Sizzix set of birthday dies and stamps, but the sweet little goodies are all part of the Ice cream Truck set.
A couple of details… I used the detail die on the stamped image and layered it to a second one to minimize curling with the glossy accents. Then cut a “shadow” piece of the truck to pull it out from the busy background as well as dimensional tape. The little cloud of exhaust was fussy cut from the paper collection that had airplanes in the clouds.
While the card is not what my picky self would give, my son’s proud expression as he shared it with his older brothers makes it my favorite project yet!
Despite the blog being quiet for a while, I have been creating projects I have wanted to share; only my computer is not cooperating! It seems I have run into hard disk issues making it difficult to use my editing programs. I had hoped to be able to share my completed Halloween album and my Graphic 45 Christmas album in a video walk-through, but no luck. They were design team projects for the local store, so I had to physically give them up. Sigh!
Moving on to what I can do with my mobile devices…I love my tonic craft kits. One of the benefits of being a subscriber is getting new releases before the general public. In the last kit, we received a generous bottle of “Rainbow Quartz Triangles” glitter. A new addition to the “Pure Sheen” line.
We also received new colors in the Hybrid inks in the “Tropical” theme. Yes, they sent us the whole pack of three. I was so happy to see these bright colors in the middle of a rainy winter.
Wanting to use these new products around Valentine’s Day I decided to try them out on a card. I used 1-inch adhesive tape on the top and bottom, inked the middle section with the Panama Rose color. I loved how easy it was to apply with Tim Holtz Blender tool and get a pretty even application. Using Nuvo clear embossing ink and Nuvo Expresso Embossing Powder, I stamped the sentiment.
Now for the show stopper, I removed the tape to add the triangles. The cool factor is how much light they catch. If you are looking for maximum sparkle, this will do it. However, on a card, it will take some work to get them flat and lined up. I think in the future I would use wet adhesive for this kind of application. I also went over a few places that had gaps with the Diamond Pure Sheen Glitter which I used on the bottom 1 inch of the card.
After playing with these Quartz Triangles confetti/glitter, I think they would be stunning in a shaker element. Either a shaker for a card, mini album page or front cover element these triangles would make it sparkle. The nice thing is they pack a lot of product in the bottle so one could be generous in a shaker and still have a lot left over.
I appreciate your visit and any thoughts you care to share on this project.
I am popping on here for a quick share of a couple tags I created for a design team project. I am working on a mini album and looking for different ways to incorporate the 4×4 cut a-parts from the Bewitched line from Echo Park. They didn’t do a full line with the usual accessories so I have only the 12×12 paper and sticker sheets ( not even a 6×6 pad) to decorate the graphic 45 mini album.
Time to get creative!
For my “Stay a Spell” tag I used one of the new Graphic 45 tag dies. These are great to cover their ready made tags but they are easy to piece and create from scratch as well. I put together some card stock and one of the 4×4 cut a-parts and ran them together through my Sizzix Big Shot.
To create the quick and simple glitter line I used 1/4 inch SCOR tape and Ivory Sands Pure Sheen from my Tonic Studios craft kit. The subtle shades of gold seem to work well with this collection! I finished up by using the Nuvo glitter gloss pen in clear to add a littler shimmer to the stars in the night sky.
For the Candy Tag, I used the same die and another 4×4 cut apart with card stock, pieced together in the die then ran it through. I then added the broom and candy stickers from the collection sticker sheet. Within minutes I had tags and another way to incorporate the cut a-parts into a mini album. I finished it with the Nuvo glitter gloss in clear on the dark purple candy and broom. It might be hard to see in these pictures.
I am hoping to be done with the album by the end of the week, so hopefully you will be back to see the completed video!