Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ShadowBox Card

Just when I think I sit down and start working on a new .cut file I have in mind, I get a request for a few more cards. Want to guess by whom? Yep, my mother! This time it's for a Church Anniversary and a group of students who recently completed their Biblical Study. And guess what? These will be shipped to ARGENTINA!
Knowing this, I course wanted the cards to be EXTRA SPECIAL. I started looking for ideas and finally decided upon the ShadowBox Card. I found a great tutorial on SplitCoastStampers by Dawn Griffith from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. Dawn's ShadowBox Card measures just like a Standard A2 Card (4¼" x 5½"), fits into an invitation envelope and uses the Coluzzle. I needed something a bit bigger to fit the "image" I had in mind and I don't have the Coluzzle cutting system. So I created a .cut file that would cut out a 5"x7" card with the window opening. This is what I turned out with: Photobucket Photobucket
I used Microsoft Word to add the name of the church to the background cardstock. The Church and Dove are from A Touch of Jolee's - Church Dimensional Stickers and the grass is from PDDU. The Spanish sentiment reads "Happy Anniversary" and was made by Melyssa from Whimsie Doodles. So a very SPECIAL THANKS to Melyssa for doing those cute sentiments! The sentiment is on top of a Mini Monogram Scallop Circle. I also attached an American Craft brad to each corner and tied a ribbon bow before adhering the two pieces of paper together. To add a bit more of sparkle, I added some Gems here and there. Photobucket
Remember I said these were going to Argentina? If I place it in a 5x7 envelope, how was I sure they would know how to "pop up" the card to see the ShadowBox effect? I decided to create a cute box for the card to fit into. Photobucket
That brings me to tell you a little bit more about the .cut files. This project comes in 2 different .cut files – one for the card and one for the box. The ShadowBox Card .cut file is designed to cut out the top layer of the card – the one with the window opening. For the bottom layer (background piece) you can simply remove the opening or cut out a piece of 5" x 7" cardstock. The .cut file also includes several window openings (oval, circle, square, scallop circle, scallop square, top note, etc) and frames to fit around the opening. The box for the card is pretty simple. I do want to point out that it DOESN'T include the band that I placed around it. I made the band using two pieces of 1½" x 8 ½" cardstock scored at 3½" and 5"and hid the seams behind the scallop oval from the Alphalicious Cart. The sentiment on the band reads "Congratulations" and was made by Melyssa from Whimsie Doodles.
Here is what it all looks like put together Photobucket
Supplies: ShadowBox Card .cut file, ShadowBoxCard Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Mini Monogram Cart, Alphalicious Cart, Paper Doll Dress Up Cart, Stemma(On Our 50th), Wausau Paper(King's Gold on Golden Crown), Bazzill(French Vanilla), AC Moore Cardstock(White), A Touch of Jolee's – Church, Whimsie Doodles Spanish Sentiments, American Crafts Ribbon, American Craft Brads, Misc. – Gems, Acetate Sheet
ShadowBox Card
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*Plantin Schoolbook (all window openings and base)
*Mini Monogram (scallop circle and scallop square window opening only)
*Accent Essential (scallop square and top note window opening only)

ShadowBox Card Box
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*Plantin Schoolbook (version1)
*Accent Essentials (version2)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Note Card Set

This idea was born thanks to an online Crop. The challenge was to create something for yourself. I immediately thought about making some cute and little note cards. I'm always in the need of those. Although these are not the original it all developed from there.

The note cards were made from an 8½ x11 sheet of cardstock cut into quarters, where each note card measures 4¼ x 5½. I then added a layer of 4 x 5¼ printer paper, 1½ strip of PP, a ¼ inch scallop border cut from the Plantin Schoolbook Cart and the Scalloped Circle is from Mini Monograms. That cute turtle is Whimsie from Whimsie Doodles. They have the cutest digital stamps, check them out! I colored it in digitally and then printed it out on cardstock.

No set is complete without a cute packaging. And this one is was no exception. So I started playing around and created a cute little box to go along with them. Photobucket The box is made from one sheet of 12x12 cardstock and a 7x12piece of cardstock for the lid. In the .cut file I have included 3 different types of covers for the box, the lid – which is the one I used, a Cardstock or PP cover, and a cut for an Acetate Cover. I hope to be able to cut these out soon.
For now, here are a few pictures of the box using the lid cover. The lid is adhered to the side and bottom of the box using double-sided tape. Photobucket
I was able to fit 12 note cards and envelopes, but I'm sure A LOT more fit. Photobucket
And since the box fits a note card measuring 4¼ x 5½, which the same as a Standard Sized Card, I have named this box the A2 Card Box. Photobucket
Supplies: A2 Card Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, AC Moore Cardstock(Red, Blue, Yellow, White), KI Memories School Days PP, Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamp, 3D Pop-Dots, Misc. – Ribbon, Ink

A2Card Box
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*Plantin Schoolbook
*Accent Essential (for embellishemnt only)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card

I am NOT a Cardmaker! I know you've heard me say this before and I'll say it over and over again. But apparently my mother keeps thinking I am – she asked me to make her a wedding card. I don't know what it is about cards, but I'm at a loss when it comes to sitting down and creating one. So what did I do? I turned to one of the most creative, talented Cardmakers I know –well, not personally – Ms. Tracy Gough from Scrap Happens. She has some great cards and I automatically thought about her Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card. She was so kind and let me have her Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card .cut file. Here is my interpretation of her card. Photobucket Yep, I pretty much CASED her design, with the exception of a few things. Her card is originally made with the Wedding Solution Cart, which I don't have. So I substituted the Groom's Hat for the one in PDDU and the Bride's Tiara for the Dancer's Tiara on PDDU. The swirls are from Sizzix Sizzlits Scribbles Swirls Die and the bouquet is from Jolee's Boutique – Cream Floral. What I loved most about Tracy's card – of course, besides the design – was the little black and white dots. I have no clue how she did them, I'm thinking white gel pen and ??. So for mine, I simply used Acrylic Paint! I dipped the tip of an old dried up fine point pen into the cap of the paint bottle and gently added the dots. Photobucket A special thanks to Tracy for creating such a beautiful card!

Supplies: Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Wausau Paper(White Gold on Noble White, King's Gold on Golden Crown), Bazzill Cardstock(French Vanilla), Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint(White, Metallic Kim Gold), Sizzix Sizzlits Scribbles Swirl Die, Provo Craft Cuttlebug, Jolee's Boutique Cream Floral, Misc. – Pins, Ribbon, Gems

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