Hope you all have had as much fun as I have making cards for this weekend's OWH VCMP party. Thanks to OWH for organizing the hop and to the hosts for such wonderful challenges.
As I look at my set of cards, I'm seeing a definite theme -- now that I've gotten serious again about counting Weight Watcher points in anticipation of pool season. Freudian images of sweets -- cupcakes, ice cream, cake -- abound! :)
One other Common Element
While working on these cards, I tried a new technique. And, I liked it so well that I used it on 4 of the 5 cards.
I pressed cut-out images (the top and bottom of the cupcake; the ice cream scoops and cones; the flame, candle, ribbon, and bottom trim; the flip flop print) in a Versamark pad. Then I heat embossed using clear embossing powder.
The result was a shiny, slick image that really draws attention to the embossed images. Patterns really come through nicely. And, if you repeat the process, the embossed images are even shinier -- kind of like applying a second layer of varnish.
Card 1: Paper Piecing a Child's Card
Initially, I thought this card could work for either a child or an adult. To make it more child-like, I added Stickles to the stars and flowers on the background paper and added gems to the corner.
|DCWV Sweet mat stack; Stickles, gems|
Card 2: Using Something Hoarded
Okay, the paper and embellishment on this card were supplies used in one of my first card classes at Pizazz It!. I loved this S.E.I. line so much that I've been holding on to the leftover paper and die cuts to use on an extra special wedding card -- maybe for my nephews' weddings. :)
But, my nephews are 12 and 10. :(
So, here goes...
|S.E.I. Moonrise paper and die cuts|
Seriously, this was a great idea, Carol! Thanks for the inspiration. I think it made for a very nice card.
Card 3: Making Food a Focal Point
I have to say I am quite pleased with the way this little card turned out. Heat embossing with clear powder really popped the patterns on the ice cream scoops and cones!
|DCWV Sweet mat stack; Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake sentiment|
Card 4: Using Bright Colors
As much as I like the previous card, I LOVE this card. It is one of my all-time favorites. The inspiration for it came from one of Tiffany's card-making classes at Pizazz It! A few new techniques and added elements have kicked a great card up a notch or two. :)
|All paper came from a Stampin' Up! garage sale find!|
I'd like to take a few minutes to describe my thought process when creating this card.
- I rounded the top corners of the card base, but kept the bottom corners at right angles, to mirror the shape of the cake.
- I selected the floral print and then selected the coordinating blue, red, and gold papers.
- Next, I decided the background needed a color to pop the floral pattern. I chose to heat emboss Distress Ink scattered straw, using clear embossing powder. (And, if you've never tried this technique, the result is sooooo gorgeous. It just glistens in the sunlight!)
- I decided to use red for the flame and cake base, and blue for the candle, ribbon, and bottom trim to help the eye go from the top of the cake to its bottom. I chose gold for the center flower to connect it with the background color.
- I used Versamark and clear powder to heat emboss the papers for the flame, candle, ribbon, center flower, and bottom trim. Again, this adds a great shine and brings out the patterns in these papers so nicely.
- I scored the cake base, crimped the bottom trim, and formed the ribbon and snipped its ends for a few textural elements.
- When piecing together the cake, I made the candle 2-layered so that the flame would fit nicely in-between. Pop dots raise the cake top and candle/flame.
- I set the candle a little to the left so the cake was just a little asymmetrical. (I initially tried tilting the cake's layers a little, but didn't like the result.)
- After adding the pearl to the center of the flower, I added pearls in a vertical line to the top right of the card. These pearls also helped pull the eye down the card. And, they added a little interest to the top right portion of the card without detracting from the cake or from the beautiful Distress Ink background.
I just love going to CAS-ual Fridays for inspiration. I've not been following CAS-ual Fridays long, so maybe it's a mis-perception on my part. But, it seems that the DT's sample cards often have varied backgrounds, but the winning cards seem to have mainly white backgrounds. Regardless, I'm posting this little card, entitled Look Who's Turning One, at CAS-ual Fridays and crossing my fingers. :)
Card 5: Using a Die Cut
I'm almost embarrassed to post this card after the last one. Let's just say it's still a work in progress. It needs a little more oomph before it makes it into my OWH box -- think I'll tinker with the flip flops for starters. However, I do really like the heat embossed flip-flop-"sandprint".
|DCWV Stack 6, Bazzill Preppie cardstock red|
Thanks again to everyone involved for a great blog hop. Looks like I have an owl-themed challenge to take on this week. And, I want to post a card for this month's ODBD challenge.
Have a great week! Happy scrappin'!