Saturday, October 5, 2013

Best Wishes on World Card Making Day 2013!

     Celebrating Friendship on World Card Making Day 2013

       Welcome to a special World Card Making Day Blog Hop  
       post from the Design Team Members of Poppystamps.  If 
       you are following the hop, then you arrived here from
       Jeanne Jachna's blog.  

       Good friends are there for you in good times and bad. 
       Sometimes it is nice to say thank you to your friends.  Is 
       there a better way to say thanks than with a handmade 
       card and a yummy candy bar?
       The image below is the finished product. As luck would 
       have it, I had cardstock that complimented the colors of 
       the candy bar's original wrapper.
Step 1: For this bar, dimensions for other bars will vary, I cut an 8 1/2 by 11" paper at 10 1/2" in length.  I scored the card stock and at 3 1/4", 3 1/2", 6 3/4", 7". 

To reproduce this, you will need to measure your bar and determine how wide and how thick it is to determine your sizes and scoring.

Step 2: Measure card stock to create the frame for the image. This should be slightly smaller than the base of the panel.

Step 3: Cut another piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the background panel (from Step 2) and adhere to the background panel.
Here comes the fun!  
Step 4:  Run the run the Viva Tree Die [#903] from Poppystamps through a die cut machine on another piece of paper [color does not matter as you are not using the die cut but the empty space the die cut left behind].  
Step 5:  Carefully remove the tree. There will be two pieces that will fall out (see image below with arrows).  These pieces will fall out as they are not connected. Simply place your template over the image panel and using a temporary glue adhesive [I used a glue dot] and gently put them back in place and begin sponging into the area left empty by the tree.  Once the tree is sponged gently remove the template and the two extra pieces.  

Step 6:  Die cut the Sitting Cat Die [#860] by Poppystamps and use the card stock as a template and sponge a darker color for the cat.  You should not need to adhere the cat template.
Step 7:  Adhere your image panel [and background panel] to your candy bar cardstock wrap.
Step 8:  Add the greeting - trim a piece of the ivory (or white) card stock for the greeting.  I used Poppystamps So Much [CS308B] Cling Stamp.  I used a marker and colored the greeting and a leaf, then I selected three other colors and colored the additional leaves and finally a brown marker for the stem.  Stamp the greeting and adhere it to the colored panel slightly under the tree image to allow a little of the colored cardstock to peek through.
Step 9:  Finish it!  How you finish it is up to you.  I chose to use a burlap ribbon and simply tied a small knot and trimmed off the ends of the ribbon. This holds the card candy bar wrapper in place.  Other options include closing the wrapper with double sided tape, glue, glue dots, etc.  Using a ribbon to hold the wrapper closed keeps the bar from sliding out and allows the recipient to save your sentiment.  

Supplies you will need:
Poppystamps Sitting Cat Die [#860]
Poppystamps Viva Tree Die [#903]
Poppystamps Cling Stamp: So Much [CS308B]
Cardstock (3 colors - one for the wrapper, one for the colored panel, and one for the image/greeting panel)
Burlap ribbon (or similarly colored ribbon to cardstock) to close the wrapper
Ink & Markers

Above is a photo of the wrapper and the candy bar used. 
There are three colors of cardstock used, the wrapper (Step 1), the background panel (Step 2), and the image panel where you will do the ink sponging (Steps 5 & 6).  The image panel cardstock color is also used for the section where the greeting is stamped.

If you don't want to create a candy bar wrapper you can easily create a card and use this as the front panel and line the inside with a blank panel where you can personalize the card by handwriting a little note to the recipient.

Thanks for stopping by.  Next time you want to say "thank you" to a friend, say it with chocolate and a great card wrapper featuring Poppystamps!

Be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs you visit as part of this blog hop as there will be hidden prizes along the way.  

You have until midnight US EST on October 10 to leave comments. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 11. Four random winners will be selected from comments left on all the Poppystamps Designers' Blogs.  Each winner will win one of the following dies:

Now that you have visited my blog [and left a comment], hop on over to check out Lezlye Lauterbach's blog.  If you came directly to my blog and want to start at the beginning click Poppystamps Blog.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sparkling Snowflake -My 03 October Poppystamps Design Team Submission

Sparkling Snowflake

For my posting today, I went a simple route with the Giovanna Snowflake die.  I wanted to create a card that could be used for any type of winter holiday or as a general winter greeting.  I also wanted to let the die stand alone.  I hope you like it.

Giovanna Snowflake Die [946]
Holiday Sparkle Cling Mount Stamp [CS307B]

Other Supplies:
Adhesive of your choice, glitter, ink for sentiment, ribbon, ruler

I created the card by cutting an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper in half.  I then folded it so that the crease of the card was along the top.  
I placed the card, unfolded, into my die cutting machine and cut a the Giovanna Snowflake die out in the front of the card.  
I ran took the snowflake and coated it with glue and smothered it with glitter and let dry.  With some scrap cardstock of the same color as the card's base, I cut another snowflake and once again coated and smothered and placed out of the way to dry.
Next, I created the inside of the card (below).  I cut a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of card stock and placed it on the inside of the card and added the "May Your Holidays Sparkle" Cling Poppystamps stamp.  Be careful to place the stamp far enough down so that you can place the snowflake to align with the cut-out on the front of the card.
Once the glitter is dried, close the card, add a glue dot to middle of the back of the snowflake and place back into the cut-out area and press firmly.  Carefully lift the front of the card.  This will stick the snowflake into position on your greeting panel inside the card.
Cut another panel (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") in the same color as the base card (for me this was the dark blue) and paste it into place on the inside of the front of the card.  Then take your second snowflake, add a glue dot, and place it back in the die cut-out and press.  Now you have a snowflake on the front and in the same position inside the card.
To add a little something I took a ribbon and placed two strips across the front of the card.  If you like to add more bling or use something other than ribbon, the sky is the limit.  You could easily add some rhinestones, brads, buttons, whatever you desire.
Note: You may notice that I chose to leave the inside of my snowflake solid (I added the punched out areas back in) but you don't have to do that, it will easily work punched out.) Also, I covered the snowflake (on the clear stamp) with a post it so it wouldn't ink when I stamped the greeting since there is the main snowflake already on the panel.
Thanks for stopping by!
Kimberly WM copy