A “Big Thank You” to everybody whos been over to look at any of my blog posts so far this month, and a “Bigger Thank You” to those whove left such lovely comments about my crafting endeavours.
Well, I’ve got an abscess on the root of one of my teeth, so it’s been very painful over part of one side of my face and I’ve been feeling rather rough. So I’m back on antibiotics again (which are a necessity but do leave me feeling grotty and washed out) and have an appointment for a tooth extraction, as well as a filling on the other side of my mouth where one has fallen out, the week after next. I’ve therefore not felt like making much of anything complicated with a lot of cutting or manipulation this week, but I have been trying to distract myself with a bit of cardmaking every day. You’ll therefore find that the cards are mostly printed out design sheets and that required straight line cutting. Some are cards where the fronts are designs I’ve put together in a graphics program out of a mixture of Designer Resources, hopefully with the illusion of dimension but where the actual card topper is flat.
(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)
Some of these cards are made using design sheets I’ve used previously, so you may recognise the images, although I have made them up slightly differently this time. It could be just a different coloured base card, or moving an element around.
- sunset surprise by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the layers. I took an A4 sheet of black Adorable Scoreable cardstock and scored it with my Hougie Board, folded, and trimmed it to make a base card that was a little larger than the base image. I used a corner rounder punch on the bottom corners. I used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom layer directly to the base card front and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the pyramid layers in order. I haven’t attached the greetings panel yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in.)
- Horse Shoe pyramage Card by Cassandra Campsall (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces. I took a sheet of buttery coloured Adorable Scorable card-stock and scored and folded it in half to make my base card. The main panel was attached to the base card using finger-lift tape and then I attached one layer of the whole horseshoe with 1mm deep, double sided foam tape. I didnt use the other layers. Yet another card with lots of straight edge cutting, so easy to make.)
- horsing around 2 card sheet by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob Paper and then cut out all the layers. I made 2 base cards by cutting in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock and scored each in half with my Hougie Board to make 2 x A6 base cards. For this card I rounded the corners with a paper punch then stuck the base layer directly to the front of one of the cards using fingerlift tape and then attached the layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I haven’t added any embellishments or greetings to this card yet as I’m not sure whether it’s for a male or female or what language it’s needed in.)
- Natural Beauty on blue backing by Bodil Lundahl (This sheet has a lot of pyramage layers on it, therefore, as I didn’t want the cards to bee very deep, I made two cards from the one sheet. I firstly printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out all the layers. I made two 15cm square base cards, one from a sheet of brown Adorable Scorable cardstock, which I used a Paper Punch to round the corners, and the other from Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock. I separated the layers out into two piles, using every other layer for each card. I attached the base image of each card using fingerlift tape and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the other layers and the blank greetings panels. A piece of the paper ribbon was put onto the card with the smallest topper. I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language the greeting will be needed in. Using the design sheet in this way means that you get extra value for money, and it also means that the cards produced are not so deep that they incur extra postage costs when posted in the UK – something a that’s a big consideration to many in these tough times.)
- The second card as described in point 4 above.
- PYR11 Ben Footballer 2 by Sharon Martin (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces. I made a base card just a little larger than the base image out of a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock. The base image was attached directly to the card front using finger-lift tape. I didn’t use the largest oval layer but the other three layers were attached in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I used the same tape to attach the greetings panel. A cute image that makes a nice card for a football mad youngster.)
- Barn Owl 3D Decoupage woodland & Background by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out the pieces. I took a 15cm square, light cream, base card and attached a panel of the background to it after trimming it to a little smaller in each direction. I then added a panel of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock that I’d trimmed to 3cm wide. Both the backing and panel were stuck in place using finger-lift tape. I then attached the base image and the blank greetings panel using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The decoupage layers were then gently shaped by and before attaching to the image using glue gel. This is a striking image, and when decoupaged up you could almost believe that the owl is about to take flight and come out of the card towards you. As my fingers were not up to the fiddle of cutting out the landlocked area between the owl’s legs I actually snipped up between the toes of both feet and then used glue gel behind this area when sticking together so you can’t really tell that I’ve not cut it as it should be cut. This was definitely the most intricate to cut of the cards in this blog post.)
- CU Vintage Style Mats Set 1 5×5 by Jean Gordon and Stitched Lavender and Lace Alphas CU4CU by Marie Wolman (I took one of these mats into one of my graphics packages together with letters to spell out “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday – before printing the design out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper. After printing and cutting out my design I prepared a base card from a toning, deep colour, of Adorable Scorable cardstock, making the card around a cm larger than my design. I went round the edges of the card with a violet metallic marker. My design was then stuck directly to the front of the prepared card using fingerlift tape before I attached a hand made flower to the front with glue gel. The flower was made using a Tonic die and the matching card-stock that was available with it.)
- Farmland in Autumn by Tom Curtis and Male Man Paper Pack 1 – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Stained Glass Corners 1 by Tracy Therrien (I took the photo of the field of grain, together with three backgrounds and one of the colours of corners, into one of my graphics packages and moved around, re-sized, and changed things around until I was happy with my design of a card front just a little smaller than an 8″ square card. I printed my design out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut it out before sticking it onto the front of a pre-prepared, pale cream, 8″ square base card, using a roller tape pen.)
- Floral Collection by Tom Curtis and Stained Glass Corners 1 by Tracy Therrien (I took the four floral photos, together with four different corners into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and moved everything to make 4 x A6 size card fronts. I used a small portion of each flower to make the tiled backgrounds for each one. After I was happy with the layout I printed the sheet onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper. I prepared my base cards by cutting 2 sheets of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock in half and then scoring and folding the four pieces in half to make A6 base cards. I trimmed my card fronts to be a little smaller than my base cards and then attached them using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I’ve also made a box, out of the same type of Centura Pearl cardstock I used for the base card, that’s just large enough to hold the four cards and four envelopes. Tied up with a ribbon this set of cards makes a nice gift.)
- The second of the four cards in the set created.
- The third in the set of four cards.
- The last of the four cards.
- African Elephant by Tom Curtis and African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson and Fall Frolic Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took the elephant photo, together with several of the silhouettes and two of the brown shade backgrounds into one of my graphics packages and moved them around and changed their sizes until I was happy with the layout created in a size to fit with a 1cm border around it on an 8″ square card. I then printed out the design onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper. After trimming the design, making sure to keep the small elements I’d put “out of the main frame”, I stuck this onto the front of a pale cream, pre-prepared, base card using fingerlift tape. The “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting used is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, but as the design is created using layers I can simply change this greeting if I need it in another language in the future.)
- Lovely Horses Head by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the main card front and one layer of the horses head. I attached the card front to an A5 base card made of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using finger-lift tape. I then shaped the bow and the horses head and attached them using glue gel, but rather than putting the bow over the one on the base layer I put it diagonally accross on this card. There was another layer of the horses head included on the sheet but I decided that, in view of the fact that the horses head wasn’t the simplest to cut out and I wasn’t feeling up to doing anything remotely intricate, Id only use one layer on this card.)
So – that’s the lot for this post. I’ve got some digi-stamps printed out ready to colour in using my Promarkers. And I’ve also got some more designs to cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. Now what should I start with first next week? Decisions, decisions!
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CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Wednesday, 23rd January –Here! – Lots of lovely designs from Silver CUP Designers (who’ve sold over 1000 designs each on craftsUprint). Some “Popout Arches Card Kits” from Robyn Cockburn. Plus lots more.
- Friday, 25th January – Here! – An assortment of designs on the free CD-ROM volume 30 are being showcased in this mailer. Plus there’s news from around the world from CUP designers and crafters – and some lovely photos of snow amongst them.
Craftsuprint have a Mailer Archive where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.
Crafter Of The Year – Voting is now well on the way for the “CUP Craftsuprint Crafter Of The Year 2012”. Voting has now opened for the CUP Platinum, Titanium and Elite designers to choose who gets their points, and the voting closes at Noon on Monday, 28th January with Winners being announced in the Mailer – so that’s something to keep an eye out for next week.
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You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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