Hope you all are saying warm on this very chilly day here in the Northeast… and for those of you who are in a warmer climate: enjoy it! :)
It is always good to branch out a little in the shape of one’s card; most cards are sized in A2 measurements, and while that is a great size for most cards (and easy to mail!), I like to once in a while get a little more adventurous on my designs! So today I have a interesting tutorial to share with you on creating your own fun shaped cards. Let’s get started!
I designed a card base inside my Silhouette Studio by creating a 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle and welded a flourished edge to the top and bottom of the rectangle, which brought my height to 7″ total; this is the card base. Creating another rectangle, sized at 3″ by 8 1/4″, I added the same flourished edge to the bottom only of this rectangle. This panel will be adhered to the inside of the card.
Once I had the pieces built, I cut them out onto watercolor paper and scored the card base at 3 1/2″. Taking the Technique Tuesday “Budding Poppies” and the Simon Says Stamp “Summer Garden” stamp sets, I stamped all my images in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto my card base and the inside panel. I also heat embossed all the poppies four times onto a separate piece of watercolor paper.
While this flower stamp I used is actually a poppy, it reminded me of a tulip and I turned it into one! :) Using some Tim Holtz distress inks, I began watercoloring all the flowers and leaves on both my card base and panel; I also watercolored all the poppies that I had stamped onto the other piece of watercolor paper. Once all the flowers were colored, I began watercoloring the background of the card base and panel.
After all the watercolring was complete, I stamped a lattice pattern in the background, and applied ink splatters around the card and inside panel.
Taking a gold gel pen, I drew a freehand border around the edges of the card and panel to frame the images. I allowed the lines to overlap, which I think makes the “hand drawn” effect look more interesting.
Cutting a banner out of a piece of cardstock, I stamped the word “Thank You” and embossed it in Ranger’s Princess Gold embossing powder and drew a gold border around the edges, before adhering the banner to the card base. I also tied a sheer ribbon around the left side of the card.
After fussy cutting the flowers that were stamped and watercolored on the separate piece of watercolor paper, I adhered them overtop of the poppies that were on the card base using dimensional tape. With some gold glitter glue, I added the shiny centers and covered all the flower petals and leaves with Wink of Stella clear glitter.
Finally, I adhered the inner panel to the inside of my card, and applied the same embellishing touches as I did to the front on the flowers and leaves.
Thanks for stopping by today! :)
- Ranger Inkssentials watercolor paper
- Recollections White Cardstock
- Silhouette Cameo, cutting mat and ratchet blade
- Technique Tuesday “Budding Poppies” stamp set
- Simon Says Stamp “Summer Garden” stamp set
- Tim Holtz distress inks: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint
- Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder
- Recollections White embossing powder
- Versamark ink pad
- gold gel pen
- Heidi Swapp color shine: Gold Lame, Mint
- Wink of Stella clear glitter
- sheer ribbon
- gold glitter glue