Friday, August 20, 2010

Cindy Loo Card Topper

This card is another simple design I made using an image from the Cindy Loo cartridge.   I adapted  the shape and hid some of the interior cutting lines to create a card topper. 

I began with this basically square image of a lace design.

On the right you can see the original image and on the left the image I created by hiding some of the interior cutting lines.  When the lines are hidden an area for a sentiment to be added is created in the center.

The preview screen shot comparing the two images was taken on a blank page.  This screen shot shows the "hidden" lines (they will change to very pale blue when they are hidden).  (To hide a line in Design Studio, select it by left clicking directly on the line - it will turn pink or red.  Then right click and choose "hide selected contour" from the bottom of the drop down menu).

I adapted the design to fit an A2 card nicely by altering the width to 3.75 inches and the height to 5 inches (this will give a 1/4 inch border around the design).

This preview shows the final design that I cut.

Here is the cut design on my nice new mat (every so often you just have to start a new one!).  For an intricate design like this I use multi-cut 2 to get a clean cut.  In Design Studio you set multi-cut under the Preferences menu - you can choose 2, 3 or 4 times.

 I cut the design in Core'dinations gemstone cardstock in a pale yellow called "citrine."  The purple base card is textured Bazzill cardstock.

The newly created center area is perfect for adding a sentiment and some embellishments or a stamped image.  I cut the "hello" with the Cuttlebug "Everyday Greetings" embossing and die set.  I tried some DCWV glitter cardstock (on the right) but the shade was a bit too pale so I then cut the sentiment from my new Core'dinations glitter cardstock in a purple called "Elegance."  This glitter cardstock is very sparkly and does not have the glossy shine that you find on the DCWV glitter cardstock.

 I added a couple of sparkly purple butterflies from the "Dream Garden" collection at Creative Charms - you can see the various butterflies and flowers they offer at this LINK.

 I think these little butterflies are so pretty with the sparkle of the gems on their wings.

Here is one more view of the card.  There are so many variations possible using this concept.  If you make a card like this I'd love to see it!

I hope you have a great weekend - I am a bit behind on email and messages due to circumstances but will catch up by Monday...

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  1. Diane,
    Great card and I love the colors and of course I love butterflies.

  2. I love this card topper. I have this cart and one of the reasons I purchased it was for these cuts. I made one with the fit to page feature and it is just beautiful. I love all that you do with ds and as soon as school starts I am going to sit down and follow your instructions so that I will be more comfortable with using ds. Thanks for sharing.

  3. oooooh Diane..this gorgeous!!!!! luv your work...and thank you for all info you share with us....

  4. Wow!! This is awesome!! Sooooo beautiful!! TFS

  5. Good morning, Love the Cindy Loo cartridge and again you created another great card project using Design Studio. What a great way to start the day. Thanks again.
    Marilyn Mae

  6. What a simple technique to completely change the look of the cut! Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful card! Thanks for teaching how to do it.

  8. That is so cool! Thank you for the great instructions, I am going to have to give this a try, especially since this is finally a cartridge that I have. Love your ideas, again THANK YOU!!

  9. Gorgeous card. Love the cut you came up with. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Another lovely card! I love the way you used the original cut and made it work for a card topper! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Thanks for a new idea! I never seem to want to look outside the box and I sure need to.

  12. I love you card and colors; the little butterflies add just the right touch!

  13. Such a beautiful card Diane! Love the lil' butterflies too:o)

  14. Mary - Biker GrannyAugust 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Very pretty! The more I see of this Cindy Loo cart, the more I like it.

  15. Diane,

    I finally sat down to make this card. I really thought it would be hard but your instructions are wonderful and very easy to follow.



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