Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Birthday (again!)

This is almost (but not quite) the last birthday card I need to make this month.  The weather has turned cool and rainy so these autumnal colors seemed appropriate.  I am sure that we will get more hot weather but there is a definite feeling of fall in the air.

I used the Pure Blossoms from Creative Charms again on this card.  They are such an easy way to add sparkle and make a card special.  I hope you have been checking the Creative Charms blog to see the great projects my fellow Design Team members have been creating. 

I made this card five by seven inches - I have been branching out a bit from all of the A2 cards.  The base card is Papertrey ink "scarlet jewel" cardstock and the dark green mat layer is textured Bazzill.  The patterned paper is from the new Creative Memories Reminisce collection - this piece is from the Reminisce Photo Album Kit whic is designed to work with the Picfolio Photo Albums.  The photo above shows my "audition" of the papers and the gems.

I inked all of the edges to soften and age the papers using the new limited edition chalking ink in brown, also from Creative Memories.

The sentiment is from the Lyrical Letters cartridge.  I used Design Studio to figure out the size I needed to fit in the space available on the card.

The cut is only 1 1/4 inches tall so the letters are extremely delicate.  I used multi-cut (two times) to get a good clean cut.  You can see here how delicate some of the lines are.

Here is the cut after I carefully removed it from the mat.  I liked this font but the "starburst" at the right side did not suit my paper... I carefully trimmed it off.

I managed to lose the dot for the "i" so I used a gradient gem sticker to replace it.

The gem stickers also work well to add a contrasting center to each of the Pure Blossom flowers.

Since I used a dark cardstock for the base I added an inner layer to write on inside the card.  I cut a piece of ivory cardstock to 5 x 7 inches and then carefully punched the top and bottom with the Martha Stewart Floral Vine Deep Edge punch.  It is important to center your punch to get an attractive and even design.

 If you are planning to send a card like this through the mail it is a good idea to use a padded envelope.  The gems can rub through a normal envelope and could be damaged or lost.

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  1. Love this card! By the way, JEALOUS! It was 94 and humid in SC today!

    xx Susan

  2. Thanks, Diane, for the reminder about multicut on the Cricut. I have always had trouble cutting things from Lyrical Letters in a small size, but never tried to do the multicut. I will certainly do that next time.

  3. As usual a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.--Ryansmaama

  4. Diane,
    I love the card. The paper is so great and the colors are also. Fall is my favorite time of year and then I also love winter just not the cold, cold, weather. I wanted to make a card with a window and did not know of any cartridge that had one so I got one off the internet. If you get a chance take a look. I cannot believe I am the first to comment. Great Job.................

  5. Thank you for mentioning that you used the multi cut to cut this out. I never think of doing that with the delicate images. And I have been working with the Cars cartridge the last few days and some of the layers are extremely hard to cut. Beautiful Card!

  6. Love the paper and the inking from Creative Memories I hope we get that paper over here in OZ looks great. Cant wait to get my cartridges from you and try them out.

  7. The Creative Charms bling adds just the right amount of lovely! The cut inside is a great addition as well - love it!

  8. Thanks for sharing the tips about the multi cut and the padded envelope. I'm sure I'll be doing both.

  9. Very pretty card; I really like those charms...I'll have to get some.

  10. I love this card. Please send one to me I love it so much. The Martha Stewart Floral Vine Deep Edge is one I haven't seen. I must get this one. I love how you did the inside of the card so pretty.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

  11. Gorgeous card. I absolutely love the colours and the patterned paper. I also really like how the punching set off your ivory cardstock inside. It adds an additional touch of elegance to the card.

  12. Gorgeous colors and design. Thanks for the tips, too.

  13. Such a elegant card. I love the colors. Here in Tennessee the nights are getting cooler but we are still having daytime temps in the 90's.

  14. Simply gorgeous! Love that gradient gem... I'm always loosing the dot to the i too LOL


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