Friday, September 24, 2010

Simple Turkey Card

 I was at Joann's recently and a saw a new line of embossing folders.  They are designed by Basic Grey and made by Sizzix.  There were quite a few sets available and each one was packaged with a small die.  I had a 50% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to try these out.  The set I chose included the Diamonds and Snow Cap A2 embossing folders and a cute die that says HO3 ("Ho" to the 3rd power or "Ho,Ho,Ho"!).

I tried the Diamond embossing folder on a piece of heavy Bazzill cardstock.  The impression was very deep and sharp.  The look is very different on the two sides of the cardstock.. The side with the diamond lines embossed (above)  looks like an ice cream cone or waffle.

The side with the diamond lines debossed looks more like a quilt

So I had this piece of lovely embossed cardstock just looking for a home and decided to pull together a very quick and simple card.  I used an A2 card base in yellow textured cardstock and added an orange layer cut at 5 1/4 by 4 inches and then added my embossed layer which was originally cut at 5 by 3 3/4 inches.  Heavy embossing can actually make a piece of paper or cardstock "shrink" a bit so the layer might look a little smaller.

Whenever you are adhering a heavily embossed layer to a card it is a good idea to use a strong adhesive and place it close to the edge on all four sides (with some extra in the center for good measure).

I just made some ATCs (artist trading cards) for a swap and I had a few extra pieces left on my table.  These were also done in three layers - a green 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 base, an orange 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 layer and a top layer of printed texture patterned paper at 2 by 3 inches.  (I'll show you the ATCs that I made another day). 

The colors were very autumnal.  I looked at the seasonal embellishment sets that are new this month at Creative Charms and I could see that the turkey from the Thanksgiving Multi-Dimensional Chipboard Stickers would be a great fit in both color and size.

The turkey is layered with lots of detail and glitter.  The thickness of the chipboard makes it very substantial and it is a perfect focal point.  I like the card as it is but I might consider adding a stamp that says "gobble, gobble" (or something along those lines!).

That's all there is to this card - lots of simple layers, some deep embossing and a great embellishment.  You can use the same simple plan for many cards.  A Cricut cut and layered image for the center area would take a bit longer to make so if you are in a hurry, try a premade embllishment.  The advantage to using the Cricut for creating the center image would be the ability to customize the size to fit perfectly.

There were quite a few different sets of embossing folders - I think I'll have to add a few more of this type to my never ending collection! 

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  1. I like your card and the new embossing folder is nice...looks like I will have to add that to my collection, as well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I saw this new embossing folder and just had to share that I saw an icecream cone! Must be hungry!

  3. That embossing is very effective so much detail. Great card.
    Kim xXx

  4. Diane,
    What a coincidence, I was at our Joanne's a few days ago and ran accross these new embossing folders also. I picked up the Dear Santa set, which has the Peppermint twist and Scallops and Lines embossing folder and the Die reads Dear Santa. They are very cute. I also got the Bigz die - Seasons Greetings - also in collaberation with Basic Grey/Sizzix. Very very cute.

  5. Ewww, I like this embossing folder. I'll have to check it out.

  6. Cute - cute - cute. I'm a newby - can you use these in a cuttlebug? Thanks for all the ideas!!!

  7. I LOVE this one!! Especially with the color you chose, it looks edible!! LOL


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