Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sparkly Snowman Card
This card is made with a combination of elements from the two Creative Memories exclusive cartridges, Reminisce Accents and Cheerful Seasons. I created the shaped card and frame from elements on the Reminisce Accents and the snowman is from Cheerful Seasons. Today I want to show you how I changed the snowman by adding an extra layer and tomorrow I'll explain how to create the card base and post the file.
Cheerful Seasons is primarily a font cartridge with five of the seven possible functions nearly filled with alphabets. This leaves four settings for the shapes and their layers.
When you cut the layers exactly as they are set up on the cartridge you will have these four cuts to use to build the snowman.
The result is a snowman with all of his details in a single color - in this case black. I wanted to add a few more colors so I decided to cut a few extra pieces.
I wanted my snowman to have a red scarf so I cut an extra of the third layer (shown on the keypad above).
Now I had a piece to use to create the scarf. The red dotted cardstock is from Martha Stewart.
I only wanted the areas that would form the scarf to be red so I trimmed away these extra pieces.
I also wanted my snowman to have a carrot nose so I found a tiny scrap in orange glitter cardstock that was left from another project to fit behind the nose cut on the face.
When you put the layers together, the shadows work a little bit differently. The layer beneath the snow layer only extends beyond the "snowy" parts. It lines up exactly with the arms and hat. This image from the handbook shows you how to align the pieces.
I used Core'dinations gemstone cardstock for the card base and core couture glitter cardstock for the frame, and three of the layers of the snowman. The black layer is actually the back side of a piece of Onyx gemstone cardstock because I wanted the matte effect with so much shine going on in the card.
It is extremely difficult to photograph the Core Couture cardstock and truly capture the sparkle. It is a delicate and almost iridescent glitter finish and is extremely pretty in person. I find this cardstock at Joann's and try to wait for the sales to stock up. It also cuts very nicely in the Cricut - the frame has a lot of twists and turns and some small triangular areas and it cut perfectly and lifted right off the mat.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how to create the shaped card.
I want to say thank you to everyone who has been voting for my layout in the Creative Memories contest to win a Cricut Cruise. Your comments have been so sweet and I am very happy to have such great support from my Cricut friends (and others).
If you are a Facebook member, please try to vote everyday. Here is the LINK to my contest page. You have to wait 24 hours between votes so if you remember what time you voted the day before and try to vote around that time each day it should work out well. Voting continues until the 23rd and I really appreciate that you are willing to go the extra mile and vote so many days in a row.
There will be a link and reminder at the top right of my blog until the 23rd. For those who asked - I have no way to tell how I am doing since there is not a running tally. I am keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks again!
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