Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Friend Card

I really enjoy using the Martha Stewart Crafts Cake Art cartridges.  There are so many beautiful designs to work with.  I am such a fan of the Martha Stewart border punches and these cartridges have many of the same borders that I have in punch form.  The great thing about using the cartridges is that you can adjust the sizes for a perfect fit on your card or page.  You can also use the borders to create new shapes with decorative edges - similar to the "Punch around the Page" sets.  By using Design Studio or the Gypsy you can make the design in any size you want.

For this card, I chose one of the short border segments, then copied, rotated and welded it to form a decorative square medallion for a card.

I also chose a flower shape with the matching shadow to layer on top of the medallion.  I set up a mat to have all three pieces cut at the same time.

My original choice for the card base was this soft green cardstock but it didn't look quite right to me, so I changed to a medium blue instead.

 I decided to do the layers a bit differently.  Instead of centering a mat on the card front I aligned it at the bottom of the card and trimmed the sides a bit.  The resulting piece is about 5 1/8 x 3 3/8 - the top part is completely covered by the medallion.

The sentiment is a stamp from a set by My Sentiments Exactly stamped in "Close to Cocoa" ink from Stampin' Up.

I adhered the flower to the shadow and made a "starter hole" for the large gem brad in the center.

The large gem brad fits almost perfectly in the center of the flower cut.

I raised the flower above the medallion with some foam squares.

I added some gems to the edges but I thought the card needed a bit more bling.

I added some pink pearls around the edges of the flower...

...then I added more white pearls near the center to finish off the card and make the flower really stand out.

The gems and pearls are all from Creative Charms.  The card base is Bazzill, the patterned papers are K & Company and the medallion mat and the flower are Core'dinations gemstone cardstock.  This card would be a good one to send to a friend who also is a crafter (and one who loves bling!).

I have written about the Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake cartridge for the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog.  There are some helpful tips for using the images to the best effect.  You can see that post HERE.  If you would like to use my Design Studio file for the medallion and flower you can also download the file from that post. 

Thanks for all of the cruising tips - just a few more days until we are on our way!

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  1. Thanks for all the details and tips. I agree that the blue background really makes the card pop instead of the green (which wasn't tooo bad).

  2. Beautiful card. I had just told myself that I HAD to quit buying cartridges and punches (after I got one more punch set). Then this morning I was wishing that the MS punches could be adjusted so they could cut in various sizes and what do I read next.... LOL! I told my husband you were an enabler; he just laughed. (knowing that it didn't take much to enable me.) Hugs, dj

  3. This seems to be a very useful cartridge indeed. One to add to my ever growing wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

  4. off the topic, just have a question. would you, by chance, happen to have the cut.file for a tissue box. the small square box. i remember you commentin on a design a long time ago. i seem to have deleted the file and i need to make some.

    if you know where i can find it, would you send me in the right direction?
    thanks diane,

  5. Very nice card Diane! And again, you have combined colors that I would not have considered--and I love the combination! Enjoy your trip!


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