Wednesday, August 24, 2011
An Easy Wedding Card
Yesterday I shared some tips about putting together layered Cricut images. While it is fun to build some of the complicated cuts, sometimes you don't have the time to spend making an intricate embellishment for your card. I always keep an eye out for great deals and for this card I used one of my "finds."
I went "mall walking" with my father-in-law quite a while ago. (A local mall opens early to allow walkers to get some exercise before the stores are open). While I was there, I had a chance to stop in at a shop called "Papyrus" (I think this is a national chain) and they had a table of clearance items including some very pretty embellishments. Each packet was 50 cents (and I believe the original price on this packet was $8.95).
The detail and embellishment on the cake was terrific. I found the perfect compliment to the floral shapes in the Cuttlebug Cricut Companion set for "Once Upon a Princess." If you aren't familiar with these sets of four embossing folders (2 large, 2 small) that coordinate with certain Cricut cartridges, you can see them HERE on the Cricut.com site. I used the large all over rose design to emboss the top layer of this 5 x 7 inch card. The paper is a pearl finish paper from American Crafts cut at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and the embossed layer is placed on top of a pink layer of DCWV textured cardstock cut at 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches.
My quick tip for today is for working with pre-made embellishments like these. They generally come stuck to a clear sheet of acetate. Just leave them on the backing but snip the acetate to separate them so you can try different placements for the embellishments. When you have decided on the positions, you can place each item individually and the adhesive will still be strong. Sometimes it is a good idea to add an additional glue dot or other adhesive if you think that the item feels loose.
I added a sentiment to the inside of the card and in just a few minutes I had a very pretty card to send. It was difficult to photograph this one to show the shimmer of the paper but I think you can get an idea of the shine.
Just a quick post today - my time is limited. I am in the middle of many wedding projects that I can't share just yet. Thanks for your comments on my post yesterday about the machines and software that you are using. There are many choices, all with their advantages and disadvantages. I have been extremely impressed by the accuracy and intricacy of the cuts I am getting on the Silhouette SD and the print and cut feature is fantastic. I will have lots more to tell you about my experiences in a few weeks.
My thoughts are with you if you were able to feel the earthquake on the East Coast on Tuesday or are in the path of Hurricane Irene - it certainly has been a crazy year for extreme weather conditions. Take care!
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