Thursday, September 29, 2011
Easy Party Invitation - Art Philosophy Bundle
Today I have a super simple holiday party invitation to share with you. I wanted to try the chipboard pieces included in the CTMH Art Philosophy bundle that my friend Melanie sent to me to review. One of the interesting things about this cartridge bundle is the coordination of the cartridge shapes with stamps and precut chipboard shapes. The correct sizes to cut each shape are listed on the clear backing sheet for the stamps and on the packaging for the chipboard.
In this photo the top shape is one of the chipboard pieces that came with the bundle and the bottom red shape is the cut that I made with the cartridge.
Here you can see the shape after I adhered the card stock to the chipboard. They are a perfect match.
I pulled together some pieces to make a quick party invitation. The metallic card stock base is a pale green from DCWV and the Christmas striped patterned paper is by K and Company. I added some gold grosgrain ribbon and a few embellishments from Creative Charms.
I simply wrapped the ribbon around the patterned paper before adhering the paper to the card. This adds more color and texture to the plain card.
I used two silver tree sequins from the Creative Charms Winter Medley on either side of a Christmas Twinkle Sticker to embellish the paper covered chipboard.
This side view shows the thickness of the chipboard (you can also see the tiny gold gems I added as "stars" at the tops of the trees!).
I used some of the stamps from the Art Philosophy bundle for the inside of the card - it's ready to fill in the information. Two bits of advice: The tiny stamps for the date-time-place and RSVP are tricky to line up so be patient if you have big fingers like mine. Also, the inside of the card (the back of the metallic DCWV cardstock) is a little bit slick so you have to be sure to let the ink dry well before you close the card.
There are just a few days left to get in on the super deal that adds a free double stamp set to your order - free with orders over $75. You can also buy the stamp of the month set for only $5 when you buy the Art Philosophy bundle.
Melanie has posted photos of the entire cartridge handbook on her blog - click HERE to go directly to that post. You will be amazed at all that this cartridge has to offer.
You can visit Melanie's Close to My Heart website by clicking HERE. To go directly to the page for the Cricut Art Philosophy bundle click HERE. You will find many more sample projects and tutorials on Melanie's blog, Courtney Lane Designs, and you can contact Melanie directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org (just tell her I sent you!).
I have been designing up a storm and I can't wait to show you what I've been making. We have another family celebration this weekend so I probably won't be able to cut out any of my designs until next week. I also have a few cards to finish before we go.
I'd love to know how many of you have more then one type of electronic die cutting machine. If you'd like to leave a comment with the other types of machines and programs you are using and why, that would be interesting. I'd also like to know whether your first machine was a Cricut or another brand and what led you to buy a different type of machine? Thanks and have a great day!
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