Monday, March 31

Something Great

Something great is about to happen..... Spring!  Here in the UK it has been a really very very wet winter, with flooding that started Christmas Eve and continued for January and February. The ground is so wet, only a little rain and the flooded fields are up again.  So spring for many will be a happy relief.  And so far its made a good start with some lovely sunny days down here in the South East.

I have made this card for www.sscrapbooking.com Magazine for Karen Burniston and Elizabeth Craft Designs.

If you've not seen the amazing dies from Karen Burniston where have you been?  Karen has teamed up with Elizabeth Craft Designs and released a fabulous collection of dies and with just a few cuts you can make the most amazing cards.  I just can't get enough of them.

For me when I think spring I think bright happy colours, happy little birds, blossom on the trees and maybe the chance to sit outside for the first time.  My two cats also love the spring and can be seen sprawled out in the sunshine throughout the day.

So, enough waffler here is my Springtime card.  Firstly the name of the card was inspired by the wording on this card.  The front is very plain with no hint of what might be inside.  I do love to do that with my cards :)  Its like a hidden WOW!


Materials used for Outside :
Patterned Paper from stash
Corner Rounder - mine was Xcut but any brand will do
Penny Black Truly Great Cling stamp
Clear Embossing Powder
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Heat Gun
Pink card
Scissors
3d  Foam Tape
Glue

Firstly I cut a piece of patterned paper to measure 12 x 6 1/4 and folded in half to make my outside card. I then used a paper rounder to round the corners off.

Next I stamped the Penny Black wording from the Set Truly Great with the black
versafine ink and used clear embossing power and heat gun to give the glossy effect.

Cut around the stamped wording with the scissors and take a small strip of pink card
and cut the ends of one end to make a fishtail shape.

Stick the pink fishtail onto the card with glue
Stick the wording onto the card using 3d Foam tape.

Set aside.

Here is the fun part!  The inside.


Materials used for Inside :
Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs - Agatha Eges
Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs  - Garden Bench
Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs  - All Seasons Tree
Hero Arts - Designer Woodgrain Background S5208
Penny Black - Critter Time Clear stamp set
My Favorite Things - By the letter font set Upper
White Zig Chalk Pen
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
3d Foam Tape
Glue 
Scissors

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/4 x 12 and fold in half. Use the Agatha Edges on the two ends of the card. You can either do this folded and cutting once or by cutting each side individually.

Place the white card onto your cutting mat with the card open and position the garden bench onto the center line.  Run through the machine.  Push the garden bench out * refer to video below for visual help if needed

Karen has a fabulous video tutorial that shows you how to use her bench card and I have popped that below for you to look at should you need a visual help.  
The bench part starts at 7.21 but the whole video is well worth looking at :)



On this card I wanted the grass to be cut around the base of the bench so I cut a piece of green paper measuring 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 and I placed the bench die onto the paper (on the long side), this time making sure the centre nubs of the bench die was lined up with the top of the paper (of course making sure I had the bench the right way round and I was using the lower half)  Cut away any parts of the bench that are attached to the grass area.  Stick this in place, your piece should nestle around the bench perfectly.  

Whilst I had my green paper to hand I then used the grassy piece from the same Garden Bench
set and cut three pieces of grass. Set these to one side.

Stick the inside piece to the outside piece using your chosen glue or tape.

Cut two of the All Seasons Trees from Kraft Coloured cardstock and using a brown inkpad stamp the Hero Arts Woodgrain background onto the trees.  The trees set also comes with a leaves die and I cut that several times from green card.  The leaves on this die are mixed but all of us Karen Burniston Designers have agreed that life's to sort for leaf sorting :) LOL
The blossom was made with the flower die that is included with the set and then shaped with a character shaping tool and foam mat.  Set to one side.


Next I stamped the Penny Black cat in Hammock onto white card, again with versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This was then cut out.  In order for the cat to hang in the right place I decided the trees needed to be a little bit taller and I simply trimmed a little extension trunk and stuck them on to the bottoms of the trees.

Stick the extended trees to either side of the bench using glue.  Trim the branches either side that overhang the card.  Place the leaves and blossoms onto the tree with glue.
Using some 3d foam tape or pads, stick the cat in the hammock so it looks like the cat is hangingbetween the trees.  Stick the little grassy bits either side of bench and in front of the trees.  I only used a half piece for the legs on the bench.

Now onto some little decorative touches.  I stamped two little birds and a pretend folded newspaper.  I cut a blanket for the ground and a little cushion for the bench.

I finished it off by cutting the word SPRING out of pink card and stuck that to the front of the card.  The last decoration was the white dots that I made using the white chalk pen.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card and reading how I made it as much as I did enjoy making it.  You can't fail to smile when looking at this happy card.


All the materials used can be purchased from Crafts U Love

Happy Stamping and Diecutting!!

Caz x







4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Beautiful card! These dies look fab.

raquelmason.blogspot.com said...

Such a cute card Caz, love that cat in the hammock.

StampOwl said...

gorgeous creation, sounds about time you had some better weather

Sue Ann F. said...

Great card. Love the Garden Bench and the cute Penny Black stamps.

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