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Monday, 31 May 2010

Two new tecniques for me

Yay, I managed to make two more cards this morning! (Thanks to the puppy waking me up at 6am. Hhhmmm.) I thought I would try two new techniques for me. The first is a CAS (clean and simple) style. I was inspired by Carly Robertson of Paper In Bloom. I love this fabulous lady's style - she is so versatile, from CAS to contemporary to shabby chic - she can do them all brilliantly! Very jealous.... Her main style is CAS which I always find difficult - normally looks so unprofessional but I think this one came out ok! I used a subtle Colorbox chalk ink to stamp the heart border - so subtle you can barely see it! Ha ha!

For this second one, I made my own "brad looking" flower centre. I picked up this technique on Saturday when I made a visit to The Glitter Pot where they had a day of demonstrators, one of them being Paula Pascual. Seeing the "brad" on one of her cards, I thought she had used that new I-Top brad making tool - I've been considering buying one but just can't justify a new toy. Anyway, she hadn't used that and instead created it with just two things that require no extra investment! All you need to do is cut/punch out a circle from light weight card and use a rounded end (I use the end of a pen but you can buy flower making special tools for it - of course!) to shape the reverse side using small circular motions does that make sense?!). You then use silicone glue or foam pads to stick it on. Because it creates small creases around the edges, the brad looks like it's been made from fabric - it's a really lovely effect. Thank you Paula!

I used the most recent Mercy's Tuesday sketch below (which of course I missed the deadline again!) for both cards and I am also entering the second one in the Crafty Sentiments challenge to use punches.

Papers/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, My Minds Eye Be Loved pack
Stamps: CC Designs Ladybug Nora and Field Fence, The English Stamp Company (heart border)
Mediums: Copic Caios, glitter glue (on wings), Colorbox chalk ink (heart border)
Accents: ribbon from stash
Tools: Woodware flower punch and 1" circle punch, EK Success 1.25" scallop circle punch


Sparkle said...

What darling cards!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! Your CAS card is so elegant. I love the combination of soft pastels and kraft. And in the second one the "brad" you made is awesome. I just bought a Fiskars embossing tool for shaping reverse sides so I need to try this one out as well. Thanks for the tip.

Silli said...

Wonderful cards dear Mary, I love the cute image and I love the pretty sentiment... Well done and happy week!

Paula Pascual said...

Hi Mary, I am glad that you enjoyed the demos. For me it is very important to see that people actually like and enjoy what we do and even more so that we can show you something different and new.
And your cards and style are lovely, I adore the CAS card!

Paula x

Lisa Jane said...

Hi Mary - both cards are fabulous.. i wish i could make clean and simple ( not that they are simple to make) cards like you -they are so very effective. The second card is just gorgeous and great use of the punches .
Thanks for joining us at Craft Sentiments this week. Good luck
Have a great day
Lisa ;)

Cindy Haffner said...

BEAUTIFUL samples, love the sketch card.

Carly said...

Oh my gosh Mary your CAS card is simply amazing!! I love everything about it and think you did an absolute fabulous job! You should totally keep making the CAS cards; you'll be so surprised how fast and easy they come together. Hugs, Carly (PS. thank you for all the kind words, you are so super sweet!)

Stephanie Kraft said...

These are both beautiful, Mary! Especially love the CAS one with the subtle heart border!!

pinky said...

Gorgeous selection of cards. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Sentiments.

Faye said...

Both cards are gorgeous, really gorgeous. x

Emma Lockley said...

Aww Mary your CC designs card is so cute and that flower....**claps** love it!
love emma xxx

pinky said...

Gorgeous cards, thanks for sharing at Crafty Sentiments this week.

Anonymous said...

love both your cards Mary! the kraft w/the subtle hearts is great! and of course I love the CC Designs card w/the MME paper! Awesome!
Pam Going Postal


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