Hope you've had a merry Monday. We've had wall-to-wall sunshine today so most of it has been spent out in the garden just enjoying the warmth. That being so, the card shown in this post is one that was made some time ago.
This colourful card is the result of a personal challenge I gave myself to make one as bright and cheerful as possible using mainly snippets, that way if it didn't work or, more likely, I didn't like it, not much material would be wasted! An added bonus is that I've also manage to incorporate another NBUS ... the little floral wood-mounted stamp is another of my very first stamping purchases.
It's a really small card made with a leftover scrap of fuschia pink card measuring 8½" x 4¼" folded in half. The floral image was stamped in Archival black ink, coloured with H2O's and then cut out with a square-shaped die. The yellow matting layer was cut using the faux die method of tracing round the die and then cut out with scissors. The green layer is a die-cut. Floral ribbon, yellow coloured gems and yellow glitter glue embellish the card.
The final touch is the punched greeting label which is also matted on to yellow and green card. Each layer is made with the same punch ... a wee trick I've mentioned in past posts. However, for anybody new to cardmaking I thought this time I'd put together a little photographic record of how I do it here.
To make the greeting label these are the materials need - cardstock, stamp set and ink pad and a suitable punch ... for this sample I used the Word Window label punch from Stampin' Up but other shapes work well too - ovals, circles, squares all work well for this technique.
Start by punching out the labels that will be used for the matting layers ... for this label I punched out one each in yellow and green.
Next, the greeting is stamped on white card and then punched out with the same label punch.
This photo shows the three labels I used to make the greeting. I should point out that how many layers you add is optional ... I've made a greeting with just one matting layer for other projects.
Before adhering the labels together cut in half, as shown, the punched pieces that will be used for matting.
To put the pieces together, apply adhesive to the back of the greeting then two halves of the first layer are manipulated into place in such a way that a tiny edge of colour showing. The process is then repeated with the next layer.
This is the finished greeting label. As you can see, the effect is as though three different sized punches were used instead of the one ... a neat trick don't you think :)
I think the same technique could be done with some dies instead of punches ... I have a set of oblong dies that would be ideal - will have to try that out some time.
As the card is made almost entirely from bits found in the snippet drawer, I'm off over to Di's at Pixie's Snippet Playground - Week 129 ... second time this week and it's only just begun :)
Hope you found this post useful ... especially if you have never seen this trick for creating several layers from one punch before.
It's late and The Boss will be in any moment now meowing loudly, telling me it's time for bed :)
Hope you have a good night.
Materials used: scraps and snippets of pink, green, yellow and white cardstock; X-cut square die set; stamps - three flower stamp - no indication of make or name, Hero Arts Classic Messages stamp set; Celedon and Just Peachy H2Os, Summer Fun set; yellow Stickles; Archival black ink pad; Stampin' Up Word Window punch; yellow floral printed ribbon; yellow sticky-backed gems