Monday, 16 June 2014

Bright and Cheerful Get Well Card - with a little matting and layering trick thrown in

Hello Folks

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.

Happy Crafting,
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  


  1. Hi Elizabeth, Sorry to have been MIA for such a while, but trying to get back on track with blogging & visiting. Glad to read you had some welcome sunshine. Guess ya'll are all settled in your new home by now and happy. Loved the new picture of you too! The card is delightful, so colorful and cheery. Loved the bright colors & your H20 coloring. (H20's are a challenge for me for some reason). TFS how you did the sentiment matting too. I really like this, and it certainly was a nice attention to detail on your pretty card. TFS & Hugs too.

  2. A very pretty card, great way to give the layered effect :o)
    Jackie xx

  3. Hello Elizabeth,
    What a bright and happy card. A great tip on the punch. I need to remember that one.
    Have a lovely day.

  4. Lovely cheery card and a super tip for the sentiment xx

  5. Love your sweet Get Well Card in bright and cheerful colours Elizabeth.

    Great tip for the matting of the little sentiment too. Worth a reminder.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Lovely card there Elizabeth. It would brighten anyone's day, who was feeling a little off colour!

  7. Great card Elizabeth and I love that punch love the layers ..huggles Sue xx

  8. Great design Elizabeth So beautiful is your card xx

  9. First off...your new photo is lovely! Great to see your smiling face.
    Now onto the post...I know what you mean about wanting to spend time in the garden when the sun is shining.
    I like to take fussy cutting out there and sit with a big mug of coffee!

    Your card is lovely. The sentiment mat idea is a great one. Not only does it give the pretty look of the extra mat colour, but it makes the sentiment appear larger when it gets list on certain cards.

  10. sweet card...thanks for the visit to my blog.

  11. This is a bright and happy card, Elizabeth! Love how you did the sentiment! Thanks for sharing the how to.

  12. A lovely bright and sunny card Elizabeth - fancy you never using that lovely little stamp before. Great colours too.

    I've used the sentiment technique before too, in fact I got the idea from you although I think you just mentioned how you'd done it. Always nice to actually see how things are done.

    Playing catch up here, sorry I'm a bit late calling by

    Hugs, Di xx

  13. Such a pretty card Elizabeth,thanks for the tutorial too :) Viv xx

  14. Love how you have matted the sentiment, must remember that one. BJ


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