AEI♥U Challenge #28 – Non-White Card Base

Today I’m joining the AEI♥U Challenge #28: Making a card from a non-white card base. The challenge came up at a great time as I was in need of a nice birthday card for a long time friend. I hope she doesn’t mind that her card stemmed from this challenge!

Ellie CardFirst I die cut Ellie, the bunny and star balloon out in white card stock and stamped all the images using Momento ink in Tuxedo Black. After the dye ink dried, I coloured everything in with Copics. For Ellie, I covered her entire body with W0, shaded her extremities with W2 and W3, then blended it back in with W0. Her cheeks were done in R20, a colour several shades darker than my card base. For the bunny I used E51, E31 and E33. For the balloon, I used BV00, BV02 and BV04.

To make Ellie “pop” a little, I stuck her bottom down flat, propping up her top half with 3D foam. I used some pale blue embroidery floss as the balloon string. Coupled with the popped up balloons and bunny, I thought gave a really nice dimensional effect. Tip: If your floss doesn’t fall the way you want it to, spritz it with a bit of water, shape it into the right curve and then let dry to set the shape.

Ellie StuckI also stamped birthday sentiment from the So Happy set. My first time went awry… I stamped it once and the “happy” didn’t come out solidly enough so I went and stamped it again, but missed the mark and ended up with a double image.

Gah, Mistake!

So to fix this, I stamped the sentiment again on white cardstock and cut it out in a banner shape before mounting it. I then added my friend’s name using Ellie’s Alpha. Luckily I made no mistakes there otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what  I’d have done to cover that up!

Ellie Close UpThe card looked a little plain so I added a few matching sequins and a button to finish off the card.

I enjoyed this month’s AE challenge. I hope to see you there too!

AE Challenge #28

AEI♥U Challenge #27 – Embossing

Early this week, I had a look at the AEI♥U Challenge blog and decided to put into play an idea that I’ve had in my head for awhile and enter it for the Challenge #27. So today, I’m showcasing a card using Avery Elle’s Seal-Abrate clear stamps and dies along with the Just a Note card die.

Sealabrate Card Front 1I used Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to die cut 2 Just a Note card pieces. I picked out which was going to be the left and right sides of the card, then stamped the sentiment directly on to the upper right front using my ombre ColorBox Paintbox in Pastel and the heat embossed it in Ranger’s Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. I stamped the seal and ball in Tuskineko VersaColor Charcoal ink, heat embossed them in clear powder, coloured them in with Copics then ran them through my Cricut die cutting machine. When I started placing my seal on the card, it looked really bland so I took some Worn Lipstick Distress ink and blended it on top of the Tim Holtz top fade stencil using my mini ink blending tool.

Sealabrate Card Inside 2I decided to make a fun shaker card for the inside.  On the left hand card (base), I blended in some dots using Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress inks on the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil. I then heat embossed them in clear powder. Here is a closer look…

Sealabrate Card Inside Closeup

As you can see, the embossed bubbles give it an extra shimmer. I created the window frame by using a Nestabilities rectangle die, blending the same inks as the bubbles, then sprinkling the frame with water that was mixed with Perfect Pearls to bring together the bubbly look. I mounted clear plastic to the back of the window, propped up the window with foam strips then filled the card with sequins before sealing the card.

The card has turned out much nicer in reality than in my head! This is another way I was thinking of presenting the card. I’d love to hear which you prefer.

Sealabrate Card Front 2     Sealabrate Card Inside 1

If you’ve liked the card, please go visit all the other contestants at the AEI♥U Embossing Challenge!

Embossing Challenge

xoxo, G