Normally, I would be welcoming you to the next Cardz 4 Guyz challenge, # 272. The new theme, Father’s Day, includes endless possibilities. However, on this Tuesday, the 1st of June, also coincides with the Sparkles Christmas Challenge #125going live, of which I am now a design team member starting with this challenge. This month’s theme, a Krafty Christmas, brings a plethora of ideas to my mind. Just check all the other cards by the design team, and you will see what I mean.
I really tried to figure out a way to try to better incorporate both challenges into one blog post, but it just didn’t happen. My other choice, two blog posts going live at the same time, didn’t seem feasible either. So, here we have it. Two Cards for Two Design Teams, Two Challenges and One Time Slot to go live.
Forgive me, please. I am having a complete brain fart and can’t remember how to link the picture to the URLs. Hopefully, I will figure it out before this has to go live.
Everything I used for the Father’s Day card actually came from May’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Sweet! I’ve been making special order cards for a work colleague for about two years. His father is a huge baseball fan, so this Paper Pumpkin arrived at the perfect time!
Here’s the card:
I used two of the included card bases to create this fun fold. The inside fold did get trimmed about a quarter of an inch so it would fold nicely. Literally everything else was contained in the kit, including the stamps, Night of Navy inkspot, dimensionals, enamel dots. Everything for under $25.00!
Next month’s Paper Pumpkin will coordinate with the stunningly beautiful Expressions in Ink DSP! Can’t wait! If you want to get in on that order, click on the link below or get in touch with me! You only have until June 10, 2021 to order it!
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Here’s my Krafty Christmas card:
I used the now retired Curvy Christmas stamp and coordinating die set for this card. Some of you may have kept your set, just as I did. If you didn’t the layout could be copied with another set in the same color combination.
- The Cherry Cobbler base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, and scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
- The DSP under the front of the card measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
- The top Cherry Cobbler layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- The Crumb Cake layer started out 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Then I cropped it using the Curvy dies. It was much easier to get the trees stamp to line up with this half of the cropped Crumb Cake, so that’s what I used. Then, I ran the cropped piece of cardstock through the Big Shot using the Subtles 3D embossing folder. (Will any of you ever get rid of this retired embossing folder? I can’t see myself doing that!)
- The embossing buddy is the absolute most important tool for the embossing of the sentiment, trees, and star flourishes. I used the embossing buddy to clean off all pieces of cardstock. Remember, do not touch your fingers to the areas being embossed once you clean them! The oils from your fingers will pick up little tiny pieces of the embossing powder. It’s difficult, but not impossible, to get those stray pieces of powder off once they are on the cardstock.
- The next most important tool? The Stamp-aratus, of course, and that’s especially true in this case. After arranging the stamp and paper just where I wanted the stamp to live, I stamped it twice using VersaMark.
- Next, I sprinkled the embossing powder onto the VersaMark trees, flicked off the extra (from behind), then heat set it.
- As I watched the magic happen, I realized I had inadvertently used CLEAR powder when I meant to use WHITE powder. Never fear, the Stamp-aratus was still set with the trees stamp. So, I lined up the cardstock and stamped directly over the clear set powder twice using VersaMark. Then, I made sure I used the WHITE powder, and repeated the process.
- I repeated the process twice for the star flourishes in the sky. I just moved the cardstock very slightly to the left so the flourishes don’t exactly line up.
- Then, I set up the Stamp-aratus for the Crumb Cake cardstock and sentiment. First, I stamped the sentiment using Cherry Cobbler ink. I cleaned off the stamped and stamped twice using VersaMark. I completely intended to use clear embossing powder for the sentiment, and, thankfully, that’s what I did.
- After I adhered the Crumb Cake cardstock to the Cherry Cobbler cardstock, I wrapped a length of the ribbon around and simply tied it in a square knot. I addded dimensionals under the Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then adhered all the pieces together.
- There’s a piece of white cardstock for the inside panel, measuring 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I didn’t need to use the Stamp-aratus to stamp the sentiment and trees on the inside. I like the contrast between the Cherry Cobbler sentiment and Crumb Cake trees on the inside.
- Finally, I stamped Crumb Cake trees along the bottom of the front side of the envelope. Then, I adhered and trimmed a piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP for the envelope, adhered and trimmed it down.
- My Krafty Christmas card/envelope set was done! This card would be very easy to mass produce, and I think I may just have to do that for my family members up north.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.
Have a Peachy Day!
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