Thursday, February 17, 2011

Simple Valentine's Card + Thrifty Crafty Tips

Super simple card using items from Stampin' Up!

Whisper White card stock
Real Red card stock
Whisper White craft ink
(or white acrylic craft paint)
French writing background stamp
Texturz Plate Perfect Details
Big Shot
Large Heart punch
Stylus and Fiskars paper cutter
Home made shimmer spray

The card is a 4.25" x 4.25" square

Punch a heart out of Real Red card stock. Stamp with Whisper White craft ink (or white acrylic craft paint will work).  TIP: Use a piece of decorative paper instead.

Run a small square of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate.

Lightly spray with shimmer spray, let dry.

Score the dry embossed lines on the card front.

Adhere heart to small textured, shimmery card stock piece.

 Use dimensionals to mount in center of card.

Home Made Shimmer Spray

I used Lumiere paint, rubbing alcohol and distilled water to create my shimmer spray; it was a "recipe" I found several years ago. Do an online search and you will find many different "recipes" for shimmer spray / glimmer mist. One of the easiest is to use alcohol and a small glob of shimmer paint from Stampin' Up!, mix well and spray away ! 
You can use any of the colors of Pearl Ex / mica powders that were so popular with paper crafters years ago to create colored shimmer sprays. I have also read classic dye ink refills from Stampin' Up! mixed in with alcohol and shimmer paint create colored sprays. I have not tried this "recipe"  - yet

Dry Embossed Lines "Template"
I made a template to use for creating the raised lines around the focal point on the card. This is a great tip for those that do not have a scoring board.

I use chipboard or plastic sheets to create my templates. I measure out the size I want for the card front, for example 4.25" x 5.5" and trim the template material to that size. I then carefully measure along each of the sides and mark where I would like my dry embossed edge to be, for example 1/2" in from the edge. Once I have the lines drawn on my template, I use a 1/16" punch to punch a hole where the lines meet in each corner. The four holes I've punched create my guide.

To use the template, lay the card front face side down then lay the template on the back side of the card front. Be sure to line up the edges of the card with the edges of the template. Lightly mark through the holes with a pencil. Now lay the card front face down on the paper trimmer, carefully lining up the dots with the groove where the paper would be cut. Run the stylus along this groove starting and stopping at each of the marks. It is a bit tricky, but works.

You could also use a straight edge, stylus and magazine to dry emboss straight lines. Lay the card front face down on a magazine with a piece of scrap paper in between the card and the magazine. This scrap piece will keep ink from transferring to your card. The magazine is just soft enough of a surface for the card stock to "give" under the pressure of the stylus, creating the raised dry embossed lines. Line the straight edge up on the marks, hold firmly in place as you run the stylus along the edge. Start and stop at each mark, turning the card after each line is made. This technique can be a bit tricky as well, but it does work. 

Use this technique to make all sorts of templates for dry embossing straight lines and designs on your card fronts.

One of the new scoring boards would be much easier and faster to score straight lines, but I wanted to share how I am able to do it without one. One less tool to find storage for and money saved ! 

Thanks for looking =) 

1 comment:

  1. Your tri-fold card and woven heart card are so beautiful, original and amazing. I look at a lot of cards in a lot of places, and yours are top-notch. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with others. Keep up the creativity!


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