When I opened the September Card Kit of the Month, my first thought was “Wow! There’s a lot of stuff for making 10 cards!” LOL! My first thought was why not make a scrapbook page with a card as a gift set! I haven’t seen my sweet friend in over 20 years – we had only 40 minutes to chat over tea when I was visiting Tokyo in the summer. This would be a wonderful keepsake of our time 🙂
I wanted to add a little mixed media to the background to break up the stripped red patterned paper so I did a mono print with a gel plate. Using gesso, I spread it on the plate and gently drew lines with a texture card to mimic the patterned paper. Really cool effect!
With the different dies and embellishments, I pre-planned my page design to come up with this…
After trimming my photo mats, I used the extra space to cut/emboss the label dies using my Grand Calibur® machine. You won’t see behind that picture! LOL!
With a combination of a tape adhesive and foam tape, I created dimension to make my photo (focal point) pop.
For a subtle page title, I stamped a sentiment from the kit on the smaller label die cut.
After I cut/embossed my flower, I stenciled through the die with ink and a little bit of water for a watercolor effect. To frame the flower, I cut/embossed three leaves.
For the swirl die cut, I applied adhesive sheet on the back of the patterned paper before cutting and embossing.
Now the FUN part, putting it all together! The kit has a sheet of adhesive rounds but I have my favorite so I used my choice of adhesives. For some of the heavier pieces, one tip is to stack those rounds to create a strong bond. For the small pieces, you can cut them into size with a pair of non-stick scissors.
To use the twine in a different way, I looped twice and applied art medium to act as a stiffener. You can do this with any liquid glue that dries clear…this is my go to product.
After the twine is dry, I used adhesive dots to secure it and the leaves before adding the flower die cut with a 3D Foam Square.
To finish off, I adhered the sequins in random areas and done!
I wanted to make a CAS (clean and simple) design card. Using the leftover papers, I cut strips in varying widths and cut the ends into ribbon tails. On cream cardstock, I stamped a sentiment and cut/embossed with a label die, using my Grand Calibur® machine.
I adhered the strips (one was popped up with 3D Foam Squares as well as the stamped label) on the card base. Poked a hole on the fold to thread my twine through to wrap and tie a bow (use glue round to secure the bow).
For the finishing touch, I used Dodz Adhesive Dots 3D to adhere my flowers and crystal embellishments and Dodz Adhesive Dots Mini for the sequins. But again, there are glue rounds in your kit – you can stack them or cut them to size.
Maker’s Mart September 2016 Kit of the Month
Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Spellbinders® Tool ‘n One™
Gesso: Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®
Gel Plate: Gel Press® (8 x 10″ Gel Plate)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (E-Z Runner® Ultra Refillable Dispenser, 3D Foam Squares – White, Regular, Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6″, Dodz Adhesive Dots Medium, Dodz Adhesive Dots Mini and Dodz Adhesive Dots 3D) and Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (Girlie Grunge Art Medium)
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