balloon bunny birthday

Birthday card - bunny with balloons - bashfulcat.comHello cardmakers!  Today’s birthday card has a colorful balloon bunny, with a spattering of matching inks on the background.  I am still having fun with my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit.  It has sold out, but everything I used to make today’s card is available separately (and linked below).

The card base is Neenah Solar White 110 lb – a nice, thick cardstock that’s perfect for standing up to lots of embellishing.  I used a die to give one edge a nice zig-zag pattern, and then cut a piece of light blue paper with the same die, to give the edge a finished look.  I’m not quite sure why, but the wavy design just seems to fit my sort of whimsical birthday card theme.  Using the stamps that came with the card kit, I stamped the balloons and the big Happy Birthday! and then masked them off, along with my rickrack trim.  Then I scribbled some matching ink on an acrylic block, and using a wet paintbrush, I just sort of flicked some random splotches onto the background.  I love this technique, but I think I need to work at it more, to get the right size splotches.

The bunny was stamped separately, colored with Prismacolors, fussy-cut, and stuck onto the card with Glue Dots.  I added some dots from a Nuvo Crystal Drops bottle for a bit of dimension.  Because of the zig-zag border, you can see the edge of the inside of the card, so I put a strip of matching patterned paper along that edge.  It’s hard to see when the card is displayed, so here’s a picture with it clipped shut:

Birthday card - bunny with balloons - bashfulcat.com

 

The background is truly white, but I’m having trouble capturing that with my phone’s camera.  KitEndSig2(Can you “white balance” a phone?)  Not a difficult card, but how can you go wrong with a cute bunny and balloons?   Hopefully, the birthday girl will think so, anyway.   🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a magical day!

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never-ending birthday wishes

Never-ending birthday card using Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card KitSimon Says Stamp’s September Card Kit is definitely one on my favorites – especially this adorable Doodlebug Kitten Smitten paper!  (Even the name is cute!) I knew it was going to take a special occasion to get me to cut into it – and a very good friend’s birthday was just such an occasion.  In order to really showcase this fun paper, I decided to make a never-ending card.  My last post for one of these (see here), includes a video tutorial, so I won’t rehash all of the details here.  I’ll just say that these really aren’t nearly as difficult as they look.  It just takes a little time to cut out all of the paper pieces, especially if you want to mat everything (which I did here).

I made the base from some gray cardstock, then cut out all of the various little pieces from the oh-so-cute patterned paper.  Then I used pink cardstock to mat all of those pieces. The front of the card includes the die-cut “happy birthday”, along with a bunch of die-cut flowers & leaves, and some tiny butterflies.  When you fold it once, you see this:  Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

There’s more of that patterned paper along the sides, but I did some stamping on white cardstock for the two middle squares.  That bottom piece with the birthday wishes actually lifts up.  There’s a personal, hand-written message on the inside – but that’s just between me and the recipient.  Fold it again and you see: Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

This time, I cut out my stamped images and adhered them on top of the patterned paper.  I could have added more images, but I really didn’t want to cover up the paper, LOL.  One more fold, and you see the back of the card: Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

For this, I just added a bunch of bows.  They seemed appropriate for a birthday.  Fold it again, and it brings you back to the beginning:  Never-ending birthday card using Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit

I love making these never-ending cards!  They just seem to be more than “just a card”, somehow.  What do you think?  Do you like cards with unusual folds?  Is there one I should try next?  Is there one you’d like to see a video tutorial for?  I would be happy to be the guinea pig… try it out and mess it up first, so you don’t have to.  🙂KitEndSig2

Thank you so much for visiting, and have a stupendous day!

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filling station birthday card

Birthday card, made with Papertrey Ink's Petite Places, City StationHi!  I’m afraid I haven’t been posting too much lately, but boy have I been making cards!  Been bouncing back and forth between “quick & easy cards, using up old supplies”, and special request or special occasion cards.   It seems that my cards are either 20 minutes, or 20 hours, LOL.  I’m having some trouble finding a happy medium.  This card took a bit longer than 20 minutes, but the birthday guy is someone special, and I thought he might get a kick out of this tiny filling station.

And boy is it tiny!  This is the first time I’ve used one of Papertrey Ink’s Petite Places stamp and die sets.  Even with a MISTI, getting proper stamp placement was very tricky.  While absolutely adorable, I’d have to say that I can’t recommend these for anyone with “old people eyes”, or “old people hands”, of which I seem to have a bit of both, LOL.

Because these are so small, I thought that the best way to showcase it was to create a little scene, as seen through a “window”.  I first cut a piece of white cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die.  Then I took a set of nesting square dies and cut out a window, and a dark blue frame for the window.  The scene I created separately, but by making the window first, I was able to map out the size I needed for my scene.

For the scene, I inked up a piece of white cardstock with some soft blue ink, to create a bit of sky.  I used a strip of dark grey cardstock with white gel pen dash lines for the road, with a hand-cut “grass” hill above it.  The little service station, gas pumps, and sign are from the Petite Places set, as is the sentiment, which I stamped on a die-cut cloud.  The car and truck are actually from a Memory Box die set, but they are just the right size to go with the Petite Places set.  I adhered the scene to a dark blue card base, and then adhered the white frame piece over it, using foam adhesive.  I thought about turning this into a shaker card, but the card is really all about that scene, so I didn’t want to cover any of it up.  The “Happy Birthday” is just another die-cut.

Here’s a close-up of the card: Birthday card make with Papertrey Ink's Petite Places City Station

It’s hard to tell in a photo, but that garage door actually opens.  I would have loved to create a little scene inside of it, but it is just WAY too tiny for these old eyes.  Sometimes… okay, a lot of the time… my ideas exceed my skills.  😉

But all in all, I’m happy with this one.  It’s not as elaborate as I intended (I had delusions of “personalizing” this more, using a particular oil company’s old logo, but again, “old people eyes”).  But hopefully it brought a smile to the recipient.  🙂

So, has anyone else used these itty-bitty Petite Places stamps and dies?  Any tips for us “more mature” card-makers?KitEndSig2

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope your day is filled with good things, too!

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requested new baby cards

New Baby Princess Card, by KittyPlanes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

A friend recently asked me if I could make a couple of baby cards for her, as she wanted something special and unique.  Since I would just be lost without this good friend of mine, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, not to mention that I was flattered that she would want to actually give my cards to someone.  🙂

With my friend’s blessing, I thought I’d share them with y’all.  I’m not going to go into great detail here – this is just a quick post today, mostly to share the pix, and to announce the winner of the Flexi-Clip giveaway (see below).  But as always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions – I love talking cards.  🙂

The first one is for the baby’s mother, and has the baby’s name on it – but I have fuzzed it out as a courtesy to the new mom.  New Baby Princess Card, by Kitty

It’s mostly just a whole bunch of die-cuts, some Enamel Accents for the flower centers, some rhinestones and a bow.  This is a slightly over-sized card – 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, I believe, to accommodate the large die.  Sadly, I can’t seem to find this particular die (made by Cottage Cutz), but I found a similar one, which I will link to below.

The second card is for the little boy, who just suddenly became a big brother.  I’m sure there will be some big changes for him, so I’m glad my friend thought to remember him, too. Planes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

I had the best time putting this one together!  I just love these itty-bitty train and car dies.  The bridge for the train took a little thought.  It’s made from Kraft cardstock that has been stamped in brown with a wood-grain background stamp.  I used the Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch to create the pattern, and just trimmed off the edge.  This has been a wonderful little punch, though I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet as it was actually intended, LOL.

And now, as promised… the winner of the Flexi Clip hair accessory, as generously donated by Elizabeth Chang, a Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, is:  Terrie!  Congratulations Terrie!  I have sent you an e-mail about receiving your prize.  (You can still check out the original post, and the new customer discount is still valid.)KitEndSig2

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Today, I’m just listing some of the more unusual items that I used or suggested, for this quick mini-post.  But please don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any questions.  (Some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

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hip to be square birthday card

Hip to be Square Birthday Card, by Kitty.Simon Says Stamp’s latest Wednesday Challenge is called Hip to be Square, and that is SO me.  Yup, I’m a total square… nerd… dork… geek.. LOL.  But I also LOVE squares.  My planners are now all graph paper composition books, and I’m addicted to spreadsheets, which are basically just a bunch of squares.  I think it might have to do with my obsessive-compulsive tendencies – I like things straight, and even.  (Of course, thanks to this challenge, I can’t seem to get that Huey Lewis song out of my head, LOL.  There… now you’ll have to suffer with me, too.  You’re welcome.)  😉

For my card, I wanted to use the gorgeous new Simon Says Stamp September 2016 Card Kit, which positively screams BIRTHDAY CARD! except… well, this might sound silly, but I love the patterned paper in this kit so much that I’m having trouble getting myself to actually cut it up.  It’s too pretty to use!

Simon Says Stamp Sept. 2016 Card Kit So I started with just some cardstock from my stash.  I liked the contrast of black with the bright colors in this kit, so I started with a black card base – 4″ square.  (As much as I love squares, I don’t actually do very many square-shaped cards… but I probably should.)  To add to the square theme, I cut out a few different square frames in bright colors.  I actually cut out a bunch of squares, and played around to see what worked best.  In the end, I decided that the magic number three was best.

This was one of those cards where I really had to plan it out first, before I glued anything down.  Once I had a plan, I made some pencil marks to indicate where the squares would go, so I could stamp the sentiment and balloon first.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white, and just used a white pigment ink for the balloon, thinking I would color over it.  In the end, I decided to add dimension by cutting out a balloon and popping it up with foam.  The squares are all sort of interlocked – I made tiny cuts in the squares exactly where the square on top would cover it.  Again – measure twice, cut once.  😉

I stamped the puppy on white cardstock, colored him with pencils, and fussy-cut him out.  And then I forced myself to cut out just a tiny bit of that luscious patterned paper.  I cut a simple square for the present, and a triangle for the puppy’s party hat.  Wink of Stella on the gift’s bow & top of the hat, Glossy Accents on the balloon, a puffy sticker from the kit, a few dots of white Enamel Accents, and one rounded corner… and I called it done.  The balloon string was just hand-drawn with a white gel pen.  (Remember how I mentioned the importance of placement?  The balloon’s string was the most challenging, and didn’t really come out like I wanted.)  Here’s more of a close-up:  Hip to be Square Birthday Card Close-up, by Kitty

This card was really fun to make.  And there’s so much more in the September kit that I just can’t wait to play with!  And yes, I WILL cut up more of those papers… as much as it’s going to hurt, I know I’ll end up with some really fun cards.  The paper is just so happy!KitEndSig2

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a happy, fun day!

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inspired by a flexi clip + giveaway!

A card design that was inspired by a Flexi Clip hair accessory.Hello!  Today I have something a bit different, and exciting, including a giveaway!  And there’s a discount offer, too!  (See details at the end of this post.) I was recently contacted by Elizabeth Chang, an Independent Lilla Rose Consultant.  She offered me a free Flexi Clip – a lovely hair accessory from Lilla Rose – in exchange for an honest review.  Now, my first thought was “sure, that’s cool and all… but what does it have to do with cards?”. Lizzie convinced me, though, that these really seem to appeal to crafty people.  And since I’m a crafty peep myself, and I’m really excited about these, I suppose she must be right.  🙂

But this is a card site, so I decided that I would only do this if I could relate it to a card.  So I set myself a challenge – to make a card inspired by my new Flexi Clip.  The truth is that you can use nearly anything as inspiration for a card.  I must confess, though, that I don’t often go and look for card ideas in strange places. But I totally should!  Here is a good view of the item I used for inspiration – it’s called Cat’s Meow.  Obviously, they designed this one with me in mind.  😉  I love it!  FlexiClip Cat's MeowThe Flexi Clip works a bit like a large barrette, only so much prettier.  It stays in place, and it doesn’t tug on your hair.  There are lots of designs, including ones with pretty, dangling elements.  It’s available in several different sizes, and the website can help you determine the right one for you – be sure to watch the sizing video before choosing.  And it comes with instructions on how to use the clip for a few different styles, including a french twist… something I’d like to try myself, sometime.  However, for a quick and easy ponytail, it’s really easy to use.  It’s not so easy to photograph, though.  LOL… but because it only seems fair, here’s a picture of the back of my head (the photo is a bit fuzzy – the clip is not):KittyWithFlexiClip

For my card, I started off with a cat, of course. He needed to be silver, so I stamped him out with VersaMark ink, heat embossed him with silver powder, and fussy-cut him out.  I actually stamped a few cats, and layered them up to give the element some stability, and I used three coats of the embossing powder, to give it a smoother finish.

For the background, I just wanted some soft colors.  I chose a soft pink, a soft lilac, and a grey ink that I “stamped off” on scratch paper first, to get a softer look.  Using a “grunge” stamp, and some flourish stamps, I created a subtle background.  (There’s flourishes on the clip cat, and the grunge splotches sort of represent the beads for me.) To match the silver cat, I used some very thin double-sided tape all along the edges in order to heat emboss them in the same silver. Then I attached the whole piece to a grey card base, using foam adhesive.  To sort of mimic the shape of the clip, I created a bow with some silvery-white ribbon, and adhered my silver cat on top of it.  A few sequins finish off the card.Silver Cat Card by Kitty, inspired by a hair accessory.

And now, for the giveaway!  Elizabeth Chang, as an Independent Lilla Rose Consultant, has generously offered to give a Flexi Clip to one lucky reader!  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, sharing which clip is your favorite.  (You can view all of them here.)  On Monday, September 5th (Labor Day), I will use a random number generator to pick one lucky reader.  (I will announce the winner on my blog, and I will send them an e-mail.)

* The winner will need to register on the website as a new customer, and Lizzie will send you your free clip.  Offer valid in the US only.  Offer is for one free item $16.00 or less available on the Lilla Rose website.  Offer good for new online customers only, one per household.  No cash value or exchanges.  Must be 16 years of age.  Registering on the Lilla Rose website with a valid personal e-mail address is required to take advantage of this offer.

And all of you lucky readers who are not currently a Lilla Rose customer, can give these clips a try with a special Buy 3 get 1 Free offer.  All you need to do is register as a customer at www.lillarose.biz/zizzie78 and purchase any 3 items.  * Offer valid in the US only.  Offer is for one free item $16.00 or less available on the Lilla Rose website.  Offer good for new online customers only, one per household.  No cash value or exchanges.  Must be 16 years of age.  Registering on the Lilla Rose website with a valid email address is required to take advantage of this offer.

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

 

 

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quick and easy cards with patterned paper

Three quick and easy cards made with leftover patterned paper.Hello card-makers!  Today, I just have a collection of three quick and easy cards, using some leftover patterned papers.  I’ve been trying to work through some of my older stash, and I can always use more “thinking of you” type cards.

There’s nothing much to these.  I used a background stamp to “soften” the white background a bit.  The three large flowers I cut from old patterned paper, using a Sizzix die.  I stamped a sentiment on Kraft paper and punched it out with the Real Estate Sign punch, and added a heart. The leaves I just hand-cut from green cardstock; flower centers punched from red cardstock. I rounded one corner, and put everything on a Kraft cardbase.  And all of the edges are inked, to give it a more cohesive look.

Super easy-peasy – so much so that I almost didn’t bother to share these.  But I’ve gotten a bit behind on my posts, and this is a good example of what you can do quickly with minimal supplies.  The three flowers are all on the same original Sizzix die (Flower Layers #3… might be hard to find now), so I just had to run the die through three times, to get all nine flowers.  You could use any background stamp, and any flower dies, and any sentiment with any type of label punch.  When you do cards like these that are all the same, you can use sort of an assembly line:  stamp all of the backgrounds, punch all of the flowers, ink all the edges, stamp all the sentiments… it goes very quickly.  And by inking the edges, you can mix and match different patterned papers.

I’ve been working on some more elaborate designs, and my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit just arrived today – lots more cards coming sooKitEndSig2n!  And we’re just days away from Stamptember – woohoo!

Also coming very soon, I have something “different” to share with you, including a little giveaway!  So stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!

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wildflowers and butterfly borders

Wildflowers and colorful butterflies card, by Kitty.Well, this wildflowers and butterflies card didn’t come out at all like I envisioned, but I’m still pretty happy with the end result.  Generally, I’m better with clearly defined images.  I find anything resembling watercolors really challenging, but I think this card sort of has that look.  It was really more of an accident, but a happy one.

I am, once again, playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge.  However, this time I didn’t wait until the last minute.  🙂  This week’s challenge is called Make For the Border, and they’re featuring Memory Box products.  I have this Memory Box Dancing Butterflies die that I just love, but it’s not a border die.  However, if you repeatedly cut it in a straight line, you can get a pretty nice butterfly border.  That was the idea I started with.  I wanted to add some of the little butterflies scattered on the card, but I wanted them to be rePink/purple/blue watercolor pieceally colorful, so…

I took a piece of watercolor paper, and pulled out my Zig Real Brush markers. I just love pink, purple and blue together, so I pulled out a handful of those colors and just sort of scribbled them randomly on the paper.  Then I took a wet paintbrush and pushed the color around.  To give it some interest, I dripped some water droplets on it, and soaked up a bit of the color with a paper towel.  And then, I flicked some more color on it.  This is not a new technique – I’ve seen lots of wonderful crafters do this and come out with amazing results.  Mine?  I think “hot mess” might be a better description, LOL.  (Sorry… didn’t think to take a picture before I cut into it, but this gives you an idea.)

It’s really a bit too much, I think, to use as is, but for tiny strips and die cuts, it’s perfect.  (And now I have plenty left to make more little die cuts for other cards!)  However, just a few tiny butterflies was not enough for this card, so I found a flower stamp set, and decided to just stamp a bunch of flowers and leaves.  I wanted to match the colors I had used for that watercolor piece, so the obvious thing to do was to use those same markers.  I took the solid flower stamp, scribbled color on the stamp with a marker, and stamped it… and got a surprisingly “fuzzy” impression.  I didn’t use any water, so I was really surprised at how this stamped, but I decided to just go with it.  I stamped a bunch more the same way, and then went back in with slightly darker markers and stamped the “outline” images.

Actually, I have a confession to make here.  The flowers were made with a solid and an outline stamp, but the leaves… well, when I got ready to stamp the “outline” image, the stamp was missing.  I looked EVERYWHERE.  (Do you know how hard it is to find a tiny clear stamp?)  Well, after an exhaustive search, I finally admitted defeat, and pulled out a thin-tipped green marker, and hand-drew the outlines.  They are far from perfect, but that was intentional.  They’re supposed to match the casual look of the flowers.  This was hugely challenging for a perfectionist with OCD, but I think it actually kind of, sort of, maybe worked.  🙂

As for the leaf stamp?  I found it.  Yup – the little stinker showed up right after I finished this card, LOL.

To finish it all up, I die-cut the word “hi” from the watercolor piece, along with a thin, straight strip.  For all of those watercolor pieces, I heat-embossed them with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  I also added a bit of Stardust Stickles to the flowers.  The word and butterflies are popped up with foam adhesive, as is the entire white piece.  It’s actually really sparkly in real life – here’s a better photo of the sparkle:Wildflowers and colorful butterflies card, by Kitty.

 

 

 

 

It’s good to challenge yourself sometimes.  It’s one of the reasons I like joining challenges.  It’s also a wonderful reason to subscribe to a kit.  These flowers were part of an older Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.  Not something I probably would have chosen on my own, but now I’m so glad I have it.  🙂

What about you?  Have you ventured out of your card-making comfort zone?  And did you find KitEndSig2you have skills you never knew you had?  If you have any of these to share, I’d love to see them!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a magical day!

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the best is yet to come

The Best is Yet to Come... on the INSIDE of this card. :-)The best is yet to come… specifically, on the inside of this card. 🙂 I know I’m not the first person to try something like this, but I’m afraid I don’t remember where I got the idea.  And I don’t know if this technique has a name, but I’m calling it the “Wizard of Oz effect”, because… well, you’ll see when you open the card.  😉

The outside of my card is all done with white embossing, and white gel pen, on black cardstock.  There’s a round “window” cut into it, with the view of a panda (who is, naturally, black and white) peaking out, and there are some black leaves behind him as well.  However, when you open the card…The Best is Yet to Come - card by Kitty.

things come to life!  Suddenly, there’s color.  And we find that our panda has a friend.  🙂

I had grand plans for this card, and if I had hours and hours to keep improving it, it would have been amazing.  But in the end, I did accomplish what I set out to do.  I’m not sure how apparent it is, but the plants and flowers design is sort of “continuous” from the outside, to the inside.  On the inside, the leaves just within the “window” are black, but they change to color around the circled area.  I was going for sort of a dramatic “black and white to brilliant technicolor” thing, but I think I could have done better.

This whole card did take a certain amount of thought, and it would have been infinitely harder without my MISTI.  When you carry a design over from one place to another, perfect placement is really important.  And I actually did this twice – from the outside to the inside, and from black to color on that inside piece.

I used masks to create that continuous design, some cut from clear acetate so I could cover up part of the design, but still see it.  If I make another of these, I’ll do a better job of recording the steps.  It wasn’t a quick card – serious patience is required for this technique.

There’s some Wink of Stella glitter on the flowers, and Glossy Accents on the pandas’ eyes, nose and the little bow.  The pandas were stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink, but I added some clear embossing powder and heat-set them for a bolder look.  Here’s more of a close-up of the inside:The Best is Yet to Come - black and white to color, card by Kitty

This was again inspired by the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, called Let’s Go Wild.  This time, I’m hoping to get it posted in time… probably just right under the wire.   They’re featuring Wplus9 products this week, and all of the flowers and leaves are from the Wplus9 Spring Blooms stamp set. The “wild” could be considered the two wild (but cute) pandas.  Or, maybe just the entire design.  It sure felt wild while I was creating it, LOL.

Here’s one more look at the card, from the side:The Best is Yet to Come, card by Kitty.

I know I didn’t do that well of a job explaining this one, but as always, just ask if you have any questions.  Or let me know if you think this deserves a tutorial.  And if you have any ideas for what to write on the inside, I’d love to hear.  I’m still stuck there… Life is better with friends? … You bring color to my life?KitEndSig2

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful, colorful day!

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offset die-cut word card

Offset word die-cut handmade card, by Kitty

This offset die-cut word card originally started out as an entry for Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge… but I futzed with it so much that I missed the cut-off.  So, with the deadline no longer looming, I decided to take my time and get it right.  And while I was at it, I recorded a bit of the process for you.  With this post, I’ll show you some of the other versions I made, and tell you what I did – and didn’t – like about them.

The steps for all of these cards were mostly the same.  Basically, I started by heat-embossing a tiny flower background stamp in white, on a piece of white cardstock.  I then took a few different inks and blended them over the pattern, to create an emboss-resist effect.  Then I die-cut a Big Hello from the middle, layered it up and glued it back in place on a coordinating card base.  A layered flower die-cut with a small Baker’s Twine bow, and a bit of glitter on the die-cut pieces finishes it off.  Here’s the video, showing the different steps:

I actually started with a lighter color pattern, going for a nice, soft pink and purple look:  Hello die-cut card, by Kitty

My original plan had been to create a very subtle look, by gluing the “hello” right back where it came from.  I layered several plain white hello die-cut pieces to give it some dimension, glued the design on top, then glued the raised image back in place.  Despite adding sparkle embossing powder and UTEE to the word, though, I feel that this one was too subtle.  The “hello” is nearly invisible.  (I like the pink, though.  Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’m a bit of a girly girl.  Pink and sparkly stuff just make me happy.)  🙂

So, for my second try, I decided to offset the word, placing it to the right and slightly above the negative space on the card.  This gave the word a bit of a shadow:Kit-OffsetWord-Red

I do like this one. I think the colors came out nicely, and the “shadow” makes the word a little more visible. Here’s a side-view, so you can see some of that dimension: Kit-OffsetWord-RedSide

While I like this one, I decided that, if I layered colored cardstock instead of white, maybe it would produce a more dramatic shadow.  For this next one, the flower and word die-cut pieces are layered with the same cardstock I used for the card base: Hello die-cut word handmade card, by Kitty

While I like the slightly more pronounced shadow, I wasn’t very happy with the colors here.  I think I like it better with a monochrome look, and with a dark-colored base.  That’s how I ended up with my blue card – dark, monochrome color scheme, and the layered pieces are made with the colored same cardstock as the card base.  Here’s a side view: Hello offset die-cut handmade card, by Kitty

And I still think I could make this better.  Maybe some white dash lines around the outside, or more glitter and some Glossy Accents on the die-cuts?  But if I futz any longer, this will never get posted, LOL.  What would you do to make this card better?  I love getting feedback, and I’m happy to answer any questions.  Just leave me a comment, or send me an e-mail.  I promise I’m friendly.  🙂KitEndSig2

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