diagonal stripes, with video!

2016-1-20 pastelsHi!  I’ve got some diagonal stripes for you today.  (Such a boring name… any ideas?)  Yet again, I’ve been inspired by the amazing Jennifer McGuire.  She made this awesome card using some stripe stamps and different colored inks.  Of course, I had to see if I could come up with a more difficult version, LOL.  I used a single background stamp and colored cardstock.

I actually managed to film a rather sloppy tutorial.  I’m finding that my best work happens when I’m *not* on camera, LOL… but this will give you an idea.  Maybe someday, when I’m a real card-making superstar, I’ll put together a “bloopers” real.  I will have PLENTY of material.  😉

The fun thing about this card is that, while it takes  a little bit of effort to create, you end up with more than one card when you’re done.  From the design above, I created three cards.  Here’s the same technique, but in “portrait” mode:

2016-1-20 pastels2The video explains this better, but for a brief description… I chose three colors of cardstock, cut out three pieces all 5-1/4″ x 4″, one from each color.  Using white pigment ink, I stamped the same background image on all three.  I then sliced all three into 5 pieces, and then assembled them on my card-base, mixing up the colors.

For a slightly different look, you can slice a bit off of each side of those strips, and attach them to the card-base with a bit of space between the pieces.  It takes a bit more work – I’m still trying to discover the “trick” that will make this easier. You can also try this with all sorts of colors.  Here’s one with just shades of pink:

2016-1-20 pinksHere’s a “bright” version, using five colors, instead of three:

2016-1-20 brightsFor most of these cards, I just printed (or embossed) a sentiment on a separate piece of paper, cut it to size, and attached it with foam adhesive.  You can also leave one of the diagonal stripes off the card and stamp your sentiment directly on the card-base as I did on this orange version.  (I’m not very happy with this color combination, but it is very different.)2016-1-20 orange Hopefully, this will spark some ideas.  If it does, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

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easy three…

2016-1-18 teal card

Happy New Year!  Today’s card is a basic one, just a variation of a design I’ve made before (in fact, it was the first card I posted for the last new year).  I’m calling it my “easy three” – three matching, embellished squares on a simple background.  It’s nothing new, but I’m a little rusty and just needed to start back up with an old favorite. I’ll be back soon with something a bit more… different.  🙂

I used some leftover bits of patterned “Watercolor” paper and die-cut three postage stamp squares.  A few tiny die-cuts were attached to each, and the squares were mounted onto a dry-embossed piece of white cardstock with foam adhesive.  I die-cut the sentiment, and added three enamel dots.  I rounded one corner, and added it to a standard, top-folding, A2-size card-base.

I think this works because I stuck with a small color palette, and three matching embellished squares.  Three of anything is pleasing to the eye (or so I’ve heard).  This is a super-easy, very customizable design.  You could make this in portrait (as I did today), or landscape (as I did on this one)… use three standard squares, or circles, or any matching shape… any color combination you like… any embossing folder… or matching patterned paper… and any sentiment, for any occasion.

Stay tuned for a new video tutorial soon!  While I don’t make “resolutions”, I always like to have goals I’m working towards.  Right now, more videos, and better photos, are on my list.  How about you?

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

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