CMCC#43 – Friendship Has Its Perks

Cards, Challenges

I finally finished my nephew’s 1st birthday party invitations yesterday. To get back into a more creative crafty spirit, I hopped over to the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog to play along with this week’s challenge. This week, the CMCC#43 is to create a project using two shades of purple, a pale pink, and black

I haven’t really used my SSS October Card kit yet, so I started with that for inspiration for my design. Here is my card:

My CMCC#43 Card

My CMCC#43 Card

Because there were so many challenge colours to include in the card, I wanted to incorporate them subtly. Using my Silhouette Portrait, I cut three frame layers in white, aubergine, and violet.

Before assembling the frames to create a mat, I stamped the Friendship has its Perks sentiment (from the kit) in Versa Fine, Onyx Black ink onto the white frame. Using my tape runner, I adhered the frames together and then used ¼” red double sided tape to adhere the clear acetate panel.

Using a piece of white cardstock cut to 4¼ x 5½”, I positioned the wood veneers (also from the kit) and adhered them down with glue dots. Next I sprinkled on some pearly pink sequins and lay down my frame panel (with two layers of foam tape) over top to create a shaker.

To finish the card, I used my tape runner to adhere the shaker panel to a craft cardbase.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Last week I promised you a Star Trek Christmas card. That post is live now, you can check it out here. Have a great week!

julia

 

 

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Make it Snow: Star Trek Christmas

Cards, Holiday Card

I am a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. When I dreamed up of the idea for this card, I thought it was brilliant, but it turns out I am definitely not the first!

In case you aren’t familiar with the show, Captain Picard often gives a command to his crew by saying ‘make it so’. Here is the Christmas card I created:

ZedSquared-MakeItSnow

To create my red inlay panel and black inset letters I started in Silhouette Studio and downloaded a free Star Trek font . I also used Silhouette Studio’s trace feature to create the Combadge logo.

Once the pieces were all cut out, I stamped the snowflakes using stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Deck the Halls set with Versamark ink onto the red panel and then heat embossed with pearly white powder.

While I had the pearly embossing powder out, I used my Zig 2 Way Glue pen along the bottom of the black letters and heat embossed to create a snowy effect. I used a strip of Post-it tape to hold the letters while I embossed them.

I mushed some silver pigment ink onto the front part of the badge and then heat embossed with clear powder to give a little shine. Next, I assembled the badge’s layers with Tombow Mono liquid glue and set it aside to dry while I inset the snowy letters into the red panel.

I applied plenty of tape runner to a piece of scrap paper and then adhered it on the back of the red panel, behind the letter cutouts. It was easy to inset the letters since they pop right into place and onto the sticky paper.

To finish the card, I used a piece of foam tape to pop up the badge on the card’s front and then adhered the whole front to a dark brown A2 cardbase.

I’m happy with how the card turned out. The font and the Picard inspired retro colours give it a real Star Trek feel. Thanks for dropping by!

Live long and prosper,

julia

 

 

CMCC#42 – Merriest Wishes

Cards, Challenges, Holiday Card

I’ve been busy crafting invitations to my nephew’s 1st birthday party, as well as cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I decided to take a break to play along with the challenge over at the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog.

This week, the CMCC#42 was to create a project using teal, light blue, and pale pink.

I decided to create a non-traditional holiday card with this unique colour combo. Here’s my card:

My CMCC#42 Card

My CMCC#42 Card

I started in Silhouette Studio and used some snowflake files from Birds Cards to create my teal background. Once it was cut, I used my Zig 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere my snowflake background to a piece of light blue patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 Peace Love Joy Petite Paper Pack. I used some pale pink ribbon to pull in the pink.

For the sentiment, I stamped Merriest Wishes onto a piece of 40lb Bazzill Vellum with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it using pearl embossing powder. I used a glue dot to adhere the vellum behind the bow.

To finish the card, I used my tape runner to adhere the whole panel to a white cardbase.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for some more non-traditional **cough cough Star Trek** Christmas cards over the next few weeks.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

julia

Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#40

Cards, Holiday Card

I’ve kind of been out of my crafting mojo recently. I feel back in the swing of things this weekend and my first crafty stop was to the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog for a kickstart. This week, The CMCC#40 is to create a project using only neutral colours and coral.

I kept my card very neutral with just a splash of coral. Here’s the card I created:

CMCC40-ZedSquaredCrafts

As I normally do, I started in Silhouette Studio and cut the grey stitched background and the vanilla banner (it has stitching as well but the camera couldn’t pick it up). Using three different snow flake stamps from the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls set, I stamped the snowflakes with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed with a white pearl powder.

I used a piece of heavy weight vanilla cardstock for the card base and then cut a piece of the same cardstock to stamp and colour my sparrows.

I am brand new to colouring with alcohol markers and purchased the Bic Mark-it markers to get my feet wet. These markers are inexpensive and come in 36 colours. Not all of them are very good at blending, but some do a pretty good job and they all have the cutest names! I don’t have a black ink that’s ideal for stamping the images I was going to colour, so I used a black pigment ink and embossed with Super Fine clear. The embossing really helped the ink stay put. The sparrows are stamped from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows set and coloured in with Peach Parfait, and Pink Flamingo markers. For the accessories, I used Cloud Nine Grey, and for the beaks I used Tiki Hut Tan.

To create the branches, I stamped first with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then again with SSS Khaki ink to add some shading and dimension. Both Lawn Fawn sets I’m using come with a branch stamp. To finish the branches I used Glossy Accents, spreading it irregularly to add some ‘branchy’ texture. While I had it out, I added some Glossy Accents to the beaks.

I stamped the sentiment from the Deck the Halls set onto my banner and then used some grey string and three tiny stitches to attach the banner to the grey background. I used a Micro Glue Dot to stick down the other end of the banner and curled the tips to create a little dimension.

To finish the card, I positioned my sparrows on the card base and adhered them down using my tape runner then used foam tape on the grey background and positioned it in place.

There you have it, my first ever attempt at colouring with alcohol markers! I look forward to playing around with these markers in many projects to come!

Thanks for dropping by!

julia