"The snow melts on the road
between friends' homes"
...and when you pull the card out of the pocket,
there's a snowy sky:
The sky is stitched with little embroidery knot snow.
i'm knot crazy! ;o)
1...Cuttlebug Challenge (Wednesday Inspiration #42: gatefold & digital)
2...Copics on white embossed image (with Digital/Stamped images)
This was for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog
Here's the challenge link
(#42 Gatefold for Friendship week)
- Digital Frame from Mlammare designs....
- printed from computer onto...
- Bronze Stardream cardstock from Paper Temptress...
- ...embossed with white embossing powder & heat gun...
- ...coloured with Copic markers
- exacto knife/hobby blade
Step 1} Print & Emboss the frame. The metallic cardstock I used (Bronze Stardream cardstock from Paper Temptress) lets you emboss right out of the printer & white embossing powder shows up on the dark cardstock. It's like magic! giggle-giggle.
You could also emboss in silver or other colours, of course. I didn't worry about the dots of white embossing, since I knew I was cutting them away, but you could use an embossing buddy, if you're not lazy like me. :O)
Step 2} Colour the embossing with Copic markers (other alcohol markers might work too.)
--> Colour goes on surprisingly quickly (but avoid overworking so it doesn't muddy.) This might sound intricate, but it's super speedy. I'm just trying to share everything I can think of with ya...
--> Use your finger for speedy blending: smudge the copic marker with your finger right after applying a stroke of it. The ink will blend slightly and stay in nooks & crannies for a nice texture & softer lines.
--> Layer colours for shadows: Three turquoise shades were used on this to get shadows in the white embossing. To get shadows of the frame, I used a Dark Bark Copic right onto the bronze cardstock.
--> Please see the "disclaimer" below for ideas on how to preserve your Copic marker tips with this technique. :O)
Step 3} Cut the frame out. Use an exacto knife or hobby blade to cut the middle, if you like.
Step 4} Pierce it around the inside of the frame
Step 5} Bead it (if you like)
-->Avoid colourless blender: It will smudge & muddy your white embossing powder. To pull colour or blend I use a lighter version of the colour I've applied (like a Frost Blue BOO to remove an Aqua BG15)
-->White embossing powder may come off on your Copic marker: To avoid wrecking your tips, you can use the chisel side (or broad tip) of the marker (which I hear many people never use anyhow.) :O)
-->My favourite alternative: If you have refills for your Copics, you can paint them right onto the embossing with a paint brush. I only have one refill--so far, hehehe.
- Stamps (Winter Neighborhood)
- A q-tip (cotton swab or cotton ball)
- Adhesive (I like Crystal Lacquer)
- Sakura Quickie glue pen
Step 1} Stamp & colour a scene. This is Winter Neighborhood, by Eat Cake Graphics, from Paper Garden Projects. It's embossed with Chocolate Chip craft ink & clear embossing powder.
Step 2} Add cotton & glitter:
A) rip the top of a Q-tip or cotton swab (or use a cotton ball) glue it onto the areas where you'd like snow. I used Crystal Lacquer for this.
B) sprinkle with glitter.
This is basically two simple gatefold cards an outside one (white) and an inside one (blue) In other words, the blue one acts as a liner for the white one.) Lining it lets you stitch both of the parts & hide all the mess easily.
- Neenah White cardstock (outside gatefold)
- Soft Sky cardstock (inside gatefold)
- BasicGrey Marrakech 6x6 pack (patterned paper)
- Blue & white embroidery thread & needle
- Paper piercer
- Double-sided tape
- Crochet lace trim
- Copic markers
- Computer generated sentiment
- Snow Dots embossing folder
- Floral Fantasy embossing folder
To make the white outside gatefold card:
A) Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 11 by 5-1/2
B) Score it at the 2 6/8 inch mark and the 8 2/8 inch mark & fold flaps in
C) Emboss each flap with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (this is Snow Dots)
D) Pierce along the outside of the 2 flaps & stitch it if you like
Since it's going to be lined you could add ribbon or other trim to the flaps:
I cut crochet trim in half & adhered it to the edges.
Create a second gatefold to line the white one (scoring at the same spots--at the 2 6/8 inch mark and the 8 2/8 inch mark--and then dry fitting to see if it needs scoring again just beside your first score marks.)
Cut some patterned cardstock for the sky & sides. (The sky was cut with the cloud shape at the top & stitched with those embroidery thread knots for snow.)
The pocket was made by...
A) ...stamping the Winter Neighborhood on Neenah white & colouring it
B) ...cutting it out with a cloud shape at the top
C) ...adding some snow embroidery knots,
D) ...putting some quickie glue and glitter to the roofs etc.
E) ...sticking some lace on the bottom & stitching.
The sentiment was...
A) ...printed the sentiment off the computer & cut up the words
B) ...stuck the words on some white paper & cut them out again (to make white frames)
C) ...stuck them on a card (with patterned paper & a curvy embossed white topper) (curvy template here)
D) ...stitched a bit (stitches on the curvy bit & at the top of the words)
E) ...backed it all with a plain piece of cardstock for writing on...
To make the belly-band, I did this stuff:
A) Cut two strips of cardstock: the first measuring 2-2/8 x 11 inches (to fold around the card) and the second measuring 2-2/8 x 5-3/8 inches and as a panel on the front.
B) Scored the belly band at at the 2 6/8 inch mark and the 8 2/8 inch mark and again about 1/8 of an inch to the left & right of that-(makes room for the layers of the card) :O)
C) Cut a piece of BasicGrey Marrakech patterned paper to measure 2-2/8 x 5-3/8 inches, distressed the edges with a Dark Bark Copic marker, & adhered it to the front panel.
D) Adhered the image under the embossed frame & stuck it to the front of the belly-band.
E) Slid the belly band on over the finished card:
Hope all this chit chat had something useful for Ya! :O)