230 posts categorized "Anne"

06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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06/12/2017

Mon 12

Chantilly Butterfly Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week!

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On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock and once from Scor-Tape. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly once from the same yellow cardstock. I carefully peeled off the Scor-Tape backing from the Chantilly Butterfly Background and aligned it with the Chantilly Butterfly, exposing tape in all the little butterfly segments that I then filled in with different glitters. Next I peeled off the other protective layer on the back of the glittered butterfly, placed the righthand wing adhesive side down onto the front of the notecard. Then I cut one half of the butterfly from the yellow cardstock Chantilly Butterfly background and adhered it on the left side of the butterfly, bending that wing up off the card front. I stamped "TODAY IS A beautiful day" from the BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209 in the center of the Leafy Ring with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I found some lime green gems in a variety of sizes and added some to the butterfly center and some on the notecard.

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The second card is similar only this time I used a circle die along with the Leafy Ring and cut them from purple cardstock at the same time and cut another circle from key lime distressed dots paper for underneath. I made the butterfly in the same manner, except I used purple cardstock on the back of the entire glittered butterfly and used glue dots in its center to secure it to the Leafy Ring so I could bend up its wings. I used another sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and pink gem stones to finish this one.

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The third card is just a little bit different. This time I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Collage into the front of a white notecard. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background from Scor-Tape, peeled off one layer of protective paper and adhered it behind the butterfly, exposing glue under the little parts of the wings so I could glitter it up. I cut another Chantilly Butterfly Background from white cardstock, peeled off the protective layer under the glitter, and stuck it on. Then I inset the Leafy Ring cut again from purple cardstock along with a circle die and with a key lime distressed dots circle underneath the opening made by the Chantilly Butterfly Collage. I used another piece of cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 on the inside of the notecard to secure everything in place. I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and gemstones in two shades of pink to finish the card.

These cards were so much fun to make!  I love this technique for adding glitter that stays where you put it.  You can watch Dave's video here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2017/03/glitter-inlay-technique.html

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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06/05/2017

Mon 05

Pinpoint Circle Frame and Pinpoint Double Frame Happy Birthday Cards by Anne Thompson

In keeping with this month's challenge, I made two birthday cards to share today.  For one I used the PINPOINT CIRCLE FRAME 99760 and for the other I used the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765, each cut into the front of a green notecard.  On both cards I chose the PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 as the sentiment which I cut from black cardstock.

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Let's look at the Pinpoint Double Frame Card first.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Double Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center rectangle which popped out.  Using two dies from the Rectangle Layers set 30086, I cut two rectangles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out rectangle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger rectangle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green rectangle and the smaller leafy rectangle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front. 

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On a scrap of white cardstock, I stamped the small flowery heart from the So Many Things to Love stamp set CL5196 using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.   I colored it in using Memento pens--Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Pistachio, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, and Lady Bug.  I cut it out carefully and popped it on the card front using dimensional foam tape.  A black sparkly gem dotted the i.

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Now let's look at the Pinpoint Circle Frame card.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Circle Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center circle which popped out.  Using the two dies from the Studio Circle Layers set 30016, I cut two circles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out circle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger circle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green circle and the smaller leafy circle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front.  The next step was to die cut the Perky Happy Birthday from black cardstock and the Petite Flower Bunch 99654 from both dark green and gold cardstocks.  I snipped off the gold flowers and glue-dotted them on top of the green ones in the bouquet.  I then used a glue pen to add the Happy Birthday sentiment to the front of the card at a bit of an angle below the circle frame.  I secured the flowers using more glue dots.  Adding a yellow gingham bow and some tiny pearls finished off this one.

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Two birthday cards ready for summer celebrations!  I'll be looking for your creations for this month's challenge!!!  Happy Crafting!

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05/15/2017

Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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05/08/2017

Mon 08

Leafy Ring with Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

Good afternoon!  It's the first day of our Blog Blitz here at Outside the Box.  Scroll down to see Laura's post from this morning.  It's just the beginning of a week full of goodness!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest dies and stamps from the just-released May 2017 collection!  

From where I sit at my computer I can see our lilac bushes just beginning to leaf out and sprout buds.  So I just had to use the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and the SPRING LILACS Die Set 32199 for this post.  Because I chose to use the smaller blossom clusters, I featured the LEAFY RING  Die 99780 in my card designs.

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Once I got started I couldn't stop!  Here are the dies I used.

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I used two of the circles from the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS set30016, one that the leafy ring fit tightly inside of and the next largest circle.  The three smaller dies are for the two leaf shapes and the blossom cluster from the Spring Lilacs Die Set.

These are the rest of the supplies:

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Let's look at the purple cards first to see what I did.

Card 1:

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I die cut the Leafy Ring from white cardstock.  I put some purple/white washi tape across the center of the Leafy Ring, then cut a larger dark green circle which I adhered under the Leafy Ring.  The next step was to die cut the small Spring Lilac blossoms bunch twice from light purple cardstock and stamp the blossoms in Archival Ink Deep Purple before cutting the two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set from the same dark green cardstock and stamping the leaf patterns with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used a Pear Tart Memento marker to color the flower centers.  I used Glue Dots to hold the bunch together (two flower clusters, two leaves) and used foam dots to adhere it to the Leafy Ring.  I stamped "Happy Spring" from the Spring Lilacs stamp set using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I added a simply knotted purple/white ribbon to complete the card.

Card 2:

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I began by stamping the individual lilac blossoms (I grouped them on one clear block and kept rotating them as I stamped) from the Spring Lilacs stamp set onto the card front using the Archival Deep Purple ink and colored the flower centers with the Pear Tart marker.  I lined up the Leafy Ring and the larger circle as shown in the photo above to cut that shape from white cardstock.  I cut dark green cardstock with the smaller circle and adhered it underneath the Leafy Ring.  I used the same process as on the first card to create the flower bunch from lighter purple cardstock, adding the green leaves and popping it up from the ring's center.

Then I made two different green cards.

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Here I cut the Leafy Ring from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and backed it with a lighter green cardstock.  I cut the flower blossoms from white cardstock and colored them using a Pear Tart memento marker for the centers and layers of a Lulu Lavender Memento marker for the flowers.  (This month's Challenge is using markers.  Have you posted your project yet?)  I used four clusters of flowers and two leaves for the center bouquet.  And I found a piece of lime green twine to tie around the card in a bow.

The last card:

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The only real difference here was placing the Leafy Ring directly on top of a Meadow notecard using foam dots.  I did use a more olive-y green for the leaves and stamped the outline with Hero Arts Forever Green ink.  And I used two shades of purple cardstock for the flower bunches.   I thought I was finished until I found the cute little bow to add.

Remember to leave comments for me about this post and on all of the others from the Design Team this week.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday May 14th to post your comments for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets or one of the new dies.  Someone who comments on this post will win the Leafy Ring die!

Happy Crafting!

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05/02/2017

Tue 02

Tags are IT!
by Anne Thompson

Tags are IT!  I LOVE tags.  I try to keep a bunch of them on hand in a basket near the gift bags and gift wrap.  This time of the year--May and June--I seem to need a tag for something quite often.  Between May baskets, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day, and more I seem to be always wrapping up a present or sending off some little trinket or basket of pansies somewhere.  In straightening up things in my crafting area recently I found a couple packages of tags I'd picked up on sale after the holidays--some larger green ones and some smaller ones in weird mid-tone pastel colors.  So one afternoon I got out some nice white cardstock (I like  Neenah Solar White) and a stack of dies from the spring Memory Box release.

And this is what happened:

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 The smaller tags, 1 3/4 X 3 1/4, were the perfect size for many of the ocean-themed dies.  

  • BEACHFRONT GULLS 99724
  • ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730
  • OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736
  • CHEERFUL CRABS 99722


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I also used the same sized tags with the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710.

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The larger bright green tags, 2 1/2 X 5, were perfect for a variety of the left corner dies.

  • DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER 99659
  • TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673
  • LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688

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I made one more large tag using the BIRDHOUSE TRIO 99599.

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By using white cardstock for the images, I can use a patterned wrapping paper or gift bag that coordinates with the tag color and add either a white or colored ribbon to attach the tag.  I love the crisp white against the tag colors.  And there's room to add a name or a tiny sentiment stamped on either the front or back of each tag.  You, too, can create dozens of tags in very little time! 

Happy crafting!

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04/17/2017

Mon 17

Studio Hexagon Layers Tags with Large Antilles Floral Left Corners
by Anne Thompson

I continued my experimenting this last week using the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 and the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610.  I decided to make some tags that also work for this month's blog challenge #23 Celebrating Mom.  

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I began with a stack of notecards in a variety of colors and the largest die in the Studio Hexagon Layers set.  I placed one edge of the die just a tiny bit above the fold line on the A2 notecard and ran it through my die cutting machine.

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I then took the hexagon that was just a little bit smaller and cut it from a variety of plain cardstocks and printed papers.  I cut a few more hexagons using the next sized die from the set.  Then I layered up the hexagon papers onto the hexagon cards, some with just one layer and some with two.

I cut a bunch of the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from various greens, blues, purples, and yellows.  I placed the green ones in the center of each card and cut the blooms from the others to add on top of the green blossoms.  I then added pearls or gems to the flower centers and as accents on the card front before tying on a ribbon.  Here's another look at the finished cards.  I really like how the tallest flower pops above the fold and the ribbon gives it a bit more stability.

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I think this card is my favorite because I lined up the layers in kind of a wonky way.

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Now I have tags or gift box enclosure cards for Mother's Day presents all done!  Just need to add a little note inside.

Happy Crafting!

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04/10/2017

Mon 10

Dazzling Dragonfly Hovers Near the Lavender Stems Left Corner on Studio Hexagon Layers
by AnneThompson

Today's cards were the result of a happy accident when I was going through my shape dies for layering and I wondered if the LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688 would fit on any of the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073.  As you can see from this first card, I got just the result I was hoping for!

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I die cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner and a larger hexagon from dark green cardstock.  I cut a smaller hexagon from white cardstock.   I used a glue pen to adhere the Lavender Stem Left Corner to that white hexagon, lining up the bottom of the lavender piece with one edge of the hexagon.  That gave me a straight line then on the left from the lower to upper corners of the white hexagon.  Perfect!  For the next step I cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner again from a purple cardstock, snipped off the flowers, and used a glue pen to layer them on top of the green blossoms.  I then adhered this to the front of a top-folded lighter purple notecard.  I cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY 99688 twice, once from black cardstock and once from silver cardstock.  Again I used the glue pen to attach the dragonfly pieces to the notecard.  I added a few small sparkly purple gems to finish it up.

Here's a look at the dies I used.  You'll see that I chose three of the Studio Hexagon Layers dies (from the set of nine) and I cut multiple papers and mixed and matched to get the result I wanted for each of the three cards I made.

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For the second card, I chose to use my favorite Key Lime dot paper, a standard A2 Lettuce notecard, and some green dot stickers.

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Then I got out my watercolors and some watercolor paper cut in hexagons and started playing with backgrounds for the Lavender Stems Left Corner.  For the third card, I chose a green/yellow/blue background cut with the smallest hexagon I had selected, the lavender stems cut from a Meadow notecard, and the largest of the three hexagons cut from a scrap of blue distressed dots paper, all mounted on a white notecard.  And I used leftover bits from the other dragonflies to make a silver one with black wings.  Once I attached the lavender flowers, I added some large purple gems stones for more of that color on the card front. 

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My next task???  I want to see how the other Memory Box corner dies work with a variety of the Studio Hexagon Layers.  

Happy Crafting!

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04/03/2017

Mon 03

Happy Easter Gift Baskets
by Anne Thompson

I've never liked working with glitter until I watched Dave's video on the glitter inlay technique, and now I'm absolutely loving glitter!  Using Scor-Tape with the glitter eliminates the mess I used to make with glue and creates a truly stunning project.  I made several Easter basket cards using this technique for today's post.  Here are the items I assembled for my card-making "eggs-travaganza".

 

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  • Scor-Tape 6X6 sheets
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 for cutting the Scor-Tape
  • GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649, silver and gold metallic papers, light purple cardstock
  • HAPPY EASTER JOURNAL SCRIPT 99660, silver and gold metallic papers
  • CLUTCH OF EGGS 99728 cut from paint chips from the local hardware store
  • PETITE FLOWER BUNCH 99654 cut first from green cardstock and blossoms cut from paint chips
  • WHITE NOTECARDS
  • a variety of fine and extra fine glitters

I started by cutting several ovals from the Scor-Tape.  I die cut the Gift Basket Oval from a light purple cardstock, peeled off the backing of one of the ovals about the same size, and adhered the basket to the exposed tape. I didn't get it exactly even--you can see where some of the purple glitter edges out a tiny bit beyond the oval frame. The next step was to sprinkle on glitter in several colors, rubbing the glitter into the tape with my finger.  I used a Swiffer cloth to wipe off the excess glitter.  Oooh!  So pretty!  I then carefully peeled off the backing behind the glittered basket oval and stuck it to a white notecard, smoothing everything down with my fingers.  I then filled the basket with eggs (I used Glue Dots to stick them on) that I had cut from the paint chips.  I loved using the paint chips for this because of the bright colors and the enameled look of the eggs.  I added the die cut Happy Easter and a bow to finish the card.

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For the second card, I used an oval slightly larger than the Gift Basket Oval and adhered it directly onto a white notecard.  I cut the basket from gold metallic paper and set it onto the exposed tape.  I added glitter to cover all of the exposed tape, more of the paint chip eggs, just the word "Easter" cut from more of the gold paper, and a red bow.  Voila!

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For the third card, I used silver metallic paper for the basket and "Easter".  I used the same procedure as for the first card but made sure to trim off any extra exposed tape beyond the oval frame. This time I added a bouquet of flowers to the basket by cutting the Petite Flower Bunch in green cardstock and then I layered on flowers cut from paint chips.  I added a few eggs outside the basket in the light blue glittered area (hmmm....they don't show in the photo) and tiny pearls in the centers of the flowers.  

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I LOVE these cards!  And I think the people that receive them will love them!  

Having tried the paint chips for the eggs and for the flower bunch, I'm now thinking about creating more bouquets with pretty blossoms.  I'm doing everything I can think of to bring spring, especially after our April Fool's snowstorm on the weekend.  I'm hoping it looks and feels more like spring wherever you are!

Happy Crafting!

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03/20/2017

Mon 20

Seaweed Layers
by Anne Thompson

I've been playing with multi-layered cards this past week and decided to show you what I've done with layering the SEAWEED COLLAGE 99727 and SEAWEED STALKS 99717.  This is the first card I made using three layers of the Seaweed Collage and Seaweed Stalks in shades of green.  I added three of the CHEERFUL CRABS 99722 cut from dark green cardstock on the front of the card and one more large crab on the inside.  And, of course, there's ribbon around the top layer of the card!

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Now I'll show you step by step how I created a second card with even more layers!  For this second card I decided to work in shades of blue.  I cut multiples of both the Seaweed Collage and the Seaweed Stalks from several blue papers.

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With  each of the Seaweed Collages I added the corresponding Seaweed Stalks using Glue Dots to attach those to the back of the Seaweed Collage piece.  Here you can see how I stacked up 5 layers.  

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I then cut around each of the Seaweed Collages leaving an inch or so and connected them with foam dots.

To dress up the card even more and add one more layer, I cut the UNDER THE SEA COLLAGE 99703 from a piece of pale blue cardstock (the same size as an A2 card front) and some dark blue Cheerful Crabs.

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The final step was to line up everything beneath the Under the Sea Collage, sticking the Seaweed Collage layers to the front of a pale blue notecard and adding stacks of foam dots to secure the final top layer to the rest of the card.  

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I learned a few things in this process.  If you look closely at the card above, you'll see that I actually cut the Seaweed Collages down a little too much at the top under the bubbles area.  Another time I would use the die and a pencil to mark the outline of the Under the Sea Collage on each of the pieces I would use for cutting the Seaweed Collages, moving the die just a tad each time so the collages would be a little off center from each other so the layers would show up better.  I also thought I needed another pop of color on the front so I added the three Cheerful Crabs, two small ones on the bottom left and one large one on the bottom right and the other large one on the inside.  And now I can see that one of the pull-off pop-dot coverings is sitting in there among the seaweeds! :-)  Where are my tweezers?! 

I think this card would look great in a deep shadowbox frame.  I love looking at all the layers.  I know I will make more of these with other printed papers and with my own watercolored papers.  Five layers may be a bit much, and certainly three layers without so many pop dots is easier to mail!

Happy Crafting!

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