How to make a Layered Easter Card

Easter is just around the corner, so I thought I would share, How to make a Layered Easter Card. Since I’m on the Fantabulous Circut Challenge Blog I’ve even thrown in a Cricut Cut too.

How to make a Layered Easter Card

Challenge #298-Easter

Make a project about Easter.

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When I first got my Cricut I wasn’t sure how to use the device. I would have lots of trial and error trying to figure out how to cut using those dials and the keypad on the machine. Now that I have a newer machine the Cricut Explore Air I love using it almost daily.

Items used in How to make a Layered Easter Card
Calico Collage Victorian Easter Digital Download – FREE
Cricut Explore Air Premium Bundle
Gypsy Font Cartridge – Egg Flourish
Brutus Monroe Easter Blessings (this is a stamp club set)
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven, Aubergine
Circle punch, 1 inch, 1.25 inch, 1.50 inch (here is a Nesting Circle set for many sizes I found on Amazon)
Ranger Blending tool
CUTTLEBUG 5X7 EMBOSS-OXFORD Embossing Folder
Darice Embossing Folder, 4.25 by 5.75-Inch, Brick Wall
3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount
PURPLE 1mm Bugtail Satin Cord Shamballa Macrame Beading Nylon Kumihimo String (210ft Spool)
Stamp Block Set
Stick On Pearls
A2 Greeting card
White cardstock cut just shy of 4.25 in. x 5.50 in., Mat for Rabbit image
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pearl

Now that I have Cricut Design Space it allows me the ability to customize images to my needs. For today’s project, I pulled the Egg Flourish from the Gypsy Font cartridge into Design Space.

Once I had the image in Design space I then spent a few minutes removing the Egg as I didn’t want that part of the cut I wanted the mat. I then sized the cut to fit on a A2 greeting card and cut on two different shades of purple cardstock.

Using my  Vagabond I made a sandwich with the Darice Embossing Folder, 4.25 by 5.75-Inch, Brick Wall and the light purple cardstock. I also made a sandwich with the CUTTLEBUG 5X7 EMBOSS-OXFORD Embossing Folder and white cardstock.

On both of the newly textured papers I used the Ranger blending tool and Brutus Monroe Aubergine ink to bring out the texture.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pearl was sprayed over both of the textured pieces. Set aside to dry. (Tip store your Glimmer Mist on it’s side and then it is easier to shake the glimmer into the liquid)

Print the Calico Collage Victorian Easter Digital Download – FREE and cut out the large rabbit image, mat with white cardstock. Next layer on the purple mat.

Stamp the Brutus Monroe Easter Blessings on a scrap of white cardstock and punch with one inch punch. Punch a 1.25 of purple to mat.

Select the round bunny image from the Calico Collage Victorian Easter Digital Download – FREE, punch a purple mat using the 1.5 punch.

Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere the purple mat with the large bunny image to the White basket weave card topper.

Wrap PURPLE 1mm Bugtail Satin Cord Shamballa Macrame Beading Nylon Kumihimo String (210ft Spool) around the lower portion of the card. Adhere to A2 card.

Adhere Circle Bunny and Easter Blessings using Pop Dots. Add a bow and place the Stick On Pearls around the edge of the purple mat.

How to make a Layered Easter Card

Enjoy the card!

Here is a video showing How to make a Layered Easter Card

Come along and join in the fun on the Fantabulous Circut Challenge Blog since now you know How to make a Layered Easter Card. You could win the prize! Just enter a project that the theme is Easter and uses at least one Cricut cut image. That’s it! Super simple!

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How to make a Layered Easter Card

Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made

So yesterday was a busy day. I have a Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made. Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday, May 14, I thought I should get busy and make a few cards.

For these cards I decided to use some papers I had in my stash. You know the ones, those that got purchased for some reason or another. Or in my case there was a huge stack of papers given to me.

Thumbing through the papers I found a couple of scrapbook papers that I thought would be beautiful backgrounds.

Once the background papers were selected I think started looking through the other papers and bits. I have 12 in. x 12 in. scrapbook folders that hold scraps of paper. Having these folders helped in the making of all of these cards.

One of my friends came over to craft with me and she let me borrow a really pretty die set. I’m so glad that she came over. I’ve been using these dies like crazy. lol

Here are the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made in this card making session.

The first card features Brutus Monroe – Bunny Kisses set. This was stamped with Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven. I also used embroidery floss to tie to the card. A little sparkle was added using Tulip Glitter Glue. The flowers are from Prima.

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

The first card I used the sketch from Paper Play Sketches #38

Current Sketch:

It was fun to have a challenge while making this card. It gave me ideas on how to use up small bits of paper I have had for a while now. I was also able to use a couple of embossing folders to get added texture to this card.
Since I got the card finished I do plan to enter it in the challenge. Who knows maybe someone will like seeing it and be inspired.
The other card designs I didn’t use a sketch I just decided to make what felt good to me. Another friend gave me a large stack of white paper doilies. So I’ve been trying to use these when possible.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
Love the background paper from K&Co. I think this one turned out so pretty.
This butterfly card I thought was perfect for the Color Challenge at Paper Play Sketches and Color Challenges.

This week’s Color Challenge

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
When I saw this butterfly paper I knew I had to use the butterfly die on the card too.
Here is the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made all spread out on my table.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
 A closer look at all of the cards
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

Interested in purchasing the finished cards I make? I offer many of my cards in my store. The cards a usually blank inside and come with a matching envelope. The cards I make are A2 size or 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. If you are wanting a greeting on the inside feel free to email me to discuss details or to connect with me via my Facebook page.

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Cricut Beautiful Shaker Card

Today I’m sharing a Cricut Beautiful Shaker Card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge # 295 Sequins or other Embellishments. Sponsored by SpieglMom. Projects are to have at least one Cricut cut and Sequins or other embellishments.

For my project, I decided to make a shaker card using the Yellow Frame from the Stand & Salute Cartridge.

Cricut Beautiful Shaker Card

Cut pink texture card stock at 3.25 in wide. Use the cut image to then cut a window out of a piece of fun foam. Cut a piece of white cardstock the same size as the top, this will be the back.

I find that cutting a back the same size as the front makes putting a shaker card together much easier.

White card stock cut at 4 in x 5.25 was used for the background. The Tim Holtz stencil and Texture paste was used. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colors: Party Pin and Cranberry Zing colored the background. Rouge Chalk in from Brutus Monroe was used around the edges of the A2 Greeting card.

On the back piece of the shaker card stamp the Botanical Background stamp from Brutus Monroe with Embossing Ink. Then spray with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Party Pink and Turquoise Blue.

Stamp the Botanical Background stamp on the pink shaker card front with Rouge Chalk ink from Brutus Monroe.

Cricut Beautiful Shaker Card

On a scrap of white card stock stamp the word Beautiful from the Beautiful stamp set from Brutus Monroe with Embossing ink, emboss with black powder. Use distress blending tool to add Rouge chalk ink to the edge after trimming down and rounding the corners of this piece.

Assemble the shaker card by attaching the fun foam to the Botanical background. Fill shaker card with sequins, butterfly sequins, and hole-less beads. Place shaker card top with acetate over fun foam.

Add 3D dots to the back of Beautiful sentiment and attach to lower right corner of the card.

What are your thoughts on this Cricut Beautiful Shaker Card? I love how a shaker card makes me feel. It is like a grown up toy. Have fun making one yourself.

Make sure you check out the other projects over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and enter to win the prize offered this week.

Here is a video of how to make this card.

To purchase this card click here.

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Shared this project on the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Blog: Y for You Choose
CARDZ TV Anything goes Designers Challenge #3
Naughty or Nice Challenges

Bubble Background & Embossing ATC

Sharing a Bubble Background & Embossing ATC (Artist Trading Card) from the Maremi’s Creative Cafe #52cafecards Challenge. I joined the Creative Cafe just over a month ago and have loved very minute I’ve been in the Facebook group. There are so many talented people in this group. Go and join now, you won’t be disappointed.

Marta has begun a challenge. #52CafeCards. A weekly challenge where a word prompt is given based on the alphabet that we are allowed to interpret into an Artist Trading Card.

Since this weeks prompt is Bubbles I decided to try a technique I saw on the internet a while back. Fill a bowl with water and dish soap. Blow bubbles and then spritz with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Rake your paper, or in this case the ATC through the bubbles to pick up the color. Simple enough.

Items used for Bubble Background & Embossing ATC:
Diamonds Stamp set
Sterling Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
Detail Ink Raven
Aubergine Chalk Ink
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist, Party Pink, Pop Rocks, Turquoise Blue
White card stock
Purple card stock cut to 2.5 in. x 3.5 in.
Pink tread
white glue
Heat tool
Bowl
Water
teaspoon of liquid dish soap
Long Straw – I used a bendy straw so that I knew which end to put in the water vs my mouth.

Here is a video of how I made the ATC.

My suggestions, Use a large bowl and use one teaspoon or more of liquid dish soap. Blow lots of bubbles. Heck if you have a kid, have them blow the bubbles for you. lol The more bubbles the better. When the spray hits the bubbles they tend to pop. So the more layers of bubbles you have the better.

Fun technique. I’ll try this again. I may even hook up a small air pump from a fish tank to make the bubbles for me! Wish I would have thought of that before my video! lol

Hope this gave you another great idea of how to make a fun ATC. Using Bubble Background & Embossing ATC sure looks good to me!

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Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

Today’s post is Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge. This challenge comes from the blog 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The challenge this week is Embossing – dry or heat.

Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

For this project I decided to use a Snow flake stamp from PSX E-1953 as the focal image. The Merry Merry Christmas stamp is from Annette Allen Watkins C628. Embossing folders were used to give texture to the paper, these were from Cuttlebug and The Paper Studio. The silver and the holographic embossing powder are from Ranger. Used versaMark stamp pad as my embossing ink. Stickles are a great way to add glitter dots and that is what I used on the Holly Leaves on the embossed paper. It was an accident that I found the crystal snowflake charms at Hobby Lobby – Christmas by Bead Treasures. I got a ton for less than $6.00. I’ll have these snowflakes for years, or until I get on the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown design team. lol

Walking down the craft paint isle gets me into trouble. I usually try to avoid that isle because if the paint is on sale I will load up on way too many! How can you resist this paint? It’s usually less than a $1.00 and these come in so many colors! For this card I used Americana Holly Green craft paint. It was the perfect color for the holly leaves.

Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

The top note die from StampinUp! was used for one of the layers. I really like this die and have used it a lot in the years that I have had it in my stash of tools.  I’m so thankful that I found the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine on clearance at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks ago. This machine is getting a workout and was well worth the $90 I spent!

What I like about this card is that the top blue layer could be made over and over and used as a ATC or a gift tag.

There is a video of the card making below:


I hope you liked this card Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge. Make sure that you will hop over to the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown and check out all of the other beautiful cards.

Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

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Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Today’s post is Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Because I’m making cards in the hope that I get selected for next years 2017 52 Christmas Card Throwdown design team.

 

The goal of this project was to use a select color palette. Grey, soft blue and soft green.

 

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I decided for this challenge: Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I would use the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holiday set and the Brutus Monroe Holiday Sentiments. Other items I used, Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling as well as the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays Tattered Angels grey Shimmer Spray as well as some bling, to make this card.

What I found ironic was I had just completed my project for my next blog post for Brutus Monroe the night before and when I went to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown website and saw that the colors were the same as I had already been using, I knew this would be a piece of cake! lol

For this project I wanted to make the card stand out from the rest. Using layers and embellishments I think I took this card up a notch. The card isn’t complicated, but it does take a little bit of time to put it together.

Started with stamping the image and embossing. My go to paper is Accent Opaque digital 100 pound in white. This cardstock is heavy and makes great card foundations as well for elements.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Colored the image with the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays. Used a paint palette, just spray a couple of times. A simple small paint brush helps get into those small details. The embossed lines help keep the color inside the lines. What is nice about using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays in this way, is they dry fast.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Cut out the poinsettias and then went around the edges with a grey marvey marker so that the edge would have a finished look. Many times I forget this step. It’s a great way to make your cards look more polished.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Knowing that I wanted more grey I substituted the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling and applied a nice coat to a piece of paper. Make sure you put the lid back on your embossing powder before you heat set. The powder will fly everywhere and leave a big mess. Trust me I know from experience!

Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling

 

To make an element to add to the card I used a Punch Bunch fern shape. Here is a tip for you. If your punch isn’t working correctly try punching aluminum foil. Punching through the aluminium foil helps sharpen the cutter.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Here is a close up of one of the finished flowers. Love how the little rhinestones shine and sparkle.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

The finished card with all the supplies. Doesn’t this look beautiful on the silver tray?

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I did create a video of the whole process so you can watch how the card was made.

 

Even if I don’t make it on the design team I think I’ll keep the site book marked so that I can use the design prompts to help me in designing cards in the future. It is fun making cards for the Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Have you used a website for inspiration? Do you have a favorite site that you like to visit? Please feel free to share it with me.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
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Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

It’s Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe. Just a little bit early for Christmas I know, but the new stamps have been released! Too exited to wait, I had to use them and share my creation with everyone.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

This project is also part of a challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Here is the Sketch that we are to use as the inspiration.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

The challenge was an easy one for me, I had fun pulling supplies to make the card. It took less than 30 minutes to make the card. I can see myself making more of these as Christmas cards to give out to friends and family. Now that I have a design laid out I know that it won’t take that long if I do an assembly line. Sometimes that is the key to making cards in mass quantities. You must first make one to see how you like the layout and then you can decide what to change for the rest of the cards.

This card began with me stamping the deer on white cardstock and then coloring with watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils give such a wonderful effect to projects, I love how they look and how easy these are to use. Once I had the deer colored I then cut it out and set it aside. Next I pulled out a tree that I cut with my Sizzix out of chipboard. Acrylic paint was used to give my tree a beautiful green color and then to give it a nice green glow I used the Sage color from the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays and a green from Tattered Angels. This was set aside to dry.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

Embossing folders are so much fun! The Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder was used to give my background texture. Sidewalk from Brutus Monroe’s Mini Chalk Ink Pad Collection: Winter was used to give more depth to the background. I also used my own recipe of glimmer mist: PearlEx, water and floor polish to give a pretty sparkle.

Once the tree had dried I went back and embossed a few snowflakes with Embossing Ink Mini in the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling, both from Brutus Monroe.

Last, I stamped the saying: Happy Holidays with Stazon ink and cut it into a pennant. All of the components were ready, so it was time to put the card together!

Here is a video of the whole process.

Are you ready for a 52 Christmas Card Throwdown? Or even a Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe? Well to help me get into the mood I put on some Christmas music, that helped a lot! I hope that you enjoy my card and that you go check out the others that have been featured over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and of course check out Brutus Monroe’s website for all the wonderful samples.

Happy Early Holidays!

~Linda

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe