This week I have been busy playing with the embossing folders that Close to My Heart started carrying at the beginning of the year. If you look through my archives you will notice that a lot of my cards have embossing on them. Embossing adds the finishing touch to cards and can lift the card from a plain and boring card to something quite different again. I have a number of different folders which are all good, but the CTMH embossing folders are great as they already have a slot at the end to pass cardstock through, opening up all sorts of different possibilities. It makes it much easier to use different folders on different areas on your cardstock, which is what I have done with the following cards.
I am running low on baby cards so have been using up the last of my Lollydoodle stash as these colours are perfect for baby cards and you can pick up a number of different colours with them. For this card I have used the stripe folder at the bottom and the dot folder for the top on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock . I used the stripe folder first and you get a lovely embossed edge when only partially embossing the cardstock. I then turned the cardstock around and used the spot folder for the top. I have used my ruler to measure `2 1/4 from the edge for the first lot of embossing and then 1 1/2 ” from the edge for the dot embossing folder. There is 3/4″ gap which I have used the dotted Lollydoodle paper as a trim matted with Cotton Candy cardstock. I have used the images available with the Cricut machine for the title. The pram has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and cutting out wedge to create the shape. The purchased this ribbon a couple of months ago with the special packs and I love the colour of this ribbon even though it takes dye very well. I used Liquid Glass for adhering the ribbon, pleating as I went along. I then cut a thin strip of Cotton Candy cardstock to put over the top and then put the Bitty Sparkles on it. The wheels have been cut with an image from the Cricut machine and topped with
For this card I have used the same technique with the stripe and chevron folders. The pin has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and next time I will do it a little smaller. The rattle has been coloured using the new Touch markers that will be coming out next month. More about them later.
This card is elegant in it’s simplicity. I am not sure what sentiment I want to put on the card and I think sometimes it is nice to have a card without anything, so people can put their own thoughts on it. The butterfly has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and finished off with clear sparkles.
Finally, I love this card. I have kept to a very simple colour scheme using the now retiring Twilight cardstock and the Twilight and white spotted Lollydoodle paper. The chevron embossed white cardstock makes a perfect background to the images cut from the Artiste cartridge. This pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 is so wonderful and versatile and is perfect for this design.
Cardstock – Twilight, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, White Daisy, Slate
Paper – Lollydoodle
Stamps – B is For Baby
Embossing Folders – Stripe, Chevron, Dot
Cricut cartridges – Artiste and Art Philosophy
Sparkles – Bitty and Clear Sparkles
Ribbon – dye ready (NLA)
ShinHan Twin Touch markers – Marigold, Cheery Pink Peacock Green, Tender Pink, Leaf Green
Durables – round antiqued gold
This Lollydoodle paper and Twilight cardstock is only available until the end of the month and if you would like to purchase some you only have 4 days left to order some here.
Just a quick note about embossing CTMH cardstock. There is a grain with the card and it is best to go with the grain for embossing. For further information about this please visit the YouTube channel here.
I have another project that I have been working on and hope I can finish it in the next day or so and share it on here. I just have some logistics to sort out first and need daylight to finish it.
I will not be doing the Australasian SOTM blog hop this month, but I am hoping that I can join another blog hop showcasing the wonderful new products coming in the new Annual Inspirations book starting on the 1st August.
I hope you have a good week.