Monday, February 22, 2010

Pretty in Pink

As you may notice, I often use pink colors on my cards.  This card is one of my favorite techniques.  I first saw it in the NAQG newsletter, but didn't see the detail enough to notice how it was done, or be totally taken by it.  Then, I saw it in person, when we were at a quilling meet in Victoria in October 2008 (That was the best weekend!).   When I got home, I just had to master it. so I played around and practiced to find an easy way to get the look I wanted.  For this card, I used the Victoria embossing folder, which is fitting since I saw it made in Victoria-LOL.

They take a little longer to make but are well worth it! I call them looped teardrops, as I never found a name for them. And, you can fill in the center with a quilled teardrop or leave them empty as in this card below done on light pink faux mulberry background paper.  This one was a Design Team project that I made back in 2008 for the January 2009 Custom Quilling newsletter. This techniques also makes gorgeous butterflies!

This one is bright white on darker pink. It is a simple design of teardrops, marquise and scrolls. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Purple Fringed Flowers...

This card was embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder, which is one of my favorites. The flowers are fringed using the Merlot metallic paper. The leaves are Emerald metallic fringed strips. This card can be used for almost any occasion, but I made it particularily for a sympathy card, although it would make a nice thank you card as well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Now Back To Quilling!

From now on, a lot of my cards are going to feature embossing on the background. I will mostly be using Cuttlebug embossing folders for many of them. These 3, I made in January. I managed to get 2 Christmas cards made. I was hoping to get one made every week, but am already behind. Hopefully I can get caught up...

The birthday card was made for a friend of mine, and everyone at her party just loved it.

I think the embossing adds so much compliment to the quilling without taking away from it. Let me know what you think....

Monday, February 1, 2010

All That Glitters...

Here's a different technique, that I've played might be a little surprised as there is no quilling on these next cards! The technique is simply called Burnished Velvet.

I've played with microfine glitter a few times since last May. This technique is called burnished velvet, and I learned it at Paper Pastimes. A couple of friends graciously let me use their glitter, and double sided tape; as it is something, I unfortunately can't afford to invest in at the moment. Anyways, this is such a neat and creative process!

You take a strip of Sookwang double sided tape (the best double sided tape ever!), and mount it on a strip of cardstock. Then, you punch out shapes, using the tape backing. and place them how you like on the double sided tape. You then pour on your base color of glitter...a little goes such a long way! Then tap is off, and burnish it by rubbing with your finger tips. Next, you remore some of your puched shapes, and add a different color of glitter, tap/brush off, and burnish. Then do again, if you have other shapes. The result is gorgeous, and can only be achieved with microfine glitter, as it is the only one that you can burnish.

So, I made the 2 with the butterflies, and then used peel off leaves for the green one. The Valentine one I just made last week, but am going to add gold cupid punches, as I used ultra fine glitter for them, and they don't show up very well. So having all these glitter strips, I thought I would finally mount them on cardstock. For the embossed butterfly cards I used a Fiskars texture plate in my Big Shot. For the other 2 I used Cuttlebug folders for the embossing.

This is such a creative technique... the designs are endless as to what you can make. I wish the pictures showed them better...

Finally posting some Christmas cards!

Well, Christmas has long come and gone, and here I'm finally posting some cards I got made last November and December. 3 are quilled, and one is a stamped and embossed one, that I made at Paper Pastimes. I loved this one so much that I made about 30 of them to give away this last Christmas! I varied them by using bright white, pearl silver, and ivory as in the card below. We used the snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug, and then the stamps were heat embossed.

These next ones are Quilled window cards. I cut several of these window panels, at a local scrap book store, before they permanently closed down. That was a sad day when they closed, as they had such nice selection of papers, and that wonderful Accucut machine.

These both have a vellum in behind the quilling, with a holly print on them.

This card is my 'usual' style. It was a birthday card for one of my Aunts. I hand embossed the flowers and the oval on it.