Card Captain Day 4 – Technique Day

Hello there,

I’m back with Day 4 of being Card Captain.  Sorry it’s a little later than intended, however, as you know life tends to spoil plans when you least expect it.

Thursday’s card is a digital compilation of a couple of photos, one a landscape orientation and the other portrait orientation.  Both of sunsets in Cooma and I think even in different years but both around June, which is winter for us.

I simply could not resist the colours, so when I was “rummaging” in my computer files to find a technique and found these, I thought doing a digital card with these photos would be a great idea.  But how to overcome the fact they are different orientation.  Then I remembered that I also had to include a Michael Strong Stamp so it could not be completely digital, and of course a flower was the perfect choice because it would cover the “empty” space between the photos.

Step by step (as best as I can):

    1. Pick two photos that complement each other – one landscape and one portrait orientation
    2. Open your application – in my case Microsoft Publisher – copy and paste the photos, you will need to resize as you go depending on the sizes of your photos and where you wish to use the finished image, and place them beside each other, and yes, you will be making one image out of the two photos.
    3. To work with the images as one you will want to join them as I did, once you have the arrangement you want them in and making sure you have the correct size you want for your card (when you have the 2 photos together) you need to group them.
    4. Just click on one, and holding the shift key down, click each of the others in turn, once highlighted, right click on one of the images which will give you a drop down menu and click “Group”, now that you have them grouped you can copy and paste as many times as you like – I have attached a copy of the sketch to give you a better idea.  The original sketch  was too pale to see properly, so I went back and tried to draw the outlines to make it more visible.
    5. One tip here: when you group the images you need to “ungroup” by doing step 4 – only this time you highlight the one image and right click to “Ungroup”.  Just be careful, sometimes the individual images may move and you might need to re-adjust them and to do that you will need to “Ungroup” them.  But once done you don’t have the same painstaking job again.  Especially if you have saved in a workable file.
    6. For a card you will only need one “grouped” image but for a scrapbook page you might like to simply enlarge the one image, you need to be careful how large because the one image could be “fuzzy” so you might need to paste 4 for a 12″x12″ size scrapbook page.
    7. Once you have the image you want simply print and trim to the size of your card, add an embellishment such as a flower, add a sentiment and ta dah! Your card is made and ready to use.
Technique – Thursday 10 May 2018
Good Vibes!
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Wednesday card – Day 3

Hello again, well here we are Wednesday and Day 3 of cards.  Another simple card using Michael Strong fan stamped several times and  “fussy cut” then spaced to fit along the patterned paper to give a decorative border.  I attached the three main fans to the back of the patterned paper first, then attached the two lighter coloured fans behind.  Added double sided tape to ensure it stayed together, then attached to the lighter card before attaching all to the card blank.  Not complex but effective.  Until tomorrow…

Cherish the moment

Tuesday – Day 2

Here is my Tuesday card, another simple card.  A background of die cut dots over a piece of coloured card approximately 4″ x 3-3/4″  to give the lovely effect with the “flowers”.   The card blank is the normal size Australian paper size A5.  I stamped and fussy cut Michael Strong flower stamp.

All that is needed is to add a sentiment when I’m ready to use it for whatever occasion.  Hope you like this cute little creation.

Thank you for looking and following.

 

Card Captain this week – card 1

This is a simple little card approximately 5” x 3-1/4” (finished).  A piece of patterned paper from which I had pinched some flowers with a new punch I had just had delivered.  Then added some Creative Memories Washi tape instead of ribbon.  Stamped and “fussy” cut the butterflies and added using foam adhesive for more dimension.  Stamped the sentiment and card done.

So, enjoy.  Why not share your version?

Card 1 – May 2018

 

Day 4 of Card Captain week

Hello again,

Today you not only get a card but a video as well.

Being Thursday, that means technique day.  I have a slightly more complex card for you.  It takes a bit more work, measuring, cutting, stamping, colouring and of course putting it all together.  And I’m not ashamed to say I had to watch it several times and even as I was making the card in order to get it right.

But I loved the card when I saw Dawn Griffith’s video, so downloaded the instructions and made it while on holiday, as you do.

The instructions are provided in the video as you watch, so pause it write down the instructions and go again.  The written instructions include the paper colours, measurements but not the actual cutting you need to do to get the “flip”.  The “ingredients” Dawn used are Stampin’ Up products but I didn’t have any Stampin’ Up papers or stamps so I used Michael Strong Stamps whatever papers and other stamps I had to hand.  I have included the cutting measurements here:

You will need 2 pieces of different coloured card stock and 1 sheet of white. You will of course need your adhesives whether double-sided tape or tape runner or glue whichever is your preference.

Card blank – 5 1/2″ x 8 ½”

Cutting:

White cardstock:

  • cut 2 at 2 1/2″ x 2 ½” and
  • cut 1 at 3 3/4” x 5”

The second colour card stock:

  • cut 2 at 2 3/4” x 2 3/4” and
  • cut 1 at 4” x 5 1/4”

At this point it is best to watch the video – I watched it so many times, I lost count.

When you watch the video have paper and pencil to write down the blank card cutting measurements.

I have attempted to give you the cutting instructions here but it will help you understand better by watching the video.

  1. Using your scoring board or cutter with scorer place the 8 1/2″ side across the top and score at 4 1/4″;
  2. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 2 1/2″ and cut down to 4 7/8″;
  3. Turn so the 5 1/2″ side is across the top.
  4. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 3″ and cut up to the 5/8″ .

Once all the cutting is done fold the blank in half (remember you scored at 4 1/4″).  Then take the top right corner (on the opening side) of the square you have just cut and fold down toward the centre, making sure that the fold of the square is even.  Using a bone scorer helps to make sure the crease stays in place.  Watch the video again if you need to.

Now that all the cutting and folding is done, time to do your stamping and colouring which are up to personal choice.  I used the Michael Strong mini flower and large and small tulips.  Other stamps I had to hand for leaves etc.

Well, having given you the technique, it is time to show you my card, I have taken 3 photos of it to show all angles of the finished card.

I hope you enjoy the card and video as much as I have making the card.  I’m not sure which is more difficult getting the card done or writing all this up! lol.  Have fun, I will show you the first three cards for this week later, but as you get 3 photos this time plus a video I think it is enough to keep you going for a while.  Enjoy!  Till next time.

Day 4 Front of card
Day 4 Centre of card
Day 4 Inside back of card front

 

Cards, more cards…

Well, two cards for you this week.  Been busy trying to sort out our, yes I did mean our craft area, because my partner is now also making cards and scrapbooking with me!

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These two cards were made by me.  And now I have writer’s block:)  No, found some words afterall.  One card was made for a teabag folding group as a swap and the other, well just for the fun of it.  I have a lot of assorted patterned papers, and because they are double sided, when use some for a small project, then looked at the other side and think “I could make a card with that”.  The only time I follow a template is when I attend workshops held by other demonstrators/consultants.

The “Raining Cats and dogs” paper we bought in Ballarat, Vic.  I think, the last time we were there probably about 2-3 years ago.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember the designer. The lavender or violets paper used as background on the second card is one from the Creative Memories “Fresh Picks” pack which arrived a couple of weeks ago, you can check out the pack on my website:  https://www.creativememoriesau.com/user/cmAdvisorLolaRadnoti

Both cards have teabag fold medallions and the same flower punch, the second card has been distressed with Ranger (Tim Holtz) ink “Wilted violet”.

That’s it for today folks.  Enjoy.

 

 

Some cards for you to enjoy…

Hello again, I said I would try and catch up on the past couple of weeks and that I thought it would be worth the wait.

My partner and I have been doing some card making and scrapbooking workshops, using Creative Memories and topping up with stamps and other things if CM items were not available.

Earlier I showed you the scrapbook pages we made, so now I will show you some cards we made, three each.  We made two each for valentine cards or other special occasion and one each as Easter cards.  Enjoy!