Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Beautiful" card tutorial

The January stamp of the month is GORGEOUS!! So is the new Wings paper. I like it because it reminds me of tapestry, the color scheme is very different too, just makes me think of warm winter nights by the fireplace, curled up with a good book on a cozy chair.

To make this card you can cut your paper as follows;

Vineyard berry cardstock - 4 1/4 by 5 1/2
Colonial white cardstock - 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 folded in half to make the card base
Black cardstock - 4 x 5 1/4
"Tapestry" pattern paper - 5 1/2 by 2
Vineyard berry cardstock - 5 1/2 by 1 1/2
2 extra 3 x 3 pieces of colonial white cardstock for stamping

Distress all edges with black ink.

Using your dry embossing tool and the groove on your trimmer, draw lines in the black paper.
Sand to show white core.

Round two of the corners with your corner rounder as shown and glue to large vineyard berry card front.

Glue tapestry paper 3/4 of an inch from the bottom of the card. Glue vineyard berry cardstock strip in center of tapestry paper.

Using black ink, stamp the word, "beautiful," on the lower right of the vineyard berry cardstock strip.

Using sponge dauber, rub ink on the butterfly stamp. I used sweet leaf, vineyard berry and juniper ink. Put the colors wherever you like.

Once finished, "huff" on the stamp with your breath to rewetten and stamp on colonial white cardstock paper.

Now you need to make a mask or else you'll have to cut out those tiny antennae which is a big pain! You only need to re-stamp the top half of the butterfly. Cut both butterflies out without the antennae.

There are a couple of ways to do this. You can stamp the butterflies antennae on your card first and then line up your colorful butterfly over it. This is the better way. I wish I'd done it that way but I was inventing the card as I went so I glued my colorful butterfly down first and decided to mask it to stamp the antennae over the top of the mask. If you decide to do it that way, cut out both butterflies, glue the colorful one down first and then, using temporary adhesive, glue the top part of the masking butterfly over it.

Ink the top part of the butterfly stamp with white daisy ink.

Stamp it over the masking butterfly. You might have to press on the back of your card to get a good impression. You can see I missed the bottom part of the antennae. I took a blending pen and a bit of the ink to finish up the missing part.

Glue the card front to your card base before glittering. Use a glue pen to add glue wherever you'd like a bit of glitter. The white daisy ink doesn't need to be glued as it stays wet.

Let dry then flick the back of the card to get all the glitter off. There you go, all done and so pretty. To see my favorite card tutorial, make sure you sign up for my newsletter at the upper right of this blog so you will receive it Tuesday, January 18th.