I often get asked how to find inspiration to make cards. I find inspiration everywhere! Sometimes I see a color combination, a card someone else made, a card in the catalog or something just comes to mind when I see a stamp set or image. Today I’ll show you how to recreate cards even if you don’t have the same stamps or papers.
Master Your Card Making
In the Master Your Card Making Series I focus on showing you how to recreate cards. Normally I choose a card from a current Stampin’ Up! Catalog and recreate it. Sometimes I copy it exactly, but oftentimes I add my own style to it and change it up. Last week I asked you if there was a card you wanted to see me recreate. Riva answered and asked me to recreate a card from page 62 of the August – December 2020 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog. Riva specifically asked me NOT to use the Have a Hoot Stamps as shown on the card. So this was a perfect opportunity for me to show you how I choose a different stamp set and how to find inspiration to make cards.
Have a card in mind you want to see me create? I love showing you how to recreate cards so let me know what current Stampin’ Up! Catalog it’s in and the page number. You can comment here on my blog or on the YouTube Video Tutorial.
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How I recreated this card
Choosing Images & How to find inspiration to make cards:
Once I knew I was going to use the Peek-A-Hoot Frame Die I set out to find some images that would fit inside the 3 frames die. Being that all my stamp sets are nicely organized with photos in my Stamps Binder all I had to do was flip through the section I wanted and try to match the images to the frames. I came across the Way to Goat Stamps and moved the frame around over the images to get a visual of what the images might look like stamped. I was focusing on the grumpy looking goat and the sentiments “I got you a cake” & “But I ate it”. Then the dancing goat gave me an idea! The grumpy goat could be saying “I got you a cake”, but then he decided to eat it. So the “But I ate it” would be perfect with the image of the dancing got! It was almost like he was all grumpy because he got the cake, but then filled with joy because he ate it! haha
Cutting your paper:
- Cut a top folding A2 size card from Thick Whisper White Cardstock.
- Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock to 5-3/8 X 4-1/8. One to mat the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP). And another for the card insert.
- Cut a piece of DSP to 5-1/4 X 4.
- You will need another piece of Whisper White Cardstock to stamp the goat images and sentiment that will be in the frames (5 X 3-3/4). Then use some scrap Whisper White Cardstock to stamp the 2 other sentiments on.
- Cut a piece of Acetate to 5 X 3-3/4.
Stamping & Coloring Images:
- Using the Stamparatus, stamp all your images that you want to be framed in the right positions. The video tutorial above will give you some very good tips on how to do this.
- I stamped all images that I wanted to color in Tuxedo Black. For the sentiment on the insert, I used Night Of Navy ink. For the balloon on the inside, I used Encore Metallic Silver Ink (sorry I cannot link this for you).
- To color the images I used Stampin’ Blends in the following colors; Stampin’ Color Lifter (aka the “0”) Light Smoky Slate, Light Petal Pink, Light Balmy Blue, & both Soft Suede Markers. I used the Color Lifter to pick up color from the other markers to blend in a lighter color. It’s best to watch the video if you want to see what I mean.
Die Cutting & Splattering:
- Adhere your DSP to the mat then place the Peek-A-Hoot frame in the desired position. Then die cut. It will cut through both layers if you have a good die cutting machine.
- You will notice that the pieces that you remove to reveal the windows/frames are actually tags! Save these for another project or use one for the gift tag if you are using this a Birthday Card.
- If you wish to Splatter your card front, now would be the time to do this. You see how I created my Gouache Splatter here.
Creating the Shaker:
- Glue the Acetate to the back of the piece you just die cut.
- Working on the backside of the card front, apply Foam Adhesive Strips to create a box around each frame. This will hold in all your ‘shaker elements’.
- Once you have created a box around each frame place enough Foam Adhesive Strips all around the entire outside of the card front so it doesn’t sag.
- On the piece of cardstock that you stamped all the goats on place your shaker elements over each image/sentiment. I chose to use miscellaneous sequins. Then place the windowed card front over top.
- You have now created a shaker card. For a visual watch the tutorial video above.
Assembly & Final Touches:
- Trim the sentiments of choice and adhere to the card front using Foam Adhesive Strips.
- Adhere your shaker card front to the card base.
- Adhere the card insert to the inside of your card.
- Add some ribbon as a final touch.
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