Monday, April 20, 2015

Repetition and Happy Accidents - April Guest Designer Leslie Bass

Yellow and Teal - such happy colors together. Vintage kitchens, sunshine and the ocean. These colors prevail in the Rubber Cafe's Kit of the Month Good Times to Follow. There are several shades of yellow in the kit, a vintage phone and a cute 'old phone' design paper in the 6x6 pad. I kept thinking these design elements would make a fun post-it note holder!

This design uses an easel card format, with the post-it pad being the element that holds the easel open. This post won't be about how to make an easel card, as there are many great tutorials here on the Rubber Cafe' blog on how to make one. Instead I would like to share with you how a few design elements came into play in the making of the card, and how a happy accident after it's completion made the project more fun.

The Basics: I used a labels style die to cut the yellow phone paper, and the teal design paper from the 6x6 pad. I knew that I wanted to try a transparent layer in the easel where the die cut Hello would appear to float above the base when the easel is in place. I used a piece of acetate that I had saved from some packaging to cut the label shape a third time. (I just love re purposing this free material!)

The repetition of a basic element whether it is circles, ovals, squares or labels is what makes easel cards come together. The telephone paper needed a little more punch to compete with the teal design paper, so I cut one more piece of the label design in a 1inch height in the teal paper to edge the yellow pattern and anchor it.

In this photo you can see that the 1 inch paper is glued behind the yellow to just give it a repeat edge design. The top teal label was scored 1/4inch at the top and then again in the the center of the design. The 1/4inch fold is where it is glued to the base.

Next, it was time to position the post-it note and attach the transparent layer. The post note alone was too plain and needed a design element to top it off. I cut another portion of the label die in the solid teal paper from the kit and trimmed it to fit the width of the post-it pad. This is about a 2inch piece that is scored to fit and make a place for the post-it pad be placed. You will need to cut and score this piece to fit your own post-it pad.
When it came time to adhere the acetate layer to the top, easel portion, I wasn't exactly sure what to do! I didn't want any glue to show through on my design. I decided that gluing straight across the base, below the easel fold line would be the best place. This allows the top portion of the acetate to float free when the easel is opened. I then was able to glue white lace onto the acetate to hide any glue that showed through.
Embellishments: I cut a Hello script die 2 times from the teal cardstock in the kit. Since the design goes over the edge of the acetate a bit, I wanted it to be strong. I glued the two layers of the script together and then adhered it the acetate with tiny strategically placed drops of wet glue. TIP: have a small damp paintbrush handy to wipe/brush away any glue that seeps from under the script.
I stamped the old phone unto the daisy yellow paper from the 6x6 pad in the kit. This stamp is on the add on set. I used Espresso Truffle Memento ink and then shaded this detailed design slightly with a warm gray Copic marker to enhance the shading. I then cut the design out using a 3"x 2" oval die and distressed the edges with my scissors.
The flower is one of the pale yellow flowers from the kit. I removed the stamens from the flower and added a yellow enamel dot from the kit, which gives the flower a more daisy look to it.
Lastly, I added a few more yellow enamel dots to the base and stamped the darling pennant and Hello Friend saying in Espresso Truffle again.
What a cute gift for an office friend, or for your desk at home.

The happy accident came when I looked at the design and thought, maybe it needs one more element like a leaf for the flower. I cut a leaf from the white cardstock in kit and found that because I glued the acetate only under where you see the lace on the design, there is a convenient little pocket at the back of the design. Because the topper is acetate - anything you stick in that pocket shows through in your design.
I picked up several die cuts from my workspace and found that it is kinda fun to change the design by just tucking a new element into the pocket!
You could make this project have seasonal changes for every holiday...... or you could, if you read my last post, just put a butterfly on it!
I will definitely try acetate on an easel card again - this was really fun.
 Hope you have some Happy Accidents in your creative day!

 Leslie Bass
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
Those Were Good Times stamp set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Good Times to Follow, free acetate from packaging
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
Enamel Dots, Ribbon
Tools:  Labels die cut, assorted shaped die cuts - butterfly, heart, leaf, oval, Hello script

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