Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Old wooden fences and flowers! April's Guest Designer - Leslie Bass

I have had such a fun time with the Rubber Café Kit of the Month for April. It is time to make my last creation and I am looking through all of the lovely papers, ribbons and flowers still in the box. I have made several projects already and there is still such wonderfulness left!

One paper I have had my eye on since I opened the kit is the rustic wood fence in the Jack and Jill 6x6 pad. I LOVE the look of old wooden fences and flowers. Peaceful country wooden fences on warm sunny spring days. That thought began my last project.

Card Base: I started my card base with the sunny yellow cardstock from the 81/2 x 11 sheets provided in the kit. The base is 6" wide and 5 1/2" tall. So I cut the cardstock at 6" width wise and then folded in half lengthwise for the 5 1/2 ". I trimmed the rustic gray wood paper from the 6x6 Jack and Jill paper pad to 5 1/2 x 6" with the wood grain being vertical.  The backing design paper of the gray wood didn't go with this particular design, so I cut a smaller piece of the rustic beige paper to add to the corner fold down.
Adhere the beige paper to the back upper right corner of the wood panel. Make sure that the beige paper is large enough so that when you fold the corner over - all of the fold will be beige - so about half the card.  Before you adhere the gray wood piece to the base, fold your corner over and glue in place - or use a brad which looks really cute if you let it show.  The fold is NOT a crease in this design, but more of a rolled fold-over.

 You could choose to fold back the left or the right corner of this card - depending on your other embellishments. What this technique does is create a pocket where other items ( in this case - flowers) can be added to the card. A tag would also be really cute!
 To make the pocket - be sure to only glue the areas of the front panel that are not behind the pocket - as shown in green in this diagram. The fold-over was then trimmed in the cute white lace trim that comes in the kit.
Now comes the fun of embellishing! I stamped the heart locket from the kit's stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I used a ball stylus on the back of the locket to shape the element a bit more rounded. I made a loose bow from the seam binding that is also in the kit and attached both to the corner of the fold-over.
In the 6x6 paper pad is two sheets of vintage advertising paper. I chose two elements from that paper and fussy cut them out and then used a gold paint pen to edge them and tie the design element to the gold locket before gluing them in place. (in the end - I also used the gold pen on the entire outside edge of the card which tied all the gold bits together)

I die cut some open weave design (from the new Tim Holtz mixed media dies) in the white cardstock in the kit and cut them so that I had two small pieces to fit behind the fold-over. Have you notice this trend in card-making? I am seeing it more and more. Broken looking or partial cuttings. You could get a similar effect with cheesecloth or old lace bits which is fun to work with too.
(I always look at Estate sales for bits of old lace and seam binding!)
Last but not least of the design is adding flowers to the pocket. Three of the flowers on this card were ones that are included in your kit! You can use all pre made flowers for your card, or use any in your stash, or die cut a few like I did here. I used bits and pieces of my white card stock left from my other projects and threw in some yellow too. The yellow enamel dots that come in your kit make the cutest flower centers!
Have fun with this simple card design that can do so much!
Hope your day is sunny!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe'- kit for April - Good Times to Follow
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' kit for April - Echo Park's "Jack and Jill"
Ink: Versamark, gold embossing powder
Embellishments: enamel dots, flowers, lace and seam binding trims included in the kit

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