Friday, April 29, 2016

Elegant Hello

Hi everyone!  Are you loving this new Petticoat Fashion Creative Cafe' kit?  So many fun ideas and fun papers!  Today I used some of the gorgeous foiled paper in the kit to create this elegant thinking of you card:

If you frequent the blog, you know I'm a huge fan of lots of layers!  I'm stepping the process out for you today.

Base:  Size is standard 5&1/2" by 4&1/4", but it's cut and folded a bit different.  Here is the template:

It's cut 4&1/4" wide like a standard card, but the full length of the 11" paper.  It's scored at 4" from one end and 1&1/2" from the other end (or at 4" and 9&1/2" if you'd rather not flip it around to score). 

First Layer:  Cut two pieces of the silver foil patterned paper--one at 3&3/4" by 3&1/2", and one at 3&3/4" by 1".  Mat these onto pink pearl cardstock--one at 4" by 3&3/4", and one at 4" by 1&1/4".

TIP:  This is always a good rule of allow a 1/4" difference in your measurements of mats and layers.  It gives a 1/8" border which is just wide enough to create the layer without being too much of the mat peeking out. You can change this up depending on the project, of course, but it's a good place to start when you are creating a lot of layers, to keep them from being overwhelming.

Bottom Panel:  Simply cut a 1&1/4" by 3&3/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, use this as a mat for a 1" by 3&3/4" strip of silver cardstock that you punch with a lacy border.  Attach a gray/silver bow using seam binding ribbon from your kit, and glue near the bottom of the card using Scrap Happy Glue.

Here are the base and first layer panels ready to add to the base:

Center/Sentiment Panel:  To create all of these layers, I've stepped out the process for you, and also shown the difference of a layered vs non-layered panel.

Start with a 2&3/4 by 2&1/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, and mat onto a 3" by 2&1/2" piece of silver cardstock (yep, still that 1/4" difference!).  Then I die cut a tag out of the silver cardstock, then a scalloped piece out of the silver foil patterned paper, and then one size smaller out of the pink paper.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and embossed in silver, then trimmed to a banner (it's about 3&1/2" long).

Here are all my pieces before I layered them up:

Creativity is king when it comes to paper crafting, but it's a good place to start when you first try a lot of layers, to bring in one good solid color thru the layering process:  in the very beginning, the card base has pink, then a couple of layers and pink again as the center panel base rectangle, and then a pop of it under the sentiment.  It helps to create a flow for the eye....rather than getting too crazy with too many colors.

Adding a little dimension between the layers with foam tape makes it more interesting, the bottom 3 layers--pink pearl matted on silver and then Art Deco tag--are glued directly together with Scrap Happy Glue, then the silver foil patterned paper is foam taped, the pink piece is glued directly to the silver foil, and then foam tape under the sentiment.  So 3 layers, foam tape, 2 layers, foam tape 1 layer....makes a nice pyramid when it's completed.

Here is the sentiment all layered up and attached to the top of the card:

And the final card vs the look of a one layer:

The single layer is pretty, but adding the layers creates a little more of a "WOW" effect, don't you think?

Thanks for stoppin' by today, and don't be afraid to take on a few more layers in your can be a great part of the creativity of card making!  Remember to check back soon for more inspiration!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion
Hello, World
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM--Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes, Pink Pearl, Silver, and White cardstock; floral foil paper
Ink:  Versamark embossing ink
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  seam binding ribbon, Embossing Powder--Ranger Silver
Tools:  MS border punch, Spellbinders-- Art Deco Tags, Labels Four

1 comment:

Bibbi said...

Very pretty, love the colores...