Sunday, August 17, 2008

3" x 6" Cards

I love to be different! Matter of fact, I sort of thrive on it! Of course, while sometimes different isn't a good thing, most of the time it is! That is one of the reasons I love to make 3" x 6" size cards -- because they are different! So, I had a workshop on Saturday and we did two 3" x 6" cards that I wanted to share with you!

I think this card is so cute!!! Of course, I just love frogs (only on cards though) and this one in no exception! I utilized two of the new In Colors - Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss. They really do compliment each other for sure! I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Stazon Jet Black. I always use Stazon Jet Black ink when I watercolor - it's awesome! For my watercolor technique, I used a blender pen and ink pads. Do you know how to do this? Easy!!! With your stamp pad closed, "smoosh" the top and the bottom of the pad together, then open the pad. You will see a puddle of ink on the stamp pad top. Put the tip of your blender pen into the ink and color your image!!! If you want your color darker, just go over it again! The frog and stems and leaf of the flowers are Kiwi Kiss. For the flower, I used Tangerine Tango for the petals and then Riding Hood Red for the inside, pulling it out a bit on the petals. The water can is Going Gray. I also added some Crystal Effects for the center of the flowers!

Now, here is an absolute favorite of mine and is done with Baja Breeze and Whisper White only!!! Again, I used a 3" x 6" card and created a nice scalloped edge on the front using the Scallop Edge Punch -- sure makes it easy to do! For the flower, I stamped the image twice and cut them out. Oh, yes, it is the Eastern Blooms stamp set (which is on sale for $18.66 through September 30!!). I layered one flower on top of the other, staggering them a bit, and using a dimensional. Check out the button on the top! If you haven't checked out the Designer Button Bouquet on pg. 187, do it right now! They coordinate with our new line of In Colors and are breathtaking! In the middle of the flower, I punched out a piece of Whisper White cardstock with my 1/4" circle punch and adhered it to the middle of the button. Then I applied some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and dipped it into Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for just a perfect hint of sparkle!!!! This floral embellisment would also look beautiful on a scrapbook page, wedding announcement, oh gosh, the possibilities are endless. And, notice on the inside of the card I stamped a top edge to give it a little more pizzaz!!! I love the soft elegant look of Baja Breeze!!! But, I'll share with you a word of caution -- when you stamp your image with the Baja Breeze inkpad, it is a bit darker!! Don't fret though, because it dries to the perfect shade. It certainly did give me a bit of a scare when I first set out to create this card!!!

Also, Stampin' Up! carries Small Open-End Envelopes for mailing these cards. You can get them in Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Kraft. You get 20 in a package and they sell for $7.50. Now, and this is one of the best things, you don't need any extra postage for this size card -- it meets postal regulations!!! (Of course, if the envelope is real thick, you will have to add extra postage!)

So, I hope these cards have inspired you today to be a little different -- it's okay!!! Have fun!

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