Hello everyone! As some of you may already know, I have a guest spot for Gina's Designs again this month. What you may not know is that the company name is changing! On December 1, 2015, Gina's Designs officially became Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts! Same great products, just a different name.
The new blog is up and running and you can find the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog HERE! All of the older posts have been transferred over so you only have to look in one spot for great inspiration!
I went all "NOT Christmas" on you this week, and created a birthday card. My sister's birthday was on Wednesday (no, she did NOT get this card...maybe next year), but I was in the birthday card-making mood! Plus, I think that sometimes it is hard to decide how to use chipboard on cards, therefore I created a card tutorial for you!
This card requires a mailing box and extra postage, but just think of the smile on the recipient's face when they get this guy in the mail! The card is 6" x 6" and chock full of techniques, chipboard, and...well...flowers!
Start out by creating a 6" x 6" card base from dark brown cardstock. This is a top-fold card, so cut your cardstock to 12" x 6" and score at 6" on the long side. Cut peach paper to 5 7/8 x 5 7/8" and attach it to the card. Then cut the text paper to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and attach it to the card. (The paper is Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate, which has been in my stash, unused for ages.)
Use the Chicken Wire 6-inch Panel to create a background. Rub the surface of the chipboard with Burnt Copper, Copper, Bronze, and Verdigris pigment ink, heat to dry.
Use Papaya Cream, Sweet Melon, and Banana Custard pastel pigment ink to color the phrase from the Words and Phrases 2 Set. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
Use a paper trimmer or a craft knife to cut the chicken wire panel in half on the diagonal.
Trim balloon print to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and cut in half on the diagonal.
Attach the diagonal print paper to the bottom right corner. Attach the chicken wire panel to the upper left corner. Attach the chipboard phrase to the bottom of the card, approximately 1/2" from the bottom edge and 3/4" from the left edge.
Using Fresh Green, Apple Green, Celedon, Mint, and Pistachio pigment inks, pounce the ink onto the Rose Leaves. Continue adding layers of ink until the leaves have a shaded, natural look to them. While the ink is wet, sprinkle the leaves with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
Use a die cut shape, template, or free-hand a banner shape from ivory paper. Stamp a sentiment on to the shape with brown ink.
Position the Rose Leaves as shown and add the sentiment banner above the leaves with foam tape.
Begin to glue on the paper flowers. Start with the largest flowers and work in stages, adding sprays or embellishments as you go. (I always "dry fit" my flowers before hot gluing them to the project.)
Save the flower stems to make "curly-cues" for your flower arrangement. Simply wind the wire around a stylus to create a spring shape.
Continue to add flowers until you are satisfied. My philosophy is...more is more!
Make sure you decorate the inside of the card. For the top panel, trim balloon paper to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach it. Trim the postage stamp images and attach to the top of the panel. If desired, add a gift card by attaching it with a removable glue dot.
For the bottom panel, trim peach paper to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach it to the card. Trim ivory paper to 5 5/8" x 5 5/8" and stamp the center with a sentiment using brown ink. Attach the panel to the card. Trim the left-over chicken wire and attach it to the lower right corner of the panel. Add a few postage stamp images.
I hope you enjoyed my birthday tutorial. Visit the NEW Gypsy Soul Blog for more inspiration!
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products:
Paper: Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate (6x6 pad, 12x12 pad, Stickers)
Cardstock: WorldWin Cocoa
Embossing powder: Stampin' Up Clear
Stamps: Mama Elephant Make a Wish
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment (Fresh Green, Apple Green, Celedon, Mint, Pistachio, Papaya Cream, Sweet Melon, Banana Custard, Burnt Copper, Copper, Bronze, Verdigris)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Die: Tim Holtz Tattered Banners
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue