Thursday, 19 September 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Card / Project Kits - Looking Up Variation: Z- Fold card

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Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer (The Crafty Thinker) from Australia.

Our theme this month is to highlight card or project kits.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Looking Up card kit when it came out (Annual Catalogue).  I love the designs and how easy they are to put together - perfect for a beginner but still enjoyable and rewarding for the avid cardmaker.  
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The Looking Up card kit - find it on page 202 of the Annual Catalogue or in the Beginner Brochure
And, having made several in the standard way, I've created my own card using some of the elements - actually it's a CASE of a card I made several years ago!
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The aircraft from the Looking Up card kit is attached to the acetate in this Z-Fold card
The Z-Fold card looks quite impressive but is, in fact, super-easy to make.  I've included dimensions and instructions for the fold at the end of the post.
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This is how the Z-Fold card looks when closed
Having cut the three panels of Whisper White cardstock to size, I used some home-made masks to quickly sponge the cloudy sky and grass.  

I cut and folded the piece of Window Sheet Acetate and fixed it into position then glued the sponged panels into place.  I had to cut a slit into the large panel to accommodate the acetate but it doesn't really show.

Then I attached the trees to the card and the aircraft the acetate.

The best part is that this card still fits into the matching envelope that forms part of the kit!
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The Z-Fold card fits perfectly into the envelope that forms part of the Looking Up card kit

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Z-Fold card created with some sponging and elements from the Looking Up card kit
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Cut the Mint Macaron cardstock to 4.5" x 11"
  • Score at 5.5" and 2.75" and fold
  • Cut a piece of Window Sheet acetate to 1" x 11" and score at 5.5" and 2.75"  
  • The longer length of acetate attaches to the front (smaller) section of card and the shorter piece attaches to the inside (larger) section of card. 
  • The sponged panels measure 2 5/8" x 4 1/8" (two of these) and 51/4" x 4 1/8"

TIPS:  
  • I chose to trim off a little piece of acetate at each end in order to ensure that it would be completely covered by the sponged panel
  • Keep your masks for use in future projects
Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this card.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer - please see the list below and click on the next person on the list to hop through all of the projects - you don't want to miss any!

'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Mercury Glass Acetate: Peaceful Boughs Noel Card

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A glamorous Christmas card that's actually quite easy to make
It features the Mercury Glass Acetate, Brightly Gleaming paper and Beautiful Boughs dies
Well, I'm still addicted to the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate!  Look back over a few of my other posts and you'll find it popping up a lot!

The base card is Pool Party and there are layers of Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper and Noble Peacock Foil Sheet.  The foliage (from the Beautiful Boughs dies) is cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock and there's also a layer of that behind the acetate so that I could tuck the ends of the foliage behind it.

The letters are cut from Pretty Peacock cardstock with the Hand Lettered Prose dies and I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects for a bit of subdued sparkle.  I also added some to the foliage.
close up of the foliage treated to a layer of Shimmery Crystal Effects
I'm not sure if they're stars, snowflakes or flowers - but whatever they are, they're cut from Silver Foil Sheet with dies from the Detailed Deer set.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Mercury Glass Acetate, Tin Tile and Detailed Deer

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A Christmas card featuring a panel of Mercury Glass Acetate backed by Copper Foil Sheet
Here's an idea for a quick, simple but effective Christmas card - or change the die cut and sentiment to make a card for any occasion!

The base card is Smoky Slate to which I've added layers of Basic Black and Pretty Peacock.  I used the Tin Tile Embossing Folder to add some texture and pattern to the Pretty Peacock layer.

I cut pieces of Copper Foil Sheet and Mercury Glass Designer Acetate to the same size and adhered the acetate on top of the copper.
TIPS:  I found I could get away with using the tape type of adhesive - I added it to the back of the acetate around the edges.  Remember to peel away the protective layer from the acetate before you use it!

I popped the resulting silver and copper background onto a layer of Basic Black and adhered to the card front.

In order to continue the shiny theme, I cut the deer from Black Foil Sheet but I'm sure Basic Black cardstock would also work well.  Having glued the deer to the centre panel, I added a Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewel for an eye.

I cut one of the greetings from the roll of Classic Weave Ribbon.  It needed a bit more oomph, so I kept it simple by adding a couple of strips of Mint Macaron ribbon and some more of those Holiday Rhinestones.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 13 September 2019

Mercury Glass Acetate Noel

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Mercury Glass Acetate forms a beautiful backdrop for the die-cut letters.
The stunning Feels Like Frost foiled papers create quick, easy and beautiful Christmas cards!
Well, I've become addicted to the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate!  I shared an #Elfie card here and that was just the start!

Today's card is soooo simple ... and looking at it again now, I can see that I could have made it even more simple for myself!

To the Coastal Cabana base card I added a piece of the beautiful Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The next step is to adhere a piece of the acetate to a larger piece of Noble Peacock Foil Sheet (I actually backed the acetate with a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock - not necessary!)  Then I adhered this to a piece of Coastal Cabana card before adding it to the card front.

The letters are cut from Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Hand Lettered Prose dies.

I can't resist an extra bit of bling, so I added some Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Sailing Home Across The Birch

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The Birch stamp is used for water in this seaside scene
Adaptation and versatility - two of my favourite words when it comes to crafting.  That's because they usually hang out with creativity and good value!  It's also fun to find new ways to use what we have in our craft rooms.

For this card, I used the Birch background stamp in a different way.  Using white ink on the Pacific Point cardstock gives an impression of water.  I inked up the stamp and then pressed  half of the cardstock (with even pressure) down onto it which provides a horizon.

I stamped the yacht and lighthouse onto Whisper White cardstock with Memento black ink and then coloured with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  The coordinating Smooth Sailing dies in the bundle (buy as a bundle for 10% saving) made it very easy to cut them out before adhering to the card front.

I also stamped the birds with same black ink.

I'd like to thank the very creative Jay Soriano of Mitosu Crafts for the idea of using the seaweed die to create waves.  I like using a darker colour towards the bottom (or foreground) to provide balance to the scene.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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