Friday, September 14, 2018

How I created this 3 paneled step card

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of Sweet Cherry Cards.

This is a very simple card I made for my holiday shop which opens on 22nd September. Its a 3 paneled step card- a retirement card for a male coworker who loves the outdoors or is looking to find something new to do. The blues and greens of the colour scheme are nature inspired and reflect the outdoor theme of the card!

Now lets get to the fun part. Before making the panels, I found it useful to create the template with white cardstock. I made the template in a few easy steps as you can see in the below pics. Using my big shot machine I cut out a rectangular shape in a 8 1/2 x 11 inches cardstock which was folded in half. Having one rectangular die which was the right width for the centre panel, I had to cut twice to make the opening large enough for the steps in the middle to show through.

The inner step was created by scoring at 3/4 inch, 2 1/2 , 2 1/2 and 3/4 inches respectively with valley and mountain folds and glued to the inside of the template.

This is what the finished template looks like

The next steps were the creation of the panels. I first stamped up the 3 images from penny black 'above par' stamps. Using copics and blick markers, I coloured up the images and matted them on blue and green cardstock. I then adhered them to 3 panels with the guy in the middle and his two outdoor activities on either side.

Here is the card again.

Hope you like my card and I look forward to having you back here at Sweet Cherry Cards.

Friday, September 7, 2018

How to rock the CAS look in your cards

Hi there and welcome to another episode at Sweet Cherry Cards. Today I will show you how I make my CAS cards rock! Yes you can make a CAS card look stunning.

There are some people who think CAS cards are boring but I dont think so. I love the negative white space. To me it sort of enhances all the colour and techniques that you've added to the card. This is one of my favourite type of cards. Below are some of the techniques I used in this card to make it really stunning.

1) Added a simple bright background behind the stamped image
2) Used bright analogous colours (analogous -next to one another on the colour wheel)like the blue and the green which work together really nicely.
3) Embellished with bright ribbons and die cuts

The stamp I am using below is from Whimsy Stamps and it is called Penguin Icecream. The colour scheme used were grey, white,green, blue and a hint of yellow.
The dies I used were from the Lawn Fawn scalloped box card pop up and Simon Says Stamp 3 sided scalloped edge

To colour the penguin I used Copics C05,C03,C02,C01.
The icecream- Blick Apple Green, Light Maize, Chartreuse
The background behind the penguin, I used Copics- BO4,BO2,B00 and rubbing alcohol. This technique I learnt in class at Kit and Clowder

Hope you like today's card and I look forward to having you back here again!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog- September- The Majestic Cardinal

Hi there and welcome to another Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog. It is now September so its getting closer and closer to Christmas, my favourite time of year.

This month's card features the cardinal. A bird, we often use on cards during the Christmas Season.

The colours you will see in this card include dark green, red, gold, khaki, blue and cream. This is a shaker card, which I am sure anyone will enjoy receiving.

I love to use the traditional christmas colour palette of red, green, gold, silver and blue as you can see in the card. There are other more colourful christmas palettes which you will see me use as time goes along.

The stamps in this project include Spellbinders Cardinal which has a lovely gradient look which I chose not to enhance with additional colour. I stamped it simply, using Ranger's Wendy Vecchi Tree branch ink. For the background, I used Stamperbilities faded text background script, in gold, on plain red cardstock.

The die cut shapes belong to the Sizzix Holiday Shadow box set , MFT Circular dies and Lawn Fawn scalloped pop up dies. I took the left over piece of paper that I cut out the two rectangular green shapes and added it as a layer to the background. I like to find different ways to use my scraps.

For the icing on the cake..I embellished with red craft dots and red sequins by multicraft- for the shaker part of the card.

I hope you like this month's card. Please leave me a comment and showcase your own talent in making christmas cards by adding it in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog. We would love to see your work.

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