Thursday, 31 January 2013

Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 - Day 3

I'm on a roll with making Valentine's Day cards - I love making them, even though I have nobody to give them to (*sniff*).  Oh, well, somebody will enjoy them!

I went with Jennifer McGuire's inky technique to produce an ombre effect. I tried stamping the hearts (from a Die-namics set - Umbrella and Stamp set) straight onto the front of the card, but made a few blunders, so cut a piece down to use as a panel.  Then I decided to put a sentiment (from PaperTrey Ink Tremendous Treats - Valentine), but wanted it white embossed on dark pink - but just sticking it on top of the panel seemed too easy and boring, so I cut a window.  However, I had to cut it by hand because I don't have a die to fit that stamp - so out came my craft knife!  I'm usually really bad at using a craft knife, but I've realised that it's because I'm just too impatient, so I took a leaf out of Kristina Werner's book and took it slow and steady - I took my time, swiped the inside edge with a marker to finish off the cut edge, and it turned out well :)  Rounded the top right corner of the card, and I was done!


I thought I'd also submit this card to Addicted to CAS "Heart" challenge.
I hope you're having a lovely day :)

PS thank you for all the lovely comments from fellow Clean and Simple 2 classmates - I really appreciate them! 

7 comments:

  1. Very nicely done! I really like your gradient hearts and adding the sentiment in the center and hand cutting was pure genius! it looks great and I really like all the white space!

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  2. Very cute card. I like the heart cut out and your gradient colors are perfect. You have more patience than me as far as cuting out by hand. But I have been trying to go slow also.

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  3. Good job with the colors on the hearts. Cute card!

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  4. I love your card...such a pretty color palette and choice of design!

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  5. I love how you used it for a small panel instead of the whole front of the card, and I love the little cutout.

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  6. Hi Michelle. Your color gradation of the hearts is wonderful ... love that you went with a panel. Fabulous way to highlight your sentiment with recessing it in your hand-cut heart (congrats by the way ... I have never mastered the art of using a craft knife). Thanks for joining us again at Addicted to CAS.

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  7. Hi Michelle. Love the colours of your hearts and that you were so successful with your craft knife. Must admit I'm a bit like you so shall follow your lead - slow and steady! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at A2CAS.

    Karen x

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