Way back last summer, a friend of mine came to visit from out-of-town. We decided that it’d be fun to work on a project or two together. I looked over my “Projects with Friends” Pinterest board and was reminded of THIS pin: an idea to make card fronts from strips of patterned paper. It’s a great way to use up scraps!
My friend and I had a great time making the card fronts. I decided to make an ombre effect by using different shades of each of the main colors. The card fronts were so pretty, but I didn’t use them right away.
Finally, I decided I should make them up into cards! Here they are:
The way I finished the pink card was inspired by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: to use something transparent. I heat-embossed white doilies (Mehndi Medallions by Wplus9) and my sentient onto vellum, then stitched the vellum layer to the pink ombre layer. A few transparent rhinestones later, I had this card:
The blue card came together quickly with some paper doilies, rhinestones, and a sentiment strung on with crochet thread.
The green card is probably the simplest of the bunch… I put it together for my husband’s birthday, since his favorite color is green.
The yellow card was just asking for some more sunshine. I was inspired by recent stamping videos I’ve been watching by Jennifer McGuire — and my acquisition of some new colors of ink! woo! — to give multi-layer stamping a try. It’s not super advanced, but I’m happy with my initial attempt 🙂
I used some glossy accents over the hearts and “hello” to make them stand out just a little bit.
Another simple card made from the orange ombre front. I added a sentiment tied on with crochet thread and a paper flower.
Last but not least… Recently I have been really, really into using doilies in my papercrafting (I may have just bought a case of them, but that’s for a later post… ;-)), and so I used one on this card, too.
I “suspended” a die-cut confetti piece inside a chipboard frame and added some ribbon and rhinestones to finish off the card.
patterned papers: various scraps from my stash
stamps: WPlus9 (various sets); My Mind’s Eye/Fine & Dandy: Tickled Pink, True Blue; Jillibean Soup: Birthday Party Clear Stamps; Hero Arts: Classic Messages 2×3; Glitz Designs: Color Me Happy rubber stamps
inks: Stampabilities (aqua, yellow); Studio G (lime green, orange); Ranger Big & Bossy (embossing ink)
embossing powder: American Crafts Zing (white)
embellishments: My Moments paper rose (orange); Queen & Co. rhinestones; The Paper Studio brads and rhinestones; crochet thread; Portafolia chipboard frame; metallic confetti “happy birthday”; ribbon; paper doilies