Sunday, July 19, 2009

Inspiration Challenge card and sorta tutorial...

I say sorta because I didnt take photos as I went along doing the card! I was actually just playing around and seeing if I could get it to work...well, first, here's the card. I used the IC189 challenge at SCS for this, here is what I used for inspiration:

Tracy Porter Site

And here is my card:

The image was colored right onto the Soft Sand cardstock from Gina K Designs with copic markers and a white gel pen. The copics DO seep through on this cardstock so I added a layer of green. Now, the open circle where the image is...that came about by seeing someone ask on StampTV how to do this. To leave a blank area when using your cuttlebug, so I began playing around. I am sure I am not the first to come up with this at all, but this is how I did mine and it worked!

First, I took my Cuttlebug folder and drew around it on a piece of chipboard. This chipboard I purchased at Hobby Lobby and it says 'Grafix Chipboard' , came in big 12x12 squares, its pretty thick chipboard. I say this because for the CB sandwich, it is going to vary from machine to machine. I then cut that rectangle shape, same size as my CB folder, with a very sharp craft knife and scor-pal cutting mat. Be patient when cutting out thick chipboard, just keep going over and over it, it will eventually cut through it!

Next, I wanted a circle that wasnt embossed with my CB folder, so I took a circle nestability in the size I wanted, placed it in the middle of this cutout rectangle shape, drew around it and then cut it out the same way.

I knew also I would be stamping in the middle of this circle so I created a mask for my 4x5 piece of cardstock I would be using. Here is a picture of the piece of chipboard after it is cut and the mask I used:

Now, the important part is the sandwich. Like I said, it took me some playing around with it. I also kept thinking wrong, lol! Basically, one way to think of it is...where ever you use the chipboard at it is going to EMBOSS with this sandwich that I used for mine. Here is a picture of my sandwich I used:

This picture is exactly how it goes into the CB too.
1. Plate A
2. CB folder with cardstock in it to be embossed
3. Chipboard
4. Plate C

And after running it through, I used the mask I created to do a bit of sponging in white around the circle to kinda pop it more. And thats it! I hope this helps someone, and like I said, I am sure I'm not the first to come up with this, lol! But it was new to me and I am tickled how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing and crafty weekend!
Card Details:
Stamps: A Year of Flowers by Melanie Muenchinger from Gina K Designs
Papers: Gina K Soft Sand and Pure Luxury 120lb weight, green is SU!
Accessories: copic markers, white gel pen, CB and CB swiss dots folder, chipboard, white craft ink, sponge, brad, fancy corner punch, twill ribbon, stayzon ink, buttong, twine.


"Tillymint" said...

Thanks for this Cathy, Selma did one too but she was using the big foot for a square! This is going to be so useful will have a play later today!

Crystal said...

Thanks for the awesome idea!! Your card is BEAUTIFUL love the colors and texture and design...Gorgeous!!!

redwasher1 said...

Your card is OMG beautiful!! I so loved it as soon as you posted I started trying it. Your instructions are perfect and I had no problem doing one. I made a oval shaped one.
Thanks Cat!!

mudmaven said...

Cat you are an answer to my prayers - I really need to make some cards (have to be single layer) and I wanted to use this technique and did not have a single clue how to do it. You're an angel! Thanks so much! I love your card - the soft colors are wonderful! ~chris

Janine said...

Hi Cat!! We did have a great time and this is such a nice card!!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it!! I am going to have a try later :)
Will blog if I have success ;)

Lori said...

Cool technique, thanks. Your card is magnificent!! Much prettier than the inspiration which seems plain and pretty.

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Cool!! I don't care how many ways there are to do it, so long as I can find one that works! I really enjoy your creations - and your sense of humor. Have a great day!!

~ky {scrapacat}

Kelli said...

I love it!

Mary Duffek said...

How cool is that! I will have to try this...thanks for sharing and your card is amazing!

Kay S said...

Thanks for sharing this Cat. I'm sure I never would have figured this out on my own! I had to go over your instructions several times to wrap my brain around it! LOL! Now I can't wait to try it!

Scrubbysue said...

This is beautiful! and thankyou for sharing the recipe. :)

Tiya-B said...

I wanted to do this but wasn't sure how, thanks for experimenting for me!

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