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Designer Annette Allen’s attention to detail on this card shows how much she values the recipient of this special greeting! Everywhere that you look, she’s added a little extra step to this design that makes it extra fabulous!

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The lovely border around the card was created with baker’s twine and an opaque pen. The white in both items ties them together very nicely but they don’t look repetitive since the textures are so different.

Detail is also key to making the turtle figure look finished and engaging. Stamping the stamp again on patterned paper and paper piecing the shell on top of the first turtle stamp made the shell stand out and look coordinated with the background as well. Putting Stickles on the turtle’s toenails really turns up the cute factor as well!

Finally, Annette’s liberal use of foam adhesive really makes this card work. First she used it to set the sentiment block apart from the background. Then she created a 2nd small layer of depth by using foam adhesive when adhering the patterned paper shell on the turtle. It looks more real, and also gives visual interest to the piece.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white, desert storm). Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan 6×6). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Party Posse, Sentiment Sampler). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Twine: Timeless Twine (Olive Green). Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles (Cotton Candy). Pen: Kuretake Zig Opaque Writer (Arctic White). Adhesives: Martha Stewart Crafts (All Purpose Gel), Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam adhesive).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations.


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Love is Black & White

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 My usual mojo escaped me for this card so I turned to a favorite (and often free!) tool that I’ve been using since I first started making cards: card sketches.  I used the latest from one of my favorite challenge websites, Deconstructing Jen.  Sketches are great for jump starting creativity and, if you often find your cards lack balance or flow, following sketches can help strengthen your design sense.  I find that the more I see good design the more I use good design.

If you need some great resources for card sketches, try Mojo Monday, Pagemaps, and Cardabilities.

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Also, I used a non-traditional color pallet for this Valentine because the craft-o-verse can get red and pink CRAZY this time of year.  I like to make a few Valentines that a husband or boyfriend wouldn’t be embarrassed to open at work!  These colors are pretty muted, so it’s important to give the layers some dimension so the card still feels dynamic and interesting.

Supplies | Patterned Paper, Cardstock Elements, Letters: Fancy Pants Designs (Country Boutique). Cardstock: The Paper Company (Black), DCWV (Cream). Washi Tape: Queen & Co. (Black and White Stripe), Martha Stewart (Gold). Die Cutting: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur, A2 Matting Basics A).  Sketch: The Deconstructed Sketch (No.84).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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Get Well Soon!

Get Well Soon by Corri Garza

 This get well card by designer Corri Garza is beautiful without being fancy. Elegant in its simplicity, it conveys its message without wearing out the recipient with overwhelming detail for the eye.

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 One of the subtle touches that makes this card really shine is the extra detail in the clouds. They are both embossed and glittered, giving them depth and texture, before being adhered with dimensional adhesive. To add glitter to the clouds, Corri found that it works best if you run the cloud through the Xyron first, sprinkle it with glitter and then emboss it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Recollections (white, kraft). Decorative Tape: KI Memories (Blue Skies Flashback). Punches: Fiskars (Large Cloud, Extra Large Cloud), unknown corner rounder. Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (D’Vine Swirls). Glitter: Martha Stewart (Crystal Glitter – Coarse). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Everyday Greetings). Adhesive: Xyron (X), 3M (ATG), unknown pop dots.

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. Learn more about Corri by reading her blog.

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Happy Birthday! Surprise!

 

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Designer Britt Bass describes this fun birthday card as her “first really good experience with printable elements”. She attributes this partly to the image quality of the Elle’s Studio images, which printed “perfectly.” Also, Britt believes that using good quality, smooth, and most importantly bright white cardstock to print the elements really made a difference in the quality of the final result.  Using better cardstock also made these easier to cut out using a nice, sharp pair of scissors. The printable elements are more cost effective than their paper siblings (there’s no shipping, and the two-page set was only $3.99) and quicker (Britt had the printed elements in her hands in less than ten minutes from the moment she signed into the website).  Many companies like Elle’s Studio and Echo Park are offering collection-coordinated digitals, and they are definitely not just for digital scrapbookers. Hybrid crafting is awesome!  And, if you really love the collection you can print a digital element over and over – which is a great way to do some card mass-production without breaking the bank!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine “Noteworthy” Collection); Cardstock: DCWV (The Glitter Stack), The Paper Company (White); Paper Elements: Elle’s Studio ( “Everyday Greetings” Printables); Punches: Marvy (3″ Circle), Martha Stewart (Loopy Doily); Tools: Ranger (Ink Applicator), Fiskars (Scissors, Trimmer); Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger (“Tea Dye” Distress Ink); Adhesive: Recollections (Foam Squares), Xyron (Mega Runner); Other: blue lace trim.

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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