H2H Challenge - C.A.S.E.
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Don't you just love looking at all the beautiful cards other people make in the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Seasonal Expressions Idea Book, I do! When I saw that the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this time was to choose a project out of the idea book and put your own spin on it, I couldn't resist. I chose a card on page 92 of the January - April 2019 idea book and got busy. Although I don't know who they are, I would like to first credit and thank the original artist who came up with such a pretty card design! Now I am going to play with the design and see what I can do with it. Having said that, if you would like to join the challenge, see the rules, or see other entries then click the link below.
As usual, the first step is to pull together some supplies. I pulled out some White Daisy Cardstock and started cutting. First I cut a piece 4.25" x 11" to fold in half and use as my A2 card base. Then I cut a piece to be 5.25" x 4". Save all your leftover pieces of the white because you will need them for other parts of this card, too.
Next I pulled out two stamp sets. The CTMH Border Medley is a keeper in my book! It is so versatile and has such fine details. I also pulled out a retired CTMH flowery stamp set that I just love, but you can use any flowery stamp you may have in your stash, or perhaps you might like to use the Budding Peony set.
Now comes the fun part! I love the stamping step because to me it is magical to transform a blank piece of cardstock into a beautiful piece of stamped art.
First, Espresso for the top and bottom borders.
Then Heather for the next two designs.
Then another layer of Espresso for the middle.
While those layers dried I got to work on the next steps. Remember those leftover pieces of white cardstock you saved? Now we are going to use them.
Using the Heather ink I stamped a piece of white cardstock with one of the border stamps. (Don't worry about the size of this one yet, it will get cut down in a moment.)
While those pieces above dried, I took the piece of cardstock with the border stamps and dabbed the edges in the Espresso ink on all four sides. This helps the piece to "pop" on the white card base without adding bulk.
After I ran my "dear friend" piece through my Cricut Cuttlebug using a dotted embossing folder I trimmed it down. I trimmed it to 4" x 3".
Because I have no Espresso cardstock I used my ink to color a small piece of cardstock for this design. The piece is 4.25" x 3.25". I simply blended the ink straight onto the cardstock.
While all the ink dried I got busy watercoloring the shapes. First I used the CTMH Watercolor Pencils to apply the pigment to the cardstock and then I used a Waterbrush to blend the colors. I love doing this method, especially with small designs, because it gives me so much more control over the pigment. (If you are curious about the differences between watercolor pencils vs traditional watercolors see my previous blog entry Technique: Water Color Pencils vs Traditional Watercolor).
While the watercolor dried, I started doing some assembly of the card. I used Tombow Permanent Adhesive to attach the border piece to the card base. Next I attached the "dear friend" piece to the piece I blended with the Espresso ink.
Time for "fussy cutting" the watercolored pieces. I don't have a die set for this stamp set so that means patiently cutting out each design. Luckily, I have some really sharp Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors that work great for this step.
Before assembling the card, I stamped the inside with the Heather ink (being sure to leave room for a handwritten note) and the envelope. I like that the theme from the front of the card is carried into the inside of the card and the envelope as it ties the finished piece all together nicely.
For a final bit of "bling" I used some Bitty Sparkles as the centers of the larger stamped border flowers. It is a bit tedious to get these tiny sparkles centered in each little flower, but the final result is so worth it!
I used 3-D Foam Tape and 3-D Foam Dots to attach the watercolored components and the "thanks" to the front of the card. I am very pleased with how my adaptation of this card turned out! I hope you like it, too.
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Happy Paper Crafting,