Cardmaking

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th Birthday Card)!

September is birthday alley for our relations. We have 7 within a couple of weeks of each other!

Yesterday was our foster-sister’s 18th Birthday, so I made her a fun, bright card to celebrate!

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th B'day Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

This card was inspired by Virginia’s View Challenge #18:

Virginia's View Challenge #18

I thought the geometric patterns would be cool for a teenager card, and I loved the colours too!

I decided to create a watercolour geometric pattern. To make the shapes I drew on a piece of card with a pencil and a ruler. NB: I used a piece of card not designed for watercolours. This was okay except in a couple of shapes where I tried to add more colour to make them darker, but the paper couldn’t handle the extra water, and it started to break on the surface. I would use watercolour paper next time.

I began by just drawing lines randomly in different directions, then as the paper became more full I thought more carefully about where the lines would go:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When I was happy with the pattern I started filling in the shapes with colour! Yellow first:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When you start adding more colours you need to check if the paint is dry where any colours will touch. Don’t paint teal next to yellow if the yellow isn’t dry yet or the colours will mix together! I painted teal and light pink next:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then purple:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I filled in the gaps with some grey (light and dark) and some hot pink. Plus I used a couple of the previous colours again too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the painting was all done I left it to dry thoroughly, then went over the lines of the pattern again with a ruler, using a black Promarker pen. This covered up the messy edges where the different colours met, and helped them all to ‘pop’:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I scanned the image into my computer – in case I mucked up any of the following stages or in case I want to use it again one day!

Next I cut the number ’18’ from some more white card using my Cricut Explore. I cut this and the pattern to approx 8″ square, then I stuck the number piece on top of the geometric pattern using foam tape and dots to give it some depth. I matted this onto hot pink card too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted a few finishing touches. The birds in the Virginia’s View Challenge image had patterns within their geometric shapes, so I used this idea. I doodled some zigzags, dots, and lines using a gold and white gel pens. Then I added some gems, pearls, and enamel dots to a few other shapes. It gives it that extra bit of oomph:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck this to a card blank I’d made from an A3 piece of white card.

She said she liked her card – she had a couple of duplicate cards from other people and this is one of the reasons I love making cards – you know the one you are giving is unique!

I had a lot of fun making this pattern. I’m planning to try it out again with some different colour combinations and using watercolour paper. If you have a go at it please let me know!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Black & Hot Pink Card for Cardabilities #130

Today I’m sharing a black & hot pink card which I made for my Mother-In-Law for her birthday. She loves these high contrasting bold colours… and adding a bit of sparkle doesn’t hurt either!

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I based the card on this sketch from Cardabilities #130:

Cardabilities Sketch #130

I liked the circle to ground some elements and the slightly-splattered looking background!

I pulled some bits and pieces together:

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Including a glittery hot-pink card base, and some zebra-patterned gems, both of which my in-laws bought for me on a trip to America. It feels a little cheeky using something she bought me on my MIL’s card, but I know she’ll like to see it being used!

To start with I decided a splattered-background wouldn’t suit my MIL – she’s too neat. But she does own a few birds so I added some feathers floating down the background instead. I used an old Glitz Designs roller stamp, a VersaMark ink pad, and tome white embossing powder:

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t bother heat embossing in between each row… I just made a mess instead! I did scrape off the little lines of powder which you can see between the rows of feathers before I heated it though.

Once it was heated I stick this charcoal piece of paper to my glittery card base. I used a hot glue gun to adhere it as I wasn’t sure what else (other than stitching) would hold it onto the glitter! It means it’s a bit wobbly rather than perfectly flat but it doesn’t notice too much:

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I layered a few more bits on top, then realised the ‘birthday’ silver word which I’d picked out would no longer fit on the card. It got lost in the busy paper to the right:

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided I wanted to change the sentiment instead of the paper, so I found a ‘Happy Birthday’ sticker in my stash:

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just added a few more pretty things. I stamped a cake on the pinked half-circle on the right too, as my MIL loves cake!

A Black & Hot Pink Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was my MIL’s birthday yesterday. She said she loved the card!

I’m on the lookout for more card challenges as I have a batch to make… do you know of any good ones?! If you want to enter the Cardabilities Sketch #130 the link is HERE and the deadline for entries is the 13th of September.

Have a great weekend, I’ll be back on Monday,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Vintage Camera = Male Birthday Card!

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One of the things I like about camera icons is that they can be really great for male projects. That’s obviously not the only thing they can be used on, but when I see a vintage brown / black camera image I immediately file it away for when I’m stuck for a male card!

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

This vintage camera was from a sheet of Webster’s pages Dream In Color paper. I cut it down and added it and some triangle paper onto a piece of woodgrain paper, then stuck it all onto a square card:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stamped the sentiment with grey and black inks, then found some ribbon which matched the colours of the camera:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

And finished it off with a couple of wood veneer stars and chevrons:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wood works great for male cards too, don’t you think?!

Be Inspired:

Use a vintage or black or brown camera on your next project

Use some chevrons to point to the center of your project

Put some triangle patterned paper along the base of a card or layout

Do you find it difficult to make male cards or is that just me?!

I’ll see you again in an hour,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

You’ve already seen one example of how a lot of arrows can make a big impact, on an ‘open here’ tag on THIS POST. I also used a ton on a layout a couple of years ago – on my word for the year page about ‘progress’ HERE. So arrows are definitely a favourite of mine to use when I want to create focus on a project.

But for this card the arrows aren’t pointing at anything, instead they are a fun background pattern:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are great for a big impact and for supporting the sentiment!

Here’s how I put it together – it’s super quick and easy!

Step 1: Cut a piece of smooth white card to the right size – remember if you are matting it onto another piece of paper you need to leave space for that too! Find an arrow stencil (I used the Happy Scatter Which Way Arrows Stencil), and stick it to your piece of card with Spray Mount repositionable spray. This stops the ink seeping under the edges of the design:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Sponge some ink through the stencil, with lighter colour at the point of the arrow, and a darker colour at the feathers end. I used 3 ink colours – Avery Elle Cherry and Fizz, and American Crafts Mustard. I used a ranger ink applicator tool and foam sponges to apply the ink:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Protect your work surface and flick some mist drops over the arrows (I used Heidi Swapp Gold Mist):

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Leave the ink to dry thoroughly, then mat it onto patterned paper and stick it on your card front. Add the sentiment (I printed mine off using the font ‘Amatic’, and adhered it to the card using foam pop-dots), and a few sparkly gems:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Give it to someone who needs a little congratulations or a pick-me-up!

Be Inspired:

Use lots of arrows on your next project

Sponge some ink through a stencil

Make your sentiment or title match your pattern

Would this card make you smile if it dropped through your door?!

I’ll see you again in one hour!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One way I like to focus my crafting is to enter an online challenge, especially when I have a card to make. If I need some inspiration I would first of all check out some challenges I have entered before – The Runway Inspired Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge, and the Seize The Birthday Challenge are a few I love right now. But if none of their current challenges appeal to me I will head to Google to search for another – I type in ‘card challenge’ and then click on ‘search tools’, and I change the ‘any time’ option to ‘past week’. Then I’m more likely to find a challenge which is still open!

That’s exactly how I found the House Of Cards Challenge Blog – their CURRENT CHALLENGE is to create a bokeh effect card background. Here’s my finished card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you don’t know, here’s a definition for bokeh: ‘it’s the the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens’. So it’s not just when you have a blurry background – it’s when a blurry background has a good effect like overlapping circles or hexagons.

I made mine the same way as suggested on the House Of Cards blog – by using a circles stencil and a white ink pad. I also used a circular stamp:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can see how I put my card together in this video (which can also be viewed on YouTube HERE):

 

The sheet of paper I inked onto is from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Colour collection – it’s called ‘Drifting’. But you could always paint your own watercolour effect background to apply your bokeh to!

It makes for a nice dreamy card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!

Be Inspired:

Make a bokeh effect background with stamps or a stencil

Cover up a mistake or two with some sequins

Use a cut-apart or 3×4 card as a sentiment or title

What do you think of the bokeh effect? Now I just need to learn how to do this with my camera too!

If you do make a bokeh effect card background, then make sure you link it up to the House Of Cards Challenge (open until the end of the month) as well as my Challenge To Be Inspired (open until Sunday 24th May – NOW CLOSED).

House Of Cards Challenge and the Challenge To Be Inspired

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

Framing A Sentiment – A Cut Shoppe Card

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Earlier tonight I showed you a layout using chipboard frames to journal a story. Now I’m sharing a card with a die-cut frame for a sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Fun huh? By using a polaroid-style frame to structure my card design I was able to put this together really quickly. Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Load up some frames and arrows into your die-cutting software (or use a manual die-cutter & dies, cut by hand, or use shop bought ones, if that’s what you have!). I used some files from The Cut Shoppe, they are called Doodle Dandy and Say Cheese, and I loaded them up into the Cricut Design Space to use with my Explore machine:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 2: Hide the images you don’t want (I left a couple of frame choices as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use yet), and resize & recolour as you wish. I sized the frames to be 4″ tall, and the tallest arrow is 4.28″ high:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 3: Cut them out – I used the Cardstock+1 setting – cutting the frames from turquoise cardstock, and the arrows from an orange-woodgrain thick patterned paper:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 4: Cut a piece of white paper for your background (watercolour or art paper works best if you have it – there won’t be as much buckling on the paper then). Mark tiny lines with a pencil to show where your frame will sit – though you’ll end up moving it slightly to cover up these lines as the pencil can’t be erased if you’ve painted over it:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 5: Splodge some clean water at the two bottom corners and the top right corner of where your frame will sit. I hope you can just about see this:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 6: While the water is still wet, randomly dab on some turquoise blue watercolour paint. Remember it will lighten as it dries, so make it darker than you want it to be:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 7: While the blue is still wet add some yellow watercolour paint around it. Where the colours meet it will turn slightly green, but try not to overlap them too much or you’ll lose the different colours and just end up with green entirely:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 8: Leave the blue and yellow to dry completely, then flick some orange watercolour paint across it. Make sure you protect your surrounding workspace – I may have flicked some orange paint onto another project nearby (oops!):

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 9: Check how your card is looking. At this point I decided my card was looking way too blue:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

So I cut the frame again from some gold mirror card which looked much better (I’ll keep the blue frame to use on something else one day).

Step 10: Stick the layers down (making sure you move the frame slightly to cover up the pencil marks) and stamp your sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 11: Finish the card off with another arrow, plus a few wood veneers and gems:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

In case you are wondering, I adhered all the die-cuts to the card using my Herma repositionable dots tape runner. I was able to rub off any dots that stuck out from the edges of the die-cut designs that way!

Be Inspired:

Use a frame for a sentiment on a card

Base a project design around one large embellishment

Add some paint – both ‘splodged’ and flicked

I love the way the watercolour paint kind of ‘frames’ the frame too!

You may have spotted that The Cut Shoppe is a giveaway sponsor for this event… keep a lookout for a great prize from them coming up next!

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

Cardmaking

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination!

Last week I needed to make a wedding card for my brother and his wife (who just renewed their vows at the weekend) so I decided to use a colour scheme to help me design it. Little Miss was a bridesmaid and I knew her dress was golden (though I hadn’t seen it) but I didn’t know anything else about the colour scheme. So I just picked one of my favourite colours of teal, and used that with white and gold – which made a gorgeous classy combo…

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

Pretty huh?

I literally just dug through my stash finding objects that matched the colour scheme in my head, including the gold flower which is one of my spray-painted embellishments:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I painted their names with watercolours on some art paper, flicking some drops of paint over the top too:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

Before putting it all together!

The heavy flower and budded stem are adhered on with hot glue to make sure they won’t fall off:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks nice and classy:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I was super happy when I arrived and found out that Cheeky Boy – who was a page boy / best man – had a teal hat to wear with his outfit:

Teal, Gold & White Colour Combination at Jennifer Grace Creates

How perfect was my colour scheme?! What a good guess. And don’t the kids look cute? It took about 12 takes to get them to both smile in vaguely the right direction though!

Have you ever used a teal, gold and white colour combination? Why not try it out. Or you could try using white and gold with one of your favourite colours. Let me know if you do!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x