I wanted to make a card to enter in a couple of challenges and this is what I came up with. The first challenge is Things that Fly in Nature over at Bitten by the Bug 2. The second challenge is Texture at Cooking with Cricut.
I made a 5″ x 5″ card and the patterned paper was all printed on the Imagine using the Country Carnival cartridge. I love the paper selection on this cartridge and have been wanting to use the design that is on the background of my card for some time. The reason I bought this cartridge is because of the paper — and the very cool font that it has.
I cut the hummingbird (at 3″) from watercolor paper using the Art Nouveau cartridge and colored him with Copics. This is only my second time trying to color with Copics, and I have lots to learn. I discovered I don’t have enough green markers — I didn’t have enough in the same color group to do any blending.
After I colored the hummingbird, I used a crystal glaze (something I got years ago) to go over sections of his body to try and simulate the iridescence you see in their feathers.
Oh, dear — after looking at the close-up I’m not too sure I should be posting it. My coloring definitely leaves a lot to be desired! The circle behind the hummingbird was embossed using the Forest Branches folder.
I recently got the Art Philosophy cartridge, mainly because of the flowers I have seen so many crafters make with it. The roses on this card represent my first time using this cartridge. I cut them at 2″ and 2.5″ using some Recollections paper from Michaels. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink. I used a quilling tool from one of my Cuttlebug quilling kits to roll up the flowers. I was surprised at how quickly they went together. The greenery behind the roses is also from Art Philosophy.
I wanted the sentiment to be subtle, so I stamped it in the upper right hand corner (using distress ink) trying to make it look like it is part of the print on the paper. I added a couple of pieces of lace across two corners and used my sewing machine to stitch around the card.
For the inside of the card, the white area is a shape cut using Art Philosophy. The corners are a 2″ square of vellum, cut diagonally, embossed with the Swiss Dots folder, and trimmed with lace sewn across the top edges. I then secured them to the card by stitching around the entire piece.
I originally planned on using the vellum corners on the front of the card, but when I laid everything out, I thought they hid too much of the paper on the front. So they got moved inside, which worked out fine because I had no plans yet for the inside of the card.
- Cricut cartridges: Art Nouveau, Art Philosophy, Imagine Country Carnival
- Cuttlebug embossing folders: Forest Branches, Swiss Dots
- Vellum, scraps of lace