I was Slimline before Slimline was “cool”.

The latest design format for stampers is called “Slimline Cards”. Basically it is a card that will fit in a standard #10 business envelope. The size is approximately 4″x9″ but any variant of that works as long as it fits in the #10 envelope size. Stamp companies are bringing out all kinds of designs of stamps and dies to fit that format. Well apparently I have been ahead of my time because about 10 years ago I actually made my first Slimline cards! Recently I dug through my filed cards and storage boxes and found my first two cards in this format. They are both Christmas cards and were made with the standard tools I had on hand at the time.

I had joined the ranks of diecut machine users a couple of years before and decided to use some of the tools for these designs. With my circle dies and Perfect Layers Tool I created these cards.

I started this card by deciding the size that I wanted my final front panel. Then I die cut a circle from the right hand side using my Spellbinders circle layers dies. I took a Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, which reminded me of snowflake swirls, and embossed the left hand side the full length of the embossing folder. Using Xyron adhesive I attached that to a larger piece of red mirror cardstock and diecut a smaller circle from the Spellbinders die set within the original window to make the red inside frame. Then using my Perfect Layers Tool and an Exacto knife, I cut the borders of the red mirror cardstock around the edge of the white cardstock. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped a penguin and snowflakes (older unknown rubber stamp set) and colored with Zig Markers. (Yes, I know I show Memento markers, but I remembered too late that it was Zigs!) I then attached that image to the back of the layers centering the image in the window. I tied a red and gold glittery ribbon around where the swirls ended and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card base.

The second card again started with what I wanted as a final front panel. I cut the red Stardream cardstock and embossed with a Creative Expressions ornament embossing folder. I then attached it to a white pearlized swirl white cardstock and cut the border with my Perfect Layers Tool and Exacto knife. This was attached to a pine green cardstock and again cut the borders with my PLT. I wrapped a glittery gold ribbon around the center lengthwise and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card. On white cardstock I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and let it dry and cut it to size. I then ran it through my Xyron putting the adhesive on the stamped side and covered with transparent glitter and rubbed it into the adhesive. I layered it to some pine green cardstock and…..you guessed it….used my Perfect Layers Tool once again. I attached that panel to the front of my card using 3M foam tape over the ribbon. The final touch was putting a matching bow on the ribbon.

I hope that you enjoyed my trip back in time and hope you come back soon. I promise to be better about posting. In fact I have several posts in mind. Wedding papercrafts and baby papercrafts are on the agenda! Until then….stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive!

My Favorite Things Makes My Yearly Cards Easy-Peasy!

Every January I take on the project of making all my birthday cards and anniversary cards that I give to my friends for the year.  I choose several designs and have a couple cardmaking sessions.  Coincidentally, I ended up choosing My Favorite Things for all my designs.  I love the versatility of their stamps and dies.  So come on into my blog and see what I made.  Pssst………if you are one of my friends who get cards from me, you can stop here or keep reading but just make sure you are surprised when you get yours!

First, I decided to make Anniversary cards.  I wanted to use one of MFT’s new Valentine dies, but wanted to make it more “un” Valentine’s.  Here is what I decided to make:

With a base of an ivory A2 sized card, I cut dark rose Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer.  I then cut some ivory cardstock a bit smaller than the rose layer and used the Hearts Entwined die to cut an opening in it.  I backed the opening with some patterned cardstock from my stash that had hints of the dark rose in it.  NOTE:  I found it easier to run the ivory cardstock through my Xyron before cutting it.  Then I just attached the patterned paper to the back of it so you could see the design through the front opening and quickly ran some 3M tape runner on the back and attached that to the rose layer.  Along with the hearts outline from the original cut, I then cut the heart die out of one more piece of ivory cardstock and once again out of the MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock keeping the thin heart outlines part making a total of 3 layers.  I tucked the ivory cardstock hearts with the Xyron back into the opening first making sure it was correctly lined up.  Then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive on the other two heart cut outs and stacked them on the first one with the gold sparkle on top.  This made a nice raised effect on the hearts.  I ran my Teflon bone folder over all the heart inserts to make sure they were well adhered.  I stamped only the word “Celebrate” from Let’s Celebrate You in More Essential Sentiments with Tsukineko VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and embossed it with WOW white embossing powder and cut into a banner shape.  I attached it with some thin 3D squares in strategic spots so it would not sag.  Last I added some clear Pretty Pink Posh gems.  I used Essential Sentiments to stamp on the envelope using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink.

   

Next came the birthday cards for the gals.  My gal pals are wine lovers, so guess what……MFT came out with some wonderful wine themed items and I used several of them!

I cut some black cardstock to fit on the front of an ivory A2 cardbase, but didn’t attach it yet.  I then cut a 1″ strip of some red GinaK patterned paper and a thin strip of black cardstock.  I cut some ivory cardstock to layer on the black.  I marked 1″ from the edge of the ivory layer and used a swirl embossing folder to dry emboss up to the mark.  Then I adhered the patterned paper and black strip to the embossed piece and attached that to the black layer.  I used the Good Time To Wine stamp set to gold emboss a sentiment on a strip of vellum using Tsukinko Encore metallic gold ink and Judikins Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and then wrapped it around the 2 layers and attached on the back.  Then I adhered this to the cardbase.  Using the Wine Glass Shaker Window & Frame die I cut the frame from shiny gold cardstock.  I attached the Wine Shaker Pouch to the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape and filled the pouch with a red/gold/silver bead mixture and attached it to the front of the card.  I then stamped a sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday on the envelope.

  

Lastly came the cards for the guys.  Like most other card makers, cards for guys can be difficult for me.  But with some creative use of MFT items I came up with a great design.

I first cut black cardstock the full size of the front of the ivory A2 cardbase, but did not attach.  I then cut some GinaK patterned paper to a size that was the same width but not quite as high as the black cardstock.  NOTE:  Only cut 1/2 the number of sheets that you need of the patterned paper as each sheet will make 2 cards.  I ran the patterned paper sheets through the Xyron to put adhesive on the back.  This helps with the layering of the panel.  I used the Happy Birthday Block die to cut the letters out keeping it towards the top of the paper.  Since the paper is backed with the Xyron, make sure to run it through the die cutter a couple of times.  Pop out the letters making sure to keep all the pieces.  I then attached the main piece to one of the black cardstock pieces.  Since I kept the letters in order of how I took them out I was able to pop out the smaller inside pieces and attach them to the proper letters.  Putting that aside, I took the cut out letters, peeled off the Xyron backing and attached them to a second piece of the black cardstock.  HINT:  Using the die I cut a template out of a heavy piece of cardstock and used that for proper placement of the letters.  I attached a piece of the patterned paper to the bottom of the black cardstock to fill in the empty space.  Next, using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder I heat embossed a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set onto ivory cardstock and cut into a banner shape.  I attached this to the card with foam tape.  I then took some black and silver ribbon and put in across the bottoms of each card and glued on a few matching sequins.  And………I made them in two different colors!  I also stamped a sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments onto the envelope using Tsukineko VersaFine black ink.

  

I hope you enjoyed my big project!  I love that I now have all my cards made for my friends for the year……all 25 of them!  Except for a few family cards I can take a break, do some other crafting and be fresh and ready for holiday card season.  Stay warm and be safe and come back again.  I love reading your comments and hearing what you think.  Hugs to all!