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Friday, January 13, 2012

My First Guest Design Spot

Hi there! I am so excited that Tina from Crafty and Green has been kind enough to have me as a Guest Designer!  This is my very first Guest Design spot!  I would love it if you would swing by her site to catch my post over there and leave a comment either here or there, or both, please!  We would love to hear from you.  I have sent her some bio info about myself that some of you may not be aware of so it might be fun for you to check that out and also she's having lots of super fun things going on right now on her blog.


I have listed my project in great detail here, and I warn you, it's quite a long explanation of actually creating the card.  If you skip through and just check out the pics, I won't mind. ;)


For today’s project, I have used Tina’s sketch and theme (music) for January as my inspiration.  I chose to do a card and yes, it will be up for sale in my store soon!  I have a few pictures here for you all to see the details.  The details on how I made the card are below…



1 Front of Card - Inside is Blank (for now)
2 Closeup of Bird Stamped on Chipboard and Crinkle Ribbon

3 Closeup of Sentiment, Punched Edge, and Popped Flower with Note
4Closeup of stamped background paper and popped flower

First off I cut a white piece of Recollections card stock down to 10”x7”, scoring it with my Martha Stewart Score Board to make the fold at 5”, making the finished card 5”x7”. 


Next I cut down a piece of polka dot patterned paper from my stash, rounded the corners with a corner rounder and inked the edges with a Colorbox Cat’s Eye – Dark Brown ink pad. I adhered it to the white card stock with my ATG.

After that, I cut down a piece of plain coordinating yellow paper and stamped the background with Stampin’ Up – Summer Sun ink, then again with Stampin’ Up More Mustard ink, using a stamp that I won as blog candy by Stampendous – Cling Music Score (again, sticking with our music theme here).  I punched one edge of that same paper with a Fiskars punch (which broke after I did that one edge and that is why both edges were not identical L) and finished by inking all the edges again with the Colorbox Ink. I actually liked the way it looked with only one edge punched.  It made it unique. J  Then, I adhered it to the patterned paper with my ATG. 


Next up, I fussy cut six flowers from that same paper line in my stash (it’s a generic brand) and cut out the center circles with an X-acto. I then used my 1” punch and cut out six more flowers with it to layer under the flower borders with the circles cut out so the yellow background would not show through and to add a little more texture.  I inked all my edges of the circles and the flowers and put them together by first running them through my Xyron and then layering -- 1.) 1” flower circle 2.) fussy cut flower border 3.) stamped the remaining flower circle centers with black pigment ink, a note stamp from Fiskars, and used Stickles, a Zig pen, and a white gelly roller to make them really defined 4.)  put a pop dot on the back of the note-stamped centers and went around the pop dot edges with my black Zig marker so if you look at the side it won’t be so noticeable – great trick btw ;), then added them up and to the side a little of the flowers that were already pasted down to create a bit of a shadow.  Notice the flower centers on the bottom layer are a different color than the pop dotted ones. 

The next step I did was to add a gorgeous piece of 3 Girls Jam ribbon in Goblin Green, which I had also won as blog candy!  I decided to leave it wrinkled and to make it stay that way I first put down a line of ATG adhesive, then kind of smooshed the ribbon on top of that.


To stick with the music theme I found this perfect little bird stamp (notice he’s singing) J from Inkadinkado, to go with my music notes.  I found a great chipboard embellishment from my stash and decided to ink him on to it by using StazOn ink.  Since the pattern still came through I wanted to color my bird in so I used Pearl Ranger Ink to color him in.  I then took my orange Zig marker to add some color to the beak and music note, and finished off by adding some more white detail with my white gelly roller.  I then glued down the embellishment with Tombow liquid adhesive and outlined around the embellishment with my black Zig pen to make it “pop”.

Finally, I added some Palette glue from a glue pad to the yellow part of the card and sprinkled all over with Holiday Glitter in blue that I also won as blog candy and then I added the cute sentiment which was from the same stamp set.

There you have it!  I’m sorry for the super long instructions, but as simple as this card looks, there were a lot of steps involved to create it!  


Thanks so much for joining us today and I really hope you’ll pop over to my personal blog to become a friend and follower.  Thanks again to Tinaeco-friendly.  She's the kind of gal I'm proud to call my friend!

XO ~ Amy Jo   

5 comments:

Look around the corner said...

Looks real nice.
Life with fibromyalgia is hard i know, cause i have it myself.

Keep up the good spirit, your work is lovely

Eveline

JaniceA said...

Beautiful card and congrats on your design spot! Hope this is a good day!
janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

Beckie said...

Great card. Congratulations!!!

Be Blessed, Beckie

Crafty and Green said...

Thanks so much for guest designing for me! I love this card! It's wonderful and you really portrayed the sketch so well! Thanks Amy Jo! I appreciate you and I'm glad to call you friend as well!!

Many Blessings,
Tina

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Great job!! Super cute card!! Love the birds! :)
Laura :)
tweetyb@satx.rr.com
www.laurascraftsandmore.com

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