Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pick a Petal Sad Face

I love using the Pick a Petal stamp set in creative ways.  This is just one that I found and decided to put my own touch to it!  I thought this was sure to brighten someone's day.

The cardstock base is Pacific Point and layered with Whisper White and River Rock.  I used the Flannel large background stamp in River Rock on the front piece of River Rock.  Flannel always makes us feel better, right?  I accented the front sad face with the corner punches.

For the face, I used the circles for eyes and the spotted petal for the nose.  I used the outline petal for the frown.  I used a marker to only color half the petal and stamped onto my Whisper White.  You could also ink-up the entire stamp, put down a piece of scrap paper to cover the bottom of the petal, and stamp the whole image onto the Whisper White and scrap paper.  Actually, I'd probably recommend this way more than the way I did it.  If you don't have your stamp absolutely clean, the bottom part of the petal still shows up on your stamped image.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Birthday with a Hand-Made Brad

This is a good, easy birthday card for either girls or boys.  It's fairly easy and shows how you can "make your own brad" to accentuate just about any project.

This card is made from Confetti White, Basic Black, and Riding Hood Red cardstock.  The center image is stamped on Confetti White with Basic Black ink.  I stamped the image onto Confetti White again with Riding Hood Red.  Using a 1/2" circle punch, I cut out the very center of the Riding Hood Red image.  Using a glue dot, I adhered this small circle to the middle of a "make your own brad."  I had to use a paper piercer to punch through the center image and push the brad through.

This is a simple card with just a little "pop" in the middle!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Punched Train

I saved the best one for last in this series...my punched train.  In my opinion, this is the punched card of all punched cards.  I'm biased, but I think it's adorable!

I started with a Whisper White cardstock base and layered Bashful Blue on top for the background.  To make the train tracks, I used a piece of Basic Black and spiral punched down both sides.

For the engine, I used a keytag punch on Basic Black.  For the window,  I used a 3/4" square punch and layered a 1/4" square punch of Bashful Blue on top.  For the top of the smokestack, I used the top of a large tag punch.

For my box cars, I used a 1 1/4" square as the base in Only Orange or Real Red.  I layered a 3/4" square (in alternating color) and then a 1/2" circle on top of that.  The Whisper White "cargo" in each car is the end of the tab punch.

I joined all the cars together with a little piece of Basic Black.  The wheels are made from 1/2" circles in silver.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Punched Teacup

Here is another creation in my punch art series.  My husband and I own a coffee shop and I hate coffee.  So, I end up drinking quite a bit of tea.  This one is for all you fellow tea-drinkers!

The base of this card is Apricot Appeal.  I then layered it with Bashful Blue and Whisper White.  I stamped the "friendship" sentiment on the front and sponged a bit of Bashful Blue on the edges.

To create my teacup, I used my tag punch on some patterned scrapbooking paper.  For the saucer, I punched a medium sized oval and sponged it as well.  Then, for the inside of the saucer, I punched a small oval out of Bashful Blue, but did not sponge it, so the 2 ovals contrast just a little.  I adhered the small one on top of the medium-sized sponged one to finish the saucer.  

For the handle I punched a medium-sized oval out of Bashful Blue and then used the small oval punch to cut out the middle.

I finished my teacup by adding a small flower and brad as embellishment in the middle.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Punched Popsicles

Since we have a heat advisory today, I figured it would be a good day to share my Punched Popsicles.

To create the card front, I took a piece of Whisper White and sponged some Real Red and Close to Cocoa onto the corners.  I also stamped the "Celebrate" sentiment across the front. 

To make the popsicle, I tag punched a piece of Real Red cardstock.  I used my scallop circle punch to "take a bite" out of the popsicle.  I created the stem using Close to Cocoa with a word window punch.  After adhering to the piece of Whisper White, I used my white gel pen to draw a little shading on the popsicle and stem.

Once I had the card front completed, I mounted onto a piece of Close to Cocoa and the Real Red card base.  I decided I wasn't done with this one...

I created two more popsicles, one Only Orange and one Elegant Eggplant, as decoration for the inside of the card using the same technique as above.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Punched Cookies

Here is another one of my punch art creations!  This one is for all you fellow chocoholics!

I used a Basic Black cardstock base and layered it with Whisper White.  Before adhering the top Close to Cocoa layer, I sponged Close to Cocoa ink on the corners to give it a bit of dimension.  I also stamped the friendship sentiment across the front with Basic Black Classic Ink.

For the large plate of cookies, I created the Basic Black plate with a large circle punch.  I fancy Whisper White plate lines is from a scallop punch.  I also poked a hole through each scallop to add some fine detail.  The Close to Cocoa cookies are made from a small circle punch.  I used the fine-tip end of my Chocolate Chip marker to dot on the chocolate chips.

For the smaller plate, I punched a circle out of Basic Black and created the cookie the same way as listed above.  I cut off part of one edge to show that some guilty party had already eaten part of the cookie.  For the napkin, I scallop punched a piece of Whisper White.  I used my Baroque Motifs stamp set to stamp a swirl onto the scallop circle with Close to Cocoa.  You could so this with any set that has a bit of a swirl to it.  Then, I simply cut out two scallops to create a fancy napkin and adhered it to the plate.

Now I need some REAL cookies & milk!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Punched Apples

This is another one of my cards created mainly with punched images rather than stamps.  School will be here before you know it, so I thought some apples were in order for our teachers!

For this card, I used Real Red cardstock as the base and then rolled Rough Texture in Real Red onto a piece of Very Vanilla to create the background.  Then I adhered a piece of Basic Black across the middle to set off the punched apples.

In order to create the apples, I used the Tag Punch and punched 3 Very Vanilla tags and just left them unfolded.  Then I also punched 1 tag out of Garden Green and 2 out of Real Red.  I cut the ends off and adhered to the ends of the Very Vanilla to create the top and bottom rinds.  In Basic Black, I stamped a small flower in the center of the apples to look like seeds.  As a final touch, I cut three small strips out of Chocolate Chip and adhered to the top for the stems.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scalloped Purple Coneflowers

I love making card embellishments using my punches.  It's a neat way to be creative with supplies that I already have.  I can see many of these items being used for scrapbooking as well as cardmaking.  This card could be used for almost any occasion.

This was a quick and easy way to introduce some of my friends to using punches in creative ways.  Using a scallop punch, I created a Perfect Plum and Almost Amethyst scallop.  In order to create the flower, I cut the scallop circle in half and then cut off one additional petal.  I cut the petals a little deeper than what the scallop punch did, as well as curled the petals so they stand up off the card.  I used small pieces of Close to Cocoa for the flower centers.  They look like my purple coneflowers in my garden!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Scrapbooking Kit Card

This is another one of my cards made from the same scrapbooking kit as my previous two posts.

I used River Rock for the base and stamped the entire front with the Sanded large background stamp with River Rock Classic Ink. Then I adhered a strip of Confetti White on the bottom of the front, stamped with the "You're one of the good ones" from the Smarty Pants stamp set in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink.   I used a sticker from the scrapbooking kit as a border between the 2 colors on the front.

I scallop punched Ruby Red and then added another sticker from the scrapbooking kit. I tied a small piece of twine through a coordinating button and adhered with a mini glue dot.  It was easiest to adhere this entire piece together first and then use several glue dots to adhere the entire piece to the front of the card.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Birthday Card from Scrapbooking Kit

I just love making a whole stack of cards using a scrapbooking kit.  Sometimes I have a hard time picking colors for my cards.  I often use the same few favorites on my creations.  The scrapbooking kits already have colors picked out and coordinating papers, stickers, and other embellishments.  It's already selected for me!  And often, it's not colors towards which I lean.  This forces me to be creative and think outside my own little box, without having to put a lot of brain power behind it all!  YAY!

This is another card that I made from the same scrapbooking kit as my previously uploaded card.

The base of the card is Confetti White cardstock.  I layered it with Chocolate Chip and River Rock cardstock.  I punched squares and flowers out of the coordinating Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, and Ruby Red cardstock.  I adhered the brads to the back of the small squares and then used mini glue dots to add this assembled piece to the card.  I found that if I tried to put the brad through more than that one layer, it made the card bulky and it would not aly down or go in the envelope very neatly. 

I cut down the long sticker of squares to fit the piece of River Rock cardstock.  I liked how these little squares copied the look of the squares underneath the punched flowers.  Looks like tile, doesn't it? 

To finish the card, I stamped the "Happy Birthday" with Chocolate Chip ink on the bottom right.  I can see this card being re-made for almost every occasion using a different sentiment.  I also this this is a good card for both males and females.