The current challenge over at Allsorts is 'Any stamped image' - right up my street!
After making my DT cards for Jo's Christmas Kickstart challenge, which is HERE - I had some doggie images left over to play with - so I made this card for Allsorts:
- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening
- image from MFT's 'Happy Pawlidays' stamp set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, die cut using the matching die then coloured using Pro markers
- die cut the sentiment circle from a snippet of white card and a further one (for the centre circle) from Tonic Mirror card called 'Fire Stone Red'. The sentiment die is by MFT called 'Merry Christmas Circle Frame'
- trimmed a piece of the 'Fire Stone Red' Mirror card to act as the first layer on the card front and glued it in place
- found a snippet of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card and embossed it using a Darice 'Paw Print Background' folder
- trimmed the embossed piece so that a fairly narrow border of red would show and then glued it onto the front of the card
- positioned the white sentiment circle to the bottom right of the card then added the red mirror card circle - using a glue pen
- then stuck the sweet little image in place using thin sticky pads
- added a couple of pale blue baubles to
hide a smudge of red Pro marker add a bit of contrast
- added the sentiment which I'd stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' onto a snippet of white card. None of my banner dies fitted properly so I used a longer die from the MFT 'Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX' set of dies. Tip: Just die cut the strip to the whole length making sure you have the V-shaped end of the die where you want it to be. Replace the die, settling it into 'notches of die cut stitches' at the length you want and run it back through your machine to die cut off the excess, leaving you with a nicely finished stitched straight end
- I added a tickle of clear Wink of Stella to the hat trim. pom pom and the pale blue baubles - just because I felt like it!
One really useful tip I picked up from Jennifer McGuire is that she always uses a T-square when adding items to cards,to make sure they're level. Sentiments and uneven levels are my downfall and since the logic of this this finally clicked into my brain - my T-square is now always out on my desk ready for action. It's been a bit of a game changer for me!
I'd also like to enter this card into Darnell's current NBUS #39 challenge for June - HERE. The MFT 'Merry Christmas Circle' die has been waiting to come out and play for ages - along with the paw prints embossing folder!
However, my basket of NBUS goodies never seems to decrease in size - bad me!