Hello again Spellbinder friends and fans! Norine Borys from The Velvet Lemon back again! I have loved being here on the blog this week, and I consider it a privilege to share with you the projects I’ve created with the new collection Perfect Match by Debi Adams, which was so generously provided by Spellbinders Paper Arts! See here and here for my previous posts using this collection.
Today’s cards feature the stamp and die set called Friends of a Feather! And again with the cute puns! They just don’t get old! This set is perfect for making encouragement cards and cards expressing love and affection! This time I pulled out and dusted off the Copic markers. They were feeling a little neglected I think.
This card was created by first cutting a square window from some masking paper, with the Classic Squares Lg dies. I laid down the positive portion of the die-cut square onto a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, in the exact position where I wanted it to be placed. Then I laid the surrounding negative portion down around the square. I did it this way, because I found that just laying the negative outside portion down by eyeball was not a good guarantee of it being centered or straight. Then I removed the inner portion of masking paper and filled the square opening with randomly stamped leaf images. I stamped with Simon Says Intense black ink – suitable for coloring with Copic markers. Before removing the outside mask, I used the inner edges of the paper to draw a black square. After removing the outside mask, I filled in the square with Copic ink. Then I lined up the two sentiments, one at a time, and stamped the sentiments. (I love the combination of cursive and printed lettering). On a second piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, I stamped a variety of hearts and the Toucan. I colored those in with Copic markers as well, referring to online images of Toucans to get some idea of correct coloration. Then I die-cut the colored images, plus three more layers of each of the hearts and the bird. I layered those die-cuts together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid adhesive and adhered each to the card front. Finally, I adhered the card front to a card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.
This last card might be my favorite from the whole week! For this card I did the reverse of what I’ve described above with the masking paper. I cut a circle from the masking paper using the Standard Circle dies, Sm. I placed that mask where I wanted the circle to be left bare. Then I filled in around the circle by stamping with the same two mini leaf stamps that I used on the card above. I colored all of the leaves, but this time I left the background white. Next I used 2 of the Standard Circle dies to cut a narrow circle frame from kraft cardstock, and drew a stitched line around the circle with a Copic Multiliner pen. I adhered the frame in place over the colored leaves background, framing the opening. Then I stamped the Toucan and several of the hearts onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored each with Copic markers and die-cut them when finished. Once again, I die-cut 3 extra layers of cardstock or, in a few cases, a single layer of white fun foam. I glued each layer on top of each other and finally onto the card front itself. This time, I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock with Versafine ink and white embossing powder to heat emboss. I cut the sentiment strip into a fishtail banner and adhered it across the top of the stamped and colored card front.
Neenah Solar White card stock, Neenah Desert Storm card stock, Copic markers, Simon Says Intense Black ink, Eclipse masking paper.
This completes my week of guest blogging for Spellbinders! I’ve been so grateful for the generosity of both product and spirit shown by each one I’ve been in contact with! And I’ve loved working with the Perfect Match Collection, with it’s wonderfully simple drawings and cute puns! Thank you Spellbinders for inviting me, and thank YOU readers for stopping by today to see what I’ve created! I hope my projects have inspired you in some way!