Hello again crafty friends! It’s Gail on the blog today and I have some some fun, creative cards to share with you! Not only were they fun to make, but the recipient will find them fun to open as well! I took a few photos of the process to so be sure to read on!
First up, I got a bit arty with the backgrounds! I’ve been wanting to play with some of the new Vicki Boutin mixed media products so I just went for it! I created two cards using two of the stamp and die sets: Floral and Moth.
I stamped one of the images from each set repeatedly over a white cardstock background with clear ink and heat embossed. It’s kind of hard to see the clear images on the white background but I wanted them to resist the color that I was about to apply over the top!
I used the Art Crayons and simply scribbled back and forth over the cardstock, then used a wet paintbrush to smooth and soften the colors and also blend them into each other. I love the effect!
Now that the backgrounds were done, I worked on the images that I wanted to “spin” on my card. I used the smaller flower and moth (which I kind of just pretended was a butterfly!) and stamped them with black ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then colored the images again using the Art Crayons.
I took a tip from Vicki Boutin herself and to color the images, I actually just used my water brush to pick up color directly from the tips of the crayons! It worked a treat!
Once I had my images colored I went ahead and die cut them with the coordinating dies. Now I needed to adhere them back to back, sandwiching some very thin gold thread between them. Be sure to use really strong adhesive for this!
The next step was to create a window on my card front so I grabbed a circle die, positioned it where I wanted on my card front and watercolored panel and cut the window out of both so they lined up perfectly.
Then it was just a matter of sandwiching the gold thread above and below the die cut image between the card front and the front panel. Again, strong adhesive works best.
When the card is opened up, the little flower or butterfly spins around in the die cut window and it’s so fun! You can even “wind it up” a bit before giving it to someone to make sure it spins a lot!
Spinners such as this typically work best with images that are symmetrical or mirror images. The images of the flower and butterfly that I used aren’t perfectly lined up but it’s close enough to work!
As primarily a scrapbooker, sometimes it’s so fun and inspiring to create cards experimenting with different techniques! I urge you to give it a go and have fun!
Supplies: Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies – Floral (376820), Moth (376819), Art Crayons Set 1 (376797), Set 2 (376798), Black Ink Pad (376805)