today i definitely needed to take a break from the endless list of deadlines, and just do something creative in the studio. i’ve been wanting to play with the new releases from cha including some of my sizzix dies and the new laboratorie paper stash from idea-ology. i love when products have versatility, and the new laboratorie paper is just that… a mix of steampunk elements with a bit of industrial elements, add a splash of gothic (for those halloween lovers), and tie it all together with a classic black and white palette. die cuts also have versatility since they can be used to cut a variety of materials, and then be altered or embellished in lots of different ways. today i wanted to show you 3 quick cards with a die cut shape as the focal point, and then embellished with a little idea-ology so let’s get to it…
– i started off by selecting the designs i wanted to work with.
– sand a piece of kraft core using a sanding grip and then die cut the cobwebs. (awesome detail in this die)
– die cut the apothecary bottles from grungeboard. paint with distress paint, sand, ink, and cover each with a layer of glossy accents.
– die cut the feather and ink well from grungeboard. paint with distress paint, sand, ink, and cover the ink well with a layer of glossy accents.
– die cut the wall clock from grungeboard. paint with distress paint, sand, ink, and cover the clock face with a layer of rock candy crackle paint.
– for the foundation of my cards i chose to use kraft core shattered card stock and cut each piece 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.
– score the papers at 3 3/4″ and fold in half making the card size 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.
– sand the edges of the kraft core with a sanding grip.
– ink the edges with distress ink using an ink blending tool (i love the look of inked shattered cardstock).
– next select the background papers from the laboratorie stash. i chose the 6×6 size papers of poison labels, vintage prescriptions, and worn wallpaper.
– cut the papers 3 1/2″ x 6″ and distress the edges with a paper distresser. ink the edges with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
– assemble your cards by adhering the background paper to the kraft core, and then adhere the die cut elements.
– cut up the cobweb strip and adhere various pieces to the corners of your cards – cool huh?
– i embellished the apothecary card with a vial label and a few remnant rubs. (love the versatility of the rubs, even on the bottle label)
– i embellished the feather and ink well card with some trimmings and a word band.
– i embellished the wall clock card with some paper string and a tag label.
– for the finishing touch i added a strip of laboratorie tissue tape to each card.
fun and simple cards to make don’t you think? making several cards “assembly line” style saves time and yet each one has their own look and feel. next time you’re die cutting, try cutting a few extra shapes to have ready when you need to make a some quick cards.
hope you decide to give these a try – have a great weekend…t!m