Tuesday 29 December 2020

Squash and snip

The first cards I've found myself in need of post-Christmas are not necessarily the ones you want to be making - a thinking of you for a friend and a sympathy card.

I used the current Let's Squash It challenge as inspiration for both of them. The challenge is to use a folder and die cutting or fussy cutting. I actually did both for the Thinking of you card - die cut the oval panel and fussy cut part of the embossed design so I could tuck the oval into the flowers and foliage. My dad bought me this folder as a Christmas gift - it's a beauty isn't it?

I embossed some grey cardstock, highlighted the texture with some gilding wax and used a gold gel pen in the flower centres for a bit of subtle variation. 

A very old HOTP sentiment set

Bristol board 

Hero Arts shadow ink (Soft Granite)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

Flower Frame 3D folder (Nellie Snellen)
Silver Rub n Buff
Oval dies (Spellbinder)
Gold gel pen

For the sympathy card, I wanted just a little bit of embossing on a clean and simple design - I put the card in the folder and bashed one corner with a hammer (I think this was the first embossing folder I ever owned ). Then I  rubbed a tiny bit of microglaze on the raised bits and washed over with watered down Distress ink. I left the die cut feathers simple white and added a few tiny gems as it looked a bit unfinished somehow but as it’s a sympathy card I didn’t want anything too in your face.  

Big Day Today (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)

Bristol board 

Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)

Feathers dies (Spellbinder)
Textile Texture embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Nail art gems
Corner Chomper 

Thanks for stopping by - there are a couple of days left if you fancy joining in at Let's Squash It.



Wavejumper said...

Both nice cards. I esp like the grey one and the idea of making the slits to fit the oval die cut!

That is a lovely embossing folder. Snellen makes great 3D ones!

Happy New Year!
hugs Margot

Dotty Jo said...

Both cards are simply stunning, Joanne, and will bring much comfort I'm sure. Thanks for playing at Let's Squash It! Jo x

Jeanne H said...

Very lovely cards! Your recipients will surely appreciate them.

Dotty Jo said...

Love the technical language you employed in your description - you bashed it with a hammer beautifully! Jo x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both designs, Joanne! Especially love the frame inset in the embossing on card one and the inked embossing with feathers on card two!! Sorry to be slow but glad you linked up to Let's Squash It!! in December!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

PS - forgot to say congrats on your win at Let's Squash It!! Delighted for you!!