Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thankful For Your Friendship

Hello, Crafty Friends! Happy New Year!! I'm back with the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team today and the theme for the month of January is CARDS!! 

I created this beautiful card using Eileen Hull's Mandala and Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers dies from her new Sizzix Chapter One Releases. Keep reading to find out how I created this card.


Supplies Used
Eileen Hull- Mandala Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull- Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull- Floral Arch & Words (Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Glue Sticks
Corrugated Cardstock (DCWV)
110 lb White Card stock (Recollections)
65 lb Green Cardstock (Recollections)
110 lb Black Cardstock (Recollections)
Red Cardstock (DCWV)
Pink Cardstock (Kingston Crafts)
Floral Paper (Crafter's Companion)
Tim Holtz- Big Chat Stack (Advantus)
Paper Trimmer
Cutterbee Scissors (EK Success)

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love a good slimline card. Slimline cards have risen in popularity and if you ask me... it's about darn time!! I've always liked the crafting real estate of the slimline. So much more play space than the average A2 sized greeting card and ships for the same price!

For the base of my card, I used 110 lb white cardstock. I cut my paper to 8"x 9". Then folded it in half to create a 4"x 9" card.


For texture and interest, I used a 3-3/4" x 8-3/4" piece of corrugated cardstock as a background. 
I took strips of pink cardstock and lined the edges of a 3-3/4" x 6" of this pretty floral paper. Then mounted it onto the corrugated cardstock using my Xyron Mega Runner.


I wanted the Mandala to immediately catch the eye so I used a bold green cardstock that complimented my patterned paper. 

Because the Mandala Die is so intricate, I thought it would be best/ easiest (and less messy) if I ran the green cardstock through my Xyron Creative Station first before die-cutting it with Big Shot Foldaway. Doing this made my die-cut a giant sticker.

Then, I peeled the protective film off and applied it to another sheet of "greenish" looking cardstock- a scrap piece I had on hand, and hand-cut it out with Cutterbee Scissors


I used my Mega Runner to add adhesive to the back of the mandala and attached it to the center of my card front and trimmed off any overhanging excess. 

Then attached the card front onto the card base.


I used the flower dies from Eileen Hull's  Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers and the leafy arch from the Floral Arch & Words

I cut a total of 6 red flowers, 3 light green centers, 9 black starry flowers (not shown) for the stamens, and 6 leafy arches.


For the stamen flower centers, I grouped 3 black starry flowers, added a dollop of hot glue to each using my Xyron Hot Glue Pen Mini, then stacked them onto each other- stagger their petal in between each other.

For the flowers themselves, I used 2 red flowers each. I misted each flower with water, crumpled them, then spread them back out. Then I zapped them with my heat tool to dry the flowers and stiffen them.

Once they were fully dry I glued the two flowers together and added the light green center and topped them with the stamens.


I grouped my flowers together and hot glued them onto the card front. Then added several premade leaves and the die-cut leafy arches.


Then, finally, created a sentiment using sticker words from the Tim Holtz- Big Chat Stack.


And here is my finished card...





I love the combination of the bold flowers against the soft flowery background paper. And the texture of the corrugated cardstock and the 3-dimensional flowers gives it a nice pop as well without going overboard that your eyes don't know where to look first.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and that inspires you to create something beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon!!

Until then...
      HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana


 

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