Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rosette and Embossed Holiday Card with Tutorials

Can I just say that I LOVE the A Muse Studio cardstocks, especially when layered together?!!! Here is the candy cane, onyx polka dot, onyx, vanilla and twas the night before Christmas!! Don't they look yummy together? Yes, the candy cane is cream and red not white and red so don't order it thinking you're getting white. But, it's fabulous when paired with other cream based papers and they all look great on the kraft cardstock!!!  Don't you agree?

Rosettes are huge right now so I had to jump on that bandwagon too. Plus, they're just fun to make!! This one is made from an 8.5" X 3/4" strip. I scored every 1/2" on the patterned side and then flipped it over and scored the 1/4" between each score line. This gives you the "hills and valleys" for the accordian fold so that the paper doesn't "break" and show the fibers. After you score, fold to the bump (the hill not the valley) and make the accordion. When you have the folds completed, trim off 1/4" from one of the ends. It doesn't matter which one. You're going to attach the ends together to form a circle. Use some super stick tape (1/8" works best) and tuck your trimmed end in the valley of the first fold on the other end. I should have taken a pic. sorry. Basically, you're just hiding the raw edge in the valley of the first fold. Then, very carefully push the circle flat and glue it to a 1 1/4" circle base. A hot glue gun is probably your best bet but I made this rosette with zip dry. You just have to hold it a couple of minutes until the glue dries.
The teeny tiny bow is in the Cherry satin ribbon and was made by using a fork to tie the bow. Seriously. :) I will be purchasing the a│s bow maker tool but I haven't had a chance yet. I had seen this on the web a couple of years ago and had meant to try it but you know how you see too many good ideas and don't quite make it back to all of them... yep. that's me too. So, I googled and here's the link to the pdf that Diana Gibbs created. I don't know Diana but this is a fabulous tutorial and I appreciate her sharing it with all of us: http://dianagibbs.typepad.com/files/how-to-tie-a-fork-bow-with-diana-gibbs.pdf

The final fun part of this card is the shimmery center piece. The shapes are all cut with Labels 3 nesties. I love this set!!! I probably use it more than any other. I made a frame with a circle nestie on the black piece. Under the frame is a vanilla cardstock labels 3 piece.  Now, how to get it sparkly? Stamp the sentiment from mini holiday messages with memento ink and then press a versamark ink pad all over the top until that piece is covered with the clear ink. Cover the inked piece with diamond embossing powder and tap off the excess. Hit it with the heat gun until the embossing powder is melted (the sentiment shows through more clearly). You'll have a sparkly image and a fabulous accent on your card.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the November card class projects. I guess now I need to think about December's class. All products are a muse studio: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a wonderfully creative day!!!

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful - can't wait to get my order in with my candy strip cs. Great card and simple at its best.

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  2. your card is so beautiful Seleise, love the papers you used and the rosette is fabulous, love them! The embossed sentiment looks amazing, will have to try that!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    have a great day, Debxx

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  3. Gorgeous! Love all the different papers and how they came together!

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  4. Oh my goodness - LOVE the color combo, the rosette, and lookie at that pretty bow!!! Beautifully done!

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  5. Very Pretty! Love the black & Red!

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  6. Oh Seleise, I love this one!!! Great design and the rosette finished it off perfectly!

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