One of the reasons why I dearly love making handmade cards is that it’s so much fun to go crazy with adding embellishments, and the more embellishing, the better! Since it is February, the month for love and romance, I thought I’d share with you all a card designed with my own special guy in mind. This card evokes some masculine details with a vintage flair, incorporating handmade chipboard accents that take center stage and pack a punch in the embellishing department!
- Generic chipboard (Like that found in product packaging/backing.
- Cricut Expression 2 Machine
- Heritage Cricut Cartridge
- Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
- Core’dinations My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found 4×6 Label Collection
- Core’dinations Cardstock Super Assortments Nostalgia
- DCWV Black Currant 12×12 Paper Stack
- Petaloo Color Me Crazy Flowers – Snow White
- Zots Clear Adhesive Glue Dots – Medium
- Therm O Web Foam Mounting Adhesive Squares
- Aleene’s Paper Glaze
- Diamond Dust
- Krylon Glitter Spray – Shimmering Silver
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad – Broken China
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad – Tattered Rose
- Ranger Ink Blending Tool
First, you will want to select some patterned paper and cardstock that you would like to work with. Since I was creating this card for a guy, I wanted to avoid the typical Valentine colors of pinks and reds and go with a more masculine palette of blue, gray and black. I selected a trio of papers from the DCWV Black Currant Paper Stack… a solid textured gray/black, a stripe pattern and a gray floral doily print. I cut down and folded a section of the solid piece to create a 9 1/4″ x 4″ card base. I then cut a panel of the striped pattern, slightly smaller to fit the front of the card.
Now, using the Cricut Expression 2 machine and the Heritage cartridge, I cut out a die cut of a vintage truck at 3.5″ from a piece of the solid texture gray/black paper.
Okay, now it’s time for fun… creating custom chipboard accents! With these, I made hearts to fill up the truck-bed! I selected a confetti of heart shapes using the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge, and then I cut them out onto a sheet of generic chipboard, as found in product packaging and backing!
To provide extra thickness to each of the hearts, each set were cut out a total of 3 times, two sets from chipboard and one set from a piece of gray doily floral printed paper. I layered and adhered the 3 layers together for each heart.
Now to enhance these accents, I inked them all using a light rose colored ink to define their edges.
I also wanted to add a shimmer to these hearts, so I sprayed them with a Krylon Glitter Spray. The spray adds just the perfect amount of sheen!
I also used two of the chipboard hearts without the patterned paper layer and layered on some Diamond Dust glass glitter.
Using the Core’dinations My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Label Collection in 4×6, I hand cut the scalloped embossed light blue piece and glued it to the left side of the card front. I then layered the heart accents over top of the scalloped piece with glue dots. Next, I positioned the truck die cut to the front of the card with foam adhesive to provide dimension. The Embossed “LOVE” was also cut out from the Core My Mind’s Eye Label pack. I inked the edges and adhered the piece to the truck with a flower layered and peeking out from beneath. To finish this card, I outlined areas of the truck with some Paper Glaze medium to add some more contrast and added a sentiment which was computer printed onto cardstock.
Using die cuts to create your own chipboard accents for a project is fun… I hope you’ll give it a try next time you are wanting to add that something special to your crafting!