The first is an easel card. I loved doing the circular shapes for this. A tutorial can be found at : http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/easelcard/ There is a tutorial for a regular card as well as a circular one. Gotta love Beate's tutorials - thanks Beate :-)
I wanted to also demo the technique of embossing images into the background. If you can see in the sample, the clouds and grass on the circle are glued on first and then the circles was run through the big shot with the embossing folder. This technique works so much better using an embossing with small detail, like this square lattice one.
The kite was cut free hand, a couple of score lines in it for dimension and popped up. The white bakers twine is glue dotted in place.
I love to make 'just because' cards, and sending them for no other reason other than a hello, its such a nice surprise to receive one - better than occasions for really.
SU recipe :
Stamp set : Sale a bration set (sentiment)
Cardstock : Pool party, Lucky limeade, whisper white, calpyso coral
Embellishments : White bakers twine
Tools : Square lattice embossing folder, Glue dots, dimensionals, Big shot, Spellbinders nestabilities
For the second card, I found inspiration from Inkspiredtreasures.com.
As it is approaching the end of the school year, I thought this card would be good for a teachers card, or for a student who got a good school report. (Hopefully this will be the case here !)
I made a gate fold card, with the apple (for the teacher !!! lol) used to secure the card closed.
The books are made from the word window punch and the chalk board effect is made by using a white graphite pencil and a paper pencil to smudge the pencil. This technique was easier than white embossing and restamping with craft ink and is more effective for the school look of this card.
There was an assembly of dsp scraps available for the crafters, so everyones owl was dressed differently :)
SU recipe :
Stamp : Apple from Perfectly preserved
Cardstock : basic grey, summer starfruit, baja breeze, black, whisper white and dsp
Tools : Word window punch, Owl builder punch, Black pen, white graphite pencil, paper penxil