Thursday, August 24

Elegance with Glitz cardstock

This month at Ruby Rock-It we are continuing to showcase the new Franchville card and envelope sets as well as the Glitz cardstock. I am such a big fan of glitter, but even I know that there is such a thing as too much at once. In my project today, I have used the Glitz cardstock in a way that is elegant and eye catching, but not over the top.

This card is all about the layering. I started with a mauve card base. To this I added a layer of white Glitz. I then went back to my mauve card. I just cut up a second card of the same colour. I heavily distressed the edges to allow a bit more of the Glitz to show through in places. I also used foam squares to adhere this layer to add height and dimension. Next I chose another card from the set in a lighter shade. I again distressed the edges. 

Now I added a ribbon wrap. On the top I added a simple strip of purple glitz. On it's own, it's a lot of glitter, but once the other embellishments are added, it is just the right amount. I used plain white for my die cut pieces, as doing these also in glitter would have been too much. The contrasting texture of the glitter and the smooth white card stock works really well. 

Finally I added a Fundamentals sentiment sticker, some gauze and some punched leaves. I wanted to give the flowers more dimension, so I scrunched them up tightly and squirted some glue into the middle and held in place until dry. 

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Sunday, August 13

Standing Flip Book

Today I have created a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Standing Flip Book album with a princess theme for my daughter.  I have decorated the front of the book as an album cover, and will add to the inside pages after our next Disney trip, with photos of her with the princesses.

 Here's what the kit will look like when it comes to you.  The finished project will stand around 12 inches tall.

The first thing I did was to cover my pieces with gesso. I did this before assembling.  The pages themselves will be covered with paper, so it's really just about getting the edges covered. I glued mine together at this point, but you may find it easier to wait til the end. 

Using the page edges as templates, I cut patterned paper for the front and back of each page, leaving a small border. I also distressed the edges of the papers before adhering. Don't forget that you will need to punch holes in the patterned paper. The easier way is to do one side, turn it to see the hole in the back, and punch before doing the other side. The other way is to cover both sides, then line up a finished page over the top and punch through.

I was a little concerned about the weight of the pages toppling the project, so I added pieces of ribbon to stop them from pushing back too far.   I covered the whole base in clear embossing powder. It ended up with some flecks of glitter too as a happy co-incidence. I guess it got picked up from a previous project. 

I used gold ink to colour the birds. I like the silhouette effect. I cut apart one of them to have the bird and leaves spread across the project, then added paper flowers, leaves and ribbon over the top.  I attached them with a triple layer of foam dots so it would sit out from the frame giving the illusion of dimension. 

For my cover, I used this Lace Frame (coming soon)piece. It reminds me a little of the mirror from Snow White, but in gold, it feels elegant and princessy. I covered the piece in gesso first, then layers of gold ink, gold and clear embossing powder until I was happy with the result. You can see the bird that came with the leaves on the base. 

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