By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
As card makers, beginners or advanced, we often drive ourselves crazy trying to figure out what is the best technique to use for a card. More often than not, we spend more time surfing the internet to find that perfect technique and don’t find one that we are truly happy with to put together with the idea we already have in mind. For example, I wanted to use the Rustic Wreath embossing folder by Spellbinders, but once I had the embossed piece I didn’t like any of the ideas I had to go with it. Nothing just seemed to fit with this beautiful piece. Sometimes we just over-think what we are creating. Simple layering of other papers is what was going to make this embossed piece “pop.”
Often cards are designed around a piece that we already have in mind such as an embossing folder, a die cut, a stamp, etc. Once that is chosen the next step is to choose the colors and the card stock, patterned paper or specialty paper such as sandable card stock to use.
Begin creating this card, by creating a 6” x 6” card base. Layer a piece of card stock (A maroon piece from the 8 ½’ x 11” Super Value Pack used here) or patterned paper on top that measures 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” using a tape runner to secure it.
Now you will create the focal piece of your card. This card was made by using the Rustic Wreath Embossing Folder by Spellbinders. Note: You must have the Raspberry Plate in order to use this folder. Run the piece of paper or card stock that you have chosen through a die cut machine (Grand Calibur by Spellbinders used here) using the embossing folder. If you chose to use a sandable card stock be sure to sand it first. Hint: The Rustic Wreath image looks best on a lighter colored sandable card stock. I tried it using some of the Black Magic line and it didn’t show up as well. Coredinations card stock was used for this card and it was sanded using the Sand It Set.
Trim the image down to 5 ½” x 5 ½” using a paper trimmer to create this card. Add some dots of Stickles (Burgundy Stickles were used to match the maroon card stock used in the layering technique) and allow them to dry.
Layer this piece onto the completed card base and tie a piece of ribbon (burgundy ribbon used here) into a bow and glue it onto the right corner area of the wreath. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card using a stamp, sticker, die cut or punch such as an alphabet punch or another choice to finish off the card.
This is a great technique that can be used during this busy holiday season or for those every day cards that we make throughout the year. Remember when making any card, don’t stress it! Simple layering may be all it takes.