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Friday, January 15, 2010

Holidays with the Cricut - Fancy Card Friday!!





Happy Fancy Card Friday Everyone!!! I think this has to be my favourite day!!! I had so much fun designing this card and really went all out - I included so many fun ideas on this card :) The inspiration for this card came from a song that was on the radio while I was in my craft room. Any time I look at this card now, that song immediately comes to mind :) I have had this song in my head far too long LOL!!! I went with Fancy paper, fancy welding and fancy embellishments, what a fun card to make. Let me explain how to do it......

This card is fancy and has many details.....for those of you who are interested in making something similar I have included detailed instructions. Those of you who would just rather look at the eye candy.....I took lots of pictures ;)

Start with a fancy piece of cardstock cut so it will be a 6x6 square when folded over. Next get out your paper trimmer and cut out a smaller piece of silver paper to use as your card liner for the inside.

On my Gypsy I started with a triangle from Gypsy Wanderings and sized it to 3.94W x 1.98H. Next I selected a heart from GW and sized that to 0.51W x 0.49H, I copied this heart for a total of 10 little hearts and placed them around the right side of the triangle. This will leave room for me to fold the left corner to the top point of the triangle.Once I had the hearts placed around the triangle I grouped everything together and welded it. I then copied the triangle 7 more times. I placed my images on the mat, placed my paper to match and cut.You could definitely use double sided paper for this, but the other side of my red glitter paper was pink and it didn't go with my black and white colour scheme. So I cut out plain white triangles so I could stamp hearts on them. This way when the corner is folded over you will see the cute little stamping instead of plain white.Glue the white cutouts to the back of the red glitter paper. Once you have them glued together take your left corner (the one without the hearts welded to it) and fold it to touch the top point of your triangle. Once you have your tips lined up, use a cropadile or hole punch to punch thru all the cardstock. Repeat for the other three triangles.
Once you have folded these over take a brad and feed it through all of the holes. This will hold the pinwheels together and keep your folds from coming undone :)

Next I needed some buttons to cover up my very small brad. It just wasn't proportionate to the size of the pinwheel. I didn't want to cut out a circle to cover it either. The problem was: I didn't have any red, black or silver buttons! Actually all I have are a big bag of white ones I bought from Walmart. No problem......I made my own custom colours :) Can you keep a secret? I'll show you how (if you don't know this trick already).
Grab your versamark pad that you keep for 'grubby' stamping (or just one that is dirty). Take the front of your button and squish is down really well.Take a pair of wire wrappers for jewellery (can be found at the dollar store) or a pair of tweezers and using the holes of the button pick it up and dip it in the embossing powder.
Turn your embossing tool on and while holding the button with your pliers melt the powder. Once it has melted you can immediately put it back into the powder for another coat. Be very careful when you remove the button it will be HOT and pliable. And here it is all nice and shiny....and a pic of the back so you know I didn't sub it with a 'store bought model' lol!
I also needed a silver button...what's a girl to do? Make one :). Then I just grabbed some embroidery floss and fed it through the button holes and tied a bow. Set this aside as we will need to make our pinwheel stick.

I took a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 plain white paper and starting at a corner I rolled it up REALLY tight. I glued it shut and cut a corner off to make a point.
I felt like the stick was VERY plain and I didn't want to stamp it. I got out my wacky tack tape which will hold just about anything down. I got out a small tray and dumped a huge amount of black seed beads into it. I wrapped my tape around my stick in a spiral, and rolled the stick in the beads. I used my fingers to fill in some holes and then got out my glossy accents and coated the beads in it. (Similar to the ZIP dry glue method for the pearls from yesterday).I let this stick dry over night and laid another strip of wacky tape onto the card, removed the backing and placed my stick on the strip.
Next I was ready to place my pinwheel over top of the stick. So I got out my large pop dots and attached one to the back of my pinwheel, and one to the back of my buttons and placed it on my card.
Once I had my pinwheel in place all I needed to do was cut out my letters. I used the font from Wild Card, which I had welded together slightly to make it easier to remove and glue down. To make them stand out more on the front of the card I added pop dots to the back and accented each word with a little heart. Adhere your message on the inside and feel free to use as many little hearts as you like :)

Oh you guys are just so awesome to have made it through all that :) Now just sit back, relax and enjoy the pics :) Feel free to zoom in for a closer look ~ just click on the image :)








Well folks....only one more day left :(

I hope you come back tomorrow for CRAFTY GIFT SATURDAY!!! This is another project that can be made by both CRICUT and GYPSY users :) :)

22 comments:

texmorg said...

Oh wow that is so amazing. You are so very clever and thanks for the tip about the buttons.
Linda

Nana Mouse said...

What an exciting "spin" on an old, fun toy!! Your card is the MOST delightful. Thank you for all your hard work and detailed instructions. Not to mention the Gypsy files!!

Peggy

jayejoyce said...

All I can say is "Wow!"

You bring a new definition to the phrase "thinking outside the box". Anyone who complains about the Cricut being to "cookie cutter" needs to spend a week with you! Thanks for sharing these terrific ideas and techniques, you are truly gifted.

June said...

WOW what a gorgeous card!! This was just the inspiration that I needed!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and cut files!!

alwayscharlie said...

This is a wonderful card. Glad that you are the Jan. calendar girl! Looking forward to tomorrow!

Carolyn said...

Gorgeous! I love red & black together. You did a great job!

Jodie R said...

Beautiful doesn't begin to describe this card. I have learned more in the last 5 minutes than the whole last year of papercrafting. Come to the states and teach us too! I love your creations. Thank you so much for sharing!

Jodie

Patty said...

What a fabulous card!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all those great instructions!

Sheila McShea said...

ELEGANT, This is soooo hard to describe how beautiful it is! I just love all your projects! I must say if I made this card I could not give it away!!! Just Beautiful. Thanks for sharing and teaching us.

Kathie said...

Beautiful!! Now I have that song stuck in my head!!!

Grandma Suzie said...

LOVE IT!!!
LOVE YOU!!!!

Scrapamum said...

Holly Wow! I love it!!!

Julee said...

LOVE the button tip.. I have printed off every project his week.. They all have been AMAZING!! Thank you for the gypsy files and again all the detailed instructions.. To be honest without your detailed instructions I would be to scared to even try some of these beautiful creations!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Julee

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Wow! What a fabulous project!! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Magoo,
Thanks so much for sharing your cut files from your week as Miss Jan.
I loved seeing all the awesome projects you made with only 2 carts.
Angie Person

Wife2TJ said...

This is beautiful. I LOVE the way you colored the buttons, and I really want to try that someday :-)

Tia Yvette said...

OMG...what a classy card! I love the colors and especially the hearts on the pin wheel...super cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips with us...you ROCK!!

londoner said...

Absolutly wonderful luv the way you changed a white button into one of your choosing hoe invented.

kimmie said...

this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SuzeeV. said...

Beautiful and so much work and care....would love the Pinwheel gypsy file to try!! YouGoGirl

Anonymous said...

Love it! My colors are fabulous

scrappinnicole said...

I just love this card. So I am following your steps to create it in DS using George. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nicole