|TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT! Taking MORE UP and OVER THE TOP!|
I have a Birthday card to share with you today! Actually, it is the same card three ways. Each one kicked up a notch. This card is for Julee Tilman's Birthday, owner of Verve! Happy Birthday, Julee! Check out the Verve blog to see all the wonderful Birthday card creations designed by the Verve Divas to Celebrate Julee's special day!
All three cards use the same stamps and dies. That did not change. Check out what I changed/added between the three. I do want to mention that I KNOW that this first card is in no way CAS. It is a serious layered card. Ten layers(more if you are counting where I layer some of my die cuts for added stiffness) if you are counting all the die cuts...etc. See...NOT CAS! I know many of you would like to know how to add MORE to an already MORE card. What MORE can I do to kick it up? In the end it is a matter of preference. Some like MORE some like EVEN MORE, and some like OVER the TOP!
CARD 1 I started with a scrap bin card base that was done. This was discarded due to the sewing machine stitches that got gnarled up in the bottom right hand corner. I sort of covered it up with the watermark, but it is still there and looks bad. I was TRYING to recycle. Anyway, the card base is The Paper Company kraft. I started using this paper for my card bases over a year ago to make my cards lighter as well as less expensive. I layered a stitched piece of the designer paper over top. The inside panels were not stitched. I layered several die cut frames, stamped the frame image from the Thankful Accents set, added the glittered die cut Jotted Hearts, layered die cut sentiment, and two tiny clear gems. All the edges were ink distressed. All frames and dies received varying thicknesses of foam tape or dimensionals to create height and depth.
CARD 3 To put it nicely,this card is OVER THE TOP! Technically, I only did a couple of things to this card to take it from card 2 status to card 3 status. I removed the large decorative frame from behind the center piece and added an ivory accordion fold jumbo medallion. Foam tape was use for securing pieces as well as adding dimension. I also wanted more elements of sparkle so two crystal stick pins were added for drama. That is it!
When working with making MORE cards MORE, it is important to always consider colors and patterns. I could have gone with a bold pattern on the medallion, but I really thought that would have been too much. For this card, I chose to add another ink distressed cream element. I believe I still have impact just not too busy.
QUICK TIP! Sewing Machine stitching. I love to stitch either a basic stitch or zig zag stitch to my cards. It saves me on adhesives plus adds a decorative touch. Something I did to make my crafting easier for me is to write using a sharpie(I used green so it would show up) directly to my machine the numbers I needed for either the zig zag or regular stitch for distance and width. I can vary these, but when crafting and in a crunch, I do not have time to think between stitches which width I know works. These numbers are my basics and lifeline. Just see it, set it, and stitch it! Hope that helps. I believe nail polish remover will wipe off the sharpie ink. Just be sure not to touch machine writing as it may remove that too. I just leave mine up there as is. I think it has been like this for over two years. Thought I'd share! Hope this quick tip was helpful!
Let me know which card is your favorite of the three and why! Also, would you like to see more TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT posts like this?
Don't forget to check out the Verve blog to see all the wonderful Birthday card creations designed by the Verve Divas!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
Playing along with a few challenges.
Make it Monday: always Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room: Layers
Crafty Bloggers Network: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Hey GirlSimply Create Too: Two or More of Something (3 cards or two hearts)
Paper SU dp, PTI vintage cream, The Paper Company kraft
Ink Ranger Brushed Corduroy, PTI Berry Sorbet