The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mr Cardmaker tries something new.....

Ok, so I have been all over Pinterest, looking for new and exciting ideas.  Don't know Pinterest?  FIND IT!!!  You will have sooooo much fun, and waste SOOOOOOO much time!  

I have seen really imaginative and creative cards, and somewhere along the line I got the idea to try something different.  Different for me, anyway...

I made these--
I did these with My Mind's Eye papers, on PTI white card stock bases.  The pink CS is PTI as well.  The ink is SU crumbcake with a SU stamp, and the hearts are from TPC Studio with Studio G ink.  The ribbons are from my AC Moore dollar bin stash.

To make the doily image, which is from SU, I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder, and cut out the center with a Spellbinder's die.  I then cut out the pink scalloped circles with another Spellbinder's die.  I saved the insides of the scalloped circle for the sentiment, and adhered the open circle to the back of the doily piece. 

Setting the inside circle took a bit of trickery, because I needed it to be placed perfectly, so no edges would show.  so, I used some removable adhesive, and gently stuck it to the pink frame.  I did this AFTER putting strong adhesive on the back of it, because I needed it stuck to the card base.  There was next to zero space to work with here, so imagine me cursing under my breath, because that's what happened several times while doing this.

The rest of the card front was given the big foam tape treatment, around the opening, and on the edges.  This was an adhesive nightmare to make work, especially since the inside circle kept falling off while I was trying to flip the whole shebang over.  DO NOT try this immediately after having coffee.

I finally got it all down and secure, and then I got to peel the bottom off, because, as usual, I forgot about RIBBON!...grumblegrumble.....It all worked out fine in the end.  There has to be an easier way, however.

I added the sentiment piece at the end, and trimmed the overhanging edge off by hand.
All in all, these look pretty good, but also look much easier than they were.  I think the idea is to LOOK hard and BE simple.  *sigh* 
But, I learned something, and I had fun, as always.  That's the name of the game.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my mad musings. 
All Best-


  1. The Folgers is still jolting the system, so I will take note and not attempt until sometime after the adrenaline rush and before the jonesing of another pot begins! I took a good bit of time dissecting the elements for an easier attempt, and by golly...I don't think there is one! Unless you cut the circle first and then stamped, but then you'd risk the whole off centered doily; which would no doubt lead to further cursing or "sha-no no's" as my kids call them. :D
    It's obvious here that you've ventured out into the musings of Pinterest and come back with a plethora of inspiration and creativity but most importantly, marked it with your very own personal uniqueness and charm. :)
    Wonderfully done, Richard!!!
    Always inspired,
    Lisa xx

  2. All I have to say is HOLY SHNIKIES!!! Seriously Richard....these are incredibly elegant and delicate!!! What a gorgeous design....well worth your caffeine-induced struggles! LOL And oh my HECK isn't Pinterest Da bomb!!!!! I adore that place!!!!

  3. Mister Cardmaker these are beautiful! I didn't see anything close to these on Pinterest- I must be looking somewhere
    I have seen your comments on different blogs and just had to come and check out your projects. You have some talent that is for sure!
    Lovely ideas and fun posts I will have to follow you so I don't miss a thing...hope you pop in and visit my blog would love to have you.

  4. What a great idea. They're lovely. The doilies look fabulous.
    I'm off to google Pinterest now, lol.

  5. These are beautiful, Richard. Great idea to die cut the centers...this gives them so much dimension. I can see you put a lot of effort in designed these lovely Valentines. Amazing!

  6. Hi Richard, love the concept, and the cards turned out beautiful. As for Pinterest I'm still finding my way around ... so much to see.

  7. *love* your doily image- Awesome stuff Richard! Hope you are well!

  8. Cute and clever! I haven't wanted to start the Pinterest. I spend way too much time on the FB and Google Reader as it is! LOL! Have a great day!

  9. Marisa Puglisi Van StrienMonday, January 30, 2012 6:40:00 PM

    Love these!!


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