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Crate Paper – Father’s Day Cards

Hello, CP friends! Enza here, and today I’m sharing two Father’s Day cards using the Here+There and Wild Heart collections.

With less than a week left to the big day, I thought that simple cards would be the way to go, especially if you feel inspired to recreate them. Other than a little bit of die-cutting, the rest is pretty much layering of different elements, such as ephemera pieces, stickers, patterned papers and tags.

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

For my first card, I used the Here+There collection.

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

I started by trimming the card panel to measure 4”x5.5”. I wanted a dark, bold background, so I went with the Check-in patterned paper for its rich brown color. Although this is specifically a travel collection, the variety of patterns and colors works for any type of projects. I layered two additional patterned papers to create sort of a frame for my embellishments. I then went to town with the layering. I knew I wanted to include an interactive element, so I used one of the envelopes in the collection as my first layer. I trimmed a photo of our kids to size, punched a whole at the top, and added some pink ribbon to pull it out of the envelope.

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

I love the paper with the colorful scooters! I trimmed it into a banner shape and backed it with the same Check-in patterned paper I used for the card panel. I then layered a tag behind it and one on top. The sentiment comes from the Good Vibes Specialty Cardstock; I think it’s perfect for a Father’s Day card! To finish the card, I fussy-cut a bigger scooter out of the City Views patterned paper to place below the sentiment, added a sticker heart, and adhered the whole panel to my white card base.

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

The second card features the Wild Heart collection. I love how bold and masculine it turned out!

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

As always, I started by trimming my card panel to size (this time 4”x5.25”) and creating sort of a frame for my elements. I picked darker colors and geometric patterns, with a pop of yellow to brighten the card up. I then die-cut the letters from the Thrive paper and adhered them on top of three circles cut out of the Electric paper. I think it creates a nice contrast and really makes the letters stand out.

Father's Day Cards by @enzamg for @CratePaper. #cards #handmadecards #fathersday

“The best day” sentiment comes from the Wildly cut apart sheet, while the other two smaller ones are from the Flourish collection. Two tiny blue hearts and some twine wrapped around the card panel added the final touch.

I hope these cards have inspired you to use such amazing collections for Father’s Day cards.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies – Here+There: Check-in (344336), Photo Op (344329), 6×6 Paper Pad (344342), Envelopes (344348), Ephemera Pieces (344346), 6×12 Stickers (344347), City Views (344330); Good Vibes: Foil On Cardstock (344310); Wild Heart: Wildly (344420), Thrive (344431), Roar (344426), Electric (344421); Flourish: Sentiment Stickers (344401).

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Spellbinders – June Large Die Of The Month

Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today to share a new set of cards created with the gorgeous Spellbinders June Large Die of the Month kit. If you are not aware of this amazing membership deal, you want to check it out! Spellbinders offers two types of monthly memberships, one for small dies and one for large ones, which include not only the cutting dies (of course), but also project inspiration and several benefits, such as discounts and gifts.
This month’s kit features beautiful and versatile corner florals.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies

For the first card, I started by die-cutting the image multiple times to create several layers. I backed the die-cut for the front of the card panel with patterned papers, making sure to include different shades of the same color for more variety. I fussy-cut extra leaves from another piece and just tucked them underneath for a fuller image.

Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
To give texture to the 4×5.25” card panel, I simply scored lines to form a diamond-shaped design. I then added lots of layers between this and the card base: vellum, foam adhesive, another die-cut that I offset slightly, and patterned paper.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
The sentiment, which I heat-embossed onto smooth white cardstock, comes from the Altenew BAF: Hibiscus Stamp Set. Again, I added vellum behind it to create continuity and bring the card together. Clear drops finished the card.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
The second card features the other die in the kit.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
I thought it would be fun to include some painting, so I used the die-cut as a stencil to watercolor the whole image. To achieve depth and saturate the colors a bit, I went over them with alcohol markers before adhering a clean die-cut on top. I also added a wash of paint all around the image for a messy look. The sentiment comes from the same Altenew stamp set. Again, I layered vellum behind the card panel and also the sentiment. Black splatters and clear drops added the final touch.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
For the third card, I just used the leftover die-cut that served as a stencil on the previous card.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
I loved the softness of the colors so much I had to use it. I adhered the image in the top right corner of the card panel and trimmed the excess. To balance the design I used part of the die-cut, with positive and negative spaces, in the bottom left corner – I really like the subtle texture created by the white-on-white look. I wrapped twine around the card panel three times and tied it in a bow. The sentiment was just heat-embossed with white embossing powder onto black cardstock and cut into a banner shape. As in the previous card, I finished it with black splatters and clear drops.
Set of floral cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using June Large Die of The Month. #Spellbinders #cards #cardmaking #mixedmedia #cuttingdies
I hope you have found some inspiration in my cards today. Make sure to check out the Spellbinders website to read about the memberships options and have amazing dies shipped to your door every month for a very convenient price.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Spellbinders – Folk Art Inspired Cards

Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today to share a set of cards I created with the beautiful Spellbinders Shapeabilities Kurbits Etched Die Folk Art by Lene Lok. I truly enjoyed experimenting with this die and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the results.

Set of folk art cards by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I used two different approaches here: one more classic, with color blending and a very traditional look, the other layered and fun, with techniques I would normally use on a scrapbook page.

The first card features the die in its entirety.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I started by blending the following colors onto Neenah Solar White 80lbs cardstock: Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide and Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I then cut the shape four times (I hadn’t decided on the design yet) and tried different options before deciding on the final layout. I trimmed white cardstock to measure 3.75×4.75” and adhered the first die cut in the center. I knew I wanted to outline the shape of the floral image to make it stand out more, so I hand-stitched around it with embroidery floss in coordinating colors.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I love layering elements, so I adhered another die cut on top of the one I had already put down and just added a foam dot under the top flower, while the rest is glued directly to the bottom portion of the image. This double layer creates lots of interest and dimension, which is what I try to achieve on my projects most of the times. I also fussy cut parts of the image to use in the corners of the card panel.

I heat-embossed a sentiment from the Altenew Cross Stitch Flower Stamp Set on vellum with Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder and tucked it under the bottom corners of the card.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I foam mounted the panel and adhered it to a few more layers of colored cardstock before gluing it onto the card base. Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze finished the card.

The second card has more layers and a repetition of the same image in different colors.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I don’t like to waste anything, so I used the remaining die cuts from the previous card and cut a few more from white and yellow cardstock. I arranged them at the bottom of the card panel, making sure to alternate the colors, and used foam dots to lift the top portion. To balance the design, I also placed two of them in the top right corner of the panel.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

For the sentiment, I used a gold puffy sticker from the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection, while to add an extra element of interest, I wrapped twine around the spine of the card and attached a heart charm to it. Nuvo Jewel Drops completed the card.

Folk art card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders using the #KurbitsEtchedDieFolkArtByLeneLok #neverstopmaking

I hope you have found these cards inspiring. Check out the Spellbinders store for more amazing designs and their blog for lots of wondeful projects.

Thank you for stopping by!

Spellbinders supplies: Shapeabilities Kurbits Etched Die Folk Art by Lene Lok.

Other supplies: Neenah Solar White 80lbs Cardstock, Altenew Cross Stitch Flower Stamp Set, Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Crate Paper Flourish Collection, Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops.

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