Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make it Monday: Decreasing Aperatures

I really liked Jenn Ellefson's technique in this week's Make It Monday challenge - Decreasing Aperatures, which is basically a fancy way to say "cut windows from bigger to smaller"! :) I got a chance to play around today and I really love the result. Here is my card:


OK, here are the layers. In the orange patterned paper (from Echo Park) I cut the Mat Stack 4 shape. I cut the pinked-edge Limitless Layers die from Orange Zest and adhered that to Hawaiian Shores cardstock, on which I had stamped the Mat Stack 4 striped image in Versamark. Then I cut the 1.75" circle through both layers. That whole panel is then popped up on the card base. Now, on the base, I adhered an orange zest "frame" (I cut the inside with a square nestie so just the border would show), and I also adhered a small square of the polka-dot Echo Park paper. Then I carefully cut the Love Lives Here house shape from the card base.

Take a look at the inside of the card - I die cut the house again on white and stamped the images on it. Then I adhered it through the card front to be perfectly aligned, and stamped the little heart in the opening - one last aperature! Added the grass and the inside sentiment for a nice little greeting.


Now, if I may, I want to take a minute to mention the front sentiment, because I'm so darn proud of it! LOL!


I knew I wanted something along the lines of "congratulations on your new home" but I don't have that in any of my sentiments. However, one of my favorite sets - Signature Greetings - has a "Congrats on your new little bundle". I stared at it for a second and realized that it wouldn't be hard to selectively ink , which I did by putting scotch tape over the "little bundle" part of the stamp to ink it, then pulling it off before I stamped. For the word "home", I liked the font in Love Lives Here's "my home is wherever you are", and it had the cute little coordinating heart, but it also had that dashed line very close to the text. I decided that rather than trying to mask off the line, I would just incorporate it into the sentiment. I think it grounds the other text nicely!


The three gems at the bottom are from Creative Charms, and I colored them with a Copic marker to match the Hawaiian Shores cardstock.

I'm not sure where this one is going, but I really like how it turned out! thanks for a fun technique, Jenn! I already have another couple of ideas brewing for later this week! :)

And as always, thanks for looking!


25 comments:

Francie said...

Debbie, this is adorable! I love the inside of the card, too.

Marge said...

This is AWESOME and I LOVE how you created your sentiment from 2 different ones -- you should be proud of it!!!

Leigh said...

Awww! This is soooo cute!! I love it, especially the addition of the grass and the way you made the sentiment from two different stamps! Fabulous!

Kara said...

really cute...love how you have finished off the inside with grass and sentiment....the colors are unexpected, but realy sweet and fun!!

Suzanne Russell said...

I love it!! Great colors and great job on the selective inking! The dotted line is the perfect ground for the entire sentiment. I may have to CASE this one....

Joyce said...

This is such a great card. I love the orange and hawaiian shores together. It's so clever how you have a little scene inside the card, and your selective inking is perfect.

Mad for Paper said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the grass inside.
TFS
Ang

Lynn said...

This is awesome Deb! Love how you used the house as your focal point and the the dies you used are perfect on this! Great stamped combo for your sentiment too!

Cyndie said...

Oh, I really LOVE this card! You have done a fabulous job with it--the colors are so cool together and the way you integrated the window with the interior of the card is wonderful! Love it!

Jen said...

What a beautiful job. I am smitten with the colors and the incredible dimensionality the apertures give. Gosh you're clever. Love this.

Baseret said...

This is adorable! I love these colors together. Everything going on = wow!!

Holly Saveur said...

GORGEOUS!!!Love it ..so super cute..great colors too!

Arlene said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Perfect in every way!

Barbara DeBose said...

You did an amazing job on this card! I love the tiny house as the final die cut. The inside is just magical!

Jingle said...

This is so cute! What a great idea!!!!

Terri said...

Great job! Love your use of the house with this technique.

Kelly Braund said...

Love your version! Super cute!

Melissa said...

So, so cute Debbie! I love the little house and the pinked edge circle!

Amy said...

Oh Debbie this is adorable! I just watched the MIM video....very cool technique and puts our *many* PTI dies to use! LOL Love your choice of colors too!

Keva said...

Oh my gosh, this is SO cool Debbie! I love the colors and your window is perfect.

Sharron said...

Wow, so adorable and perfect in every way! Love the colors and your window and inside scene are amazing!

Becky Carafa said...

This is really cute, great job on the sentiment!

Kathy Mc said...

Fabulous job on the MIM challenge decreasing apertures! Your cute little home really fits the focal point well, and love your choice of colors. Quite clever how you "created" your own stamps the way you did, and I know that can be quite tedious…but definitely worth it.
(aka bdlakebum)

Tracey McNeely said...

Debby, I absolutely love your card. You created a masterpiece. The layers, the apetures and the colours are fasbulous and the sentiments from front to inside are fantastic. You get my vote for awesome. :)

Jen Carter said...

Spectacular!! I LOVE this card!! The birdhouse in the background is wonderful!! Cute, cute, cute!