Thursday, 10 March 2011

"Faux" faux nestie!

Well the ladies at Less is More have done it again, some brilliant samples, great challenge (pastels) and another fab technique.
It's such a simple idea that gets more from your nestabilities, it's a great technique that allows you to emboss different size shapes.
It's brilliant,.... the trouble is I am still avoiding using my cardmaking things! BUT I really wanted to recreate the look! I am actually not very fond of matting and layering so this is such a simple way to create depth without using lots of card and fiddling!!
SO... I had a go at making my own embossing board, actually it worked quite well but does need perfecting!

I stuck a scrap of heavy cardstock (approx 320gsm) on a piece of packing board (chipboard type card).
Then put some 4mm marks down the front edge of the green card (this is the measurement of the blank space on the end of my ruler) I stuck the ruler on with double sided tape lining up the edge of the ruler with the pencil marks and the top edge of the board.

Instead of an embossing tool I used the end of a knitting needle (lubricate by rubbing the tip on a candle), if I'm honest I think the embossing tool works better, but this was O.k
To form the square start embossing from the 0 on the ruler and stop 4mm from the end of the card, turn the card and repeat on all sides.

I did find the 4mm border slightly to "heavy" for my project so I trimmed it down to 2mm.
The Panel was created on the PC, (thanks again for the text box tutorial ladies) using a free image I got quite along time ago, but it does appear to be still available on the internet, a recycled button finished the look. I originally faux embossed the topper as well but felt this was too I trimmed it off!!

Big thank you to everyone for advice on my scrabble card, have now made my friend's card and thanks to some good advice... have place the tiles bottom right and added a stamped greeting top left! (I have to use my proper stuff sometimes....I get withdrawal symptoms if I don't).

If I don't get to comment on your card I apologise, I have had a bad morning, earlier my laptop had a serious meltdown!!! lots of blue and black screens, dire warnings, prompts to restart, hit F keys, failing to reboot and generally threatening to blow up. So like a good girl I totally unplugged it and left it to sulk...... this appears to have worked ...apart from running some checks, everything appears to have sorted that wishful thinking!! but I hope it lasts long enough to post this and then the fun bit of hopping around to see what people have created!
PLUS while the computer was sulking I cleaned the bathroom....big mistake I then cut the top off my finger on Steve's brand new razor (note to Steve...GROW BEARD!)....typing this has been challenging....
and have now got to make Katie's birthday card.....blood on card not a good look!!

Would also like to play along with this card at DREAM VALLEY as they have a new beginnings theme.


Kellylouj said...

Lovely card Diane and a fab name that is my nephew's name x

Mandi said...

Hi diane
Super card loads of yummy white space!
Great to see you using Chrissie's tip

thanks for entering again
"Less is More"

Lynne said...

Really sweet card.
Lynne xxx

Anonymous said...

adorable card

Susan said...

Diane, it's a perfectly awesome card!! Love the sense of depth!

Anonymous said...

fab card, love it

ali x

Chrissie said...

I'm really glad that you feel you are getting value from our blog... wonderful news and this is a superb card!
Great to see you again and hopefully see you next week!
"Less is More"

Jenny said...

You truly are an inventive crafter..making your own embossing template. Love your card, sweet image x

Aileen said...

So sweet. love baby feet! Hope your finger is better. x

Melly said...

Aww wow!
This is a gorjuss and stunning wee card!
Thanks for the wee tutorial!
Thanks for joining in the fun with Dream Valley Challenges!
Hugs M xxx

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