Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cards that "pop"!

How to take your cards from okay to fabulous?

Add something that "pops"! It can be color, or texture, or an unusual embellishment.

STM Senior Designer Barb Prendergast shows how just a couple of quick details can add a whole lot of punch to your project. Below is a birthday card she made for one of the men in her family.  She used some of the more "male" colors in American Crafts' Soho Garden collection, including two flowers out of a patterned paper for that fantastic jolt of lime green. Men DO like flowers, just in small doses!

For a little pop of color, she added small punched circles of Best Creation's glitter cardstock in peacock:

Then, for even MORE color, she punched circles from scraps of other patterns in the Soho Gardens collection. She finished them with  Crackle Accents dimension medium by Ranger Industries for a little shine and texture. She attached her circles to the cards with Ranger Industries Pop It! foam dots for some great dimension:

For the sentiment, she printed her greeting on scrap cardstock via her computer and printer, then outlined with Distress Markers by Ranger Industries. A piece of May Arts dark brown burlap twine "ties it up with a bow".

This whole card took less than 30 minutes to make. How's that for fast and fabulous? And best of all, you can find everything you need to make this card at Scrap That Moment!

Supplies: Vanilla cardstock, Worldwin Papers;  Soho Gardens patterned paper collection, American Crafts; glitter cardstock, Best Creation Inc.; Antique Linen Distress Ink,  Walnut Stain Distress Marker,  Pop It! foam  shapes, Glossy Accents dimension medium, Ranger Industries; dark brown natural burlap twine, May Arts; Photo Glue Stick, Pioneer Photo Album Inc.; Cutter Bee scissors, EK Success. Other supplies: paper cutter, small paint brush, computer and printer. 

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