Monochromatic Magic: Pat’s View
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Finished Card Size: 6" x 7.5"
I love coloring monochromatic cards and one of my favorite colors is in the lavender/purple family. I saw the card I'm doing on a blog and the blog was in German and there was no translation; so I looked at the card and tried to figure out how to do it. She called it a "magic card". Our topic this month is "Monochromatic Magic", so I thought this would be the perfect card to make. The magic on this card for me is that the sentiment is on the top of the opened card, with room for signatures below.
"Loves Me Not" digital stamp by Sylvia Zet (Spesch Designer Stamps)
Sentiment stamp (Blue Bird Flats)
Cryogen White (Curious Irridescents)
All other paper (artist's stash)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.Too Inc.)
Archival Brilliance "Victorian Violet" pigment ink (Tsukineko)
Flower small (EK Success)
Flower Medium (EK Success)
Frond Leaf (Martha Steward)
Twig Leaf (Punch a Bunch)
Baby Breath (Blue Hill Studio)
Nestabilities Label 10 (Spellbinder)
Computer, printer, and software to print digital stamps
Ribbon (artist's stash)
Lavender & Purple pearls (artist's stash)
Pearls (Say it with Bling)
Purple Stars - All that Bling (EK Success)
Stickles Glitter glue Star Dust (Ranger)
Ice Stickles Glitter glue Grape Ice (Ranger)
Diamond Glaze (JudiKins)
Big Shot Die Cut Machine (Sizzix)
- Print the digital stamp "Loves Me Not" and color with copic markers. The colors I used are as follows: for the wings, V0000, V000, V01; the dress, V12, V15, V17, V20; hair is V91 V93, V95, V99; flowers are BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV17, leaves are G61, YG63, YG97, and the skin is E50, E00.
- After coloring, cut it out with with Spellbinders Labels 10, and sponge the edges with the violet pigment ink before removing the die cut from the die.
- This is paper I picked from my stash that goes really well with the colored image.
- To make the flowers I used punches and scraps of card stock. I used a cutting mat and a stylus tool to shape the flowers by pressing down on the center of the flower to pop the petals up. I added some pearls for the centers of the flowers, and punched out leaves to arrange around the flowers . I added some Stickles to the flowers as well.
- Now would be a good time to explain how the layers of the card are done. I used different colors on cheap paper in the photos to make it easier to follow along. The green represents the back. Cut the back to7”x6”.
- The yellow represents the middle layer. Cut6”x6”. (Note: the only part of this layer that will be visible when the card is finished is the scalloped edges.)
- The lavender represents the top layer. Cut7.5”x4”.
- Now score your paper as described below, but DO NOT fold anything yet.
- Score the back (green) at1.5”on each of the 7”sides.
- Score the middle (yellow) at1”on two opposite sides.
- For the top (lavender) score at 6”and 6.125”on one side of the short (4 inch) sides. The narrow scored edge will end up being glued to the BACK of the middle layer.
- Now we begin the scalloped punching of the edges. Punch the back (green) layer on the scored edges.
- Punch the middle (yellow) layer on the scored edges.
- Now sponge each of the layers (back and middle on both sides of the scalloped edges), and the top (lavender) layer on all four edges on both sides. However on the scored edge, you will need to sponge BELOW the scores on both sides. Now you can fold your score lines. In the picture below I creased the lavender layer to show the sponging on both sides. Yours will NOT be creased! To assemble the card, first tape the top scored portion of the lavender layer to the top of the middle (yellow) layer. Then tape the back of the middle layer to the front of the green layer. Your card will look something like this (without the crease and hopefully in better colors of paper, LOL!).
- Adhere your focal image to the front of the card, glue the flowers as desired around the left edge of the image, and add ribbon to the bottom.
- Embellish the inside of the card as desired.
Now that my card is complete, I'm going to sign the back and give my card to my girlfriend who has a birthday coming very soon. Good luck in doing your card. Once you do one, they are so easy. I do hope you try. The hard part was looking at the blog and trying to figure the card out. I do think the magic part is that the sentiment is on the top. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Pat