Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Framing Leaves of Green ~

Hey everyone!  Here's a post I did for the iCopic blog last Friday - just a little tutorial on how to make those framed cards you're seeing all over blogland.  I have noticed the trend in stamping lately with framing an image or sentiment but have yet to find the perfect know, the set where the frame takes up the majority of an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

I love to make majorly embellished cards, but I dislike mailing them! LOL Mainly, this is because I'm lazy and fail to find the time to run into the post office to do it. Having some CAS (Clean And Simple) cards on hand is just the ticket! For me, a CAS card really pops if the focus is a fabulous sentiment and a gorgeously rich colored image. My trick today is to show you how to merge the two.

After trying to measure a border at 0.5 inches inside the card base and failing miserably, a lightening bolt struck! All I needed was a sturdy but thin template! I chose a thinner cardstock (Georgia Pacific white) to create a template to give myself a 0.5 inch border on an A2 card. I cut the template to size and labeled it so I can pull it out whenever I please.
When I'm ready to make a framed card, I trace the template lightly onto the card base with a pencil.

Using the most wonderful creation known to stampers - the clear stamp - I can then either line up my sentiment or image to dissect the frame line. The most fabulous thing about this technique is that you can have as many or as few points dissecting the frame as you like! After all the stamping is completed, I use a ruler and 0.5mm Copic multiliner to trace over the pencil lines.

Back to the pencil traced frame...simply line up your stamps. Here I 've used a floral image to cross over the frame in numerous places. I've had these beautiful morning glory images from Papertrey Ink's YOF: Morning Glories colored up and ready to place on a card for a while, so I pulled them out and placed them on the card front with the pencil drawn frame. I was able to line the stamp up directly where I wanted, gently pull the colored image out of harm's way and stamp it just where I wanted it!
This first card shows how you can use a colored base to make the image the center of attention without making it stark. Since Copics bleed through all the paper I have to color on, I colored the flowers on another piece of white and carefully trimmed around the main image. I left out the little tendrils and a leaf stem in the center of the flowers for fussy cutting purposes and patience! lol These flowers are colored with BV11, BV13, BV17 and a litle Y11 in their centers. The leaves are colored with YG11, YG13 and YG17. The tendrils are quickly traced with the deepest color green. The sentiment really pops because it is embossed. It is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with Filigree detail embossing powder. This is a fun way to really make it stand out! I have a hard time not embossing things these days! :o) *You're My Sunshine* is an adorable sentiment in such a sweet font from the SP & Company clear set, Rain Boots.
This next card shows how the image can really *pop* when showcased on that stark white base. The flowers are colored with the same BV Copics; however, the leaves are colored with YG63 and YG67...I have the new Sketch YG61 on it's way and can't wait to have a shading trio!! The sentiment is from the same Rain Boots set and is also embossed.
Hope you enjoyed my little mini tutorial on framing your images or sentiments!  I'm on day nine straight of my new job!  I'm so, so ready to have a day off tomorrow to be able to get some crafty time!  lol  Have a super duper day!  :o) lyss


Leigh Ann Baird said...

Cool! Great idea using a template to pencil in the lines. I'll have to try that! Great cards too! I love white space!

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Julie E said...

So much easier than buying a frame stamp and then masking the image!!! Fab coloring on those flowers :>)

Staying Crafty said...

This is beautiful! I think I like the first one with the blue background a little better, but they are both lovely. I laughed when I saw you live in Windsor, my sister-in-law bought a house up there. I've only driven all the way up there once, but until then I hadn't heard of it. I'm in Highlands Ranch.

Chris said...

very pretty! you rock the copics!

Leslie Miller said...

I'm with you on trying to keep the cards mailable, Alyssa. Love to dress them up, but those heavily embellished cards are the ones least likely to get mailed, and I do like to mail the cards I make. This is really some beautiful coloring! I love these cards!

Joan B said...

these are beautiful! and yes, easy to mail cards are the best in some ways!