Joy with Reverse Images

I held a technique class recently and we made two cards using the Joy fold and the Free as a Bird stamp set. In addition to the measurements and instructions that I’ll attach to this post, I have some tips for you on using your Silicone Craft Mat to create reverse images. Let’s start with the single reversed image card.

Flipped and Folded

For this card, I used Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock along with the Garden Lane DSP. The birds on the branch are designed with the branch end on the left. I wanted it on the right so that when you open the card, it’s on the anchored side. The Blushing Bride flap opens opposite to a typical card. To reverse the image, I stamped it on my Silicone Craft Mat using Early Espresso. You want to use a pretty juicy ink pad for this because technically you’re stamping the image twice.

Then I flipped the mat over and gently placed it on my Whisper White cardstock. Some tutorials tell you to rub the image. I found that this left smears and I wasn’t happy with the results. So, I recommend a tapping action. Tap all along the image making sure the ink transfers completely. I finished the front of the card by coloring in the blossoms and leaves with Stampin’ Write markers and added some leftover Paper Pumpkin enamel hearts.

Here is the inside of the card that shows how it opens.

Kissing Images

For the next card, we used the same exact fold but with Crushed Curry and Balmy Blue card stock and some Perennial Essence DSP. The birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored in with Stampin’ Blends.

Some tips for this reverse image. Stamp the reversed bird first. If it doesn’t come out right you can turn the paper over, nothing lost. Also, it’s easier to line up the stamp when directly stamping so you can get the birds placed exactly as you want them. Finally, consider using a second-generation stamp (stamp off once on scrap paper) so that the intensity of the black ink on both birds is similar. I finished the card with some washi tape instead of ribbon, but use what you have in your stash.

You can also use this reverse technique to make the images appear like a reflection by flipping the images on the horizontal axis, instead of the vertical, like is shown here.

Joy Fold Measurements and Card Assembly Instructions

Let me know if you try this fold or technique. I would love to hear how it worked for you.

Daisy Lane Simple and Stepped Up

The other day my darling husband needed a thank you card. I found one that would work. But in the process, I realized that many of my cards are more appropriate for female recipients. I love doing elaborate cards, but simple can be just as elegant. To prove this, I have two cards for you using the Daisy Lane stamp set. This set coordinates with the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy Punch.

The Simple Card

For this card, I started with a piece of Kraft card stock. I had some leftover from a Paper Pumpkin – it was in my stash. I stamped the fern leaf using Mossy Meadow ink. The fine detail in this stamp is gorgeous. I mounted that stamped piece on a slightly larger piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.

Next, I added the Burlap ribbon to the lower third of the card. I mounted that to a card base of Very Vanilla using Dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the thank you sentiment in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla. The stamp came from the Abstract Impressions set. It’s die-cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die. I glued that onto the card with Tombow Liquid Multipurpose which helps hold the ribbon in place as well.

The Stepped-Up Card

This second card is almost identical to the first. I changed the orientation, but the base layers are all the same. The flowers were stamped in Terracotta Tile. Again, I love the fine detail in the Daisy Lane stamps. I stamped two images for each flower and punched them out with the coordinating punch. The larger flowers were stamped on Very Vanilla, the smaller on Terracotta Tile.

Next, I used Tombow to glue the centers of the flowers together making sure the petals were spaced the way I wanted them. To get the curl to the petals, use the edge of a bone folder and drag it underneath each petal. Since I had the Tombow out, I glued the flowers to the card, making a nice tight cluster.

Finally, the sentiment, also stamped in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla came from the Daisy Delight stamp set. I chose this font because it’s more feminine and compliments the flowers. For a final touch, I added faceted gems to the middle of each flower.

The process of making these cards is almost identical. But by changing up the font of the sentiment and adding the flowers, I changed a simple, more masculine card into one more appropriate for a woman.

Something for Everything and Alternates

The December 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit was like a preview of spring in the middle of winter. The kit contains more than enough materials to make a dozen cards with thirteen different sentiments and a flower cluster. The cards as designed are incredibly easy to put together. The die cuts are all done on adhesive sheets, so they’re essentially stickers. This simplicity doesn’t limit the possibilities. The alternates use only the materials in the kit with the aide of the stitched rectangle dies, a circle punch, and a leaf punch.

A Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you have plenty of flowery, pretty cards for every occasion. But what about the men in our lives. This kit with the striped base in Shaded Spruce and Old Olive has the perfect materials for a simple bold design.

First I cut the card base in two. Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies on each side of the card, the solid and the stripe. Notice I changed the direction of the stripe. Then I used the circle punch to cut a smaller circle out of the Old Olive piece included in the kit.

Next, I punched two leaves with a leaf punch from the corners of the gold foil paper leftovers. I used Shaded Spruce to stamp the sentiment. All of this was added to a Whisper White card base.

Frankensteining

For the next alternative, I took two cards and remade them into two different cards using one die-cut rectangle. I started by cutting the front of the floral card and saving the resulting rectangle. This left me with a perfect open frame. I cut the Crushed Curry card in half and used the solid back to fill that open window after trimming a 1/8″ in both directions so it would fit inside the card.

I stamped a few of the floral clusters on the background in a triangle to define the space for my floral spray that I built with the pieces from the kit. The flower by the sentiment is lifted with a mini-dimensional so that it is the same height as the sentiment.

Next, I used the remaining floral rectangle on a base of Whisper White. I had intended to add the patterned side of the Crushed Curry card as the base layer, but I forgot. The good news is that I have it leftover to make another card. I used the remainder of the dotted Old Olive circle from the first card to create a kind of basket effect for my flowers. The top flower is lifted with Dimensionals. The Champagne rhinestones included in the kit are also available in the current mini-catalog.

Happy Crafting!