Friday, 3 November 2017

Embrace the space! Sort of... - Jennifer Kray

Most of you reading this know that I am not one to embrace white space. I can't help it; I like fancy folds and boxes, multiple layers and 3d projects. But clean and simple designs? Definitely not me! Or is it...

So, my husband Paul is going away for a week to visit friends and family in Hampshire and wanted to make him a card to slip in his away bag as a little - I'm thinking of you - whilst we're apart kind of message. It's really cheesy but I love doing little things like this.

Materials Used:
Arylic block or stamping platform 
A4 White Cardstock (300gsm)
Clear Embossing Pad
Tonic Studios Fine Detail Embossing Powder - Copper (it's AMAZING!)
Craftwork Cards 'you' stamp
Tim Holtz Metal Corner Embellishment

For maybe the first time as a papercrafter all I wanted to say was - I'll miss you. I didn't want bows or glitter, layers and flowers. It was all about the sentiment and the personal message inside.
The card is a standard A2 (5.5" x 4.25"). Use an A4 piece of 300 gsm cardstock to make the base, followed by a white panel 5.25" x 4". Using a corner punch for the front right corners only you can then adhere the white panel with foam pads.

Next use Tonic Studios 'MISS' stamp & die set with the AWESOME Copper fine detail embossing powder, and place on your front panel with foam pads. Next, stamp the word you (which is part of a Craftwork Cards stamp set) on a piece of white cardstock and cut out 4" wide and wonky for a little interest. Place under the MISS with foam pads to finish.

There you have it, a proper CAS card! Whoa nelly! Not quite ;) I decided to add some copper speciality paper from Tonic Studios inside the card- then layer white cardstock for a personal message and cover with vellum for that little something extra. I used the corner punch to mirror the front of the card. And there you have it! 

Or not....honestly, I am trying to keep it CAS! It felt a little too blank for me so I added a metal corner embellishment at the top after using my Embellishment Mousse so it's has a lovely copper finish. I really think it's getting there now. Only one more addition...
The copper fine detail embossing powder is amazing. I adore it so much! 
To finish, add Morning Dew Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops to the front of the card. I know these are minor details but I felt it gave it a more masculine feel. 
I'm not sure this is CAS but I really did try! 
It was at this point that I physically had to get up from my desk and stop myself adding more stuff to my card. So, does my card qualify as a CAS card? And do you like it?I felt quite pleased with the white space and so placed it carefully in a handmade envelope and handed it to my husband saying he should only open it once he's been gone a few days and when he is alone.

What does he do? He rips open the envelope and tears the card out. I couldn't believe him! He said he loves all my handmade notes and things and couldn't wait. He then stated, 'where is the rest of the card- no glitter or bows and freakishly complicated folds you have to be a design engineer to figure out how to open'?! No love, even I can make clean and simple cards. Huh he said, it's really nice and I can always tell it's yours as they weigh a ton! Guess I have to work on the weight thing - so I'll say it's a work in progress.
I hope you like this card and I'd love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. That's it from me for now but I'll be back on Thursday with a brand new project to share.

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

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