Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Creative License

Time for another Blog Hop.  This month's kit is Creative License and boy did I get my use out of this kit.  As a guest designer, I created 12 cards for the Greetings to Go and had to find original ideas for this blog hop.  Well I think I did.
What do you think?  

So before we start how I created this trio, lets get some navigational information down.  
You should have arrived from Deb.  If you got lost, you start at the beginning  by clicking Here.

Ok, lets get to it.  This month I decided mostly on Clean and Simple.  This is a masculine kit, good for Fathers Day or a boys graduation. So I went with the idea of "What kind of card would I give a man?"  Not my usual style, but wait until Team Challenge!!! 

Card 1:
I started by cutting out the mat.  I wanted the words to represent a stream of thoughts.  The saying was perfect for this background paper.  Using the black glittering paper I stamped the saying and heat embossed in white, then Die Cut with a tag die.  This one is by Spellbinders and is Elegant Label 4.
The white mat behind was fussy cut using the die as a pattern.  Threaded ribbon through the slots and attached it to the mat with Fun Foam.  Using a linen thread, attached the "bug charm" to the ribbon and using glue dots to hold it into place.  I tried other decorations but the background paper is the focus here so I left it be.

Final step was to mount the front panel onto a mat of the same black paper that I had used for the tag and then onto an A2 teal Card Base.  
I think this says Graduation or just a note to cheer someone away from home.  

Card 2:
Another very simple card.  I had first stamped and embossed this image in Brown and loved it, but I could not get it to work with the papers, so after several failed attempts settled on Grey.  Message here, relax and go with the flow.  There was no Brown Cardstock included in the kit, the base card stock is grey and black, ok, .  So I stamped it in grey and heat embossed in clear, die cut with a My Favorite Things stitched die.  

This was mounted onto a mat that was cut from the license plate paper, paying attention to the design so it would be balanced.  This was then mounted onto an A2 Grey Card Base made from the paper in the kit.  The only thing needed was an embellishment.  A teal ribbon and the key fit the bill.  Very simple, suitable masculine card for almost any occasion.  

Card 3:

Well it is technique time.  This card started out as a different idea.  In one of Club Scraps blog posting, Tricia, used metallic paper that looked like metal.  I did not get any, BOO HOO, so I decided to make my own. Started by trying to find an embossing folder that looked like metal plate.  Did you know that Michaels no longer carries Embossing Folders or Martha Steward Paper Crafting Supplies?  Go figure.  And Hobby Lobby, well they have so few embossing folders that they just should not bother.  What is the world coming too!!!  The heart and soul of paper crafting is disappearing before our eyes.  Oh well, I got over it.  Rethink plan.. . . . .Next stop, Home Depot.  They never fail me..

I bought this.  Flashing tape, foil with adhesive on the back and I did this....
And then using "tool's created this. . . . . . .
Not bad, right.  Don't think I am a genius, I found the idea from Tim Holtz here, but he used Ranger Foil Paper and of course neither Michaels or Hobby Lobby carries it and of course Home Depot only had 3" flashing in stock!!!  Now what.  Improvise.  And here is where my great idea falls apart:

I pulled out my alcohol inks and started adding it to the foiled paper.  Each layer was dried thouroughly  in between each application and I had about 4 layers when I decided to add Turquoise to give the look of corroded metal.  Looked ok, but I needed to remove most of the ink with steel wool, and I didn't have any.  After all my running around I was running out of time, so I will finish this later.  But now what.  I needed one more card and it was getting late, so I went down stairs and found some good old Reynolds Aluminum Foil and I  ran it though my Zyron.  I left on the backing sheet.  So now we are back at the beginning.  

Using the same alcohol inks: Cafe, Latte, Ginger, and Black, I inked the foil.  It looks just like the picture above, but there is no embossing.  I forgot to snap a picture ( I was a little frustrated to say the least) so 

 I ran it though the Big Shot in an embossing folder and got this.  Perfect.  Peeled off the backing, a adhered it to a card stock that was cut to size and then trimmed down foil.  It is important to stabilize before cutting, ask me how I know.  There was not just one of these fabulous creatures, I have many in my garbage can, you just get to enjoy the final project without all the testing, LOL.  

After all that work I did not want to cover it up!!!  It took all day with shopping and thinking and googling and, well you get the idea.  

My favorite Movers and Shapers die from Sizzix is the Jalopy.  So I die cut it from some black chipboard, using Inca Gold gilding paste, spruced it up a bit, added a strip of paper for the windows, my last piece of Orange ribbon and I was happy.
Lastly a sentiment, stamped in brown and embossed in clear, die cut and mounted onto fun foam completes the front.  I found a piece of left over brown from another kit, created and A2 card base, Done!!!!!

This was such a long post, how about another view!!
Ok, that is it for today.  The stop on your journey is:  Hetty    
Be sure and visit Club Scrap for all the supplies.  Also grab your Creative License Kit before they are gone.  come back on the 30th for the Team Challenge and a group of techniques that I used to create 3 different rust themed projects.

Happy Crafting, 


  1. The foil technique is great! Will have to try that!

  2. More great cards,Josette! Love that technique idea!

  3. Awesome foil technique and I too love that flashing tape!

  4. Awesome foil technique and I too love that flashing tape!

  5. WOW, love what you did with the flashing tape!! Awesome work on all these cards Josette, thanks for sharing the technique!

  6. Hah, it's always quite a journey for you, Josette, but I love that you took us along for the ride. I tend to show my successes but forget to disclose the numerous panels that end up as failures during experimentation. I love that you are WILLING to experiment and say, "What if...?" And then you try it. And if it doesn't work, you try something else. Note to self, grab that roll of flashing tape!

  7. Thanks for the great idea with the foil background. I do have those embossing folders - mostly because DH is a drag racing fanatic. I can't wait to have fun with this.

  8. Great cards! Love the foil technique.

  9. The tape- foil is genius! What a fun way to get the metal look! On my shopping list!

  10. Love the details with the charms and the ribbon! So creative!

  11. I love the flashing tape! What a terrific idea!

  12. Beautiful cards - really love the different embossing on one sheet idea!!! Thanks for that!!

  13. Great technique!!! Love the cards!!

  14. another cool way of getting that vintage look! love it, Josette!

  15. Great cards Josette, the steps you show are fun to see! Great stuff!

  16. More fantastic cards! Love the metal tape card. It reminds me of a technique used in a Retreat workshop I taught a few years ago!

  17. It really was worth all the effort. The cards are great.

  18. I applaud your perseverance! Thanks for sharing your great cards!

  19. You did a fabulous job as the guest designer! Very original, masculine but beautiful cards. I love the foil will see more of that from me soon.

  20. Very creative. I also appreciate that you shared the process of you improvised, etc. Thank you for doing that.

  21. Great cards! Love the background on the last one...don't you just love when you can't find what you want? =)
    The Leaf Studio