Friday, October 3, 2014

Easy Recipe for World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day 2014 with the Clearsnap Creative Team

Today is a fun day for The Clearsnap Creative Team- World Card Making Day! Celebrating its ninth year in 2014, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making communityhobbyists, retailers, and manufacturersto unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making.  Make sure you check out the Official World Card Making Day site to submit your work and enter to win an amazing prize pack from the WCMD 2014 sponsors (like us!).
Today I am sharing an easy recipe for the beginner card maker. Why call it a recipe? Think of card making as cooking. If your just learning you want to start with an easy recipe. As you grow more confident, you will add in a few tweaks to that recipe. After you have really mastered it, you will start making "dishes" of your own.  Clearsnap has an awesome product for the beginner; Colorbox Creative Cards. Simply decorate the pre-printed cards by spraying or stamping over the design then layering embellishments onto dry card. The best part is you get 5 preprinted cards (5 1/2" x 4 1/4" folded) and 5 blank envelopes. Here is the recipe:
1) Choose 3 or more Colorbox Stamp Pads (all of them will work!) and using a Colorbox Stylus tool and tip- blend onto the card starting with the darkest color on bottom and work your way up blend in as you go
2) Take 1 Yard of Bakers Twine (I use The Twinery) and wrap around card top and tie in a bow on the side
3) Choose a Focal Piece- this can be a Stamp on plain cardstock- a chipboard from a scrapbook paper collection, or even a sticker. Add foam squares to pop it out, and attach to the center of your card. A focal piece should take up around 1/3 of the card space
And that's it! Let me walk you through these three very different cards, that are actually all the same.
{for this card I used a die cut from Authentiques Thrilling collection. The Inks are Donna Salazar Mixed Media Chox in Butternut and Adobe. And Colorbox Chalk in NEW Harvest. The edging is a Colorbox Cats Eye in Wicked Black}

{This Card uses all Colorbox Crafters Inks in NEW Sunshine, Limelight form the Ann Butler Collection, along with  Aruba and Sweet Pea. The stamp (from the dollar bin at Michales) is stamped in Berry}

{As an extra detail- adding in the twist on the recipe- some Smooch Glitz in Pink Fizz on the candle flames}

{For this one a did another twist on the recipe. The Focal sticker I chose from Authentique Be-You-tiful Collection was big and covered the twine, so I moved it up and the twine down- then added in a little Petaloo Flower. I chose some metallics for this one; Starting at the bottom with Crafters Ink in Stone, Colorbox Pigment Ink in Silver, and finally some Twinkle in Pearl}

{This is what the plain Creative Card looks like before getting all inked up}

{Creative Cards comes in all different designs just waiting for you to cook something up for World Card Making Day!

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  1. Wow, gorgeous cards! I love the background and colors.

  2. All three of these are so pretty but the last one took my breath away! I love black on cards and this one ROCKS!!! Thanks for the Recipe and the easy breakdown of how to do it!!! TFS!

  3. Those are gorgeous., love that ombre look, very awesome cards. Thanks for sharing the technique. Happy WCMD!

  4. Three fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Really fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing how you "cooked" them up!

  6. These look great - I would love to try with my ink stash!

  7. Oh wow, I love them all Denise! So different and each SO fabulous in its own unique way!!! I really am inspired to try this technique!! Wonderful work, thanks so much for sharing today!!!

  8. Wow.. All these cards are so beautiful,Denise. :)

  9. Great quick tutorial for beginners like me!

  10. Great tutorial for everyone. Love those Creative Cards. They make such a quick and easy base for your cards. All you have to worry about is the embellishments... Great idea

  11. Beautiful cards! Love the Halloween one.

  12. I had no idea! Just terrific examples. Thanks for inspiring!

  13. I love how you used twinery :) pamscrapsalot

  14. As a veteran cardmaker you don't think about people who are just starting out and need info on how/where/why to start. thanks for the detailed instruction.
    The cards are great.
    Happy WCMD

  15. I've been making cards for awhile, but sometimes I am still stymied. LOVE the idea of these Creative Card sets!!!!! Brilliant results!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  16. Love your easy to follow card recipe, especially the colorful background!

  17. With two young children I don't have a lot of time to craft so a recipe is right up my alley!

  18. Three great cards, love the halloween one!! And all so different with the same base. Great to know about these cards now. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.