Friday, October 18, 2013

Doing it with Digi

week 3 of celebrating the Daring Cardmakers' 7th anniversary and this week it's all about making use of all that lovely digital stash there is out there - or maybe developing your own embellishments  by digital means - I do this a lot to add sentiments, or to make images for cutting out with my Craft Robo.
We have yet more amazing prizes on offer; this week from our sponsor Pink Petticoat who are offering a choice of download collections and also from Craftsite who have some lovely stash to send to our winner - check HERE for more information and to see what our dt have made this week using Digital products, mainly from Pink Petticoat

It all went a bit awry for me - my own fault as I didn't get round to sorting it all out in time, so I had to improvise.
A quick look at the Pink Petticoat website gave me the help I needed and I came away with a lovely set of free downloads.  The free papers are simply the solid "base" colours - and very usable they are too - especially printed on some textures white Bazzill - my favourite way to use digital papers.
Our lovely Sharon emailed me some sentiments and I was ready to go with my first card.
To start with I printed the sentiment directly onto my card blank.  The layered bunting idea was something I spotted on Pinterest recently - in that case it was all done with stamped images, but I adapted it to be more "me" by using a couple of bunting shapes cut with Craft Robo and some lovely silver twine to "hang" it on.  
I added another digi element with the little gifts - this is another Craft Robo template created from a kids' colouring page found online

I was really pleased with the way this one turned out, but not quite so happy with my second card - which started out fine, and then, with all the fiddly elements done (funny how sometimes the simplest looking designs are the ones that take the longest to put together, isn't it?) I managed to get the edges of the upper white layer mucky - hence the rather heavy-handed edging of Stickles to cover the blunder.  I suppose I could have started over, but honestly, it took ages to get all the trees and circles layered up - and yes! I know it doesn't look like it!  
 I used deeper shades of the Pink Petticoat download for this one.  The little tree is a new template made especially for this card as I didn't have a "curvy" tree one made already.  To make it, I just folded a piece of paper in half, hand-cut the tree shape and then scanned it.  I tidied up the resulting image in Paint Shop Pro and converted it for Robo cutting.  The circles were all cut with Craft Robo too, and the tiny stars are punched from gold glitter card

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with the Daring Cardmakers this week - adding a link to what you've made means you might be randomly drawn as a winner of one of our prizes, so it's definitely worth having a go!

That's it for today.  Please leave a message.....


Kaz said...

I love both cards Kathy, and I am in awe of your Christmas card as I know from experience how difficult it is getting all those elements in the right place. You've done it perfectly xxx

Kath said...

Very good cards, Kathy. I love the sentiment on the first one.

Angelnorth said...

Love the scattering of bling on the pastels for the birthday card - very effective! Your Christmas card proves once again that you must have the patience of a saint, looks fab!

Hazel said...

You've made such good use of the digi elements, Kathy - as Kaz has said: perfect x