Friday 21 October 2022

JAI #626 Mechanic Thank You


The warmth of Spring has definitely arrived this week - and is really needed as in Victoria and also here in Melbourne, there has been a lot of rain leading to floods. And sadly the worst is not over yet for many. It is good to see that these sort of events largely do bring out the best in people - communities banding together to help each other is so needed and so uplifting to all involved. 

This week at Just Add Ink, we have this fabulous Sketch from Di Barnes to spark your creativity. All the  design team have created projects of various themes and colours to help inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to the blog and have a look - and we'd love you to join us too!!

For my card....I kept pretty close to the sketch in a CAS way - the two ribbon pieces make up two of the sketch elements instead of perhaps using layers. The circle element I left out. I did create a large tyre (with an alloy wheel)  but it didn't quite look right.

I drive a silver VW and have a black dog hence the Beautiful Ride set is perfect for this!
This card is to thank my mechanic as he did a rather big job recently. The heater/ aircon Core is located directly behind the unit and the centre console - so that means that the whole dashboard, every instrument and the centre console needs to come out. Then the heater core is able to be replaced and the car rebuilt again. It is many hours work so a card is the least I could do....

The VW and dog are coloured with Copics and the sentiment is embossed in Silver to match the silver ribbon and added sequins.
The Mechanic is a dog lover, with two dogs alongside him at the workshop - and he knew I also had a foster dog as well as my own black Lab when arranging pick up so there needed to be a dog included. 😊

Card stock: Basic Grey, Basic White
Designer Series Paper: Oh So Ombre (6x6 Retired)
Inks: Momento Tuxedo black, Versamark, Copics
Stamps: Beautiful Ride, Biggest Wish 
Accessories: Silver EP, Silver ribbon (retired), Metallic Sequins Assortment.

Thanks for popping by today! I hope that you like my CAS male thank you card and that it might inspire you to join us at Just Add Ink this week!

'Til next time,

Friday 7 October 2022

JAI# 624 Merry Christmas Diorama


Hello and welcome!! It's the first week of October and that means we are a third the way through Spring and getting close to Christmas! How quickly the time goes when it gets to this time of the year. The days are getting longer although I must say they haven't seemed to get very warm here in Victoria yet. Hopefully that will change soon.😊

This week at Just Add Ink we have a Challenge for all of you lovers of 3D cards suggested by Kerry - Diorama cards!! Yes, it's time to get the layers of paper together and make a scene! The design team have created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to the blog and we'd love you to join us!

Yes, Diorama cards....I have never made one until now. So this was a learning curve for me. A diorama card is one made to tell a scene with layers of card stock inside. A bit like a box card. I think next time, I'll include the concertina sides onto the measurements for the base piece for increased strength.
Here is a side view of this card to show the layers.

To begin with, I started with the sponged background. Looking for a Northern Lights inspired look. 
Next I stamped and fussy cut the little Scotty (or Westie) and then looked to how to shape and complete the layers of the diorama. 

Once the layers were created - snow covered hills in this case - it was time to fill them with the trees - one layer each of colour and one of sparkle  from the Tree Lot Dies available as part of the recent Saleabration - and add some decorations to the front of the card too.

When I completed the layers and added all the trees from the Tree Lot dies, it left the top of the card quite ...well empty comparison. So as the main character is from the Christmas Scottie...I decided to stay with the puppy theme and added the sparkly "dog star." Of course there really is a dog shape made of stars,  it's called Sirius. Then it was time to let it snow. 😊

Card Stock: Fresh Freesia, Grateful Grape, Meadow Moss, Parakeet Party, Diamond Glimmer, Whisper White Thick.
Inks: Starry Sky, Fresh Freesia, Parakeet Party, 
Stamps: Christmas Scottie
Accessories: Die cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Tree Lot Dies, Home Together Dies, Signpost Dies. Metallic Sequins Assortment
Non SU: Distress Resist Spray

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first diorama card! You can find more inspiration from the rest of the lovely design team at Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will choose as the theme for your card for this challenge.

'Til next time,