A Blog Named Hero - Shaped Cards
Today's post introduces the latest challenge from our friends over at A Blog Named Hero. We are so thankful for the support they give us, and the beautiful creations the team creates. If you're looking for a fun challenge to play along with, check them out! Today team member Meg is sharing a project for their May challenge and it is stunning!
Hello everyone! My name is Meg and I am a design team member on A Blog Named Hero. I am so excited to be on the Hero Arts blog today to introduce you to our latest challenge. The challenge this month is: Shaped cards.
I don’t know what you consider to be a shaped card besides maybe the obvious (circle, hexagon, etc) but, I take a more relaxed approach and consider them to include: easel cards, other shapes, pop up, and shapes to make up the front panel of a card. I chose the latter for this card. My card includes multiple diecuts to form the front panel which you can see through.
I started this card by die cutting all my materials in white cardstock. I used the Hibiscus Fancy Die and the Hexagon Infinity Dies. I chose the hexagon that is about 3.25 inches across. This size worked perfectly because it allowed me to adhere the flowers so the middles are included and it didn’t cover too much of the gorgeous die cuts.
I used an A2 template (this could be copy paper of whatever works for you) to position my hexagon, and adhered the flower and leaf elements with liquid adhesive so they are all touching at points or to the hexagon in the middle. You want to make sure that your flower/leaf elements extend slightly over the top of your template. This will ensure that you are able to adhere it as a hinge to your base cardstock. I scored the white panel about .25 inches down from the top and adhered it using strong liquid adhesive to an A2 panel of Nautical cardstock. At this point, I also trimmed the extra pieces that hung over the sides and bottom of the card. This base white layer helps give some stability to the card front.
Now... the fun part of diecutting all the pretty colors! I used: Azalea and Peony for the Hibiscus flowers, Pesto and Palm for the leaves, Mustard and Canary for the stamens. To the middle of the flowers, I added just a bit of detail using Copic markers in RV 25 for the dark pink flower and R20 for the lighter pink. Finally, I added the stamen pieces to the flowers. For a little bit of dimension, I added yellow Sunset Hero Hues Enamel Dots to the tips of the stamens.
I think the hardest part of this was ensuring that everything was adhered so that it layered correctly. For me, I had to layer the color leaf elements first and then the flowers to achieve the look I wanted.
For the hexagon sentiment piece, I cut a piece of Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock with the 3.25 inch hexagon and cut a slightly smaller hexagon from Pesto cardstock. I stamped the Pesto cardstock with Hibiscus Flowers Bold Prints in Clear Embossing Watermark Ink for a nice tone on tone look. I then added sentiments from the Sending Love Mail set using Hero Hues Onyx Pigment Pad. I layered the hexagons together and adhered it to the panel covering the original white hexagon. I provided a small space on the inside of the card to write a personal message by cutting another piece of Woodgrain cardstock, lining it up with the front panel, and adhering it to the Nautical cardstock.
I really feel that this card provides such a wow factor! It may sound complicated but once you get going… It really comes together fairly easily.
Don’t forget to enter the challenge this month. Hero Arts graciously sponsors our challenge blog and the only way to win some goodies is to enter. I can’t wait to see the fantastic projects that you create! Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. Stay crafty my friends!
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