Our October Leading Lady, Maya Isaksson, is back for her fabulous fourth performance! If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance adding an unexpected element CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance taking on stripes CLICK HERE. Today Maya is focusing upon a
And now we present Maya!
It's finally Saturday again, I hope you all have had a good week. Today I wanted to challenge myself a bit. My first encounter with paper crafting was actually scrapbooking. I still do the occasional layout but I mostly stick to cards. One habit that I've had problems breaking is the patterned paper hoardi... ehm... collecting. The problem is that I almost never use any patterned paper for my cards. It's pretty and all but it's so much fun to make backgrounds that I always forget to use patterned paper. So today's theme is patterned paper. Let's be honest. The amount paper I used to make these four card is so small that it will take like five... hundred... cards to actually make a difference in my paper stash, but I had fun so lets go on to the cards.
For card number one I used cutaways and nothing else. Seriously. You can make a million of these cards in a day with different patterns, it's so easy. I used two of my favourite cutaways for this. I made the big "hi" from fun foam and a pretty graphic patterned paper using the In a Word: Hi Cutaway. The size of this die is perfect! I don't have anything like it in my collection. And for the background just white cardstock embossed with the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway. Instead of cutting the leafs out I placed my embossing pad under the paper and ran it through the die cutter folding up one of the flaps on the platform of my Big shot to reduce the pressure just a bit to make it easier to run through.
For my second card I used one of the In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers Cutaways To cut out a pattern in the card front. I also used the scalloped rectangle from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to make sure it looked nice. I cut out an extra panel from patterned paper to place under the cardfront and attached it using foam adhesive to raise it up a bit. The card actually looked pretty good that way but I wanted some color too so I also stamped the flower from the coordinating stamp set and colored it a bright yellow. For my sentiment I used the word Happy from Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs together with birthday from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy and white embossed that on black cardstock to make sure your eyes was drawn to it instead of the pattern.
For card number three I used a lovely watercolor print as background. I cut out the Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway and covered it in several layers of glitter embossing powder, finishing with a layer of clear embossing powder to make it smooth and shiny. I cut out the big and lovely diamond from Flawless Diamond Cutaways. I did the background from Vellum and the detailing from glitter cardstock and added clear sparkle pen to the vellum. It's super sparkly and pretty under the light. I embossed a sentiment on matte gold cardstock. The stamp is from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs and it fits very nicely with the diamond.
This last gard was too sparky for my camera to be able to focus it seems. I'm so sorry for the blurriness. I used the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway again. It is to pretty. I did the same embossing technique as on the last card but used some teal powder with speckles of gold in it. Super pretty! I paired it with a smaller print with pink dots. They look so nice together. I cut out the word Kindness from the Kindness with Evelin T Designs Cutaways in gold glitter paper and added it to a piece of Vellum stamped with the text from the coordinating stamp set.
So that's it for today. I will be back next week for my last performance here as Leading Lady. I hope you will be back then. In the meantime you can hop on over to my blog Little Outbursts of Creativity where I will be giving away a gift card to the Winnie & Walter shop to one of the people commenting on any of my Leading Lady posts there during the month. Thank you for all the lovely comments so far, I'm very happy for each and every one.