Thursday, 18 June 2015

Saying Hello!! Giraffe Style with Papermill Direct

I'm saying Hello!! with this Giraffe card I created with this week's Special Offer from +papermilldirect:

As the theme this week is ‘Printables’ I thought I would combine a free download with this week’s special offer to create a bright ‘hello’ card. I chose the ‘Safari Animals’ free download from Crafts Beautiful magazine. (links at end of post) Downloads are easy to use and are also perfect for anyone that likes the look of stamped images but perhaps isn’t as confident using ink and stamps, plus they can be printed onto different cardstocks and papers, at different sizes, and you can add colour to them too.

The ‘Safari Animals’ download set consists of a Lion, Tiger and the Giraffe which I have chosen to use. My old printer is a bit temperamental and not always happy to print on thick card but I find that it quite likes the PMD White Linen and when I saw how striking the black & white image was upon the linen texture I decided I would leave it un-coloured. The great thing about printables is that you get to choose what size you want to work with and if you are not sure, then it is easy to test print onto plain copy paper until you are happy with sizing. I trimmed the image panel down to approx. 8cm x 12.5cm and matted onto PMD black card to frame it.

The gorgeous Bright Green Laid card has been used to create a background. I like to put the card stocks through their paces in various ways this week I’m embossing & die-cutting. The back panel has been embossed using a ‘mosaic’ patterned embossing folder and you can see how well it takes the embossing creating a lovely textured background which adds shades and interest as well as being very tactile. The panels have been mounted to the card front using 3D foam pads to give height.

The Bright Green Laid Card is also perfect for die-cutting; you can see it happily copes with both the leafy branch and the ‘hello’ word sentiment perfectly. (The branch actually had a bird on it which I have trimmed off easily with scissors for this project). The die-cut shapes were given a shadow of black card by simply cutting the image again and slightly offsetting, adhering with cosmic shimmer glue, this is a subtle way to help them stand out without being too prominent. I have tried to keep the clean look of the card by keeping to the three basic colours of black, white, & green, Adding some natural coloured Jute trim strip and black sequins topped with pale green adhesive pearls to finish. Completed card size is just over 5” x 7”.

Materials Used:
Bright Green Laid Offer Card – Papermill Direct

Black Card – Papermill Direct 
Giraffe Image from Safari Animals – Free Download – Crafts beautiful magazine

Mosaic Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug 
Branch Die Creatables LR0138 – Marianne Design

Hello Word Die – Clearly Besotted
Adhesives: Double Sided Tape, 3D foam pads, cosmic shimmer glue

Jute Trim, Black Sequins, Pale Green adhesive pearls
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