LONG POST ALERT!! Grab a cuppa, it's ganna be a long one, but oh so worth it!!
Hi Blogland, I have a friend who has just got engaged and is planning an engagement party in September.. For me September is Autumn, although with this global warming lark September can be as hot as mid July! I remember when I went back to school after the summer holidays, the leaves were falling off the trees, it was cold, it was wet!! pretty much like it has been in the UK for the past few days!! Hey, perhaps things are not so different now then!! Of course this is just a generalisation for us in the northern hemisphere, apologies for all our antipodean followers, you must be approaching Spring I guess??! Anyway, enough waffling..As their engagement is in September my card for them has an autumnal feel to it..
This week in our lessons here at Pinnacles we have been doing a technique called Iris Folding, NO! not folding a lady called Iris, although we do have a lady called Iris in our Wednesday Evening class, bet she got the shock of her life when she looked at the lesson sheet and saw this technique was coming up!! She still came to the lesson regardless, if a little apprehensively!!
For Iris Folding you need (a little old lady called Iris, folded in half and then half again!) NO! stop it!! You need a template of some sort,I chose a template of a pear which was cut from the Wall Decor & More Cricut Cartridge. And like with most templates you will use either the positive or negative image for your project,for the lesson, we used the negative image,which meant I was left with around 100 pears, of 50 pairs of pears!! Oh what to do with them, my first instinct was to bin them, but what a waste!! So I have incorporated them into a few projects.I took a couple of the images and coloured them with some Adirondack Ink (Lettuce)shading around the edgesto give dimension.I then added some Red Pepper ink to add more colour and shade, at first I though ooopps, too much,but they came our really well, almost good enough to eat!!You know me at the moment, if it stands sill long enough it's ganna get a blast of Glossy Accents!!Whilst the Pears were drying I took a piece of card stockand coloured it with the Lettuce Adirondack Ink,Embossed it through the Cuttlebug with one of the Embossing Folders from the Preserves Cricut Companions Cuttlebug Sets which matches this project perfectly I think. The idea behind the Cricut Companions is that they complement their respective Cricut Cartridges, but you don't need a Cricut to use them, they are Embossing Folders!....Once embossed, I went over the image again with the Lettuce,and then with Red Pepper, this project is sounding more and more like a Waldorf Salad recipe.. Lettuce, Red Pepper, Pears!! eeeekkk.I also randomly glazed some of the embossed images with Glossy Accents and put to one side to dry.I took this selection of Inksand randomly applied them to a White piece of card stock.
Punching out a border with one of the NEW EK Success large edger punches.
Glazed them, and put them by to dry.I printed my sentiment from my PC and coloured the paper with the Lettuce and Red Pepper Ink to tie the project together,cutting it out with a small Nestibilitie Circle and also cutting out a slightly larger circle in Gold Mirror Cardand layered the Two together, sorry photography is not my best skill!!I added a strip of card stock to my base card,attaching the now dry leaf border with foam pads and cutting it down to size..Matting my embossed piece of card onto some Gold Mirror card,before mounting it onto the final project.Adding the pears,and finally the sentiment.
Sorry for the long post! it took me 2 days to make the card (including drying time) and almost as long to write it up on here!! You've done well if you've got this far!! LOL. Hope this project gives you some inspiration for your Autumn crafting projects.. You still have time to win this Cricut Cartridge, so don't forget to leave a comment..
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