A froggie get-well card

Isn’t it great when you find just the right image for the card you’re making? 

My cousin, Pierre, is in the hospital and I wanted to make him a cheery get-well card. I took my inspiration from this comical froggie king statue that he posted to Facebook. A quick look in my digis library and up popped a frog wearing a crown. Yay!  

So, here’s how I created my little froggie card…

  • traced and detached the frog digi, using my Silhouette Cameo
  • traced and cut out a lily pad, a free image that I found using Google Search
  • created the square background using a blue polka dot background from my Silhouette library
  • coloured the frog with my Copic markers…now, here comes the fun part…
  • after colouring the frog, I used a Copic colourless blender to create lighter spots on the frog, then
  • I turned the frog over, wrong side up and, using a foam mat and an embossing tool (see photo below) I made depressions all over my little froggie king; when I turned it right side up, those little depressions appeared as bumps…the photo below shows the embossing tools and the black sponge mat.

Embossing tools and a sponge mat are very inexpensive and are must-haves in every paper-crafting studio.

After gluing the lily pad to the front of my card, I then added a “Wobble Spring” to the back of the frog and attached it to the lily pad. A little flick of the finger and the frog wiggles and wobbles.

 

 

 

 

 

I always finish the inside and back of my cards to match the front. A funny quote on the inside left panel should bring a smile to my cousin’s face.

No Globug Ideas card is  finished until it has my logo on the back.

So, that’s it for today. I hope my froggie card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you stop in again, soon.

Gloria

Copic Airbrush System

Copic Airbrush System

I just bought my first Copic Airbrush System! I chose the ABS-1N, which includes everything I need to become an airbrushing pro…well, that and a little practice. Here’s what’s in the kit: 

  • Air Grip
  • Air Adaptor
  • Air Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
  • Air Hose
  • Air Can Holder

I tried it today on a pretty image called Pure Prairie Bouquet by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. I used a digital image, which I sized to a fit on a 5″x5″ piece of cardstock (the finished card is 6″x6″). I then printed out two copies and sent one copy through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a “mask.” A mask is an cut-out duplicate of the image you want to colour. I placed it directly over the image, and then used my airbrush to create a blue background.

Let’s Add a Special Effect

To create a special effect, I put a few drops of Copic Colorless Blender on the corner of an old facecloth and dabbed it over the airbrushed area.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Copic markers.

Here’s how it turned out… I would love to hear your comments and creative suggestions.

Pure Prairie Bouquet

50th Anniversary Card for Sharon and Ed

golden-small-16-1We live in a neighbourhood where the folks around us are more than just neighbours, they’re friends. One lovely couple, Sharon and Ed, who live just down the street from us are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They are both truly sweet and always have a smile and some friendly conversation to welcome us as we take our evening stroll.

As Sharon and Ed were married in December, I wanted to make them a card that incorporated winter into the theme. I found this beautiful digital image called Chickadee in Barberry by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy.

card-front-newI usd two copies of the image and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some sparkle glue to highlight the snow on the branches. To give a 3-D quality to the berries, I used 3-D Liquid Crystal (I also used a tiny drop of it on each bird’s eye). I popped one image up to add dimension. I used this pretty die cut shape on all four panels and I ran the front panel through my Cuttebug with an embossing folder to add the effect of falling snow.

In the photo below, you can see that the chickadee bride  is wearing a “diamond necklace and ring.”  The chickadee groom is wearing a black bow tie. Aren’t they just adorable?

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Last, but so important, are the inside messages. On the right I included a traditional happy anniversary message and on the left, I added a special note about chickadees. I will be giving the card to Sharon and Ed later today and I really hope they like it. They are such a special couple and they deserve a very special celebration.

inside-verses-cuI hope my little chickadee anniversary card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping in. I hope you will visit, again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

A Christmas Card in a Box

Christmas should be full of surprises!

Isla's card--full view

I just love making a card-in-box, and this one was really special. First of all, it was for the sweet granddaughter of a very special friend and, second of all, it was a Christmas card!

I had so much fun hunting for these cute little Christmas characters. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and coloured them with my Copic markers. The cool thing about a card-in-a-box is that it folds flat and fits in a regular size envelope.  If you would like to learn how to make a card-in-a-box, just go to YouTube and search on “card-in-a-box.”

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Here are some close-ups of the various panels. I hope this card-in-a-box inspires you to create a card for your someone special.

Isla's card--Wryn caroling

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 1

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 2

Isla's card--Snowman panel

Isla's card--Trees panel

Here’s the back panel with lots of room for writing a special message.

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Here it is folded flat and ready to slide into an envelope.

Isla's card--Text panels-front

Thanks for popping in! I hope you will stop by again, soon.

Funny birthday card for a senior citizen

Happy 86th Birthday, Mom!!

Mom makes no bones about it, she’s not as fleet of foot as she once was. But, then, she is 86 and had open-heart surgery a year ago. She’s got a great sense of humour and we joke with her all the time about the trials and tribulations of being a senior citizen–the lighter side of getting old. So, for her birthday, which is on Halloween, I just had to make her a funny card. Can’t wait to give it to her tomorrow!! (I know I could have made her a witchy card, but we’ve been there and done that!!). For you Copic-lovers, I used my Copic markers to colour these funny characters. I created the text in Silhouette Studio and printed it on this wonderful patterned paper.

Here is the front of the card. Scroll down to see the inside panels.

Mom 86-Front

Mom 86-Both inside panel

Here’s a close-up of the birds…the stripes on the blue bird and the polka dots on the green bird were created with my Copic colourless blender. It’s such an easy technique to take your colouring from flat to fantastic!

Mom 86-Inside Left Panel

And, the back panel…I never leave it unfinished.

Mom 86-Back Panel

I hope this gives you some ideas for a funny card of your own. Thanks, for stopping by. Please come back soon!

So many ideas, so little time…sigh!