Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paper Pierced Cards

Happy Valentine's Day! I have been able to do something I really love...make cards! LOL

The other day I received the templates I'd ordered from "across the pond" and have been itching to play with them. Today was the day! I bought three, but only used two of them today. I am really happy with how they came out.


The template for this first card (I made it pretty large so hopefully you can see the details better) comes as a half circle. You flip it to do the second half. It has the areas for embossing and for paper piercing and comes with the scalloped edge as well. The type or name of the template is Brodery and you can see the template here. This isn't where I bought the template, but this company sells it, too. In the book I used by Patricia Wing, her sample uses pressed flowers in the center. I don't have any of those, but I had picked up these pendants from Michaels not too long ago with the hopes of being able to incorporate them onto a card. The package comes with 4 and I just snipped the part off where you would add a chain. The metal is fairly thin so it wasn't difficult. I added gold rhinestone stickers and then decided to run the Vintage dies with the Cuttlebug for the corners. The pieces around the gold center are the punch-outs from the die. This card is 6x6 in size. Not my usual size, but it works for this card.

I used textured Barn Red cardstock as well as Vanilla Cream (both CTMH). I also sponged ink around the edges, using Barn Red and Parchment (figuring Parchment would show up more than Vanilla Cream).

All in all I am thrilled with the final result.

I used another sample in the book for this next card. I'd ordered the template she used, but apparently it's discontinued. Pat sent me a comparable template and even included a sample she made so I could see how well it coordinated. Pretty impressive, I think. I've just tried googling to find the template, but have been unsuccessful.


This card is 4 1/4 inch square. Again, not my normal size, but this one will fit in a standard envelope at least...should I decide to give it away, that is. LOL

I used an EK Success corner punch (not sure of the name, though) and I punched the same image out several times using the different colors of cardstock. I then filled in the spaces with the punched out pieces. I used my Quickie Glue Pen to do's small enough to fit in the tight spaces. The colors used are from CTMH: Barn Red, Garden Green and Honey. I punched a small daisy for the center and adhered a jewel from Hobby Lobby on it. I used more of those little gold rhinestones from Michaels and then added some Stickles to give a little sparkle. I like the country vibe I get from this card.

I have one more card that I made, but because it's very different from these, I'll post it separately.

Thanks for visiting. Check for the next post soon.



Kathi Carlson said...

Stunning! That's all I can think of to say. I'm sure you'll be pressing flowers before we know it, too. Violets and those little Johnny Jump-Ups that look like violets and grow everywhere press beautifully.

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow! These are great! I might have to do some paper piercing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Love your new blog look!

stampmonkey said...

Wow, Jeanne! These pierced cards are both incredible!! Looks like you found some nice templates to work with. I especially like the 6x6 card -- maybe it's the colors, the scallop, or maybe the embossed design going around the inside edge? Whatever it is that's drawing me to it, it's just gorgeous! And now I see what the "seed beads" are...they're gold rhinestones! ;)