Autumn, Cardmaking, Scrapbooking

The Root of Joy is Family Card

Hello, crafty friends! For today’s card I started with a set of pocket journaling cards from appropriately called “Family”. I adore the color palette, and I thought it had a ton of great sentiment cards I could use to make greeting cards perfectly themed for the fall, friends, & family season we’ve just entered.

The first card that jumped out at me because of the beautiful quote, font, & color was this one which says “The root of joy is family.” I could have left it as is, but decided to use my Catherine Pooler mini cover plate die set to add a stitched border and rounded corners. (There are loads of other mini cover plate dies she has in this collection which I hope to collect to jazz up my pocket cards more in the future.)

To ensure my die would be centered & wouldn’t chop off any of the quote, I made a little hinge with low tack tape and traced around it with a pencil.

Once I was sure I liked the placement, I ran it through my die cutting machine.

At this point I was stumped on what color of glitter paper to use to mat my sentiment card. I was able to narrow it down to three shades, but really couldn’t decide after that, so I posted this picture with a poll over on my Instagram account in the stories.

When I checked the poll the next morning, the middle shade had only won by ONE vote! It was really close call, so I’ve decided I’ll make another set of cards and use each of the other shades as well.

In the above photo you can see all the layers coming together. Starting with a sturdy A2 card base, I adhered a sheet of glitter paper which I sheared 1/8″ off the top and bottom, so I would have a narrow white border of my card base showing. (You can also see I die cut a scalloped rectangle from it as not to waste what would be covered up.)

Next I trimmed the floral paper to 4″x5.5″ and ran it through my sewing machine for a decorative border. Since it was cut from a 6″x6″ double sided paper pad, I was left with a 2″ strip I simply flipped over and trimmed to length. I lightly tacked it to the floral layer with adhesive before running it through my sewing machine. (Note: I take care not to sew through harsh things like gunky adhesive, glitter paper, or really thick layers when possible. I also don’t like my stitching to show on the inside of the card, so I tend to sew everything before adding to my card base.)

I then wrapped a bit of old ribbon across the front, and secured this layer over the glitter paper using a combination of dry and liquid adhesive just in case. Since one end wasn’t staying flat, I used a little clip to hold things in place until the glue had time to dry.

I attached my sentiment card to the scalloped rectangle and then went to secure that layer to my base with foam adhesive, but just before I stuck it down… I had a change of heart. The scalloped border overpowered the background, so I trimmed quite a bit before sticking it down.

For the final touch, I added a few drops of Pops of Color. Although many layers, this card is fairly simple compared to my typical creations. It has absolutely zero stamping, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

I’ve already started playing with the rest of the cards in this set, and I’ll post those very soon. If you’d like a full list of all the supplies used, please visit my gallery post. I hope to see you here again soon.

Until next time… stay crafty! – Laura Evangeline

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