Cardmaking, Catherine Pooler, Featured

Dreaming of France Card

Hello, again! As promised I am back today with the second of my four projects made with the new “Global Adventure Pt. Deux” collection from Catherine Pooler Designs launching on Wednesday, 12 January. If you missed my first project, you can find that HERE. Otherwise, let me show you how I created today’s card…

Step 1: Stamp & Color

To start, I stamped the sweet little bistro set from the “Dreaming of France” stamp set onto white cardstock with black ink and colored it in with alcohol markers. As before, I chose the colors to match the “Under the Eifel Tower” paper pad. I also used a white gel pen to create a fun pattern on the table cloth.

Step 2: Create the Card Base

The base of my card started as a top folding A2, but I wanted it to be square, so I trimmed 1.25″ off the bottom to create a 4.25″ square card base. The Parisian Portico Background Stamp is sized to cover a vertical A2 card. However, I stamped it horizontally across my square card and heat embossed it in white before topping it with a 4″ square layer of vellum and a bit of stitching.

Step 3: Trimming

At this point I decided to cut the focal image out with an oval die as opposed to die cutting them individually. I also stamped a sentiment and trimmed it into a banner shape. Because I didn’t want it to get lost with the white on white, I also and trimmed a 1/4″ strip of striped paper to layer under it.

Step 4: Make a Mess

At this point I secured my oval piece onto the card base with foam adhesive, but I wasn’t happy with the plain white background. It needed a bit more pizazz, so I used my Flirty Fuchsia, Oh Boy!, and white reinkers along with a water brush to add a bit of spatter to the background.

Since this layer was already attached to my card base, I used the scrap I had cut away as a mask. I have a pull out waste bin next to my desk, so I just laid my card in the can and splattered away. I’m not sure if this makes me feel fancy or silly. Ha!

Step 5: Assembly

Once the splatter dried a bit, I popped my sentiment strip back in place and finished it off with a bit of white twine and a few Paris sequins.

And there you have the finished card! I have another card and tag still to share with you for this release, so please visit again soon and feel free to subscribe to my blog.

I’d also like to invite you to join me on my other socials including my Gallery, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube if you’d like. Until next time… stay crafty!

– Laura Evangeline

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