21 August, 2013

Negative Images

Hi there, it's Kathy here with the Funky Hand Midweek Inspiration slot and
I've been playing with left-overs again!

It was our wedding anniversary a couple of weeks back and I used papers from the "I Love You Sew" collection to make a card fro my Hubby.  As I'd already planned what I wanted to do, I knew I needed to print a lot of designs - but very small pieces of each.  A bit of resizing and cropping and I was ready to make my card.  I'll pop that on my own blog next week - but as I'm on a mission to use my printed scraps that's what I'm concentrating on today

Do you remember the line from The Feeling's song "Fill My Little World" that goes:

"All I wanted was some evidence that you really loved me"?  
Well OH always changes evidence to elephants, when he sings along, so it's become a sort of tradition that there'll be an elephant or two somewhere on the cards I make for him.  In this case the elephants were on the inside and I cut them on my Craft Robo using  Funky Hand image from the Colour Me Happy CD So anyway,  I was looking at my scraps and trying to figure out how to use them when I realised that among them were two perfect elephant shaped holes among the printed pieces and decided to use these "negatives" for my little cards.

Materials and Tools
All papers:   "I Love You Sew"download from Funky Hand
Elephant Image from  Colour Me Happy CD also Funky Hand
tiny heart punch, Craft Rpbp
Extras card 1: Black gel pen, 2cm circle punch,
Tiny black square gems (Prima) 
Extras card 2: Black Bazzill card. Pink Twine, Black gem

After I'd made these two cards I was a bit disappointed that the other two elephants I'd cut out hadn't left suitable "holes" to make a couple more mini cards!
  This idea would work for lots of punchies as well as die cuts and electronically cut shapes - especially if they are cut from card.  You can vary the papers you put underneath, and add some dimension with decoupage glue or little bits of chipboard.

I thought I'd just show where the actual elephants went before I go - they formed a border for the inside of my card

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  1. This is fab Kathy.I bet your hubby loved his card.Love this technique and should use it more.Nice to see you using your offcuts - I'm trying to do this more.Great to see where the cut out elephants were used.Hugs Debbie x

  2. The elephants are so sweet! I'm with Debbie, it's lovely to see beautiful cards using offcuts. We are so quick to print something new before checking what little treasures we may already have lurking in our trash. These are beautiful cards xxx

  3. Lovely cards, Kathy, and an excellent idea too. I love the little elephants.

  4. Great cards, Kathy and an excellent idea. I love the little elephants.

  5. These cards are so lovely :) What a great tradition for the elephants. Brilliant use of left overs as well. I really must take your advice and use them up. I can hardly get in to my craft stash for the 'bits'
    Anice xx


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