Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2nd Set of Cards by our Guest Designer Jessica Rotkiewicz

Hello Bloggers:

Today we are releasing the 2nd set of Cards by our Guest Designer, Jessica Rotkiewicz.   These cards along with the other projects are hanging up on the wall to the right of the door as soon as you walk into Scrapper's Playground. Please feel free to ask any of our Staff for information on the products that were used on these cards.

Cards by Jessica Rotkiewicz


Fruit Stand Double Sided Cardstock by Doodlebug Design Inc.
Card Shoppe Cardstock- Pink, Orange and White
Melt my Heart Popsicle Rubber Stamp Set by Itty Bitty by Unity Stamp Company
Photo Corners by Scrapbook Adhesives
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord
Tombo ABT Double Tipped Marker-Orange (#933)
Wink of Stella Brush- Glitter Clear
Pop Dots
Business Card Magnet
Dies used to help create the design:
Sizzix square dies   (two sizes 3” by 3”  and 3 ½” by 3 ½”)
Quickcuts Card size dies  (4.25”x 5.50” rectangle)
My second card for the month features Fruit Stand double sided card stock by Doodlebug Design Inc. and the Melt My Heart Popsicle Rubber Stamp Set by Itty Bitty by Unity Stamp Company. The combination of these two products makes a fun and whimsical themed summer love card. Plus, I added my own twist to the design and made it so someone could use the main part of the card as a magnet.  I got to thinking we put so much time into these cards and people love them, why don’t we try give them a little added extra bonus too. That’s why I thought about turning part of the card into a magnet, I will explain more later.
Let’s get designing, first you need to decide on a color for your inside of the card. I used a pink Card Shoppe card stock to make a card (4.25”x 5.50”, Photo 1). Next I used my Quickutz, Nesting Card Templates cookie cutter nesting dies (the 4.25”x 5.50” rectangle, Photo 2) to cut the background paper, which is the Fruit Stand card stock with the popsicle side upright. Secure the background to the front of the card using your choice of adhesive. Yes, I used these dies again with this design, if you are a card maker these are a must! 
Next, I took Melt My Heart Popsicle Rubber Stamp Set by Itty Bitty by Unity Stamp Company and stamped a white piece of Card Shoppe card stock. I used two different colors to break of the look of the card and to make the stamp pop off the page. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord for the popsicle part and then Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade for the words (Photo 3). I love these small stamps because they work well with these Itty Bitty stamps, its easy to cover the area and they hold the ink well.
In order to make a nice contrast between the rubber stamp and the background paper I used Sizzix square dies to cut the rubber stamp image 3” by 3” and then chose an orange Card Shoppe card stock and cut it to 3 ½” by 3 ½” (Photo 4). This will allow the rubber stamped image to pop off the page and give it a nice 3-D look to your card.
Color your stamped image using the Tombo ABT Double Tipped Marker-orange (#933) (Photo 5). I love this marker, it flows like a paint brush and blends nicely. It’s double tipped for fine shading or writing a message. I need to get more of these! To add a little sparkle to your popsicle and to give it that frozen feeling, I used a Glitter Clear Wink of Stella Brush. If you don’t have any of these yet you have to run out to Scrapper’s Playground and get them! These pens are perfect for adding controlled glitter to any project. I bought one a few months ago to test and now I might be an addict with these pens. I have more than I care to admit right now!

After that’s finished and you let it dry for just a minute or two, secure the rubber stamped image with pop dots and place on top of the orange square (Photo 6).  
Okay, so you don’t need to run out to the store to buy magnets. I am sure you have some of these on your refrigerator right now or in a drawer. I re-purposed a business card magnet given to me in the mail or at a street fair (Photo 7). I know you have at least one of these at home from a doctor’s office, a local pizza shop or pet service. Let’s cut the magnet in 1/3’s and glue it to the back of your orange Card Shoppe card stock (Photo 8). Perfect, you have just created a magnet that someone can use and think about how clever you were for giving them this card (Photo 9).

Finally, use Photo Corners by Scrapbook Adhesives to attach the magnet to the front of your card (Photo 10). This way you can easily remove this from the front of your card.  That’s it, you have now created a greeting card which can act as a magnet too (Photo 11). 
You take lots of time in creating these cards why not give it a second life and another purpose! I am sure the next person you give a card to is going to love this idea! In fact, they probably are all ready displaying your card, why not let it be functional. I hope you enjoyed my ideas and thoughts as much as I enjoy making cards. Good luck with your designs! 
Great Job Jessica and love the use of the magnet!