Hello everyone. The month of May was filled with travel.We spent time in Indiana, Arizona, and France. I loved every minute but it is great to be back. Now that I am home, laundry is done and food is back in the kitchen, I can get back to my first love, paper-crafting!
In and around the many trips in the car and to airports, I eked out some time to make a few Winking Frog cards from the Heartfelt Creation Winking Frog Collection. Thankfully I had a whole container of pieces from the collection already colored, die cut, and ready to go. So it was easy to sit down and put together some fun cards. I chose a selection of dies and stamps to accompany my sweet frogs and got to work.
Step 1: Color my flowers to match my papers.
Similar to my previous post on Encouraging Cards, I did this with Color box Chalk ink and to get just the perfect color, I also used a ranger ink pad that I have. Unfortunately, these ink pads didn’t give me the color I was looking for, so I switched it up and used chalk ink that was much deeper in color than the pale ones in the pic above. The hot pink and plum ink pads gave just the color I wanted.I dabbed each flower petal with the lightest color first (avoiding the very center). Then I went around all the tips of the petals with the dark plum color. Lastly I used a Fantastix stick with bright yellow chalk ink and colored the centers of each flower. I colored just a few leaves in case I needed them, shaped everything and glued them all together.
Step 2: Die Cut
I made 4 White Trellis Frame dies (Elizabeth Die), 4 white largest size eyelet circle (lawn fawn die), 4 pale green smaller circles and 4 swirled blue large circles (nested set from Michaels, not sure of the brand), and 4 large yellow scalloped circles (spellbinders). Then I cut a large oval (spellbinder die) from the front face of 4 white A7 card blanks with my patterned paper already adhere to the front to make my oval window card, I also used a med. scalloped circle (spellbinders) to make my shaped card. (There are many tutorial videos on line to see how this is done.)
Step 3: Stamp and Heat emboss my sentiments.
Most of the sentiments on these cards are from the HF Winking frog Collection, however the one on the oval window card is from a stamp set I bought at Michaels many moons ago. I think it is a Stampability, but I’m not positive.
Step 4: Create my Winking Frog Cards
I made 4 of each design. I will post each card individually on Pinterest if you want a better look.
(I did add two additional die cuts to the easel card from the Heartfelt Creation fancy borders set) The little frog with the leaf umbrella is attached with floss string so he is suspended in the oval. I also cut additional circle dies from pink and dark blue for my shaped card) All the other dies you can probably see where I used them.
So, I managed to make 20 cards after all this month. Coming soon are some cards inspired by the things I saw on my trip to France. If you’re looking to get started on a project like this that includes coloring, check out this post about coloring and blending.
Until next time, keep crafting!