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In Paris – My Favorite Things

January 17, 2018

In Paris – My Favorite Things

January 17, 2018

Hello crafty friends!  I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things.  I absolutely love their products and am honored to be up on their blog today with this post.

I’d love to share with you a few examples that I made using the newly released “In Paris” Stamp Set.

When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a shadow box card.  I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so I worked on some measurements (listed below) until I found something that would work and still fit into a pre-made envelope.  This card fits perfectly into a 5″x5″ square envelope when folded flat.

For my images, I first stamped them onto smooth white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers and then diecut them with their coordinating dies.  I also added one smaller sized hot-air balloon from the BB Up In The Air stamp set.  For my background, I used the MFT Stencil Cloud with some distress inks (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean).  For the frame around my card, I used the MFT Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.

Shadow Box Card Measurements:
  • Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 6 1/4″ and score along the long side at 1 1/4″ & 5″
  • Cut your window in one of these pieces  (I used the MFT Die-namics A2 Rectangle STAX)
  • Cut the inside strips to 4 3/8″ long and however high they need to be to just reach the bottom of  your window.  Score these pieces at 3/8″ & 4″

    I wanted to go a completely different route for my second set of cards.  The Eiffel Tower is such an elegant structure and makes for great photographs.  I wanted these cards to showcase mainly the silhouette of the tower standing majestically over the city skyline and/or landscape.

    I love black and white photographs.  Especially the ones that have a bright pop of red that really contrasts well against the subtle shades of gray.  For my first and second card, I first stamped the Eiffel Tower and then lightly drew in a treeline with a pencil

    I then colored in the treeline with a black Copic Sketch Marker following the silhouette stamping technique showed by Jennifer McGuire (wonderful tutorial HERE) a few months back.  For my first card, I wanted to let the intricate structure of the tower be seen, so I only colored the treeline.  For the other, I colored in both the treeline and the tower.  I then embossed anything that I had colored with clear embossing powder.

    For the shading on my first card, I blended MFT Grout Gray, Cement Gray and Gravel Gray Inks.  I colored the balloons with Copics R14, R46, R59 and RV99.

    For my second card, I blended MFT Grout Gray Ink along with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I colored the red hearts with the same Copic colors as listed above.

    For my final silhouette card,  I blended MFT Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum Inks along with Spun Sugar, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.  For the skyline, I used the city skyline stamp that is included in the BB You’re Super Stamp Set that was released last month using the same technique as above.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets for some added interest.

    Lastly, I made two cards inspired by the French Par Avion Envelopes.  I wanted to create that red, white and blue striped border around the outside of my cards.

    To start, I cut two pieces of white cardstock to 4 3/4″ x 6″.  I then cut blue and red strips using MFT Blueberry and Wild Cherry Card Stock.  For the one card, I cut the strips at 1/4″ wide and for the other, 1/8″ wide.  I then glued them onto my pieces of white card stock and then trimmed both pieces to 4.25″ x 5.5″ once the glue had dried.  It may sound like a lot, but it was actually pretty easy to do.  I do recommend using a guillotine-style paper trimmer for this technique.

    For my first card, I used the cute little dog from the In Paris Stamp Set.  I reverse-stamped him and added a little black and white striped shirt with a black marker.  For the other dog, I used the same stamp but masked the hat and drew in some hair and a bow.  I used both the MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and the MFT Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for my card mats.

    Lastly, for my second card, I simply added a few of the images (stamped and colored to match) from the In Paris Stamp Set to the front of the card with foam adhesive squares to compliment the border.

    I hope you all enjoyed these ideas today!  I will be sharing another guest design post on the 19th with some other fun projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by!





    Hello, I'm Rachel! Thanks so much for dropping by and welcome to my blog! I love creating and am excited to share with you my love for card making and paper crafting.


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