Cute Projects by Guest Designer Kelly Martin

April 19, 2019

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited to have Kelly Martin, a guest designer for us, on the blog today showing off some of her amazing cards!  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!!  Be sure to check out her blog for loads more inspiration! She graciously shows her process to us below.

Hey there, friends!

I'm so crazy excited to be a guest here on the Avery Elle blog today! Many thanks to Jamie for the invitation!

Today I'd like to share with you 3 different processes for scene-making on your cards, so let's get right to it!

1. Paper piecing with die cuts

I made the card base and card panel first. I used a postage die to cut out a piece of gray kraft cardstock (for the frame) and a piece of white cardstock (the for the scene panel), and glued the gray frame down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

I started out by creating the sky and ground by masking off the top portion first and ink blending the ground. Then I switched the position of the mask and ink blended the sky.

The rest of the card was pretty easy to put together! All it takes is stamping out some images, coloring them with any medium you want and then using your dies to cut out the images. 

In this case, I actually used my scissors to cut out the images because I didn't have the matching dies! Don't forget this great money-saving option! I then arranged them on the card front with foam tape to finish off the scene. 

2. Create a mini-scene

It only takes a few minutes to pull together a mini-scene for a card! I just used a few elements and--voila! I die cut a panel using the Pierced Mat Element die, stamped and colored some images from the Toucan Party set and then made my ground and sky. 

Here's a great tip: Think about how you can use some of your dies in more than one way! I used this cloud die as both ground and sky! All is takes is just applying the ink on two separate pieces and then flipping one upside down to use as the ground!

I trimmed off the edges of the clouds and sky and then mounted the mini scene on to a gray craft mat piece, and then glued it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch white card base which I'd previously covered with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of patterned paper. I stamped a sentiment at the bottom to finish off the card

3. One Layer Masking

Sometimes masking can be so intimidating, but when you have the right stamp set--it's really manageable! But it does take a little planning, which is really helpful when you have a tool like the MISTI. 

I thought about the images I wanted to use and then stamped them on to a full size post it note to use as a mask. 

I then arranged the rest of my stamps into my misti so that I knew what the layout would be before stamping a few of the images on to my cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and placing my masks on top of the images.

After removing the masks, I discovered I'd made a masking error! So I quickly drew another line and then recovered nicely. I DARE YOU to find the mistake! 

I finished stamping all the images and then colored everything with my copics.

As a finishing touch, I took my black pen and drew stitched lines around the border of the card.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! I hope these ideas have inspired you to dive deeper into the world of scene-making and create your own little masterpieces!

Kelly Martin

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Andre M. said...

Thanks for sharing these great tips. Your cards are so sweet.

Caryn said...

Oh my goodness! What fantastic cards Kelly - I love the colours and your fabulous blending! You’ve really showcased Avery Elle to perfection!!

mary said...

If my fussy cutting skills were as good as yours I wouldn't buy matching dies. Sadly, they aren't.

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