Thursday 24 May 2012

Freshly Made Sketch #36

I needed to make an engagement card, and took a break from scrapbooking to use the new sketch at Freshly Made.

Even though I'm not a huge fan of top fold cards, I wanted to make this a spinner card and it just worked better with a horizontal spinner. I didn't like the idea of a heart spinning downwards for an engagement card.  :-)

I turned the sketch on it's side, and used this beautiful pearlized blue print paper (DCWV). When I laid it out, it STILL needed something so I matted each of the pieces with black after adding the scalloped border (PTI die) to the top rectangle.

I am SO hooked on spinner cards.  :-)  I love the way the hearts roll and spin along the track. Right now the engaged couple live in different countries (!!!) so their life is a little crazy and I think they will get a kick out of the spinning hearts. I'm sure they feel like that sometimes.

After cutting the track with the PTI die, I lightly outlined it on the card base with pencil and used a stamp positioner to help me stamp the words (Crazy Stamps). I am having the WORST time lately cutting anything straight or lining anything up. I don't know what is going on. Even with the stamp positioner, I managed to stamp the words slightly crooked. It's making me insane.

I glued some white pearlized paper to a piece of chipboard, then cut it out with a Sizzix Primitive Heart die. The smaller hearts - which are outlined with a Sakura glitter pen - were punched with a SU punch.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the same gel pen to colour in the dot above the "i" in CONTRATULATIONS.

There was a beautiful silver pearl envelope in my stash, and I cut down a white card base to 5x7" to  use the envelope. The inside is lined with a piece of white card stock, so the spinner doesn't catch on any machinery as the card goes on it's merry way to the engagement party in Arizona.

The (digital) scrapbook is flying along, I'm so pleased with how it is turning out and have done THIRTY pages!!!  I'm about 2/3 finished their photos  - and am more comfortable now with the layouts. They will read the book 'back to front', and 'right to left' - the opposite of how we do over here. I've never done an entire album using someone elses photos before - it's sure a different way to scrapbook!

For those that have asked, when I digitally scrapbook I use a 11 x 8.5" (landscape) canvas in Photoshop. Once I have all the layers and shadows finished, I flatten it into a single layer & save it as a .jpg. This can then be imported into iPhoto as a single photo, and dragged onto one of their book templates as is.  I am just careful not to put anything important close to the edges.  Hope this answers your questions!

And thankfully, I can digitally cut things perfectly STRAIGHT and have no trouble lining anything up. Otherwise I'm afraid I'd have to 'throw in the towel'.

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. a wonderful card - nice colors too
    Hello from Elma

  2. What a fun spinner card! I've never tried making one of them yet, but after seeing yours, I'm thinking perhaps I should :) Nice take on the sketch!

  3. What a fun way to do an engagement card! Love the hearts on the spinner, very cute :)

  4. LOVE that you made the sketch into a spinner card! Great papers and I love the trio of hearts, too.

  5. Hi Karen ... what great Spinner card this is, I love the fun in it, and I love that the hearts spin ... wow ...great colours and beautiful clean styling!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  6. Great theme for a spinner card and love that the sentiment shows through the gap too :0) clever way to use the sketch...the squares look like tab tops for your panel :0)
    Jenny x

  7. Really great card, and great use of the spinner card technique. I love the colors and papers, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!


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