Back on the wagon again today – blog scheduled to publish at 7 am on 16.01.18!
didn’t have any success with the towels in Marks & Spencers today.
We’ll have our last try in M&S in Croydon on Friday, before we go up
to London to see Cirque de Soleil.
One of the Christmas cards I made was
an eclipse card, made by supporting the letters with Dimensionals.
Since then I’ve had it in mind to try the alternative method which is
die-cutting several layers of each letter, and adhering them together
using Tombow, which is what I’ve done for today’s card.
Personally, I prefer this method because I think it looks tidier, and more solid.
started my card using a Dapper Denim Cardstock (CS) base, with a middle
layer of Whisper White CS, and a top layer of Dapper Denim CS.
Embossing Buddy, I wiped over the front of the top layer, and stamped
the sneakers, from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Epic
Celebrations, in Versamark.
Then I stamped the You’re Awesome sentiment, which is from the same stamp set,
at the top of the layer, again using Versamark.
Next I dipped the entire layer
in my White Embossing Powder box, and gently tapped off the excess, before I heat
set it using my Heat Tool.
I used my white gel pen to colour the
our Large LettersFramelit Dies, and our Thick A4 Whisper White CS, I
die cut four of each letter.
I held the four layers together to measure
the thickness, and it was approximately 1/16″ which is the depth of Dimensionals.
I die cut another four of each letter, which I knew would
be the depth of the Adhesive Foam Strips i.e. 1/8″.
Although it took a
little while to do it, it was very relaxing adhering all the layers
I went back to the top Dapper Denim layer, and with the aid of
my ruler and a pencil, I marked off where I needed to cut the letters
out – hopefully in a straight line! LOL!
Once I’d die cut the letters, I adhered the top layer to the card base, making
sure I paid attention to the small pieces that protrude up or
down on the negative part of each letter, not only making sure I glued them down, but that I also glued them
pointing in the correct position.
The next step was to get the centre
of the top half of the letter A in place.
I did this by laying the
Dapper Denim die cut A in the negative space on the top of the card
base, and adding some Tombow to the blue triangle piece, and popping it
I removed the letter A and glued it on the front of the 1/8″
thick Whisper White letter A, and then glued it into the negative space on the card front.
I repeated this last stage with the remaining three letters, which was really easy, and very straightforward as they just slipped into the negative space.
decorated the inside of the card by adding a layer of Whisper White
CS, and I stamped a pair of the sneakers using Dapper Denim Ink.
this makes a really great masculine card for any age – don’t you agree?
may remember earlier in the month, I told you about the Free Prize Draw
I’m running as my way of saying THANK YOU to everyone who supports me, one way or another, in my Stampin’ Up! business.
I said I was doing it in two parts i.e. part 1 is open to everyone who shops in my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop during January 2018.
At the time I made this announcement, I also said I was
working on something I could do for all my supporters around the world who aren’t allowed to
shop with me because of Stampin Up! rules.
I’m now pleased to announce the details of my special Thank You
Promotion that’s open to everyone outside the Stampin’ Up! European market i.e. the UK,
the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and France.
The prize will be a box of my hand made greeting cards, plus something typically English!
To be in with a
chance to win, all you need to do is to leave a comment on my blog
between 15th – 29th January 2018, and all names will go into a hat to
find one lucky winner.
Full details of both parts of this promotion can be seen on the NEW Promotions page. Please let me know if you have any questions.
In the meantime, until tomorrow, happy crafting.
Jan Windy says
I love this card and all of the cards you video making. The tips you pass on are great especially about the heavy vellum for the embossing folders because I did become frustrated by the "tearing" or harsh marks that were left on my card stock after running it through. I hope you have a blessed day!
Hi, Jan. I agree. I think the tip about the vellum is the best one I've ever learned, too! Like you I wasted so much cardstock because it was torn! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
Well Jan, you've done it again, stunning card. Great young guy card.
So like how you give such detailed instructions. I will have to give this technique a try. Thanks for sharing your ideas and time. Seletta
Ina Nelson says
This is an amazing card. I really do like the way you have done the letters. I look every morning to see what you have done. Love your style and the way you use color. And your stories.
Hi, Ina. I'm so pleased you enjoy my projects, and I appreciate you following my blog. Many thanks for your support. I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
Geraldine Homenchuk says
Just a quick little note, Jan … First of all, your card is wonderful! Any teen would be impressed! Have you thought about using fun foam in place of the multiple layers of c/s? It's so quick and easy! Love the look of these Eclipse Cards and your Christmas one was one of my favourites for the season. TFS as always!
Hi, Geraldine. Yes, I have thought about fun foam but there are several reasons for not using it. Not least is that my method allows crafters to use a product they already have at home i.e. white cardstock. My biggest frustration when buying fun foam is that it's extremely rare that I can ever find in white! If I can find white fun foam, I will make an eclipse card with it – I always like to try something new! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
Thank you Jan… This is an awesome card and I am thinking it would be a great birthday card for my 15 year old nephew who loves basketball….Also thank you for the opportunity to win some of your awesome cards.
Hi, Bernice. I think this stamp set will be one of the most popular stamp sets from the 2018 Sale-a-bration selection. My grandson Jack will be 17 soon and I'm sure he'll be really pleased with this card! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
thank you for this alternative method of construction an Eclipes card. I have done a number of them using the dimentionals so will have to five this method a try. I do enjoy your blogs and Videos, particularly the way you give measurments in both Inches and centremeters,
Hi, Rosalie. I prefer this method to using Dimensionals as you can see them, and layering layers of cardstock give solid sides all round! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
Rob I says
Arent you wonderful to think of us who cannot order from you. You do beautiful cards and I do enjoy watching all your you tube videos – so detailed.
Hi, Rob I. It's great that I have this opportunity to show my gratitude to everyone who supports me in what I do! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
sheron Egolf says
I like this look also, it is tidier because no matter which angle you look at it there is a solid image. Instead of a gap between the foam tabs. It would hold up better in the mail also and not get crunched. I don't know what the British mail is like but here in the States they can be pretty rough.
Hi, Sheron. I agree with you totally! Most of the time our postal system is really good, but on occasions, some items take a real hammering! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.
Geraldine Homenchuk says
Your points are very well taken and I completely understand your wanting to encourage your viewers and customers to use the products they have on hand. In terms of the difficulty finding white fun foam, I so relate. Had to order it online eventually, but that's not always convenient or doable for everyone. And it goes against using SU products exclusively. I've always wanted to do one of these Eclipse cards using the large letters that SU sells, but … you know the rest of the story. I am so honoured to be included in your draw. Thanks ever so much for that! Looking forward to the video! Once again, thanks for sharing!
Hi, Geraldine. As always, I really appreciate your feedback – thank you. ☺ I do try to stick to Stampin'Up! products but I don't always succeed e.g. white gel pen! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
wilma's warm wishes says
Hi Jan, I want to Thank you for your Good explanation of this card, but also for your Videos! I subscribed to your channel quite a while ago, and you explain everything very understandable. In fact , I came on your blog today because I wanted to see if there was a written tutorial for the tissue cover box, but now I have to make this eclipse card too����
Thanks again! This card is stunning! I’ll make one for my husband
Hi, Wilma. I'm pleased you like this project, and many thanks for your very kind words about my videos. On the odd occasion I do have written tutorials but not often! Which tissue cover is it that you're interested in? If you know the video number, it'll be easier to check. ☺ I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! Happy crafting. JanB.