July 23, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons...



...throw 'em back and demand Chocolate!!!!  

That's my opinion anyhow.  I'm Cher from Cheryl's Window and this is my post today for She's a Sassy Lady.  It's a simple card, but I can think of so many other ways you might be able to use this file and give someone a smile with a chocolate bar.  Just change the pictures and/or fonts to suit your desire or theme.  The gusseted card file is the perfect size for a standard popular candybar. 

I love lemons in my water, tea, pie, cookies, candy, etc, so I wanted to use the lemon image.  I wanted to make something a little original and my daughter had told me about a Flair button she had read and I loved the little quote.


So, first I created the card file using Preserves cartridge.  I used some of the card shapes and a tag for the part that will fold and hold the candybar.   I wanted this shape, but not the apple, so I just used Gypsy's handy "hide contour" and hid the apple.   You can see it greyed-out.  It will, therefore, not cut.  This file does cut straight, but the images seemed skewed when taking this photo and not all the little rectangles show up at his resolution; just a Gypsy quirk.  This file also happens to be smaller than 8.5 x 11, so you can use your favorite cardstock for making cards.  I used Papertrey Ink's Kraft cardstock.   When using a thicker cardstock, I set my pressure at high, blade at 6, and still may cut twice to ensure a clean cut.   Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up cardstocks are really strong, but make such a nice fold for a card or box.  

This is how it cut out. 

The second layer is where I added my lemons and sentiment.   I created a shadow for my sentiment and added all the layers for my lemons.  Again, the fonts are hard to see at this resolution and because I made them smaller to fit on card front. 

This is my paper layed out on mat before cutting.  I cut them from Basic Grey Nook & Pantry collection with pressure 3 and blade at 4, multicut 2.   This gave me perfect cuts.  The lemons and sentiment layer were cut from C'ordinations bright yellow.   I had considered embossing the lemons, but this cardstock had such a great texture already, it did not need it.  The lemon base/background was green C'oredinations cardstock.  The green for the leaves and sentiment shadow is BG pp.  This made a slight difference for the leaves to give a little more depth and character. 


The third layer contains a mat for the card front and the remainder of the sentiment for the inside.

 These images were set up and cut with same settings as above with the Basic Grey papers. 

Once all images were cut out, I started putting my card together.  


I did not add score marks.   I do not like cut score marks on my cards and/or boxes.  So, I scored along the center rectangle and then out 1/4". 

Here is a close-up of the 1/4" scoremarks. 


Fold and burnish score lines for crisp edges and apply adhesive of choice to your two tabbed edges.

Fold card up with pocket to inside.


I used Scattered Straw Distress Ink to ink the edges of the card as well as the front mat.  The Scattered Straw was the perfect color for just a little distress inking with a yellow tint.

A little Peeled Paint to my green cut pieces adds just the right amount of 'pop'!

I used E29 Burnt Umber Copic marker for inking around the edge of my Chocolate word.  The markers are great for getting in those edges. 

Copic Y13 added a little hint of shading to my layered lemons. I also slightly creased and curled up edges of leaves. 


I layered the letters for the front and began adhering letters to front and inside of card.  Notice what a good student I am as I'm using Ms. Sheila's famous drywall tape method for lining up my letters!  

I stamped a little chocolate kiss from MFT at the top of the inside and colored it in with the Copic E29.  I then covered both the kiss and the word Chocolate with Glossy accents to give it that melted chocolate look.  Yum!

Now, will the chocolate bar last long enough for me to give it to someone?   Ms. Mya, this one is dedicated to you since you were needing some chocolate Wednesday! 

The finished card as seen above.
If you'd like a copy of this file, please leave a comment on my blog post and then download HERE.  I used Preserves, Gypsy Font, and Alphalicious for my cartridges. 
I have also made a .cut file, but you would have to use a different font as I used Gypsy Font quite a bit.  You could substitute any other font you like.  Click HERE to download CDS .cut file. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card. 

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