December Navigation Greetings To Go

December Navigation Greetings To Go

Jacqueline Carney

I decided to make my Navigation Greetings to Go cards a bit more ornate. Only two of the twelve cards could be considered "simple". The rest, I’m afraid, ended up at the mercy of my coffee and tea- induced creativity.

Because some techniques show up on several cards (others are only used a time or two), I thought it’d be best to share photos of each card with a close-up of the detail.

The inked edges were done with my Spectrum Noir markers. I like the way they bleed better than when I use an inkpad for the same task. Oh, and lots and lots of dimensional adhesive was used. Lots, and lots and lots and lots . . .

4¼x5½” WHITE CARDS

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The trick here is to use the inside greeting as the bottom piece of bread for the spinner-string sandwich. Oh, and don’t place text or other artwork on the inside back of the card where it could be seen through the window when the card is closed.

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I designed the custom dies in Photoshop and then imported it to my Cricut Explore. Add texture with an embossing folder.

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    Flower is hand-drawn with White Signo pen, and Spectrum Noir pencils for added shading.

    This is one of the two pretty simple cards. I LOVE the white Signo pen, it’s perfect. It makes framing darker stock possible.

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    Mask off top and bottom of the card after image is stamped, then fill the space with ink (or watercolor).

    4½x6¼” DARK GREEN CARDS

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    Custom-made harlequin template using white scrap stock colored with Spectrum Noir pens and matching pencils. The border was drawn with thin black marker.

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      This is one of my faves, the photos just don’t do it justice!

      Since the Navigation Light Green didn’t ‘pop’ enough from the vivid green hand-made paper, I used Pan Pastels to make a shadow gradation from the center to the outside of the hand-made panel. This created a nice shadow behind the Light Green metal die-cut and really made it pop. Inking the edge of the die-cut drew out the color from the Cutaparts and the hand-drawn rectangle border on the hand-made paper.

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      Pan pastels add definition to the custom designed die-cut.

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      Add pen and marker work before you run your stock through the embosser. It’s much easier to make straight lines on flat paper.

      5x7 TAN CARDS

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      For each of the four 5x7" Tan Cards, the main, front artwork is all attached to the Wine panel so that it lifts freely from the tan card base.

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      For the insides of the cards, I used kit photo mattes as bases and matted the greetings. Using pens and pencils to make frames gives a faux double-matting look. This super-easy technique is done with the clear Grid Ruler.

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      Lots of pen framing on this one. The whole front section of the card isn’t connected to the card base, so there may be a hidden message behind the happy birthday.

      I hope these cards inspire you to add custom touches to your next set of Greetings to Go!

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