Friday, 28 November 2014

Five minute card...

Here's a five minute card.  
Stamp the wordle style background (Woodware) onto the card front and from a matching colour card, die cut a christmas tree.  Stick the tree to the card face with foam pads.  Use wet glue to 'draw' the tinsel onto the tree, then pour over the Shaved Ice. Gently knock off excess and complete the card by stamping the tag, scuff ink directly from the inkpad around the tag, stick it flat onto the card face and add a sparkly button as the tag anchor and tree topper.  Simples. This is how I presented this to the Workshopeers at Kraft Crazy's All Day Christmas workshops last week. And I was right.

works in lots of colours too, this pink glitter card is my current favourite

And here's how you make it a five minute card:
Stamp the wordle image in every shade of pink inkpad that you own.  Just as you're about to give up and go to green ink and green cardstock, think about trying one last ink pad - Rocket RED Gold.  Yep, the best match for this Diva pink glitter card was a shade of Red. Doh.

Next, fiddle about with the only tree die you own until you realise that it just isn't going to work.  Even reveal your weakness to Shopkeeper Gal and realise that you were right to think it was wrong, just from the look on her face! Ergh, it's so wrong!


Cave in and buy the die you've had your eye on for a while.  It'll feel good, I promise.
Now you know you've got the right die, the card is a certainty. So buy some more of the glitter card and get on with it woman.
A sparkly pink button is required.  Hmm,take these lovely plain pastel buttons (Baker Ross) and cover each carefully with Glossy Accents. Sprinkle Glamour Dust over them and leave them overnight to dry.  Can't recommend enough that you place them on wax paper. Then the Glossy Accents that leaks through the little holes won't cause them to stick like limpets to the surface you're working on.  Yep, I'm experienced. 


Now you must consider the pot of 'Shaved Ice' that you want to use as tinsel.  Tipping it out of the pot (in which it is relatively condensed) over the tree image and getting excess back into the pot in a warm room with 8 people using it...hmm, actually very messy. Sparkly yes, but VERY messy. 


Decant the lot into a large zip lock bag so that the card can be put in the bag and the 'ice' can be chucked over it in the dome of the bag.  Genius. Probably not originally my idea then. 
Now die cut 22 trees. Dig out 22 tags.  Put the now sparkly buttons in a suitable receptacle. Count out 22 white C6 cards and matching envelopes.  Put the stamps, ink pads, glue, foam pads, acrylic blocks and bag of Shaved Ice into a basket for sharing and that gentle reader, is how to make a five minute card.
More recipes to come in this fascinating series.  Parts of that sentence may have been a fib.

21 comments:

Shaz Brooks said...

Thats made me laugh Julia!Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn't it? Great card though.Been looking for a nice tree die. Like that one. Hugs, Shaz xxx

Annie said...

I've never seen the shaved ice but I really love the effect you've got. Fab card.
Hugs,
Annie x

fairy thoughts said...

Phew that was an exhausting 5 minutes .... But so worth itv..... All I need now is ..... All the stuff l...ol
Janet

pearshapedcrafting said...

Uncontrollable giggles-re-occurring as I type this! Thankyou - oh! Thankyou!! Hugs Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oops! It is a great card! X

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I lol'd at this! Only cos it reminded me of the project I've not wanted to do which involved copious trips to fabric shops/haberdashers as every idea I had was rubbish and nothing was working. I've sent it off but it's still not right and I don't care!
Xxx

Sue said...

Fabby cards. Bet you have glitter and shaved ice in places it shouldn't be;)

Hope you have a lovely weekend. sue

Helen said...

ha ha ! got me giggling too... 5 minutes.. I love that shaved ice, I keep meaning to buy some... not used any glitter yet for this year's Christmas cards... something must be wrong!

Helen said...

ha ha ! got me giggling too... 5 minutes.. I love that shaved ice, I keep meaning to buy some... not used any glitter yet for this year's Christmas cards... something must be wrong!

MaggieC said...

Thank you so much for that good giggle. I needed that today. xx Maggie

Robyn said...

Ha! and I was impressing my self with my 15 minute wonders!
i often start my classes by saying , "I hope this story's true, I make things up you know!"

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

HMM. Five minutes may be a bit fabricated, but I love the end result, as well as the story that ONLY YOU can tell.

I've never heard of that shaved ice, but it does wonders for that card. I suspect that once all the elements are cut, you only need five or so minutes. Unless you are me, and it takes you 24 minutes to ink up one stamp (grin).

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Shaved ice sounds real cool! I still can't get myself to make Christmas cards. Yours look great and you make them sound quick and relatively painless to make!Thanks for your visit to my blog earlier, Julia! I really appreciate your lovely message! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle

misteejay said...

Five minutes or not - the end result looks super.
Toni xx

Nan G said...

LOL and then some, dear Julia. ;) Couldn't agree more a nice quick 'five' minute card all in the next ...oh, say,mthe ee/four hours. LOL it's a beauty that five minute cards!

Belinda Basson said...

It might take your ladies 5 minutes to make it in class, but it sure as hell does not take 5 minutes to prepare for 22 peeps...know the drill well. Even if you are a well oiled machine of a prepper...it will still take an age! I have taught my last external class for the year and just have to do my normal art classes which require no prep work thank goodness as my last class there is 19 Dec! Phew!

Debs Willis said...

You crack me up! Great new tree die, & thanks for the tip on decanting the shaved ice lol :-)
Debs x

Cazzy said...

I had to chuckle, I have one of those funny tree dies too, not managed to use it yet!

Great attempt, and lovely pink tree!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love five minute cards! They only take three days or so to complete. The final result is stunning! And think of all that legwork you saved the rest of us.

Dorothy said...

I like both trees and so both cards!

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