Thursday, 26 September 2013

Creations with Apertures #2

Where has the time gone to?  

I had planned to post lots of aperture projects this week and once again the time has just run away with me .  I am not sure what happens round here.  I get to the warehouse each morning with so many good intentions to craft and Blog and within the first 10 minutes they have all gone out the window!

So ... today I am making an extra special effort to share several projects with you all in one post!

{you can see the products used by clicking on the coloured title links}


This ship project uses the Labels Eleven die from Spellbinders

After cutting the aperture from the front of the card trim small triangles of coordinating paper and stick onto a scrap piece of card in a 'curve' shape.  The curved bunting is then trimmed leaving a white edge.  

Age with a little brown ink and stick to the bottom of the aperture as shown.

Creating your bunting in this way - by sticking onto cardstock first and then trimming - allows you to place bunting across an aperture and it will stay supported!

You can see from the picture below that we created a second bunting and attached this over the aperture on the inside of the card to make everything look nice and neat!

The ship stamp came from a stamp set called  'All Aboard' from Technique Tuesday.  This is stamped on the inside of the card (I stamped the image through the front of the card when closed - this will help to position the card in the correct place).

Light and dark blue papers have been added to the bottom of the card for decoration and to give the suggestion of sea.  The white label at the bottom of the card is created by using the cut out piece of cardstock (left over from cutting the aperture on the front of the card).  This has been trimmed with a paper trimmer and added to the bottom of the card so that you have space to write a message.


This nostalgic Penny Farthing card has been created using the Spellbinders Standard Circle - Large die

We have also used the papers from the Boy Crazy range from MME

The large circle aperture (the front wheel of the bike) has been cut using the 6cm die from the set.

 The inside of the card has been covered with the reverse of the Stitched Paper from the range 
(the grey stars)

Using the 'Geared Up' paper from MME trim one of the circles and position so that it sits behind the circle aperture (it may be easier to do this with the card closed.  Alternatively you can use a pencil to make the aperture through the circle onto the inside of the card so that you know where to stick the circle)

Once the circle is in place edge around it with a black gel pen .  This circle will create the front wheel of the Penny Farthing on the outside of the card and the wheel of the Uni Cycle on the inside of the card.

Use the picture as a guide to draw some simple shapes to represent the Uni Cycle.

On the front of the card another smaller circle was trimmed from the Gear paper and stuck to the front of the card to create the second wheel of the Penny Farthing.  Use the black gel pen again to edge around the wheel and to draw simple shapes (as shown) to create the shape of the bike.

More papers from the Boy Crazy range were used for the bunting and the sentiments were added.

The Sopwith Camel used in the photographs can be found here


This Strawberry card uses the Classic Heart die from Spellbinders.  

Use the die to cut a heart shape from the front of a square card.  

Once the heart aperture has been cut draw and cut a 'strawberry top' from spotty green paper.  This was then mounted onto thicker card stock for support, edged with a pale brown ink pad and attached to the top of the aperture {Tip: create a second strawberry top and attach to the back of the heart aperture to neaten the inside of the card}

 The inside of the card was created by tearing coordinating paper into strips.  These have been stuck to the base card in horizontal strips to create a vintage paper effect.

The lip on the right hand side is important for this design!

Cut a piece of card approx 2cm wide and cover it with coordinating paper.  I edged it with ink again and doodled a black stitched effect along one edge.

Adhere this to the right hand side of the card with foam tape.  

 When the card is closed the front of the card is pushed so that it is held by the lip which creates a dome to the front of the card and dimension on the strawberry.


I hope that you enjoy having a go at the projects or using one or two of the techniques used.

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