May 25, 2016


Well, I must admit that this card was a whole lot more fun to create than to photograph!!! I don't think I've ever been so challenged in taking photos of a card.

About a month ago, I held a special class in which my participants created all the projects in the Tin of Cards (pictured on the front cover of the catalog which will be retiring on May 31). 

Before the class, I put together the kit myself, just to see how long it takes to complete everything so I knew what the duration of the class should be. After I finished putting together my kit, I had lots of supplies left over for future projects. Yay!

One of the cards featured a striped front made up of gold metallic paper. In preparation for creating this card, the maker needed to punch out the in-between metallic strips. As I'm sure lots of people would do, these punched-out strips would probably go into the garbage. But, not me! I saw them as supplies for something else.

Recently I came upon that pile of leftovers from my kit, and tried to decide how I could  best use some of those gold shiny strips.

I LOVE the small-flowered washi tape that came with the Botanical Gardens Suite. I thought the alternating of gold strips and washi tape would be an effective background for a card. So, I proceeded to carefully cover a scrap of cardstock with six strips of each.

Because I wanted to preserve the integrity of this nifty piece, and not cover up just too much of it, I opted for a simple flower and diecut greeting. 

And this is the card I ended up with:

Being that the metallic strips are highly reflective, I had a terrible time trying to get a good photo of it. I'm still not satisfied with what I ended up with, but it is the best I could do. On most of the photos, I, along with my red camera, were reflected in each and every photo. Grrrr. 

Below is a fairly clean photo -- at least, no reflections are present. The metallic strips look fairly flat and without personality though.

In trying to come up with a good paper choice for the sentiment, I opted for the reverse side of one of the matching Designer Series Papers that are part of the Suite.

Another glimpse of what, in real life, is a beautiful card. The presence of a few reflections at least give the feeling of it being metallic.

So, are you one of those who simply tosses all the leftovers from any kit you put together? Or do you gratefully and excitedly set them aside as more potential creative supplies for a future project?



  1. This is so pretty and I love the metallics!

  2. Wow, this is simply beautiful. I used to make cards all the time when I sold stamps and scrap-booking supplies, but I don't think about it now, I love how you incorporated Washi tape too - I have that around for my Bible Journaling. I found you today at #FridayFrivolity

  3. Great card idea - Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  4. OMG that is beautiful. I wish I was crafty like that. #sundaybloghop

  5. I really like the use of metallic paper!

  6. This is so pretty, I love the metallic! Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity

  7. Such a neat trick! I love how this turned out!

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!