Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meow! It's Halloween!


Hybrid cards combine print-and-cut with traditional paper-piecing (paper-layering). Not only do they look great, they are easy and fast to make. For today's project, I applied the hybrid method to a shaped card.


Using the Lettering Delights' Zander Plays Cut Its (SVG) and Paper Pack, I came up with the template for the card in mere minutes. I changed the color of the kitty from pink to black to make it more Halloween-like, and I added the sentiment by using the LDJ Hen Hand font .


For some embellishment, I added flatback buttons that I made with my button machine.


I've had my button maker for over a year now and some of you may have seen, from my Facebook page, the buttons that I've made. Thanks go out to my friend, Candi Daitch, for helping me with the research and enabling. :) I bought my button machine from HERE and my kids and I have been playing with it since the day it arrived. I have no affiliation with the company but I do like this machine a lot. The kids and I have made buttons, magnets and various project embellishments with it. I will share more projects and info about it in another post. For now, let's get back to today's card...

Here are some screenshots to give you a better idea of how I made this card.



The picture below shows the entire finished card. Note that the whole card base is in one piece. Only the main image (cat girl) was layered.


I used Stickles to add some glitter to the card, and adhered the buttons with foam tape, and the card is done!


So what do you think of today's project?  I think that it looks really good for a card that was put together fairly quickly. If you don't have a button machine, you can always use regular buttons to embellish the card. You could even replace it with a cutout or two. How about a little bat or spider? I think that'll look great too! Regardless of what you use to embellish the card, I hope that you'll use today's project idea to make your own card. Halloween will be here in 5 weeks. It's time get busy!

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Files used:
Zander Plays cut its (SVG)
Zander Plays paper pack
LDJ Hen Hand font
Spooktacular graphic set (for buttons)

19 comments :

  1. as always, Jin, i love it! thanks for the tutos, i learn a lot from them.

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  2. I think your card is adorable! Honestly I didn't care for the Zander plays set, but now that I see its versatility, I may reconsider! And thanks for perking my interest in the button machine, it sounds really cool and I love the buttons you made!

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  3. Yours is my favorite blog!! We share the same love for paper and layering I think!!! Can you tell us more about the button machine? I have wanted one for years but am always afraid I will have buyers remorse! What backings do you have? which machine? how do you use the buttons - do you just do buttons or other things too????

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    1. Thank you! I bought THIS machine and the kids and I have been using it to make pins, magnets, and crafting embellishments. :)

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  4. Hi Jin! Love the layout and i simply adore the buttons. Could you pass along info about which button machine you have? Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you! Click HERE to see the button machine that I bought. :)

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  5. Jin this is so cute, I love it. I always learn so much from you, you are amazing! I also would like to know which button machine you got. Also, this is probably a dumb question, but how do you keep the pattern paper from going onto the back of the card? When I weld it makes it the pattern also. Thanks so much!! Gwen
    gwenlords at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! Click HERE to see the button machine that I bought.

      As for the card, there are actually two layers to the card base. A smaller (card front) layer with the pattern sits on top of the blank base below. Does that make sense?

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    2. Thank you so much, it makes perfect sense!

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  6. This is again an amazing card and I can't wait to get my hands on my Cameo.

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  7. Oh wow, this card is so cute! I just love the buttons and think that I *need* to have a button machine for myself! (At least, until I saw how much it is! Yikes!) I think I"ll just have to pass it up and just admire your buttons. Love, love your creations!!

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  8. ok-- so how do you get the back white and the front filled with a pattern? I weld the two and both side get filled with chevron print--what am i doing wrong?

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    1. i read a previous comment--so, you made a copy of the cat side shape and then welded it to the white back and then put the patterned part on top?

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  9. Hi Jin,
    I can't figure out how to have the front side patterned and the back side of the card white. When I weld the two sides together, the patterned side fills the white side thus making both sides fill with pattern. So, how did you get the pattern on the right and the white on the left. Keep trying to figure this out and cannot.
    Thanks,
    Allyson

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