Monday, April 18, 2016

Karen Burniston April Designer Challenge Day 1

Hi everyone,

It's time for our April Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This time round Karen has given us the theme ..... The Great Outdoors - create any sort of outdoor scene. 

For my card today I used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab Card die set to create a birthday card with a Western theme.  

To decorate the card I have used the Western Edges die set. I have used the new Soft Finish Cardstock for all my layers and also the Through the Lens Wood 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock

Rather than use the normal frame that is included in the Hanging Charm Pull Tab Card die set for my image, I was inspired to use one of the circles from the Stitched Circles die set after seeing a card recently created by Anita Izendoon. For the bottom circle I colored the card using Susan'sGarden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 3 to get a sunset effect.

For the sentiment I have used the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp Set also designed by Karen Burniston. 

Here is a view of my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope. I cut the tab portion of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab slightly longer, by only die cutting the bottom part of the die and then trimming the sides of the tab all the way up. I also cut the corners of the tab to make it look like a tag. I added the sentiment "Pull" so people know to pull the tab when they get the card.

Around the bottom of the frame I added Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers

Along the left side of the card I added the barb wire border included in the Western Edges die set.

When creating this style of card you have the option of creating a folded style card or keeping them flat. I prefer to keep mine flat, so I decorated the back of my card.

I added the woodgrain paper from the Through the Lens Wood 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock on the left hand side of the card and then added the Barb wire border from the Western Edges die set.

On the lower right hand corner of the card I added the bandana, hat and boots from the Props 6 die set.

I added the sentiment using the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp Set

If you are looking to purchase Karen's Pop It Ups dies in Australia you can find them at Craft Giraffe (formerly Photo Continental).

Don't forget to check out  Karen Burniston's blog  on Wednesday when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus an amazing card/video tutorial from Karen Burniston.

I will be back tomorrow with another card I created for this challenge.

Stamps: Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp Set - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock; Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock; Rust Soft Finish Cardstock; Dark Goldenrod Soft Finish Cardstock; Through the Lens Wood 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Hanging Charm Pull Tab; Western Edges - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Stitched Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 10mm; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 3mm; Susan's Garden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 3; Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers
Other: Black Ink; Tea Dye Distress Ink


CASTOWNE said...

OH MY, Frances! This card makes such an impact! Bold, masculine and FABULOUS!

Betty B said...

Frances, this is a beautiful card and the colours reflect the wild west wilderness. I've ordered the pull charm die and look forward to trying out some new ways to use it. May have to buy horse dies too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Joanne (jojot) said...


Angie said...

Beautiful card, just stunning. I had talked myself out of getting the Western Edges but this card helped push it onto my wishlist! Just a wonderful card.

Karen Aicken said...

Wow Frances - this is just fabulous. Fabulous. I was thinking I just HAVE to make one similar but hey - we have identical product so I probably won't change a thing. This would work perfectly for several people that I make cards for ... love love LOVE it.

Gmalew said...

Magnificent card. Has the look of tooled leather. Love it!!