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Flower Cuties Cards by Judi Kauffman

May 11, 2014

Judi Kauffman is guest designing today! Welcome back, Judi – What have you been up to?

I’ve been making cards to help with the launch of Flower Cuties 1 and 2, my newest Elizabeth Craft Designs peel-offs. I made two batches. One is super fast – color, cut, layer and add a pre-printed chipboard shape. The other includes lots of layering and some fussy cutting. They’re easy, too, but take a bit more time. I always work “By the Batch” method and highly recommend it. In fact, that’s the name of my last book…

BATCH 1 – SUPER FAST

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FlowerCuties-A1. Place black outline Flower Cuties onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between them for cutting rectangles later.

2. Color with alcohol based markers in colors of choice or as shown, filling each section with solid color. Other options: Work atop glitter, use a blending pen, choose watercolors or colored pencils instead of markers. Using a light marker, add a halo-style outline around the Cutie as shown on “Believe” card with the butterfly on her shoulder.

3. Cut a rectangle around each Flower Cutie. The shape and size of the rectangle depends on the Cutie and whether or not you added other elements (butterfly and flower pot as shown on “Dream Big” card with Ladybug Cutie, or more daffodils – not shown).

4. Layer rectangle onto solid color cardstock and trim for a narrow single or double border. Adhere to one or more patterned paper rectangles, centered or off center as shown or as you prefer, adding an additional solid color cardstock border between patterns if more than one is used (as on “Celebrate” card).

5. Adhere to solid color card base with left side fold, same size as patterned paper. Card base is not visible. Option: Instead of a folded card base, adhere to a Stand Up Helper card base, sized to the width of the rectangle.

6. Add a pre-printed chipboard shape.

SUPPLIES

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
2566 Flower Cuties 1 in Black
2567 Flower Cuties 2 in Black
502 Double sided adhesive sheets

Other:
Letraset – ProMarkers
Webster’s Pages – Growing Up Girl Chipboard Stickers, 12 x 12 Party Time and Family Tradition Collection papers, 6 x 6 Our Travels Collection papers
WorldWin Papers – ColorMates 80# Smooth & Silky Cardstock in White
Also needed – Paper trimmer or craft knife, ruler and cutting mat; Cardstock in Red, Yellow/Orange and Lime Green

BATCH 2 – LOTS OF LAYERING

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Cuties1. Place black outline Flower Cuties and small extra pieces* onto smooth white cardstock, leaving about 1/2″ between them. (*Extra pieces include flowers, water droplets, butterflies, leaves, flowers, and elements for layering on clothing.)

2. Color with markers in colors of choice or as shown, filling each section with solid color. Other options: Work atop glitter, use a blending pen, choose watercolors or colored pencils instead of markers. Using a light marker, add a halo-style outline around the Cutie (as shown on “Ladybug Cutie” and Butterfly Cutie” cards).

3. Using Pigma Micron 01 and Gelly Roll Moonlight and Gelly Roll Medium in White, draw faces on the Cuties. Add doodles and dots to the “Ladybug Cutie” using Pigma Micron 01 in Black and Gelly Roll Medium in White.

4. Fussy cutting: Use sharp, fine point scissors to cut around each Flower Cutie and all of the extra pieces. Leave a narrow border around the Cuties that have halo-style color surrounding them; cut right up to the black outline on all other elements. Working on a cutting mat, use a craft knife to carefully cut the small interior spaces (next to the neck, between feet and legs, etc).

5. Refer to photos for ideas on how to layer and assemble card backgrounds using a mix of embossed and sanded Shimmer Sheetz, solid color and patterned cardstock, peel-offs including Borders and Glitter Dots, and pre-printed chipboard shapes. Adhere the layers with strips of double-sided adhesive sheet. (Borders on “Butterfly Cutie” card are leftovers from Peel-offs sheet 1275, the lacy Peel-off used on “Ladybug Cutie” card.)

6. Adhere completed layered background to a left fold card base. Card base is completely covered and not visible in project photos.

7. Using foam dots or tape for dimension, layer the Flower Cuties and all extra elements (except for water droplets) onto the cards. Use a glue stick or dab of craft glue to attach water droplets below watering can. TIP: Position the add-ons slightly askew, angled to create the look of extra petals, leaves and flowers. For example, notice the difference between the flowers dangling from the skirt on the Butterfly Cutie in the Batch 1 and Batch 2 cards. Because they are tilted on Batch 2 card, it looks like 12 flowers instead of 6.

8. Options: Instead of a folded card base, adhere to a Stand Up Helper card base, sized to the width of the rectangle.

SUPPLIES

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
2566 Flower Cuties 1 Peel-offs in Black
2567 Flower Cuties 2 Peel-offs in Black
1275 Ribbon Radar Peel-offs in Black
7018 Glitter Dots Peel-offs in Black/Silver
502 Double sided adhesive sheets
Embossing folder(s) of choice (shown: E105 Curvy Leaves, E112 Heart Strings, E117 Petal Power)
Shimmer Sheetz in SS107 Green Iris and SS105 Light Pink Iris

Other:
Letraset – ProMarkers
Sakura – Pigma Micron 01 in Black, Gelly Roll Moonlight in Pink and Red, Gelly Roll Medium in White
Webster’s Pages – Growing Up Girl Chipboard Stickers, 12 x 12 Party Time and Family Tradition Collection papers, 6 x 6 Our Travels Collection papers
WorldWin Papers – ColorMates 80# Smooth & Silky Cardstock in White
Also needed – Cardstock in Black and Pink; and Red, Fiskars 3″ fine point scissors; Paper trimmer; Craft knife, cutting mat, straight edge; Foam dots or tape; Glue stick or craft glue

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15 Comments

  • Reply aking42 May 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Just getting around to this and as usual,your creativity is off the chart!!! I’m normally a two/three color person but I love all the colors here and how you mix/match them so well. So many ideas to try! Got to get these stickers!

  • Reply Kelly Booth May 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    These cuties are so much fun….Wonderful cards Judi!

  • Reply Mary Prasad May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Adorable cards! I love coloring the Peel-offs!

  • Reply Marge Burns May 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

    They are all beautiful and I can hardly wait to find the new peel offs to give them a try

  • Reply Karen Aicken May 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    What a fun group of cheerful cards Judi!
    Cheers
    Karen A

  • Reply Judi Kauffman May 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    It makes my day to read such positive comments! Thank you all for taking time to write them. Peel-offs prove that coloring inside the lines (or AROUND them) isn’t just for kids, that’s for sure. And the Webster’s Pages papers and pre-printed chipboard pieces made it really easy. I matched markers to the paper collections, but you can always do it the other way around – color and then find papers and embellishments that pick up the palette, or stamp or stencil your own backgrounds. .

  • Reply Deborah May 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    THEY are the cutest cards and love the colors

  • Reply cindyh2014 May 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Wow! What a variety to take inspiration from. Thank you.

  • Reply Darla May 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Oh, those are adorable….
    The colors are perfect and really POP!

  • Reply Candy Spiegel May 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Wow!!! I knew these were cute when I ordered them, but to see them all colored and layered … wow! i love the faces you created and the patterned clothing.

    • Reply Judi Kauffman May 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! There are a lot of options for faces and skin tones and for decorating and doodling on the clothing pieces. I can’t wait to see what other people decide to do…Glitter, blended colors, watercolors instead of markers. The extra pieces have always been one of the hallmarks of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ peel-offs (lots of extras for layering or using in other ways – like on the Owls in Circle with the extra eyes and little leaves, or the extra flowers on the new Flower Labels.)

  • Reply Karen Gausman May 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love the layered ones. So many options and ideas. So glad that there is the peel off stickers. They are so easy but turn out beautiful in the end.How did you put in the facial features? Really gives them a human quality. Nice!

    • Reply Judi Kauffman May 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I drew the faces with Pigma Micron 01 pen and Gelly Roll Medium in white. You can practice on tracing paper and then use a pencil to create guidelines. After you use the black permanent pen, erase the guidelines and add the white. (white will pick up some of the pencil lead, that’s why you erase first. OR just go ahead and draw with the pens if you feel confident.

  • Reply Raquel Mason May 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful color combinations on all the cards. Love the little white gel pen details you’ve added.

  • Reply Rita Edwards May 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

    These cards are absolutely incredible! And just endless options to discover! Xxx

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