Where can I find…
My daughter just passed her piano theory test and I want to make a card for her. Do you have any ideas?
… tools for your Cricut?
Cricut Basic Tools set, £18, www. hobbycraft. co.uk Anna Davenport, Bristol Ruth says: Congratulations to your daughter! A pop-up piano card would be a super idea. I’ve made a 150mm square card and decorated it with Trimcraft’s Sweet Nothings paper and Tonic Studios Congrats and Music dies at the top. I made the keyboard by scoring a 145x120mm piece of white card at 10mm, 90mm and 110mm on the 120mm length. Each key is 19mm wide with a 2mm slit between. I folded the 10mm ends and attached to the inside of the card with doublein sided tape. Each of the five black keys is made from a 15x140mm piece of black card scored and folded at 10mm, 65mm, 75mm and 130mm. These were glued to the centres of the white keys and the back of the card. Then just decorate with the papers and die-cuts to finish!
…an a-maze-ing Maze Shape?
If you're looking for something a little different in your cardmaking then look no further than the exciting Maze Shapes from My Favorite Things. The durable 3D Maze Shapes, available in black and white, are made to nestle inside the My Favorite Thing Circle Shaker Pouches to create a fantastically fun and interactive design! My Favorite Things Maze Shapes (pack of 5), £5.75, www. sevenhillscrafts. co.uk The Cricut Tools Basic Set is all you need to achieve the professional results you're longing for with the Cricut Air. Each set includes a spatula, scraper, scissors, tweezers and weeder, too. Designed to help you at every crafting step, you'll be able to tweeze and weed, cut and scrape your way to a set of simply perfect Cricut projects! I’ve seen dry embossing, where the raised, embossed part of a design is white, but the rest of the card is coloured. Do you need a special kind of card to get this effect? Rachel Brown, Portishead
Simonne says: There are a couple of different ways to achieve this effect. The first is to use a speciality card that has a different coloured core. Once you have dry embossed this card, sand the raised design to expose the core. Core’dinations is probably the most well-known brand for this type of card, and I have used one of the colours from their ColorCore range to create my card. Core’dinations has also produced similar card with a kraft-coloured core (Kraft-core) as well as black card with a coloured core (Black Magic), but these are not as widely available as their ColorCore range. The technique of sanding the raised design will only work with this type of card since normal card does not have a different coloured core.
The second way to achieve this effect is by using the faux letterpress technique. Simply ink one side of the embossing folder with pigment ink before inserting your piece of white card into the folder and running it through the die-cutting machine. The ink will colour the ‘background’ of the design whilst the raised part remains un-inked.
A foldable 3D card is perfect for music-lovers!