Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dreamcatcher Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

Very recently I saw this tutorial on YouTube by Yana Smakula. Her YouTube name is ZrobySama and she also has a blog here. She made a beautiful dreamcatcher card and I was finally inspired to make something. LOL. The problem was that I don't have the dies she used or any other kind of dreamcatcher dies but I do have some feather dies and so I made this:

Super happy with how this turned out and I'm working on editing a partial process video. The first thing I did once I got the idea for this card was to watch some YouTube tutorials on how to make a dreamcatcher. I just love YouTube, don't you? Found this very easy-to-follow tutorial by Emily Lefler, the Untidy Artist here. It looked pretty easy so I adapted the process to this card. 

First I cut out a circle from 120lb Recollections white cardstock. Then with a pencil I lightly marked around the opening where I would anchor the beginning part of the "web"; these points were roughly 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock and then  another point in between each of those creating 8 points. Then I used a pin to poke the holes. Instead of using a waxy thread like Emily I used two strands of cream colored embroidery floss. I created a knot, threaded a sewing needle and started from the back side of the cardstock and started creating the web. As I neared the center, I began adding some seed beads.

I added more seed beads after because I didn't quite like how the beads looked all clustered in the center so I basically ended up randomly tying them on and using a bit of glossy accents to make sure the knot didn't come undone.

Next I used my Simon Says Stamp feather dies and cut them out of watercolor paper. I had recently played around with water colors and shimmer sprays and created my own paper and thought it would be a perfect look for the feathers. Then I took some cream colored cardstock and created a circle frame using the same sized circle die I had used to cut the opening and then I used the next size up. Using the slightly larger circle die I also cut out a circle out of some pink cardstock and vellum. I thought the pink was a little too bright and the vellum layered on top helps to soften the color. These two layers make the background of the dreamcatcher. I also put some foam tape to raise the card front and create a space between the card front and the background.

The sentiment is the Chit Chat stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I embossed the sentiment with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder but made sure to remove any VersaMark ink from the speech bubble part of the stamp before actually stamping; I didn't want that part of the stamp for this particular card.

Finally, I tied three of the feathers together with the same embroidery thread and glued them to the bottom center of the frame. As a final touch I added a few enamel dots from my stash.

So, that's my card for today. Hope you enjoyed and got inspired to make one, too.

See you soon.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Bettina :)