5 posts categorized "Janet Katz"

Sugared Pastels
by Janet Katz

Sugared pastels
As much as I enjoy the traditional red, green, silver and gold of Christmas, I get a big kick out of color twists on this festive season. A pastel approach to a Christmas card makes me think of candy and frosting. Add in glitter and I think of sugar cookies. I used three of the new Poppystamps dies to create this sugary pastel Christmas card. First, I knew I wanted a shimmery pink background. I randomly watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with two pink ink colors. I did a little splattering too. Then I heavily spritzed the paper with a pearlescent glimmer mist.
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After it was dry, I used the Snowflake background die to cut out my sugary pink piece. I mounted this on a piece of mint green patterned paper (I love mint green and pale pink together). Next, I used the Merry Christmas Poe Script die to cut out the sentiment from pale pink glittered cardstock. It was great to have this cut in two words - I could place them just where I wanted but I didn't have to fiddle with individual letters. Then I used the medium-size Scalloped Stitched Frame die to cut the frame from white cardstock.  These dies are so ridiculously useful in everything. I next cut a piece of vellum paper to just a fraction smaller than the frame and glued it to the back of the frame. I adhered my Merry Christmas to the front of this framed vellum. I then put everything together on a folded white card, adhering the vellum frame with skinny foam tape so it wouldn't show.
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Finally, I added the clear Fairy Drops to the card with clear liquid glue. I just love how these things look on everything. Perhaps I'll mail this card to someone with a sweet tooth. Have a great day and enjoy all your holiday crafting, no matter how big or how small.

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Janet Floral Signature copy





Gingerbread Snowglobe
by Janet Katz

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How could I resist combining a snowglobe with a gingerbread house? The Cottage Globe dies married with the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel dies helped me create this sweet scene. I started with the cottage and cut it from 4 different colors of cardstocks: red, white glitter, honey-brown to represent gingerbread, and two from yellow. I trimmed the door off the honey-brown one. I cut another cottage from red paper and snipped off the door to use. I loved the idea of having a window in the door and was thrilled to see that I could put the red door upside down onto the cottage die and cut a window out of the door (yes, tweezers and reading glasses were critical for this).
I went over the door with a clear glitter pen. I used the window inlays from my two yellow cottages and inset them into the honey-brown cottage and the red door. Before I added the frosted roof, I used a white gel pen to doodle on the cottage, making it look like icing. Once the cottage was complete, the rest was easier. I die cut the fence and the tree from the same honey-brown cardstock and used my white gel pen to add snow.  I cut two snow mounds from the snow die that came with the Cottage Globe die, one from white cardstock, the other from glitter cardstock.
I cut the two base pieces of the card from red and white cardstock. I cut the globe from pale blue cardstock and used a medium blue ink to just barely edge it with ink. I even glued down  a few pieces of snowflake-shaped glitter to add to the snowy feel. Now I wanted to add candy to the scene. Some shaker bits and tiny tree ornaments I picked up at the craft store really fit the bill. I played with the arrangement before I glued things down.
I could have created the candy with paper and markers too. I glued down tiny peppermints onto the tree and I snipped the little hanger loops off the mini lollipops. Next I assembled everything onto the blue circle, starting with the tree, then adding the white snow, then the fence. Then I had to carefully glue down the lollipops. Next I used foam adhesive to adhere the glitter snow mound. I used liquid glue on the bottom of the cottage and foam adhesive on the top to get the dimension correct so it would sit level.
I next adhered the globe onto the white card base. I had die cut the snowglobe base from dark brown cardstock and the trim from a brushed gold cardstock. I glued these together and then only used liquid glue to adhere the base to the bottom of the glitter snow mound. I could have also put foam adhesive behind the base to attach it to the white cardstock, but it wasn't necessary. Finally I put everything down onto the red easel, attaching the white base to a narrow, pre-scored flap so the card can stand up. I liked my card as it was but I could easily add a sentiment to the base. This card would also make a great tree ornament as it is not too big. What can you imagine creating  with it?
Janet Floral Signature copy




Woodsy Hugs
by Janet Katz

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I just love this Luscious Script Hugs die set. "Hugs" is such a short but appropriate sentiment for birthdays, get well, cheer up, and sympathy. The set comes with both the word and the offset background die. I wanted to make a slimline card (3.5 x 8.5") and decided on a tailored, masculine look using plaid, gold and navy blue cardstock.  I pieced them together to make long mats, hiding the seams behind the word.  More on how I did this below. I decided to soften up the sentiment by using a couple of my favorite dies -- the Floral Cluster and the Orchard Leaves. Finally, I added some gold liquid pearls to parts of the flowers and the background. I adhered everything together and attached the panel to a folded piece of beige cardstock as the card base.
Here's how I "stretched" my 6x6" paper. I used a single sheet from the plaid paper pad and cut it in half. I had a little notch in one piece from where the hanger hole was.
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I had my work cut out for me because I needed a piece that was exactly 3x8" to mat onto the gold piece. I also needed to hide a seam on a diagonal and match the plaids up. First, I took my two 3x6" pieces, overlapped them and taped them together with removable tape, making sure that the notch was going to get cut off or not show behind the die cut. Next, I figured out the angle I wanted the "hugs" at to fit across the card with little to nothing of the die cut hanging off the left and right edges. Then, I made a pencil line and made the cut.
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The two pieces fit together and made a piece much longer than the 8" I needed.  Finally, I decided I wanted my sentiment to sit about 1/3 of the way from the top, so I cut off a little from the top and bottom of my plaid piece so the seam would land just where I wanted the sentiment to land.
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I used the same trick with my navy blue cardstock, but without needing to match a pattern or avoid a notch. However, I made a mistake. I neglected to place my navy blue seam at the same place as my plaid seam and cut all my extra length off of one end of my long navy piece. I was relieved when I was still able to make it work and cover the 2 seams.
Janet Floral Signature copy





This Little Piggy
by Janet Katz

PS Hog card final

Happy World Card Making Day! It is the first Saturday in October. I had so much fun with this sweet little barn animal and his messy greeting. I started by cutting the Whittle Pig from both a light and dark peach colored cardstock, so I could use the darker nose portion in place of the lighter one. Next I wanted to get the look of splattered mud, but with some control. So I took Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink and using a splatter-looking stamp, I carefully stamped on the lower portion of the pig.
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Using the Poppystamps Whittle Wood Picture Frames dies, I cut the larger wooden frame from kraft cardstock. I used the same wood frame die to cut a leftover stenciled background with sky and grass, and then used the negative portion from that inside my kraft frame. I also used this die to cut the lower portion of my piggy, so it would fit perfectly inside the frame.
The mud came from the hanging frost and icicles piece that is found in the Winter House Pop Up Easel die. I trimmed these pieces down, covered them with a glossy glaze, and glued them on top and behind the frame.
I took all these pieces and adhered them to the kraft Woodgrain paper. I stamped the Hogs and Kisses with black ink and cut it to go underneath. This little piggy will make a nice surprise for someone.
Janet Floral Signature copy




Seasons Change
by Janet Katz


Happy fall, everyone! Cooler weather is just beginning to creep into central Texas and I’m here for it. For my first project as a new design team member, I wanted to design a slimline card, which typically measures 3.5” x 8.5” when folded. I started with the lovely Soaring Tree Frame cut from kraft cardstock. 

I used gold, burgundy, and rust cardstock with the Floral Cluster die, cutting off the tiny leaves on the edges and adhering them to the tree. Next, I die cut the adorable Pile of Pumpkins (I adore pumpkins!) from some deep orange cardstock.

I knew I wanted a snowy background and the Snowspeckle Washi Tape worked perfectly. I’d never worked with washi tape this wide, and found it easiest to adhere the leading edge of the tape to my plastic table top and then unroll it. This way I could measure what I wanted and get a smooth application by just putting my cardstock onto the sticky side. 



I used a medium blue cardstock and cut the washi-covered piece down to just fit behind the tree. I used the same blue for the card base. I used a plain circle die to create the green hill, and then I swiped Versamark ink on the tops of pumpkins, the hill, and in one area of the tree. I heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it the look of snow. I went over a few more branches with a white gel pen. 


I adhered all these pieces together along with the washi-covered background, and then used my same fall-colored cardstock to die cut Orchard Leaves. I cut apart these to make a nice variety of leaves for the card front. I used foam adhesive tape to pop up the snowy scene and added a computer printed sentiment. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope the beauty and cooler temperatures of fall are waiting just outside your front door.

Janet Floral Signature copy