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A Batch of Flower Cuties by Judi Kauffman

June 15, 2014

Our frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman is back. This time, she’s delving into her favorite way to make cards – “By the Batch” method. Learn how Judi created her 8 cards by this method. The cards are divided in 2 batches (4 per batch) and she provided photos and instructions. We hope you enjoy today’s post!

Thanks for inviting me to share some projects, Joset. I get the same question all the time: How do you have time to make so many cards? The best tip I can offer is to make several at the same time and keep them simple.

This batch of projects illustrates my point. I made eight cards, There is a mix of stamping and coloring, a tad of fussy cutting and a smidgen of layering. The pre-folded patterned cards were purchased by the box.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. To create the first batch of four cards: Place Black peel-offs on white cardstock, leaving space between them so they can be cut apart as separate rectangles. Refer to the photo above. Cluster the “extras” from the peel-off sheet off to the side. TIP: Keeping these little pieces on the cardstock with the other peel-offs makes it easy to color everything with the same markers. If you want to make five cards instead of four leave more space between the two Cuties with daisy skirts.

2. Using your favorite markers and pens, color Flower Cuties and all small extra pieces as shown or as you prefer.

3. Cut apart the rectangles, mat with a narrow black border, adhere to an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) patterned card base.

4. Fussy-cut around the leaves, flowers, butterfly, ladybugs and other remaining elements. Using foam tape for dimension, arrange and adhere these pieces. Refer to the photos above. (*I used all but ONE of the extras…the curved butterfly didn’t make it to the final projects)

5. To create the second batch of four cards: Instead of Black, start with Flower Cuties in Gold or Silver. Arrange some of the extra pieces (flower pot, butterfly, ladybugs) so they can be cut as a single unit with the Cuties. Using colors that coordinate with the boxed cards, color inside the lines with alcohol markers. Then color around the Cuties with one or more markers, halo-style, before cutting them out. This takes a bit more time than cutting a rectangle, but less time than fussy-cutting along the outlines! Optional: Using fine nib black and white pens draw faces and add details with a bit of doodling (two cards with polka dot background).

6. Stamp sentiments. Cut apart the lines of text and discard any unwanted words. Examples: Instead of the text on the stamp that said “I don’t think I want any more adventures” it is shortened to “I want more adventures” and instead of “If you’re already walking on thin ice you may as well dance” it is shortened to “you may as well dance.”

7. Using foam tape for added dimension, assemble the card fronts as shown in the two photos above and the two photos below.

More options: Use this same “By the Batch” strategy with a wide variety of Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-offs including Jackie’s Dolls, Dragonfly Ladies, and more.

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

#2566 Flower Cuties 1 in Black and Gold

#2567 Flower Cuties 2 in Black or Gold

Ranger Industries –

Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley “Say What You Mean” stamp set DYR34551

Adirondacks Earthtones Inks in Terra Cotta and Stream

Beacon Adhesives – ZipDry Paper Glue

Letraset – ProMarkers

Sakura of America –

Pigma Micron 01 and 05 in Black

Gelly Roll Medium in White

WorldWin Papers – ColorMates 90# Smooth & Silky Cardstock in White

Other – Lucky Charm and The Pier boxed cards (American Crafts); Foam tape (manufacturer of choice); Black speckled cardstock (manufacturer of choice); Basic tools including fine point scissors, craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat or paper trimmer

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11 Comments

  • Reply kellyboothKelly Booth June 18, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Great cards Judi…So Fun!

  • Reply Edwards Design June 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Haha! Love the humor with your cards, Judi! “f old enough to know better…” is my favorite! Great cards, each and every one of them is so well done! And to answer your question, I like them with or without faces, different feel and both wonderful. Xxx

    • Reply Judi Kauffman June 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Having just given away bell bottom pants with beaded fringe (I don’t think I could even wear them for a costume party at this point) I agree: “…Old enough to know better” is one of my favorite stamps from that set, too.

  • Reply aking42 June 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    What a wonderful idea to have all the extras there to color at the same time! These are pretty and I love all the many colors. My preference is without the faces. Ordering some of these doll right now.

  • Reply Judi Kauffman June 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I’m curious: Els likes the Flower Cuties without faces, I like them with faces. What does everybody else think??? If you have used these peel-offs (or the Little Cuties, Dragonfly Ladies, and Jackie’s Dolls), do you draw faces or leave them without eyes and mouth?

  • Reply Judi Kauffman June 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thank you! Adding those halo-style outlines with one or more colors makes it so easy to cut around the peel-offs, it can connect several peel-offs into one larger shape, and I really like the effect – something that pops and adds a lot of contrast or just a small echo.

  • Reply karenaicken June 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I especially like the last card, with the ‘fall’ colouring on the leafy skirt!
    Cheers
    Karen

  • Reply Sharon Taylor June 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Great, happy cards. Thanks

  • Reply Els van de Burgt June 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    What a colorful and happy cards!

  • Reply Raquel Mason June 15, 2014 at 8:23 am

    What a great way to color around the image halo sytle & then cut around image, I love “I want more adventures” card in red.

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