According to steps 3-5 on the tutorial, a 1/8 inch handheld punch was used to create notches on the final circle. For those of you who don't own that many handheld punches, like me you learn to improvise. I used my trusty ol' crop-a-dile to make the notches (I used both the big and small punch making sure you are only punching out a half of a circle - worked beautifully!).
After the circle was complete with notches, I lined it up behind the front panel to make sure it was placed perfectly behind it before poking a hole for the brad (the brad is covered by the top of tree). I don't own any circle punches, so I used my classic circle nestabilities to punch a hole through the top panel covered with patterned paper just a little above the brad. I used my circle coluzzle to create the partial hole on the side of the front panel as well as the base layer so you can access and spin the circle.
I followed the tutorial to a tee until I got to the part on stamping images through the punched hole. Because I was using digital images, it took a lot of time of toying around with the placement of the images through the punched area of the tree. I had to also play with the sizing of the images to fit the circle. It would have been very difficult to directly print onto the circle so after the images were printed and colored, I used the same size circle die cut I used for the front panel to cut out the images as you can see below.
For the tree trunk, I used one of Mel McCarthy's digital images, tree trunk, you can find here. I printed it on chocolate cardstock and cut it out. I used Elmer's glue to stick the tree trunk to the front panel. The top of the tree was cut with the blossom nestabilities die cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug leaves embossing folder for a 3D effect. I finished off the card with another image of a cat sitting at the bottom of the tree waiting for his friends to come down. For a more vintage look, I added a crochet ribbon adorned with buttons and string. I added a ground embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder distressed with Antique Linen ink and glitter glue (I drew in the curves for the ground and hand cut).
For the inside of the card, I used some scrap pieces of patterned paper to line the inside cardstock layers. I adjusted the circle sentiment that reads "Have a great birthday...Hope it's the cat's meow" from Cat Paw Prints in my PSE software program so that two kitty friends could sit nicely inside the circle. Again, the cardstock edges were inked with Antique Linen distress ink.
On a sad note, this is my very last project for Angels Landing...Waaaahhhhhh!!! I can't believe that 3 months had already gone by. It really gives the meaning to the age old saying "Time flies when you are having fun!"
Judi planned it perfectly for the theme this week: FRIENDSHIP. I am dedicating this last project to Judi. She was one of the first people to give me this wonderful opportunity to work in one of the best DT environments you could ever ask for - she is one SUPER organized gal and one SUPER talented artist - I've become a BIG fan of her artwork!! She is a SUPER friend and boss!
So for all of you who applied for the Fall DT and get a chance to work with Judi and her images, you won't regret it...She is fabulous to work for! Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart Judi for believing in me and my work! I won't ever forget your generosity! Love yah!
This might be my last project as an Angels Landing DT member, but you will still see me creating cards and projects with Judi's images...only I'll be the spectator this time! *wink*
Thanks for visiting and till next time...have a paws-itively purr-fect day!!!
Digital Images: Angels Landing (Cats and Kittens, Cat Paw Prints), Melstampz (Tree Trunk)
Paper: K&Company Classics
Cardstock: The Paper Company (Chocolate), Georgia Pacific (White)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
Die Cut: Spellbinders (Classic Circle, Blossom Nestabilities)
Embossing: Cuttlebug (Swiss Dots, Leaves Embossing Folders)
Accessories: Crop-a-Dile, Scotch Mounting Tape, Glitter Glue, Crochet Ribbon, Vintage Buttons, String