Creation Station Tricks of the Trade

Musical Season with Merry Music card for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

Hi! and welcome to my blog and this month’s Creation Station blog hop.  We’re excited to have you join us!!  This month our theme is Tricks of the Trade.  So, we’re all sharing tips and tricks that we use in our cardmaking.  I’m using Musical Season with Merry Music designer paper to share some tips and tricks.

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Creation Station Tricks of the Trade

Musical Season with Merry Music

Musical Season with Merry Music card for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

I started my Musical Season card with a Real Red card base.

My first tip would be to use layers.

The simplest layers are just 1/4″ smaller all the way around than the layer below.

That’s what I’ve done here with the Silver Glimmer Paper and the Merry Music designer paper.

Musical Season with Merry Cafe card for Creation Station - top detail - from theartfulinker.com

For my sentiment, I stamped in Real Red.

Then, I cut with the Everyday Label Punch.

My second tip is to play with your punches!

You can usually create a variety of shapes/sizes.

Check out this chart for ideas using the Everyday Label Punch.

Surrounding the sentiment are silver embossed garlands that

I cut with the Musical Instruments Framelits.

Musical Season with Merry Music card for Creation Station - bottom detail - from theartfulinker.com

Next, I stamped the lute in Real Red.

Then, I used Fine Tip Glue Pen on the strings and the tuning pegs and embossed with silver.

Tip number 3 -Fine Tip Glue Pen is awesome for selective embossing!

After that, I added more layers.

Tip number 4 – USE Dimensionals and don’t be skimpy!!

They take a card from “blah” to “oh yeah” all by themselves.

After that, I finished the card with Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a double bow

tied with Silver Metallic Thread (that might be another tip).

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my Musical Season with Merry Music card,

along with my tips and tricks!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Denita Wright-Smee
    October 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Such a beautiful creation, Sara. Lots of lovely layers and textures, however I especially love the fine-tip glue & silver embossed strings and tuning pegs on the lute. D xox

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks Denita, that’s my favorite too! I can’t stop selectively embossing things 🙂

  • Reply
    Holly Stene
    October 2, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Even the simplest, classic tips are great reminders! I’m a big fan of the 1/8″ layer 🙂 little bit peeking through!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Oh yes, the 1/8″ layer is great!

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    Kathy Kartak
    October 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Sara: That “trick” of using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen for selective mbossing is GENIUS!! I’m definitely gonna try that! xoKathyxo

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Can’t wait to see how you use it Kathy!

  • Reply
    Linda van Wely
    October 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Love your card! You can never use to many dimensionals or rhinestones!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

      I’m totally in your camp Linda!

  • Reply
    Sara Nell Langland
    October 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Fine tip glue pen embossing–WOW! Love all the tips you gave us with this one card.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

      It’s sometimes the simple things we do that bring on the WOW. I have to remind myself of that from time to time.

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    Jennifer Downey
    October 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE how you embossed the strings! I never would have thought of that Sara!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I love the Fine Tip Glue Pen for selective embossing. So fun!

  • Reply
    mikaelaflys
    October 1, 2017 at 9:31 am

    A lovely card Sara and I totally agree .. never scrimp on your Dimensionals x

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 2, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Mikaela! That took me a while to embrace…but oh so worth it!!

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