Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome to the April Release!


Welcome to the ODBD April Release!  If you have not had the chance to view the entire release yet, you might want to pop on over to the ODBD Blog to see it next!  There's tons of inspiration for you to enjoy as well!

Prize Information:
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps.  You have until April 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
Now on to my cards.  My first card (above) was made with the Chalkboard Fan BackgroundChalkboard Paper Collection, Vintage Flourish Pattern Die, Ornamental Cross Dies, and a past release, Antique Labels and Border Die
To create the card I started with a yellow base, and matted with black.  I punched the lower edge with a Martha Stewart punch I've had for years but still love.  I stamped the Chalkboard Fan Background with VersaMark on Black card stock, and heat embossed in white. This gave almost a silver effect.  I then cut and embossed a piece of white card stock with the  Vintage Floral Pattern Die, using the large background die in the set.  I matted this over the chalkboard fan background.  I used the Antique Labels Die to cut my sentiment panel from the Chalkboard Paper Collection,  and backed it with a yellow Vintage Floral Pattern Label from the set.  I popped the sentiment panel up on dimensionals, and added some flowers and a sheer black ribbon.  I cut three crosses from the Ornamental Cross die set, one in silver, one in yellow, and one in black, and used the black as a "shadow" and the yellow on the other side as a highlight behind the silver cross.  I added the cross to the top of my floral spray.  A few little black gems finished it off.  
Here is my second card:

 For this card, I went a completely different way!  I used The Cross Stamp set, as well as a past release, Bird Border and Corners I also used The Ornament Cross Dies, the Vintage Flourish Pattern  Die,  a past release, Beautiful Borders Dies, and the newly released Christian Faith Paper Collection.  I also used Spellbinders Label 7 to cut my Bible out.

To create this card I started with a white base 5.5" square top fold base, and cut a black mat and then a square of the designer paper from the Christian Faith Paper Collection. I chose the names of God sheet.  I cut the Vintage Floral Pattern background die from that die set and adhered that on to the designer paper.  I then cut the two largest sizes of the SB Labels 7, one from black, and one from white.  On the white one, I lightly penciled a straight line across (so it could be erased later), where I could line up my verse, because I knew I wanted to split the verse in to two parts to cover both sides of my "Bible".  I used tape to cover the part of the stamp I did not want inked, inked up the part I did want, and with a mask to cover any stray ink on the part of the page I did not want stamped, I pulled off the inky tape, and then went ahead and stamped the first part of the sentiment.  Then I masked the other side to protect the part of the page I didn't want inked, and stamped again the same way using the second part of the verse from The Cross set. I then stamped the Bird Corners from the Bird Border and Corner stamp set, all around the outer edges of my pages with distress ink.    I scored the center of the Bible and used my scorer to roll the pages over to break some of the fibers so I could create that "open page" look.  I then hand cut the brushed gold layer using the die's outer edge as a template.  I hand scored a few page lines and cut the upper corners to look more realistic of how an open Bible's pages would look.  I adhered a 1/8" black ribbon to the back of the pages and adhered the entire book together.  After that I cut a black and purple tiny cross from the Ornamental Crosses Die set and adhered them on the page with the black offset just a little as a shadow, and added one tiny gem stone.  To finish off the card, I cut a border from the Beautiful Borders Die set, and I cut it apart to make two borders.  One I adhered to the top of the Vintage Floral Pattern, and one to the bottom.  I added some pretty white trim, a white May Arts wrinkled ribbon bow, and then added another shadowed cross to the bow, using the same black and purple shadowing technique.

Here are the new ODBD products I used today:


 I also used these past releases:



 In case you missed my sneak peek, I thought I'd repost that card here too:

For a list of materials for this card, just scroll down one post.


Thank you so very much for stopping by!  Please be sure to stop and visit each one of my DT sisters so you don't miss a chance to win!!!  

Chris * Sandee * Grace * Stacy * Dawn * Julie * Lori * Cathy * Sabrina * Silke * Wanda * Angie * Audrey * Lisa 

 
Blessings,

44 comments:

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, wow, wow!! What can I say? You have knocked me out once again! Your creativity and details on each card are so amazing! Your two release samples and your sneak peek are all super gorgeous! HUGS!!

Dawn said...

gasp! I love the first one... the white embossing is gorgeous! beautiful colors too!
clever use of the book die for the verse on the second card!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous, Grace! I've never seen black and yellow look so fantastic! A beautiful way to showcase the best news man could ever hear!

JD/ Jill said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! Really like colors combo you used on the first one...great design...so nicely done!

Donna Whitten said...

How pretty, I love your cards!!! I can't pick a favorite. Thanks for the inspiration.

Irish Cherokee said...

I've run out of superlatives for your creations Grace. Suffice it to say both cards are made for our Lord's hands. High praise indeed.

grandmato20 said...

Wow -- your cards are absolutely beautiful -- the layering is so intricate!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the one with the Bible and the bookmark! I must try something like that.

JKB said...

Such wonderful cards and I especially like the open book with split verse.

DebR said...

Gorgeous cards Grace! I really like the open book with the bookmark. Great job on both.

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards. I like the pop of yellow on the first and the cross bookmark on the second.

Di said...

I love the yellow flowers on your first card. Spring!! Also, the Bible verse looks great on the open Bible.
Stunning.

Regena said...

Loving those yellow flowers..Beautiful!!

Donna said...

Grat post. Love the cross card.

Leanne said...

Your work is gorgeous as always Grace.

Saints Rule! said...

These are simply breathtaking Grace! I love the beautiful book you created with that darling book mark! And the layers of delicious diecuts on the first... WOW! And I just adore that sweet lily decked out on the cross! Applause, applause, applause, dear friend!

Audrey Ann said...

Grace, you my friend have blown me away!! Your first card is stunning with the layout, colors and all your lovely details, and just when I caught my breath I scrolled down to the second. I cannot take my eyes away from it - thankfully I can write this comment while still taking in the glory of this creation. It's amazing - you even scored page lines!!!! What a special release - thank you for your continued inspiration. Hugs and Blessings!
Audrey

Wanda Cullen said...

Stunning!! While I'm loving the second card a lot, I have to say the first one is my fave from the entire gallery! The touch of yellow, the combination of layers, that gorgeous bottom scallop detail...makes me drool all over my keyboard - lol!

Rose said...

Both of these cards are stunning. Hard to pick a favorite, but I lean toward the first one. Love the new victorian die.

Maxine D said...

Wonderful cards Grace, and they so reflect your love of our Lord.
Blessings
Maxine

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful cards Grace, love the addition of the SB die to create the Bible on your top card!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous Grace!! I so love your use of the added flowers and your spring colors on the first and your use of the book shaped die to look like the Bible on the second. Gorgeous and stunning as always my friend!!
hugs,
Chris

Heather said...

These are all beautiful! I love this new background die set; it's so elegant. And I really love how you covered up the center part on the second card. It looks like a completely different die used that way.

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful work. I am wild about the bible card. How creative and beautiful.

Silke Ledlow said...

Grace, these are gorgeous samples! I love how you added the yellow flowers, the yellow card stock in the background and as your card base....striking color combo! The second card is just brilliant...love your creativity and not to forget your sneak peek sample...just perfect! Hugs ~S~

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Grace your creations are so pretty. The book die with the sentiment is awesome, very clever. The yellow and black combo is perfect and so pretty.

Kelly Flaherty said...

The Bible book pages card is genius! How wonderful.

Sherry said...

Great job on the stamps!!! awesome!! love both cards. they are gorgeous!!!

Karen Schroeder said...

Love the new releases! Your cards are very beautiful!

Pati said...

Pretty backgrounds under the flourish die cuts. Pretty cards!

Papercrafting Princess said...

OH my goodness they are absolutely gorgeous. Love the bible design!

craftymom205 said...

Love your cards.

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Beth Norman said...

Wow, you outdid yourself. The bible card is so unique.

Serena said...

Wow! The black/white/bright yellow combo is so beautiful and I just love the open Bible with scripture card!!

wannabcre8tive said...

Grace, both cards are gorgeous, as always. You always have wonderful details. I really like the one with the Bible,

Conniecrafter said...

Just love the touch of yellow you gave to your first card, perfect for Easter and just love the way you did the verse on the second, Lovely cards!

Becky said...

These are gorgeous Grace. I love that first one, black and yellow is just elegant.

Marsha J Reed said...

Very nice cards. I am really liking those verses.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Grace, sweet, sweet friend, your cards are absolutely stunning! The first one just takes my breath away! Love the second one....looks like an open book. And last but not least that gorgeous shade of purple one...WOW! Sorry, I am late commenting, I have been down with a migraine. :C Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Oh, these are so beautiful! The colors, the layout, the gorgeous Bible that you made with the precious verse highlighted... Lovely! They make me long for Resurrection Sunday!!

Tricia

Sparkly Engineer said...

Such gorgeous cards, all three of them are very inspiring.

Linda Carson said...

WOW Grace! Your creative talent knows no bounds! Each card is so unique, so beautiful and so powerful!

Kelley said...

Grace, love the first card...such awesome details! Wonderful Easter card!!! The other 2 are just as pretty, though, and wonderful!! Love the Bible idea!!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Beautiful, Grace! Both are just gorgeous. I especially love the book layout on the second. Just perfect!