Wednesday, August 9, 2023

ICS August Blog Hop Technique Showcase

It's time to hop along with the August ICS Blog Hop as we showcase different techniques to help inspire you to get creative. Our wonderful Design Team members we be sharing projects and ideas featuring different techniques to help spark your creativity. 
Today's card features a technique that I just learned recently from watching a Facebook Live video by fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Karen Titus. She called it a Fractured Card because the background looks like it has been fractured into smaller pieces. It is a wonderful technique for using up your designer series paper and cardstock strip scraps to create beautiful cards. For my card design, I chose to use one of the designs from the Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper and the sentiment was created with the Timeless Arrangements Bundle, As you can see, this is a simple card design that bold look to it that helps the designer series paper stand out. 
Products Used:
Timeless Arrangements Bundle (item #161526)
Stylish Shapes Dies (item #159183)
Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper (item #161640)
Basic Black Cardstock (item #121045)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Versamark Pad (item #102283)
Basics Embossing Powders (item #155554)
Classic Matte Dots (item #158146)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430
Basic Black Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
4 Strips - 1/4" x 5"
Sentiment Label die cut with the Timeless Arrangements Dies
Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Card Front - 5 1/4" x 4"
Medium Square die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
Basic White Cardstock
Large Square die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
The Fracture Card technique is so much fun and it really is simple to create, just by following a few basic steps. 
1. Choose your background. It can be a solid color cardstock or a piece of designer series paper. 
2. Choose what color you want to use for the card base and strips to create the design. It is best to choose a color with a strong contrast to your background to maximize the look of the fractures on the card front. For my design, I chose to use a bold Black and White floral with Fresh Freesia for the background and I chose to use Basic Black cardstock for the card base and strips for the fracture design. 
3. Die cut the smaller square from the center of the designer series paper diagonally, using the Stylish Shapes Dies, to create the focal image the card design (you could choose to use a stamped image or other design for this square). 
4. Layer the focal square onto a slightly larger square of Basic White cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. I then attached the square to the center of the designer series paper, also diagonally, so that it covered the hole created from the original die cut. 
5. Add the black strips around the focal square. Starting on one side, I added one strip at a time, allowing the strips to hang over the edge of the card front, until all four sides are covered. It should resemble a pinwheel when you are done and the center square will have a frame around it. 
6. Turned the card front over and trimmed the excess strips off in line with the edge of the designer series paper. 
7. Attach the completed card front to the Basic Black card base. 
8. Heat emboss the sentiment onto the Basic Black label using White embossing powder and add it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
9. Add embellishments to complete the design. I chose to use Black Matte Dots to embellish the card front, including the center of the focal flower. 
The great thing about this technique is that no two cards will look the same. I am not normally a fan of bold, bright floral designs but I must admit, I love how this technique makes this beautiful paper pop. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to try this fun technique. It's a wonderful way to create cards for a variety of occasions and use up supplies you may have lying around in your stash. 

Now it's time to visit Cheryl's blog and see what technique she is showcasing this month. Just click on the Next button below to visit her blog. We would appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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Until Next Time

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Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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  1. Wow! Beautiful card! Love getting inspiration from other demonstrators! Thanks for hopping with us this month I appreciate you!

    1. Thank you Deb. I love seeing what other demonstrators are creating and trying new techniques. So glad to be a part of a wonderful, creative community.

  2. I just watched Karen's video a few days ago too! I love your color choices. Beautiful card!

    1. Thanks Debbi. I love watching Karen and how easy she makes it look to create fun projects.

  3. Thanks so much for the directions, Tricia! Beautiful card! I'm going to give it a try.

    1. Thank you Cheryl. You will love this fun technique. It's addictive.

  4. A great technique card! I will have to try it!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. It's a great technique and has so many wonderful possibilities.

  5. Wow awesome card! I love your color choices. I will be trying this technique as well.

  6. Thanks Janey. It is a fun technique and so versatile.

  7. Thank you Renee. I love how this technique makes this pretty paper pop. It's such a fun technique.

  8. Gorgeous card! This inspired me to finally try this technique? Thank you!

  9. Tricia this is lovely! I love how you worked the black strips! Neat! Joni