Hi there! My name is Gabrielle Pollacco. I’ve been on the Bo Bunny design team for about 5 years now. Why would I stay on a design team for so long, you may ask? You just have to see their gorgeous papers and products to know the answer to that! Every new release brings beautiful collections that just speak to me.
For example, a few days ago I received the three new mid-season releases. I had a full day’s work planned, but as soon as I started digging into the lovely papers and embellishments, I literally dropped all I was doing and got to playing with the new Boardwalk collection.
I just fell in love with the weathered wood paper, and thought I would use that as the backdrop for my first card design. The cool thing is that BoBunny also makes a 6×6 paper pad that is just perfect for cardmaking. All the prettiness of the 12×12 papers but on a smaller scale! I then chose a focal point for my card, the lighthouse design from the ‘Sandcastle’ paper.
I wanted to add a bit of a 3D element the card so I chose 2 of the starfish cards from the coordinating Misc Me Boardwalk pocket squares. I layered one card under my focal image, then cut out the starfish from the second card. I used an embossing tool on the back of the starfish, pushing down on the lines of the starfish to create a nice pop-up element on my card. I attached the piece with a couple layers of foam adhesive dots. I finished the card with some natural elements like burlap and hemp twine.
For my second card, I used the sailing ship design on the ‘Beach Bliss’ paper as the centerpiece of my card. I matted this postcard on the dark blue ‘Sail Away’ paper, sandwiching a piece of burlap between the two pieces.
Bo Bunny products always allow you to be creative and unique in your crafting designs. They make a die cut package for each collection under the label ‘Noteworthy’. I chose an anchor from the Boardwalk Noteworthy pack as an embellishment for my card. But to make it a little more interesting, I used one of their newest mixed media products called Pearlescents (3D metallic paints) in the ‘Chocolate’ color and added some designs to my anchor, giving it a nice burnished metallic look. Again, I finished my card design with some scraps I cut from an old pair of jeans (I throw nothing out! LOL), some hemp twine (because what is nautical without some knots, right?) and some coordinating chipboard from the Boardwalk collection.
Speaking of card making. I have always maintained, I am NOT a card maker. But now, in recent years, I am singing a whole new tune on that one. What changed for me? How easy it is to make pretty cards with my BoBunny papers! Check out the cards (above) that I made, quick and easy, using the Bo Bunny Garden Journal collection.
With papers like ‘Notebook’, ‘Journal’ and ‘Postcard’, you have lots of gorgeous images to choose from to make lovely cards in a snap. For this card I layered a couple of the botanical postcard designs from the ‘Journal’ paper, distressed the edges a bit with a Tim Holtz edge distressing tool and mounted it on a paper called ‘Wonder’ from the same collection. Add a little twine, some cheesecloth (I love to add bits of fabric accents to my botanical cards), some coordinating buttons from the same collection and a floral cluster. Done! Easy-peasy!
I did something similar for the second botanical style card I made. Except this time I snuck in a paper from another Bo Bunny collection called ‘Heritage’. I used the wood plank design from the ‘Register’ paper and cut out the wood strips. I applied them to my card using foam adhesive dots for a slight 3D effect.
Again, I added some cheesecloth tinted with a some green chalk ink, some hemp twine, a natural floral cluster and some coordinating buttons from the Garden Journal collection. Another card done, quick and easy.
Whether a newbie to card making or an avid card maker, I hope I’ve inspired you to give BoBunny’s beautiful collections a try on your next project!
Thank you for joining us today, Gabrielle! Yes, indeed, you have inspired us. Your work is so beautiful!
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