Monday, March 22, 2010

Aperture Card

Here is an aperture card that I designed in Inkscape, and cut out in SCAL on my Cricut machine. At first I made a simple aperture with initials (white card). After having the card sit on my desk for a day, I got to thinking that I could 'dress-it-up' a bit and come up with another version (pink card).


I designed some swirls to go around the outside of the aperture. A 'Swirl' CRI-Kit gel pen was used to draw the swirls.


Then I used the 'shadow' function in SCAL2 and cut the swirls out. I also used some foam dots to raise up the design. Some overhead transperency film was used behind the initials to make it less flimsy, and give it a more finished look.


If you would like to learn how to make an aperture card -- check out this tutorial by Dan (Aperture Card). I have to say that I am always impressed by Dan's creations, and I love his tutorials (especially his cool English accent).

54 comments:

  1. Great idea to add the gel pen detail on the swirls! Looks great!

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  2. This is beautiful. I have been trying to find some info on how to weld a design in a circle in Inkscape. Thanks!!!

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  3. The is a beautiful card. I love how the gel pen give it such detail. Great work!

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  4. Beautiful card. Love how it turned out.

    April
    amaybee0415@yahoo.ca

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  5. Each post is like opening a treasure box! I love your work AND the way you explain it! I haven't seen these pens yet but going exploring now! Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects! Sara

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  6. This card is so delicate looking. Beautiful....I always wanted to try the gel pens.
    rosemary at hudak4@zoominternet.net

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  7. Beauty! Thanks for sharing info on Dan's tute too!!

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  8. This is such a pretty card! I never thought to use the shadow feature and then the pens. I usually use the staple gel pens to draw out the details that my cricut blade will totally mess up and mutilate (ie: the wings on the fairies on the Tinker Bell cart). On yours it looks like a stamp and pigment ink.

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  9. Very Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Thank you for sharing these ideas for using pens. It's a great reminder of what can be done with them. I'm getting my pens out and giving them a new life with your ideas. Thanks.

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  11. I agree about Dan's info. Once again will have to give gel pens a try. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing ALL your cards, etc.
    Shellee @ rmackey13@sbcglobal.net

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  12. Very elegant! I love how you added the swirls. that takes it over the top. I'd love to try my hand at this!

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  13. Love the pink and the swirls. Im gonna try this today, on some leaves I cut out yesterday.

    Denise.crosby@Yahoo.com

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  14. The gel pens look great on the swirls, sometimes the markers look too heavy.

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  15. The possibilities are endless, once
    again I NEED some gel pens.
    Leanna
    nannamohr@hotmail.com

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  16. Your cards are so pretty, you make such wonderful creations. I love the effect these pens make on the cuts. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Jill...:-)

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  17. I have now decided that I need to get me a set of these pens. They are great! The cricut markers always seemed to thick and bulky to me, so I never bought them. This kind of fine detail work, like you did with the swirls, is much more attractive. Thanks to the beautiful design.

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  18. That would make a beautiful gift for a wedding! Next one I am invited to I think I will make these!

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  19. I love the card design and the pens just add the perfect touch.

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  20. Using the gel pens definitely adds to the elegance of the card. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. What a beautiful card. I love how you used the gel pen to draw the center design to be cut out. Fabulous.

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  22. Wow, what a great way to use the pens. Great idea on the card as well. THanks for sharing.
    Cindy

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  23. Very cute card! Thanks for sharing

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  24. This card is just gorgeous. I love what the gel pens add to it.

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  25. These will add so much to everything I do! Thanks for sharing your work and these pens!
    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  26. It makes a beautiful card. Thanks.

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  27. Love the card, you are one very talented artist! Thank you for all the inspiration.

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  28. Had no idea what an aperture card was until I found your site. This is beautiful! And to add the gel pen on the swirls, what a great touch!! You are extremely talented!

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  29. The pink card is so elegant. i really love it,thanks for sharing! eileen efghaus@yahoo.com

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  30. Beautiful cards I think the first one is stunning but the second is outstanding, so much difference just for the sake of a pen.
    Kim xXx

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  31. I've never seen anything like this...so pretty!

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  32. I love the card design. It would be a beautiful card for a wedding.

    jjbrewski at msn dot com

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  33. This is really lovely! Great job!
    dpmcnally1@gmail.com

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  34. What a perfect way to use the gel pens.
    Beautiful card!
    Jeannie B

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  35. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

    Marilyn

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  36. I just watched Dan's video, thanks to you!
    I think your card looks very elegant. Great gift idea on note cards.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  37. This idea will work great when making tags for a birthday or even Christmas packages. Thank you for your ideas as well as your files you give away.

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  38. OoOh, I love this beautiful card. It is so wonderfully detailed with the pen. I can't wait to try this technique out! Your work is all so pretty! What a talented crafter you are!

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  39. I think the swirls are wonderful. You have such cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Very nice! Love the gel pens on the swirls!

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  42. Thanks for linking to the Cri-Kit site and telling us about the gel pens. I went and checked out the site and am very interested in trying out these pens. I just got my SCAL last week and would love to try the gel pens. I'm gonna be busy!
    dkarnowski@gmail.com

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  43. Thank you Shelly for sharing! Thank you also for and giving us a chance to win the Cri-Kit gel pens!
    angeljack1@yahoo.com

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  44. This card reminds of the ying-yang sign.

    acbrea@hotmail.com

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  45. This is so cool. I can see it for a thank you for a couple with each one's initial. Very nice.

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  46. I love your creations!!! thank you so much for sharing everything you share with all of us!

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  47. You are so creative thinking of using the gel pens in the swirls...great work.

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  48. So pretty. So much talent you have.

    kmcilrath@cfl.rr.com

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  49. What a beautiful thing. I'm an occasional scrapper that has lots of materials but very little time. I didn't know about the pens. Can't wait to get them.

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