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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my Dad's 80th birthday.  This is his card.  I purchased the dies for making these Accordion cards some time ago (Elizabeth Crafts) but haven't done much with them yet.  I think this may be my first attempt.  They really work quite well & things go together very easily!  

  • Patterned card stock for card base (not sure where I got it!)
  • Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Wonderland paper pack (for decorating)
  • Brown Vine Ribbon (HOTP)
  • Katie Label Accordion dies & Accordion Fancy Labels dies (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Woodsy Critters dies & matching stamps (Heartfelt Creations)
  • Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Watercolor pencils (for coloring little stamped & cut critters)
  • Stickers ("80")
  1. From the patterned card stock, cut SIX pages using the largest Katie Label Accordion die.
  2. Use the dies to emboss the stitching lines on these six pages, then as stencils to ink them with the distress ink so they stand out.
  3. Fold along the vertical fold lines - and cut off these long vertical tabs on all but two pages.  Similarly, leave the tabs on the inner label part on only those same two pages.
  4. Take the two with tabs & one without (doesn't need a tab as there isn't another page to connect it to) and set aside to use to assemble your card.  For the other three, cut the center part away from the frame so they are in two pieces.  These will go on the back of your card after it's been put together to hide tabs and make for a prettier card.
  5. Working with the outer frames of the 3 pages you set aside for the card base, put glue on the tabs and connect the three pages side by side so that when folded they lay on top of each other nicely (trim if needed to ensure the edge of the page isn't too far into the fold). With your three pages together, you will fold first a valley fold & then a mountain fold. to create the basic shape for your card.
  6. Before continuing, decorate your card - front and back!  It will be much harder to add decorations after you connect the inner parts of the card pages!  The only pieces you don't want to glue to the card at this point are the backs for the inner pieces (you'll want to cover tabs that aren't attached yet).  Remember that you can use the dies in the Accordion set to cut needed pieces as you decorate!  Also, it often looks better if you ink the edges of the various pieces.
  7. Now, put glue on the inner tabs and connect the inner pieces so they fold the opposite direction as the outer frame (if the frame is folded as a valley, fold the inner part as a mountain & vice versa).  It will basically look like the inner pieces thread through the outer frames when you're done. 
  8. Add the backs for the inner pieces (make sure you've done all decorating & writing on them first as once they're attached it's hard to do much with them!). 
 When it is folded for mailing, it looks like this:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Thank Yous with Pre-made Elements

Similar to what I posted yesterday, these are cards made using some of my pre-made focal card kits - stamped/embossed/die cut focals combined with papers that I like with them and set aside for when I need to make a quick & easy card.  Today's theme is "Thank You"!  Most of the focals started as plain white glossy card stock.  I added alcohol inks for a nice background, cut the shapes with cutting dies, then stamped and heat embossed the images (often using matching stamps/dies from JustRite).

This first card, is made using a patchwork patterned paper that came in a crafting magazine.  It's a bit harder to see in the picture, but there is ribbon from my stash running across that.  The focal is made in the usual way (JustRite's Vintage Labels Four die and Enjoy the Day Vintage Labels Four stamp and Grand Sentiments stamp)

Plaid paper came in a craft magazine. "Ribbon" is a piece of blue card stock.  Focal is made in the usual way with a double mat (Just Right's Vintage Labels Two dies & Grateful Heart Vintage Labels Two stamps & HOTP Stamp & Punch stamps)

This final card is a center step card.  Ribbons adorn the sides & lower edge.  Patterned paper is from Rosemary & Thyme pack (HOTP).  Focal is made the usual way - stamped in green & heat embossed with clear powder.  (JustRite's Vintage Labels Two die, Grateful Heart Vintage Labels Two stamp, and Grand Sentiments stamp)

Friday, March 2, 2018

More Pre-made elements

Today's cards are all "thinking of you" or "miss you" type cards that were made using some of my pre-made focal card kits - stamped/embossed/die cut focals combined with papers that I like with them and set aside for when I need to make a quick & easy card.  Most of the focals started as plain white glossy card stock.  I added alcohol inks for a nice background, cut the shapes with cutting dies, then stamped and heat embossed the images (often using matching stamps/dies from JustRite).

This first one uses a variety of green alcohol inks along with gold mixative, cut with a Vintage Labels 3 die from JustRite.  The image is stamped (JustRite's For all you do Vintage Labels 3 & HOTP's Butterflies stamp sets) and heat embossed with fine gold powder.  The dies used for the inside & outside of the card are from Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight. The inside message is computer printed. Patterned paper is from a 6" x 6" paper pack called Rosemary & Thyme (HOTP). Gold is Mirri board (Hunkydory).

Here are a few more cards made this way:

Paper for this one is from Rosemary & Thyme (HOTP) and a Matstack from DCWV. Several of the elements on the inside were printed from a HOTP freebie download.  Focal: Alcohol inks included silver mixative, die used is from Ornate Squares (Spellbinders), stamped in turquoise ink & heat embossed with clear powder using stamps from Ornate Happiness Squares (JustRite) and Stamp and Punch (HOTP). 

This card features a background die cut (Spellbinders Fancy Ribbon Threader Card Creator) from a pink patterned paper I got in a craft magazine.  3/8" white satin ribbon & 1/8" silver metallic ribbon are threaded through it. and the whole thing is matted on a lovely silver Glitzy paper (DCWV).  (The inside is done in a similar way without the silver matting & the bow.) The focal was created in the usual way with alcohol inks on glossy card stock, die cut (JustRite's Vintage Labels Four), stamped (JustRite's Enjoy the Day Vintage Labels Four) & heat embossed with silver glittery embossing powder. 

For the turquoise card abve, the background paper is from DCWV, ribbon is from my stash, & focal is made in the usual way (JustRite's Nested Medallion dies, Always and Forever Medallion Labels stamps, HOTP Stamp & Punch stamps)

This step card was made using a Sizzix die.  Patterned paper came in a paper crafting magazine.  Focal was made in the usual way (JustRite's Vintage Labels Four die, Enjoy the Day Vintage Labels Four stamps) - heat embossed with fine white powder.

This last one is made with papers from DCWV & green ribbon from my stash.  Focal was made the usual way - alcohol inks were on the blue side, stamping done in green with clear embossing powder over it.  (JustRite's Antique Labels One die and Friends Antique Labels One stamps, HOTP Stamp & Punch stamps)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gelatos Play

Well, I did it again!  I forgot to take pictures of the cards I made & sent out in a hurry the beginning of the week - 3 birthday cards, 2 belated! Oh well, those WERE to have been the subject of today's post, but obviously that won't be happening.  One of the cards was made using papers similar to those shown above, so I decided to talk about my "playing with Gelatos" that resulted in those papers.

It started with some backgrounds I'd seen posted on the Paper Wishes Message Board that had been done using gelatos, embossing folders, and a sanding block.  The process is pretty simple:
  1. Scribble gelatos on your card stock.
  2. Blend with a baby wipe.
  3. Place in an embossing folder and run through your machine.
  4. Let dry - then sand lightly to remove color from the raised areas.  
That's pretty much what I did in the examples in the next couple of pictures - though I only sanded some of them. 

I experimented with a variety of colors & different embossing folders.  I really like this technique.  It's quick and easy and since I used a fairly wet baby wipe, the card stock was damp when it went through the machine so the embossed image was GREAT!  You can see on the blue one below what it looks like when you REALLY sand off the top layer.  The red one below was one I tried on glossy card stock.  Not the best, as the Gelatos could rub off if you tried hard, but they actually held better than expected. 

On the last one - the green one, you can see that I tried something a little different.  I had started thinking about how I might color a second sheet of card stock in a similar color and create coordinating focals.  I decided on some greetings/messages.  I stamped them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed the messages with white embossing powder before scribbling with Gelatos and blending with the baby wipe (didn't use an embossing folder with this one).  You can see a better view of it in the picture below:

Well, that embossing reminded me of my Color Me papers from HOTP (and similar product from other companies).  So, I just HAD to try it with some of those. The picture below shows a couple samples: 

I found I really wasn't as happy with the ColorMe papers done this way.  I've decided that when it comes to this type of product, I preferred to scribble the color on my craft sheet & pick it up with a water brush to apply it.  This allows me to be more precise in my application.  The picture at the top of this post shows several done with the water brush (they were from a ColorMe card topper set (HOTP).

Well, there's some of my gelato play.  Hopefully I'll soon find time to use some of these in cards (and remember to take pictures this time)!!!

HD Christmas Classics - Xmas Greetings #5

The last card in this set is an interlocking gate fold card.  

  • 5" x 6.5" white card blank
  • Hunkydory Christmas Classics - Christmas Greetings Topper Set
  • Turquoise & Gold Foiled paper - not sure who makes this and it's not really Christmas paper, but it goes SO WELL! (I got it in a paper swap).
  • Light aqua glimmer paper

  1. Card Base - Score 2 1/2" from each edge and fold with edges just meeting in the middle as for a standard gate fold. Crease well with bone folder.
  2. Background - Cut patterned paper to 5" x 6" - then cut in half so you have two pieces that are 2.5" x 6". Glue in place on the card front - aligning with the top of the card.  Cut 2 1/2" pieces of the border strip & glue below paper.  If some of the card still shows below the border, trim card blank to fit.
  3. Interlocking Focal & Sentiment - Center frame and glue to just the left side of the card.  Center focal inside frame and glue to just the right side of the card.  Add sentiment to frame and glue just to frame and left side of the card (making sure no glue from this step can touch the right side of the card!).
  4. Inside (see below) - Cut a piece of glimmer paper just smaller than the inside of the card.  Glue in place.  Cut remaining strip of patterned paper in half lengthwise and add as border on either side.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HD Christmas Classics - Xmas Greetings #4

This 4th card in the Xmas Greetings topper set from HD started with the sledding strip from the patterned card stock.  The rest of that sheet didn't work well for what I had in mind, so I also used some of the patterned card stock from the Christmas is coming topper set.

  • White 5" x 7" card blank
  • Hunkdydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection - Christmas Greetings and Christmas Is Coming topper sets
  • Clear Adhesive glitter sheet
  • Gold Metallic Sharpie
  1. Card Base - Instead of folding card in the middle, score it on either side of it so it divides into 3rds (3 1/3 inches from each side).  Fold first as mountain, second as valley to create a standard tro-fold card.
  2. Card Front - Cut sledding strip from patterned card stock and cover with clear adhesive glitter sheet.  Measure 1 3/4" from top and cut.  Using a straight edge & gold metallic Sharpie, draw a narrow gold frame around each side.  Set smaller piece aside for inside of card and glue the large one in place - centered on card front.  Add sentiment with foam tape.
  3. Card Inside - Cut 3" wide strip of patterned card stock (from Christmas is Coming) - trim 1 3/4" from top and center largest piece on middle panel of card.  Center small piece at top & piece from card front at bottom of the 3rd panel, leaving room for your message. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

HD Christmas Classics - Xmas Greetings #3

Third card in this Xmas Greetings topper set is a shaker card.

  • Hunkydory Christmas Classics - Christmas Greetings topper set
  • Fun Foam piece (from dollar store)
  • Clear Acetate (from packaging materials)
  • Double-sided Adhesive (Elizabeth Crafts)
  • Brown StazOn ink
  • Gold Metallic Sharpie
  • Larger pieces of clear glitter
  1. Background - Cut a piece of patterned card stock a bit smaller than your card front.  Ink the edges with Brown StazOn.  Then using a ruler, draw narrow borders with the Sharpie pen so it looks like you matted the piece on gold (you definitely save on Mirri board this way!).  Center on card front and glue in place.
  2. Focal (uses 3 pieces from the topper set) - Cut a piece of fun foam just smaller than the largest frame.  Cut pieces of double-sided adhesive sheets & add to front and back of this fun foam (leaving outside protective sheet in place).  Tape the smaller frame & focal together on the back side, so they move as one piece.  Using removable adhesive, center focal on fun foam piece behind frame - then trace around it.  Fussy cut out center using a craft knife and/or scissors.  At this point, depending on the color of your fun foam, you may choose to take the gold Sharpie and color all the edges of the fun foam so an odd color won't be visible in your finished piece.  Now, cut clear acetate to size and glue behind large frame.  Then remove one side of paper backing from the adhesive on the fun foam and carefully center large frame in place so no edges are showing.  Take taped focal piece, and (using larger frame to help you) decide on proper placement and glue in place.  Carefully add a bit of clear glitter in the center of this focal (go easy on this step - I thought I did, but I still got too much!).  Then remove final adhesive backing sheet and glue acetate frame in place - being careful with placement.  Now the glitter is loose within the fun foam hole - trapped between the focal and the acetate.
  3. Border & Sentiment (both from topper set) - Cut piece from border strip & glue in place about half-way between the bottom of the shaker frame and the bottom of the background piece.  Add sentiment with foam tape.
  4. Inside - Cut a couple of small strips of the patterned card stock, ink the edges & frame with Sharpie as before.  Glue in place as borders on either side of the inside of the card.