Halloween Greetings

Happy Halloween
The CardMaker staff wishes you all a spooky Halloween filled with yummy treats!

Find complete instructions for the card and treat bag set shown above by designer Kathy Martin in the autumn issue of CardMaker. Click here to purchase a download of the issue.

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Theresa’s Scrap Treasures

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Hello! It’s Theresa here with some tags from the scrap pile to share with you. This time of year I start thinking about Christmas cards and tags. Sometimes I make a bunch of the same design for my Christmas tags, but usually I just make an assortment using up scraps of cardstock.

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I always have a pile of leftover cardstock pieces next to my paper trimmer unless I’ve sorted them recently. I go through a lot of solid cardstock but not much patterned paper, so my scrap pile is pretty limited in terms of variety, but there are a lot of colors. All of these shown above were from that pile and the colors seemed suitable for Christmas tags.

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For the gold tag, I had a leftover image, already embossed with gold and colored in. I only had to trim it slightly to fit on front of the gold mat and add a sentiment. For the red tag, I trimmed a piece of ivory cardstock, then stamped the snowflakes with watermark ink before heat-embossing the images with gold embossing powder. The sentiment was also embossed with gold. I punched a hole in the top of the tags and threaded metallic cord through to attach the tags to gifts.

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The blue and green scraps were large enough to die-cut and emboss ovals. I then cut and embossed smaller ovals from white cardstock and stenciled ink on them while the die cuts were still in the die templates. The images were stamped, colored and then cut out before attaching to the tags.

Tip: Use an opaque gel or metallic pen to write on the back of the tag instead of the front, then recycle the tags from under the tree this year to use on Christmas cards next year. Just replace the cord with a small bow and add it to a card base and you’ll have a head start on next year’s cards.

I hope you are inspired to use some of your scraps to get an early start on your Christmas tags!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

-Theresa

Supplies used: Cardstock, gold cord and Peace and Joy, Celebrate the Season and Let it Snow stamp sets from Gina K. Designs; Memento tuxedo black ink pad and jumbo sponge daubers from Imagine Crafts/TsukinekoClassic Ovals LG (#S4-110) and Classic Ovals SM (#S4-112) die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; Mega Runner from Xyron.

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Card Challenge Corner: This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Burlap

Bushel of Thanks

Design by Lois Bak

Complete instructions for this card can be found in the winter issue of CardMaker available here!

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“If you have ventured into the craft stores lately, you have probably seen some of the prettiest burlap project ideas ever. My grandma would think we were crazy to use “that old stuff.” Make a card this week using burlap that would make Grandma a believer in the beauty of burlap.”

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

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Jeanne’s Technique of the Week: Stained Glass Effect

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Hi! Jeanne here today with a technique tutorial. This stained glass-looking card is super easy to make and looks rich and expensive with its gold embossing and watercolor effects. Another big plus? It’s postal friendly!

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With this design, you will want to choose a stamp set that has line drawings of the images so you can color them. A floral design is great because you can stamp the elements all around the edge of the layout in a variety of patterns. I thought these pretty chrysanthemums would be nice for fall.

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I wasn’t sure where to place my stamps on my layout so I stamped them on scrap paper and roughly cut them out. This way I was able to rearrange the images until I found a layout that I liked.

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Stamp the images (not the sentiment) on vellum paper and emboss. Tip: If your vellum wrinkles while embossing, press it between some heavy books overnight to flatten it. I usually try to match my ink color with my embossing powder color. That way if an image doesn’t get good embossing powder coverage it won’t be as noticeable. You don’t have to use gold—try using black, white or silver.

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Wait for the embossing powder to cool, flip over the vellum and color in the images on the reverse side of the vellum. Choose darker colors so they appear more vivid from the front side of the vellum. It’s ok if the colors aren’t blended and have streaks—this will create a watercolor look to your design. I used Copic® markers, but any markers or even gelatos will work just fine. Set the vellum aside to dry.

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Stamp the sentiment in black ink on a piece of white cardstock cut to the same size as your stamped panel. Attach the vellum to the cardstock panel after you’re sure the ink is dry. I added an extra orange cardstock panel behind the white panel as a mat to add more color.

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Embellish with gold sequins.

-Jeanne

Supplies used: White and orange zest cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Big Blooms-Chrysanthemums and Blessed By You stamp sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps; Memento tuxedo black and Encore ink pads from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; gold embossing powder from American Crafts; Scotch vellum tape from 3M.

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Mae’s CardMaker Tip

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Hello there. It’s Mae here today, sharing with you one of my favorite tips when cutting out stamped images. There are some stamp companies that offer dies that match their stamps. However, if you have stamps that don’t come with a die and you would like to fussy cut them or cut right on the edge of the image, there is one tip that I’ve learned that I’d like to share. This tip might not be new to most of you, but so far, this is one of my favorites.

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Cutting a stamped and colored image may be time consuming, but you can get beautiful results. One of the tips I’ve learned is to move the paper and not the scissors when fussy cutting an image. But no matter how careful you cut your images, there will always be the white outline that doesn’t make the cut so clean. The three pumpkins shown to the left in the photo above were cut closest to the line as possible but I still had some areas of white on the sides. On the other hand, the pumpkin on the right doesn’t have the white outlines.

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To achieve the look of the pumpkin on the right, I used a black marker to ink the edges of the pumpkin after cutting it out. This gives the cut image a clean look without the uneven white outlines.

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Here’s the completed card with the cut pumpkins. I popped them up using foam adhesive to give the card more dimension.

I hope you like my simple tip for today. Give it a try! Thank you for stopping by.

-Mae

Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; patterned paper from Bella BLVD; Sugarplums Pumpkins and Happy Harvest stamps from C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps; Memento tuxedo black ink pad and marker from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Archival coffee ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Femme Frames die set from Mama Elephant.

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Celebrate & Decorate: Fancy Gift Bag

Hello! It’s Piali here and today I’m sharing a holiday gift packaging idea with you. I think packaging is as important as the gift. Handmade packaging makes the gift extra special!

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I used a few of my paper-crafting products to jazz up a simple paper bag. Paper bows are very trendy right now; I love them. First, I adhered gold glitter cardstock to the bag to make it look festive!

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Then, I created a tag cluster. I added a paper bow and a pre-printed tag. I also embellished the tag with a few die-cut ephemera pieces. I die-cut a few leaves out of cardstock and tucked them in, too. I tied the tag and bow cluster to the bag with ribbon and jute twine. I love adding jingle bells to my holiday projects.

Hope you like this idea! Don’t forget to share your projects with us over at the CardMaker Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by … Happy Crafting!

-Piali

Supplies used: Paper bag, gold glitter cardstock and bells from Michaels Stores; Merry & Bright tag and glitter stars from Pink Paislee; Sleigh Bells Ring paper bow and bell ephemera from My Mind’s Eye; ribbon and twine from May Arts Ribbon; leaf die from Papertrey Ink.

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Winter Issue of CardMaker Now Available!!

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Have you heard? The winter issue of CardMaker is now out on newsstands and it’s packed full of autumn-themed thank-you cards, shimmery silver and gold Christmas designs and all-occasion winter projects. Plus, there’s even an exciting Season’s Best Holiday Giveaway featuring a prize package valued at $646! For official rules and more details on how you can enter for a chance to win, click here. Our Canadian friends will be happy to learn that the rules have been updated and they can now also enter for a chance to win this giveaway.

Silver Photo Corner Pinecone Card

Also, for a limited time only you can download the instructions for this silver Photo Corner Pinecone Card & Ornament set by Asia King from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®. Go here to get started creating this elegant design. You’ll find instructions for a coordinating gold card in the winter issue!

 

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Noelle’s U Inspire Me

Hi there, CardMaker friends! Hope you all are doing well today. I’m here today to show you my “U Inspire Me” project! Today is my son’s birthday! So, I thought I’d make a special card just for him.

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My first thought when searching for just the right dose of inspiration was to head to the Anthropologie website. You see, whenever I visit my local mall, I must take a pass through that store, even though most of the items are way pricier than my budget! But, my main reason for going in is to soak up all the loveliness in there. Even their shelves they display items on are beautiful, and the window dressings are a work of art on their own.

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This set of pillows called “Tandem” really caught my eye. My son is a triathlete and a MAJOR bike fanatic. He is currently saving up for a new road bike or triathlon bike. I’m a proud as punch mama as he qualified and raced at a national kids triathlon in August. Today he is turning 14. Of course, I am not actually old enough to have a 14 year old, so I’m not quite sure how he is turning that age, haha. ;)

I loved the way the image was split between the two pillows. I also was drawn in by the pop of red, and the rustic feeling the image had.

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I used my electronic cutting machine to print and cut this bike image. I cut two 3 x 3-inch mat board squares down to 2 1/4 x 3 inches with my craft knife. I used alcohol ink markers to shade and color the mat board pieces, using the pillow image as inspiration.

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The bike image was printed and cut on white cardstock and it just stood out too much on the mat board. So, I sponged some light brown ink over the image and that helped to blend it in with the browns and grays on the background. I cut the bike image in half and adhered it onto the mat board pieces.

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I searched my stash for the right papers and these really stood out to me as being the perfect choice. I love the added texture they give my card. I found a banner that had been cut and never used, and I stamped the sentiment on there. A bingo piece with his birthday number on it completed the card. This is a 5 x 5-inch square card when completed.

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I hope you like it! Have a fantastic day.

-Noelle

Supplies used: White 3 x 3-inch mat board squares from Inchie Arts; cardstock, stamp and red ink pad from Stampin’ Up!; patterned papers from Creative Memories; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Echo Park Bike image from Silhouette America Inc.

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Jeanne’s Outside the Box

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Have you ever felt uninspired? Having a hard time trying to create, things are just not coming together the way you wish they would? I think it happens to us all. So how do I give my mojo a kickstart? I usually just walk away and try to find inspiration from the outside myself. You can’t force creativity. I might go for a walk enjoying the beauty of nature, or read a book to let my mind wander. A great place for a creative “kickstart” is CardMaker magazine! It never fails! I will run across a card that just makes my jaw drop and that’s all I need. I study it, focus on the parts that make me giddy, and then try to make it my own!

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This card from Emily Branch in the Spring 2014 issue of CardMaker is a great example. I loved the floral stamping and strips of washi tape running down the border. Emily’s monochromatic background stamping makes the sentiment just pop off the page. So how to make it my own?

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I followed the same layout Emily did, but I stamped my floral images in color, and kept the sentiment a bold black. The colorful background had the opposite effect of Emily’s card, making the dark sentiment the focus of attention. I snuck in a little washi tape along the borders and a sprinkle of sequins to satisfy the diva hiding in me.

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So next time you’re just not “feeling it”—remember that inspiration is just a page away! Just find a project you love, focus on the parts you love and turn it into something new.

-Jeanne

Supplies used: True black and aqua mist cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Petals and Stems stamp set and ink pads from Avery Elle; washi tape from Michaels Stores/Recollections; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Happy die from Serendipity Stamps.

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Card Challenge Corner: Doodle Graffiti

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Zentangle Postcard by Patsy Monk

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“This week’s challenge is a little different. I want you to cut a 3 x 4-inch piece of cardstock and doodle all over it … write words, draw simple pictures, or cover it with hearts or flowers. Let yourself remember the days of sitting in class and doodling up your notebooks with your personal artwork. After you are done, put it on a card and give it to someone you care about.”

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

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