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January 23, 2015
Design by Sara Naumann
1. Cut a 5 3/4 x 4 1/8-inch piece from white cardstock. Lightly brayer panel with watermark ink. Sprinkle with purple embossing powder; tap off excess.
2. Use tissue to gently remove embossing powder from edges of panel. Wipe away a section of embossing powder large enough to accommodate butterfly image.
3. Tap off excess embossing powder; heat-emboss.
4. Stamp butterfly image using watermark ink. Sprinkle with black embossing powder; heat-emboss.
1. Form a 5 5/8 x 8-inch card from white cardstock.
2. Cut a 7 3/4 x 5 1/4-inch piece from pink patterned paper. Adhere to black cardstock; trim a small border. Adhere to card front.
3. Cut a 6 1/2 x 4 3/4-inch piece from green patterned paper. Adhere to black cardstock; trim a small border.
4. Adhere embossed panel to black cardstock; trim a small border. Adhere to green patterned paper panel.
5. Wrap corner of panel with a 4-inch length of ribbon, securing ends to back. Tie remaining ribbon into a bow. Adhere to panel as shown.
6. Stamp small butterfly onto white cardstock. Sprinkle with black embossing powder; heat-emboss. Die-cut around image using 7/8-inch flower die template. Attach to panel using foam tape.
7. Adhere panel to card front.
8. Color large embossed butterfly image using markers.
Designer’s Tip: Want just a hint of color and texture? Brayer your cardstock very lightly. For a bolder effect, add heavy pressure. Bright powder will give one look—pastels another. The variations on this technique are limitless!
Editor’s Note: To learn more tips about embossed backgrounds and for three more embossed-background projects, pick up a copy of the spring issue of CardMaker available at your local newsstand or here!
January 22, 2015
Hello, hello!!! I’m so excited to be here with my first post as a CardMaker blog team member! Woo hoo!!! Today I’m going to share a few of my tips and tricks for keeping things “organized” or at least how I try to keep things organized, hehehe!
First, I must admit a little secret to you. I have a thing for baskets—seriously! So, baskets are where most of my things are stored.
First, I’m going to show you my prized basket for my 6×6 paper pads.
I love this thing! All of my 6×6 paper pads fit perfectly inside, and I have plenty of room to flip through them as needed. I also organize my paper pads by manufacturer, so if I am looking for a certain type of paper or collection I know right where to look.
Next, I want to share my mini card baskets. These little baskets are cute and functional! Since I am on several design teams at one time, I need to keep my projects separated and these little baskets make that possible. Then when it is time to mail the old ones out I just grab the right basket, mail the cards, and start filling it again!
This next tip has nothing to do with baskets—shocker right?! I love reusing old product containers so I couldn’t help myself and had to share it here. These bottles are great to store little buttons or brads in because you can easily see everything inside! Don’t worry I do keep the bottles in a basket!
Here’s one final shot to prove my basket-loving madness. I feel that baskets give an overall clean look to a space, not to mention they are easy to hide your mess quickly when having guests over! I hope I’ve given you some new ideas to try in your space. I would love to hear what tips and tricks you have. Also, if you have any baskets what do you keep inside?
January 21, 2015
Hi, Lois here with my first CardMaker blog post. I’ll be sharing a technique which makes a unique background for your cards. The supplies are minimal; you might even be able to use up some of those scraps in your drawer.
- 1 (8 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch) piece of solid color cardstock for card base, scored in half at 4 1/4 inches
- 4 (1 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch) pieces of coordinating patterned paper
- 1 (4 x 5 1/4-inch) piece of coordinating solid color cardstock for mat
- 1 (2 x 5 1/2-inch) piece of coordinating patterned paper
- 1 (2 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch) piece of scrap white cardstock for mounting cut pieces
- Other embellishments to complete card
Cut your 1 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch pieces of patterned paper in half diagonally creating triangles.
Lay out your triangles in the order you would like to follow on your background, with the pointy ends at the bottom.
I have found it easier to adhere the pieces to the scrap piece if I run my white scrap paper through my Xyron sticker machine. This will ensure maximum coverage of adhesive.
Start with one of the middle triangle pieces of patterned paper, laying it in the center of your scrap paper.
Continue laying out your patterned paper triangles radiating to the edges.
I had to add one additional triangle piece of patterned paper to completely cover my scrap paper.
Turn cardstock over and trim off the edges of the patterned paper triangles.
Attach the starburst panel to the coordinating piece of designer paper. Trim to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches and adhere to the mat piece of cardstock.
Complete your card as desired.
By adjusting the length of the designer paper strips, you can create other patterns for your background.
Supplies used: Snow storm heavy, flecked chocolate cake and bang up blue cardstock and Cone Flowers stamp set from MFP Stamp Shop; Reunion patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye; ribbon from Morex Ribbon; Memento espresso truffle ink pad from Imagine Crafts; Copic® markers (E27, YG17, YG67, YR02, YR07, YR09) from Imagination International Inc.; ribbon, Recollections enamel dot stickers and adhesive foam circles from Michaels Stores; Scotch tape runner from 3M; Create a Sticker machine from Xyron.
January 20, 2015
This year marks CardMaker’s
10th anniversary and we want to kick-off the celebration by spreading card-making joy! For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, create a thinking of you card and send it to someone who needs some encouragement. This simple gesture will remind that person that someone cares.
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
Like the card shown above? Designed by Bonnie Garby, it’s one of our sketch book cards featured in the spring issue of CardMaker on sale today!
January 19, 2015
Our spring issue is officially on sale tomorrow! Isn’t this cover a beautiful reminder that spring is on its way?! This issue has 61 projects in it including an entire spread on flowers. From folding to stamping and stickers to glitter, you’ll discover a variety of ways to incorporate a garden of flowers into your card making. You’ll also learn the art of tea-bag folding with Sharon M. Reinhart
, embossing techniques with Sara Naumann
and how to create a one-sheet wonder card. Here’s a sneak peek inside the pages of this issue!
Be Still by Taylor VanBruggen for Taylored Expressions
Paper Asters Card & Bouquet by Dawn Lusk
From the Bunny by Linda Beeson
Rolled Vellum Flower Card by Pamela Haskin
Everything You Are by Sharon M. Reinhart
If you can’t wait to pick up this issue at your local newsstand, click here to purchase a digital subscription and get instant access!
January 16, 2015
Editor’s Note: AJ is giving us a special sneak peek at an upcoming product from Spellbinders®! Make sure to keep your eye out for this cool storage option as it will be available in April.
Hello!! I’m SO glad to be back on the CardMaker blog for another term! Lots of great stuff planned for this year! AJ here with an organizational tip for storing your dies. This past week during the CHA show, Spellbinders® debuted a new organizational storage system.
It would seem that it’s intended use would be for your dies, but I think it could be for anything. I will be using it for various loose items as well as my dies such as finished cards, stamps, embellishments, etc. I prefer to store my dies as they come in their sleeves as the sleeves have all the info I need on the packaging and it is a secure way to keep all the smaller pieces from getting lost.
This photo shows the two dividers it comes with along with some of my dies. I tend to store my dies by release now, but have also stored them by shape (all circles together) or by use in the past. You could actually hold quite a few dies in here. I didn’t fill this one up as much as it could hold so you could add more if you wanted to.
The storage is also pretty to look at. Here’s the manufacturer’s image showing it out on a workspace or counter.
Here it’s shown with the lid on. I prefer to leave mine open and ready to dig into myself!
How do you currently store your dies? I will be filling up my shelves with more of these as time and money allows!
Have a great week!
January 15, 2015
I am so excited to be sharing my first post for CardMaker magazine. This post is part of our regular feature called Scrap Treasures and the idea is to create a card using scraps from a previous project.
I recently made a card with a lovely paper collection that I was excited to play with again. I decided to use the sketch from the winter issue of CardMaker as inspiration and had a great time planning out my card.
Shown above are my paper scraps.
Here is a photo of the sketch that I used. CardMaker
includes a fabulous sketch in each issue. Sketches are a great jumping-off point for your creativity.
I made this card for a sweet friend that I am spending the weekend with scrapping and crafting. I love the embossed paper as it has already done the work of embossing for you and there are lovely designs to choose from.
Tip: When I am working from a 6×6 paper pad for cards, I tuck the extra pieces that go along with the collection, that I might want to use again, back into the pad.
Supplies used: Bella Rouge 6×6 paper pad and butterflies from Pink Paislee; White Embossed Stack from Die Cuts with a View; gems from Studio Calico; badge buttons from shopEvalicious.com.
January 14, 2015
Hi everyone! It’s Patti J. here today with my first post as a member of the CardMaker blog team. I’m excited to be here! My inspiration today came from something I saw while I was wasting time on browsing Pinterest. This photo brought back lots of good memories. I hope dear daughter is reading! Photo from here
Our daughter, or one of her friends, was always in the running for Student Council, Homecoming or Prom Queen, etc. This meant making posters—LOTS of posters, all of which were embellished in multiple layers of glitter. Over 15 years have passed since our daughter graduated, and we still find the occasional trail of glitter
! So after seeing the photo shown above, thinking of all those lovely formal gowns over the years, and loving both pink and sparkles, here is what I created.
The image was stamped on both white cardstock and patterned paper. The white layer was trimmed to 4 x 2 1/4 inches. The sentiment was stamped above the image. As you can see, the last word in the sentiment blurred. Instead of starting over, I took advantage of the blurriness, and added some color to the sentiment. Note: My first paper-crafting teacher who is now my best friend taught me early on that there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities.
Pink glitter was then added to the bodice of the dress. The upper and lower portions of the dress were fussy cut from the patterned paper, and paper pieced onto the focal panel stamped dress. A bit more glitter on the flower, dress stand, and dress bottom, finished off the panel which was then adhered to black and pink gingham patterned panels. For the stripes on the card base, I applied lengths of 1/8-inch-wide double-sided tape and sprinkled glitter onto the tape. The focal panel was then adhered to the card base with foam adhesive.
Inspiration is all around you! Let something that inspires you spark YOUR creativity today!
Supplies used: Black cardstock from Colorbök; gingham patterned paper from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc./The Paper Studio; Celebrate in Style stamp set and black onyx dye ink pad from Gina K. Designs; Copic® marker (RV02) from Imagination International Inc.; 1/8-inch-wide Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products; Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Extreme Adhesive and Mono Glue Pen from Tombow USA; adhesive foam squares from Michaels Stores/Recollections.
January 13, 2015
Just Ducky Rocker Card by Sharon Pope
Full instructions for this card can be found in Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags available here!
From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:
“Today is National Rubber Ducky Day! Create a card showing a rubber ducky design or use the traditional bright yellow color as the main color on your card.”
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
January 12, 2015
Hello, and happy Monday! It’s Sarah here today to share one of my card-making tips with you. If you’re like me, coloring your stamped images is one of the main joys of card making, but sometimes I have to remind myself: Don’t forget the background!
Sponging or coloring can help “ground” an image. For this Valentine, I stamped the girl on an ivory die-cut tag and lightly colored her dress by making a few strokes with a red pastel pencil and blending them. Tip: Cotton-tip swabs are great for sponging and blending small or detailed areas!
But I was still left with so much empty space. I lightly sponged around the girl with gray ink. Now she begins to look real, and it didn’t even require much coloring.
To complete the Valentine, I punched a small heart from red cardstock. Using a craft knife, I cut a small slit along the girl’s hand and fit the bottom of the heart inside, so it looks as though she’s holding her own Valentine behind her back.
When you glue the tag to the kraft shadow tag, the heart will stay glued in place. Finish it off with a bow of red organza ribbon.
Sometimes you might want to color only the negative space, like on this snowman for a winter birthday card.
Die-cut a scalloped oval from white cardstock, stamp the snowman with black dye ink and use a cotton-tip swab to blend light blue ink around him. I added dots of snow with white acrylic paint.
To create the rest of the card, cover a pre-folded square card from medium blue paper. Cut a strip of light blue paper and punch both long edges with a snow border punch. Assemble the card as shown and stamp a sentiment of your choice with black ink.
Come springtime, try this with flowers. I love the look of snowy white daisies with backgrounds of blue and green.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!
Supplies used: Kraft, ivory and red cardstock and small heart punch from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc./The Paper Studio; Gibson Kids 01 stamps from Flonzcraft; espresso dye ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Memento London fog dye ink pad from Imagine Crafts; red pastel chalk pencil from General Pencil Company Inc.; red organza ribbon from American Crafts; George and Basic Shapes (#7000061) digital set and electronic cutting machine from Cricut.
Supplies used: Pre-folded 5 3/4-inch square card and white cardstock from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc./The Paper Studio; Bright Textures cardstock stack from Momenta Inc.; Frosty stamp from Penny Black Inc.; Happy Birthday Greetings, Sweetheart stamp set from Flonzcraft; Memento tuxedo black dye ink pad from Imagine Crafts; light blue chalk ink pad from ClearSnap; Snow Flurry Punch Around The Page set from Martha Stewart Crafts; Classic Scalloped Ovals LG die templates (#S4-111) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts.