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September 23, 2016
Happy Fall, Y’all! KellyJean here and I’m sharing a quick and easy card … well, actually I’m sharing a quick and easy TIP for card making, scrapbooking, Bible Jouranling, or anything that might otherwise slow us down and that is … KEEPING THINGS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT. I will keep things straight but only if I have to, HA!
A source of frustration for me is lining things up perfectly, whether it be lettering, washi tape, paper trim, stamped images … you name it. I can waste a lot of time on trying to line something up perfectly on my paper art projects. That’s why I have a quick card making motto … MAKE IT PERFECTLY CROOKED instead! Aside from my card sentiments that have more than one line to them, I purposefully make things crooked and it saves me so much time when I do.
Notice the paper strips on my card? See how I intentionally crossed them at angles? After adding adhesive to the back of the first piece to be adhered to my card, I added some little slivers of green metallic twine for the appearance of grass. Note: Visit my blog tomorrow and I’ll show you how I quickly added this element to my card, wink wink. 😉
I added washi tape to a journaling page in my Bible the same way I added the paper strips to my card. Look also at the word “be” on my page. I purposefully stamped the letters “b” and “e” crooked just to save myself the time of lining them up perfectly.
So there ya have it! I hope you appreciate this quick and easy tip and then go and make lots and lots of quick and easy cards! I get excited just thinking about all the busy lives you’re going to touch for the better. Let’s face it … life isn’t perfect … the lines on our cards shouldn’t have to be either.
Supplies used (card): Cardstock (very vanilla, basic black, emerald envy), Moroccan Designer Series Paper, September Paper Pumpkin stamps, ink pads (Cajun craze, delightful Dijon, dapper denim, emerald envy) and emerald envy metallic thread from Stampin’ Up!
Supplies used (Bible page): All products from Illustrated Faith.
September 21, 2016
Hi! This is Sean. I’m happy to be sharing a tip with you today. I would like to show you how I store my stamp sets.
When I find a line of stamps that I fall in love with, I tend to remember the illustrator vividly and can distinguish their stamp sets from other illustrators. The organization system that works best for me is by company and then by illustrator. Instead of filling boxes up that take up valuable shelf space, I decided to store my stamp sets in binders.
Here are the products that I use for this storage system:
- 1 1/2–3-inch binder. You can buy these at any local store like Target, Walmart or even an office supply store.
- Clear binder protection sheets. You can purchase these in the same section of the store when purchasing the binder.
- Cardstock measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches. I am using the Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120 lb Base Weight cardstock because it is a very strong base weight that stays straight and firm in the clear binder protection sheet.
- File tab(s). I am using the Post-it® 2-inch Tabs.
- Label maker.
This is an extremely easy and fun way to set up your stamp sets. Because the tabs are removable, it’s simple to remove them and reorganize them on your clear binder protection sheet when you add additional sets to your binder.
Place the cardstock of your choice into the clear binder protection sheet and set aside.
Using your label maker, create a small label for the Post-it® 2-inch Tab and set aside.
Place the label on the 2-inch tab.
Affix the tab to the clear binder protection sheet.
Place your stamp set inside the clear binder protection sheet.
Place the clear binder protection sheet into the binder.
I arrange my stamp sets in alphabetical order. No matter which way you choose to organize yours, make sure that you stagger your file tabs so that you are able to clearly see the names of the sets you have filed in that binder.
Print off clear labeling for the binder so that you are able to identify which binder has the stamp sets in the arrangement that you have created.
As you can see, this system is a big space saver! In this binder alone, I have 10 stamp sets that fit comfortably. The stamp sets are easy to find and all in one place for easy retrieval.
Thank you for stopping by!
September 20, 2016
Card sketches are a wonderful source of inspiration when you find yourself struggling to come up with a card design. In the back of each issue of CardMaker
, you’ll find a sketch along with two cards that will help spark your creativity! For this week’s challenge, create a card based on the sketch featured in our autumn issue. And if you haven’t picked up a copy of this issue yet, click here
September 19, 2016
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Palette & Paper
in Indianapolis for a fun-filled event on World Cardmaking Day, Saturday, October 1st! There will be card-making classes taught by wonderful instructors, a card drive, lunch, goody bags and make and takes. We would love it if you could join us! Space is limited so click here
to register and reserve your spot.
Hi Daniela here today to share a card inspired by this photo.
Photo from here
When I saw this photo it remained me of similar stamps I have in my stash. I really liked the colors and wanted to keep those in my project, as well. Here is what I made.
I started by stamping the background stripes first. Then I stamped the small circles with black ink and heat-embossed the larger circles with embossing powder. At the end I added sequins and enamel dots. The sentiment is stamped and die cut.
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Stamps and die (DIE372-D) from Impression Obsession; black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; gray and cream ink pads from Clearsnap;embossing powder from American Crafts; sequins from Fancy Pants Designs; Nuvo Crystal drops from Tonic Studios; adhesive from Therm O Web.
September 15, 2016
Hello friends! It’s Juliana and today I’m going to be sharing how to celebrate and decorate Halloween style by using paper-crafting supplies from my stash. I love to decorate for Halloween, so I knew I wanted to create some sort of home decor piece to share with you.
Begin by gathering Halloween-themed products from your stash. For me, this included patterned paper and chipboard, along with an old photo frame that had seen better days. If you don’t have a frame to work with, you can purchase a simple unfinished wood or MDF frame from your local craft store.
Cover the frame with patterned paper using your choice of adhesive. I prefer to use adhesive tape over a liquid, so I can more easily redecorate and reuse the frame in the future. Use a craft knife to trim off the excess paper and to remove the paper covering the frame opening.
Sand the edges of the paper with a sanding block to give it a distressed look if desired.
Cut a piece of patterned paper to fill the inside of the frame. Select chipboard embellishments from your stash to decorate the frame. I prefer to remove the adhesive liner from my chipboard so that I can play around with where to place it before I adhere it in it’s final place.
And there you have it, a quick and easy way to decorate for Halloween using some simple paper-crafting supplies!
Along with the decorations, I love to create treat bags for my guests. I filled these with candy corn … one of my favorites, but you can certainly fill these with anything from cookies to candy!
Again, begin by gathering Halloween-themed supplies from your stash, including paper bags, patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, washi tape, ribbon and mini clothespins.
Use an embossing machine, such as a Cuttlebug, and a variety of embossing folders to add interest to the paper bags.
Take mini clothespins and add a piece of washi tape to give them a more Halloween feel. Cut tags from patterned paper and embellish with chipboard, stickers and ribbon. If you don’t have pre-printed tags, cut your own tag shapes from paper using scissors.
Fill the bags with your choice of Halloween treats and fold over the top to close the bags. Attach the tags to the paper bags with clothespins.
Your Halloween treat bags are now ready to give out to your trick or treaters and party guests! The best thing about both of these projects is that I used supplies from my stash. It’s a great way to use up scraps and leftover supplies.
September 14, 2016
here with one of my favorite techniques—using texture paste with a stencil. A wide variety of stencils are available these days from various manufacturers. They are used on scrapbook layouts, cards, art journals, mixed media art and home decor projects. With different electronic die-cutting machines, like the Silhouette Cameo, you can even make your own.
Texture paste or modeling paste is an acrylic medium that is filled with solid material. The result is a thick paste-like white substance that can create a controlled textural surface. My favorite to use is Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell because it’s very light and it dries fast.
I like to prep my piece of patterned paper with a little bit of white gesso, but only if I am adding a wet medium to my project. Today I am using watercolor. Gesso gives the paper another layer and a little more structure so that the paper doesn’t absorb the water. Plus, if your background is busy or bright, adding white gesso will tone it down.
To begin, spread a little bit of gesso with a spatula or an old plastic card. Let it dry.
Place your stencil on your paper. I like to tape down the stencil with washi tape so that it doesn’t move. Spread texture paste using a spatula creating a nice thin layer. Let dry.
Now you can add some watercolor to the top part of the paper. As you can see in the photo, some of the color is more watered down and some is more concentrated. I did focus on painting between the raised/textured layers. I even added some splatters at the end. Let it dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.
Now it’s time to add your embellishments and finish the card. I used washi tape, strips of patterned paper, paper doily, button and a flower. I stamped a little sentiment with black ink.
I like this technique because it is versatile. Instead of watercolor you can add spray mists, acrylic paint, markers or even colored pencils. If you don’t feel like adding color at all, use only the stencil with the texture paste and leave it white. You can even change the color of texture paste by adding different color mediums to it.
Play, experiment and have fun!
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Pink and blue striped paper from My Mind’s Eye; green polka-dot paper and turquoise tags from Elle’s Studio; pink with gold paper from Crate Paper; Look Out World stamp set from Technique Tuesday; black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; paper doily from Doodlebug Design Inc.; pink washi tape from American Crafts; plus washi tape from Hobby Lobby; button from Fancy Pants Designs; flower from Petaloo; enamel heart from Bella Blvd; chevron stencil from Prima Marketing Inc.; watercolor from Michaels Stores; Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell; gesso from Liquitex; adhesive from Therm O Web.
September 13, 2016
We love the soft autumn colors created with watercolors on this card by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts
. Featured in our autumn issue, this card is stunning! Try out this technique and create your own autumn-inspired work of art. Remember to share a photo of your card on our Facebook page
or Instagram and tag us with #CardChallengeCorner!
Click here to pick up a copy of the autumn issue!
September 12, 2016
We’re excited today that designer Carisa Zglobicki (of Inky Fairy Designs
) will be joining us on the CardMaker Facebook page
for a live demo on ink blending! Join us today at 3:00pm CST by clicking here
here today with a masking technique! I have a big box of 2 x 4-inch address labels. The adhesive on them is not listed as repositionable but I have found that they work great for die-cutting masks. As long as you are a little careful lifting the edges of the stickers, it shouldn’t tear your cardstock.
To begin making masks, I laid out my dies on my labels and die-cut them.
I then arranged the die-cut flowers on my card and removed the backings so they would stick to the card.
I used sponges to apply orange and dark pink ink to the cardstock.
Then I carefully lifted off the flower masks to reveal the design.
I then stamped “Happy Birthday” in red ink using my Mini Misti tool which is perfect for big bold sentiments because if it doesn’t stamp completely the first time you can reink and stamp again as many times as you need and your stamp will be in the exact same spot every time.
Hope you enjoyed my project! Have a great day!
Supplies used: Whisper white cardstock, rose red and peekaboo peach ink pads and sponges from Stampin’ Up!; labels from Avery; Extra Grand Sentiments stamp set from JustRite Papercraft; Mini Misti from My Sweet Petunia; Wildflowers (#661190) dies from Sizzix.