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April 6, 2017
Hello friends! With Easter just around the corner, I dressed up some basic kraft bags and transformed them into spring animal gift bags.
I picked up the bags from a chain craft store. They measure 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches not including the handles. I used basic cardstock along with animal card dies from Paper Smooches to create the animals. A list of supplies that I used is at the bottom of this post.
I created the Bunny Bag by die-cutting a panel of white cardstock with the Bunny Card die. I made the face using some of the dies included in the set. I kept this bag pretty simple, but it could be embellished further by adding bows to the ears or even a little bow tie.
The Lamb Bag was created with the Cat Dog Card dies. I created the nose by trimming out a triangle shape included in the set. The poof at the top of the lamb’s head is a scalloped oval die cut.
For the Chick Bag, I die-cut yellow cardstock with the Cat Dog Card dies and trimmed off the ears to make a rounded shape for the chick’s head. The egg shell was created by die-cutting white cardstock with a pinking edge die. I dressed up the egg shell by adding a bow tie.
I love how these bags turned out and I can’t wait to fill them with goodies and give them to my nieces and nephews! Hope you are inspired to dress up and transform your basic gift bags for the next holiday you celebrate!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Cat Dog Card, Bunny Card and Easter Egg dies from Paper Smooches; Dotted Border Elle-ments die from Avery Elle; Classic Scallop Oval Small Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders® Paper Arts.
April 5, 2017
Hello! Heather P. here today with a card-making tip on how to create stamped backgrounds using large stamps.
I love using unusual images to create backgrounds. I think it makes for a really fun card! So when I was looking through my stamps, I kept coming back to this woodgrain slice image and I knew it would be perfect for my card.
Tip: When I’m creating backgrounds using large, non-symmetrical images, I usually like to stamp the first impression a little below the center of the card and to the right. (This is the only full stamped image, the rest of the stamped woodgrains all fall off the edges of the card.) To continue stamping, I stamp to the right and left of the first image to create a complete row, then nestle the remaining images above and below to complete the card front.
Once the gray woodgrain background was created, I then die-cut a strip of yellow cardstock. The border strip was then adhered along the left edge of the card, and a coral ribbon and bow was adhered next to it.
The focal sentiment was die-cut from yellow cardstock. The remainder of the sentiment was stamped in black ink onto coral cardstock. To finish up, I adhered the sentiments to the card front using foam tape, then I embellished with silver enamel dots.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome day!
Supplies: Stamper’s Select white cardstock from Papertrey Ink; carnation paper from Hero Arts; Winter Woodland stamp set, The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set, Goldie Trim Cutaways dies and In a Word: Thanks Cutaway die from Winnie & Walter; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; Fresh Ink provincial gray ink pad from Impress Cards & Crafts; silver sprinkles from Doodlebug Design Inc.
April 4, 2017
Design by Lisa Lahiff—find this card in our spring issue available now!
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For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, create an Easter card incorporating bunnies into the design. They can be stamped, die-cut, sketched, etc. Share a photo of your card with us on the CardMaker Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!
April 3, 2017
Good morning everyone! It’s Kat here today. You have to love an assignment that asks you to create a card in under 10 minutes! I literally made this card in the 10 minutes before one of my online classes started.
I began by using a glue runner to make a border around my card base. I then picked a patterned paper, glued it down and cut off the excess. Then I took another patterned paper and cut a slightly smaller rectangle to layer on top of the first one. After that I took a heart die cut and glued it to the center (ish) of my card and layered a typed sentiment sticker on top of it. I finished the card by adding some enamel hearts and tiny rhinestones.
Here is the finished product:
Hope you follow these simple instructions to knock out some quick and easy cards of your own!
Supplies: Card base, patterned papers, die cut and rhinestones from Jillibean Soup; enamel hearts from Bella BLVD; typewriter sentiment sticker from We R Memory Keepers.
March 31, 2017
Good morning, CardMaker friends and happy Friday to you! Melissa here with you today to share a set of sweet and colorful birthday tags that would be the perfect finishing touch for a special gift. I love creating a bunch of tags ahead of time and storing them for future use. They come in handy when I have a plain, boring gift bag or box and want to add a little something extra to make my gift POP! Birthday gifts should be bright and cheery, so I chose lots of happy colors. I used a variety of products to create my tags and will list all of them at the end of my post.
The white tags I created myself awhile back and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out. Using the Papillon stamp and die set, I die-cut the butterfly and then stamped the center with one of the images from the coordinating stamp set. I then die-cut more butterflies and trimmed just the center body out of each one and attached those over the first set of butterflies. The antennae were die-cut using the Butterfly Card dies.
I stamped “Happy Birthday” on colorful strips of cardstock and attached them to the bottom portion of each tag.
Of course, this card needed a bit more color and sparkle so I added sequins to the tags. Lastly, I added white twine.
I hope you enjoyed my sweet butterfly tags. Wishing you a happy day!
Supplies used: Solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; cardstock (sweet blush, raspberry fizz, summer sunrise, orange zest, tropical teal, spring moss) from Papertrey Ink; Papillon stamp and cut bundle from The Stamp Market; Happy Day stamp set and Butterfly Card dies from Concord & 9th; ink pads (soft pink, butter bar, ultra pink, orange soda, tide pool, lime green, India black) from Hero Arts; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
March 30, 2017
Hey friends! Stephanie Gold here today with some tips on how to combine different stamp sets for an eye-catching, one layered card.
To create this card, I used three different stamp sets. In order to make it look seamless and intentional, I have three tips for you to keep in mind when integrating multiple sets.
Tip #1: Find images that look similar, if not part of the same series.
When deciding which designs to use, try to find images that look similar. For example, with this card I used Altenew’s Bold Blossom and Beautiful Day, because their flowers and leaves look related. Many times you will find stamp sets that are created in a series, and those sets can go together quite well.
Tip # 2: Use the same colors on different stamps to blend them well.
On the leaves that were from different sets, I stamped them in the exact same sequence of colors so they gave the impression that they were in fact from the same set all along. The matching colors trick your eye into thinking they are meant to be.
Tip #3: Create an overlay with images that look noticeably different, in a stand-out color.
To incorporate the outline flower images on this card, I used a dark gray ink color and layered them right on top of all of the other stamping I did. This merged the images together without making them look unnatural. Along the same lines, I added gray dots from an additional stamp set to blend into the floral arrangement and the sentiment. Overlapping creates a consistent flow to your stamping.
What helpful tips do you have when combining multiple stamp sets? Do you ever use the ones mentioned above? Thanks so very much for stopping by all! Have a wonderful week!
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Supplies: Bold Blossom and Beautiful Day stamp sets from Altenew; Brushed Blossom stamp set from Concord & 9th; ink pads (raspberry fizz, orange zest, harvest gold, smokey grey, black, limeade ice, simply chartreuse) from Papertrey Ink.
March 28, 2017
Yupo paper is a plastic paper that has been around for awhile, but is now gaining new popularity. In our spring issue, designer Deborah Nolan
highlights some fun techniques you can create with this special paper. This week for our Card Challenge Corner, try your hand at using Yupo paper and share a photo with us on our Facebook page
or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
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March 27, 2017
Good morning everyone! Kat here today to share my most recent card with you!
One of my favorite places to find inspiration is through Pinterest. I mainly pin paper-craft projects that I love, clothes that I wish were in my closet and pictures of cute animals. But I also occasionally pin images that I find inspiring, like this one:
Image from here
When I saw this photo, I knew I wanted to make a card because I felt so inspired by it. The pretty image reminded me of a new collection from Pretty Little Studio so I quickly got to work and whipped up this card:
I began by messily stitching down a vellum background to my card. Then I picked out some green, blue and gray die cuts and layered them over one another. I glued down my sentiment and added a sprinkling of sequins as my finishing touch.
Once I had my inspiration piece, the card came together fairly quickly and I’m happy with the end result.
What’s been inspiring you recently?
Supplies: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; vellum and die cuts from Pretty Little Studio; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; adhesive from Elmer’s.
March 24, 2017
Have you heard?!? CardMaker
is going to Italy and we’d love it if you came along with us! The Creating Under the Tuscan Sun Cardmaking Tour is taking place October 6-14, 2017. Besides getting to experience the beautiful sights of Tuscany, we’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy workshops with card-making expert Colleen Schaan
! Click here
to reserve your spot.
March 23, 2017
Good morning! Heather here to share a little card-making tip with you!
I love using vellum on cards—it is so light and airy, and adds such a soft and pretty effect. It can be a bit tricky to adhere without the adhesive showing though, so I thought I would share one simple way that I like to attach it. I first stamped some solid floral stamp images on my vellum and heat-embossed them in white, then fussy cut the images out. I grouped them together on my patterned paper in a position that I was happy with.
Next, I heat-embossed a sentiment in white on black cardstock, and trimmed it just a bit larger than the sentiment. I adhered foam adhesive to the entire back of this piece, then used sturdy glue to adhere my vellum to my patterned paper but only where my sentiment would be covering. This way the part that is attached is hidden behind the sentiment piece!
Once I had that attached, I added a bit of bling and sparkle with some confetti and droplets. See how pretty it is having the vellum flowers floating free, and how you get some movement and dimension? I also used my distress tool to soften the edges of the card a bit for even more texture.
Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!
Supplies: Moonstruck 6×6 paper pad from Pink Paislee; Floral Shadow and Amazing You stamp sets from Altenew; vellum, clear embossing ink pad and white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp!; 4mm and 6mm droplets and Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix from Pretty Pink Posh; Tim Holtz Distress Tool and adhesive from Ranger Industries Inc.
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