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Good morning card makers! Rebecca here with a card-making tip! Shaped cards are always fun, but can be tricky to create. My tip today is a way to quickly and easily make shaped cards using a manual die-cutting machine.
First, select a shaped die in a large size. You can use a heart, circle, large flower, or any other shaped die you have. Fold a piece of cardstock in half that is larger than the die when folded. Line up the die on the cardstock with a tiny bit of the die hanging off the top of the card (where the fold is) and use washi tape to keep it in place.
The part of the die that is not touching the paper will not cut the paper. This will allow you to create a folded shaped card.
Next, cut a single piece of cardstock from the same die, this time cutting the entire shape. This piece can then be adhered over the shaped card. I like the look of the entire shape as the card front and this helps to hide the fold.
On the individual die-cut shape, stamp, watercolor or try another technique to decorate the card.
Take a look at your big dies and see if you can create some fun shaped cards!
This week, we’re challenging you to create a dimensional graduation card, using this shadowbox card by designer Christine Okken as inspiration. A simple electronic cutting file makes creating the depth on this design easy! Dimension can be achieved many ways on cards so we’re excited to see what you come up with—remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
Complete instructions for Christine’s card shown above can be found in our summer issue available here!
Good morning! Heather here to share a card inspired by a beautiful photo I saw on Pinterest! I absolutely LOVE looking for inspiration all around me for cardmaking, and Pinterest is one of my favorite sources! Here is the photo I chose to base my card on for today:
I was inspired by the lattice behind the roses, and the beautiful colors in the photo. I played with them a little creatively, because it is a card—so it doesn’t always have to look like real life, right? Who says you can’t have a green lattice and black leaves with your roses?
I used a stencil to create my soft lattice, then some layering stamps for the roses. The leaves were cut with a die from black cardstock, and the sentiment was pieced from two different stamp sets by two different manufacturers. Once I had the arrangement of the roses and leaves planned out, I used Press and Seal to pick them up and apply adhesive to the back before replacing over my stenciled piece. A few black ink splatters, a little distress inking around the edges, and a few sparkly sequins finish off this card! Here is a closer look:
Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!
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.
Yay for Fridays and yay for birthday celebration blog hops! We are especially excited today to be helping Reverse Confetti celebrate their 4th birthday!! This is the first day of their Countdown to Confetti where they’ll be sharing sneak peeks of new releases. We’re the last stop on the hop, so if you’re just getting started, make sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the awesome projects along the way!
When I opened the package from Reverse Confetti and saw these sweet pandas peeking out at me, I couldn’t wait to get playing with them! They are adorable and the coordinating die set makes it easy to create a little dimensional scene. So cute!
A big thank you to Reverse Confetti for supplying product to all of the designers and a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us at CardMaker!
Hello everyone, this is Gaby from Gab with Gaby Stamps and I am so happy to be posting on the CardMaker blog today! I will be walking you through how to make this adorable pop-up card using a stamp set from my line of stamps.
To get started, here’s a list of supplies that you’ll need:
To begin, cut two 5 7/8 x 4 1/4-inch rectangles from white cardstock. With long side horizontal, score vertical lines at 3/8 inch and 2 5/8 inches; rotate piece clockwise 90 degrees and score at 2 1/4 inches.
To create card flaps, cut along vertical score lines stopping at 2 1/4-inch score line.
Cut off corner to create a tab. Note: If desired, cut top of tab at an angle as seen in photos below. Use scissors or corner-rounder punch to round corners of flaps. Fold along score lines; use a bone folder to burnish folds.
Attach a length of double-sided tape to each tab. Adhere both pieces together to create box.
Cut three 4 x 1 1/8-inch rectangles from heavyweight cardstock; with long side horizontal, score vertical line on each end at 3/8 inch.
Apply double-sided tape to ends of small rectangles; adhere to inside of box.
Stamp images on white cardstock and color as desired. Cut out images and begin arranging them to rectangles adhered inside box. These pieces will then pop-up when card is opened.
To decorate box flaps, cut pieces of colored paper to fit; round corners as needed.
I stamped “Crafting is my JAM!” on the front of the card to finish it and then sent it to a crafty friend! I hope you liked this tutorial and that you try making your own pop-up cards.
This card will fit in a regular A2-size envelope and will go through the mail when folded flat.
Try using different patterned papers for more looks and even strips of acetate to give your images different heights. Until next time, happy crafting!
Hello CardMaker friends, Katie Gehring here today to share one of my very favorite techniques—emboss resist. This simple technique has been around forever and yields beautiful effects. I used the emboss resist technique to create a watercolored rainbow marble card. A list of the supplies that I used is at the end of this post.
First I inked up a background stamp with watermark ink and stamped it on a panel of Distress Watercolor cardstock.
I sprinkled the stamped image with white embossing powder and heat-set it using an embossing heat tool. The embossed image resists most color mediums applied over top and it provides a sort of “guard rail” to ensure that color doesn’t bleed too much outside the image.
I applied a watercolor wash using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. To do this, I scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block, mixed it with water and used a water brush to bring the color to the embossed image. I started with red, followed by yellow, a touch of green and finally blue. The red and yellow watercolors blended together to create a soft orange.
After allowing some time for the panel to dry, I adhered it to a white notecard. With the pretty rainbow background, I didn’t want to cover it too much with a fancy sentiment treatment, so I opted for a simple “hello” die cut. A few clear droplets add a finishing touch.
Well, that’s all for me today, but I hope this card inspires you to dust off an old technique and give it a whirl.
Complete instructions in our summer issue available here!
Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and we can’t express our appreciation for them enough. This week, create a card for a mom that’s made a difference in your life whether it’s your own mom, a daughter, an aunt, a sister or a friend. Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
Hi everyone! I am very happy to be with you today hosting a CardMaker blog post. I want to take you through a product review of some fun new products I have recently been exposed to and a tutorial of one of the cards that I made using these products. In addition, I would like to invite you to a very special blog hop happening today and also give you the opportunity to win a PRIZE from me to you!
Using foil has become very popular in card making. Foil is adding a new element of professionalism to your cards with brilliant shimmer and shine. Gina K. Designs recently collaborated with Therm O Web to launch a line of foil-related products that are a complete one-stop shop from start to finish in creating beautiful foil cards. These are very simple and easy to use and the technique takes a short amount of time. This is great if you need to mass produce cards or invitations. This line of products is called Foil-Mates.
These products are available in a number of your local craft stores and online including the Gina K. Designs Store, Therm O Web, Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp and other of your favorites. The Foil-Mates products come in fun categories such as backgrounds, sentiments and invitations. By combining different backgrounds with various sentiments and invitations you are able to create a wide variety of very unique greetings/invitations that shine!
To make all of the magic happen, you need high-quality foil. Gina and Therm O Web have also released Fancy Foils. These are beautiful colors that fall into the Gina K. Designs color family including red velvet, sweet mango, turquoise sea and many more. They are beautiful, bright and vibrant colors that pop and make the card greeting and message really stand out.
Also available in this new line are some high-quality wafer-thin dies. These are brilliant because they are strong, yet delicate enough to not leave unwanted impressions on the cardstock after running through a die-cutting machine. They come in single and double-stitch in round, oval, square and rectangle. In addition, these die sets also come with cute little die-cut embellishments to add that fun little finish to your project.
Finally, as with giving any gift, it would not be the same without a bow. What do we make a bow with—ribbon! I love ribbon! Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web have two roles of Fancy Ribbon that come in 10 yards each. One is white and gold and the other is black and gold. These are the perfect touch and coordinate very well with all of the foils in the line of products.
Now, it’s time for more fun!
Below there are two video presentations. The first video is of me taking you through a product review of the new line of products. The second video is a tutorial using products in this line to create a card.
Join me and the team with Gina K. Designs for a special blog hop featuring all of the sets from the Foil-Mates line. At the end of the hop on Wednesday, one lucky commenter will win a $50 Gina K. Designs gift certificate!
WIN A PRIZE FROM ME!
Go to my YouTube Channel and leave a comment on the Foil Card video here and one random commenter will be chosen to win a gift pack of Foil-Mates products!