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Thank you for stopping by. I am pleased to be showing you a quick tutorial with a stamp set from one of my favorite stamping companies and one that I will be using a lot! My natural tendency when making cards is clean and simple. Hero Arts products are a gold mine when it comes to providing the best products for this style! That’s why they have quickly become a “must have” in my collection!
For today’s card, I wanted to focus on the many beautiful colors all around us. It is fall so you know what that means—autumn/fall cards. Let’s look at this wonderful card that I made using the Color Layering Autumn Trees stamp set from Hero Arts. This set is so much fun because it is so versatile!
1. Form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card from darkest color of cardstock in Sunshine Mix.
2. Attach tree trunk stamp to stamping block. Apply cocoa ink to stamp and stamp image onto white cardstock.
3. There are three different stamps with different variations of leaves. One has a large amount of leaves, one has a moderate amount and the last has the least amount of leaves. For this step, use the stamp with largest amount of leaves. Attach stamp to stamping block. Apply ombré ink to stamp either vertically or horizontally based on the three ink pad strips contained in the ink pad. Stamp image onto cardstock as shown.
4. For this step, use stamp with moderate amount of leaves. Attach stamp to stamping block. Apply red royal ink to stamp. Stamp image on cardstock on top of first stamped leaves image to create a second dimension of colored leaves.
5. For this step, use stamp with least amount of leaves. Attach stamp to stamping block. Apply just rust and tangerine ink to stamp. Stamp image on cardstock on top of stamped leaves image to create a third dimension of colored leaves.
6. Attach “Autumn Blessings” stamp onto a stamping block. Apply red royal ink to stamp. Cut a small strip of cardstock slightly larger in width than cardstock used for focal image and approximately 1/2 inch in height. Stamp sentiment to center of small strip of cardstock.
7. Cut a piece of cardstock that is a shade lighter than base. This layer can be as wide as you like on all sides as long as it makes a proportionate layer and displays the color of the cardstock. Adhere focal image to colored layered cardstock. I am using the new Glue Dots adhesive tape runner. Adhere sentiment strip to bottom of focal image cardstock.
8. Using iCraft 3D Foam Squares by Therm O Web, adhere layered cardstock to card base.
Now you are done! Thank you for stopping by today! Don’t forget to stop by Hero Arts, Glue Dots and Therm O Web for these awesome products! Have an amazing day!
What a fun pleasure it is to be a guest designer for CardMaker magazine! I’m so grateful to be invited and I am just as excited to share this fun little card with you!
My “Raise the Roof Card” on the right uses all supplies from Stampin’ Up!
My “Raise the Roof Card” on the left uses all supplies from ADORNit.
Just think of all the fun little images that can explode “through the roof” of these sweet little house cards! Christmas cards can have little starts coming from the folded roof. Valentine cards can have hearts popping up as the roof is lifted from the inside of the card. The possibilities are endless!
I bet you would like to create your very own “Raise the Roof Card,” wouldn’t you?! That is why I have a video ready and waiting just for you on my Always Stampin’ Video YouTube channel. Note: If you’re viewing this in email format, click here to view video.
Thank you, CardMaker for such a fun opportunity to share creativity with some really amazing folks!
Hello, friends! Savannah O’Gwynn here today, and I’m sharing how I create a quick and easy card in 10 minutes or less.
Quick and easy cards are a challenge for me. I accepted this challenge though and I successfully created a card in less than 10 minutes! HOORAY!
I’ve created a process video (with a timer) so you can see everything I did to create this super fun card! Note:I did add a bit of twine and a bow after recording but it only took 30 seconds. So, I still made it under the 10-minute mark!
Note: Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! If you’re viewing this in email format, click here to view video.
Since I had some extra supplies on my desktop, I created another card with a bit more detail. This card only took 16 minutes!
If you are a bit nervous to try to create a card in less than 10 minutes, here are a few tips that I share in my video:
Pull out your 12 x 12-inch paper pads. They have coordinating papers, journaling cards, boxes, and tags making it easy to layer and embellish.
Be sure to have a design in mind before you start!
Pull out all of your supplies so you are ready to create and you won’t have to waste time trying to find what you need.
It might be a quick and easy card, but don’t forget to add YOU in your design! Your style is important so don’t change it just to make a quick card!
I hope that are inspired by my 10-minute (and 10-ish/16-minute) quick and easy set of cards today! Remember to look at your 12 x 12-inch paper pads for coordinating tags, boxes, journaling cards, and patterned papers to use on your next creation!
Hi everyone! Diana here with a technique that uses dies to create a gorgeous embossed background.
For this technique I used the following:
5 x 3 3/4-inch piece of white cardstock
Foam blending tool
Silicone rubber embossing mat
Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine, Multipurpose Platform (opened to Tab 1) and 2 cutting plates
Begin by stacking your sandwich in this order from bottom to top: Multipurpose Platform (opened to Tab 1), cutting plate, silicone rubber mat, cardstock, dies, cutting plate. Run it through the die-cutting machine and the impression of the dies will be embossed into the cardstock.
I did this process twice so that the embossing would cover my entire piece of cardstock.
You could stop at this point and have a beautifully embossed background but I wanted to bring out the embossing even more, so I decided to add some ink.
I applied purple and blue ink to the embossed cardstock with a foam blending tool. In this sample, I applied the ink to the side of the cardstock that had the raised impression of the snowflakes. The ink is darkest on the raised outlines of the snowflakes.
In this sample, I applied ink to the other side of the cardstock with the depressed snowflake image. The ink stays on the surface, leaving the outline of the snowflake white.
I couldn?t decide which look I liked best so I made a card out of each of them.
I mounted the backgrounds on purple cardstock and attached each of them to an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) card base. Then I inked the sentiment stamp using both colors of distress ink, stamped it on white cardstock and cut it out with a stitched square die. I attached the sentiment to the background with foam adhesive for more dimension. To finish it off, I added snowflake embellishments which I cut from white glitter cardstock with the same dies I used to create the background.
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Hi everyone! It?s Pamela happy to be back today as a guest blogger. Those of you who know my work, knowÂ I love finding new ways to use punches, dies, stamps, etc. Today, I want to show you how I turned a few of my punches into multitaskers!
I?ll begin with my Snow Lady. First, I punched two different sized circles. Note here how I adhered them to my card with the gold-foil waves of the top circle going in a different direction than those of the body. I also offset my Snow Lady?s head circle slightly to make her appear more lifelike.
With a 1/4-inch circle punch, I punched four circles. I used three as buttons and finished them off with gold pearls. I trimmed off about 1/3 of the remaining circle and used that circle for her mouth. No bits of coal for this lovely lady.
I punched seven small hearts for her eyes and hair bow. I used a square punch to create her arms. See? Who knew squares could make arms!?!
Notice also the gold foil strips to the left of my Snow-Lady. Those came from the trimmings left when I trimmed my gold foil panel to the right size.
Next, I have a fun Jack and Jill-o’-Lanterns card that I created with heart punches.
First, I gathered some orange, green, gold and black scraps.
I scored then folded some of the scrap pieces in half and used my large heart punch on the fold as shown. A fold is necessary in order to punch the eyes and mouth.
With the heart still folded, I used a small heart punch to create the face. You can create a scary?or a friendly?Jack-o’-Lantern. The important thing to notice here is the slant you use when punching the eyes. When punching the mouth, I let the punch go just slightly beyond the center of the heart punch.
I backed the scary pumpkin with black and the friendly one with gold. I freehanded the stems from green cardstock and used some of the leftover hearts for a hair bow.
Tip: You could cut off the bottom point of the large hearts if you want a more traditional look to your jack-o-lantern.
I hope I?ve inspired you to take another look at your punches. I would love to see what you find hiding in them.
Have you had a chance to try out Terial Magic from Terial Arts? This liquid fabric stabilizer is a product that every crafter needs in their toolbox. It turns fabric into a paper like material giving you endless possibilities! Today, the CardMaker designers will be sharing some creative ideas on how they’ve used this handy product. We hope that you’re inspired!
SAVfact: I am a neat freak and organizing machine! I love to organize my papers and supplies! Everything has to have a place in a cabinet, on a shelf, etc. I also love to reorganize supplies when my stash gets bigger or the packaging changes.
I store my sequins in the original zipper packages that they come in from online stores, which then go inside a plastic tub. I also store sequins bought from the same online store in a smaller tub (shown in the photo above with a red lid) inside the larger plastic tub. When I buy sequins from WalMart or The Dollar Tree, the packaging is a bit different.
I recently bought three different sequin color hues from The Dollar Tree. These sequin packages required me to reorganize my sequin stash or come up with a better way to store them because the original packaging just wouldn?t work.
I popped over to the medical supply section at the store and found a 7-day pill container. It?s perfect because each ?day? or colored container can hold a different sequin color/hue from the package. Plus, they stack on top of each other so I can keep the original colors together.
TIP: When I remove items from their original packaging, I like to keep the label/name of the product with the new storage location. For this sequin package, I cut the top of the sequins label and taped it to the top of my pill container. PERFECT! Now I know the company and details of the sequins in case I need to give that out for publications/blog posts/or need to buy more.
There is actually one more thing I do before finishing organizing these sequins. I label each section (colored container/day) with the color of sequins that are in it. However, I cannot find my label maker at the moment! LOL! Labels make it even easier to see and grab the sequin color that I need for projects.
There are seven colored containers for pills but only six sequin colors per package. I save the seventh container for another storage solution! For example, I could put baby powder in it and place it in my desk drawer so I can quickly add powder to the back of my stickers as shown in one of my previous posts here.
I hope this storage tip helped you with organizing and storing your sequins stash! Maybe you will stop by the medical supply department of a store near you to grab some pill containers! These containers could also be used to store small alphas, gems, brads, enamel dots (without adhesive) and buttons!
Hi everyone! Jen Shults here to share my little creative space with you. My creative space resides in a corner of our freshly finished basement! I?m so happy we were able to finish the basement before this post came up. Otherwise, you would have seen my previous creative space which was in the corner of our unfinished basement/storage room. ?
My work desk is a Linnmon/Alex desk from IKEA with the 5-drawer Alex unit on the left and the 4-drawer Alex file cabinet unit on the right. I have a variety of little storage boxes on top of my desk as well as my Vagabond. The little storage boxes store current releases of stamps and dies as well as my most-used neutral colors of cardstock. I generally keep a craft mat on the middle of my desk so the surface doesn?t get messed up?I?m messy!
My cardstock is stored in the file drawer of the right Alex unit labeled by color. This works best for me as it allows me to keep all of my scraps and full sheets together. The smaller drawers hold inks, embossing powders and miscellaneous tools for card making.
The dresser behind my desk is also from IKEA and it holds most of my stamp sets sorted by company then them into clear plastic bins. The bottom drawer of the dresser holds extra cardstock packages and dies that don?t fit into my die tray.
Next to the dresser is a tub storage shelf (also IKEA) that holds more ink, watercolors, ink refills, glitter and on top my die storage tray. These are organized into plastic DVD sleeves by type.
This small metal shelf is the last little bit of my craft space and it holds 6×6 patterned paper packs, embossing folders, planner stamps, and a few other odds and ends.
This small space is very functional for me as it holds me accountable for purging supplies frequently which REALLY helps my crafting process. I tend to get overwhelmed by having too many supplies and this set-up keeps what I use most right at hand and doesn?t allow me to stockpile too many extras.
1. Referring to projectÂ photo above for ink colors, stamp the following onto white cardstock: two squirrels, two mistletoe sprigs, five trees, candy cane, star and package trio. Color and die-cut images.
2. Trim trunk from one tree; adhere star and gift trio to tree. Adhere candy cane to squirrel. Set elements aside. Option: Doodle patterns on gifts with pen before coloring.
3. Die-cut Fancy Box from patterned paper; assemble.
4. Cut a 3 7/8 x 2 5/8-inch piece of white cardstock to construct platform. Score 1/4 inch in on each side; trim corners as shown. Punch one hole in back lip and two holes in front lip. Fold along score lines.
5. Cut the following from teal cardstock: one 3 1/2 x 3/4-inch panel and two 3 1/2 x 2 1/8-inch panels. Adhere smaller panel inside box to rear wall; adhere larger panels to top of platform and reverse side of box lid.
6. Cut a 3 3/8 x 2-inch panel from white cardstock. Use ink applicator to apply blue ink to panel; adhere to reverse side of box lid.
7. Die-cut clouds from white and yellow cardstock. Cut one rounded section from yellow to create a sun. Referring to photo, trim pieces and adhere to reverse side of box lid.
8. Cut a 31/4 x 4-inch base and a 3 3/8 x 2-inch backdrop from white cardstock. Die-cut hills from top edges. Use pencil to mark fold line on base 2 inches from bottom edge.
9. Use 1/4 x 1-inch pop-up die to create three pop-ups on base. To do this, align die?s side arrows with fold line; secure with removable tape and die-cut. Repeat on either side of center pop-up.
10. Score fold line. Score at end of each die-cut line to aid in folding of pop-ups.
11. Close along fold line while coaxing pop-ups to bend away from fold. Burnish fold with bone folder.
12. Cut a piece of matching paper and adhere behind pop-up opening. Adhere base to platform.
13.Â Trim and adhere trees to base.
14.Â Attach foam squares to back of trees and backdrop. Do not remove liners.
15.Â Punch a 1/16-inch hole through base 1/8 inch above center pop-up; repeat to punch a hole through center of backdrop 1/8 inch above bottom edge.
16.Â Knot end of a 12-inch length of floss. Insert through hole in base, from front to back, and then through hole in backdrop. Align holes and pull base and backdrop flush.
17.Â Wrap floss around bottom edge of backdrop and guide floss through single hole on platform and then through center holes on front of platform creating a loop. Secure loop on bottom of platform with tape.Â The loop allows the recipient to lift up the platform to reveal a gift card.
18.Â Cut a 4 1/2 x 1-inch piece of white cardstock. Stamp sentiment with red ink. Score each end at 1/8 and 1/2Â inch.Â Fold along score lines and slide over platform.
19.Â Insert platform into box. Remove liners from backdrop?s foam squares. Align bottom edge with lid liner; adhere.
20.Â Adhere die-cut elements to pop-ups.
21.Â For box lid, stamp sentiment on tag with red ink and adhere. Embellish with mistletoe sprigs, twine bow, knotted ribbon and pearls.