You Are So Sweet Card

by Nadine Carlier

So Sweet - IC

I love having lots of thank you cards on hand! I wanted to create a card that was on the simple side but with a lot of interest. Not sure if I accomplished what I set out to do—but I still had a lot of fun creating this card.  Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it….

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders Dies
  • Stamps – Unity Stamp Co, The Scrapbook Diaries
  • Cardstock – White, Lime Green
  • Vellum
  • Glitter
  • Thread

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Flowers in Her Hair Card Set

by Renee Zarate

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

It’s great to have handmade cards on hand just in the case an unexpected event pops up. I created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl’s hair. Each has a unique and artsy style and I wanted to share some of the features that made them come together. First, I used Fireworks Shimmery Spray with a paint brush to color the image of the girl. Fireworks is a spray but works great as a watercolor. Next, I used On Point Glue to add the flowers and embellishments. This precision adhesive is perfect for reaching intricate spots on this card with no visible residue. Finally, I choose a matching base color to bring the design together.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 1

Gesso watercolor paper. Trim to 4 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. When dry, stamp an image on gessoed paper.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 2

Color in the image with color pencils and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Fireworks is a spray but can also be applied with a paint brush or a water pen (just unscrew the spray applicator and pour ink into a palette). Applying Fireworks with a brush offers a more controlled use of the product which creates beautiful results. Ink edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 3

Cut a piece of matching decorative paper the size of the card to 5 x 6 ¾ inches. Distress edges with Memento Paris Dusk inkpad. Let dry. Apply VersaMark and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

Step 4

Stamp phrase on panel and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Use On Point Glue to attach embellishments like small paper flowers, glass beads, and glitter. Apply Gold foil with glue stick and a stencil. Rub on with fingers.

Step 5

Cut black mat for the main panel. Cut to ¼” larger in order to create a border.

Step 6

Mount panel on black cardstock. Then mount to decorative paper. Adhere entire panel to blank card. Ink edges of the card with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. For the second card, the image was cut out of Jane Davenport paper instead of stamped. Repeat the steps above for a lovely matching set.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima Marketing – stamp, stencil
  • Paper flowers
  • Glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Gold foil
  • Glue stick
  • Craft mat
  • Heating tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Gesso
  • Cardstock – black
  • Water pen
  • Color pencils
  • Jane Davenport – patterned paper

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Love in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Embossed Celtic Knot Card

by Roni Johnson


Happy St Patrick’s Day! On this day, many are wearing green, eating corned beef and (if you are of drinking age) having a green beer! I decided to make a card featuring a Celtic knot, texture, 4-leaf clovers and a gold ribbon. It is so much fun to experiment with the supplies I had on hand which is exactly what I did to create this highly textured card. I had never heated the Creative Medium but I thought it would be worth a shot to see how it performed under high heat. As you can see from the photo it looks amazing and bubbles through the embossing powders to create a lovely hammered texture look. Perfect for Gold Embossing!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + cool-down time

Directions

Step 1

Tape black cardstock panel to work surface. Position stencil and tape in place. Use a spatula to spread Gold Creative Medium over the entire card panel.

Step 2

Carefully peel off the stencil. Wash the excess Creative Medium off immediately (very important).

Step 3

Sprinkle Verdigris and Gold Embossing Powders over the Creative Medium. Shake off excess.

Step 4

Heat the embossing powder and Creative Medium until the embossing powders melt and the Creative Medium begins to bubble up. You may continue to heat until satisfied with the texture. Set aside to cool. Do not touch until cool!  The Embossing Powder and Creative Medium will be extremely hot at this point.

Step 5

Die-cut pieces to be added to the card.

Step 6

Use Sponge Dauber to color the clover with Pear Tart, Bamboo Stalk, and Ivy Cottage Memento Ink. Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz on the leafy branches. Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.

 

Step 7

Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.  Mount bubble embossed panel on a plain black card. To finish the overall design, affix the ribbon to the card using Tear It Tape and glue on die-cuts on the embossed panel using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts
  • Cardstock – black, copper

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Mona Lisa is IrRESISTible in Green

by Renee Zarate

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Spring makes me think of greenery which is a refreshing welcome after the unrelenting brown of winter. For this project, I brought out all of my green inks, glitter, embellishments and sprays. I chose to create my own background paper to make a masterboard for continuity among several cards or ATCs. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 1

Create a master board using different types of green ink. Start by spraying New Sprout Fireworks through a stencil onto a piece of gessoed 140# watercolor paper randomly around the page. Be sure to leave lots of white space. Dry with a heat tool. Using a large Sponge Dauber, apply layers of inks using different stencils, moving the stencils around the page until the desired effect is achieved. Keep drying each ink along the way with a heat tool.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 2

When the paper is dry, use rubber stamps to add more texture to the page. Using Olympia Green VersaFine ink is lovely on top of all the shades of green.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 3

Cut the master board into 4” x 6” postcard size.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 4

Create the focal point panel. Stamp using the Mona Lisa stamp and Olympia Green VersaFine ink on white cardstock and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Mount on a piece of black cardstock and use Memento markers or a water brush containing a small amount of Green Sprout Fireworks to lightly color in her features and hair.

Step 5

Mount the green panel on a blank white card measuring 5” x 7”, and adhere the Mona panel onto the green paper. Stamp the word at the bottom of the card using Olympia Green VersaFine ink. Heat emboss. Color the flowers with Fireworks Spray. Attach the flowers. Apply small amounts of On Point Glue on the petals of the flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere sequins randomly on the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Dina Wakley, Stampers Anonymous, Stampington & Co.
  • Stencils – Stencil Girl, Prima
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gesso
  • Strong adhesive
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Water brushes

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Cutting Class

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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