Bewitching Halloween Card Folio

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio with Gecko Galz Free Image of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Quick question…can a Halloween card be beautiful?  Because I think this Bewitching Halloween Card Folio might just be the prettiest Halloween card I’ve ever made.

This was a custom order for one of my sweet Etsy customers.  The image is Gecko Galz free digital image for September, and I think it is gorgeous.  Paired up with Graphic 45 “An Eerie Tale” papers, Amazing Paper Grace die cut layers, Little Birdie Flowers and RRR Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon, it has put a spell on me!

TIP:  Die cut a second layer of gold metallic paper, then adhere behind the patterned paper die cut so that it is slightly off set.  This creates instant depth and dimension, and really makes things pop!

TIP:  Shop estate sale jewelry for interesting pieces.  The “frame” for the owl in the left hand corner was a mismatched earring that I picked up for a song.  I adhered the owl chipboard behind the piece, securing it with a bit of chipboard backer.  Then I added Prills around the edge to add extra interest.

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

An Eerie Tale is the most beautiful Halloween collection of all time, in my opinion.  Just look at those gorgeous roses against that black background!

Tuck a  4″ x 6″ pocket folio into the shallow pocket on the card.

Then tuck some spooktacular Halloween treats into the pocket.  There’s room to write your ghostly greeting on the ephemera card.

Here’s the image, in case you want to play along in this spooktacular image challenge:

I’m entering this card in the Gecko Galz September Image Challenge.  Every month GG provides a free digital image for you to use in the challenge.  To receive it, sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own Halloween crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio with Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Papers

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday! Have you ever noticed that as summer winds down, roses seem to be at their most beautiful?  Today’s Blue Fern Studios Autumn Roses Gatefold Card pays tribute to the glorious flowers of fall.

There are a few mixed media touches on this card: custom dyed seam binding ribbon, handmade roses, and Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture lend even more richness to the elegant Bird Waltz papers.

TIP:  Stamp the Classic Roses onto patterned paper using Terra Cotta Ink. Then die cut.  The patterned paper creates instant depth and ensures that your handmade flowers will match your papers perfectly.

TIP:  Use a sponge dauber to brush additional ink on the edges of the petals for even more beauty.

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Gatefold cards provide you with lots of nooks and crannies.  Use these areas for sentiment panels, mini pockets, and to display images.

You knew there had to be a pocket somewhere in the mix, didn’t you?  I do love a good pocket!

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little decorative tea wallet, vintage silver plate demitasse spoon and a journal card from The Bird Waltz Paper Collection.

I built this pocket on the front of a flap page.  Fold the flap down to reveal a waterfall cascade and a photo mount.  Isn’t that fun?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more cards with the lovely Blue Fern Studio Bird Waltz Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to help you get your Halloween on with this Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial.  This 5″ x 7″ tag and pocket folio is such a quick and easy make that you will want to make loads of them.  And, it’s adaptable to any season or theme!  Just change out the papers and you are good to go!  How spooktacular is that?

I’m always on the lookout for pocket style cards, and went hunting on Pinterest to see what I could find.  There were loads of tutorials for a double pocket card, but they were all sized for 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases.  Since I like a nice big card base, I had to pull out my pencil and do some math-ing, which always makes my brain hurt.  But after a few false starts, I figured out how to create this version of a pocket card, which I love.

Create a belly band as the folio closure.  I generally use magnets to secure these, but this folio was just a tad bit chubby (too much candy corn???) so I had to decorate a binder clip and secure everything with that instead.

Mat the witch sticker on a die cut doily and adhere to the belly band.  Add Diamond Stickles for just the right touch of glittery goodness.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: Making the Tag Insert

You will learn how to create the pocket card base and line the pages in the video tutorial below.  Every pocket needs a tag, though, so here’s how to make this cute tag insert:

  • First, cut a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of heavy black cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 3 5/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of Twilight patterned paper.
  • Next, round the bottom corners with a 1/2″ corner rounder punch.
  • Now, shape the top corners  with a Stub Shaped corner punch.
  • Line both sides of the tag.
  • Attach ric rac with Dries Clear Adhesive, letting the ends hang over the edges of the tag.
  • Now tie the ric rack together with some baker’s twine and add buttons.
  • Mat a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the cobweb paper on a slightly larger panel of black cardstock.
  • Then mat the image and adhere.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the tag and add ribbons and flowers.

Mat a sentiment or photo panel on the back of the tag and decorate with stickers to finish.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio is so cute!  You’ll learn how to cover the pages in the tutorial.

TIP: File folder stickers make the perfect tuck spot for a treat.  Mat on a piece of black card that is slightly wider and twice as tall.  Place the sticker on the top half, score and fold.  Then adhere the back side to the folio base.  Insert a small paper clip to hold the file folder shut, then slip in the candy.

Use scraps of black card to make a little photo wallet to tuck into a pocket on the opposite page.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial:: The flip side

The cool thing about this design is that you end up having a second pocket on the back side of the folio.

This is the perfect spot to tuck in a couple more little photo wallets.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: The Youtube Video

To learn how to make this folio base, just click play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get your Halloween crafting underway.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Have a boo-tiful day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Today, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share with you.  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina.  I am so ready for the season to turn the corner into fall.  So while I’m waiting for these sultry days to wind down, I’ve been playing with my Prima Autumn Sunset paper pretties.  (You can see this entire collection in my unboxing video HERE.)

The inspiration for this 9″ x 11″ piece came from my granddaughters.  Sophie (10) and Julia (7) are fascinated by what I do.  They are always on the lookout for bits and pieces that I can add to my stash.  When a storm knocked over the Bradford Pear trees at their house, the trees had to be removed.  Sophie saved me that lovely piece of tree bark because she thought perhaps I could use it in my art.  And Julia, who  knows how much I love acorns, is always picking them up for me.  If you look in the floral cluster, you’ll see 2 cute acorns that are Julia’s contribution to this piece.

Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Preparing the Base

Here’s how this one came together, layer by layer:

  • Begin by distressing the edges of a 9″ x 11″ piece of heavy kraft cardstock.
  • Then cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the rusty check from the Autumn Sunset A4 pad.  Distress the edges and machine stitch onto the kraft panel.
  • Now, break out some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Flourish Stencil.  Add a few drops of Antique Linen Distress Re-Inker into the paste, and mix to soften the bright white color.  Apply a thick layer in the corners of the canvas.  Heat dry (gently) or leave to dry overnight.
  • Now, apply Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Layering Stencil.  I like to apply this in a thickness that is similar to mayonnaise on a Southern Style tomato sandwich.   Heat set (gently) or let air dry.  If you heat set, keep the heat gun moving.  You may get some cool little heat blisters that pop up, and I actually like that look.
Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Layer by Layer

This next part is where the fun really begins.  Cut apart the images from the Autumn Sunset 12″ x 12″ collage sheet.  Back them with dimensionals.  Use one, two or three layers on the back so that when you glue them to the base, you have varying heights.  Fussy cut the fox and other elements and do the same.  Then just kind of fit everything together in a pleasing arrangement.  It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together.

TIP: Ink all the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps the individual pieces stand out in the whole.

Because the tree bark is curved on the back side, I had to create “shims” with layers of chipboard before adhering it to the base of the canvas.  Then I tucked fall leaves, little ceramic mushrooms, flowers and other goodies in around the base to integrate it into the piece.

These Autumn Sunset Flowers are just so beautiful!

The final step was attaching the canvas to this sweet little vintage hanger that I found in my stash.  I topped the hanger with Turftan Brown Delicate Stitched Satin Bows, and Brown/Cream Plaid Ribbon from the August Ribbon Club Assortment.   Then I added some sweet vintage buttons on top of the bows, and here and there in the canvas.  You know me and my buttons!

I find that the more I work with mixed media, the more I am enjoying the process.  There is still so much to learn, but that is half the fun, isn’t it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2019 Blog Hop!  You should be coming  here from Karen’s lovely blog.   Today I’m showcasing the Spook-tacular Halloween Ribbons from the September Ribbon Club Assortment.  They go frightfully well with this Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio.

I kept the cover pretty simple, just adding a fussy cut title, some flowers and a poufy bow tied with the 3/8″ Black Stripe Grosgrain from the Ribbon Club Assortment.   Black Satin Swiss Dot Ribbon works great for the closure.

TIP: When tying a thick bow, like the black and white striped grosgrain, wrap wire around the center instead of tying a knot.  This gives the center of the ribbon less bulk, and allows you to really fluff out the loops.

Tangerine Satin Ribbon really pops on the spine.  Glue chipboard charms to the ribbon ends for extra fun.  Silver Metallic String is used to loop another charm and a vintage style clock through the bow at the top.

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio: A Peek Inside

Purple, green, orange and black is the perfect color combination for Halloween.  It also happens to work beautifully with The Magic of Oz, which is really handy.

Top a little tag with a combo of Apple Green Delicate Stitched Satin and Grape Diamond Stitched Satin.  Then tie off with a short piece of the black and white stripe grosgrain.

Tuck fussy cut ATC cards from the collection behind a belly band to create a fun, interactive element.

The center panel of this tri-fold folio is a waterfall element with a magnetic closure mechanism.

Secure a fold out folio with a Black Satin Swiss Dot belly band.  Add a little charm on silver metallic string to add visual interest.

Tuck a hidden page behind the fold out folio for extra fun.

This itty bitty book is secured with a snippet of ribbon , then tucked into a pocket.

Hidden pockets are loads of fun, especially when they are filled with a double pull out page.

Photo mounts and another little accordion folio fit in the spacious pocket.

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio: YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow of the album, I created a short YouTube Video Tour.  I hope you enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Our fabulous teamie  Linsey Rickett is next in line, so hop on over and see what ribbon magic she has created for you to enjoy. Then hop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Take a moment to answer Bonnie’s question of the month, and you’ll be entered into the drawing for your very own FREE September Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to do so.  The  holidays are fast approaching, and this could be the gift you give yourself all year long!  To find out how to subscribe, click HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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