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Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations March 2019 Alumni Hop!  Today I have a Burst of Spring Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  Pansies are one of my very favorite flowers.   I find their lovely perfume combined with the velvety leaves and sweet “faces” completely irresistible!

This is a 5 1/2″ square Twisted Easel Card made with the Burst of Spring Cheery Pansies, Lush Lilac and Leafy Accent Stamps and Dies.  I’ll provide a linked supply list at the end of the post.

Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Easel cards have to be one of my favorite fancy folds.  I love the fact that they can stand upright for display, but fold flat for storage.  The design looks complicated, but it’s really as easy as pie!

  • First,  cut a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Lavender Fields Prestige Cardstock. Score it on the long side at 5 1/2″.  Fold to create a 5 1/2″ square card base.
  • Now, line the top left and the bottom right corners of the card front up on your scoring tool.  This will form a diagonal line.  It’s important that the corners be placed precisely.
  • Next, score a diagonal line from point to point.  Fold to form 2 triangular halves and burnish with a bone folder.
  • Complete the card card front (directions below).  Place adhesive on just the bottom triangle.  Then adhere the card front over the adhesive so that it is right side up when the easel is opened.

NOTE: I double matted my card with Grape Jelly cardstock.  Cut the 5 3/8″ square mat from corner to corner before you adhere it to the card base.

Teacup Pansies

To make the teacup pansies focal image, follow these simple steps.

  • First, trim a 6″ x 6″ card front image from the Burst of Spring paper collection to measure 5 1/4″ square.
  • Next, stamp two Burst of Spring Teacups onto the soft patterned lilac paper from the Burst of Springtime Paper Collection.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Now, die cut the teacups using the matching Burst of Spring Die.
  • Shade in the teacup and the background with the coloring medium of your choice.
  • Then place dots of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the filler flowers on one teacup.
  • Next, sprinkle Citrus Crush Flower Soft over the glued areas.  Tap off excess and place back in the jar.
  • Once the adhesive has dried, use foam tabs to adhere the colored and Flower Soft image over the stamped image.
  • Now fill the teacup with pansies, lilacs and leaves.  Place foam adhesive on the back of the image and adhere in the center of the card front.
Creating the Flowers

I had some leftover lilac blooms from another project, so that part was easy.  You can find a tutorial for making those HERE.

The Burst of Spring Paper Collection has two pages of pre-colored pansies and leaves that are ready to use.  No stamping or coloring required!

  • Die cut the Cheery Pansies from the paper collection with the Cheery Pansy Dies.
  • Place the pansy layers face down in the 3D Pansy Shaping Mold.  You can add up to 3 layers of pansy petals and leaves in the mold at a time.  Just be sure to mist each layer very lightly with water.
  • Once the pansy layers are all in place, follow your die cutting machine’s directions and run them through.
  • Turn the pansies out onto your work surface.  Use the Flower Shaping Tool Kit to quickly round the pansies edges.  Then press into the center of each pansy layer to lift the petals.
  • Adhere the two-petal layer over the 3 petal layer and press into the center with a stylus.
  • Sponge the edges of each flower with ColorBox Plumeria Chalk Ink, if desired.
  • Place a small amount of Dries Clear Adhesive on your craft mat or in a small dish.  Dip a makeup sponge into the adhesive, then tap the adhesive randomly over the flower surface.
  • Open Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear Glitter and dip the (still wet) leaves in to cover with glitter.
  • Fill the center of each pansy with a circle of adhesive, then sprinkle with Citrus Burst Flower Soft.  Set aside to dry.
  • Repeat this process with the leaves.  Use Archival Leaf Green Ink to sponge the edges.
Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial: Finishing Touches

Finish off your card with this cute circle tag (cut with the matching Ornamental Tags Die), a Purple Gingham Bow and a trio of buttons.  This photo shows what the card looks like when the easel is closed.

Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I wanted you to see the inside of this card, so that you would know where to place the pansies.  Yes, they go on the INSIDE of the card base.  This way, they act as a stopper for the easel.

  • First, mat the inside of the card with  more of the  Grape Jelly cardstock, just as you did for the front of the card.
  • Next, trim the 6″ x 6″ “thinking of you” card front to measure 5 1/4″.  Adhere inside the card base.
  • Trim another 5 1/4″ panel of designer paper from the collection.  Cut from corner to corner and adhere to the top half of the page.
  • Die cut one of the fancy tags from the Burst of Spring paper collection with the matching Album Tags and Accents Dies.  From white cardstock, die cut the eyelet frame for the tag.  Adhere these together along the left hand side of the card, as seen in the photo.
  • Now create a die cut pocket using the Lacy Diamond Die and white cardstock.  Carefully place adhesive just along the outside edges of the bottom half of the triangle.  Adhere on the top of the card interior, as seen in the photo.  Insert a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate or other small treat.
  • Die cut the “Hugs” tab using the Ticket and Tags die.  Place adhesive just on the right hand side, and place as seen in the photo.

You have room to write a personal greeting at the top of the card.

On With the Hop!

This hop runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, April 1st.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a lovely comment.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card. A winner will be announced on this blog, the Heartfelt Creations Blog/Facebook page on Wednesday, April 3rd.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

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I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial Supply List

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Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Easel cards have to be my very favorite fancy fold design.  Today’s Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial will show you how to take this always fabulous card design to new heights.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ooh la la!  Don’t you just love the shabby chic vintage vibe of this Authentique Glamour paper collection?   This little 5″ square card is loaded with fun, interactive features.  I had such fun making it, that I decided right on the spot to make a second one to share in a tutorial.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

TIP: Score a 1/2″ spine into your card base design.  This way, the card will fold neatly over the dimensional brake for the easel mechanism.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: Add a Front Pocket

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

You all know how much I  love my pockets.  So why not create a shaped pocket on the front of this card, then tuck in a little art tag?

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 4

Cover a G45 Ivory Square Tag quickly and easily by using the Square Tag and Clock Die to cut the liner.  I’ve actually used 3 separate dies here.  In addition to the Square Tag Die, I created a peek a boo layer with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Die.  The pretty laurel wreath die is a favorite from Spellbinders.   Light Blue Sheer Organza Ribbon with a Satin Center is topped with Silver Metallic String and a cameo button from my stash.  And Little Birdie Flowers (from AC Moore Crafts) add the perfect finishing touch.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The back side of the tag is decorated, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The stopper for this card doubles as an interior pocket.  You will learn how to add this feature in the video tutorial as well.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

An Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve and Tags Die made quick work of creating this little pocket insert.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Learn how to create this feature in the video tutorial, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So, are you ready to get your craft on?  Just hit the play button, sit back, and enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial using the Glamour collection from Authentique Paper.  We’ve barely scratched the surface of this marvelous collection.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List for Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

 

 

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I love Graphic 45’s masculine collections, don’t you?  Today’s A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card features ribbons from the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  There are so many ribbons in this club assortment that are perfect for masculine cards!

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

My husband has used the same CPA for our family business for over 30 years.  When Tom decided to retire this year, I wanted to make him a card to thank him for all the wise counsel and financial advice he’s given us over the years.  So I made this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ gatefold card folio with Tom’s retirement in mind.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

The ribbon closure is Charcoal Checkerboard Satin.  Soft, supple and easy to tie, I’m a big fan of this style of satin ribbon!

TIP:  To create a ribbon closure, place 1/2″ Scor-tape on the back of your card.  Measure your ribbon length by wrapping it around the card BEFORE you attach it to the Scor-Tape.  This way you can place the bow exactly where you want it to be.  When you’re happy with the placement, then peel off the tape liner and secure the ribbon to the back side of the card.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

TIP: Mat your focal image on a double layer of foam adhesive or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.   Add a die cut word to the ribbon panel for a fun surprise when the ribbon is untied.

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02

To make the base for this gatefold card, score an 11″ x 6 1/4″ panel of grey cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 8 1/2″.  The panel for the focal image on the front is 4″ x 4″  I fussy cut a bunch of clocks and layered them on the first 4 1/4″ panel along with a strip of Red Satin Mini Swiss Dots Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  This adds a lovely pop of color, and complements the red hues in the paper.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I always add designer paper to one half of the focal panel of a gatefold card.  That way, when the card is opened, everything looks beautifully finished.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Since Tom is a CPA, I thought the New York Stock Exchange paper would give him a chuckle. The center panel has a little note card tucked into a pocket.  This is where we will add a personal note to thank Tom for his many years of outstanding service to our family.

I’m thinking I’ll have lots of fun making masculine cards with this month’s Ribbon Club…and feminine cards, too!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Beachy Thank You Shaker Card

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you  know how very much I love the beach.  Two days after Valentine’s Day, Dale and I ran away to the shore to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary.  One of Dale’s customers owns a lovely oceanfront condo in Myrtle Beach and gave us great off season rates for a weekend rental.  Can you say heaven on earth?  To thank them for their kindness, I created this Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Card.  The color palette of this paper collection matches their decor so perfectly that I (almost) could not wait to get home and make it for them.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement kathybydesign.com Photo 01

My favorite fancy fold card design has to be the easel card.  The fact that they stand upright allows them to double as home decor.  .

TIP: Score a 1/2″ spine when creating the card base to allow the card cover to fold neatly over the floral elements.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement kathybydesign.com Photo 02

Once again, I’ve used a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame as the box for my shaker element. (Learn how to create this shaker frame element HERE.)

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement kathybydesign.com Photo 03

TIP: Mat the 3″ wide “stopper” for the easel with waste chipboard.  This will elevate it just enough to act as a brake when the easel card is opened for display.   You can also mat the Sea Maiden oval Cardstock Component sentiment on waste chipboard to further elevate the stopper.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card: Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement kathybydesign.com Photo 04

 

It’s a snap to create this realistic looking seahorse and starfish.  Here’s how:

  • First, die cut a chipboard seahorse and starfish using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sand & Sea Die.
  • Next, die cut a second seahorse from the pretty blue mosaic tile paper.  Adhere to the chipboard seahorse.
  • Now, Ink the edges with brown Distress Ink.
  • Then cover the entire shape with an even layer of Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now place the chipboard in a funnel tray or over a clean piece of printer paper.  Sprinkle on a generous coating of Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Allure Powder.  Remove from the funnel tray, gently tap off the excess and heat emboss. When finished, pour the extra powder back into the jar.
Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card: Dirty Sand

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement kathybydesign.com Photo 05

TIP: Prevent burned fingertips by holding the chipboard between tweezers.

  • Let the seahorse cool while you work on the starfish.  Begin by sponging Ground Espresso Distress Ink all over the surface of the chipboard starfish.
  • Next, cover it with Versamark Embossing ink and heat emboss with Fractured Ice, as you did the seahorse.  The brown ink will come through the embossed layer, which looks really cool.  Set this aside and go back to the seahorse.
  • Randomly tap the cooled seahorse with Versamark.  Sprinkle on Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  If you get too much, brush some away with your finger.  Heat emboss as before.  Do a happy dance at the wonderful texture you’ve just created!
  • Repeat this step with the starfish, but add more Baked Sand for realistic texture.

I’ll add a linked supply list below for your convenience.

I hope this Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card post has given you some tips, tricks and inspiration for your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card Supply List

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01https://wp.me/p34lmI-4pd

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

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