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Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card

Hello G45’ers!  Sympathy cards.  The hardest cards to make, but perhaps the most important and meaningful ones, too.  Having been the recipient of such kind condolences, I know how meaningful and special they are.  So when I have to make one, I put a lot of thought and heart into the design.  This Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card uses images and colors from Nature to convey a feeling of comfort, hope and peace.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a kraft cardstock base.  I’ve added a burlap panel in with the layers to reflect the natural feel of these papers.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card: Square Tag and Clocks Die

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

I’m finding that the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock Dies are on my work table more often than not.  I’ve always loved adding a circular element to my designs, and this lacy doily and vintage clock face make a beautiful focal on a card or tag.

TIP: Die cut the clock dies twice, once from metallic gold paper, and then a second time using patterned paper from the collection.  Add dimensionals between the layers to really make things pop.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card: Butterflies

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

Butterflies speak of new life and rebirth, so they are a wonderful symbol to use on a sympathy card.  Here’s how I gave these Botanicabella Butterflies dimension.

  • First, fussy cut a pile of butterflies from the collection.  Ink the cut edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, glue just the bodies of two butterflies together.
  • Then, gently lift the wings of the top butterfly.  Place tiny foam tabs between the wings to keep them open.
  • Finally, lightly mist with a gold mica spray, then arrange around the clock face and adhere.
Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card: Finishing Details

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

Layer the clock assembly over a Staples Black Laser Cut Banner Tag that has been covered with designer paper.  Orient the tag on the card so that the pretty shaped edge faces the opening.  This gives you a perfect spot to add your flowers, a small chipboard tag, and a snippet of ribbon.  Chipboard tags and stickers like the corner elements I used come with the Deluxe Collector’s Editions.

To add extra detail to the tag, I die cut the delicate flourish from the Square Tag and Clock Dies and then adhered them in the corners.  Staples Stamped Brads add just that extra touch of elegance to the design.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Before I added my black satin bow cluster, I spattered the entire card with diluted walnut ink.  I use a long handled paintbrush with a round end for this task.  I hold the end of the brush with one hand, and tap the brush end with my other hand while moving over the paper surface. It takes a little practice, so try this technique out on magazine pages until you’re comfortable with it.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

I added a stamped sentiment panel to the card interior, along with a little note card.

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card Botanicabella by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07The note card is blank so that I have room to write a short note of condolence.

60 Second YouTube Video Tutorial

If you’d like to see how this card came together, I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.

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

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Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card

Botanicabella Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it really August already?  Well, my calendar says that it is, so it’s time to ease on into fall with the regal ribbons in the RRR Colors of Autumn Ribbon Assortment.  I got a little bit excited when I realized how well this month’s ribbon club works with Graphic 45’s Botanicabella collection.  Take a look at this Make A Wish Masculine Birthday Card.

Make a Wish Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 9This Rust Shell Print Satin ribbon looks striking when layered over the Rust Diamond Satin Ribbon. The print makes me think of fish scales, so it really works with the card theme.  It’s such a quick, easy way to add a border to a card. Try using Scor-Tape to secure your ribbon border…it’s fast and it holds!

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 8Creating a double layer bow with the Zutter Bow it All is quick and easy.  I topped this one with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a folded over scrap of the shell print ribbon.  The leather button adds a strong masculine feel to the bow cluster, while the burlap picks up on the burlap layer in the card.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 1These mica chips make me think of the sea, and I love the backdrop they provide for my greeting.  You can also see in this photo, that I fussy cut a second image of the fish, rounded it out a little with a ball stylus and then layered it over the fish in the main image.  this allowed me to slip my starfish over and under, which adds a nice dimensional touch.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 2Chipboard was glued to the back of this seahorse image.  I spritzed and twisted natural burlap string as well as the metal charm to add another layer of texture to the composition. I spattered everything with Tattered Angels Just Brown Glimmer Mist.

A Look Inside this Masculine Make a Wish Birthday Card

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 5I kept the inside of the card fairly simple with a seahorse medallion on the right,  and a stamped greeting on the left.  I did run a border of the seashell pattern rust satin at the top of my greeting to frame it, and I like the way it turned out.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 3The final element for the card is this teeny tiny envelope that I made with Spellbinder’s Tammy Tutterow die.  It’s a great place to tuck in a cash gift, which is exactly what I plan to do!

Y’all have shared with me that you find masculine cards to be a challenge, so I thought I would share a layout that could be adapted for any theme.  The main thing to remember is to use bold prints, masculine images and simple bow treatments like the one on this Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card.  Keep those things in mind, and you’ll have a winner on your hands every time!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card

Botanical Sympathy Card with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Botanicabella

Hello, Friends!  I’m so happy to be sharing another project with you as a guest designer.  While I don’t have a tutorial, I do have some great tips for working with chipboard titles and laser cut doilies.

 

This 5″ x 7″ sympathy card is made with Graphic 45’s Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  I kept fussing with all the layers, but the card just wasn’t coming together for me. I liked all the elements, but the composition just wasn’t working.   Then I remembered that I had a package of Words & Phrases I in my chippie stash.

Adding this elegant chipboard title was the key to making this composition work.  I painted the chipboard with Black Soot Distress ink, and sprinkled it with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel while the paint was still wet.  In no time flat the chipboard was transformed into a thing of beauty.

 

I think it looks like metal, and I love the dimension that embossing with enamel lends to chipboard.  I backed the title with paper from the collection, then trimmed away the excess.    Magic!  I also cut a gorgeous GSL laser cut doily in half and tucked it behind my fussy cut bird.  This helped the image stand out from the background.  These are not currently in the shop, but Gina assures me that more are on the way, so keep your eyes open for them!

 

The interior of the card has a pocket with a hand made notecard.
I’m making this card for my cousin, and I wanted to tuck in some old family photos of her mom in with the card.  The pocket will keep them safe.
The lower half of the card has more paper layers and a hand stamped sentiment.
It never fails to amaze me how a little bit of chipboard can take a project from so-so to superb!  I hope I’ve shared some new ideas with you here today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
 

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Gypsy Laser Soul Guest Designer: Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m having such a good time guest designing for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts this month!  Today, I have a Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet tutorial to share with you.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 02I paired some fabulous GSL chippies up with Graphic 45 DIY papers and some elements from Botanicabella.  Here’s a supply list for your convenience.

Supply List for Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

  • GSL Butterfly of Gears
  • GSL  Mixed Media Fragments 2
  • GSL Faux Metal Number Plates
  • Distress Paint: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey
  • Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel
  • Bronze Mica Flakes
  • Metal Gear pieces
  • Graphic 45 DIY paper roll (Curiosity Collage and Butterflies)
  • Graphic 45 Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • Graphic 45 Washi tape
  • Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste
  • Tall Coin Envelopes
  • Small magnets
  • Manila tag

Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial

Check out How to Steampunk Chipboard Butterfly Embellishment by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

 

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 03

Two coin envelope flaps were glued together to create a wallet and covered with Graphic 45 DIY paper.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet  Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 01

I trimmed down the Mixed Media Fragment squares to fit the height of my envelope, then used it as a stencil for my embossing paste. I then heat embossed the chippie with Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Once the paste on the envelope had dried, I glued the chipboard fragment down with Glossy Accents.  I had to use a few hinge clips to hold it in place until it had dried.  I threaded buttons and hot glued them in place.  The faux metal number plate was tapped with paint, then glued in place.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 05The wallet has a side flap opening.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 06Here it is all opened up and decorated with elements from Graphic 45 Botanicabella. I kept everything on the inside “flat” so that the wallet could close with ease.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 07The left side is a sleeve with a magnetic opening.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 08It contains a decorated manila tag.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 09

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 12I cut one of the envelope sides off to create a slash pocket, then filled it with pretty postcards.  This is a great place to write a personal greeting, mount photos on the reverse side of the post cards or tuck in a gift card.

GSL Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product by Graphic 45 DIY and Botanicabella Papers 11It’s a really pretty little ensemble.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed this Steampunk Butterfly Gift Wallet Tutorial.  You can find more ideas and inspiration on the GSL BLOG.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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