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Graphic 45 Master Detective Elementary Masculine Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Elementary Master Detective Masculine Birthday Card

Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on.  He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  When it came time to make him his birthday card I immediately knew I wanted to make this Elementary Masculine Birthday card for him.  
Elementary Masculine Birthday Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice as the base of his card.  I kept the design very clean so that the wonderful patterned paper and focal image would really shine.

Go Long, My Dear Watson

Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal.  It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card.  Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side.  Then fold in half and trim.  

TIP: Layer it Up!

Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition.  You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper.  I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together.  Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.  

TIP: Change Direction

I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock.  To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally.  It’s a simple trick, but really draws the eye to the focal image.

TIP: Stick to it!

The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet.  I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base.  After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape.  Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.  

TIP: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper.  I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute.  Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.

Elementary Masculine Birthday Card:  Won’t you come in?

For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card.  I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.This is where I wrote my birthday greetings.  

Our son loved the card.  In fact, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look…it’s Sherlock Holmes!  Cool!”  I love it when a Master Detective plan has a happy ending!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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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Graphic 45 Master Detective 8×8 Paper Collection

  • Master Detective B Side
  • Web of Lies
  • Dastardly Deeds
  • Sinister Secrets
  • Get a Clue

 

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Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Get out your magnifying glass, your houndstooth coat, your deer stalker hat and pipe.  The game is afoot!  Join me as I share this Sherlock Holmes inspired Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes.  Whether reading the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or watching Basil Rathbone, Jonny Lee Miller or Benedict Cumberbatch portray him on screen, you know you are in for a rollicking good time when Sherlock Holmes is on the case!

This tall and skinny 4.25″ x 8.5″ side fold card is all dressed up with Graphic 45’s Master Detective papers.  And what, pray tell, is the perfect ribbon choice for a Sherlock Holmes Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card?  It’s Elementary, my dear reader: Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon, of course!

Tips and Tricks

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2Here’s the inside scoop on how I made this whimsical card:

  • First, cut 4 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ panel of green plaid paper to cover your 4.25″ x 8.5″ kraft card base.
  • Next, cut 2 pieces of 1.5″ x 3.75″ black text paper from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids Pad. Mat on slightly larger black cardstock and glue in opposite corners.
  • Now, trim  a chipboard filmstrip frame to fit the card. Paint with brown paint.  Let it dry.
  • Then, swipe Jet Black Distress Oxide Ink on a craft mat.  Spritz with water until beadlets form.  Tap the film strip frame into the inky puddles to create a sort of corroded look.
  • Now, line the back side of the frame with 1/4″ Scor-tape.
  • Cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the back side of the film strip.
  • Then remove the liner on the Scor-Tape and press the acetate down.
  • Add Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape over the acetate. Leave the top liner in place until later.
  • Fill the cavities with sequins and beads.
  • Now, cut a strip of black cardstock the same size as the film strip.
  • Then add images to the black paper, lining them up with the openings on the film strip.
  • Remove the liner tape and press the cardstock in place.
Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial : Finishing Touches

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

  • First, fussy cut the image from the 8×8 paper pad signature page.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, add small foam dots to the back side, cutting them to fit where necessary.
  • Press in place as seen in the photo.
  • Glue down the chipboard tag.
  • Then create the bow cluster with houndstooth ribbon, black burlap string and a black button.

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  • Glue a brass monocle (I had this in my stash….go figure!) over the top filmstrip opening. Add ribbon/burlap string to finish.
  • Glue 3 tiny jet buttons along the side.
  • Finally, mat the sentiment sticker to black cardstock.  Trim and glue in place.

It’s suitably sinister, isn’t it?

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

  • Line the card interior with paper.
  • Then, score a 4″ x 6″ image from the cut apart page to fit the left hand side.
  • Now, mat a sticker and small border piece on primitive white cardstock.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

Well, hello there!

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: The Gift Card/Treat Wallet

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7

Create a gift card/treat wallet with black cardstock and a small ephemera card from the collection.

  • First, cut a 4 1/8″ x 8″ strip of black cardstock.
  • Then Score at 3 1/8″ and again at 6 1/4″.  Burnish and fold to create a sort of wallet.
  • Now, mat the small ephemera card on the wallet front.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

  • Next, line the interior of the wallet with designer papers.
  • Then use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  • Add a small strip of green plaid paper to the pocket front and glue shut.

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Trim another ephemera card to fit inside the pocket.  And throw in some dark chocolate for good measure! No sinister secrets here….just good fun and sweet treats!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Get a Clue: Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello again, G45’ers!  Do you know that Halloween is just 85 days away?  Time to start creating a spot to preserve all those great photos of  cute costumed kids.  (big and little! ) To help you along the way, I’ve prepared a super fun Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial for you today.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Master Detective is such a fabulous collection!  Great colors, wonderful patterns, and whimsical images make it the right choice for this playful, interactive 4″ square mini album

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2The front cover sets the stage with  lots of layers, a mini magnifying glass, buttons, bows, flowers and chipboard tags.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3This stylish belly band holds the album closed.  Simply slide it off, and the fun begins!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Just like a spooky old house, this little wallet is designed with hidden “rooms” and spooktacular interactive features.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I found an intriguing online tutorial for making tiny matchbox style folios and I liked the idea so much that I modified the design to create a much larger 4” x 4” Photo Wallet.  This version holds a series of ATC Tags tucked into pockets throughout the album.

Enter if You Dare

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

I scored each set of Master Detective Playing Cards to create a mini booklet on each tag front.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Stickers matted on black cardstock make a great pocket!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Despite its small size, this album can hold loads of 4″ x 4″ photos!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Doesn’t this design  make you think of the rooms in the old Clue Mystery Game?

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

And here is the line up of villainous villains and heroic heroes housed inside the album.  These would make great place cards for a murder mystery party!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and get to work on this amazing Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.

Get a Clue Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

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  • ⅝’ wide houndstooth plaid ribbon
  • Baker’s twine, black cord
  • Black cardstock
  • ⅛” Scor-Tape
  • Foam tape or waste chipboard for layering
  • Flower, button and die cuts from my stash
  • Scoring tool, hot glue gun, ruler, craft knife

I hope you found some fun tips and tricks in this Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

#G45Gentleman Challenge: Master Detective Bendi Card

#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!

Hello, G45’ers!   Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45.  As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers.  I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

The Game is Afoot!

Our family has always been a game-playing family.  From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board.  We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner.  So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times.  To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it.  Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.

TIP:
  • Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base.  I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes.  Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.

#G45Gentleman Challenge Master Detective Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.

 Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

You can create a secret pocket in many different ways.  For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection.  Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip.  Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.

Now, what did I put in the pocket?

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

This little gift card folio!  I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image.  After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside.  This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers.  I  knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page.  To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers.  I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.

TIP:
  • If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension.  To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding.  Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet.  Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper.  It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes

Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project.  To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.

TIP:
  • No rosette die?  No worries!  I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection.  Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries.  Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat.  Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together.  Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats.  Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.

 

The #G45Gentleman Challenge

So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!

  • Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
  • Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
  • BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
  • WIN a $150 prize pack.  Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
  • Deadline: June 30th 2017
  • You can enter multiple times!
  • Upload your projects HERE.

Thanks for joining me here today! I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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