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A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is Now Live

Hello, Friends!  Good news!  Many of you asked me to create a tutorial for THIS .  Thanks to the generosity of Graphic 45, who sent me another DCE, I am happy to report that A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is now available on my YouTube Channel.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Because I was out of a few supplies, you will find a few of the details in this tutorial are slightly different from the original project.  (And truthfully, I hate making the exact same thing twice.) But the basics are all the same, and the process is exactly the same.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02This is a “beginning to end” tutorial that will guide you through every single step in creating this folio.  (A labor of love, my friends…this took 2 1/2 days of my life.  LOL)  I had to split the tutorial into two parts because of its length.

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 1: Building the Base and the Folio Interior

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Frame Border and Card Front

Now that should keep you busy for a day or two!  LOL

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And if you love this folio, but don’t have time to make one  yourself, I have the sample available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  First come, first served.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card Folio

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card Folio for Frilly & Funkie “How Do I Love Thee?” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really neat masculine project to share with you. I created this Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Hosted  by the amazing Sara Emily, the challenge theme is “Let Me Count the Ways”  Before I share my project with you, let’s see what this challenge is all about:

 Challenge Theme: Let Me Count the Ways
Since it’s just a day away from Valentine’s Day, the opening line of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love poem “Let Me Count the Ways” (Sonnet 43) comes to mind. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For this theme, I would like to see your vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. This could be three colors, three words, 3 stamps (you get the idea); just be sure to tell us what those three elements are.

And real quick…let me apologize right off the bat!  I have 3 separate postings today. How ironic is that?   This almost never happens, but sometimes there’s just no way to avoid it.  I’m so sorry for stuffing your inbox today.

Proper Gentleman Card Folio: A Party of Three

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01 Even though I don’t make them very often, I love making masculine cards.  I’ve been wanting to dig into the Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman DCE for quite a while.  This fun challenge theme was the perfect excuse.  This is a 5″ x 6 3/4″ card folio with a 1/2″ top fold spine.  Here’s how I used threes on the card front:

  • Paper: 3 layers:  kraft card base, the plaid pattern and the sepia frame.
  • Machine stitching around the outer, middle and inside perimeter of the card frame
  • Three clocks
  • Gears: Two trios of gears

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

TIP: Fussy cut the clock border and leave the inside edge open.  Tuck the chipboard frame and element behind the open edge.  This creates a wonderful feeling of dimension.

Proper Gentleman Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

The party continues on the inside of this card.  You’ll find 3’s here:

  • Pockets
  • ATC Tags
  • Paper Dolls
  • Buttons (in the border design)
  • Little Gifts…the first of which is the Ghiradelli Chocolate tucked into the upper pocket

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and Clippings Stickers, Quote Chips, and Small Talk Stickers add so much to the folio design.  I just love this dapper gent in his bowler hat!

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

The side pocket is sized perfectly to hold these 3  Graphic 45 ATC tags.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Turn the flap to find another pocket…with the second  little gift tucked inside.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

I dug this Graphic 45 Inspire, Create, Imagine Square Tag out of my stash, then used the matching Square Tag Die to cover the back side.  This makes the laser cut words pop.  Then I created a little 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ gift card wallet.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Room for a note…and a gift card/cash pocket.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10Clean up the scraps on your table!  This bookmark only took about 5 minutes to make thanks to the 12×12 Sticker Elements that come with the Proper Gentleman DCE.  Turn a border scrap into a tuck spot by adhering just the side of it to the back side of the flip page.  Then tuck the tag in place, and that’s gift #3!

Let Me Count the Ways: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you will join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project where  you use 3 of something.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 26th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing my Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks with you.   I was lucky enough to be asked to create some samples using theses gorgeous papers.  These projects will be on display in the G45 booth at Creativation this year.  To see the mini album I created with By the Sea, look HERE.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Music Themed Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Let me tell you, friends…this collection is stunning!  I literally gasped when I pulled it out of the box.  The colors are deep and rich, the patterns are elegant and the theme is love and music.  It’s a collection written in the key of G for “gorgeous.”

An Ornate Antique Brass Door Knocker is is the perfect accent for this regal collection.  I’ve also added Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads in each corner of the album cover for that extra touch of class.  And of course, I had to add Little Birdie Rosalind Roses in Sangria and Buttermilk to the mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Because of a glitch at the printer’s I only received the signature page (Love Notes) and the cut apart page (Lovely Lyrics) along with the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  But this was all I needed to compose  this 6 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 1″ ode to love and music.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Black Silky Crush Ribbon serves as the closure for the album.  Additional metal accents (G45 Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob/Ornate Antique Brass Keys) are painted with black gesso, then brushed with gold paint to match the door knocker.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Time Saving Tips

Creating for a trade show is lots of fun…and a fair bit of pressure as you are usually working on very short deadlines.  I received my package of G45 goodies at 3:30 PM on Monday and had to ship them out by 3:30 PM on Thursday to get them to the show on time.   When this is the case, you have to find ways to save time while still creating a showroom floor-worthy project.  I thought I’d share some of those time-saving tips with you.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Since I love interactive elements, I added lots of pockets with various inserts to this album.  To get things started on  the right note, I created a half page with a side pocket and tag inserts.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: When you are creating on a short timeline, turn to your G45 tags and Tag Dies.  It took just moments to create these  lovely square tags.  First, cover the tags with paper from the Love Notes Signature page.  Then create a quick pocket with a cut apart image from “Lovely Lyrics.”  Adhere just the sides and the bottom, then tuck in more images from the cut part page.  Or, adhere just the edges of some fussy cut roses to create a tuck spot.  Then top the tags with a bit of ribbon and more ornate keys.  Simple, elegant and quick wins the day!

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Policy Envelopes to the Rescue

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP: G45 Policy Envelopes make great flip features!  On the reverse side of the tag/pocket flap, I’ve used Red ATC Policy envelopes as a flip feature.  Here’s how:

  • First, carefully remove the string ties from the envelopes.
  • Next, trace the envelope flap onto designer paper.  Cut out and adhere to the inside of the envelope flap.
  • Now, cover the envelopes with designer paper.
  • Adhere the outside edge of the envelope flap to the album base.
  • Finish by adhering a key at the base of each envelope to weigh it down.
  • Small photos can be added to the front of each envelope if desired, and mementos can be securely tucked inside.  You also have a space behind each envelope to add a photo.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Decorate Large Black Policy Envelopes with your designer paper for quick and easy pocket inserts. Then, cut your pocket opening a little off center for an interesting look.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Pull-Out Feature

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

The large center pocket on this album was begging for more tags.  This time, I covered 3 Regular Black tags with paper from the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  Then, to change things up a little, I created little folios to hold photos and adhered them to the front of each tag.

TIP:  When adding designer paper to the back of the folio, leave an open edge at the top.  This makes space for a clever hidden tag insert.  Score a Large Black Tag at 3 3/4″.  Then die cut 2 tag liners using the Large Tag/ATC Tag and Flowers Die.  Cut each tag liner into 2 sections.  Adhere one section above and one below the score line and insert into the hidden pocket.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Valentines Day  Shaker Card from Scraps

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 01

After creating the folio, I still had a few Love Notes Scraps on my work table.  So I decided to showcase the versatility of this collection by creating a very girly, shabby chic pink Valentine Shaker card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 02

Once again, I’ve altered a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame as the base for my shaker box element.  A small image from the cut apart page is popped up over the Signature page background, then filled with Rose Garden Sequin Mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 03

Little Birdie Candy Flowers really pop against Black Plaid Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 04

A G45 Shabby Chic Clock Key is the perfect finishing touch for this romantic card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 05

The inside is very simple, as I was down to just a little fussy cut image and  few scraps of paper.  But I do love how elegant it looks.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks Video Tour

Here’s a little video tour with lots of helpful tips.

So there you have it!  Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks!  What will you create with this glorious collection?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Love Notes Sneak Peeks Supply List

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Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks week!  What fun!  The beach is my happy place, so I was thrilled when I was asked to create a mini album with By the Sea.  This collection has always been a favorite for me, and I’m thrilled to see it coming back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to try something new with this Graphic 45 Staples Kraft Mixed Media Album.  To shake up my album cover design, I placed the 4″ x 6″ lighthouse image inside a shaker pouch.  I just love the way the sequins and beads mimic the look of sunshine sparkling on water.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to create a shaker element.

  • Select your image.   I chose to  mat mine on some blue gingham check to help it fill the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as your matted image.
  • Use a sewing machine to stitch almost all the way around the perimeter of the image.  Leave about a 2″ opening in one corner.
  • Fill the opening with a sequin mix.  (use a funnel tray for mess-free filling) These buttons, beads and sequins are a mix called Shades of Chambray from Lilac Lane.
  • Place the shaker pouch back on the sewing machine, line up the needle and finish stitching.
  • Back the shaker pouch with a couple of layers of chipboard for stability and to elevate in the design.
Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album Details

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

These Graphic 45 Staples Blue Roses are a perfect color match for this collection.  After layering them down the side of the album, I tucked in some altered metal beach charms.

TIP:  Paint metal charms with ivory chalk paint, then tap with Graphic 45 Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink Pad.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Fussy cut shells and real shells come together perfectly with real beach sand.  I’ve also painted a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob to match the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Dress up the spine with Glory Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, a cluster of beach charms and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key.  The lighthouse image was too big to fit the spine, so I carefully cut it in half, pieced it together so that the frame matched up, then adhered it to the base of the spine.

 By the Sea Mini Album: The Inside Scoop

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket for the inside cover.  I simply cut my designer paper 3″ longer than the height of the page.  Then score, fold and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.  Add border strips to the pocket flap for extra fun.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP:  The vellum pages in the album are so beautiful…but delicate!  To prevent them from tearing, stitch the vellum to a piece of heavy kraft cardstock.  Fill the space between the pages with more of the sequin mix for a fun surprise.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP: Make quick pockets by adhering just the top, bottom and one side of patterned paper to the album page.  Now you can tuck in photo mounts.  Decorate with fussy cut images from the signature page.

By the Sea Mini Album: Tuck Spots, Inserts and Flaps

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

I removed several pages from the album before I began this project.  Then I cut and scored them to create pocket inserts throughout the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Border strips make great tuck spots!  And you can easily create a space for pull out elements.  Just adhere sides and bottom of your patterned paper, leaving the top edge open.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

TIP: Create a watery background on the vellum pages.  Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink directly to the vellum.  Spritz lightly with water to activate the ink and make it move.  Heat dry.  Then stitch the pages together as before.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 14

TIP: Create tuck spots by adhering just the outer edge of a journal card to the album page.  Photos can tuck behind, and you have a lovely spot for journaling.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 15

TIP:  To create a quick and easy side pocket, cut patterned paper 2″ wider than the page.  Score, fold and adhere.

 By the Sea Mini Album Tour on Youtube

Here’s a little video tour with tips and ideas:

 

I’m so excited that this album will be on display in the G45 Booth at Creativation this week.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can adapt for your own mini album making adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing some Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards that I created over the holiday break.  I set out to  make just one card…then it was two…and oops!  By the time I was done playing, I had 4 Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards on my work desk!  These will be on display in the Buttons Galore and More booth at Creativation 2019.  Since these cards are designed to be displayed in a booth, I only covered the inside with basic paper panels. Therefore, I have no photos of the card interiors to share with you today.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Believe Wood Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ card features a frame style shaker element.  Here’s how I built it.

  • Begin by dry brushing the largest Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with a coat of white gesso. Dry thoroughly.
  • Next, brush a light layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink over the frame.
  • Now place the frame in a box with high sides and spray liberally with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.  Let the spray puddle into the corners and recessed areas of the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock (4″ x 6″ as I recall) and adhere it to the back of the frame using either Scor-Tape or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Press along the edges with a clean paper towel to secure the seal.  This is very important!  Let it dry completely while you build your card base.
  • When the frame is completely dry, add a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter, being careful not to let the tape show through the window.
  • Now place a fair sized mound of Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins in the center of your focal image.  Keep them away from the area where you will attach the frame.
  • Next, carefully align your prepared frame over the image, centering it as best as you can.
  • Finally, press in place to seal and adhere to the card base.

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 02

Finish the card off with a Little Birdie Crafts Oriel Vintage Blossom and a seam binding bow.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards:  A Real Princess Chipboard Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Real Princess Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01a

This next shaker card uses an altered chipboard frame in lieu of a shaker box.  The frame measures 3 1/2″ x 5″, but the opening is only 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.  Here’s how I prepared this shaker box.

  • First, paint a chipboard frame with white gesso and dry thoroughly.
  • Next, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.
  • When the paint has dried, brush a thin layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the entire surface.
  • While the adhesive is still wet, place the frame in a funnel tray and sprinkle liberally with Rajni Chalwa’s Frosting Powder.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the size of the frame opening and adhere to the back with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive.  As before use a clean piece of paper towel to press it securely onto the back of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Now adhere a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the frame.  You will need to cut strips of foam adhesive in half unless you have 1/4″ wide foam.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with  Buttons Galore Apricot Premium Sequins.
  • Fussy cut the image from the signature page of Princess.  Pop up on a piece of patterned paper and adhere to the foam tape.

I finished this card off with some fussy cuts, Little Birdie Flowers, Mini Pearl Prills,  Pale Gold Taffeta Ribbon, altered metal corners and an altered metal crown.  To alter the metal pieces I painted them with ivory chalk paint, then spritzed with Antique Brass Mica Spray.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: If the Crown Fits Embossed Paper Shaker Box

This card is a companion to the previous card, and uses the other princess from the signature page of the collection.  After fussy cutting the princess and matting it on striped paper, I proceeded to make the frame.

  • First, carefully open the seams on a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame.  Cut away the back portion to use in another project.
  • Next, lightly sand the surface of the frame, then paint it with white gesso.
  • When the gesso has dried, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and place it directly into the Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Embossing Texture Fade.  Run this through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Be sure to wash the texture fade immediately to remove any traces of paint and/or gesso.
  • The pressure of embossing will lift some of the gesso, but I liked this distressed look.
  • Use a palette knife to add some thin layers of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the open areas of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Next, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised portions of the design.  Spritz very lightly with Antique Brass Mica Spray.  This will sink down into the crackle paste and look very cool.

  • Back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock and build your shaker box.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with Buttons Galore Rose Garden Shaker Mix.  (You will want to remove the large and medium sized buttons from the mix first.)

Finish the card off with Little Birdie Audria Blush Flowers, gold metallic string, ribbon and a crown embellishment.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Easel Shaker Pocket

For the final card, I created this easel shaker pocket.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to add a shaker element to a card.  Simply stitch clear acrylic cardstock to your focal image leaving about a 2″ opening.  Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins.  Finish stitching up the pouch and you are good to go!

Adorn your card with Renae Classic Little Birdie Flowers, Light Coral Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and chipboard elements from the paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for making shaker cards in many different ways.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Linked Supply List

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