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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

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Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Happy Father’s Day: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Happy Father’s Day!  Today we honor all the dads out there, so I thought I would join the party by making this whimsical Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting card.

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Secrets to Creating a Great Masculine Card

Masculine cards can be challenging to create.  In my experience there are several things that make the job easier.

  1. First, choose a strong color palette.  This grey and blue combo is classic, masculine and clean.
  2. Next, choose patterned paper that is not too “fussy.”  I’ve used Authentique’s Durable Collection Kit because not only is the color palette spot on, but the patterns are geometric in nature.
  3.  Then, choose trims that are not too frilly.  This Copen Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon adds subtle texture and a pop of color to the card composition.
  4. When it comes to embellishments, keep it simple!  These Metallic Steampunk Gears, the flat back cabochons, the basic grey button from my button box, the game spinner and compass are all great embellishments for a masculine card.
  5. Think about clean lines in your designs.  I can’t speak for all men, but the ones I know definitely prefer a “tailored” look over a shabby chic look.
  6. Inject a bit of humor with sentiments and images.

A Peek Inside

I added my signature pockets to the interior of the card.

Tags are one of my favorite items to add to small pocket.

Wouldn’t this be cute with a small photo mounted on it?  Or write a personal note here to make it really special.

When you add details like tags or small folios to a card, suddenly, you have a gift and card in one.

To make this 4″ x 5″ tri fold folio here’s what you do:

  1.  First, cut a 5″ tall x 12″ long strip of designer cardstock.
  2. Next, place on your scoring tool and score on the long side at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Then, crease the score lines, folding the outer panels toward the center.  You want the left hand panel to end up on the top.
  4. Now, use a circle punch to add thumb holes, if desired.
  5. Finally, decorate the cover of your folio as desired.

I kept the decorating to a minimum so there would be room for photos.  I did include a journaling spot to record special memories or sentiments.

Although I’m sharing this card on Father’s Day, it would also make a fabulous birthday card for Dad.

And that, my friends, is how I go about designing a masculine card.  I hope you found some tips and tricks in today’s post 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

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet with Authentique “Dapper” Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s always hard to know what to get Dad for Father’s Day…or birthday…or Christmas for that matter!  But today I have a project that I think every dad will absolutely love. I’ve created this Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet using Authentique’s “Dapper” collection. The images, patterns and colors are perfectly retro, wonderfully whimsical and fabulously fun.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 1

See what I mean about these papers?  They just capture that retro vibe so well!  If your Dad loves puzzles, then he’ll love the design of this album.  Although it only measures 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″, it opens up to 12″ wide x 15″ long.  Filled with interactive elements like pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages, the design meshes perfectly with the playful feel of these fun papers.

I created a belly band with ribbon and a large vintage button from my stash to decorate the top of the album.  The button echoes the design of the LP album in the focal image, which makes me very happy indeed.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Details

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I used a Velcro closure instead of magnets as the paper is thick and I was afraid a magnet would not close.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 3

Don’t you just love these images and the sassy captions?

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 4Unfolding the gift wallet is an adventure all on its own.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 5

 

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Each of these decorative panels flips open to reveal photo mounts or hidden journaling spots.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 7And it just keeps on opening!  I added pockets to the center panel so that gift cards, photos, tickets, chocolates or other small gifts can be inserted.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 8These tiny tags fill the pockets, and I just loved how easy it was to pull them together using the stickers from the Dapper collection.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 10This is what the gift wallet looks like when it’s fully opened.  To help you get a real feel for the flow of this project, I created a very short YouTube video tour.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Video on YouTube

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Supply List and Product Links

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

 

Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Authentique Seafarer: Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Hello, Friends!  Do you feel the rustle of the silk robes and hear the whisper of parchment paper?  Yes, people…it’s graduation season and all across the globe, young people are lining up to receive their hard earned diplomas.  There will be tears and cheers, perhaps a few fears and loads of good wishes as friends and loved ones gather to send these grads out upon the Sea of Life.   I’ve used Authentique’s Seafarer collection to create this trio of Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation cards.

Dream Higher Than the Sky Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Masculine cards can be a challenge, but I found that this collection made them very easy to design.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly thanks to the wonderful designer paper and focal image.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I tied hemp string with a bowline hitch knot to amp up the nautical vibe, then suspended an antique brass sailing ship from it.  Tim Holtz’ Ribbon Flags die makes wonderful little embellishments .   Double matting the layers on red and navy cardstock gave everything a clean, crisp finish.  A bow, a nautical button and a charm made by fussy cutting an image from a sheet of designer paper finish the front of this card nicely.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Because I created the card base with a 1/8″ spine, I was able to add two pockets to the interior. The smaller pocket is made with one of the 3×4 images from the cut apart page.  It’s just the right size to hold a gift card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The larger pocket on the bottom of the card holds a 4.25″ x 6″ folio that is the perfect spot for those keepsake graduation photos.  A decorated belly band and a few more ribbon flags dress the folio up nicely.

Set Sail Nautical Themed Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

What could provide a more perfect graduation metaphor than this image of a ship, its sails full-blown and ready to meet life’s challenges full on?

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

I used a star shaped die to create the accent on this card, then topped it with an Idea-ology metal compass coin, a muse token and wooden anchor.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7More bowline knotted hemp string and a pretty white sea gull complete the front of the card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/8″ spine to accommodate the inner pockets.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The top pocket holds a little tag/bookmark.  Write your best wishes on the back of the tag and tuck into the pocket.  Interactive cards like this are always a hit!

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10The large bottom pocket contains another folio that I decorated with images from the paper collection.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

The folio contains a gift card pocket, and room for a graduation photo.

Have Courage Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12The sentiment on this 7″ x 5″ Have Courage card is just perfect for graduation.   I turned the card base on its side to accommodate this large sentiment panel.  Then I added banner flags, machine stitching, knotted hemp string and some nautical charms to complete the card front.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13The interior contains a gift card pocket that is just the right size for a little chocolate treat.  Good wishes can be written on the journaling card.  The sentiment strip reads’ It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”

While these nautical themed graduation cards are not your typical graduation cards, the strong masculine images, classic color palette and wonderful sentiments make them stand out from the crowd, just like the proud graduates who are setting sail on new adventures.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Honey Do List with Graphic 45 Off to the Races

Masculine Valentine Gift Idea: Off to the Races Honey Do List

Hello, Friends!  Have you  made a Valentine for your  honey yet?  My husband is a maker of lists.  He keeps a little notepad right beside his breakfast plate so he can write down his daily  honey do list.  I thought it might be fun to work up a special little notepad cover to house his list and keep the edges from getting all grunged up and curly.  (Why do I like that on a card, but despise that on a notepad?  Anyone else with me, here?)  Anyway, I love to share ideas that incorporate Graphic 45 papers and flowers and/or ribbon on a project.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now, Off to the Races probably doesn’t strike you as a masculine collection right off the bat. But one of the silly things we say to one another on a very busy day is, “Aaaaaaand they’re off!”  So using this collection actually makes sense for us.

Although Off to the Races is a very feminine collection,  it’s also loaded with  images and patterns that work really well on a masculine project like this handy 4×6 honey do list.  Paper layers were fussy cut and decoupaged onto the cover and I even managed to add ribbon and flowers.  The overall design is decidedly masculine, and the message is personal.  When it comes to making a masculine Valentine project, it doesn’t get much better than that!

A Look at the Details

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 2This side view shows how I used chipboard beneath my focal images to elevate them from the background.  To mimic the boutonnieres sported by these dapper gents, I created a mini boutonniere with a Petaloo White Baby’s Breath Pick, Black Mixed Textured Mini Blossoms, and micro black gingham ribbon.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a close-up of the boutonniere,  I love the way this turned out.

Put it on the List

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 4If I had a dollar for every time my dear husband told me to “put it on the list” I’d be rich!

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 5 I created a tag pocket on the inside of this honey do list where I can add my mushy sentiment.  There’s plenty of room here to tuck in a gift card or little chocolate treat, too.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 6Tags make great bookmarks, and  dear husband loves to read!

The way I see it, if you’ve gotta have a honey do list, it might as well be handsome AND functional.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Off to the Races Valentines with Petaloo and Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year.  I mean, what could possibly be better than a day devoted to love….and chocolate!  Today i have a pair of Off to the Races Valentines to share with you.  Both are made with Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45’s fabulous Off to the Races Collection.

Frilly and Feminine Off to the Races Valentine Tag

Valentine’s Day is one of the few times when you can get away with using a pink and red color palette.  I think I’ve pulled it off on this frilly and feminine Valentine’s Day tag.  The base is a Graphic 45 Staples Long Ivory Tag.  I’ve layered on pretty papers and loads of fussy cut flowers.  Then, to bring things to life, I piled on beautiful Penny Lane Antique Red Mixed Blossoms and Darjeeling Cream Butterflies.

The chocolate pocket is made with an ATC ivory tag that I scored and folded.  It’s just the right size to hold this individually wrapped chocolate.

A Vintage Masculine Valentine with Off to the Races

One of the things I really like about the Off to the Races papers is that they contain both masculine and feminine images, color palettes and prints.  You’d never think that this card was made with the same collection as the tag above.

The secret to a good masculine card is choosing the right colors, images and textures.  These deep brown tones and strong images are perfect for your favorite fella.  Adding metallic embellishments amps up the masculine vibe that much more.  I tapped the silver brads and cameo frame with alcohol ink to match the browns in the papers.

When choosing floral embellishments, it’s all about texture and color!  These Mini Canvas Rosettes do the trick!  I flanked them with Darjeeling Petite Cream blossoms to keep things from becoming too drab.  And burlap string is the perfect choice for trim!

Inside, I’ve used an image from the collection as a pocket for this little chocolate.   The belly band on the right is a fun design feature, and it also allows me to write a personal Valentine greeting to my favorite fella on an ephemera card from the collection.  Isn’t it great when form and function meet?

I hope these Valentine ideas got your mind “racing” and that they’ll carry you “across the finish line” as you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mini Garden Rosettes x10/Canvas Natural

Darjeeling Petites x24/Teastained Cream

Mixed Blossoms x8/Antique Red

Darjeeling Butterflies x8/Teastained Cream

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Batter Up Baseball Card with Good Ol’ Sport

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Batter Up Baseball Card

Hello, G45’ers!  I have a true confession to make: I love the World Series!  When our kids were small, we lived in Atlanta during the Braves heyday.  Night after night we huddled in front of the TV to watch them win league championships and finally, the BIG game!  Our youngest was a toddler at the time, yet he knew the name of every player on the team and would call them out as they came on the screen.  He grew up to be an ardent fan of the game! Every year for his birthday, I make him a baseball themed card.  Naturally, I turned to Graphic 45’s Good Ol’ Sport paper collection to make this fun Batter Up Baseball card.

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A Little Card Making Coach Talk

Lots and lots of layers were  matted on black and/or red cardstock.  I don’t do this just to make extra work for myself.  When I work with multiple patterned papers, I find that matting keeps those patterns from becoming muddled.  The eye can see each separate layer and really enjoy the patterns instead of being confused by them.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Think you can’t put a bow on a masculine card?  Not so!  Choose a textured ribbon like this starry grosgrain and burlap combo to keep things masculine.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Let’s talk about composition.  Everyone loves to use embellishments on a card.  Especially me!  But be sure to put those embellishments to work in such a way that they draw the eye to your focal image.  By clustering stickers and embellishments in a group around this fairly small focal image, I was able to make it stand out and draw you into the scene.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5Make color work for you. Red is a dominant color. The red baseball cap, the red lettering in the focal image, the red cap in the sticker and even the red stitching on the baseballs all catch your eye, drawing it into the heart of the card design.

Put Your Scraps in the Line Up!

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Don’t forget to use your scraps!  This little piece of border scrap adds a lot of punch to this card.  In fact, most of the card panels on the front of this card came from my scrap envelope.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7Use stickers to make quick and easy borders inside your card.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8These score cards are a great spot to mount a small photo.  And how thoughtful was it of Ghiradelli to wrap their chocolates in a red wrapper that perfectly matches my card design?

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8My husband and I will write personal notes to our son on these postcards and then tuck them back into the large base pocket.  This turns a card into a keepsake.  There’s nothing like a hand written note.

I hope I’ve shared some tips with this Batter Up Baseball card that you’ll be able to incorporate into your own card making ventures!  May every project you create become a home run!

Thanks for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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