Category Archives: Seasonal Cards

Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio with G45 Seasons Collection

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you had a chance to play with Graphic 45’s new Seasons Collection yet?  I finally had a chance to play with the Autumn pages.  Ooh la la!  Talk about inspiring! This Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio has such a warm, cozy feel that I think you are really going to love it.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card folio Seasons by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio with a .25″ spine.  I’ve become rather addicted to making these folios because they serve multiple purposes.  It’s a card, a gift, and home decor all in one.  Making a folio like this also allows me to use up my scraps, which I love.

Pumpkin Spice Card Folio: Fussy Cutting elements

The base layer of this Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card folio is made from the “B” side of the Autumn page.  When you trim the 8″ x 8″ paper to fit the card cover, you are left with a 3″ scrap.  Turn this over, and you’ll find a portion of the lovely autumn wreath on the “A” side.  Turn this into a design element by fussy cutting around the wreath, inking the edges and popping up with foam tabs or waste chipboard.  This creates a sort of shaped edge on the card and adds wonderful dimension to the design.

How to Create Quick Card Layers on Your Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio

Here’s a handy tip you can use to create quick card layers.  Die cut patterned paper with basic geometric shapes.  For this card, I used the 12×12 Patterns and Solids in  both the brown floral and the brown stripe.  The simple patterns don’t compete with the patterns from the Seasons pad, and the earthy brown tones soften the vibrant colors of the collection.  Matting the die cut patterned paper on brown cardstock gives the finished composition a crisp, clean look.

Add Texture with Your Embellishments

You all know by now how much I enjoy embellishing my cards.  I find it is a great way to add texture to the overall design.  Here, I’ve used a faux canvas bow, burlap string, burlap leaves and burlap flowers as embellishments.  The texture from these elements gives the card a wonderful organic feel.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Folio: The Inside Job

One of the reasons I began making these card folios was because I hate to deal with scraps.  Rather than stash them away in a drawer, I began looking for creative ways to use them on my cards.

Scraps make lovely side pockets, like the one where I’ve tucked this little tea bag wallet.

The wallet is made with a 3″ x 7.5″ strip of leftover brown stripe paper that I used for the die cut layer on the card front.  I simply scored it at 3″  and 6″, then folded it.  Next, I used a circle punch to create a thumb hole in the 1.5″ section.  Then I glued the sides to form a pocket.  This is the perfect place to tuck in a tea bag, a gift card, a personal note, small photo or wrapped chocolate.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio: Tags and more tags

I’ve used another scrap of the brown stripe paper to create a pocket on the bottom of the card.  It’s decorated with a border scrap and image from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then I stuffed it with all kinds of lovely treats.

Use a border scrap to decorate the top edge of the page.  Then fill the pocket with a lovely Kraft Staples Tag.  The belly band on the tag is, you guessed it, another scrap.  Then I decorated an Kraft Alpha ATC tag (T for thankful) with more bits and bobs of leftover paper and tucked it behind the belly band.

Even the honey stick (to go with the tea bag) got in on the scrap action.  I had a 2″ piece of leftover border.  After cutting a fishtail banner on one end, I wrapped it around the honey stick and secured it with a glue dot.  This 4″ x 6″ ephemera card has room on the back for a personal note, a favorite pumpkin recipe or a photo.  Now this is so much more than a card: it’s a gift, and it works well as home decor, too.  That’s what I call getting a lot of bang for your crafty buck!

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.

Wishing you all a blessed, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

 The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio Supply List

Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Other Supplies

  • Petaloo Autumn Hues Briar Roses, Burlap Autumn Leaves
  • Brown Faux Canvas Ribbon, Burlap String, ¼” Brown Gingham (from Really Reasonable Ribbon)
  • Tea Bag, Honey Stick (I get mine at the health food store), removable glue dot
  • Scoring Tool, Circle Punch
  • Stick pins, Mini Pumpkin, Vintage Button from my stash

 

 

Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie

Graphic 45 Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Give Thanks” Challenge

Hello, Dear Friends!  Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US.  It’s probably my favorite of all the holidays.  I mean, who doesn’t love a celebration centered around gratitude and food!  So today I’m sharing a lovely Graphic 45  Thankful Season Card Folio made for the latest “Give Thanks” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  We’ll take a look at the folio in a moment, but first let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sara Emily, has to say about this challenge.

Give Thanks!

We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

Thankful Season Card Folio with Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The sentiment on this card kind of sums it all up for me.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and count our blessings!

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Thankful Season Card Folio is a little larger than usual measuring a generous 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I needed more room to add all these fun elements: fussy cuts, mulberry flowers, mini pumpkins, an ornate shaker frame, fall ribbons, real feathers, filigree corners,  and little stick pins.

Thankful Season Card Folio: Layering the Designer Paper

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3For this card folio, I worked primarily with papers from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids pad.

  • First, mat a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown floral paper on a slightly larger panel of kraft card.
  • Then ink the edges of both panels with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Next, machine stitch the panels together.  This is optional, but I love the texture that stitching adds to a card.
  • Now, use the two largest dies from  Spellbinder’s Labels Eight to cut paper layers from the orange text and orange floral papers.  Ink the edges and mat on both kraft and dark brown paper.
  • Then, cut one more paper layer from the back side of either print.  This will be where we mount our shaker element.
  • Next, ink up Dear Ruby with an embossing pad and stamp on the plain colored side of this label.
  • Then, heat emboss with Charred Gold Leaves Embossing Powder.
  • Layer all the die cut panels on the card using foam tabs, tape or waste cardboard to add dimension.
  • Decorate with fussy cut elements, flowers, feathers, metal filigree corners, etc.
Thankful Season Card Folio: The Shaker Element

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s how I created the framed shaker sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio

  • First, cut the sentiment from the 12×12 Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Collective Page.
  • Next, die cut 2 Ornate Frames from heavy kraft cardstock
  • Now, use an embossing ink pad to stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Fabric Background Stamp on the front of one frame.
  • Sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Next, smear Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft.  Then mist with water until small beads of ink form on the mat.
  • Then press the embossed frame face down into the ink.  Heat dry.  Repeat until you like the finished product.
  • Gently heat the frame until the embossed portions pop back to the surface.
  • Now, cut two pieces of clear acetate (I used packaging materials) slightly larger than the frame opening.  Use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to glue one piece to the back side of the top frame and one piece on the FRONT side of the bottom frame.
  • Next, cut foam tape or dimensionals to create a border all the way around the inner edge of the frame.  You don’t want this to show through the frame openings, so keep this in mind as you work.  I used a product called Kool-Tak, as it is a clear foam tape.
  • Then carefully fill the center of the bottom frame with your shaker elements.  Don’t overfill.  About a teaspoon of shaker elements like sequins, small beads and glitter should be enough.
  • Now remove the foam tape liner and press the top frame onto the bottom frame, being careful to line them up.
The Thankful Season Card Folio: Goodness on the Inside

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

I love to add pockets and tags and other goodies inside my cards.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Sometimes it’s fun to change things up a little.  So instead of a pocket on the top portion of the card, I created a double belly band .

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This holds a 4″ x 6″ photo wallet and a darling little tea bag wallet.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9The side pocket on the bottom holds a vintage style recipe card, a decorated honey stick (to go with the tea bag, of course) and a lovely vintage style tag.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Give Thanks Challenge at Frilly and Funkie: Now It’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to have you join us in this Give Thanks Challenge.  To do so, you need simply create your own vintage style or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.  Then link your project up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, December 5th.  Please read all the challenge details and guidelines HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie  team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three picks will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Before I sign off, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where you are, or if you’ve already celebrated, then I wish you the blessing of a grateful heart.  As the sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio proclaimed: There is so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thankful Season Card Folio Product Links



Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio and Gift Tags

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio and Gift Tags with Authentique Jolly Christmas Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you remember waking up on a wintry morning and peeping out of the windows, only to find them flaked with snow and ice?  I do.  (That’s one of the reasons why I married a Southern man…but that’s another story for another day!)  This Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card folio made with Authentique Paper’s Jolly Christmas Collection hearkens back to that childhood memory.  Take a look.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

I love the festive patterns and vibrant colors of this fun collection.  Seeing all those  lacy white snowflakes patterned on a red background inspired me to make this jolly shaker card folio.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

The folio is my “go to” 5″ x 7″ base with a 1/4″ spine.  I did loads of die cutting on this one, and it was all jolly good fun.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio: How to Create the Frosty Windowpane

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

  • Die cut 2 window frames using a Tim Holtz Window/Window Box Bigz Die.  I used a pearlized white metallic paper that I found in my stash.  It has a subtle sheen and frosty appearance that worked well with my card design.
  • Next, die cut 2 of the window boxes: one from scrap chipboard and one from patterned paper.
  • Now, cut two 2.25″ x 3.25″ sheets of clear acetate cardstock.
  • Then run 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the front edges of one window.  This will be the window on the bottom in our shaker element.
  • Next, peel off the liner tape and adhere one of the pieces of clear acetate cardstock.
  • Then repeat this on the second window, BUT put the tape and the acetate cardstock on the BACK side of the window frame.
  • Place a layer of foam tape on the front frame of the bottom window, being sure that you don’t overlap the panes.  You don’t want the tape to show.
  • Now, repeat this step with the top window, but as before, add the foam tape to the BACK side of the window frame.
  • Next, lay the bottom window face up on your work surface and carefully fill the center with glitter, beads, sequins or whatever shaker medium you choose.  Don’t over fill.
  • Now, carefully remove the liner tape from both windows, and line them up one over the other.  Take your time and make sure everything is straight and lined up.  Then press to close.
Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

The fun continues on the inside of this Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card folio. Don’t you just love these cheery patterns?  This top pocket contains a mini file folder with a bit of chocolate tucked inside. This would be a great spot to hide a gift card or monetary gift as well.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

This large bottom pocket holds a decorated candy cane treat and a 4″ x 4.5″ accordion folded photo album.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

This decorative belly band holds the photo album closed.

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Jolly Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

There’s room inside for eight 3.5″ x 4″ photos.  Mat stickers on cardstock and then glue so that photos can be tucked behind them.

Wouldn’t this be a great way to share your family Christmas photos this year?  It’s a card, and a gift, and pretty home decor all wrapped up into one neat package.  You gotta love that!

Jolly Christmas Gift Tags

Authentique Jolly Christmas Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Gift tags are a quick and easy way to dress up a cookie plate, holiday gift or even trim the tree.  These little beauties come together in a snap, thanks to the darling stickers in Jolly Christmas!

Authentique Jolly Christmas Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Die cut the tag bases with Tammy Tutterow’s Shortie Tags Die.  Then die cut patterned paper with the same die and trim a little off the sides .  Now, die cut a contrasting decorative edge using one of the shaped edge dies that comes with the set.  I also die cut a little accent tab using Tammy’s Tabs Two Die.   BAM!  Tag bases are finished!

Authentique Jolly Christmas Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo

Now comes the fun part!  Add stickers from the collection kit, pretty Christmas ribbons and trims, floral accents and Christmas embellies to make these tags shine. I find that if I make these “assembly line” style they come together really fast.

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

 

Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Supply List

NOTE: I will link to as many items as possible, but some have been in my stash for a long time and may be retired.  If possible, I will suggest a substitute.  Common items like cardstock, glue, etc will not be listed here.

 

Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Gracielle Design

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the November Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This month we’re teaming up with Gracielle Design.  I’ve used her digital stamps and papers to create this elegant Winter Wishes Christmas Card.  If you’ve come here from Karen’s lovely blog, then you are right on track.  Now let’s get to hopping!

This month, we’re focusing on the ribbons in the gorgeous November Ribbon Club Country Christmas Assortment.  I had such fun pairing these lovely ribbons up with Gracielle Design Winter Blessings Digital Stamps and Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Collection.  Here’s a look at these lovely ribbons.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  After printing out my digital papers, I cut them to size.  Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Next, I double matted the layers on silver metallic and burgundy cardstock.  Then I created extra dimension in this Winter Wishes Christmas card by adding waste chipboard (instead of foam spacers) between the layers.

Next, I printed the sentiment on white cardstock, and matted it on a die cut label.  At this point, the card is pretty…but it needs some jazzing up.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Ribbon to the Rescue!

In my world, ribbon is always the perfect finishing accent.  I pulled out my trusty Bow-it-All Tool to create this elegant bow cluster.  The base layer is a double loop bow tied with Moss Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon.  The next layer shimmers thanks to 3/8″ Soft Pine Satin with a Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.  The icing on this Winter Wishes Christmas Card Bow Cluster is a delicate string bow tied with Gold Metallic String.  Last, but not least, I’ve added a silver button from my stash.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Now it’s time to finish the inside of this pretty card.  I layered up scraps of my digital papers with another lovely sentiment from the Winter Blessings Digital Stamp set.  Dress this up with a little ribbon border and a few sparkling silver gumdrops.

Then, add a little gift card pocket filled with a tea bag and a honey stick to finish with a flourish!

On with the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a little love behind.  Then finish up on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Country Holiday Ribbon Collection!

If you’re not already a subscriber to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to let Santa know that it would make a great Christmas gift!  And now is the perfect time to sign up, as Bonnie is offering new subscribers a special deal on the November/December Club Assortments.

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas that you can use in making your own Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Creative Crew: Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends! We’re getting our Christmas crafts on this month!  Today,  I have the cutest Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial to share with you today!  Little things make my heart happy, and this itty bitty 4″ x 2 x 1.5″ wintry album is filled with all kinds of teeny tiny cuteness!

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 1

See what I mean?  Who doesn’t love a snow globe style shaker element on the cover of a teeny tiny mini album?

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 2The base of this adorable album is created with Tammy Tutterow’s Mini Tag Album Die.  I’ve made several albums with this sweet die, but this time, I modified the design to create a chunky spine and tabbed pocket pages.  You’ll see how I do this in my Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial video.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Shake it Up, Baby!

I forgot to tell you how to make the shaker cover in my tutorial video, so I will do that here.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 3The focal image on the cover is a sticker from Authentique’s Frosty Winter 12×12 Paper Collection. (Product Links below.)  Here’s how I created this fun shaker top element:

  • First, add the sticker to a circular die cut or chipboard piece that is about 1/2″ larger in diameter than the sticker.  I painted my die cut white first to make sure that if it showed, it would look nice.
  • Now, use the corresponding Spellbinder Small Standard Circle die to cut out a clear acetate circle.  This will be the cover for your shaker element.
  • Next, add 1/8″ Scor-tape to the back side of this die cut circle.
  • Then, add Kool-Tac clear foam tape around the outer edge of the circle with the sticker.
  • Now, carefully add some Stampendous Shaved Ice Frantage elements to the center of the snow globe base.  Be careful not to get any flakes on the Kool-Tac, or it will not stick well.
  • Next, remove the liner tape from the Scor-Tape and the Kool-Tac tape and press the acetate cover over the sticker base.
  • Now, hot glue the snow globe base to the album cover.
  • Then use hot glue to add the white leaf wreath around the outer edge.
  • Finally, decorate with die cut felt flowers.
Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Add a Chunky Spine

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 4You all know how much I love tags and pockets and dimensional details.  I wanted to add those to this adorable album, but to do that, I had to modify the design a little. You will learn how to turn the mini tag album base into this chunky little album in the tutorial.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 5

I also transformed the mini tag album pages into little pockets.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: A Peek at the pages

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 6This album is loaded with interactive elements.  It would be a super cute stocking stuffer, and a great way to present a monetary gift as there are lots and lots of little tuck spots, pockets and hiding places inside.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 7Each itty bitty tag is topped with one of Tammy’s Shortie Tabs.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 9

Sticker stamps make great tuck spots if you back them with cardstock.  You can also add stickers to folded cardstock to create these mini file folders.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 10

Page turn elements are made with a die from Tabs 2.  And Tammy’s Prim heart makes the cutest little embellishment when cut from felt.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 11

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 12

Here’s that Prim Heart again.  This time it’s decorating a Tabbed Mini Pocket.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 13

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 14

This is the perfect hiding spot for a little cash, tickets or even small jewelry.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 15

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then let’s watch this Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial Video.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial on Youtube

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Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s November, and you know what that means, right?  Time to get to work on our Christmas Card lists!  Nothing gets the old mojo flowing like a new fancy fold card design.  That’s why I’ve prepared this Christmas Z Fold cards 3 ways tutorial for you today.  We’ll be using Authentique’s awesome Vintage Christmas Collection Kit and 6×6 paper bundle to create 3 fabulous Z Fold Card Designs!

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

One of the things I love the most about Fancy Fold cards is the “wow” factor they bring to cardmaking.  They look like little masterpieces, but the bases are actually really easy to build and super fun to decorate.

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #1 Christmas Snow Globes Standard Z Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

The standard  Z Fold card base takes about 10 seconds to create, so it’s perfect for the busy holiday season.  It folds flat for mailing or storage, but opens out to reveal a loads of depth and dimension.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

 

This simple card mechanism allows a  card to  stand for display on a side table or Christmas mantel.  So your card can do double duty as home decor.  And you’ve just gotta love that!

 

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

 

In the video tutorial below, you’ll learn how to incorporate a gift card/treat pocket in each card design.  So now your card is a gift, too.  Sweet!

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #2: Cookies and Cocoa Easel Style Z Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

 

Some of our family’s best Christmas memories are tied to the tradition of baking cookies together.  This darling easel style Z Fold Christmas card celebrates that fun family tradition.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

 

Not only does this adorable card stand for display, it also contains a fun mechanism that makes it exciting to open.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

 

The inner panel contains a mini paper bag envelope with enough room to hold a sweet treat, some cash or a gift card.  I’ll show you how to make this exciting interactive card design in the YouTube tutorial below.

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #3: Dashing Through the Snow Pop Up Z-Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

 

Pop up cards are such fun to open…and create! Learn how to combine your beautiful Authentique papers with some stylish dies and in no time flat, you’ll have this fabulous Z Fold Pop Up card ready for gifting.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9

 

And of course, there’s a gift card pocket tucked into this design, too.  Oh, what fun!

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  This YouTube Video will guide you step by step through building the base, adding the papers and decorating your cards.  Grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you, because we’re making all 3 cards and I don’t want you to faint on me.  You might also want to grab a pencil and notebook to write down measurements and the like.

I’ve linked up to the papers, dies and ribbons that I used in this post below.  I hope you have as much fun making these Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards as I did!

Cheerio,
kathy

Supply List

Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio

Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio for the Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Hop!  Christmas is peeking around the corner, and it’s time to get our holiday craft on.  This Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio is loaded with pull out tags, handmade flowers, hidden treats and a lovely mini photo album. I had such fun designing this 5″ x 7″ top fold card. The card base is built with a 1/4″ spine to allow for all kinds of goodies to be tucked inside.  I can’t wait to share all my tips and tricks with you.  Let’s get this party started!

Christmas Joy Card Folio: Sparkling Poinsettias

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2

Begin the process of making this card by creating the Sparkling Poinsettia Flowers.

  • First, use Peeled Paint Distress ink to stamp Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set twice onto lightly patterned paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection.
  • Immediately sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Now, use sponge daubers to add Peeled Paint Distress ink to the flower centers.
  • Then add Fired Brick and Candied Apple  Distress Ink to the petals.
  • Now die cut the flower layers with the matching Sparkling Poinsettia Die.
  • Mist the die cut flower layers lightly with Tattered Angels Lobster Mist.
  • Now shape with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  • Heat dry.
  • Then stack together with hot glue. Add stamens to the center.
  • To add glitter, trace around the veins with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle with clear glitter.  (See links below)
  • Once the glitter has dried, fill centers with Berry Nice Prills.
Christmas Joy Card Folio: Creating the Pocket

 

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

It’s no secret by now that I love pockets…and tags.  So for this card, I found a fun way to use them on the cover of the card.

  • First, cut a piece of the Christmas newsprint paper slightly smaller than my card base.
  • Next, ink it up with Candied Apple, Festive Berries, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Then, spritz the paper with water and let the inks run.  Heat Dry.  Repeat until you like the way the background looks.
  • Now, fussy cut the Joy to the World banner and poinsettias from the 6×6 card front.  Ink the edges.
  • Then, place the banner over the inked panel and stitch to a mat of dark green cardstock.  Leave the top of the banner open to form a pocket.
Christmas Joy Card Folio: Creating the Tags

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

  • First, cut a panel of lightly patterned designer paper to measure 3.25″ x 5″.
  • Now, use Peeled Paint Distress Ink to stamp the Holly swirl from Joy to the World on this panel.
  • Next, stamp Joy to the World image on this same panel using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Then, use Stack and Store Daubers  and the inks of your choice to add color.
  • Next, trace around some of the lines  in the stamped image with Art Institute Dries Clear Glue. Be sure to use the fine tip attachment.
  • Now place the image over a funnel tray or large sheet of paper and sprinkle with Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.  Tap off the excess and set aside to dry.
  • When dry, round the corners with a 1/4″ corner rounder punch.  Crop the top edge with a Scallop Edge Punch.  Add a hole punch in the center for ribbon.
  • Then cut a 6″ length of 5/8″ Red Gauze Print Satin Ribbon through the hole.  Tie with a piece of crochet lace.
  • Add poinsettia and stick pins to each tag, then tuck in the pocket.

 

To finish the card front, glue a poinsettia in the upper left and corner of the card.  Then tie a double loop bow from Forest Green Satin Swirl Ribbon.  Tuck beneath the poinsettia, using your scissor points to set it in place.

Christmas Joy Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

I added a fun mini photo album to the card pocket.

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

It is stamped with the sentiment from the Joy to the World Cling Stamp set, and has a ribbon closure.

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7The inner panels are decorated with 4″ x 6″ card fronts cut from the paper collection.  I’ve tucked in tags, photo mounts, and a little chocolate treat.

On with the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop list, as one random comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.  If you don’t comment, you can’t win!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki ♥ Amarilys ♥ AlissaDeneen Martine  ♥ Sarah ♥

The hop runs from 8AM EDT Friday, October 27- 11:59PM Monday, October 29th.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 1st.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by contacting Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the October Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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