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Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial

Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Boy oh boy….is December a busy month or what?  In addition to Christmas, I have 2 family birthdays and a dance recital for the Littles on the list.  I made this Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial with our younger daughter in mind.  (Her birthday was on Tuesday.)

Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This daughter is a minimalist.  So every year I try to make a clean and simple card for her.  It’s usually the hardest card I make all year!  But she loves dragonflies, so I thought perhaps this simple card made with Stamperia Wonderland would fit the bill.

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This is a 5″ x 5 1/2″ card base with a twist and pop mechanism on the inside.  I did dress the card up with a little silver metallic string and a dragonfly charm.  The minimalist flower cluster is made with Tim Holt’s Skeleton Leaves Thinlits, silver metallic string and a Little Birdie Moonlight Renae flower.

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Although it’s difficult to see in the photo, I treated the dragonfly wings with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  I also sprinkled in a few grains of Ancient Amber to add that wonderful iridescent quality that real dragonfly wings have.  It’s very pretty in real life.

Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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The inside of this card has a really fun twist and pop mechanism.  (Tutorial below)  I die cut Tammy Tutterow mini envelopes from cream paper, then decorated them with scraps from the wonderland collection.  We’ll put a little gift card or cash gift in each envelope to make the card even more fun.

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I stamped some sentiments and added them to the card base and the envelopes.  But really, this is a super simple card.

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Here’s a side view of the mechanism that you can refer to when you make your own version.

Stamperia Wonderland Twist and Pop Card Tutorial 2.0 on You Tube

I did a tutorial for this twist and pop card on the blog quite a while ago.  You can find that original tutorial HERE.   I did some paper engineering to change up the original twist and pop mechanism design, and it works great.  But some of my followers were still struggling with making the mechanism.  So I went back to the drawing board and simplified it even more.  You’ll find those changes in this very short YouTube video tutorial.

I hope this helps you to master this fun interactive card design.  If you view the video, please take a moment and leave me a comment on my Youtube channel.  And if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, I’d love to have you join me on your crafting journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  With Christmas right around the corner, you’re going to love the new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve made this Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for the “In the Kitchen” challenge, which is hosted by Suzz.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s find out what Suzz has to say:

Challenge Theme: In The Kitchen
This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table.  Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project.  You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen.  You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.
Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Inspiration

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 01

Baking cookies is a Christmas tradition I’ve loved for decades!  My mom used to bake enormous batches of her Traditional Scotch Shortbread every holiday season.  I can still see her sitting in a chair, my grandmother’s old soup pot clenched firmly between her knees as she worked the butter and sugar together with an old wooden spoon.  These simple and delicious cookies are part of our Christmas tradition every year, but I use my KitchenAid Mixer to cream the butter and sugar.   The whole house smells like Christmas when these buttery cookies are baking!  And it makes me feel connected to my mom, which is a wonderful thing indeed!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Design

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 02

I decided to go big for this challenge, so this easel card base measures a whopping 7″ square.  The large size and easel card design are great for display in the kitchen during the holidays.  It also gave me loads of “real estate” to play around with.  The front cover is actually a pocket that’s been stuffed with loads of kitchen themed goodies.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: How to make a miniature cookbook

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 03

Stamperia Vintage Christmas is a wonderful collage page filled with delightful cut apart images.  This recipe book page was fun to turn into a miniature book.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut out the 3 1/2″ ” x 2 1/2″ recipe book page, then ink and distress the edges.
  • Next, spritz it very lightly with water and crumple it up into a ball.
  • Cut 3 more 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ book pages from scraps or copy paper.  Give them the same treatment.
  • Now, carefully open the crumpled book pages and smudge them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  You can always find the tried and true recipes in any cookbook by looking for the smudged and soiled pages!
  • Fold each page in half down the center just like a real book.  Then use a bone folder or the side of a ruler to curl the pages to give them a used, dogeared appearance.
  • Run a thin bead of glue along the fold of each page and stack the pages together.
  • Next, adhere just the “spine” of the book “cover” to the card base.
  • Then,  when the glue has set, sort of push the outer edges of the pages toward the spine while adhering the corners of the book “cover” to the card base.  I added a small dab of adhesive here and there to keep the pages from flying open.

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Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Wooden Spoon

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 05

Dressing this wooden spoon up for the holidays was a blast!  It was a yard sale find that cost me a whole quarter!  For some reason, the spoon has a normal sized bowl, but is only 6″ long.  I can’t imagine what it would have been used for, but now it decorates my card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First cover the spoon with a layer of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.  I still have the dabber top stains, but you could use the spray stain as well.
  • Now, dry the stain with a heat tool.
  • Next, open the top of a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and pour a dime sized puddle in the bowl of the spoon.  Then use a paint brush (or your fingers, which is what I did) to spread the embossing ink all over the front and sides of the spoon.
  • Then place the spoon in a funnel tray or on a clean sheet of paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess, and put it back in the container.  Then heat emboss.  This transformation is so much fun to watch!
  • When the spoon is fully embossed and cooled, randomly paint the edges, handle and bowl with more embossing ink.  Don’t go for full coverage!  Just light coverage and random strokes.
  • Then cover the spoon with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture, tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is so lovely!

I decorated my spoon with ribbon, die cut Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, Little Birdie Crafts Elsie Florals, Rusty Jingle Bells, Gold Twine and Sherry Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  When I had everything arranged to my taste, I tapped greenery and bells with Distress Grit Paste to resemble snow.  So fun!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: Pocket Inserts

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 06

I used images from the Vintage Christmas Scrapbooking cards to create a couple of 4″ x 6″ recipe folios to tuck in the front pocket.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 07

The recipes for Mom’s Shortbread and our favorite Gingersnaps are written inside.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 08

In this photo, you can see that the “stopper” for the easel is also a pocket.  Isn’t that fun?

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 09I created a little tea bag wallet to tuck inside, along with a pretty ephemera card.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 10

There’s room on the back of the ephemera card to add another recipe.  And you just have to have a cup of tea with a Christmas cookie!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 11

Here’s a peek at what the card looks like when it is not standing up for display.  That’s something I love about an easel card.  You can fold them down for storage or mailing, then stand them upright for display.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this sweet “In the Kitchen” challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic kitchen themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday December 18th.

The winner  of this challenge 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 shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I’ve created this Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box to go along with the  Christmas Gifts theme that our hostess, Maggi, has chosen for the challenge.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s see what she has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Tis the Season for Gift Giving!
It’s that time of the year where we’re all thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and families!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life.  Your gift could be a simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor.  Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes?  Your imagination is the only limit on this challenge!
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Inspiration

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Box

I happen to have a love for pretty boxes.  So much so that my family saves interesting boxes for me to alter.  I have a box full of them in the Closet of Shame.  Since so many of us give gift cards for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to create a really beautiful box that could house a gift card.  That was my original intent.  But when I began digging through the COS, I found a Tim Holtz 6″ x 9″ x 1″ Configurations Box that I’d forgotten all about.  All the little boxes inside were missing (what on earth did I do with those???)  but the box itself was perfect for my new and improved plan.

Paint the box with Candied Apple Distress Paint.  Then add a layer of Distress Crazing Medium.  When that has dried, rub on some Black Soot Distress Stain, wiping off with a paper towel after about 10 seconds.  Then tap/brush an Embossing Dabber along the edges and sides of the box.  Sprinkle on Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture to add that holiday touch of gold.

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I adhered a vintage silver plate spoon to the side of the box in lieu of a handle.

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And I added more stenciling/inking to the spine.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Paper

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Stamperia Winter Botanic is the most gorgeous paper!  After distressing/inking the edges, I matted it on some kraft cardstock which I also distressed and inked.  Then I stitched around the edges of the paper on my machine.  To add some texture and layering to the paper, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through a Stamperia Stencil.  When the paste was dry, I lightly sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, spritzed lightly with water and heat dried.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: Framed

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Can you spot something you rarely see in one of my projects?  The answer is that I used just ONE layer of designer paper.  To draw the eye to the image of that beautiful winter bird, I decided to top it with a Tim Holtz Vignette Topper Frame.  Here’s how I altered it:

  • First, place the frame in a shallow box.  I like to use the 12″ x 12″ shipping boxes that paper gets shipped in.  Placing the frame in a box is not a requirement, but it sure does make cleanup easy!
  • Next, spray the frame thoroughly with Ground Espresso Distress Stain Spray.
  • Then, while the stain is still wet, spray randomly with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Mica Spray.
  • After the frame is dry (I used my heat gun) scrape some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the frame.
  • Then apply Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on a piece of sponge.  Squeeze the sponge gently to evenly distribute the adhesive.  Then tap the sponge randomly all over the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place the frame over a funnel tray or a large piece of paper and sprinkle liberally with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  This gives the frame a frosty appearance and adds subtle sparkle to the “snow”.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Finishing Touches

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Wrap the left hand side of the paper panel with burlap string.  Tie a knot and add some rusty jingle bells in the upper left corner.  Arrange Little Birdie Flowers (Buttermilk Rosalind Roses and Danica Cherry) along the left hand side of the box.  Tear out the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the paper collection, distress, back with dimensionals and add above the frame.

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  • Alter a Graphic 45 Ornate Door Plate and Knob by painting with black gesso.  While the paint is damp, spritz it liberally with the Tim Holtz Mica Spray again.  Then heat dry.
  • Add mustard seeds and green peppercorns in the corners of the frame.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: A Peek Inside

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The interior of the box holds a little Christmas card and photo folio.

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This 5″ x 7″ card has a base layer of Stamperia Rice Paper.  Apply this with Distress Vintage Collage Medium for a beautiful vintage finish.   Stitch on some scraps of designer paper and the beautiful deer image. Then add more stenciling and inking for texture.

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Dry brush Picket Fence Distress Paint on a wood slice (my son cut these for me in his shop but you can use the Tim Holtz brand). Add some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the edges, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and set aside to dry.  Color a Tim Holtz Deer with Alcohol Inks.  I wanted to add a white bottle brush tree to the wood slice, but it prevented the box from closing.  So I colored this pretty silvertone Christmas tree charm with Pesto Alcohol Ink instead.  All these elements were joined by some Spanish Moss and some rusty jingle bells.

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Here’s a peek at the inside.  That’s a handmade crocheted/starched snowflake ornament in the pocket.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Folio

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I added more rice paper images to the cover of this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ magnetic folio.

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There are 6 panels in all, each decorated with papers from the Winter Botanic and Alchemy Collections.  I even managed to fit in another pocket.

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And here’s a look at the box with all the goodies removed.  This paper is drool worthy!  As always, this Stamperia Winter Botanic Box Set is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join this festive challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic Christmas Gift themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 4th.

The Frilly and Funkie Design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to a special Guest Designer spot on the blog.  We will also give Top 3 Badges to 3 additional favorite projects.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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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Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR November Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I have such a treat for you today!  This Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio sparkles and shines with shabby chic charm. I’ve dressed it up in its holiday best using dreamy ribbons from the November Ribbon Club Assortment.

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This card feels like a magical portal back in time to a peaceful, simple, cozy Christmas!  It measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1/2″ and is richly layered with papers, images, ribbons, flowers and all the shabby chic elements I love the most.   Don’t you want to spend the holidays in this serene and scenic spot?

 

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: The Layers

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To create this rich, layered look follow these simple steps:

  • First cut a 5 5/8″  mat from soft teal cardstock.  Distress the edges and ink with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/2″ mat from soft pink cardstock and repeat the distressing steps.
  • Now cut a 5 1/4″ layer of the pink and aqua mixed media background page from Pink Christmas. (The one with the squirrels on the back side).
  • Then stitch or adhere all 3 layers together .
  • Add a layer of white crochet lace from the ribbon club assortment along the border edge of the patterned paper.

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  • Now fussy cut the image from the paper collection and back with dimensionals like foam tape or waste chipboard.
  • Use postage stamp shaped scissors to cut out the stamp images and layer behind the focal along with the “Christmas” banner.
  • Adhere a white glitter snowflake in the upper left hand corner of the card.
  • Then adhere all the other layers in place.
Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: The Bow Cluster

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Here’s how I created this deliciously shabby chic bow cluster.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: Detail Shots

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This little vignette is created on top of a slice of wood my son cut from a branch.  First, I painted the surface with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then I added some Ranger Crackle Texture Paste and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the edges.  Then I adhered the mini Woodland Tree, some more bead/berry clusters and a vintage button from my stash.  Next, I adhered the entire assemblage to a cut apart from the paper collection, backed it with foam adhesive and adhered in place.  A few more shell buttons from my stash, some icy branches and a touch of Diamond Stickles and dry brushing with acrylic paint complete the card.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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I’ve “tied things up” inside with more of that lovely light pink organza/satin center ribbon.  Ooh la la!

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Here’s a sweet spot to tuck Christmas photos and memories.

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And a pocket filled with darling goodies.

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This mini envelope is so sweet tied with Light Pink Organza/Satin Center Ribbon!

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More little goodies tucked inside!

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Some sweet vintage buttons are the final treat.

On With the Hop

The entire RRR team has prepared a banquet of ribbony inspiration for you today, all created with the gorgeous November Ribbon Club Assortment.

Hop by each blog and leave a lovely comment.  Then finish the hop at the RRR Blog, answer Bonnie’s question of the month and your name will be entered into a drawing to win your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to ask Santa to add it to your stocking!  It will be like Christmas every single time your Ribbon Club assortment arrives!  You can find all the details HERE.

Now it’s time for you to pop on over and see what delightful treats the inventive Linsey has in store for you 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.

And if you’re interested in purchasing this Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for All Creatures Great & Small at Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a fun, funky mixed media project to share with you.  I created this Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in a moment, but first let’s see what the Magnificent Maggi, our challenge hostess, has to say about the new challenge.

Challenge Theme: All Creatures Great and Small
Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile.  Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life.  My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals.  It could be your pets or a vintage photo.  Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone???  Eeeek!!!!  No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: The Inspiration

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I love animals, but severe allergies/asthma prevent me from being in contact with them.  So for this animal themed challenge, I chose my favorite species: birds.  What’s not to love? From their beautiful feathers to their cheering songs to their amazing ability to soar against the sky, birds are marvelous creatures.  The Patchwork collection from Stamperia is filled with whimsical bird images…and tea!  So you know I had to use it for this challenge.

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Stamperia Patchwork fairly begs to be used in mixed media.  What can I say…I answered the call when creating this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Little Mixed Media Mayhem

First, use a brayer to roll an uneven coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the edges of a 5″ x 7 kraft card base.

This is a tip I picked up from the amazing Seth Apter.  Next, use a really cheap paintbrush to dry brush Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the Antique Linen layer.  The idea is to end up with lots of brush strokes as you can see here.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the next steps in the process, as I got all involved in the act of creating.  Mea culpa!

Next, use the wood grain stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencil Set 10 with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add another layer of texture over the brush strokes.  Then,  randomly spray the edges of the card with Distress Resist Spray.

TIP: As per Tim’s instructions, always place items in a box before you spray with Resist.  The tiny particles go everywhere and stick PERMANENTLY to anything they touch.  I have an old shipping box set aside for use as a spray box.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Seth Apter Baked Texture

Now that you’ve sprayed the edges, sprinkle on Chunky Rust Baked Texture and heat emboss.

TIP: Heat emboss from the UNDER side of your project to prevent granules from flying all over the place.  You’re welcome.

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You can see the cool effects of the Chunky Rust Baked Texture quite clearly at the top of the card.  I really wanted this card to have a lot of grungy, distressed layers.  Machine stitching, spattering, and painted distressed edges did the trick.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture

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I’m in love with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Here’s how I altered the bird.

  • Fussy cut the bird from Stamperia Patchwork.
  • Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.
  • Place the fussy cut image on a non-porous surface like your craft mat. Cover it well with an Emboss Dabber.
  • Place the image in a funnel tray or clean piece of paper. (So you can save the Baked Texture Powder for another use) .  Cover it thoroughly with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Let the image cool, then repeat the above step.  You end up with a beautiful, vintage gloss that looks amazing.  As a bonus, it strengthens the paper, too.
  • Now, while the image is set, but still a little warm, shape it with your fingers to add dimension.  I just sort of bent the edges in toward the middle, and to my delight, the shape held.
  • When it is time to adhere the bird to the card, back it with 2 or 3 layers of foam tape.  Or, be cheap like me and use waste chipboard.
  • Add a thin bead of a strong liquid adhesive to the very edge of the fussy cut image.  (I use Art institute Dries Clear Glue.)
  • Hold the edges of the bird against the paper until the glue takes hold.  I use a fast drying glue, so this really only takes a few second.  The foam tape in the center will give the body a lovely, rounded shape.
Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Detail Shots

 

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Add Grit Paste through Tim’s Stitched Stencil.  Then I brush a little Rusty Hinge Distress Stain over it to make it match all the rusty, distressed elements in the card.   After sewing the card, leave the thread long, then tuck it under this rusty index clip.

 

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These Little Birdie Flowers are from the Pastel Palette.  I dry brushed them with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and a little Antique Linen Distress Paint to age them.   The sentiment is backed with waste chipboard to add more dimension.  And everything is spattered with walnut ink.

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Custom dye seam binding ribbon with Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Pockets are great…and just look at these amazing colors!

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

This little tea bag wallet sits in the side pocket on the top of the card.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo10

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

The lower pocket is filled with a vintage silver spoon found on one of my junkin’ adventures.  Then I stitched one of the tags onto natural canvas and dressed it up with a little vintage lace and a vintage button.  And where there is tea, there must be a honey stick!

Now It’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll join in on this fun All Creatures Great and Small Challenge.  To do so, just link up your vintage or shabby chic animal themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before    11: 55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 25th.

The design team will pick our 4 favorite projects from all those entered.  The winning project will join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our favorite picks will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog, too.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guideline will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the rest of the team has made.  I know you will be inspired!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

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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