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Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Designs Five for Friday: Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

 

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another edition of Five for Friday with the Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Crew.  I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here in North Carolina it is hot and steamy.  There’s only one remedy I know of for this kind of heat: ice cream!  And so to help cool things off, here’s a Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Isn’t this yummy?  Best of all, it’s calorie free!  Here’s a little story about my life long love affair with ice cream.

The Best Birthday Ice Cream Ever

I grew up in a family that was rich in love, creativity, integrity and hard work…but not so rich in material goods.  Ice cream was a rare and wonderful treat in our home.  My mother, in particular, loved ice cream, especially if it was soft serve.

Vermont (where I grew up) is known for its rich dairy products.  When I was a kid, a local dairy produced their own line of frozen confections called Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  The REAL was all in caps on the logo, and there was a pretty brown cow contentedly grazing in a verdant green field on the square half gallon box.  It was the best ice cream in the world.

We, however, could not afford to buy it.  Our local radio station ran a weekly contest, where they gave away a half gallon of Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  It had to be your birthday, and you had to write in and tell them why you, of all people, deserved to win.

Mom Saves the Day!

Now, my mom was without a doubt the most creative woman I ever met.  She sewed, she baked, she canned and gardened and beautified our home on a shoestring.  She could also write.  Her poems were filled with gorgeous imagery and impeccable meter and rhyme.  Every year around our birthdays, she wrote a special poem about the birthday boy or girl and sent it in to the radio contest.  And she always won.  No contest!  And that, my friends, is how I was able to enjoy a double scoop of REAL Vermont Ice Cream each year on my birthday.  It’s also why I love ice cream so much.  It’s probably genetic…but this memory of my mom’s ingenuity and creativity makes it extra sweet.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Create a Stenciled Background

Here’s how I put this sweet card together. You’ll find links to the products at the end of this post.

  1.  First, create a 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card base from pale pink cardstock.
  2. Next, cut a slightly smaller piece of polka dot paper (linked below).  Distress the edges and glue to the card front.
  3. Now, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of smooth white cardstock. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink through the Vertical lines of Tammy’s Gingham Stencil.
  4. Now, turn the panel long wise and apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink through the horizontal lines of this same stencil.
  5. Next, spritz with a little water from your Distress Sprayer.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, sponge the white areas very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  7. Finally, stitch around the edges. Glue onto the card base.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Layer it Up!

Did you guess that I was trying to create the look of Neapolitan Ice Cream on this card?  That’s because it was my favorite as a kid.  Now I’m a Butter Pecan gal.

Now, let’s get on to the rest of the layers!

  1. Cut a 4″ x 6.25″ rectangle of soft pink burlap.
  2. Fringe the edges.
  3. Die cut the largest layer from Spellbinder’s Timeless Rectangle from floral print.
  4. Stitch the die cut to the burlap along the inside edge.
  5. Attach to the gingham layer.
  6. Cut a 2″ wide strip of yellow patterned paper.  Punch a decorative edge.  Layer over the center of the die cut layer.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sentiment and Cone

 

  1. Stamp the sentiment in Jet Black Archival ink onto Smooth White Cardstock.
  2. Heat Emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Fussy cut the sentiment.
  4. Color in with the medium of your choice.  I used colored pencils because I am not great with markers.
  5. Scatter small dots of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive randomly around the sentiment panel.  Sprinkle with TuTu Pink Prills.
  6. While the Prills are drying, create the cone.
  7. Stamp and die cut the cone image 3 times.  You will use small foam dots between each layer to create lots of dimension.
Coloring the Image
  1. On the first image, color the waffle cone by sponging it with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Spritz with water. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo DI.
  2. For the 2nd layer, color the ice cream and cherry.  Trim away just the scoops with the matching die. Then attach to the cone with small foam dots.
  3.  Finally color the cherry on the 3rd stamped image.  Die cut with the matching die and attach with foam dots.
  4. Add glue to the sprinkles on the ice cream scoops.  Then sprinkle with Berry Nice Prills.
  5. To finish the sentiment, coat the letters with Glossy Accents.  Then spatter with diluted pink paint.
  6. Mount the sentiment on waste cardboard and glue to the card.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sweet Surprises inside

I really had fun designing the interior of this card.  First, I stamped, inked and colored this fun sentiment for the top of the card.  Then I turned the sentiment into a little gift card pocket.  I had a plain white string tie envelope in my stash.  It was easy to dress up with one of Tammy’s Tab Set Two dies.  This is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor.  And you can write a personal note on the envelope.

The bottom pocket  is decorated with a die cut doily and stamped Little Sentiment.  The pocket holds a pretty little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Making the Shortie Tag

First I die cut the Shortie Tag from Kraft Cardstock.  Then I die cut a second tag from Authentique Spectrum paper.  This quatrefoil print looks like a waffle cone to me!  I added a strip of micro brown check paper, and another die cut doily.  Then I die cut the Deco Edge Envelope from designer paper.
Don’t you just love these Tiny Sentiments?  They really come in handy!  And what goes better with a tiny sentiment than a tiny spoon full of ice cream?  I know, I know…I get crazy sometimes!

The finishing touch was to add a couple of Posie Part flowers and leaves to the tag.

Inquiring minds want to know?  What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?   I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Wishing you double scoops all summer long!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Take a Road Trip with Authetique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Aaaah, Summertime!  The perfect time to hit the road, go adventuring, and make lasting memories!  Who wants to take a road trip with me today as we explore a brand new collection from Authentique Paper?  This Pastime Passport Style Mini Album is the perfect travel companion, loaded with fun interactive features, retro style images and ready for adventure.  Take a peek:

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is the cutest, chunkiest little mini album!  Authentique’s Pastime Collection  is filled to the brim with  retro images like Polaroid cameras, cute little campers, vintage billboards, tickets receipts and more. The Pastime 6×6 Paper Bundle is just the right size for this petite 3.5″ x 5″ x 2″ mini album. I also used fussy cut images, patterns, Detail Stickers and Petite Diction Stickers from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 2Eileen Hull’s Passport Book Die by Sizzix is a perfect playmate for this paper collection.  After die cutting covers, spine and inner pages, I went to work on decorating the album.  The album contains 3 separate signatures (inserts) bound with elastic.  Each signature holds 12 pages that you cut out with the die.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a peek a the album spine.  You can see the elastic binding strips threaded through the holes.  I added some vintage travel charms and beads just for fun.  Don’t you love this paper?

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album Video Tour on YouTube

This album is bursting with interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, waterfall features, fold out pages and more.  I find the easiest way to share a project like this is with a YouTube video tour.  I share a lot in this video about the process for making the album as well as tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: A few detail shots

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Pockets add so much to a mini album design.  This side pocket is decorated with one of the fun Details Stickers from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  I matted it on kraft cardstock to make it pop against that cute patterned paper in the background.  Photo mounts held together with a decorative belly band fill the side pocket.  You can place 8 photos here.  Isn’t that amazing?The cover page of the first signature is simply decorated with another gorgeous Detail Sticker.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I kept the embellishments in this album very simple.  Because it is small, I didn’t want the pages to be too busy.  Petite Diction stickers give you the opportunity to create your own captions, which is lots of fun.  Mat stickers on kraft cardstock, then glue just the bottom edge so that you can tuck your photo behind as I did on this flip page.

Turn fussy cut images into mini journaling spots or photo albums.  To do this, I simply fold paper in half and then add my image.  This journal spot also serves as a turn tab for the fold out page.

Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Throughout the album, I’ve used stickers to make my own embellishments. This tiny Polaroid sticker looks so cute hanging from the paperclip that holds this journal page in place.  I simply matted the sticker on folded cardstock, trimmed out the tails, then looped it over the paper clip.  It looks chic and trendy even though it’s cheap and easy!  LOL

Use Your Stash!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Do you keep ephemera items like small paper bags and such?  An album like this is the perfect place to use these items from your stash!  I found a tiny paper bag that was the perfect size for this album,  covered it with paper, then added a tag.  Again, a quick and affordable embellishment that looks great on the page.

Creative Uses for Scraps in Your Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

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We all have scraps, right?  And they end up in a bin and never get used, which is such a waste. When you have  gorgeous papers like these, you want to utilize every scrap.  Therefore,  I have been training myself to look for creative ways to use them in my projects.  This decorative belly band is made with a piece of paper I’d trimmed off.  Backed with kraft cardstock (also a scrap) it creates a stylish way to tuck in a tag.  And let’s talk about the tag for a moment: its also decorated with a scrap of paper.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Punch a decorative edge on a scrap and use it as a border as I did here.  It takes just a few seconds to do, but adds a designer look to a page.  I also used a fussy cut scrap as a layering piece behind this cute hang tag made with a sticker from the collection.  Scraps are our friends, people!  Invite them to the party!

Make the Most of Your Page With Waterfall Features

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I confess a love for waterfall features. They are interactive and fun.  Not only that, you can store a ton of photos on a waterfall page.  This tiny 3.25″ x 4.25″ page can hold SIX 3.4 photos!  Here’s how to make your own waterfall element on a page:

  • First, measure the page to determine the width and length of each waterfall element.  You want the width of each waterfall page to be slightly smaller than the width of the album page.
  • Next, cut rectangles of paper.  Remember to add 1/2″ more to the length of each rectangle so you can score a flap.  Each of these rectangles measures 3″ x 4″.
  • Then, score a 1/2″ flap on the short side of each rectangle.  This is the  mechanism that will attach to the base page. Fold the flap to the back side of each rectangle.
  • Now, ink the edges and shape with corner punches if desired.
  • Place adhesive of your choice on the back side of each flap.  Beginning with the first flap, line the scored edge up with the top of your base page.  Make sure it is straight.  Press to adhere.
  • Next, lift the flap of the first waterfall. Align the scored edge of the next flap up with the bottom edge of the first flap and adhere, being sure to keep everything straight.
  • Continue until you’ve added all the flaps.
Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: The Grand Finale

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The final page of this album is so much fun.  I created a micro journaling spot with one of the tiny stickers from the Details sheet.  Then I created a tuck spot with a fussy cut image from the 6×6 bundle.  The inside cover has a pocket with a handy little notepad that I created from designer paper and chipboard.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 12

I love this quote: “Life is a grand adventure: go live it!”  What a perfect way to end this post!

Thanks so much 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

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial & Video Tour

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix

Hello, Friends!  I love Mondays!  You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create.  This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper.  This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

See?  I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book!  I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap.  Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die?  So I did!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2

I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall.  That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!

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A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure.  Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design.  Don’t you love these patterns?  Yum!

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Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.

Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide

Travel Journal style minis are trending right now.  They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive!  In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly.  You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beginnings Baby Book: Pockets and Tags

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Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details.  One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements.  And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!

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Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles!  I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace.  It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked!  It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 7

To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper.  Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge.  Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!

The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.

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Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page.  I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 9Side pockets can hold larger journal cards and photos.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 10Don’t you just love these images?  Be still my heart!

Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made this one.

  1. First, cut eight 4.25″ x 4.75″  rectangles from Spectrum Bubblegum 1&2 papers.
  2. Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
  3. Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
  4. Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
  5. Add adhesive to the back side of the flap.  JUST the flap!
  6. Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
  7. Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it.  Press in place.
  8. Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
  9. Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band

This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band!  Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate.  Of course, photos will fit here , too.
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Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs

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To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding.  Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers.  Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet.  Easy peasy!  Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!

 

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Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page.  Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it.  These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.

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These little flip books are so easy to make!  Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners.  Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM!  Instant flip book!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 16Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page.  Glue just the edge down and fold.  Isn’t it sweet?

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 17If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 18This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.

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Another example of a flap and some flip pages.

Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour

Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it.  I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

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

Product Links

Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available.  You can always substitute.

Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial

Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial with A Place in Time

Hello, G 45’ers!  You all know how much I love paper.  But did you know that I also love tea?  I start every morning with a soul-satisfying cup of English Breakfast tea.  It makes me a kinder, gentler Kathy.  LOL  When I can combine my love for tea with my love for paper, I’m a really happy gal.  This Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial is the perfect gift idea for any tea lover.  I can see this being used as bridesmaids gifts, a bridal shower gift, a Mother’s Day present or for your own enjoyment.   I’ve housed these shabby chic beauties in a lovely gift box with a shaker top.  Would you like to join me for a cup of tea?

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Choosing a Color Palette

Color can make or break a project.  While there are all kinds of creative styles, I like it best when colors work together in harmony.  When I found this darling image of genteel ladies sipping tea in the April pages of A Place in Time, I was drawn the coral accents in the border and on the table.  This image set the color palette for my project.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Another happy discovery was made when I realized that Cafe Parisian 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids is a great color match for these April pages.  Hooray!

Tea Time Shaker Top Gift Box Tips and Tricks

To give my shabby chic Tea Time note cards a place to rest, I altered a G45 Ivory Staples 5″ square Mixed Media Box.  I love the window opening on the cover, and discovered a quick and easy way to “frame” it with designer paper.

  1. Cut a 5″ x 5″ square of designer paper.
  2. Center it on the top of the box, making sure everything is straight and even.
  3. Secure it with repositionable tape.
  4. Open the box, and use a pencil to trace around the window opening.
  5. Remove the paper from the top of the box and die cut with the #6 Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Square.
  6. Glue  a 4.5″ square piece of clear acetate cardstock to the back side of this paper. Let the glue set before proceeding.

The rest of the box is very easy to cover, as it is all straight cuts!

Adding the Shaker Top

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here are the steps to follow to make the shaker top

  1.  First, glue the focal image to the inside of the box.  This particular image is slightly larger than the window opening, so you will have to size it before you glue it down.
  2.  Next, cut waste chipboard or shipping boxes into strips that are almost the same width as the “frame”  you created for the box.  Glue these strips to the back of the  “frame” making sure they don’t show.  It takes a little longer for glue to set on acetate, so be patient.
  3. Now, fill the window cavity with small seed beads, small sequins, or glass glitter.  Do not overfill, or the shaker elements will get stuck between the two layers.
  4. Then, glue the “frame” to the top of the box.
  5. Heat Emboss Southern Ridge Trading Company Frame #133 with Stampendous Golden Sands Embossing Powder and glue in place.
  6. Finally, add Petaloo Coral Botanical Blooms, Rose Silky Crush Ribbon and metal pieces.
A Peek Inside

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Decorating the inside of the box is as much fun as decorating the outside.  Again, it is all straight cuts, so it’s very easy to do.

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The postcard image from the April pages makes a wonderful pocket.

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What’s in the pocket?  A sweet little tag booklet with a chipboard cover!

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The box will hold 4 sweet little tea time note cards.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial Video

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Use an assembly line approach to make these cards, and you’ll only spend between 5-10 minutes on each one.  Don’t believe me?  Watch this YouTube Video to see the proof.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas and/or techniques in this Tea Time Note Cards tutorial that you can use in your own crafty adventures!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Please note that I have provided links to products whenever possible.  However, some items may have been in my stash for some time, and are no longer readily available online.  Feel free to substitute.

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

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The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

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After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

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To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

#UpcycleG45:  Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you joined the fun #UpcycleG45 challenge yet this month?  Since I love to turn trash into treasure, I could not resist playing along.  I dug out some G45 packaging, a salvaged ribbon spool and gorgeous papers from Vintage Hollywood and went to work on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.  I have loads and loads of photos and tips to share with you today, so go grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get started!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My mom loved the old black and white movies.  I can remember spending many a Saturday afternoon snuggled up on the couch watching Tarzan and Jane, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movies with her.  The Vintage Hollywood collection captures all the glitz and glam of that wonderful era of classic movie making, and I tried to create that same feel in this Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box: #UpcycleG45  Supply List

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This was such a fun project to pull together.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

Ready on the Set!

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Before you start cutting paper for your Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Paint the Kraft Mixed Media Box with Black Chalk paint.  If you have a Black Mixed Media box, you can skip this step.  My box was kraft, so I needed to paint.  I like to use chalk paint because it is less “wet” than acrylic or Distress paints.  Not only does it dry quicker, it is less likely to warp .
  • Paint the edges of the packaging tags and the mixed media box inserts as well as the ribbon spool.
Roll ’em!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4One of my favorite features on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box is the fun paper movie reels.  To create this effect, cut 1.5” widths of the film strip ribbon on the reverse side of the signature page.  Mist the paper lightly with water and gently wrap around a pencil.  The paper will curl, and while damp, can be easily twisted and glued onto your project.  

Star Power!

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To create a dynamic background for this dimensional piece, I fussy cut these gorgeous vintage style stars from the 12×12 paper collection and edged them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I love the way these stars emphasize the Patterns and Solids paper that I used to cover my box, as well as the stars in the chipboard frame.

Makeup!

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Every starlet needs a little scarlet lipstick, right?  To add that punch of color to the shabby chic Ornate Door Plate and Knob, I tapped them with Terra Cotta and Red Pepper Alcohol Inks.  Apply black chalk paint along the edges to really make them pop.  Just tap it on with your fingertip.

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Gorgeous Petaloo Red Anemones and Black Botanica Blooms add just the right touch of drama to this vignette.

#UpcycleG45 with Staples Packaging Tags

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Here are the upcycled Staples packaging tags.  Talk about a makeover!  These tags are ready for the runway!

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You’ll find a little folio on the back side of each tag.

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The tags rest in a little open box that I built from waste chipboard.  This is such a great way to add height and dimension to a project.

A Peek Inside

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

Dressed for Success

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You can store photos on both the front and back side of the inserts that come with the box. Dress them up with ATC Policy Envelopes, paper scraps and fussy cut elements.

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Layer images and fussy cuts over these ATC Policy Envelopes.  You can add more photos inside the envelope, or use them as a hidden journaling spot.

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Create a hinge from a 1″ wide piece of black cardstock and fold it in half.  Glue one half to the back of the policy envelope and the other half to the photo mount.  Now you can mount a full sized photo on each card.  How cool is that?

 

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20

Dress up the back side with Patterns and Solids.  Glue just the edges so that you can slip photos behind.  You’ll have plenty of room to store more photos in the box, too.

That’s a Wrap!

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I hope I’ve shared some tips and techniques that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Oh, and don’t forget to play along in the #UpcycleG45 challenge this month!  There’s a $100 prize package up for grabs!  You can find all the details for this great challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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