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Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First I covered the folio with designer papers.  Then I needed to create a closure mechanism. Ribbon almost always provides the solution here!  It adds extra color, texture, and pattern to any project.  I applied 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-tape around the front, spine and back of the folio. Then I created a belly band.   I placed a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top, and a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon on the bottom.   Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon fills the center and extends out from the edges to form a bow closure.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Next I layered fussy cut images from Midnight Masquerade up with a garden full of pretty purple posies.

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I added a fold out flap on the right hand side of the album,

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The border strip on the center panel holds this pretty tag folio to hold photos.  I’ve topped it with more of the Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and a snippet of Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.

On With the Hop!

Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!

If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up!  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Carol Edwards.  Congrats, Carol!

Heartfelt Creations June Alumni Hop: Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the June 2107 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Amarilys’ lovely blog.  Our gorgeous summer weather drew me to play with the deep blues, bold yellows, and greens of the gorgeous Peacock Paisley Collection.  The inspiration for this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial occurred while I was tidying up a drawer in my studio.  I happened upon a very pretty pale green envelope and suddenly, the idea was hatched!

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

I had so much fun making this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope that I thought I’d share some tips and tricks with you so that you can make one yourself.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Creating the Delightful Daisies

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2

Follow these steps to create the Delightful Daisies that will decorate the altered envelope.

  1.  First, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto lightweight white cardstock using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink.
  2. Next, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Now, die cut the Delightful Daisies with the matching die.
  4. Then, use a sponge dauber to tint the leaves with Broken China Distress Ink.
  5. Next, add Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to the flower center.
  6. Now shape the flowers using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  7. Then stack the flowers together and hot glue.
  8. Next, scribble light layers of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive into the flower centers and randomly along the petals.
  9. Now, sprinkle the glue with the glitter of your choice.  I used Stampendous Multi Crystal Mix.
  10. Tap the excess off into a scrappy tray.
  11. Finally, set the flowers aside to dry.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

  1. First, find a 5″ x 7″ envelope with a square flap closure.  This project would not work as well on an envelope with a pointed envelope flap.
  2. Then, ink all the envelope edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink
  3. Next, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle of designer paper from the Peacock Paisley Collection.
  4. Then Ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
  5. Now, machine stitch around the edges.
  6. Use a distressing tool to lightly distress the edges of the panel.
  7. Center the panel on the card front, being sure to glue it below the fold.
  8. Next, Cut the border strip from the designer paper pack.
  9. Then glue it onto the front of the envelope flap being sure to place it above the fold.
  10. Now, use scissors to trim the border to fit the flap.
  11. Finally, ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.

We’ll finish decorating the front of the envelope later.  

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope Liner and back cover

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4

The interior of the envelope is a great tuck spot for tags, bookmarks and/or mini folios.  You can’t use anything too terribly thick, as the envelope will split.  But, you can create a pocket outside the envelope as I did here.

  1. First, flip the envelope face down on your work surface.
  2. Next, create a template for the envelope “cover” by inserting a 6 7/8″ wide piece of plain copy paper inside the envelope.
  3. Then trace the envelope opening onto the copy paper and cut out.  This will serve as the template for the envelope cover.
  4. Place the template onto your chosen designer paper and trace the shape lightly in pencil.
  5. Now cut the shape out.  Here’s a tip: if you cut inside the traced lines, you will not have to erase any pencil marks.  And, you will also have a little border around the designer paper, which looks really nice.  Set this piece aside for the moment.
  6. Now create the envelope liner.
  7. First, select your designer paper, and measure it to 6 7/8″ wide x 7 1/4″ deep.
  8. Next, insert the designer paper face up inside the opened envelope to make sure it fits.  It should be somewhat snug.
  9. Then, glue the envelope liner in place.  It will cover the inside of the envelope as well as the inside envelope flap.
  10. Now, use your scissors to trim away any excess paper. Ink all the edges.
  11. Finally, carefully glue the envelope cover in place.  Use your scissors to trim away any excess.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial:  Creating the Tag Pocket

 

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

I love little pockets filled with tags, so I decided to create a small tag pocket on the back side of my altered envelope.

  1. First, select a 4″ x 5″ card front from the designer paper.
  2. Then, trim the outer frame away so that the image measures approximately 4 5/8″ wide x 3.25″ tall. Ink all the edges.
  3. Next, cut a panel of navy cardstock that measures 5.25″ wide x 3.75″ tall.
  4. Mat the designer image on the navy cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ margin on both sides as well as the bottom.  Leave just a tiny margin of navy cardstock on the top edge.
  5. Then, use a scoring tool to score the sides and the bottom.
  6. Next, bevel the bottom left and right corners to form pocket flaps.
  7. Now, glue the designer image to the pocket front.
  8. Finally glue the entire pocket in place on the back of the envelope.
  9. Use the Luggage and Tags Dies to cut out tags and tickets from the cut apart page.
  10. Mat on navy cardstock.
  11. Add flowers and string bows to the tops of the tags.  Insert the tags into the pocket.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Gift Card Wallet

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7

Now we will prepare the gift card wallet for the altered envelope.

  1.  Select an image from one of the cut apart page and mat it onto the far right hand side of  an 8.5″ long x 4 5.8″ tall strip of navy cardstock.
  2.  Now, place the long side of the navy cardstock on your scoring tool with the matted image on the right hand side.
  3.  Score just slightly to the left of the image so there is a small navy border.
  4. Crease and make a mountain fold at the score line.
  5. With the panel folded and the long side of the image against the rail, score at 3.25″.
  6. Crease and make a valley fold at this score line.
  7. This is your gift card wallet.  Line the interior and the flap.
  8. Use a circle punch to add a thumb hole, then glue just the sides to create a gift card pocket.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 8

You can decorate the interior any way you like.  Here’s how I decorated mine.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Creating the Bookmark

 

Here’s how to create this double sided bookmark.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 9

  1. First, use the largest rectangle from Cut, Mat, Create 1B die to cut out the design from a 5″ x 7″ card front.
  2. Now ink the edges and flick with water.
  3. Use a pen or computer journal the sentiment onto the panel.
  4. Mat on navy cardstock.
  5. Now, cut a second rectangle from designer paper.
  6. Stamp with the Daisy Flourish Die using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. Use a sponge dauber to add color to daisy centers.
  7. Trace Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter adhesive onto the stamped design and add glitter.  Set aside to dry.
  8. Ink the edges.  Flick with water.
  9. Add a border strip to the bottom.
  10. Mat a ticket and glue in place.
  11. Glue onto the opposite side of the navy cardstock.
  12. Punch a hole,  and.add ribbon.

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 10

Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Finishing Touches

I never decorate the fronts of my cards (or in this case the altered envelope) until the very end.  This way, my flowers and designs don’t get crushed.  Now we are finally ready to add the finishing details.

  1. First, glue the border piece in place on the far left hand side of the envelope front.
  2. Next, add the matted peacock tag  as seen in the photo.
  3. Now, die cut the outer frame of the Eyelet Oval from white cardstock.
  4. Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard to add dimension.  Glue in place.
  5. Now, use the Eyelet oval thin frame to cut the peacock image from designer paper.
  6. Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard for extra dimension and glue in place.
  7. Hot glue prepared flowers, leaves and ribbon in place.
  8. Mat a border strip onto navy cardstock and glue in place.
  9. Add a small button.
On With the Hop!

Now it’s time to see what goodies Vicki Dutcher has prepared for you.  I’ve included a list of all the blogs in this hop below for your convenience.

Amarilys ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki Martine ♥ Alissa Sarah ♥ Emelia ♥ Archana ♥ Deneen

The Hop starts 8am EDT on Friday June 30th and closes Monday 3rd July at 11.59pm EDT.

Be sure to comment on each blog in the hop as one comment will be randomly chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.

The winner of the hop will be posted at the top of this blog post on Wednesday, July 5th.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their Facbook page and regular Wednesday blog post.

If you are the winner, you will have 72 hours to email socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “winner of the June Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

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

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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You, Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for RRR June Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready to hop?  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog where I’m sure you were inspired by her fabulous use of ribbons.  I’ve prepared a bright and cheery You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card using the Ocean Breeze Ribbon Club Assortment.  I’m telling you peeps, these ribbons are fabulous!

Grab a Cuppa 

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

The ocean blues from this collection called to me, but they didn’t make me think only of the ocean.  They reminded me of these cute Coffee Break Papers (retired) that I’ve had in my stash for a while.  Tropic Double Faced Satin and Tropic Fancy Shell Print Ribbon provided just the right shade of blue for this fun card.

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2Layering these two ribbons along the bottom edge of the card creates a beautiful border.  I’m a huge fan of double faced satin ribbon as it ties gorgeous bows and it easy to work with.  Ribbon adds texture, color, pattern and shine to this card design.  

How to Make a Hidden Tag All Occasion Card

It’s easy to create a hidden tag pocket on your card front.  Here’s how I made mine.

  • First double mat the card focal on cardstock that goes with your collection.
  • Next, glue just the top and bottom edges to the card.  Or, you can use 1/8″ Scor-Tape.  The idea here is to use just a very thin line of adhesive so that you will have room to slip a tag in.
  •  Now, measure the height of the opening and cut a rectangle of cardstock that is slightly smaller.
  • Then, round the bottom edges of the rectangle.
  • Next, use a corner punch to shape the top edge of the rectangle.

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

Finally, decorate the tag and slip into place.  I used more of the fancy shell print ribbon on top of my tag, and I love the way it peeks out from the pocket.

A Peek inside 

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Nothing goes better with coffee than chocolate, so I created a small chocolate pocket inside the card.

You,  Me & Coffee Hidden Tag All Occasion Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5Then I added another cute tag to the pocket.  These little tags make great book marks, and they are cute hanging on a bulletin board or office cubby, too.

On with the Hop!

From here, you will hop over and see what fun ideas Cherry has in store for you. Be sure to finish hopping over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you can enter the contest to win your own Ocean Breeze Ribbon Club Collection just by answering Bonnie’s question of the month. 

And, if you haven’t signed up for the RRR Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie has a special offer for new sign ups that you won’t want to miss.  You can find all the info HERE.

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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner was chosen from Amaryllis’ blog: JONI, you are the winner! 
Heartfelt Creations May Alumni Blog Hop: Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May Alumni Blog Hop! I’m kicking the festivities off with this Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion card made with the gorgeous Blazing Poppies Collection.

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1aThis 5″ x 7″ top fold card is bursting with color, dimension and texture.  Here’s the supply list:

Pocket Full of Poppies Tips and Tricks

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2Add great dimension to your card by following these tips:

  • Cut a panel of designer paper slightly smaller than your card base.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Spritz with water.  Glue to card base.
  • Remove the center of a 5″ x 7″ premade card panel with the Cut, Mat, Create Die
  • Use foam tape or waste cardboard around the edges of the card opening.
  • Center and glue onto prepared card base.
  • Stamp several sets of poppies in Versamark ink onto cardstock.
  • Heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Ink Centers with Black Soot Distress Stain.
  • Brush edges with Dried Marigold Distress Paint.
  • Shape with Deluxe Tool Kit.
  • Stack and glue with hot glue gun.
  • Spray with Oriental Poppy Tattered Angel Mist.
  • While wet, sprinkle with Scattered Straw Distress Embossing Powder
  • Sprinkle lightly with glitter.
  • Heat Set
  • Fill poppy centers with glue and prills.  Set aside to dry.
Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

Popping Poppies

To provide greenery for the poppies, stamp and die cut Delightful Daisies onto green designer paper from Blazing Poppies collection.  Shape and ink with Distress Ink.

Arrange poppies and greenery in opposite corners of the card.

Fussy cut the denim pocket from one of the journal cards.  Pop up on foam tape and add to card.

Die cut ticket with Luggage and Tags Die.  Pop up on foam tape and add to card.

Spatter card with Oriental Poppies Glimmer mist and diluted black paint.

Add black gingham ribbon and gold metallic string.

A Peek Inside Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5Add pockets, journal cards, tags, borders and stamps to the card interior.   Now wasn’t that fun?

On With the Hop

The hop runs from 8 AM Friday,  May 26th and closes Monday 29th May at 11.59pm EDT.  Visit all the blogs on the hop, and be sure to leave a comment so that your name will be entered into the drawing for a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.

The winner of the hop will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page Wednesday, May 31st.  If you are the lucky winner,  email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the May Alumni Hop”

From my blog, hop on over and see what paper pretties my friend GLORIA has prepared for you today.

Here’s the order for this month’s hop:

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Gloria ♥ Archana Vicki Martine Amarilys ♥ Emelia ♥ Sarah ♥ Deneen

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

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

RRR Blog Hop: Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready to hop?  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a “bee-utiful” card made with gorgeous ribbons from the April Ribbon Club Collection.  This Busy Bee Greeting Card has a fun pocket and sweet treats inside.  But before we take a look, here’s a peek at the fabulous ribbons in Aqua and Coral Ribbon Mix.

Buzzing with  Beautiful Blooms

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This card was inspired by our crabapple tree.  With it being our first spring in our little ranch home, I was anxiously waiting for that tree to bloom.  It did NOT disappoint!  I had this little honeybee image from The Graphics Fairy in my download file, so printed it off to make this card.  Tropic Crosshatch Satin Ribbon is a wonderful complement to the colors in this image.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I added some lovely  flowers to my bow cluster, along with my favorite Natural Burlap String.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Vintage buttons and a vintage style key finish the card front off nicely!

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

This bee image is leftover from a Creativity Kit I purchased at Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  It makes a perfect pocket for my teabag and honey stick.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I printed off an additional image, added stitching and a magnet to the back.  And just like that,  this card is a gift!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you this month.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a nice comment behind.  Then visit the RRR Blog to enter the giveaway for your very own April Ribbon Club Collection.  You’ll find the entire blog hop list there, too, in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th.  Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.

I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout.  As you can see from the photo, I  was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.

Chips:  They’re addictive!

Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive!  For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish.  Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!

 

To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  Dry
  2. Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top.  Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
  3. Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  4. Heat set.

It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.

I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?

Ooh-la-la!  Flower Clusters!

Just look at these gorgeous flower clusters!  If you really want to create a visual impact, cluster several flowers together in little bouquets.  These showy mini bouquets are made with a combination of Darjeeling Cream Anemones with Darjeeling Pink Petites and Botanica Soft Pink Mini Blooms.

Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.

To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame.  Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.

Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Katie Baird. Please contact HC to claim your prize.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the March 2017 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  You’ll find a complete hop list at the end of this post.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve put together an aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial for you today.  You’ll find the supply list the end of this post.

Dogwoods in Aqua and Green!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Oh,  how I love these soft spring colors and pretty spring blossoms!  The first step in creating this card was to make a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from pearlized ivory cardstock.  You do have to paper piece in order to make a card this size, but I think the end result is worth the effort!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial: Get everything ready!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

Before I assemble my cards, I like to get all my pieces ready.  Here are the steps you will follow to do this.

  1. Cut a rectangle from the pretty aqua dot pattern slightly smaller than your card base.  Then sponge the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  2.  Use the largest Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities die to cut the focal image from the 6×6 card front.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.
  3. Die cut the  largest Spellbinder “Diamondessence” circle from white cardstock.
  4. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut out the dove tag. Mat on white cardstock.
  5. Cut a 5″ x 4″ rectangle from the woodgrain blue paper in the collection.
  6. Add a fancy edge by die cutting with the Border Essentials Die.  Ink the edges
  7. Cut the “Easter Blessings” sentiment, add a fishtail end and mount on white cardstock.
Now It’s Time to Stamp, Die Cut and Shape Flowers

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

Here are the steps I followed to make my flowers:

  1. Use Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink to stamp 3 sets of the largest dogwood blossoms onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used the pale blue flourish pattern on the reverse of the 6×6 card fronts page.
  2. Heat emboss the stamped images using clear embossing powder.  If you look closely at my blossoms, you can see that I deliberately scorched the paper slightly with my heat gun to add a rusty hue to the paper.  This gives the flower a very realistic look.  But be careful…we want to scorch the paper, not set it on fire!
  3. Repeat this process with the medium set of dogwood blossoms and again with the leaves.
  4. Die cut all the stamped images and several stamens as well.
  5. Sponge the center and edges of each blossom with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  6. Spray the blossoms with Dylusions White Linen ink spray.  If you squeeze the nozzle slowly, this will create ink spatters on the blossoms.
  7. Shape the flowers.
  8. Add the stamens to the flower centers.
  9. Add glue to the tips of the stamens, and dip into Mini Pearls Prills.
Time to Assemble!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4

Now it’s time to put all these lovely elements together.  Here’s how:

  1.  Glue the dot rectangle to the card base.
  2. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the reverse of the dove tag, and glue in position at the top of the card.
  3. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back side of the border and position on the card. The top edge will cover the bottom 2/3’s of the dove tag.
  4.  Glue the die cut focal image on the front of the die cut doily.  Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard on the back side of the doily and glue in place.
  5. Position your flowers and leaves around the left hand side of the card and glue in place.
  6. Add aqua seam binding ribbon and a burlap string bow.
  7. Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back of the sentiment and glue in place.
  8. Add one small dogwood blossom and small leaf to the sentiment tag.

Now we’ve  finished the front cover.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 5

Finishing the inside of the card:

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 6

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 7

Use a scrap from the card front to create a border strip down the left hand side of the card.  Mat a journal card on white cardstock and add as shown along with a small tag and a sentiment ticket.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 8

The inside of my card has a pocket that I’ve filled with a bookmark.   Glue a tag to the top of the pocket and use repositionable tape or Glue Dots to secure a chocolate treat to the tag.  Die cut a sentiment tag and glue above the candy. You can use border strips to add extra interest to your card’s interior design. Since I had extra dogwoods, I went ahead and added them to the top of my bookmark and tag.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 9This dove image is on the front side of the blue paper I used to create my dogwood blossoms.  I just trimmed it down and cropped the corners with a punch.  Then I matted it on white cardstock, punched a hole and added ribbon.

On With the Hop! Comment to Win!

Visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a nice comment behind as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Heartfelt Creations online store.  You have until 11:59EDT on Monday, April 3rd to hop and comment. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook on April 5th.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  Best of luck to each of you!

Now here are all the lovely blogs waiting for your visit and kind comment:

Vicki Gloria ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Deneen ♥ Alissa ♥ Emelia ♥ Gini EmilySarah ♥       Archana ♥

I hope you enjoyed this Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial!  I certainly had fun preparing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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