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Christmas in July: Authentique Jingle

Christmas in July: Authentique Jingle Project Shares and Tutorials

Hello, Friends!  I’m sneaking just in under the wire to share a Christmas in July post using fabulous retro Christmas papers from Authentique Jingle!  We have a lot of ground to cover with project ideas, tutorials and even a video.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get started!

Authentique Jingle by Kathy Clement Photo 01

It’s always a good idea to get a jump start on holiday projects. I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to get to work on your Christmas list as I share a new fancy fold card, a quick and easy flip folio and a trio of Christmas Gift Card Tag Ornaments with you today.

 You Better Not Pout Easel Step Card Tutorial with Authentique Jingle

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Cards that can double as gifts are awesome.  But cards that can be a card, a gift, and home decor…well those are fabulous, right?  This fun Easel Step Card design falls into that category.  I’ve seen these all over the internet lately.  This design is slightly modified so that I could make one of my standard 7″ x 5″ cards.  I have wonderful 12″ x 17″ kraft cardstock from Envelopes.com in my stash so there was no need to join papers together.  (Please note: you can find all the product links in the supply list at the end of this post.)   If you don’t happen to have this oversized cardstock in your stash, you can just join two 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of kraft cardstock with 1/2″ Scor-Tape, then cut, score and fold.

Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout Easel Step Card Measurements and Tips

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Here’s a side view of this fun to make card.  It comes together so quickly that you will want to make loads of them!

TIP:  Keep the embellishments on this card on the simple side.  You want it to be able to fold.

Measurements and Scoring Guide for Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout: Easel Step Card

Ink cut edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I also stitched around the perimeter of the two largest front panels

  • Start with a 11″ x 17″ piece of kraft cardstock from Envelopes.com
  • Trim to measure 7″ x 17″.
  • Now, on the long side, score at 1 1/4″ , 2 1/2″, 4 5/8″ 7″ and 12″
  • Starting with the 1 1/4″ score line, accordion fold as seen in the photo. (Mountain, Valley, Mountain, Valley, Mountain)
  • Next, burnish all scored/folded lines thoroughly with a bone folder.
  • Now cut 3 panels of designer paper that measure 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″.  If you wish to have a wider border around the card, use  6 3/4″ x 4 3/5″  panels.  One is for the card front, the other two for the card interior. (Jingle 1, Jingle 2, Jingle 5,  Jingle 7)
  • Then, cut two 6 7/8″ x 2″ panels of complementary designer paper.
  • Finally, cut two 6 7/8″ x 1 1/8 panels of complementary designer paper.

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

  • Now adhere the inner and outer layers to the card base.
  • Trim the card focal from Jingle Eight. back with thin foam tabs.  Center and adhere.
  • Now punch out the “You Better Not Pout” oval, the “Ho, Ho, Ho” border and the “Santa’s Almost Here” border from the 12″ x 12 Component Sheet.
  • Sand the edges to give them a snowy appearance.
  • Back with foam tabs and adhere.
  • Embellish as desired.

TIP: For easy mailing, leave off the bow, jingle bells and flowers.

Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout: Easel Step Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Inside, I created a pocket from the “Dear Santa” component.  Then I die cut one of Eileen Hull’s Credit Card Sleeves and Tag Dies to serve as a gift card holder.  The cute little tag on the bottom is also cut with this die.

TIP:  Mat the credit card sleeve die cut on kraft paper for extra stability.  Be careful to add just a very thin bead of adhesive, or you won’t be able to fit the gift card in the sleeve.

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Now, you all know how much I love to use up my scraps.  After cutting the base for the Easel Step card, I had a lovely piece of 3 3/4″ x 17″ kraft card left over.  Why not use it to make a mini waterfall folio?  So I did.  Here’s how to create this super simple base:

  • First, score a 3 3/4″ x 17″ of kraft cardstock at 2 1/4″ , 2 1/2″, 9″ and 9 1/4″
  • Then, fold and burnish to create a vertical wallet with two 1/4″ spines and a tab closure.
  • Next, trim the short panel to measure 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
  • Now, cut 2 peppermint stripe panels to measure 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.  These will line the tab closure.
  • Next, cut 4 Jingle panels to measure 3 3/4″ x 6 1/2″.  These will line the front and back covers, and the interior.  I used Jingle One, Jingle Six, Jingle Two and Jingle Six.
Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio: Cover Details

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 02

The focal image on the cover is made with one of the component sheet punch out images.

  • First, paint a Tim Holtz Baroque Frame with Iced Spruce and Picket Fence Distress Paints.
  • Next,  heat emboss the frame with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder.
  • Now, place the cooled frame over the component image and very lightly trace around the inside oval.
  • Cut out the image about 1/8″ wider than your traced lines.  Erase the lines.
  • Next, mat this image inside the Tim Holtz Foundry Frame.
  • Then, die cut a doily with a Spellbinder Oval Majesty Die.   Adhere the frame to the doily.
  • Now, sprinkle some Mini Pearls Prills to resemble snowballs.
  • Adhere a double layer bow tied with RRR Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon and Snowflakes on Red Satin Ribbon.
  • Finally, add Little Birdie Renae Classic Flowers.  Tap the leaves with Picket Fence Paint to resemble snow.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Here’s a peek at the top tab.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 04

The inside of this mini waterfall folio is very, very simple.  You can’t add a ton of embellishments or layers because the cover won’t close.  To stretch my designer paper, I used Authentique Spectrum Cardstock (Robin’s Egg Two, Red Licorice One) to create flaps, pockets and the waterfall.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Create a little flap/pocket on the top.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Use your scraps to create a little gift card wallet.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 07

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 08

  • Cut the Spectrum Cardstock to measure 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.   I used a Corner Chomper Stub Punch to shape the corners.
  • Then score a 1/2″ flap on the top of each panel and adhere them to the base.
  • Cut an 8 1/2″ x 1″ strip of Jingle Six to serve as a belly band.  To do this, I wrapped the belly band around the waterfall and folded.
  • Then I adhered the belly band to the base of the folio.
  • Add magnets as a closure.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Here you can see how I attached the belly band.  I also used scraps to create a little pocket filled with teeny tiny tags and an itty bitty folio.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Authentique Jingle is such an inspiring collection to work with.  I just kept getting one idea right after another.  Since so many of us give gift cards at Christmas, I knew I wanted to create some sort of super cute gift card holder.  Then I thought about handmade ornaments for the tree.  And what about gift tags?  So I kind of threw all these ideas into the hat and came up with these festive Gift Card Ornament Tags.  So, so fun (and easy) to make!

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Since I created a video tutorial for these tags, I won’t go into a lot of detail here. I’ll just show you the cute pictures with a quick comment.  Each tag has a ribbon/button hanger on the top.  I could see these hung on a tree, or strung on a banner or stocking hangers.  That way , they are also home decor.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The reverse side of each tag has a cute little gift card holder.  These are made with Eileen Hull’s Credit Card Sleeves and Tags Dies from Sizzix.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I die cut numbers from a retired My Favorite Things die set.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

This tag has a cute magnetic folio attached to the back.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06

There’s the gift card holder and room to write a note and/or add a photo.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07

This is the tag we will make together in the video tutorial.  I’ve used the G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies on all these tags.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

The back side has another cute magnetic folio.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

With the gift card holder tucked inside.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial

So are you ready to get your craft on?  This video has a short overview of each project with tips and tricks to help you re-create them.  Then there’s a full tutorial for the final tag.  Enjoy!

Thanks so much for hanging with me!  I know this was a long post!  But I really wanted to share measurements, tips and instructions with you.  You’ll find the linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Jingle Supply List

All projects use the Authentique Jingle 12×12 Collection Kit and 12×12 Components (comes with collection kit)  If you make all 3 projects, you may need more than one collection kit.  I’ve organized the supply list by project for your convenience.

Please Note: I link to products whenever possible.  However, some items have been in my stash a long time and I no longer know where they came from.  Other items may be retired.  Find substitutes in your stash.

Easel Step Card:

Jingle Mini Christmas Waterfall Folio

Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever with Authentique Alpine and Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Creative Crew Friday with Tammy Tutterow Designs.  I am so excited about today’s project, as it involves a fabulous pop up card design.  I have a YouTube video to share the Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever!

Twist and Pop cards burst on the scene a little over a year ago and I was instantly captivated by them.  The big problem with this amazing fancy fold card was that you practically needed an engineering degree to put one together.  The pop up mechanism was complicated and bulky and it was really easy to get discouraged during the creative process.

But I love a good interactive card, so I set my mind on coming up with a design that was less bulky, easier to create and would accommodate a larger card base. First,  I spent a whole day watching dozens of twist and pop card videos and reading blog posts. While I gleaned some good tidbits from each video/tutorial I viewed none of them completely met my expectations.

Then I spent an entire day “fussing with paper” until I felt I had a design that was sleek and easy to create.  In fact, it was so much fun that I ended up making TWO cards for you today instead of just one.  So let’s get this show on the road and dig in to this Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever.

 

Cold  Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Card Tutorial

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This first card is made with Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Cling Stamp.  The card base measures a generous 5″ x 6″.  This is considerably larger than the 4.25″ x 5.5″ card tutorials that I found online.  Goal number one?  Make a larger card.  Check!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

First, I stamped the image onto patterned paper from Authentique’s Alpine Collection Kit.  Then I colored it in with a combination of colored pencils and alcohol markers.  Next, the stamped panel was stitched onto a navy cardstock mat. Now I created my card base from the same navy cardstock and added a stitched panel of designer paper from Alpine.  Then I die cut felt flowers using Bitty Posie and Posie Parts to add to the card along with some ribbon and a cute novelty button.   I die cut a couple of banner flags using Tammy’s Frayed Banners and topped them with vintage red buttons from my stash.  Card front is done!  Easy peasy!

Twist and Pop Card Tutorial: The Party is on the Inside!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

There’s nothing more fun than opening up a twist and pop card….unless you are watching someone open one for the first time!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

This cheery array of Tammy’s Mini Envelopes and Pockets decorates the pop up mechanism.

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5I even included a little shaker element!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

Each mini envelope has been decorated with stickers or images from the Alpine Collection Kit.  The envelopes are held in place with small magnets.  Cute images from the 6×6 bundle are tucked inside.  Find all the details in the YouTube tutorial below.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial with Authentique Alpine Collection

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

How much do we love this winter llama and penguin?  Yeah, a lot!  This second card is the one that we will build together in the YouTube tutorial below.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 3

Like the Cold Hands card, it has a fun twist and pop design.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 4

This time, instead of adding envelopes, I just decorated each panel of the pop up mechanism.  How fun are these images?

So are you ready to dig in and get busy with The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever?  Join me below!

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever on YouTube

And Now, A Fond Farewell

I also wanted to share with you that this is my last post as a member of Tammy’s Creative Crew. I have loved every minute of being part of this team.  Tammy is the most generous, laid back and encouraging person I’ve ever worked with.  The Creative Crew is immensely talented, supportive and fun.  It has been a great gig!

Don’t worry!  I’ll continue to use Tammy’s amazing dies and stamps in my creations and will share them with you here.  Tammy also has some exciting changes going on, so be sure to visit her blog to read all about it.  You’ll also find links to inspiring projects from the rest of the Creative Crew.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and techniques 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

The Easiest Twist And Pop Card Tutorial Product Links

 

BOTH CARDS: Authentique Alpine Collection Kit (includes sticker sheet) and 6×6 Bundle

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge: Master Detective Bendi Card

#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!

Hello, G45’ers!   Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45.  As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers.  I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

The Game is Afoot!

Our family has always been a game-playing family.  From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board.  We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner.  So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times.  To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it.  Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.

TIP:
  • Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base.  I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes.  Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.

#G45Gentleman Challenge Master Detective Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.

 Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

You can create a secret pocket in many different ways.  For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection.  Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip.  Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.

Now, what did I put in the pocket?

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

This little gift card folio!  I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image.  After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside.  This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers.  I  knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page.  To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers.  I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.

TIP:
  • If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension.  To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding.  Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet.  Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper.  It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes

Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project.  To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.

TIP:
  • No rosette die?  No worries!  I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection.  Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries.  Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat.  Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together.  Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats.  Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.

 

The #G45Gentleman Challenge

So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!

  • Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
  • Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
  • BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
  • WIN a $150 prize pack.  Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
  • Deadline: June 30th 2017
  • You can enter multiple times!
  • Upload your projects HERE.

Thanks for joining me here 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”

Hello, Friends!  It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner.  If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor.  With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.

Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor.  Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall.  (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card.  I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail.  The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet.  This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table.  I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star.  Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo  3

And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.

I love to celebrate the 4th with our family.  We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream.  Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks?  I can hardly wait!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today 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

Supply List

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit (contains the detail stickers)

Heroic 6×6 Paper Bundle

My Favorite Things Stitched Star Die

Cheery Lynn Step Card Die

Navy Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon 

Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon

Natural Burlap String

Petaloo Flowers

Cardstock: Kraft, Deep Red, Navy, Blue Foil

Scor-Tape, Buttons, Hot Glue, Scoring Tool, Craft Knife

 

 

Fun with Graphic 45: Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial

This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down to find the RRR Blog Hop Post.  

Fun with Graphic 45: Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial & First 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador Post

Hello, G-45’ers!  Welcome to my first official post as a Graphic 45 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador. I think all the card makers out there are really going to enjoy today’s post as it is all about cards! Today I have 3 different styles of fancy fold cards to share with you, all using fabulous papers from Graphic 45.  I’ve prepared a fun Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial for you, so you can follow along at home and learn how to make these clever interactive cards.

Graphic 45 has lots of exciting plans and big changes in store for the 2017-2018 term, and I’m just thrilled to bits to be designing for this wonderful company for a second year.  One of the changes made is that the design team is now called Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors.    I have had a little preview of the fun things coming your way, and I can honestly say I think this is going to be the best year ever for lovers of the Graphic 45 Brand.

A Little Bit About Me

Before I dig into the fancy fold cards video tutorial, G45 asked that we share a few fun facts about ourselves to kick things off.  Many of you have been following me for a long time now, so feel free to skip on down to the “meat” of this post.  But for new followers, here are some things you might like to know about me.

I live in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with Dale, my darling husband of 40+ years. We had theprivilege of raising 5 fun and fabulous children. Now we have the immense pleasure of beinggrandparents to three precious girls whom we call “The Littles.”.

Most days you’ll find me in my sunny little studio making cards, dabbling in mixed media, designing mini albums, folios, paper pretties for my ETSY shop and enjoying all the many adventures that the fabulous world of creativity affords. I also love to bake, spendtime with “the Littles”, cook big meals for our family, walk on the beach, go junkin’ and read.

Although I have a passion for all kinds of crafty adventures, I have no formal art training.  Cards are my favorite thing to create.  I especially enjoy creating interactive cards and put as much work into the insides of my cards as I do the outside. Adding tags and pockets, sweet little treats like tea bags or chocolates and surprise panels in a card really gets me excited.

I like to stay up to date with what’s going on in the crafting world.  Color, pattern and design fascinate me, so I try to pay attention while reading magazines or even looking around in stores to see what colors and patterns seem to be trending.  Is there a new technique?  I want to learn it and I enjoy taking online classes when time permits.  

For our first Brand Ambassador Challenge, Graphic 45 asked us to research trends in paper crafting and find a technique or trend that interested us.  The next step was to prepare a project that represented that trend and share it with you.  And that, my friends, is how this Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial came into being.

Card Making Trend Alert: Fancy Fold Cards are Where It’s At

In preparing for this post, I learned that in the world of cards, there are several trends that excite me.  Fancy fold cards, shaker cards and pop up cards are getting a lot of attention right now. Adding buttons to cards is also making a comeback.  And metallic elements are hugely popular.   I decided to take some time to learn a few new fancy fold cards to share with you here today.  I’ve incorporated some of these other fun trends in the designs.  There are lots of photos, tips and information to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you.

Fancy Fold Card  #1: Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card with Place in Time July Papers

Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card Tutorial, Place in Time, by Kathy Clement, Photo 1

One of the great things about fancy fold cards is that they really bring the WOW factor to any project.  The other great thing is that they really are fairly simple to make.  They look impressive and complicated, but I’ll show you in today’s video tutorial just how simple it is to add that WOW factor to your next card making session.

Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

This Double Gatefold Card started with 2 simple 5” x 7” side fold card bases.  I overlapped the cards, added a couple of extra score lines, and voila!  Double Gatefold card magic!

A belly band holds this Double Gatefold card shut, but you could also use ribbons to tie the gates closed.

Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

And when you’ve slipped the belly band off the card, it’s just like watching the curtain rise at the theater.

Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

As each panel of the card opens, there are more and more goodies to look at.  Finally, the postcard pocket in the middle pane takes center stage.

Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The July images and prints from A Place in Time work really well with By the Sea.  I’ve added some journal cards from that collection to finish the inside of my card.  The vintage postcard from A Place in Time makes a great pocket, too.

Tips and Tricks for Making Double Gatefold Cards

Tip:  Always remember to use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on a Fancy Fold card.  Crisp fold lines are essential when you are making a card with special folds.

Tip: To create a quick and easy pocket, use a postcard!  Just glue the sides and bottom edge to your card base and then slip in ephemera cards, journal cards, tags or other goodies. Everyone loves surprises!

 

Supply List for Bathing Beauties Card

Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition/July pages

By the Sea 8×8 collection (retired)

Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink

Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles Die

Navy Canvas Stripe Ribbon

Fancy Fold Card #2:  By the Sea Beach Rules Step-Out Card

By the Sea Step Out Card Tutorial By the Sea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Step-out cards are just loaded with dimension.  They also provide you with lots of nooks and crannies to decorate with pretty papers like the patterns and images in By the Sea.  

 

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One great thing about Step-Out cards is the fact that they fold flat for mailing

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Then you can pop it open for display.  How fun is that?

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Tips and Tricks for making Step Out Cards

Tip:  Be careful when gluing images to your card front.  You don’t want to get glue on the back layers of the card, or it won’t open properly.  To prevent this from happening, turn your chipboard piece upside down on the card front and make pencil marks so you’ll know where to place the glue.

Tip: I used a craft knife and ruler to create the center slit that allows the step out mechanism to work. When using a craft knife, there are 2 important things to remember.  First, always test your blade to make sure it is sharp.  A dull blade will not cut cleanly.  Second, I find that if I cut my paper on a glass surface, the knife glides through the paper like a hot knife goes through butter.  You can use the glass from an old picture frame, or a glass cutting mat like the one I use in the video tutorial.

Tip: To add realistic beach effects to this card, I scribbled on the card base with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive then sprinkled with real beach sand.  Do this over a sheet of paper, so you can tap off the excess sand once the glue dries.  

Supply List for Beach Rules Step Out Card

8×8 By the Sea Paper Collection (retired)

By the Sea Decorative Chipboard

By the Sea Tags and Pockets

Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink

Fancy Fold Card #3: Portrait of a Lady Fanfare Card/Folio

Fanfare Card Tutorial Portrait of a Lady by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This is probably my favorite fancy fold card design because it is part card, part folio, part pop-up.   It looks like a really complicated and fussy design, but the truth is, It’s all just straight lines!   Isn’t that a relief?

Fanfare Card Tutorial Portrait of a Lady by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Begin with a standard 6” square top fol card base made from heavy cardstock.  Because of the weight of the fanfare fold, you need a really sturdy base to work with.

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The front cover of the Fanfare Fold card opens to reveal a beautiful hidden folio.

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I decorated this panel with a pretty pocket and tag combo, then topped it with this gorgeous chipboard element to add even more dimension to the design.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Fanfare Fold Cards

Tip:  Cut sentiments from a collection’s text pages for picture perfect color matches.  I snipped the word “Beauty” from the 8×8 “Grace” paper then glued it behind the G45 Staples Ornate Label Holder.

Tip: Use a scallop corner punch to create the pretty shaped edges on this card.  

But Wait….there’s more!

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This lovely design also opens like a standard top fold card. Decorate the inside of your Fanfare Fancy Fold Card with decorative papers, journal cards and sticker elements. This is a great style of card to present for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or birthdays, as photos from the event can be stored in the folio.  It’s like getting a card and a gift in one neat package.

Portrait of a Lady Fanfare Fold Card Supply List

8×8 Portrait of a Lady Paper Collection

12 x 12 Portrait of a Lady Patterns and Solids

Portrait of a Lady Tags and Pockets

Portrait of a Lady Ephemera Cards

Portrait of a Lady Decorative Chipboard

Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Sticker Sheet.

G45 Staples Ornate Label Holder

1.5” Rose Silky Crush Ribbon

Petaloo Flowers

Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink

Fun With Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube

 

Are you ready to get started making your own Fancy Fold Cards with Graphic 45?  Join me as I create all three of these card bases in this video tutorial.  I’ll also share tips and tricks for the finished cards you see here.

 

As you saw in the Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial, these cards are much easier to make than you might think. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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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