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Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lemonade Stand Easel Card

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Gecko Galz Guest Designer

Hello, Friends!  Summertime and lemonade just seem to go together.  I’m sharing a darling Lemonade Stand Easel Card as a Guest Designer for Gecko Galz today.  It’s just loaded with summer sunshine and lemony goodness.

See?  I told you it was cute!  This 6″ square card features patterned papers from Authentique’s “Endless” collection and digital images from Gecko Galz.  Gorgeous Little Birdie Jamie Moonlight Flowers make everything feel and cool.

Most of the images on this card come from the totally adorable “Let’s Make Lemonade” Digital Collage Sheet.   I added some additional layers and contrast with an image from Bingo Cards Digital Collage Sheet and Ephemera Days Digital Collage Sheet.   A vintage button from my stash  and a bow tied with 3/8″ Yellow Gingham Ribbon completes the ensemble.

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Tips and Tricks for Working with Digital Images

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use if you have not worked with digital images before:

  • Print on high quality cardstock.  I use Epson Matte Premium Presentation Paper for high resolution images.
  • Always set your printer properties to the High Quality setting.
  • You can print the digital sheet exactly as it comes from Gecko Galz.  Or, you can use a photo editing program to crop and resize images to suit your project.  That is what I did with this card.
  • Cropped images can be pasted into a Word file.  This way, you can size the paper to 8 1/2″ x 11, which fits most all printers.  Cropping and pasting means that you don’t use ink/paper on images that you don’t intend to use.
  • Let images dry overnight, or heat set gently with your heat gun.  This will prevent the ink from smudging when handled.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Create a pocket for your easel card by cutting the liner paper for the card interior about 3″ longer than the panel.  Then just score, fold, and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.

Create a little tea bag wallet by scoring and folding a strip of white cardstock.  Make a belly band from scraps and decorate with fussy cut images and flowers.

Iced tea is just as refreshing as lemonade, and you can make an icy cold glass using the tea bag tucked inside the wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’ll be back soon with more Gecko Galz creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

 This blog hop is now closed.  The winner is ionabunny from Amarily’s blog. Thanks for hopping.  

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations March 2019 Alumni Hop!  Today I have a Burst of Spring Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  Pansies are one of my very favorite flowers.   I find their lovely perfume combined with the velvety leaves and sweet “faces” completely irresistible!

This is a 5 1/2″ square Twisted Easel Card made with the Burst of Spring Cheery Pansies, Lush Lilac and Leafy Accent Stamps and Dies.  I’ll provide a linked supply list at the end of the post.

Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Easel cards have to be one of my favorite fancy folds.  I love the fact that they can stand upright for display, but fold flat for storage.  The design looks complicated, but it’s really as easy as pie!

  • First,  cut a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Lavender Fields Prestige Cardstock. Score it on the long side at 5 1/2″.  Fold to create a 5 1/2″ square card base.
  • Now, line the top left and the bottom right corners of the card front up on your scoring tool.  This will form a diagonal line.  It’s important that the corners be placed precisely.
  • Next, score a diagonal line from point to point.  Fold to form 2 triangular halves and burnish with a bone folder.
  • Complete the card card front (directions below).  Place adhesive on just the bottom triangle.  Then adhere the card front over the adhesive so that it is right side up when the easel is opened.

NOTE: I double matted my card with Grape Jelly cardstock.  Cut the 5 3/8″ square mat from corner to corner before you adhere it to the card base.

Teacup Pansies

To make the teacup pansies focal image, follow these simple steps.

  • First, trim a 6″ x 6″ card front image from the Burst of Spring paper collection to measure 5 1/4″ square.
  • Next, stamp two Burst of Spring Teacups onto the soft patterned lilac paper from the Burst of Springtime Paper Collection.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Now, die cut the teacups using the matching Burst of Spring Die.
  • Shade in the teacup and the background with the coloring medium of your choice.
  • Then place dots of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the filler flowers on one teacup.
  • Next, sprinkle Citrus Crush Flower Soft over the glued areas.  Tap off excess and place back in the jar.
  • Once the adhesive has dried, use foam tabs to adhere the colored and Flower Soft image over the stamped image.
  • Now fill the teacup with pansies, lilacs and leaves.  Place foam adhesive on the back of the image and adhere in the center of the card front.
Creating the Flowers

I had some leftover lilac blooms from another project, so that part was easy.  You can find a tutorial for making those HERE.

The Burst of Spring Paper Collection has two pages of pre-colored pansies and leaves that are ready to use.  No stamping or coloring required!

  • Die cut the Cheery Pansies from the paper collection with the Cheery Pansy Dies.
  • Place the pansy layers face down in the 3D Pansy Shaping Mold.  You can add up to 3 layers of pansy petals and leaves in the mold at a time.  Just be sure to mist each layer very lightly with water.
  • Once the pansy layers are all in place, follow your die cutting machine’s directions and run them through.
  • Turn the pansies out onto your work surface.  Use the Flower Shaping Tool Kit to quickly round the pansies edges.  Then press into the center of each pansy layer to lift the petals.
  • Adhere the two-petal layer over the 3 petal layer and press into the center with a stylus.
  • Sponge the edges of each flower with ColorBox Plumeria Chalk Ink, if desired.
  • Place a small amount of Dries Clear Adhesive on your craft mat or in a small dish.  Dip a makeup sponge into the adhesive, then tap the adhesive randomly over the flower surface.
  • Open Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear Glitter and dip the (still wet) leaves in to cover with glitter.
  • Fill the center of each pansy with a circle of adhesive, then sprinkle with Citrus Burst Flower Soft.  Set aside to dry.
  • Repeat this process with the leaves.  Use Archival Leaf Green Ink to sponge the edges.
Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial: Finishing Touches

Finish off your card with this cute circle tag (cut with the matching Ornamental Tags Die), a Purple Gingham Bow and a trio of buttons.  This photo shows what the card looks like when the easel is closed.

Teacup Pansies Twisted Easel Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I wanted you to see the inside of this card, so that you would know where to place the pansies.  Yes, they go on the INSIDE of the card base.  This way, they act as a stopper for the easel.

  • First, mat the inside of the card with  more of the  Grape Jelly cardstock, just as you did for the front of the card.
  • Next, trim the 6″ x 6″ “thinking of you” card front to measure 5 1/4″.  Adhere inside the card base.
  • Trim another 5 1/4″ panel of designer paper from the collection.  Cut from corner to corner and adhere to the top half of the page.
  • Die cut one of the fancy tags from the Burst of Spring paper collection with the matching Album Tags and Accents Dies.  From white cardstock, die cut the eyelet frame for the tag.  Adhere these together along the left hand side of the card, as seen in the photo.
  • Now create a die cut pocket using the Lacy Diamond Die and white cardstock.  Carefully place adhesive just along the outside edges of the bottom half of the triangle.  Adhere on the top of the card interior, as seen in the photo.  Insert a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate or other small treat.
  • Die cut the “Hugs” tab using the Ticket and Tags die.  Place adhesive just on the right hand side, and place as seen in the photo.

You have room to write a personal greeting at the top of the card.

On With the Hop!

This hop runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, April 1st.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a lovely comment.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card. A winner will be announced on this blog, the Heartfelt Creations Blog/Facebook page on Wednesday, April 3rd.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

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I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration 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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Easel cards have to be my very favorite fancy fold design.  Today’s Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial will show you how to take this always fabulous card design to new heights.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ooh la la!  Don’t you just love the shabby chic vintage vibe of this Authentique Glamour paper collection?   This little 5″ square card is loaded with fun, interactive features.  I had such fun making it, that I decided right on the spot to make a second one to share in a tutorial.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

TIP: Score a 1/2″ spine into your card base design.  This way, the card will fold neatly over the dimensional brake for the easel mechanism.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: Add a Front Pocket

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

You all know how much I  love my pockets.  So why not create a shaped pocket on the front of this card, then tuck in a little art tag?

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 4

Cover a G45 Ivory Square Tag quickly and easily by using the Square Tag and Clock Die to cut the liner.  I’ve actually used 3 separate dies here.  In addition to the Square Tag Die, I created a peek a boo layer with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Die.  The pretty laurel wreath die is a favorite from Spellbinders.   Light Blue Sheer Organza Ribbon with a Satin Center is topped with Silver Metallic String and a cameo button from my stash.  And Little Birdie Flowers (from AC Moore Crafts) add the perfect finishing touch.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The back side of the tag is decorated, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The stopper for this card doubles as an interior pocket.  You will learn how to add this feature in the video tutorial as well.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

An Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve and Tags Die made quick work of creating this little pocket insert.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Learn how to create this feature in the video tutorial, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So, are you ready to get your craft on?  Just hit the play button, sit back, and enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial using the Glamour collection from Authentique Paper.  We’ve barely scratched the surface of this marvelous collection.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I love Graphic 45’s masculine collections, don’t you?  Today’s A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card features ribbons from the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  There are so many ribbons in this club assortment that are perfect for masculine cards!

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

My husband has used the same CPA for our family business for over 30 years.  When Tom decided to retire this year, I wanted to make him a card to thank him for all the wise counsel and financial advice he’s given us over the years.  So I made this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ gatefold card folio with Tom’s retirement in mind.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

The ribbon closure is Charcoal Checkerboard Satin.  Soft, supple and easy to tie, I’m a big fan of this style of satin ribbon!

TIP:  To create a ribbon closure, place 1/2″ Scor-tape on the back of your card.  Measure your ribbon length by wrapping it around the card BEFORE you attach it to the Scor-Tape.  This way you can place the bow exactly where you want it to be.  When you’re happy with the placement, then peel off the tape liner and secure the ribbon to the back side of the card.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

TIP: Mat your focal image on a double layer of foam adhesive or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.   Add a die cut word to the ribbon panel for a fun surprise when the ribbon is untied.

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02

To make the base for this gatefold card, score an 11″ x 6 1/4″ panel of grey cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 8 1/2″.  The panel for the focal image on the front is 4″ x 4″  I fussy cut a bunch of clocks and layered them on the first 4 1/4″ panel along with a strip of Red Satin Mini Swiss Dots Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  This adds a lovely pop of color, and complements the red hues in the paper.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I always add designer paper to one half of the focal panel of a gatefold card.  That way, when the card is opened, everything looks beautifully finished.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Since Tom is a CPA, I thought the New York Stock Exchange paper would give him a chuckle. The center panel has a little note card tucked into a pocket.  This is where we will add a personal note to thank Tom for his many years of outstanding service to our family.

I’m thinking I’ll have lots of fun making masculine cards with this month’s Ribbon Club…and feminine cards, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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