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Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner, chosen from Vicki Dutcher’s blog, is SandiB.  
Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio for the HC Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2018 Alumni Hop!  The shorter days of autumn are upon us and soon the leaves will begin to fall. This Heartfelt Creations  Rustic Sunflower Card Folio is rich with autumn hues, texture and rustic charm.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Acorns, turning leaves and brilliant sunflowers are  all things that I love.  Creating this 5″ x 7″ x 1/2″ card folio was pure joy!  Here are the Heartfelt Creations supplies that you will need to make this project:

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: Card Basics

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 02

First create your card base with kraft cardstock.

  • Begin by cutting two 5″ x 11″ panels from kraft card.
  • Then add 1/2″ Scor-Tape or the adhesive of your choice to one of the 5″ ends.
  • Next, peel off the liner tape and carefully overlap the other 5″ end over the tape to create one long 5″ x 21 1/2″ panel.  Burnish well with a bone folder.
  • Now, place the long side of the panel on a scoring tool.  Score at 7″.
  • Then score at 7 1/2″. Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Next, place the 7 1/2″ score line into the left hand corner of your scoring tool and score at 7″.  Measure off 3″ from that score line and cut away the excess.
  • Now you have a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine and a built in pocket.  Pretty sweet, right?

Add your patterned papers as seen in the photo.  I stitched the focal image onto a piece of burlap.  Be sure to add foam tape or waste chipboard between your card layers to add lots of dimension.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: Rustic Sunflowers

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 03

To make these rustic sunflowers, follow these easy steps:

  • First, use ColorBox Dark Brown Chalk Ink to stamp 2 sets of the Classic Sunflowers on the yellow print paper from the Beary Retreat Center.  Heat Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Next, Die cut the flower layers using the Classic Sunflowers Die.
  • Then, Place the flower layers in the 3-D Floral Basics Shaping Mold.  You can do up to 3 layers at a time, but be sure to mist each layer before adding the next.  Run through your die cutting machine to shape.
  • Now, randomly dry brush the petals with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint.
  • When the paint is dry, spray the flower layers with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls and Tattered Angels Bronze Glimmer Mist.  Pinch the ends of the petals to give them a rustic, wrinkled tip. Dry with a heat tool
  • Now use a ball stylus to shape the center of each sunflower to form a cup.
  • Next, layer the flowers together with the adhesive of your choice.  I use hot glue.
  • Finally, fill the centers with hot glue and Czech beads.
  • Stamp, Die Cut, shape and color the leafy accents.  Add everything to your card.
Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: The Bow

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I added more leafy accents on top of my beautiful blue, cream and gold plaid bow.  Then I hot glued on some acorns that I had in my stash, along with some little acorn and leaf charms.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 05

I love to make cards that double as gifts.  Now you know why I had to add a 1/2″ spine to this card folio!

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Turn the flap and you find a little gift card pocket, a place to write a little note, and room to add a photo.  I cut the opening in the pocket with a circle die.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 07

After covering out pocket with designer paper from the collection, I simply glued the sides to the card base.  This is such an easy way to make a pocket!  Then you get to do the fun part: fill the pocket with treats.  This is a vintage silver spoon, a little tea bag wallet, and a honey stick to complete the ensemble.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 08

Tuck a pumpkin spice tea bag into the pocket, and your gift is ready to give!  I like to wrap these cards up in tissue paper and tie them with ribbon for presentation.

On With the Hop

This blog hop closes on Monday, October 1st at 11:59PM EDT.  One lucky comment  will be randomly selected from one of the blogs in the hop to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.  We will announce the winner here, on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page, and on the Heartfelt Creations Blog on Wednesday, October 3rd.  The winner will then have 72 hours to e-mail Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us.  Add the words “Winner of the September Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now on with the hop!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Vicki   ♥ Pam  ♥ Piyanki   ♥ Archana  ♥ Susan

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.

Happy hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Betty Jane Caspick.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

 

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the August Alumni Hop!  Today I have a Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card to share with you.  It’s made with the whimsical Under the Sea collection.  See if you can guess which Heartfelt Flower Stamp/Die combo I used?

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 04

If you guessed Poinsettia and Holly Clusters, then you are right on target!  Stamp these little beauties with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then sponge with Abandoned Coral DI. Die cut, run through the Poinsettia Flower mold and you’ve got yourself some coral reef blossoms just like that!

Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card:  A Look at the Details

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 03

This 5″ x 7″ Top Fold card has a fun interactive pocket and shaker tag on the cover.  Here’s how I did it.

  • First cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the white/teal woodgrain patterned paper.  Ink the edges very lightly with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the underwater dark teal paper.
  • Then, fussy cut the coral reef scene from the paper collection.
  • Stitch the left and bottom edges of the coral reef scene to the dark teal underwater panel.
  • Now adhere this panel to the woodgrain panel.
  • Die cut the fish/porthole from the paper collection using the Coral Reef Collage Die.  Adhere as seen in the photo.  This is how the pocket is made.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: Adding Embellishments

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Look at all the great dimension on this card!  And really, it’s so simple to make.  Here’s how I embellished the card.

  • Brush the sandy bottom of the coral reef scene with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Next, sprinkle liberally with Seth Apter’s Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  Heat emboss to create realistic looking textured sand.
  • Cut the Happy Birthday ticket from the paper collection.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • Die cut the coral reef border from the paper collection using the Coral Reef Collage Die.  Pop up on dimensionals and adhere to lower left corner.
  • Stamp, color and die cut two sets of Poinsettia and Holly Clusters onto white card using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
  • Run through the Poinsettia Flower Mold.
  • Now layer together with glue.  Add Coral See and Seas the Day Prills to the centers.
  • Then adhere to the card as seen.
  • Finally, tie a double loop bow using Coral Satin Ribbon.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: A quick and easy shaker element

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This little 3″ x 5 1/2″ shaker pouch is super easy to make.  Here’s how:

  • Cut a 2 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the woodgrain paper.  Crop the corners with a Crop-a-Dile Stub punch.  Then ink the edges.
  • Fussy cut the seahorses and greenery from the paper collection.  Adhere to the woodgrain panel.
  • Mat this panel on a slightly larger rectangle of white cardstock.
  • Now cut a 3″ x 5 1/2″ panel of clear cardstock.
  • Next, secure the clear cardstock panel to the shaker pouch base with binder clips or safety pins.
  • Stitch the sides and bottom on your sewing machine.  Leave the top edge open.
  • Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Ocean Waves Sparkletz.
  • Now stitch the top edge closed.
  • Next, cut the thread so it is long.  Use the top thread to tie on a couple of cute ocean charms.
  • Tie a bow with curling glittery ribbon and adhere .
  • Adhere a cluster of poinsettia in the corner.
  • Insert the tag in the pocket.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Inside the card, I created a couple of cute pockets.  Then I filled them with elements from the collection.  The seashell is die cut from the paper collection, shaped with the stylus, inked with Abandoned Coral DI and adhered to the card.  Tuck a journal card in the pocket and add your personal greeting to the card.

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Create a little gift card wallet using the cut aparts from the collection.

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 07

Decorate with papers.  This is such a fun way to present a gift card.

 

On With the Hop

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment behind so that your name will be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.

This hop ends on Monday, September 3rd at 11:59PM EDT.  The winner will be announced  here and on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday, September 5th.  Claim your prize by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us via e-mail.  Write “winner of the August Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here is the blog hop list:

Kathy (You are HERE)  ♥ Amarilys Pam   ♥ Vicki   ♥ Emily   ♥

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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner is MargieHMalone.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio for the HC Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the  July 2018 Heartfelt Creations Alumni  Blog Hop!  Summertime colors inspired this bright and cheery Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio that I have to share with you today.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01a

  • This 5.25″ x 7.25″ card folio is like summer sunshine and summer skies.  Create the card base by cutting a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ cream cardstock into two 5.25″ x 8.5″ panels.
  • Join the two short ends together with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then score on the long side at 7.25″ , 7.5″.
  • Fold to form a card base with a 1/4″ spine.
  • Score the extra flap and fold to the inside of the card to form a pocket.
Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio:  Designing the Card Cover

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 02

I always create my card cover before I attach it to the card base.  This way, it stays clean and pretty.  Here’s how I put these card layers together.

  • Cut a 5″ x 7″ rectangle of the dark teal print from the Peacock Paisley Paper Collection.
  • Mat on a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.
  • Now die cut the largest Eyelet Lace Frame from white cardstock. Center and adhere to the dark teal panel.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the yellow daisy print from Peacock Paisley.  Mat on a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  Back with foam tape. Center and adhere over the Eyelet Lace Frame.
  • Then, cut a 3″ x 5″ rectangle of the paisley print panel.  Mat as before.  Back with foam tape. Center and adhere.
  • Now cut a 5.25″ x 2.5″ panel of the chevron stripe paper.  Mat just the upper and lower edges on white cardstock.  Add foam tape only to the left and right hand sides.  Center over the paisley print and adhere.
  • Die cut the Yellow Daisy/Peacock Feathers tag from the collection using the Luggage and Tags Die.  Back with foam tape.  Adhere to the card front so that the tapered end lines up with the chevron border on the right.
  • Finally, die cut the Ticket Sentiment using the Luggage and Tags Die.  Back with foam tape and adhere to the tag.
Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio: Making the Flowers

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I don’t know about you, but I adore daisies.  These Delightful Daisies are so easy to make thanks to the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set, the matching die and the Basic Flower Mold.  Here’s how to make them.

  • First, stamp two sets of daisies onto plain white cardstock using ColorBox Butter Chalk Ink.
  • Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Use sponge daubers to color the centers with Guacamole Chalk Ink.
  • Add Butter Chalk Ink to the petal edges.
  • Die cut with the Delightful Daisies Die.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 04

  • Now place face down in the Basic Flower Mold.  Spritz lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine.
  • Next, remove the flower layers from the mold and shape with the Flower Shaping Tool Kit.
  • Layer the petals together, then pierce the centers to insert the stamens.
  • Now brush the petals lightly with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.  Dry.
  • To add color and shine, spritz the finished flowers with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist, or any yellow mica based spray.
  • Set aside to dry.
Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio: Leafy Accents

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Adding foliage to a flower cluster lends it a realistic and full appearance.  I love the new Leafy Accents Stamps, Dies and Mold.  I had these pretty leaves made in no time flat.  Here’s how.

  • First, stamp all 4 leaf stamps onto plain white card using Guacamole Chalk Ink.
  • Next, heat emboss with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter or whatever glitter embossing powder you have in your stash.
  • Use sponge daubers to add Lime Pastel and Butter Chalk Ink to the interior of the leaves.
  • Now, die cut with the matching Leafy Accents Die.
  • Next, place the die cut leaves face down in the Leafy Accents Mold.  Spritz lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine.
  • As a finishing touch, I sponged Guacamole Chalk Ink over the embossed veins.

Now all you have to do is arrange your leaves and flowers!  I added a shabby chic seam binding bow and some glitter ribbon to finish my flower cluster.  Then I added two small daisies, a charm and glitter ribbon to the side of my tag.

Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Inside my card, I created a little flap/pocket combo.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 07

I hand wrote my sentiment on the left hand side of the flap.  Then I added a little tea bag pocket on the right.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 08

I dressed up my pocket with a bold chevron print and a die cut ticket sentiment.  Then I filled it to bursting with all kinds of little goodies.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 09

You’ll find a honey stick to go with the tea bag.  And I scored/folded a row of the little ATC sized panels on the cut apart page to form an accordion folio.  This is held closed with a peacock belly band.

I used the scraps on my work table to create a mini note card and a bookmark, too.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Add a handmade tassel and charm to make the bookmark really special.

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Peacock Paisley Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 11Finally, I created a 4″ x 5″ gift card holder.  I love to use up those scraps on my worktable!  It makes cleanup so much easier!

On With the Hop!

This hop ends at 11:59PM EDT on Monday, July 30th.  One comment from a mystery blog in the hop will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations shopping spree.  The winner will be announced on this blog, the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 1st.   If you are the lucky winner, send an e-mail to socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the July Alumni Hop” in the Subject Line.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize, or another name will be chosen to win.

Here’s the blog hop list for this month:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Pam  ♥ Vicki  ♥ Emily  ♥ MartineAlissa  ♥ Amarilys Susan  ♥ Marie

 

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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card

Heartfelt Creations June 2018 Alumni Hop: Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  Today I have a a lovely Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card to Share with you.  You’ll find the complete hop list at the bottom of this post along with a supply list.  Are you ready to hop?  Let’s get started!

Sweet Day Lush Lilac Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01

This collection is well-named!  It is so lush!  Growing up in New England, lilac bushes were always the harbinger of Springtime.  You could count on the winter weather and snow being past when the lilacs started to bloom.

I’ve combined the Lush Lilac Blooms with Sweet Peonies on this 5 1/4″ x 8″ top fold card.  The darling little birds, ornate bird cages,  tiny lilac blossoms and peonies look so pretty together.

One of the things I love about working with Heartfelt Creation products is the thoughtful design of each collection.  For instance, in the Lush Lilac paper collection, there’s a whole page of lovely printed/colored lilac blooms.  You simply place the matching die over the paper, cut out, run through the Lush Lilac flower mold and boom!  Dozens of perfectly colored and shaped lilac blossoms in no time.  I brushed each blossom with a little Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue, then shook them in a container of Angel Dust Glitter to add just a touch of sparkle and shine.

Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card: Construction Details

Sweet Day Lush Lilac Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01

This is a very simple card to make. NOTE: I inked all my cut edges with ColorBox Plumeria chalk ink.

  • First, cut the main card panel from the collection.  I cut mine to measure 4 3/4″ x 7 1/4″.
  • Now mat the panel on a slightly larger amethyst cardstock panel.  Machine stitch around the perimeter with cream thread.
  • Next, lay the stitched panel on a glass cutting mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut along the left hand edge of the birdcage.  You want a slit that is just large enough to fit the “Have a Sweet Day” tag.
  • To add dimension, back the tag with foam dots or waste chipboard and insert into the prepared opening.  Adhere in place.
  • Now top the tag with a small bow and button.  Add a mini white clothespin to the top right hand corner.  Top with lilac blooms.
Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card: Purple Peonies

Here’s how I made my purple peonies:

  • Stamp two sets of Large Sweet Peonies onto patterned paper from the Lush Lilac Paper Collection.  I used ColorBox Plumeria Ink to do this.
  • Stamp 3 Sets of Small Sweet Peonies on patterned paper.
  • Before die cutting, add green or yellow chalk ink to the center of each flower.
  • Die cut flower layers and foliage with the matching dies.
  • Spritz lightly with water and place in the Basic Flower Shaping Mold.  Then run through your die cutting machine.

 

  • Cup each layer with  a stylus from the Flower Shaping Tool Kit.
  • Stagger the flower layers and adhere together.
  • Pierce the center of each flower and add stamens.
  • Mist flowers with a combination of Lavender Fields and Dazzling Diamonds Tattered Angels Mist.
  • Dry with a heat gun.
  • Use sponge daubers to add more Plumeria Ink to outside petals and cut edges.
  • Adhere to card.
Lush Lilac Sweet Day Get Well Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve added a flap and pocket to the card interior.

This sentiment is so perfect for someone dealing with a long recovery.  I hand wrote it on the open space of the designer paper.  The little flap pocket on the right is filled with cheery thoughts to brighten long days.

The large pocket on the bottom contains more happy thoughts written on some of the lovely tags and journal cards from the cut apart page.

On With the Hop!

Below you will find a list of all the HC Alumni participating in this month’s hop.

You will want to be sure to visit each one, and leave a lovely comment behind.  One comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate.  The hop ends at 11:59PM EDT on Monday, July 2nd, so be sure to hop and comment before that date.

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 4th.  I’ll also post the winning name at the top of this post at that time.  To claim your prize, you must contact socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us within 72 hours to claim your prize.  Write “Winner of the June Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Now let’s get hopping!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Amarilys Gloria Vicki Pam Martine Susan Alissa

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.

 

How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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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