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Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  With Christmas right around the corner, you’re going to love the new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve made this Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for the “In the Kitchen” challenge, which is hosted by Suzz.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s find out what Suzz has to say:

Challenge Theme: In The Kitchen
This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table.  Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project.  You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen.  You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.
Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Inspiration

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 01

Baking cookies is a Christmas tradition I’ve loved for decades!  My mom used to bake enormous batches of her Traditional Scotch Shortbread every holiday season.  I can still see her sitting in a chair, my grandmother’s old soup pot clenched firmly between her knees as she worked the butter and sugar together with an old wooden spoon.  These simple and delicious cookies are part of our Christmas tradition every year, but I use my KitchenAid Mixer to cream the butter and sugar.   The whole house smells like Christmas when these buttery cookies are baking!  And it makes me feel connected to my mom, which is a wonderful thing indeed!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Design

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 02

I decided to go big for this challenge, so this easel card base measures a whopping 7″ square.  The large size and easel card design are great for display in the kitchen during the holidays.  It also gave me loads of “real estate” to play around with.  The front cover is actually a pocket that’s been stuffed with loads of kitchen themed goodies.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: How to make a miniature cookbook

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 03

Stamperia Vintage Christmas is a wonderful collage page filled with delightful cut apart images.  This recipe book page was fun to turn into a miniature book.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut out the 3 1/2″ ” x 2 1/2″ recipe book page, then ink and distress the edges.
  • Next, spritz it very lightly with water and crumple it up into a ball.
  • Cut 3 more 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ book pages from scraps or copy paper.  Give them the same treatment.
  • Now, carefully open the crumpled book pages and smudge them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  You can always find the tried and true recipes in any cookbook by looking for the smudged and soiled pages!
  • Fold each page in half down the center just like a real book.  Then use a bone folder or the side of a ruler to curl the pages to give them a used, dogeared appearance.
  • Run a thin bead of glue along the fold of each page and stack the pages together.
  • Next, adhere just the “spine” of the book “cover” to the card base.
  • Then,  when the glue has set, sort of push the outer edges of the pages toward the spine while adhering the corners of the book “cover” to the card base.  I added a small dab of adhesive here and there to keep the pages from flying open.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 04

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Wooden Spoon

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 05

Dressing this wooden spoon up for the holidays was a blast!  It was a yard sale find that cost me a whole quarter!  For some reason, the spoon has a normal sized bowl, but is only 6″ long.  I can’t imagine what it would have been used for, but now it decorates my card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First cover the spoon with a layer of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.  I still have the dabber top stains, but you could use the spray stain as well.
  • Now, dry the stain with a heat tool.
  • Next, open the top of a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and pour a dime sized puddle in the bowl of the spoon.  Then use a paint brush (or your fingers, which is what I did) to spread the embossing ink all over the front and sides of the spoon.
  • Then place the spoon in a funnel tray or on a clean sheet of paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess, and put it back in the container.  Then heat emboss.  This transformation is so much fun to watch!
  • When the spoon is fully embossed and cooled, randomly paint the edges, handle and bowl with more embossing ink.  Don’t go for full coverage!  Just light coverage and random strokes.
  • Then cover the spoon with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture, tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is so lovely!

I decorated my spoon with ribbon, die cut Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, Little Birdie Crafts Elsie Florals, Rusty Jingle Bells, Gold Twine and Sherry Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  When I had everything arranged to my taste, I tapped greenery and bells with Distress Grit Paste to resemble snow.  So fun!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: Pocket Inserts

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 06

I used images from the Vintage Christmas Scrapbooking cards to create a couple of 4″ x 6″ recipe folios to tuck in the front pocket.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 07

The recipes for Mom’s Shortbread and our favorite Gingersnaps are written inside.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 08

In this photo, you can see that the “stopper” for the easel is also a pocket.  Isn’t that fun?

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 09I created a little tea bag wallet to tuck inside, along with a pretty ephemera card.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 10

There’s room on the back of the ephemera card to add another recipe.  And you just have to have a cup of tea with a Christmas cookie!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 11

Here’s a peek at what the card looks like when it is not standing up for display.  That’s something I love about an easel card.  You can fold them down for storage or mailing, then stand them upright for display.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this sweet “In the Kitchen” challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic kitchen themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday December 18th.

The winner  of this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I shared some tips, techniques 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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Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for All Creatures Great & Small at Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a fun, funky mixed media project to share with you.  I created this Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in a moment, but first let’s see what the Magnificent Maggi, our challenge hostess, has to say about the new challenge.

Challenge Theme: All Creatures Great and Small
Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile.  Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life.  My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals.  It could be your pets or a vintage photo.  Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone???  Eeeek!!!!  No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: The Inspiration

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I love animals, but severe allergies/asthma prevent me from being in contact with them.  So for this animal themed challenge, I chose my favorite species: birds.  What’s not to love? From their beautiful feathers to their cheering songs to their amazing ability to soar against the sky, birds are marvelous creatures.  The Patchwork collection from Stamperia is filled with whimsical bird images…and tea!  So you know I had to use it for this challenge.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

Stamperia Patchwork fairly begs to be used in mixed media.  What can I say…I answered the call when creating this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Little Mixed Media Mayhem

First, use a brayer to roll an uneven coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the edges of a 5″ x 7 kraft card base.

This is a tip I picked up from the amazing Seth Apter.  Next, use a really cheap paintbrush to dry brush Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the Antique Linen layer.  The idea is to end up with lots of brush strokes as you can see here.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the next steps in the process, as I got all involved in the act of creating.  Mea culpa!

Next, use the wood grain stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencil Set 10 with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add another layer of texture over the brush strokes.  Then,  randomly spray the edges of the card with Distress Resist Spray.

TIP: As per Tim’s instructions, always place items in a box before you spray with Resist.  The tiny particles go everywhere and stick PERMANENTLY to anything they touch.  I have an old shipping box set aside for use as a spray box.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Seth Apter Baked Texture

Now that you’ve sprayed the edges, sprinkle on Chunky Rust Baked Texture and heat emboss.

TIP: Heat emboss from the UNDER side of your project to prevent granules from flying all over the place.  You’re welcome.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

You can see the cool effects of the Chunky Rust Baked Texture quite clearly at the top of the card.  I really wanted this card to have a lot of grungy, distressed layers.  Machine stitching, spattering, and painted distressed edges did the trick.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

I’m in love with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Here’s how I altered the bird.

  • Fussy cut the bird from Stamperia Patchwork.
  • Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.
  • Place the fussy cut image on a non-porous surface like your craft mat. Cover it well with an Emboss Dabber.
  • Place the image in a funnel tray or clean piece of paper. (So you can save the Baked Texture Powder for another use) .  Cover it thoroughly with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Let the image cool, then repeat the above step.  You end up with a beautiful, vintage gloss that looks amazing.  As a bonus, it strengthens the paper, too.
  • Now, while the image is set, but still a little warm, shape it with your fingers to add dimension.  I just sort of bent the edges in toward the middle, and to my delight, the shape held.
  • When it is time to adhere the bird to the card, back it with 2 or 3 layers of foam tape.  Or, be cheap like me and use waste chipboard.
  • Add a thin bead of a strong liquid adhesive to the very edge of the fussy cut image.  (I use Art institute Dries Clear Glue.)
  • Hold the edges of the bird against the paper until the glue takes hold.  I use a fast drying glue, so this really only takes a few second.  The foam tape in the center will give the body a lovely, rounded shape.
Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Detail Shots

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Add Grit Paste through Tim’s Stitched Stencil.  Then I brush a little Rusty Hinge Distress Stain over it to make it match all the rusty, distressed elements in the card.   After sewing the card, leave the thread long, then tuck it under this rusty index clip.

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

These Little Birdie Flowers are from the Pastel Palette.  I dry brushed them with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and a little Antique Linen Distress Paint to age them.   The sentiment is backed with waste chipboard to add more dimension.  And everything is spattered with walnut ink.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Custom dye seam binding ribbon with Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Pockets are great…and just look at these amazing colors!

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

This little tea bag wallet sits in the side pocket on the top of the card.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo10

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

The lower pocket is filled with a vintage silver spoon found on one of my junkin’ adventures.  Then I stitched one of the tags onto natural canvas and dressed it up with a little vintage lace and a vintage button.  And where there is tea, there must be a honey stick!

Now It’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll join in on this fun All Creatures Great and Small Challenge.  To do so, just link up your vintage or shabby chic animal themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before    11: 55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 25th.

The design team will pick our 4 favorite projects from all those entered.  The winning project will join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our favorite picks will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog, too.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guideline will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the rest of the team has made.  I know you will be inspired!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology

Natural Beauty: Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wow, this has been a busy month for me!  Earlier this month, I shared some projects that I made “just for me.”  This Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection was made during that time, but i simply haven’t had time to share it with you until now.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Made in a “junk journal” fashion, this 3.5″ x 5″  mini has a 1.5″ spine.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making it.  There’s something so relaxing about creating a junk journal.  You get to dig through your stash, use loads of embellishments and texture and basically, have a blast.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Eileen’s Passport Mini  is a Sizzix XL Die.  It cuts covers, spine and inner pages.

The directions for binding the album come with the die, and you can find loads and loads of wonderful samples and tutorials on Eileen’s Blog.  I also share a lot of tips in the video tour below.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Creating the Signature Pages

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The signature covers are decorated, but the inner pages are acid free resume paper that I died with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Here’s how:

  • Die cut pages using the Eileen Hull Passport Die.  Use a Sizzix crease pad to prevent the die from cutting all the way through the papers.  The die will crease the pages and punch out the binding holes at the same time.
  • Swipe Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly onto your non-stick craft mat.  Spritz with water until little beads and droplets begin to form.
  • Place the die cut pages into this luscious inky puddle and swipe them through.
  • You may have to repeat this process several times to ink up all the pages.
  • When all the pages have been inked, iron them flat with an iron on the “low” setting.
  • Now you have a lovely stack of stained papers to add to your passport mini signatures.
Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Natural Beauty Vignettes

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Little nature vignettes decorate the cover of each signature. Some elements are fussy cut images from the Anthology Collection Kit.  You will see that I used the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock Dies in several spots.  That clock frame is sooo useful!

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Other items have been in my stash for so long, I don’t even know where they came from.   I also used lots of images and elements from  the 6.5″ x 6.5″ Anthology Paper Pad.  Kaisercraft also makes little ephemera bits that they call “Collectables” for this collection.

I’ve incorporated lots of natural elements, like this lichen I picked up at a local park, leaves, Spanish Moss and feathers to add to the natural, organic feel of the album.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Flips and Flaps

You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations as often as possible.  This little mini is no exception.  There are flips and flaps galore!

You can find many of the metal charms I’ve used at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection Video Tour: Tips, Tricks & Ideas

I always find it helpful to view a video of a project like this.  It helps you gain a sense of the size, depth, dimension and function of all the mechanisms.  You’ll find photos that I did not share in this post along with lots of ideas that will be helpful if you decide to make your own Passport Mini Album.  Enjoy!

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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Note: Whenever possible, I share product links.  Some items, however,  have been in my stash a very long time, and are no longer available for purchase.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

 

 

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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.

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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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