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Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01https://wp.me/p34lmI-4pd

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

 

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing some Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards that I created over the holiday break.  I set out to  make just one card…then it was two…and oops!  By the time I was done playing, I had 4 Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards on my work desk!  These will be on display in the Buttons Galore and More booth at Creativation 2019.  Since these cards are designed to be displayed in a booth, I only covered the inside with basic paper panels. Therefore, I have no photos of the card interiors to share with you today.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Believe Wood Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ card features a frame style shaker element.  Here’s how I built it.

  • Begin by dry brushing the largest Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with a coat of white gesso. Dry thoroughly.
  • Next, brush a light layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink over the frame.
  • Now place the frame in a box with high sides and spray liberally with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.  Let the spray puddle into the corners and recessed areas of the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock (4″ x 6″ as I recall) and adhere it to the back of the frame using either Scor-Tape or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Press along the edges with a clean paper towel to secure the seal.  This is very important!  Let it dry completely while you build your card base.
  • When the frame is completely dry, add a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter, being careful not to let the tape show through the window.
  • Now place a fair sized mound of Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins in the center of your focal image.  Keep them away from the area where you will attach the frame.
  • Next, carefully align your prepared frame over the image, centering it as best as you can.
  • Finally, press in place to seal and adhere to the card base.

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 02

Finish the card off with a Little Birdie Crafts Oriel Vintage Blossom and a seam binding bow.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards:  A Real Princess Chipboard Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Real Princess Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01a

This next shaker card uses an altered chipboard frame in lieu of a shaker box.  The frame measures 3 1/2″ x 5″, but the opening is only 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.  Here’s how I prepared this shaker box.

  • First, paint a chipboard frame with white gesso and dry thoroughly.
  • Next, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.
  • When the paint has dried, brush a thin layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the entire surface.
  • While the adhesive is still wet, place the frame in a funnel tray and sprinkle liberally with Rajni Chalwa’s Frosting Powder.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the size of the frame opening and adhere to the back with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive.  As before use a clean piece of paper towel to press it securely onto the back of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Now adhere a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the frame.  You will need to cut strips of foam adhesive in half unless you have 1/4″ wide foam.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with  Buttons Galore Apricot Premium Sequins.
  • Fussy cut the image from the signature page of Princess.  Pop up on a piece of patterned paper and adhere to the foam tape.

I finished this card off with some fussy cuts, Little Birdie Flowers, Mini Pearl Prills,  Pale Gold Taffeta Ribbon, altered metal corners and an altered metal crown.  To alter the metal pieces I painted them with ivory chalk paint, then spritzed with Antique Brass Mica Spray.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: If the Crown Fits Embossed Paper Shaker Box

This card is a companion to the previous card, and uses the other princess from the signature page of the collection.  After fussy cutting the princess and matting it on striped paper, I proceeded to make the frame.

  • First, carefully open the seams on a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame.  Cut away the back portion to use in another project.
  • Next, lightly sand the surface of the frame, then paint it with white gesso.
  • When the gesso has dried, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and place it directly into the Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Embossing Texture Fade.  Run this through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Be sure to wash the texture fade immediately to remove any traces of paint and/or gesso.
  • The pressure of embossing will lift some of the gesso, but I liked this distressed look.
  • Use a palette knife to add some thin layers of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the open areas of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Next, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised portions of the design.  Spritz very lightly with Antique Brass Mica Spray.  This will sink down into the crackle paste and look very cool.

  • Back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock and build your shaker box.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with Buttons Galore Rose Garden Shaker Mix.  (You will want to remove the large and medium sized buttons from the mix first.)

Finish the card off with Little Birdie Audria Blush Flowers, gold metallic string, ribbon and a crown embellishment.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Easel Shaker Pocket

For the final card, I created this easel shaker pocket.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to add a shaker element to a card.  Simply stitch clear acrylic cardstock to your focal image leaving about a 2″ opening.  Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins.  Finish stitching up the pouch and you are good to go!

Adorn your card with Renae Classic Little Birdie Flowers, Light Coral Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and chipboard elements from the paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for making shaker cards in many different ways.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Linked Supply List

Note: Sequin mixes are linked in the post

All cards use elements from the following Graphic 45 Products:

 

 

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio with Tutorial Links

Hello, Friends!  Happy Christmas Eve Day!  A few weeks ago, I shared a tutorial for THIS adorable “Santa Paws” card folio tutorial.  Today, kitties take the spotlight with this Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio.

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

One of the things I love the most about this festive collection is that it works for people or for pets.  And who wouldn’t love to find this little basket of Christmas kitties under the tree?  I’ve adorned this card with one of my favorite holiday ribbons: Vintage Christmas Plaid.  To add just a touch of holiday sparkle, I topped my double loop bow with some Gold Metallic String and some miniature holiday ornaments.   To create this feline version of the Santa Paws  folio, you can follow the same YouTube video.  Just switch out the dog images and sentiments for cat images and sentiments.

Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

This 5″ x 7″ x 1/2″ card folio is filled with feline fun!  Pockets, folio inserts, hidden pull out tags and flaps make opening this card as much fun as opening a Christmas present.

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The flap mechanism on the top of the card opens to reveal this shaped pocket filled with little treats.

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This would be a great spot to add a personal message, a photo or even a gift card. And do you spy the adorable snowman chocolate peeping around the corner?

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

The large pocket on the bottom is decorated with a fussy cut Santa image and some cute hinge stickers.  A mini candy cane fits perfectly into the pocket.

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

This 6″ x 4 1/4″ accordion style folio has a sweet magnetic flap closure.  You can learn how to build it HERE.   Just switch out dog images for cat images and you’re all set!

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

I’ve added some little tuck spots inside this festive folio.

Authentique Nostalgia Meowy Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 10

If you did not want to use magnets here, you could always tie the folio with more of that pretty Vintage Plaid Ribbon!

Now, I have some last minute Christmas preparations to attend to, so I’d best be off.  But before I go, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  May peace, joy, love, family and friendship fill your heart with good cheer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: It’s a Wonderful Life

Hello, Friends!  The inspiration for this Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout started with a photo of the home I grew up in.  My parents bought this home on the hill in Central Vermont in 1956, 10 days before I was born.  To call it a “fixer upper” is to be an optimist.  The yard was nothing but dirt, the wrap around porch was rotting and falling apart and the interior plaster walls were cracked with age.  But Mom had a vision, a strong work ethic, and incredible creative skills.  By the time I was old enough to recognize the house as “home” it was easily the prettiest one on the hill.  It was surrounded by a white picket fence, the porch (repaired by my dad) was a wonderful place to play on a rainy day, and flower gardens filled every corner of the yard.  The walls had been beautified with paint and wallpaper.  Windows sparkled.  It was a wonderful life.

Many years have gone by since I lived in that humble home.  Imagine my surprise when I spotted this photo in my Facebook feed.  One of my childhood friends had posted it…and there was no caption…but my heart immediately recognized that bend in the road and that frosted home perched on the top of the hill.  I could instantly smell the freshness of the snow and the pines, feel the bite of the icy winter air on my cheeks, hear the squeak of the snow beneath my boots and remember the joy of walking through that door to smell Mom’s bread coming out of the oven.  Although I rarely create 12″ x 12″ layouts, I knew I had to scrap this photo to display in my studio to remind me that it really is a wonderful life.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Lucky for me, I had Authentique Paper’s gorgeous Frosted Collection Kit in the house.  I can’t think of any papers that would work better for this photo.  So here’s how I created this layout, layer by layer.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 02

 

This is the original photo, and while it looks great online, it printed out very dark and blurry.  So I began this project by cleaning up the photo in my editing program.  I decided to remove the telephone poles, streetlight and wires because these things were not installed when I was growing up “on the hill.”  Once I had the photo cleaned up, I got down to the fun part of creating this 12″ x 12″ layout.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: Layer by Layer
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo  03

 

  • First, mat a 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ square of Light Blue Linen Cardstock on a 12″ x 12″ piece of Blue Denim Linen Cardstock.
  • Next, trim Frosted Three to measure 11 5/8″ and stitch the three layers together on a sewing machine.  (All the edges are lightly distressed and inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.) Leave the threads long in the upper left hand corner so you can tie a little silver charm there.
  • Now cut an 11 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ panel of Frosted Two and mat on slightly larger panels of the same Light Blue and Blue Denim Linen Cardstock.  Stitch around the edges once again. Center and adhere to the main panel.
  • The next step is to cut an 11″ x 3 1/2″ panel of Frosted Five.  Mat this as before.  Before you adhere this to the page, die cut 4 sets of white snowflakes using Tim Holtz “Snow Flurries” On the Edge Die.  Adhere the snowflake borders above and below the panel, then adhere to the page.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Frosted One and mat as before.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • My photo is printed 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.  For stability, I backed it with a layer of chipboard, then adhere it to the snowflake panel.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: Adding the Details
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 04
  • Create embellishments by fussy cutting images and sentiments from Frosted Six.  Back these with dimensionals to make them pop.  Add sentiments from Frosted “Elements” Die Cuts.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 05
  • Die cut mittens from Frosted Three and Four. with a Spellbinders Smitten Mitten Steel Contour Die.  To create the contrasting cuffs, cut along the cuff line of the die and adhere  as seen in the photo.  Join the mittens together with an eyelet and bit of ribbon.  Place dimensionals between the mittens and adhere as seen in the photo.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 06

 

  • Die cut custom flowers from Frosted Four and One using Tammy Tutterow’s Shabby Posy Dies.  Add vintage buttons or purple stamens to the centers and adhere in the corners of the photo.
I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to share this layout and these memories with you
here today.  Hopefully, I shared some tips, techniques or 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 stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:

Authentique Supplies:  Frosted Collection Kit, 2 sheets each Blue Denim and Light Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Snow Flurries On the Edge Die, Spellbinder’s Smitten Mitten Steel Contour Die (retired), Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posy Die,  white pearl cardstock from my stash, purple stamens, Snowflakes on Silver Grosgrain RibbonSilver Metallic String, Buttons and charms from my stash

Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial

#G45Tags: Last Minute Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let the Christmas countdown begin.  I’m just popping in with a last minute Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial today.  It seems that everyone wants gift cards for Christmas these days, so I feel that we should at least make the packaging feel like a gift!  This set of 8 tags can be made very quickly using Graphic 45’s Christmas Magic Collection.  They can also double as ornaments on the tree, which is extra fun.

#G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do any of you have any of the Graphic 45 Alpha Tags in your stash?  That’s what I used as the base for these adorable tags.  If you don’t have those, you can use any of the Graphic 45 Regular Tags and ATC tags instead.

#G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The front of each tag contains a little “book” that is tied shut with ribbon.  On the inside you’ll find the “B” side of a Christmas Magic ephemera card and a little gift card pocket.  To maket he tags feel even more festive, I’ve tucked in a Brach’s miniature candy cane.

Here’s a look at each of these Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags:

#G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 #G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04 #G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05 #G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06 #G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08 #G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial: Supply List

For each tag you will need the following supplies:

Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial on YouTube

I put together this easy to follow Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial on my YouTube Channel.  I hope you enjoy!

The great thing about this design is, you can change up the papers and make these for any occasion!  How great is that?

And if you’d like to see another G45 gift tag idea from the archives, check HERE.

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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