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Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers

Papercrafting 101 Creating Layered Cards Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers with Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you love patterned papers, but struggle when it comes to using them?  Today’s Papercrafting 101 Creating Card Layers is just for you!  I’ve put together a little video tutorial that will give you my top tips for creating beautifully composed card layers.

We’ll be working with this scrumptious Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries paper collection and the coordinating flowers and chipboard.  I’ll link a supply list at the bottom of this post.

Let’s face it: working with patterned papers can be challenging.  How do you keep the design from becoming too busy?  How do you pick papers that work together?  While we create the card together, I’ll share the “why” of this design and help you understand how to successfully layer the beautiful patterned papers we all love so much.  The video is loaded with tips, tricks and insights that will really help you move your card making to the next level.

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this 6″ x 6″ square pocket card.  Simple, but adorable, thanks to these lovely papers from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you missed my unboxing video of the new Little Birdie Releases, you can find that HERE.

Are you ready to learn how to make this darling card?  Then grab a pencil and notebook, and click play, because Papercrafting 101 is in session!


If you’d like to see another project made with Little Birdie’s new releases, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll be able to use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there in case you wish to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!




NOTE: use the coupon code Kathy05 to save 5% off your purchase at Little Birdie Crafts


Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial: Papercrafting 101/Pockets

Hello, Friends! This Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial is an answer to your requests.  You all loved this Stamperia Make a Wish Gift Box folio I shared a while ago.  So in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to combine that tutorial with my promise to do a Papercrafting 101 installment focusing on pockets.  Hey, it’s holiday crunch time, so I am trying to do double duty here!

In the tutorial below, you will learn how to create the folio base from 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cream cardstock.  I’ll also show you how to add magnets for the closure, how to create quick and easy pockets, and how to make large image paper work in this small 4 1/4″ x 5″ format. The great thing about this style of folio is that it is quick to make, easy to adapt and wonderful to give as a gift for any occasion.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial: Shake it Up!

To create the shaker frame for the folio cover, follow these steps:

  • First heat emboss a Renea Bouquet Snowflake Frame with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.
  • Next, use the largest Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die to cut clear acrylic cardstock. Adhere this piece to the back side of the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then, place 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips on the back side of the snowflake frame.
  • Now, Die cut the winter bird circle from the Winter Botanic Paper collection.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the prepared folio base.
  • Next, fill the center of the frame with a mixture of sequins, beads, buttons and half pearls. About 2 Tablespoons of filler is plenty.
  • Align the frame over the image and press gently to seal.
  • Add a Moss Green Shimmer Satin Bow, flowers and pearls to the folio cover.

TIP:  If your shaker has a “leaky” spot where elements are escaping, you can seal the gap with Dries Clear Adhesive.  It works like a charm.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This sweet folio has pockets….

…folio inserts and pull out pages…

and a gorgeous selection of gifts.  What a great way to send cheer in the middle of winter!  There are more surprises waiting to be revealed in the project tour and tutorial below.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial on YouTube

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.

And if you’d like to purchase this gift box folio, you can find it in my ETSY SHOP.

Thanks for stopping by!





Papercrafting 101: All About Adhesives

Papercrafting 101: All About Adhesives: My Favorites

Hello, Friends!  Today’s post is all about adhesives: liquid adhesive, tape runners, foam dimensionals, metal glues, Scor-Tape, gel mediums, collage mediums and even ….magnets! Where would we be in our crafting without these necessary items in our tool boxes?  Every crafter needs good adhesives.  Today we will explore some of my favorite adhesives, and learn a little bit about how to use them.  I even have a tutorial that will help you learn how to place magnets perfectly on a folio or flap.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I prepared a little video for you.

What’s your favorite adhesive?  I’m always interested in any undiscovered treasures you might know of.  Will you share it with me in the comment section below?

Are you interested in more of these papercrafting 101 posts?  We can talk about all kinds of tools, supplies, organizational tips and more.  Let me know your thoughts, please.

You can find links to my favorite adhesives below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



My Favorite Adhesives