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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo

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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  The blustery weather here in North Carolina inspired me to create this Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo as our Throwback Thursday tutorial today.  I’ll show you how I used the Spellbinders January 2024 Wax Seal of the Month and I’ll share a fun way to use a 3D embossing folder to dress up a die cut teapot.  Sound like fun?

We had a huge storm blow through here yesterday with lashing rain (no joke!) and winds gusts up to 70 mph.  It was a grey, wet, raw day.  But perfect for staying inside and exploring the Closet of Inspiration and Delight!  I have wanted to use this cute Spellbinders teapot die for ages, so I paired it up with Prima Georgia Blue papers and let the crafting adventure begin!

Fun with Wax Seal of the Month

I used this same wax seal on the bee themed card I shared last Thursday.  It’s amazing how different these seals look depending on what wax you use.  If you’d like to see how I added it to my card design, I’ll show you in the video tutorial below.

Dies and Embossing Folders: Made for Eachother!

I’m a sucker for 3D Embossing Folders.  First, they are so easy to use!  Then there’s the added texture they bring to a project.  You really get a lot of bang for your buck, and they are non-consumable.  I broke down this year and signed up for the 3D Embossing Folder of the Month Club at Spellbinders, and I’m excited about adding to my stash of 3D folders.

Here’s how to create this sweet little vintage blue teapot:

  • First, die cut the teapot from designer paper.
  • Mist it lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine using the correct sandwich for  your machine.
  • Next, die cut a second teapot using heavy weight cardstock.  Then glue the two layers together.
  • Now ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink so that it will “pop” off the page.
  • Brush the raised, embossed areas with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide.
  • Then place foam tape on the bottom, the spout, and the handle and adhere to your card.

That’s all there is to it!

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket and a tuck spot inside the card to provide plenty of room for notes and treats.

These teacups were left over from an earlier project, but they make a great little tea wallet, don’t you think?  It’s always fun to find new ways to tuck treats into a project!

Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo Video on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me put this card together and share a little wax seal demo, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel. (Spoiler alert: I show you how to fix  a wax seal when you’ve botched the job.  Not that I botched the job, of course.  No…not at all!)

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Stay warm and cozy, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lilac Garden Shaker Card Folio

Lilac Garden Shaker Card Folio with RRR and Spellbinders Just Bee-Cause Stamp/DOM Club

Hello, Friends!  This Lilac Garden Shaker Card Folio carries a promise of spring!  January can be a difficult month for many folks with post-holiday and winter blues.  But gardeners (and cardmakers, too) love to dream about springtime in January!  So I pulled out some beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon trims and Spellbinders Just Bee-Cause January Stamp/Die of the Month Club supplies to create a dreamy winter garden scene.

Stamp, Emboss, Color, Die Cut…Not So Hard!

I’m still working on my 2023 goal to improve my stamping and coloring skills.  This month’s Clear Stamp/Die of the Month Club was a great way to practice.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, stamp the floral swag twice onto smooth white cardstock using Versamark Ink.
  • Next, heat emboss with Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Then tap and swipe the cooled image into puddles of Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. Gently heat dry.
  • Now, use a water brush and Distress Oxide Inks in the same colors to add shading and details to your stamped images.
  • Die cut the images with the matching dies, pop up on foam tape, and arrange around your shaker element.

This process seems to work well for me, and I’m finding it easier all the time!  Yay!

Really Reasonable Ribbon: The Perfect Finishing Touch

For me, ribbon is always the perfect finishing touch on most cards.  This time, I’ve added LIlac Seam Binding Ribbon and Silver Metallic String to complement the pretty lavender/lilac tones in the Prima Plant Department papers.

First I tied a shabby chic bow with the seam binding ribbon.  Then I topped it with a metallic silver bow.  Add a bee charm and rhinestone bauble to more metallic string and tuck into the bow cluster.

Wrap your card panel with a few rows of silver metallic string before you adhere it to the card base for another pop  of sparkle.  It’s a simple technique, but it really works!

A Peek Inside

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The garden party will now adjourn to the inside of the card.  I’ve added a little top flap feature with a sweet little tag pocket.

This flips up to reveal a nice spot for writing a note or adding a photo.

A roomy pocket allows you to tuck in a tea wallet, honey stick and ribbon topped tag.

It’s always fun to color match the tea bag whenever possible.  To make the tea wallet, simply score a scrap of designer paper, then create a belly band closure with another scrap.

Whether you are a card maker or a gardener, I wish you a BEE-utiful day today!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial

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Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Clear Stamp/Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  For our first Throwback Thursday of 2024, I have a  Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial to share with you.  It’s made with Spellbinders January Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club and Echo Park Bee Happy paper collection.  January can be a bit of a dreary month, so I thought this bright and cheery card might add some sunshine to your day.

One of my goals for 2023 was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  I did make some progress, but I decided I really wanted to dig in deeper in 2024.  There are so many cute stamped images out there, and now that many of them come with matching dies, it really does make things easier.  So, I signed up for the Spellbinders Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club.  Sometimes you’ve gotta put take drastic action to meet a goal, right?

Bees and Honey!

Since I am a huge fan of bees and the lovely honey that they make, I was thrilled that the January Club kit featured both of these themes.  Instead of coloring the honey jar image, I decided to paper piece it.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, stamp the honey jar image on a scrap of light blue patterned heart paper from the Bee Happy Collection. I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, then I immediately heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did this on each stamped layer.
  • Then stamp the image a 2nd time on a piece of gold cardstock.
  • Next, stamp the image a third time on a scrap of yellow check patterned paper.
  • Now stamp and heat emboss the bees (gold paper) and the flower swag (white cardstock) and heat emboss as well.
  • Die cut all the pieces with the matching dies.
  • Then trim the inside of the gold honey jar just inside the black embossed lines.  Adhere the “honey” layer inside the blue glass jar.
  • Next, trim out the yellow checkered cloth on the top of the jar.  Back with foam tape and adhere over the blue cloth lid to create extra dimension.
  • Color the flowers with watercolor pencils and a water brush.
How to Make a Small Focal Image Stand Out

The honey jar image is fairly small, and I was afraid it would disappear on this 5″ x 7″ card.  So I matted it on a piece of circular ephemera from the paper collection.  Then I located a 4×4 image from the paper collection and placed the image in the center using foam tape to add extra dimension.  Now this cute little honey jar steals the show.

To echo the circular shapes, I created a wax seal with some mixed beads and the Wax Seal of the Month. (Yep…I joined that club, too.  The wax seals are just so much fun to make!)

A Peek Inside

Doesn’t this paper make you feel happy all over?  You’ll see how I put the inside of this card together in the video tutorial below.

It’s always fun to put a hidden message behind a flip element, isn’t it?

And if you make a honey themed card, you are more or less obligated to add a pocket….

…then fill it with a tea bag and some honey crystals.

Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this cheery card come together, I hope you’ll enjoy the tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

Did you have fun today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinders Wax Seal and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s a brand new year, and I’m here to share my January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with you, Y’all asked for a monthly tag tutorial, and there’s no better time to kick this new series into gear.  I hope you all enjoyed the little break we took between  Christmas and New Year’s.  We had lots of festive family gatherings, loads of good food, and I even managed to sneak in a little nap here and there.  But now it’s time to get back in the rhythm  work and videos and blog posts and all the rest.  I’m excited about all the fun things I have planned for us in 2024!

Photoplay Midnight Garden

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I’ve been waiting to share this gorgeous Photoplay Midnight Garden paper collection with you for quite some time.  It was released in late autumn of 2023, and I was already up to my elbows in fall and Christmas crafting, so I didn’t get to share it with you.  But it’s the perfect choice for this first tag of 2024!  The base is a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag.  Liners are cut with the Large Tag Dies.

Dressed up with flowers, Glitter Glass Dragonfly and April in Paris Doily from Reneabouquets, this tag has such a wonderful vintage vibe.  You’ll learn how to put the tag together step by step in the video tutorial below.

Spellbinders January Wax Seal of the Month

Have you discovered wax seals yet?  I was first introduced to them when I was helping our daughter with her wedding invitations last year.  They are so much fun to make, and add a great textural element to any project.  So when I had a chance to sign up for the Spellbinders Wax Seal of the Month Club, I did not hesitate!  You’ll learn how to create this pretty wax seal in the tutorial, too.

A Tag with Two Faces

Do you know how January got its name?  In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings. He  had two faces: one that looked back and one that looked forward. ( Yes, I was a mythology nerd when I was about 10 years old.) The month of January is named for him.  So I designed this month’s tag with two “faces”, if you will.  The front side is a pretty decorative tag, but the back side features a double pocket and flap element.   Surprise!

Two pockets give us lots of room to tuck in little treats, which is something I always try to do when  making a card.   Create the double pocket with a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory tag and a scoring tool.  It’s fast, easy and makes for a great surprise on the back of the tag.

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

Would you like to learn how I put this tag together?  Then please enjoy this tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

I’m excited about all the crafty adventures I have planned for us in 2024!  How about  you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the ideas I shared in the video.  So please take a moment and leave me a comment below this post.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy New Year, Friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever

Hello, Friends!  After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.

The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice.  After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar.  Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?

Stamping and Coloring

One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me.  I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results.  But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens.  And you know what?  I had fun!

First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder.  The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.

Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad.  Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times.  This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink.  The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines.  Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”.  That also seemed to work well for me.

A Little Mixed Media

First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge.  Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow.  Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.

Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.

A Peek Inside

Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….

…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom.  See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside?  That’s one of my favorite things to do.

I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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