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Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?

 

Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards

Authentique Splendor Fall Cards by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards with Authentique Splendor and Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a duo of Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards to share with you.  I’ve paired up some of my favorite Authentique Papers with some beautiful fall ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Toss in a beautiful die cut doily and some handmade sunflowers and you’ve got a glorious sunny fall day on paper!  Since each of these 5 1/2″ square cards is made the same way, they come together in a jiffy!  I’ll be sharing the recipe with you so you can make your own.  Use whatever papers and theme you like!

TIP:  Ribbon doesn’t always have to be tied into a bow.  For these cards, I created an elegant border with 5/8″ Cappuccino Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Attach the ribbon with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Leave the ends slightly longer than the card panel.  Then wrap the ends around to the back side of the card for a neat and tidy finish.

TIP:  No room for a bulky bow?  Fold a 4″ piece of ribbon in half.  Cut fishtails on the ends.  Then tuck beneath a floral arrangement to add a touch of color and texture.  This Sunflower Satin Ribbon is a match made in heaven for these Splendor papers. Add a touch of rustic charm with  loopy Burlap String Bows.

The Recipe

All the papers for this card come from the Splendor 6×6 Paper Bundle.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square top fold card base from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.
  • Next cut a 5 1/8″ square of the fall plaid pattern. Save the off cut of this panel.
  • Cut a 5 1/4″ square of yellow cardstock and a 5 3/8″ square of brown cardstock.
  • Then cut a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the fall pumpkins.
  • Now layer the cut papers on the cardstock mats as follows:
    • First put down the fall plaid paper panel.
    • Next layer in the offcut from the fall plaid paper about 3/4″ from the left hand edge.
    • Then add the fall pumpkin layer.
    • Now stitch the panels to the cardstock mats on your sewing machine.

TIP: Steer clear of a sticky situation by placing your adhesive in the center of each panel and away from the sides.  This way, your sewing machine needle will not get gummed up and your thread will not break.

  • Now you are ready to wrap the card panel with your Scor-Tape and Ribbon.
  • Die cut two Doily Rounds from cream cardstock and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Then punch out the oval sentiment from the Cardstock Elements sheet.  Back with two layers of dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Add flowers, rhinestones, ribbons and vintage buttons to finish the card design.

TIP: You can use handmade flowers, or pre-made flowers.  Both are gorgeous. Find a tutorial for making these sunflowers HERE.

A Peek Inside

Now we will finish the inside of the card.  It’s easy, peasy!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of designer paper and adhere to the top and bottom of the card.
  • Next, create a pocket with the rectangular die cut sentiment from the Elements sheet. Just place your adhesive on the sides and bottom.
  • Create a belly band with a 1 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ strip of the pumpkin pattern.  Adhere just the top and bottom edges to the fall check.
  • Mat a 3×4 journal card on a 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Score in half and fold to make a little notecard to tuck inside the belly band.
Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards: The Twin

This “Twin” card is made in exactly the same way as the first card.  Just change out your patterned papers and sentiment.  Here’s a look at the details.

The only thing nicer than one cheery fall card is two!  And you can save time by making these cards at the same time.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Or maybe I should say “boo” because today I’m sharing an Authentique Paper Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial.  You’ve seen this design HERE and HERE, but because I had so many requests for a tutorial, I’ve made it again.  This photo wallet is a fairly quick and easy make.  It’s also incredibly versatile. Just change out your papers to match the theme and you’re on your way!

 

The video tutorial provides you with all the measurements and information you need, so I’ll just whet your appetite with some photos and a tip or two.  Then you can pop on over to my YouTube Channel to watch the video tutorial.

Tips, Tricks and Details

Create a spooky spiderweb layer with an Amazing Paper Grace Doily Round.  First, die cut the background from Authentique Spectrum Orange Blossom Cardstock.  Then cut the doily overlay from Black Jack Spectrum Cardstock.  This layer makes a great visual backdrop for the shaker frame.

Rows of messy stitching help to frame the card front.  First, layer Black Jack, Orange Blossom and Masquerade papers together.  Remember to only put a dab of adhesive in the center of each layer.  Otherwise your sewing machine will bog down in the adhesive as you stitch.

Paint a white resin frame with Black Chalk Ink.  Let it dry a second or two, then gently wipe the paint back to  create an aged, worn finish.  Then brush lightly with Little Birdie Metallic Wax (linked below) for a perfectly petrified finish.  Do you spot the wee spiders perching on the flowers?    Those are from Reneabouquets, as are the spooktacular spider webs in the corners of the frame.

I’ll show you how I finished the Happy Halloween Beautiful Board Sentiment in the video.  Adding the little silver bat charm  is a fun addition.  For the bow, top candy corn ribbon with a bit of black micro gingham and an old Prima flower from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a stylishly belted photo cascade built inside the folio.

Flaps and pockets…

…tip in pages…

and sneaky secret side pockets with mini folios await you within, if you dare!

And there is lots more room for photos in the trifold folio and wallet photo that are tucked inside the bottom pocket!

Let’s Get Our Halloween Craft On!

If this bewitching photo wallet has your fingers itching to create, then you are in luck!  Simply follow along in this video tutorial.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I had designing it!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Terry Law, randomly chosen from Candy’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Sunflowers and Butterflies Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower for the Alumni Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  How about some Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies to kick off the Heartfelt Creations September 2020 Blog Hop?  I’ve had a sneak peek at the gorgeous creations that has been prepared for this marvelous hop, and  I know you are going to be inspired to get your craft on by the time you are done hopping!   The hop starts here and runs until 11:55PM on Monday, September 27th.  One comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  More details on that below.

Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card Tips and How To’s

Sunflowers make me happy.  So do butterflies.  Put them together in a shaker card design and you’ve got a whole lotta happy going on!  here’s how this card came together.

  • Begin by cutting a 5″ x 7″ card front from the Classic Sunflower Paper Pad.
  • Next, use a craft knife to cut out the blank white panel on the right hand side of the card front.

TIP:  Lay a ruler on the diagonal from corner to corner of the white space.  Then cut along the ruler.  Shift sides and cut again.  Now you will be able to easily get your scissors inside the space and neatly trim along the borders.

  • Then adhere Clear Cardstock to the back side of the card front.
  • Now adhere 2 layers of foam strips around the perimeter of the clear cardstock.

TIP:  Place foam strips along the edge of the cut away area, too.  This way you don’t have to use as many sequins to fill your shaker element.

  • Next, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of patterned paper to serve as the background for the shaker box.
  • Then trim out 2 butterflies from the collection.  Adhere thin foam tabs or foam strips on the back side of the bodies and adhere to the background paper.
  • Finally, fill the shaker box with your sequin mix and adhere the background paper to the foam strips.
Creating Classic Sunflowers

Stamp Classic Sunflowers on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper using a mix of Saffron and Monarch Orange Archival Inks.  Heat emboss with clear powder immediately.  Stamp Leafy Accents with Olive Archival Ink and heat emboss with clear powder, too.

Swipe Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, and Fossilized Amber Distress ink on a non-stick craft sheet.  Spritz with water until beads form.  Then color the stamped panels by tapping and swiping them through the puddles of ink.  Heat emboss a second time so that the embossed areas are refreshed  Then heat dry and die cut with the Classic Sunflower Die.

Now add details with the Golf Flower Shaping Tools. Then use sponge daubers to lightly brush Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the raised areas.  Fill the centers with Dries Clear Adhesive and Czech beads.  Let everything dry.  Then lightly spray with Glimmer Mist to add shine.  Color, die cut and shape the leaves in the Leafy Accent Mold.  Then arrange on the card front.

Adding the Details

Die cut the Birthday Ticket and back with foam tape.  Adhere in the upper right hand corner of the card.  Tuck metal charms beneath tiny sunflowers to finish the detail.

A Peek Inside

I love to decorate the insides of my cards as much as I do the outsides.  When I do this, I feel like the card becomes a gift.

Turn a journal card into a tea pocket by adhering 3 sides.  Tuck in a Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag for the perfect fall treat.  Punch out a small butterfly, adhere to the bookmark clip with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then adhere the glass cabochon on top, also with Dries Clear.

If you cut the pocket out with 1/2″ margins on the sides and bottom, you can turn it into a pocket!  Then you can fill the pocket with birthday treats.

This one has a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon, a cookie, a honey stick and two little tags tucked inside.  You can write your personal message on the tags.

On With the Hop”

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Amarilys has prepared for you. You’ll find the complete blog hop list below.

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Amarilys Vicki  ♥ Kerry  ♥ Lisa Magda Sarah   ♥ Emily   ♥ Alissa  ♥    ♥ Candy   ♥ OksanaCarole

Remember to visit all the blogs and leave a lovely comment to be entered into the drawing for the $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog post and on the HC blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, September 30th.  The winner will then have 72 hours to contact [email protected] to claim the prize.  Please write “Winner of the September 2020 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of the email.

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

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial: Bibbety Bobbity Boo!

Hello, Friends!  My calendar tells me it’s time to get our Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial published.  So “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!” here you go!  If you’re new to my blog, this has been a year long series using Authentique Paper’s Calendar Collection.  Each month we create a decorative desk calendar that also functions as a memory keeping system.  All the calendars measure 6″ x 6″ and feature an easel style design.  The interior houses mini folios and a hidden pull out folio.  Many of you have told me you are making these as Christmas gifts for family members.  Some of you are using the basic folio design with other paper collections and giving the finished product as a birthday present.  I think both ideas are fabulous!

The Spooktacular October Calendar Collection

Every month, I say, “This month is my favorite.”  That’s how you know this is a great collection, right?  But I really do love these “too cute to spook” October patterns, colors and images, don’t you?

I found some adorable owl buttons in my stash.  My sweet husband, who is always on the lookout for unique embellishments for me, picked these up for me some time ago.  They make the perfect embellishment for the pull out folio.

We change up the design of the pull out folio this month.  Add a pocket and some mini folios to create even more room for photos.  What do you think?

Then we have these adorable silhouette images.  And I found ribbon in my stash that makes me think of candy corn.  How fun is that?

So if you’re ready to get going on your October Desk Calendar, please join me in this YouTube video and we’ll create it together.

If you’d like to find the first 9 folio tutorials, please click HERE.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Wow.  Ten months down and just 2 months left to go….and let me tell you…the best is yet to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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