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Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Be Grateful Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

Hello, Friends!  After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card.  After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner.  Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection.  Do you ever do that?  I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection.  Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!

 

Putting It Together

Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock.  Score at  2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square  of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
  • Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to  create a pocket/brake for the easel.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
  • Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
  • Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card!  Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.

  • First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock.  Then trim along the traced lines.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.  Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
  • Then,  lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame.  This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
  • Now,  lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
  • Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
  • Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
  • Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty?  The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!

Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.

Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket.  And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.

This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card.  As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can.  They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though.  (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for this Throwback Thursday Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  It’s just loaded with fall goodness from top to bottom and side to side! This Simple Stories collection came out in 2021, but it’s still one of my favorite autumn collections.  When I found myself wanting to make a little project that could double as a bit of fall home décor, I knew this was just the right paper to work with!

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

My focus for this tutorial was on sharing tips for adding lots of texture and layers.  You will learn how to build the 6×6 easel card base, see how I turned the chipboard frame into a shaker box, find out how to layer the leaves and flowers around the box, and how to add the pocket/stopper on the inside of the card.

Bee-Utiful Shaker Box Embellishment

Autumn Splendor Shaker Box Embellishment by Kathy Clement

Chipboard frames lend themselves beautifully to being transformed into a shaker box!  It’s just too easy NOT to do it!  Here’s how:

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the frame so you can add a little color with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I do this by smooshing the ink pad on my non-stick craft sheet.  Then I spritz the ink with a little water so that bead of color form.  Next, I tap the frame lightly into the beads and heat dry.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the way the frame looks.
  • Now, back the frame with 1/4″ Scor-Tape or Red Line Tape.  Then adhere clear acrylic cardstock (acetate) to the back of the frame.  Follow up with 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive strips.
  • Next, cut the bee and woodgrain paper to fit the back of the frame.
  • Then, place the frame face down and fill with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, remove the foam adhesive liner and adhere the patterned paper to the back of the box.
Adding Texture and Visual Interest

Flowers, ribbon and burlap string add great texture to the card composition.  I dug into my stash of retired Petaloo flowers and found these lovely textured blooms.

**Note: I added the chipboard pumpkin to my card AFTER I finished the video tutorial.  In the process of cleaning my desk, I found it buried under a scrap of paper.  It fit so nicely behind the flower that I just had to tuck it in.  If you decide to add it, too, make your life easier by adding it in BEFORE you glue down the flower!

Embellishments can help “tell the story” on a card when they are used well.  This little embellishment cluster features a monocle charm, acorn charm and bee charm all strung on burlap string and topped with a gingham bow.

A Peek Inside

We’ll decorate the inside of the card together, so I won’t bore you with details.  I just thought you might like to see some photos.

Create a 5 1/2″ photo wallet with leftover bits of cardstock and paper.  Then dress up the cover with some of your ephemera bits.

Tuck a little Pumpkin Spice tea bag inside as a special treat.  This would also be a great place to add your favorite gingerbread or tea bread recipe.

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to see how this pretty card comes together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

Did you enjoy this Throwback Thursday?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday Tutorials are designed to inspire you to use retired papers and embellishments from your stash.  For that reason, not all items can be readily found online.  I will link whenever possible, but if an item is missing from the list, it is because I couldn’t find it.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Country Bunny Flower Basket Easel Card

Country Bunny Flower Basket Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Country Craft Creations Photo 01

Country Bunny Flower Basket Easel Card for Country Craft Creations

Hello, Friends!  I’m back today to share this Country Bunny Flower Basket Easel Card.  Yesterday, I shared my cute Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album set with you. But today I wanted to showcase the gorgeous florals in the Country Bunny paper collection.

Start with a 6″ x 6″  kraft cardstock easel card base.  Then add some height with a 5″ x 7″ decorative panel on the front of the card.  Next, alter a Reneabouquets April in Paris Doily Set 2 with embossing powders.  Fussy cut the flower basket from the paper collection, back with foam tape and adhere to the doily.  Now just add in some flowers, buttons and embellishments to finish the design.  I also spattered sepia paint on the card to add that “painterly” artistic touch.

The satin trim adds wonderful texture and shine to the card design.  And Little Birdie Flowers are the perfect finishing touch.  It comes in the Country Bunny Kit along with the Seam Binding Ribbon that I used in the bow.

A Peek Inside

Do you finish the insides of your cards?  I love to cover the interior panels with more designer paper.  The pocket on the bottom serves as the stopper or break for the easel mechanism.  It’s a great place to tuck in a note card and a tea bag wallet.  The smaller pocket on the top is just the right size for a miniature Lindt chocolate treat.

I think this collection is sooo beautiful!  I have a few more pieces left, and I can’t wait to play with it again.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Authentique Adore Butterfly Kisses with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What could be more romantic than a Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week, we’re pulling Authentique Paper’s 2015 Adore collection out of the Closet of Shame.  Although this is a Valentine collection, I think this card would work for just about any situation.  Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then let’s dig in!

Building the Base

Authentique Adore Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I think you are going to like this easel card base, as it’s a little different from what I usually do. That’s because I found a scrap of pink cardstock in the storage envelope when I rescued this pretty collection from the COS.  And since Throwback Thursday is all about using your stash, that’s exactly what I did!  Here’s how to make the base for this card.

  • First, score a 7″ x 12″ panel of pink cardstock at 2 1/2″, 5″ and 10″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to create a 7″ x 5″ top fold easel card with a 2″ pocket on the inside. (Watch the video to see this done.)
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of designer paper to  line the inside panel of the card. Then cut 1″ x 1 7/8″ gussets for the sides of the pocket.  Fold the gussets in half and adhere to make the pocket.  Again, watch the video to see how this is done.
  • Line the pocket with a 7″ x 1 7/8″ panel of rose patterned paper.
  • Line the easel folds, inside and out, with 7″ x 2 3/8″ panels of designer paper.
  • Now create the focal image.  Mat a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ panel of designer paper on two shades of pink cardstock.  Stitch around the perimeter, if desired.  This adheres on the front of the easel.
  • Then mat a 3″ x 4″ on 2 shades of pink cardstock and adhere alongside as seen in the video.
Creating the Shaker Frame

Die cut clear cardstock with a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die.  Adhere this on the back of the Reneabouquets printed beautiful board frame.  Add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape.  Add your shaker mix to the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ focal.  Then adhere the frame.

TIP: Just for fun, add some Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Butterflies to the shaker mix.  They “flutter” around when the card is shaken, which is really fun.

Add a cascade of Little Birdie Candy Roses and more Reneabouquets butterflies to the sides of the frame.

Creating the Stopper

The pocket serves as the stopper, or brake, for this easel card mechanism.  Dress it up with a heat embossed Beautiful Board Border.   I used Wow Vintage Romance Embossing Powder here and on the Reneabouquets Filigree Heart.

Heat emboss the Reneabouquets “Love” Beautiful Board Sentiment with Antique Gold Embossing Enamel.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Plenty of room to tuck in a little tea wallet, vintage demitasse spoon, chocolate and honey stick.

Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I’ll share a linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card

Haunted Mansion Pop Up Halloween Card Carta Bella Halloween Market by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Halloween Week: time to share this Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card!  While cleaning out my stash of chipboard in the Closet of Shame, I ran across this spook-tacular chipboard frame.  Not sure where I got it, or when, but I’m glad it surfaced just in time for Halloween Week!

A Little Halloween  Mixed Media Mayhem

The inspiration piece for this 5 1/2″ square card is this boo-tiful chipboard haunted house and frame.  I pulled out my magical heat embossing tools to create this creepy enameled finish on the frame.

  • First, place the frame on a piece of ordinary printer paper.
  • Next, apply Versamark Clear Embossing Ink generously over the surface of the chipboard.
  • Now, place the frame in a funnel tray and cover with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Tap the excess off into the tray and immediately put it back into the jar and seal it!  This way, you don’t accidentally spill the embossing powder!
  • Place the chipboard back on the printer paper and heat emboss.  This takes a while when you are working with embossing enamel, so be patient.  The gold flecks will begin to melt and swirl around in the black enamel and create a spooky finish.
  • Once you have finished heat embossing, leave the frame to cool for a minute or two. Embossing enamel takes a while to set up.  If you touch it, you will leave a fingerprint!
Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card Details

While the embossing enamel is cooling and setting, you can work on the rest of the card details.

  • First, die cut a spooky “moon” from the pumpkin patterned paper.  This will sit behind the haunted mansion.
  • Then die cut the haunted mansion from scraps of solid cardstock.  Cut this from black, ivory and orange cardstock.  Place foam dimensionals between the layers and place them together so that the images are slightly offset.  This creates loads of dimension.
  • Cover the inside of the card with a 5 3/8″ square of the pumpkin patterned paper.
  • Mat the plaid candy corn border on black cardstock and adhere as seen in the photo.

  • Now place the die cut haunted mansion on the left hand side of the border to serve as a stopper.
  • Next, create a 5 3/8″ card front from orange cardstock.  This is where the Haunted Mansion Chipboard will be adhered.
  • Now add your finishing touches: jet black vintage buttons, ribbon, flowers, fussy cuts, stickers and charms.

It’s BOO-tiful!

A Peek Inside

Now, finish the inside of the card with more designer paper, some stickers, ephemera bits and a sentiment panel.  Hocus pocus!  You’re done!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration to help you get your Halloween Mojo flowing.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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