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Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn

Introducing Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make & Take Tuesday tutorial, I’m introducing Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Release.  We’ll be making this lovely mixed media embossed watercolor card front together, and we’ll take a look at all the goodies in this beautiful Spellbinders collection.

Spellbinder’s graciously sent me the 3D Embossing folder, paper pad, chipboard stickers and 3 of the dies.  I liked them so much that I went back online and added the rest of the Serenade of Autumn goodies to my shopping cart.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for fall!

I’ll be sharing a fun technique for making this embossed watercolor background in the video tutorial.  We’ll also arrange the pretty Serenade Stems on the card front.

Inking, Embossing, and Stamping Oh, My!

Here are a few tips for working with 3-D Embossing folders:

  • First, make sure you have the correct plates for your sandwich.  3-D Embossing folders are thicker than standard embossing folders, and will not work with your regular plates.  I invested in the Universal Plate System which comes with the grey adapter plate.  It is the exact right thickness for working with 3-D embossing folders.
  • Next, choose a sturdy sheet of smooth white cardstock for your background.  Watercolor paper is perfect (use the smooth side).  But I chose Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.  It held up very well to the ink, water and pressure.
  • Select inks that work well with your designer papers.  I chose Speckled Egg, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye Oxide Inks.
  • Be sure to emboss your background while it is still slightly damp.  This will give you the deepest impressions.
  • Finally, ink goes on the FLAT side of your embossing folder.  Place your background paper on the raised side of the embossing folder for an embossed design.  If you wish to use a debossed design, place your paper on the “flat” side of the embossing folder and the ink on the raised side.
A Peek Inside

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Embossed Watercolor Mixed Media Card Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

I finished the inside of my card with papers from Simple Stories Country Harvest.

Use your scraps to create a little tea wallet for a Pumpkin Spice tea bag, tuck in a tasty chocolate treat, a honey stick and a lovely journal card for a picture perfect finish.

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Mixed Media Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how I created this lovely mixed media background, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Serenade of Autumn project!  In the meantime, you can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial

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Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial with G45 Time to Flourish and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing this Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial.  Several of you requested a “banner of the month” post for 2023, and I cannot think of anything that would be more fun!  We’ll kick this through the year series off with a dreamy, romantic banner made with Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish February papers and loads of goodies from Reneabouquets.

Time to Flourish, Graphic 45-February Banner-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Reneabouquets

Here’s a look at this big, beautiful banner hanging from the chalk board in my kitchen.  The 7 pennants are stitched onto netting, and measure over 4 feet in length: a perfect size to display on a mantel or even a bookcase.

Graphic 45-Time to Flourish-Home Decor Banner- Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Reneabouquets-Really Reasonable Ribbon-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Banners are loads of fun to make, but man, are they ever difficult to photograph!  It’s hard to really see the details unless you photograph in segments.  So that is what I did!

Romantic Victorian Details

Victorian Home Decor-Valentine Banner-Reneabouquets-Graphic 45-Time to Flourish-Valentine's Day, Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Reneabouquets

Putting the banner together is a step by step process.  Like most things in life, it seems complicated unless you break it down into manageable segments.

  • First, cover 4 Graphic 45 Ivory ATC tags with red cardstock.  Use the G45 ATC die, and this only takes a minute.
  • Next, cut another set of ATC tags using Time to Flourish February papers.  Fold each tag in half and trim about 1/8″ off around the edges to create a pretty layered effect.
  • Use paper clips or binder clips to attach the ATC tags to the netting ribbon.  Then stitch them onto the netting. Add the details to the tags after you’ve stitched the banner together.
Roses are Red…or Pink!

Graphic 45-Time to Flourish-Valentine Banner-Reneabouquets- Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

The 3 large pennants are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies.

  • First, Die cut the red cardstock background using only the outer frame.
  • Next, center the inner die inside the frame.  Use a little tape (I like Post-It’s Notes Tape) to hold the inner die in place.  Then cut 3 pennants from patterned paper.
  • Now place the patterned paper pennants on your cutting tool.  Line the blade of your tool up so that it is in the center of the small die cut circles.  Trim so that you have a postage stamp edge on the patterned paper.
  • Then place a small piece of double sided adhesive on the back of the patterned paper so that it will stay in place on red canvas ticking fabric while you stitch the layers together.
  • Adhere the stitched pennant to the red pennant and clip onto the netting ribbon.  You will have an ATC tag, then a large pennant, then an ATC tag, etc.

TIP: Dry brush the edges and lightly spatter the printed Beautiful Board with ivory chalk paint to lend a more vintage finish.

Love is in the Air!

Assemble the two interior ATC tags the same way as before.  Decorate them with a heat embossed chipboard heart and postage stamps.

TIP: Assemble the individual pennants, then stitch onto the netting.  Now it is time to add the lace trim at the top of the stitched banner.  After that, you can decorate each pennant.  Then add the bows and flower clusters to the ends of the banner.  Finish with flowers.

I’m in Love: I’m All Shook Up

The center pennant is the star of the show with a frilly shaker heart as the focal image.  Here’s how to achieve this effect.

  • First, heat emboss a large heart frame with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  • Now use Dries Clear Adhesive to adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheets) to the back of the embossed frame.  When the glue is dry, trim out the heart.
  • While the glue is drying, ink up a nice pile of heart shaped Beautiful Bits with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
  • Inking TIP:  I put the hearts in a small plastic bag and dropped a few drops of re-inker into the bag.  Then I squished the beautiful bits around until they were covered.  Easy peasy!
  • Next, add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the heart frame.
  • Then cut out a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel from the Time to Flourish cut apart page.  Place your inked beautiful bits, sequins, beads and buttons on the 4 1/4″ square of paper.  Then center the heart frame and press in place.
  • Adhere the heat embossed LOVE sentiment on the cover of the frame.
  • Place foam adhesive on the back of the Valentine Fairy and butterfly.
More Details

Because the gorgeous lace trim is difficult to machine stitch, I simply hot glued it to the top of the banner.

Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me put this banner together, then I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

If you’d like to see other banner creations from my archives, please click HERE.

Let Me Hear from You!

Now I need to hear from you: How do you feel about a banner of the month post?  If you are interested, then I am, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse

Hello Friends!  Happy first day of Spring! It’s a perfect day and time to share this Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with you.  Since many of us are staying in, and hopefully staying healthy, I thought I’d pop in with a little springtime cheer.  And the Prima Spring Farmhouse collection is just bursting with spring themes.  This dimensional card would make great springtime home decor, too.

The base for this card is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  It folds flat for storage, and opens for display.

A few simple folds allow you to create this dynamic display.  I even found room to add in a little pocket and teeny tiny notecard.

Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial on You Tube

I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial and make time to make something beautiful today.  Being creative is a great way to take our minds off the current situation and fill our minds and bodies with good vibes.


Please know that I am holding you close in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Let’s all stay calm, be kind, and focus on the simple every day beauty that still surrounds us.

Thanks for stopping by!