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Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial

Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Photo 01

Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re taking a little break from holiday creations to share this cute Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial with you.  Welcome to Make & Take Tuesday!  Our “soon to be” son-in-law just had a birthday, and this collection could not be a more perfect match!  He’s a really clever, handy and handsome fella with no end of good ideas, talents and abilities.  I had so much fun creating this special card for his birthday that I thought you might like to see how it came together.

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This 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ double Z-Fold card base calls for a bit of paper engineering and “out of the box” thinking.  But no worries!  I’ve done all of that for you!  I started with Photoplay’s new Easel Card Kit.  Instead of making a standard easel card, which is one of my favorite designs, I saw how easy it would be to change up the fold just a little in order to make a fabulous fun fold card folio.  I’ll show  you how in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket Card Folio

The cool thing about this card design is the addition of a hidden pocket/flap feature on the inside.  This makes for a fun surprise, and also adds room for more fun “stuff” inside the card.

Chris chuckled when he saw the “I’ve got the tool for that” ephemera on the hidden pocket insert.  “That’s true,” is what he said.  Did I feel like I was winning?  Oh, yes, I did!

Two Pockets Are Better Than One!

In addition to the hidden pocket/pull out page, I created a little gift card pocket in the center of this card folio.  You can never have too many pockets, right?

This is such a great masculine paper collection, especially when you have a handyman on your card making list!   And, you can use the engineered card base with any collection from your stash to change up the theme.  How great is that?

DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and learn how to create this fun fold card, please enjoy the tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I’ll be back on Thursday with another Throwback project for you.  Can’t believe it’s the last one for November 2022.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year with My Gnomies December Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Buttons Galore-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and it’s time to share this festive Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial with you.  Something about this folio makes me think “winter carnival” and ice skating and ribbon candy.  What a fun color palette and theme to play with!

Photoplay Paper-Year with My Gnomies-December Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

This is our very last Year with My Gnomies folio!  When we started this series back in January of this year,  it seemed like it would take forever to work our way through all the months.  But, lo and behold, we blinked…and here we are creating the December folio.  And you know what?  Maybe we saved the best folio for last!  Everything about this month’s folio says “Merry and Bright!”  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

December Folio Details

First, we have to talk about this adorable shaker element on the folio cover.  I’ve used a Reneabouquets Shaker Box to create this little snow globe filled with all kinds of fun shaker elements.  Icy blue buttons and snowflakes circle the rim, and brightly colored jingle bells (they really jingle!) hang from the ribbon cluster.

And just look at our gift-bearing gnome in the bottom corner!  Don’t you just love him?  I’ve surrounded him with another homemade poinsettia, a frosted bottle brush tree, and some Christmas Baker’s Twine.

TIP: Alter a bottle brush tree with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel.  Simply brush the glue on the tree branches.  Then lay  the tree down in a funnel tray or over a piece of clean printer paper.  Sprinkle liberally with the embossing enamel, turning the tree by the base to get all the sides.  Then set it aside to dry.  DO NOT HEAT EMBOSS!

A Peek Inside

We’ve used the same basic format for each folio in this series.  So once again, our folio measures 6″ x 6″ with a 3″ flap page.

Here’s a look at the folio with the flap page open.

There’s no shortage of tags, journal cards and mini folios to tuck inside the pockets of this interactive folio.  It’ s so much fun to make and to give.  Best of all, you can use the basic folio design with any paper collection for any theme.

December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this cute folio, please enjoy this YouTube video:

Did you enjoy this year long series?  Would you like me to do more in 2023?  Please let me know 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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Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a dreamy Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you today.  This is one of those special card creations that works as a gift, and as Christmas décor, too!  I’ve dressed it up with some vintage crocheted lace and altered Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.

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How much do we love this romantic skating couple?  Only in my dreams could I ever be as graceful as the fur-clad beauty featured on this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card.    This image was a scrap left after creating a vintage folio that I’ll be sharing with you soon.  (Yes, it’s been a very busy week in the studio!)  It’s hard for the camera to pick up the shimmer and sparkle of the embossing powder that I used to alter the chipboard, but hopefully you will see it more clearly in the video tutorial.

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TIP: Alter the appearance of silver tone charms with a bit of Ivory Chalk paint.  Dry brush the paint on the skates and snowflake charms.  Let them dry , then lightly sponge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Mist lightly with water, then dry again.  A final brush of Ivory Chalk Paint lends a vintage, slightly grungy appearance that blends well with the card.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  There’s lots of room behind the flap page to write a message, a recipe, or a Christmas poem.  You could also place a photo here.

The box pocket has room for a Christmas tea bag, honey stick, cookie packet, Ghirardelli Snowman, vintage gold and silver plated demitasse spoon, peppermint stick and a journal card.  The back of the journal card is lined so you can write a note with ease.

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create the slimline card base, build the box pocket and decorate the cover,  please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

If you’d like to see other Yuletide projects, please click HERE. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  But since this is Throwback Thursday, some items I’ve pulled from my stash may no longer be available for purchase.  You can search through your stash to see what you can use in their place.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial

Blue Fern Yuletide, Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder, Reneabouquets, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design Photo 01

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial with Blue Fern Yuletide Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a special request for a 3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial post.  A few weeks ago I shared several projects made with the new Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder.  Several of you had great questions, and wanted to see the techniques I used to achieve the mixed media effect on my cardstock. You can find those projects HERE.

This time around, I paired the embossing folder up with Blue Fern’s gorgeously vintage Yuletide Paper Collection.  I had a nice little pile of scraps to work with, including this gorgeous watercolor background panel that I altered with the folder, paint, ink and metallic wax. Because the background was so lovely, I didn’t want to cover it up.  So I grouped together some ephemera pieces, flowers, and a Reneabouquets snowflake for the focal image.

Tips and Techniques

No matter how many times I use this embossing folder, I find myself thrilled with the results.  Each panel turns out just a little bit different from the one before, depending on which mixed media supplies I use to enhance the embossed image.

  • First, lightly mist  your paper panel with some water to soften it up and release the starch in the paper.  This helps to prevent cracking, and it also gives you a deeper impression.
  • Heat dry the embossed panel, then dry brush it with paint, if desired.  I demonstrate this in the video tutorial below.
  • Add color to the raised edges of your design by lightly brushing on some Distress Oxide Ink. Speckled Egg was a good option for this paper.
  • You can add another layer of color by rubbing portions of the design with metallic wax.  The brand I use is from Little Birdie crafts.  It appears to be discontinued, but Prima makes metallic wax as well.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the card folio is all about the papers!  I do so love the vintage vibe of this beautiful collection.

Open the flap mechanism to reveal a lovely spot for a blank note card.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card contains one of my signature Tea Party in a Box surprises.  Use bits of your paper scraps to “gift wrap” the goodies you put into your box.

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch the process I used when making the mixed media panel for this card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I used in this project below the post.  If you’d like to see more Yuletide creations from the archives, please click HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial

Photoplay Thankful Autumn Surprise Shaker Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial with Photoplay Thankful

Hello, Friends!  It’s (almost) Throwback Thursday, and I have a super fun Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial to share with you.  I’m posting a bit on the early side (yes, I know it is actually still Wednesday) but I have a big blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon on Thursday.  Sometimes you have to move things around to fit them all in.  I hope you all don’t get mad at me for posting twice in a 24 hour period.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I shared a Thanksgiving Treat Tag Tutorial with all of  you. I had covered one extra G45 Regular Kraft Tag when I was prepping for the tutorial.  But I never used it.  While cleaning the studio, I found the tag.  When I picked it up to file it way with the rest of Photoplay’s Thankful Collection, this idea popped right into my head.  And that’s how this Throwback Thursday Tutorial came to be.

Shake Up Your Tag Design

Y’all know how much I enjoy making shaker cards.  Part card and part toy, they make me happy.  Sequins, sparkly bits and buttons tucked safely inside an acetate window invite you to shake them up.  They make a great sound, too.

This shaker tag is super easy to make, thanks to the Thankful ephemera frame.  Simply adhere some clear cardstock behind the frame.  Then trim it to fit.  Next add layers of foam tape and press it over your image and shaker mix.  Easy peasy!

I found some leftover handmade asters in my flower stash, and a few cute charms to add on to my ribbons.  We are talking stress-free crafting here, friends!

But then another idea popped into my head.  And it was so good, I had to bring it to life!

Two Tags in One

Since I had already covered the back side of the tag with designer paper, I thought I might as well add a little pocket.  And then the pocket idea kind of grew, and turned into a little gift wallet.  Then that idea evolved into a box pocket filled with Autumn treats.  You’ll see how it all came together in the video tutorial below.

How fun is this?  Untie the ribbon, open the cover and you find a box pocket filled with Honey Ginger Crystals, Ghirardelli Chocolate and a cute tag!  Now that’s what I call an Autumn Surprise!  (Just add boiling water to the Honey Ginger crystals for a delicious warming beverage. My husband Dale loves these!)

Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this little tag, please enjoy the step by step video tutorial on YouTube.

These tags make such great little gifts for co-workers, friends, neighbors and family.  The shaker front is unexpected, and the treat folio on the back is a delightful bonus  I hope you have as much fun making them as I did designing them.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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