Monday, December 12, 2011

Gift card holder tutorial

I had a couple of card/gift card holders to make for Christmas, and I thought I'd do my first tutorial.  I'm sure someone else somewhere has come up with this idea, but I've not seen this layout before.

So I made both of these with one 12" x 12" sheet of Kraft cardstock, and just a scrap of patterned paper.

STEP 1: Cut an 8" x 8" square from your sheet of cardstock.

STEP 2: Make a 4" cut, 3 " from one side (centre to edge), then turn your square 180 degrees and repeat (your two cuts should make your square look like an 'S'. 

STEP 3: Make a 2" cut to join your previous cuts (you will now have two identical pieces).  Set one aside.

STEP 4: With the long side at the top, score 4" along (this is half way) the top section, and score 2" up from the bottom section (this flap will become your gift card holder).

STEP 5: Carefully trim off approximately 1/16" from the gift card holder flap - on the side that is closest to the centre, and pre-fold. 

STEP 6: From the remaining cardstock trim 2x 2" x 4" pieces, then trim off 1/16" from the short side of each piece, and set aside.

STEP 7: Also from the remaining cardstock trim 2x 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces, then, using a pencil, draw a guide line 1/4" in from each edge - our design will be worked inside this guide.  Set one piece aside.

STEP 8: Using a 4 1/2" x 3 1/2 " piece, stamp your design.

STEP 9: Trim out 2x 4" x 1 1/4" of patterned paper (set one aside).  Ink the edges in matching ink to cover over the white cut marks.

STEP 10: Adhere the patterned paper over your stamped image, inside the guide lines.

STEP 11: Set up your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch - don't be afraid to test stitch on scrap paper to get your stitch size just the way you want it.

STEP 12: Line up the right hand side of your zig-zag to stitch along your guideline.

STEP 13: Sew all around your guideline.

STEP 14: Your stitching line will have created perforations, which you can use to gently remove your 1/4" guideline section.
STEP 15: Attach some ribbon over the join of your scrap paper and tuck it around and under the sides.

STEP 16: Stamp your feature elements on your remaining scrap cardstock - trim them out and add some colour.

STEP 17: Attach your elements to your decorated front piece using glue dots for a little bit of dimension, and add some rhinestones or other elements to finish.  Set aside.

STEP 18: Take your 2" x 4" which you trimmed 1/16" from.  Stamp a design and ink your edges.  Add any extra elements to finish.

STEP 19: Place your L shaped base piece like this.

STEP 20: Attach your decorated pieces like this (remember to attach your inner flap upside down so it will be the right way up when you fold it to the inside).

STEP 21: Turn over, and add some double sided tape to the edges of your flap only.

STEP 22: Fold up your flap and ensure the edges are attached well before inserting your gift card.

STEP 23: Make up your other gift card.  I used ric rac on my second one.

So there you go.  Thanks for visiting :)


1x 12" x 12" Kraft cardstock
Scrap Kaisercraft Paper (Sakura Park)
Kaisercraft 'Silly Season' stamps
Kaisercraft Rhinestones
Black Archival Ink
Frost White Color Box Ink
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #43

Such a fun Stampotique stamps only challenge this week - make a Christmas card using non-traditional colours (no red or green).

I have focused on blue/orange/brown for my combo. The blue background is MME Bella Bella paper stamped randomly and edged in broken china distress ink with Stampotique 'honeycomb background', and the strip across the bottom is Scribble Scranble Sweet Shoppe #37 edged in walnut stain distress ink.

Stampotique 'smile'...

Stampotique 'mort had a pin curl'...

Stampotique 'head'...

... form the greetings panel. The words were hand written with a Tombow black marker. Colouring and white frames were completed using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tag - you're it !

Whipped up a couple of tags this afternoon using Kraft cardstock as my base, and Derwent coloursoft pencils to colour my images.

The first one uses Whiff of Joy's 'wee and reindeer' stamp, as well as 'merry' from Darkroom Door's All Occasions stamp set.

This second one uses Magenta's 'whimsy angel row' stamp, and some embossed stars from Darkroom Door's Yuletide Vol 2 stamps.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Creating for fun

Recently, someone mentioned to me how they would love to know what I would create if I wasn't making something for a challenge. Don't get me wrong, I love to enter challenges - I love to create within the confines of a set of restrictions, but it did get me thinking....

I love the mixed media look, and have kind of tried it before, but thought I'd have a go at a mixed media Christmas card today.

The tree was made with a triangle base and scraps of green papers, which I zig zag stitched together, before inking over the tree with peeled paint and forest miss distress inks. The trunk is also a scrap of brown inked with walnut stain distress ink.

I covered my base with gesso and then sprayed on some lettuce and stream adirondack colorwash, added some white paint, and eventually some peeled paint and chipped sapphire distress inks.

I used loads of stamps in creating this card:

Stampers Anonymous Music Background (paint)
Stampotique Honeycomb background (paint)
Stamp It December 25th (Star - broken china DI)
Stampolicious Typo Bird (forest moss DI)
Kaiser Silly Season (flourish - white colorbox)
Darkroom Door Noel (definition - peeled paint DI)
Darkroom Door Yuletide (words - black archival)
Paperbag Studios Journal Impressions (circles - white paint)

Some outlining in black artline and white gel pen finished it off, as well as a little AED glitter (luminous lime and white fizz).

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my creation :)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #42 meets CAS-ual Fridays CFC28

There is a sketch challenge happening at the moment at Stampotique Designers Challenge.  Here is the sketch...

And here is my take.... you can see I've oriented it differently.

I've been quite taken with black/white/lime recently, so wanted to use it in this project.  I began with a white tag which I stamped with Hero Arts 'friends definition' in Shabby Shutters distress ink.  I added two strips of different Kaisercraft papers and stitched them on with black and white thread.

Then I stamped Stampotique's 'smile', 'head', and 'mort had a pin curl' on scrap cardstock in black archival and trimmed out the heads.  I marked where their heads would go, and sewed the 'hanging thread' before attaching their heads and adding some black kaisercraft rhinestones.  Finished it off with stamping 'merry Chistmas' in black (Darkroom Door 'alphabet medley') and adding a ribbon tie.

I checked the new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays which is 'Tag You're It' (so create a tag or a project with a tag) so I am entering this tag in their challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you've had a blast of a weekend!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #107

It's colour splash time at The Play Date Cafe this week.  Black and white with a splash of orange.  Here is the colour story...

And here is my 'joyful' Christmas card.  I really love how punchy this card turned out.

I used black and white cardstock, as well as papers from Bo Bunny (Grease Monkey Tread, Grease Monkey Gears, Olivia Nectar) and Kaisercraft.  The alpha stickers are Basic Grey 'bittersweet'.

The snowflake is made from white #10 cotton, and came from this pattern here.  The layout of the card was based on this sketch from Pagemaps:

 Thanks so much for stopping by :)