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Monday, April 22, 2013

Secret Garden Vintage-style Cards Tutorial

Hello Bloggers!
In my last post I showed you four beautiful cards made with Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection. Today I am showing you how to make them yourself with a pictorial tutorial!
If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Supplies needed are as follows:
1. Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies:  
*Labels Four Dies (S4-190)  Use die #3.
*Decorative Elements "Fleur de Lis Rectangles Dies" (S4-317)  Use die #1
*Decorative Elements "Floral Ovals" (S4-356)  Use die #1
*Majestic Elements "Resplendent Rectangles" (S5-147)  Use Dies #2 and #3.

2. Graphic 45 12 x 12 paper in the following styles:
*Secret Garden-Two different  12 x 12 Lavender sheets, One 12 x 12 Floral sheet,
  One each Journaling sheet and Collage sheet.
* Place in Time-April page (front and back were used for Card #1-take care when cutting)

3. Adhesives
*Tombow mono multi
*Fabric tac (for fabric trims)
*Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents
*tape runner
*pop dots

4. Embellishments
*Paper Roses
*small metal key
* blue and lavender ribbon 1/2 " wide - enough for two bows and a 6 1/2 inch trim.
*vintage-style victorian lace in white - 6 1/2 "
*cotton lace style trim in pink and white - 5"
*floral lavender trim 5 inches long
*German Scrap 1/2 " wide in gold 18"
*crystal gems in lavender and green - use as desired
*pearls in blue
*gold leaf pen
*blue. green, and salmon colored chalk ink for distressing edges and stamping sentiments
*lavender seam binding for ribbon

5. Cards and Envelopes
*Recollections brand 5 x 6.5 " pre-made cards with envelopes.  (available at Michael's)

"The Secret Garden"
From the Graphic 45 April "Place in Time" paper, cut the card base.
*The dimensions are 5 x 6.5 inches.  Make sure to cut the paper in such a way that you don't use the image for card #3, Turn over your paper and check to make sure you are cutting on the correct side!
You will be using the image of the ladies on another card! 

*Refer to the KEY at the end of this post for a MAP of the cards.  This will help you when cutting!
Adhere 5 " of cotton 2-tone lace to card base, then adhere card base to actual card.
It will look like this.
You should have cut 4 strips of German Scrap, one blue background from the back of the April sheet, the images of the children, and the image of the poem with the key hanging next to it. Using Labels 4 die, cut out the poem, distress the edges if desired, and set it aside.
Adhere the German Scrap to the back side of the cut out piece.
Using pop dots or other dimensional adhesive, adhere the cut out page to the page with the children.
You may have to trim to make it fit. You do have a bit of "play" when framing your image.
Your card should look like this.
Adhere the poem inside your card.  Remember to distress the edges or even use a gold leaf pen to add pizazz to your  the edges of the poem.
Tie a pretty blue bow, add pearls where desired and glue on the little key.
Your card is now finished!

"The Seed Packet"

Before you start this card, cut out about 4 inches of lavender floral trim, and some blue tuelle, cut in a 6 x 4 inch rectangle.  Then cut 4 inches of German scrap, and place it on your craft sheet upside UP.  

The lay the tuelle on top of the scrap, then completing the sandwich lay the trim face up on top. 
Once you glue these parts together, set them aside and work on the other parts of the card.
Just make sure that the trim and the scrap line up evenly on the side.
Let the scrap peek out over the top of the trim.
Once dry, glue the tuelle to the back of the small card, creating a pocket in front.
Cut a frame using the Fleur de lis rectangle die, out of the floral paper. Place this journal page in front of the die cut so that the little circles show.  Then adhere the tuelle pocket to the paper.
It should look like this.
Adhere the lavender background to the card, dimensions are 5' x 6.5"
Cut two seed packets from the collage paper, and distress the edges if desired.
Embellish with lavender gemstones if desired, and add a pretty bow.
Stamp a sentiment inside if desired.  Your card is now finished!

A Pretty Spring Day"
Cut floral paper in a 5 x 6.5 inch rectangle, cut salmon paper in 2.5 x 6.5 inch strip.  Die cut a frame from gold foil paper, and draw an oval from the inside of the die, using Spellbinders "Floral Ovals" die.  Count out five flowers in like colors and a blue ribbon 6 1/2 inches long. 
Cut out the image of the ladies, and adhere to gold frame.  It will be a little bit smaller than the frame.
Adhere the salmon colored paper to the lavender paper.  
The salmon paper is on the back of the floral paper.
Cut your lace at 6.5 inches and adhere only the top to the card.
Then adhere the blue ribbon to the lace.
This student is busy working on this step!
This student works diligently on the Pretty Spring Day card.
This student sees to it that all of the little holes on her frame are properly punched out!
When finished your card will look like this!
"Lavender Secrets"
This card uses two die cuts. the resplendent rectangles, dies 2 and 3.
Using the lavender paper cut out the card base.
Using the journal page, cut out the girl, and the other lavender paper serves as the background.
Use seam binding as a ribbon, and trim with the gold leaf pen.
Once you cut your die cuts, place them one on top of the other and adhere them using pop dots.
In class we substituted dimensional tape for pop dots.  
This student finishes her card with a bow made from seam binding.
Looks great!
Here is what the finished card should look like.
The students are all smiles as they work on their beautiful cards!
Here are some cards made in the smaller A2 size--Notice the small but subtle changes...

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you are inspired to get this paper line and make some beautiful cards for yourself and those whom you love.  Mother's Day is soon upon us, and one of these would be perfect for such an occasion!  
*Here are the maps I drew to help you figure out your cards and their measurements:

I will be posting a Mother's Day card done in my Vintage Style, so check back soon!

Until then, 
Happy Creating!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Announcing "Dancing into Spring" Card Class and Tutorial

Hello Dear Bloggers!
I have Spring Fever!  Even though today is a rainy day,   it's clear that Spring will soon be here in all it's beautiful glory!  And to celebrate Spring's arrival, I have designed two cards sure to please that special friend on her birthday, or maybe your Mom on Mother's Day!
These cards are made with two Prima paper lines, Fairy Belle, and Divine.  I fussy cut paper, and used pearl and gemstone embellishments along with lace to make these magical cards.
You may enroll in a class to learn how to make these beauties at Ink Paper Rubber, in Overland Park, Kansas, OR, take my tutorial which will post here on the blog May 16th.
If there is enough interest, I may put together some card kits.
If you are interested in the class or a kit, please contact Jen at Ink Paper Rubber at (913)-381-2217.  Cost is $18.
I made two similar versions of each card to show you subtle differences you can make with just a few changes.  The captions below will illustrate what I did and how I did it.  Enjoy!

This is Fairy Belle, card #1, View A.  
Card #1 has white paper lace which has been fussy-cut from the same piece of paper as the image of the girl.  So only one piece of paper was needed for this card.  I also attached a butterfly to the image to give it a three dimensional effect.  Pearls and gemstones were added to the dress, to give her texture and richness.
I used a Jelly Roll holographic pen to highlight the Fairy wings and other points of interest.
The pink and blue flowers highlight the blue flowers of the paper.
The pink daisy trim frames the image and gives it a soft playful look!
Close up of Card #1 view A.
Card #1 View B.
The only difference here is that I used larger pearls on the dress, and clear bubble stones were used on the white lace, which reflected the pink color in the card.  I also used a different color scheme for the flower embellishments.  A purple rose was chosen to pick up the purple in the card.  
This is Divine Diva, Card #2 View A. 
Pearls and gems were adhered to the paper to highlight the image.
I fussy cut the bird and the foliage, and adhered with pop dots.
To show movement, gemstone swirls were adhered to the card under the bird cage and under her slipper.  Pearls, lace and a lavender ribbon completed the look. 
Close up.
Card #2 View B.
The birdcage was positioned at an angle to show even more movement.  The gemstones were put below both slippers and under the birdcage.  The lavender bow was omitted and instead I added corner embellishments.
If you would like to make some of these cards, contact Jen at Ink Paper Rubber at the number above.
And as always, leave a comment!  I love to hear from you and enjoy your comments!