How to add glitter to a sentiment

Ranger’s Sticky Embossing Powder is great for adding very precise glittering or foiling, for instance on a very detailed and delicate (stamped) picture or a (stamped) sentiment. In this week’s (free!) video tutorial I’m showing you how it works – and sharing a very important tip that will help you avoid the mistake I made…! 😉

The card in the video is the Twist & Pop card I shared some blog posts ago in a tutorial of its own, so check that out if you’d like to create one yourself.

Enjoy the tutorial and glitter away! 😀

 

 

 

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Twist & Pop Card Tutorial

Time for another free video tutorial to start the Summer season! 🙂

This time we’re going to create a so-called Twist & Pop card, you’ll find all measurements and materials in the video. If you’d like to watch more of my free video tutorials, click hereIf you’re more about text & pictures, go to my Snapguide page where you can find all of my free picture tutorials!

So, enjoy your Summer and have fun crafting! ☀️

 

Created with Studiolight’s Flower Delight collection.

Free video tutorial: Doodle-fold Card

Usually I’m quite structured and disciplined when it comes to designing and creating new papercraft projects. But sometimes I just like doodling around with some paper, and simply watch the magic happen in my hands while a project seems to create itself 🙂

This is how I created the cards, or perhaps more aptly card-letters, that I’m sharing with you this week. I was playing around with a piece of paper, randomly folding and turning it, until I decided to cut off some excess pieces and be done with it. I was surprised by the results!

So I decided to create a second one and do a process video tutorial for you all, to share my method – no measurements taken this time, for every such card will be unique. Hopefully you will enjoy creating your own just as much as I did creating mine.

Have fun watching the tutorial video and be aware that there is a second doodle-fold card I share at the end of it, so you’ll have two examples. Also, you can see both of them in the pictures below 🙂

 

 

How to make Christmas Cards (Beginner’s Level)

Several people have told me they wish they could make their own cards (Christmas or otherwise), but that unfortunately “they have no experience”, “they wouldn’t know where to start”, or even the infamous “they are not creative” – which I do not believe is true for anyone.

So in this blog post I’m sharing two beginner’s level cards, to hopefully inspire you and to encourage you to “just do it”. This is an extra blog post, apart from the regular weekly ones, so no video but a blog exclusive 🙂

How to make these cards – in three easy steps

1. Buy a set of colored cards & envelopes. This way you won’t have to do any cutting and scoring of cardstock, and your card will automatically fit into its perfectly matching envelope.

2. Cut three pieces of decorative paper to fit the card; one of them will be the inside of your card so choose one solid pattern to enable you to write or print and/or stamp a message on it;

3. Glue these decorative mats onto the front, back and inside of your card, and you’re DONE! 🙂

Backsides

Three more optional steps, after step 3

4. Cut a journalling spot from a piece of colored cardstock and glue it onto the mat inside your card. This way you can use a patterned paper after all (instead of a solid). You could also add a ribbon or some strips of paper behind the journalling spot for some extra highlights.

Die-cut labels make perfect journalling spots; you can also cut a rectangle or square with a paper trimmer or craft knife

5. Add a small decoration to the front of your card. In my case I only added a gold-glittered bow to the top edge.

Done!

Papers used: Kris Kringle collection by S.E.I.

So I basically only matted three sides of my card, and my main concern only was which decorative papers to choose! 🙂

I hope this post was helpful to some of you to get started and go create your own Christmas cards!

Please click the like button before you leave 🙂 – and see you next blog post!

 

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Two Modern Patchwork Cards

I tried out a new die set, called Modern Patchwork, which lets you create your own, well, patchwork of papers. 🙂

I really like the results, these cards were fun to create, give you a totally different look and as a bonus they are perfect to use up those beautiful scraps of paper you’ve got lying around everywhere because you can’t bring yourself to throw them away 🙂

So here’s the video! (and please don’t forget to click the like button 😉 )
The die-set’s product number is CLMP02 by the Dutch company Crealies. I used Coral Couture papers by DCWV.

 

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How to make a magnetized closure + ribbon pull

A very short post this week, but the video content will make up for that!

This free tutorial shows you how I create magnetized closures with ribbon pulls, for mini albums and cards. I hope it’ll be of assistance and that it gives you some inspiration to create your own magnet-closed projects. 🙂

Have fun crafting!

 

 

Free Tutorial: Vellum Card in Black & White

Today I’m happy to share a tutorial with you all, of a sophisticated birthday card designed for a man. It’ll be great fun to make for all of you who, like me, don’t like to use any fluff when creating something for a guy. I always like to keep it clean and stylishly simple, and this time I’ve created the cleanest and simplest one yet of all of my projects for guys. 🙂

First, you can watch the show & tell video to see every detail of the card. And if you’d like to create one yourself, simply read on after watching the video for there is a free photo tutorial below, for your convenience.

Enjoy the video, and have fun creating!

Tutorial

Check out How to Make an Elegantly Simple Vellum Card for a Guy by Katja’s Craft on Snapguide.

 

If you have any questions, just let me know!

 

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Christmas gift idea: A Paper Craft Skin for Your Gadget

I don’t know about you but I love my gadgets. I’m always online and have various devices that I work with. I always love to personalize these devices, and no doubt you’ve seen or owned your share of cases, sleeves, bumpers and what not yourselves.

Today I’m sharing yet another way of personalizing a smart device: skin it, and use pictures of your own craft projects to make it really You!

Or, and here’s a Christmas gift idea, design a skin for someone else! You’ve probably made cards or mini albums with beautiful sentiments or very pretty design elements. Why not turn a picture of such a lovely detail into a skin for your best friend’s favorite smart phone to say Thank You, or Happy Birthday – or even I Love You 🙂

There are many companies out there that can create skins for any gadget you may have in mind, except perhaps the very ancient ones. You can think smart phone, tablet, ereader, but also laptop and game controller.

They are fairly easy to adhere to your gadget – and very removable too if you’re totally done looking at it – and that’s why I’m demonstrating how to apply a skin in this video. I’m working with my own iPad Mini, which I skinned with a detail of my Treasured Memories Keepsake Album Deluxe.

There’s a new paper craft skin for my phone in the making as well, and although it hasn’t arrived yet I’ll post the screenshots below, so you get a second version to hopefully inspire you. I’ll also post pictures of the original projects on which I based the skins.

And last but not least, if you want to see still more skinned devices, and even an extra video tutorial, check out an earlier blog post of mine, over at my – somewhat sleeping – other blog Comics and Gadgets.

Hope you enjoy it, and hope you’ll find it inspiring! See you next week!

 

Original project: Treasured Memories Keepsake Album:


iPad Mini – skinned with the Forever Memories project:

 

Original project: Step Card ‘Deeply Loved’:


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How to Create a Step Card

Recently I showed you a new step card I created, and today I’m sharing a little video tutorial on how to create one yourself.

In the first 2 minutes I’m showing you a finished and fully decorated step card, the rest of this 7 minute video contains the tutorial.
Please be aware that I created this card with a step card die (by Crealies); you can of course also cut & score everything yourself, but that is not included in this video tutorial.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thank you for liking and subscribing, have fun crafting and see you next week!

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Tutorial: Napkin Fold Origami Card / Mini Album Page Ornament

Recently I showed you my new double-stacked mini album design Celebrate Every Day. On one of its last two pages there’s a special page ornament, a napkin fold origami piece.

Today I’m happy to teach you how to create this piece, and use it as a card instead of a mini album page ornament – so there’s an extra option for you! It’s a free video tutorial, so you can go ahead and create it along with me. 🙂

Here’s the paper supplies you’ll need:

  • 1 piece of cardstock of 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12×12″), or A4-sized (8⅓ x 11¾”)
  • 1 sheet of design paper of 20.3 x 20.3 cm (8×8″)
  • 2 sheets of design paper of 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6×6″)
  • Distress ink
  • Sentiment stamp (or birthday stamp, or…)

The entire card could probably be made in about 1 hour; 2 if you’re taking your time to be meticulous and precise 😉

If you’re going to use it as a card, you can simply create a belly band for it. If you wish to create it as a mini album page ornament, you’ll find instructions on how to create the magnetized closure for it in the mini album tutorial in my Etsy shop.

Enjoy creating and let me know if you made one yourself!
And don’t forget to like, subscribe and check out the pictures below the video – feel free to share them on Pinterest 🙂

 

Video Tutorial: Gatefold Card

A while ago I created a little gatefold card after which I received some requests for a tutorial. I’m happy to share that I’ve now finished such a tutorial and I’m sharing it with you all today! 🙂

For some extra inspiration I’m also sharing some photos of another one of these cards at the end of this post, below the video.

So have fun creating, and stay crafty! 🙂

A third example, for some extra inspiration 😉

A journaling tag hanging from a brad, instead of a tuck spot with several small tags.

No pocket on the back; instead, an embossed scrap mat.

On the front a dimensional sticker from the paper collection, instead of a flower.

Have fun crafting! 🙂

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Three tips on creating layered card layouts

Lately I’ve been practising my layering, on two calendars which are still a work in progress, but mainly on some birthday cards. I already did a video tutorial on one way you could layer a card, back in August 2014.

This week I’m sharing some extra tips with you, illustrated by three of my latest birthday cards. The paper line I’ve used for all three of them is Lucille, a paper line by Basic Grey which some of you may recognize from my Life’s a Picnic mini album (tutorial available!), of which I had some paper left over, enough to create these cards – though I had to make use of all three of the techniques I’m sharing with your below, otherwise I wouldn’t have had enough paper after all.

Tip 1 – Use scrap mats – even when die-cutting


Above: Birthday stamp by Kaisercraft

I’m guessing I’ve mentioned my scrap mats (check out my free video tutorial by clicking this link) in almost every one of my projects by now – what can I say, I’m a sucker for squeezing out the absolute maximum of paper real estate out of my paper collections 🙂

So in the pictures you can see that the second layer on this card (counting from the bottum up) is in fact a scrap mat, decorated with punched corners. An extra tip however, is that you can die cut shapes from your scrap mats as well! Check out the second to last layer (counting from the bottom up), i.e. the layer directly below the stamped sentiment label: that is a scrap mat label!

Another use for this, next to creating labels and tags, is die cutting flowers and other decorative shapes. I used this technique in the Life’s a picnic mini album, here’s an example: in the picture below you can see that every layer of the flower consists of two different pieces of design paper.

 

Tip 2 – Use the paper pad’s cover

Many design paper pads have covers that have at least some imagery, patterns or shapes that are very useable for fussy cutting. So even if you have hardly any design paper left, you can still embellish your project with help from the paper pad’s cover.

The Lucille 6×6″ paper pad cover has a floral image that I fussy cut and used as a decorative element on my card.

 

 

Tip 3 – Use dimension

If you have die cut two labels in incrementing sizes (my largest label in this third card had been die cut from a scrap mat by the way – see Tip 1), you could of course simply layer them flatly on top of eachother. You can add some interest however by using some double-sided foam tape to adhere the smaller label to the larger.

Adding some glitter glue along the top layer’s edges is always a good idea as well!

 

I’m finding this dimension thing very exciting by the way, and I’m always trying to add some of it to my layered cards & layouts. Like in the Time to Flourish calendar below:

Leave some tips for me!

These were my tips, for now! If my layering adventures lead to any other need-to-know tidbits of knowledge on layering, I’ll let you know! 🙂

Also, if you have any layering tips for me, please let me know and leave a comment – or tweet me!

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