Free Spirit birthday cards

As always I had some beautiful papers left over from my previous (large) project, the Explosion Boxed Mini Album I shared with you last week. And as usually I could not bring myself to get rid of them, even though most of them were strips and scraps. So, here’s the two cards I managed to force them into ūüôā – one of them only one-sided for by that time I literally had no more scraps left.

 

 

Three cards with 2¬Ĺ sheets of PS I Love You papers

Sometimes I like newly brought out design papers but don’t necessarily want to buy the entire collection. This is why I only bought two sheets of Kaisercraft’s recent¬†PS I Love You¬†(double-sided) collection, so I could still savour their gorgeous new design patterns, wondering what I could make with them.

As it turns out, 2 entire sheets with 2 extra 6×6″ pieces¬†are enough to create three lovely cards, matted on the front, the back¬†and¬†the inside ūüôā

So hopefully you find this as encouraging as I Рfor now you can perhaps also more easily enjoy more of these gorgeous new design paper collections that come out evert month! (yea!)

 

Tri-shutter Birthday Card for a Guy

Hi all!

Today I’m sharing another idea for a birthday card to send to a man¬†in your life. As for its shape, it’s a so-called tri-shutter¬†card. I cut this one with a special die, but you can cut these yourself as well, just check out¬†my free video tutorial, which I’ll embed again at the end of this blog post for your convenience.

For decoration I used Oxford, a nicely colorful collection by Basic Grey with mostly masculine overtones. I also did some stamping: a circle-shaped Happy Birthday stamp on the front, and some smaller gift-wrapped presents on the other panels which I fussy-cut and then lifted with some dimensional tape. And last but not least a Kaisercraft birthday sentiment which I stamped in two colors on the center panel.

 

A tri-shutter card fits into a regular envelope
Kaisercraft sentiment stamp on the center panel, stamped in two colors

My video tutorial on how to make a tri-shutter card:

 

Fun2craft: Two Box Cards

A superfun type of card is the so-called¬†Box Card.¬†Its design has been around for quite some time I think, and I don’t know who originally came up with it. This kind of card looks like a box but behaves like a card, in that it is made from cardstock and fits perfectly into an envelope!
By the way, it’s in no way comparable to a so-called¬†explosion box,¬†of which you can view some examples here.

Using the richly colored¬†Fly Free paper collection by¬†Kaisercraft,¬†I created two: one as a birthday card, the other as a New Baby card. If you like die-cutting, fussy-cutting and overall embellishing, this is an absolute Must Try for you! ūüôā To help you along check out my very affordable¬†Tutorial #26, containing easy-to-follow instructions with 69 very clear pictures, which you can acquire here.

Have fun watching the video and do let me know what kind of box cards you would like to see, or for which occasions you have created one yourself! ūüôā

 

 

 

Card for a Guy with A Proper Gentleman

This week I’m sharing a card for a guy – with some extra embellishment tips! I used Graphic 45’s wonderful¬†A Proper Gentleman¬†collection, which I still can’t get enough of ūüôā

Enjoy the video!

 

Also check out my Man About Town sturdio album, which I made with the same paper collection!

 

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

 

 

Trifold Surprise Card with Romantique

At first glance this may look like your average layered card, matted on the inside and outsides. It holds a surprise however, for if you untie its little bow on the front, a little tri-fold is revealed, with five cute panels you can use to stamp or add some sentiments or images, or even to hide a little picture.

I used Romantique papers for this card, a 2010 Prima Marketing collection. Its romantic vintage patterns were so lovely I didn’t really want to cut into them, so I made my card 6 1/8 x 6 1/8″ (15.5 x 15.5 cm)¬†– which turned out to be a beautiful, luxurious size, but note that you will need a larger envelope as well.

So enjoy the video – which this time is with music only ūüėČ – and please click the Like button below! ūüôā

 

 

Two Modern Patchwork Cards

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

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 ūüôā

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

 

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Pocketstyle Birthday Card

Today I’m sharing a second iteration of one of my wallet card designs.¬†I used the¬†Simple Stories Say Cheese¬†collection, including some tags and cutaparts, to create a lovely birthday card. The bright, high-contrast colors of this paper line make it very suitable for winter birthdays – like my friend’s, who has her birthday in February. So I printed some fun birthday sentiments on the large tags – though¬†you could also do some stamping or even use them as¬†photo mats. The inside of the card offers room for journaling or a personal birthday message.

Although I used several sheets of design papers to decorate, this type of card will also allow you to use only¬†one¬†sheet of double-sided design paper – to see how that might look, check out last year’s¬†Easter iteration!. That way you won’t need much more than two pieces of cardstock and one sheet of design paper!

All in all it was a very fun project which I enjoyed creating just as much as the first one, so check out the affordable tutorial if you’d like to create one¬†too!

 

 

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Birthday Card for a Golf Player

A so-called tri-shutter card is easy to make and almost always generates amazed and admiring responses. You can create them at different sizes and shapes (i.e. rectangular or square), simply by playing around with both the horizontal and vertical measurements of your cardstock.

I created different Christmas versions in the past, with the square (when folded closed) Holly Jolly cards and the smaller, rectangular Caramel Christmas versions.

Today I’m sharing a third variation: a birthday card for a golf player, using¬†a Proper Gentleman¬†paper by¬†Graphic 45.

I fussy-cut an actual golf player from the paper and glued it to the left front panel, making sure the glof club was sticking out.

I also die-cut and embossed the first letter of the name of the guy to whom I was going to send it. I lightly went over it with some distress ink, to highlight the embossed parts.

I always use a light color for the central panel, to be able to write or stamp a message. In this case: Congratulations in Dutch.

When creating a card or other project for a guy, I always keep the embellishments at a minimum. No fuss for a man! ūüôā

Sometimes it’s difficult to establish whether the male recipient of your card genuinely likes it for its own merits – for though he may truly appreciate and enjoy the gesture, he might still feel neutral at best about the esthetics of your work. Nevertheless, in this case I think the¬†colleague who received this particular card actually deemed it¬†quite likeable ūüôā

So, hope you feel inspired for your first new cards in 2016. As I said this design is very easy to make. If you’d like to try it but don’t know how, check out my free video tutorial!

Next week’s¬†video: Boxing Days – A chipboard¬†storage or gift box to create yourself!

 

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Time to Flourish – Three Graphic 45 Cards

For these final months of the year (boy, how time flies!) I created some cards using the Time to Flourish collection by Graphic 45. This collection is the perfect seasonal collection, with a special focus on all things floral.

I already created some cards earlier in the year, there was¬†May,¬†including Mother’s Day, and fairly recently I showed you two versions of¬†August¬†birthday cards.
This time it’s the fall, and even one Christmas card.

So enjoy the video and pictures, and please like & subscribe!

 

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Time to Flourish – Two August Cards

The¬†Time to Flourish¬†collection by¬†Graphic 45¬†is really versatile. You could do a calendar of course, a mini album, or special greeting¬†cards to send¬†your friends and family¬†actual month-based well-wishes. Back in May I created a birthday card and a Mother’s Day card, and today¬†I’m happy to share with you two summer birthday cards, this time for the month of August.

One is a double layout card, the other an¬†extra large¬†card which measures an actual 8×8″ (20 x 20 cm)! I used a lot of layering with the design paper, cutaparts, chipboard pieces, die-cut flowers and some embellisments, mostly from the Time to Flourish¬†collection.

Enjoy!

 

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