15 January 2015

6 cards in 6 steps!

Hello everybody! On my favorite forum, we are doing an online crop. I host a card challenge and I thought that I would share it on my blog too...
It's about making a set of cards in a quick and easy way.

6 cards in 6 steps

If you need some more cards quickly, this tutorial is for you! Plus, it will help you to use your beloved 6 by 6 paper pads (but of course, you're welcome to use any paper scraps with this size...). 

The idea is to choose 5 papers sheets (from a 6 by 6 paper pad or from your paper scraps)and to make 6 cards inspired by these sketches.

STEP 1: Choose 5 papers with the size 6 by 6

For example, here are the papers I selected for my different sets of cards:

Set 1: Simple Stories "Homespun"

Set 2: My Mind's Eye "On the Bright side"

Set 3: Fancy Pants "Nautical"

I suggest that you choose 1-2 big patterns, 1 almost solid one and 2-3 small patterns (you don't need to use papers from the same collection like me!)

STEP 2: You need 6 card bases with the size 4 x 6. 

I cut my 6 ones from two 12 by 12 papers with neutral colors (white here). Here is the cutting diagram I use for that:

Cut and fold in the middle.

STEP 3: Cut 4 cards backgrounds with the size 3-3/4 x 5-3/4 from 4 of your patterned papers.
There are in light blue on the sketches 1 - 2 - 4 - 6:
card sketches
STEP 4: Cut the other biggest pieces in the remaining patterned papers or cardstock.

Sketch 1: the center piece is 6 x 1-1/4.

Sketch 2: the center piece is 3-3/4 x 2-1/2 (neutral cardstock for me).

Sketch 3: the center piece is 6 x 2-1/4.

Sketch 4: the center piece is 3 x 1-1/4.

Sketch 5: the center piece is 2-1/2 x 6 (neutral cardstock for me), and the pieces on the sides are both 5-3/4 x 1 (I cheated and hide them behind the center piece as if it was a same big piece).

Sketch 6: the piece on the left is 1-1/4 x 6.

Tip: I often added (scalloped) borders, with the remaining patterned paper or cardstock.

Don't stick everything on your card base before embellishing, you might have things to hide (like brads, stitching...).

STEP 5: Add your sentiments.

I stamped sentiments on neutral cardstock and die-cut them for lots of my cards, this way, I didn't worry about messing my stamping! And it's also quicker to make all of them at the same time when embossing is needed, for instance.

Tip: When the die-cuts sentiments are glued tone-on-tone on the background, I used 3D foam to highlight them.

STEP 6: Embellish! 

To be faster and have a matching set of cards, you can decide to use the same embellishments on all of your cards!
You can use the remaining papers (you should have very few left, now!) for punching or die-cutting. Don't forget to check their b-sides (if they have one)!

Now, here is the sets of cards I did:

Set 1: I chose to embellish with butterflies punches, yellow twine and a doily border punch.

I didn't really use my last red paper, because I mixed my paper kit with my tiny leftovers. I also use some b-sides of my selected papers. I rotated the sketch 5.

Simple Stories set of cards

Set 2: I chose to embellish with flowers, an embossing folder and a lace border punch.

For the sketch 4, I decided to shorten the center patterned paper piece to match the lenght of the center dry embossing. I rotated the sketch 5.

My mind's eye set of cards

Set 3: I chose to embellish with boyish die-cuts.

(Sorry, I can't find my last card!)

Fancy Pants set of cards

Need more cards? Why not doubling the fun by mixing TWO paper kits! More choice, more fun, and more cards!

Here, I thought that Simple Stories "Homemade holidays"  would match nicely with Pink Paislee "Snow village"... It was a great way to use my very last papers from these pads!

That means that I did each sketch twice. 
I chose to embellish with stars, gold and a scalloped border punch.

Season greeting set of cards

I hope you will be inspired!

I'm sorry for the photos' poor quality, I snapped them quickly at night before giving them, and I even forgot to photography one... Oops!

19 December 2014

A family card and my last post for Frosted Designs


Hello everybody! This is my last post for Frosted Designs:  a card about family. The stamp reads "moments with family to fully enjoy".

This is for a friend who had a hard time in 2014, and I wish her to have wonderful 2015 moments with her family! I used non-Christmas colors because she loves pink, and I also wanted something very happy and cheerful. The year is cut from golden glittered paper.

Products from the Frosted Designs store:

I would like to thanks the Frosted Designs team and especially Barb for this wonderful term with them, and I wish them lots of good things for the future! Looking for a little treat for yourself for Christmas? Why not a kit subscribtion!

03 December 2014

Quick and cheap gift tags


Hello everybody!
Holiday celebrations are in a few weeks, and that means gifts! I decided to make my own gift tags, but I wanted them quick and cheap (because let's be honest, everybody throw them away...)

I love the look of white embossing powder onto kraft cardstock, but to add more interest, I colored here and there with my fabulous Magicals powders (I mixed some Shabby Turbine Teal with Time Travel Teal and I added a drop of water): in real life, this is so shiny!

Any big holiday stamp with outlined areas would work great. The brown Magical powder of this set (Industrial Chic) would look beautiful for a reindeer!