Saturday, April 10, 2021

So simple. Huge wow!


This very simple birthday card packs a big punch. The decanter and rocks glasses actually look like they are made from glass. I add texture to the background so the shelf looks like its attached to a stucco-like wall.

Here are the supplies and measurements:
  • Black cardstock: 
    • 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2
    • 5/8" x 3 1/2 for sentiment
  • Gray cardstock: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
  • White card stock: 
    • for the front 4 x 5 3/4
    • for the inside 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
    • 1/4 sheet for die cuts of decanter and glasses
    • 1/2" x 3 3/8 for sentiment
  • Wood grain cardstock or paper scraps for shelf (use dies and cut two, attach together to make shelf)
  • Momento Black ink pad
  • Light gray ink pad (I used Smokey Slate from Stampin' Up)
  • Copic markers
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze for the glass look
  • Textured embossing folder
  • foam dimensionals or tape
  • Glue dots
First, stamp and color the decanter and glasses. Once the the ink has dried, cover each pieces with the thin coat of the crystal glaze. This should dry for 24 hours for the best result. I usually make multiple sets at one time so they are ready when I need a birthday card.

Using the embossing folder, emboss the small white cardstock panel which can then be attached to the gray panel. Layer the small white strip after stamping the sentiment onto the small black strip. This can be attached to the embossed layer in the bottom right-hand corner. 

Once the glaze has dried, cut out each piece and mold them to the shape you like. I like making the glasses curve a bit and bend the decanter on the corners to give it a 3D look. Add foam tape to the back of the shelf and place on the left above the sentiment.

For the glass pieces, I like the illusion that the pieces are sitting on the shelf away from the wall. Here's how you do that:
  • Place 2 foam pieces (double thickness) at the top of the decanter and attach glue dots to the bottom outside corners; attach the glue dots to the shelf keeping the decanter bent and attach the foam piece to the white background.
  • For the glasses, the first one should have one layer of foam adhesive at the top and glue dots at the bottom; the second glass, attach a double layer of foam adhesive at the top and a single layer at the bottom; both glasses should be attached to the shelf and the white background.
And lastly, stamp an image of the glass on the envelope and inside panel in gray ink.

That's all there is to this card. The textured background and raised elements really give this card a huge wow factor. I hope you give it a try.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Double Z-fold Horses Birthday Card


This is a super fun birthday for all ages. The double Z-fold provides a pasture scene with horses behind a fence line. The fence make the second the Z-fold. These cards provide huge impact with very little efforts.

Here's what you need:
  • Red/cherry cardstock cut 11 x 4 1/4, score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
  • White cardstock - 2 panels 4 1/8 x 2 5/8 and 1 panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
  • White cardstock scrap for message panel
  • Crumb cake/tan cardstock for fence dies
  • 2 green colors for the grass dies
  • Small scrap for cowboy hat
  • Fence and grass dies - Spellbinders is pictured
  • Banner dies
  • Let it Ride stamp set - Stampin' Up
  • Hardwood background stamp - Stampin' Up
  • Happy birthday stamp
  • Natural Jute for rope
  • Ink pads - green, blue and Copic friendly black
  • Copic markers to color horses

To form the fence line into a z-fold, attach the fence pieces (you'll need 3 plus one post) using extra pieces in between the sections. Once all of the fence has bee assembled, score at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4" and fold. These folds will be the opposite of those on the base.

To create the scene, stamps the horses and trees first where you want them. Mask the horses and then sponge on green ink to look like the grass area and very light blue to make the sky. Unmask the horses and color with Copic markers. Attached the scene panels to the red base. 

With the card folded, glue down the first and last sections to the card base leaving the middle section unattached. Glue down accessories like the cowboy hat and lasso. I also glue down a small message panel.

I hope you give this double Z-fold card a try.

Happy card making!
Kathie K.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Peacock Z Fold Birthday Card


This peacock birthday definitely has the wow factor. The elegant foil cardstock combined with the fun, Z-fold will wow any recipient. And its so easy to make.

The card expands to 11" and folds to an A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and fits nicely into a standard envelope. I chose a blue color pallet but any color combination will work great. Here's what you'll need:
  • Blue cardstock cut to 11 x 4 1/4; score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
  • Designer paper with a blue foil design - cut 2 panels 4 1/8 x 2 5/8
  • White cardstock for floral oval, sentiment tag and hexagon dies (approximately 4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
    • Cut 2 hexagons; trim each one to 2 1/2" long
  • Blue, gold and light teal foil/mirror cardstock - enough to cut feathers and peacock:
    • Blue - cut peacock, large feather, medium feather
    • Gold - cut triple feather, medium feather, small swirl feather
    • Teal - cut triple feather, and small swirl feather
  • Anno Griffin Peacock and Feathers die set
  • Spellbinders Floral Oval die set
  • Stampin' Up Fancy Frames die set
  • Teal rhinestones (not pictured)
  • Happy birthday stamp
  • Peacock feather stamp for envelope (Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock)
  1. Make the Z fold using the score lines
  2. Attach designer paper to first two panels
  3. Place the large oval die white cut in center of large blue panel and adhere; attach large blue feather along right side of oval
  4. Attach the cut hexagon die cuts lining up the cut ends at the fold; this will become the base that the peacock and feathers will attach to.
  5. Build the peacock by attaching the feathers to the back of the blue peacock; start with the gold and teal triple feathers; add the medium blue feather, gold and teal swirl feather and finish with the gold medium feather towards the bottom. Tip: Glue dots work great for attaching the feathers; make sure the feathers do not hang off the card base when folded.
  6. Using dimensionals, adhere peacock to the front panel.
  7. To finish off the card, attach small teal rhinestones to the peacock for the eye and add to sentiment die cut.

I hope you give this card a try. It so much easier than looks and will be sure to impress.

Happy card making!
Kathie K.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Teepee or Pyramid Birthday Card

I really like making this style of card. I like being able to decorate three sides of the card. These cards have a huge impact and are really easy to make. I have tried a couple different ways to make to these cards and here is my favorite.

You will need:
  • 3 - 4" squares of cardstock for the base
  • 2 - 3 7/8" squares decorative paper for the outside
  • 1 - 3 7/8" square decorative paper for the inside
  • 1 - 3 7/8" square white cardstock - inside note and signature panel
  • Embellishments - tags, die cuts, etc

Constructing the card:
  1. Score the base squares in half on the diagonal; fold and burnish
  2. Cut decorative squares and inside panel in half on the diagonal - you will have triangles
  3. To for the teepee or pyramid, place one square on work surface with the score line vertical; the piece will look like a diamond. Place the other base squares on each side of the diamond matching the top points and the edge of the square to the score line of the diamond. Glue squares together.
  4. Arrange the triangles to your liking and glue in place on the base - outside and inside
  5. To close the flap on the teepee, you can use Velcro dots or my preference is to cut a small slit and insert the tip of the flap to close. Do this measure up the from the tip of the base 2 1/8" and then cut a 3/4" slit horizontally starting at the score line. You will need to cut through the decorative layers and the base cardstock. Insert the tip of the flap and your card will stand up on its own.
  6. Use embellishments to decorate. I like to place a die cut over the close slit to hide.

When the card is unfolded, it will fit in a standard envelope. The card pictured actually fits in a larger envelope due to the embellishments.

I hope you give this card a try. If you would like to purchase this card, check out my shop here.

The products I used are from Stampin' Up and will be discontinued on June 2, 2020. If you would like to order, the products are listed below. Please use this Host Code when ordering: CGCB6Z76

Free as Bird stamp and die set bundle - #151123
Bird Ballad Designer paper - #149592

Happy stamping.
Kathie K.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Handmade flocked cards

Happy Sunday,

I have been reorganizing my craft supplies and found an oldie but goody - flocking. I completely forgot about this awesome product. It adds a touch of texture and dimension to any project. You can use a lot or just little. It can be used as a main color or as an embellishment. A little goes a long way so its also a good investment.

To use, you add flocking like you would glitter. Place a small amount of glue in the area you want flocked, and then add the flocking.  Shake off the excess back into the container. Its that easy!

Here are a couple of projects where I used just touch to add something special to the cards. The first one is a teddy bear new baby card. I added the flocking to the bear's feet.

For my next project, I used the flocking to highlight a specific area - the dog's ear. The die cut is embossed to show the dog's features. I used the embossing lines as a guide to place the glue. Again, this small amount of flocking added texture and extra dimension to this sweet card.

Flocking has many other uses. Here are just few more ideas:

  • snow - on trees or outdoor scenes
  • use to color scarfs, hats and sweaters instead of markers or pencils
  • can be used as sand in beach scenes or tree bark
Flocking comes in many different colors so the uses are endless. If you want flocking for specific stamped image, use Versamark with Heat 'n Stick powder. You apply the Heat 'n Stick powder just like embossing powder and heat. Once heated, the powder stays sticky. Apply the flocking and it will only stick to the embossed areas. Shake off the rest.

I hope you look at flocking a bit differently now. I just love using it.

Happy stamping!
Kathie K.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Layering die cuts

Hello fellow stampers and card makers,

I hope you are off to good start to your weekend! Here's a card that I really enjoyed making. And it's almost all die cuts.

I first cut all the cardstock to the size of card I want and die cut the images. The base of the card is made from black cardstock and the background is made from teal. This layer is dry embossed using a honeycomb pattern. The cats are cut from three different colors - black, tan, and rust. The labels are cut from light teal or aqua, black and white.

I then made the embellishments. I used an aqua satin ribbon with a crystal rhinestones that will be attached to the main focal point. The sentiment is stamped in black on the white banner label. To give it added dimension, a black banner is also cut and adhered slightly offset to make a shadow. I also added rhinestones as eyes to the cats and as the center of the flower (used a sponge dauber to color the center of the white flower).

To make the focal point of the card, I cut the aqua colored labels in half as shown below. The aqua labels are the same size as the white. I adhered each end of the longer label under the black label. Then I adhered the smaller aqua labels under the white one with the aqua edge just visible. Then I attached that piece on top of the black label. Layered on the cat die cuts so the tails just touch (almost looks like a heart). Then attach the label and the flower, and the focal point is done.

I attached the dry embossed background piece to the card base. Then added the layered label focal point and the sentiment. I also added a white piece of cardstock to the inside of the card and stamped paw prints in the bottom corners as well on the envelope.

This makes a great birthday card for those cat lovers in your life. I hope you give die layering a try to make focal points for your creations.

Happy stamping!

Kathie K.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Vellum Cards

Hello fellow stampers and card makers,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It's hard to believe it's August already. Like most of you, I love using vellum when making cards. I think it adds a little something extra - don't you agree. Here are a few of my favorite cards using vellum.

The first card is monochromatic with just one small pop of color, or in this case black, along with the peach and vellum cardstock. The flowers and leaves are created with Versamark ink and white embossing powder. Don't be afraid of embossing on vellum - you just need to be a little more careful about how much heat you are applying. I then used the matching dies to cut them out once they cooled. I then layered the flowers around the corners and added the sentiment. For me the main flower focal point was a little too transparent so that particular flower has two layers of embossed vellum.

The next example uses the same embossing technique but with a different color scheme and sentiment. But this time I added some color to the back of the embossed image. I think it gives it a watercolor look. This technique is super easy and you don't have to worry about staying inside the lines.

For this next card, I used the vellum for my sentiment - in this case, Thank You. I like that you can still see the pretty trees through the stamped sentiment. You can use any kind of black ink that you have.  I do find that Stazon works the best. You do need to let the ink the dry before handling or it will smudge.

The challenge with using vellum is the adhesive shows through. And no one wants to see that. For the first two cards, I strategically placed the adhesive in densely embossed areas to cover. For the third card, I used copper brads to attach the vellum to the card. They serve two purposes - an embellishment and adhesive.

I hope you give vellum a try if you haven't already. I just love the look and I think you will too.

Happy stamping!

Kathie K.

So simple. Huge wow!

  This very simple birthday card packs a big punch. The decanter and rocks glasses actually look like they are made from glass. I add textur...