A Celebration of Cards With Graphic 45!
It's a new week of fabulous inspiration here at Graphic 45! We are so glad you are joining us! We have so many gorgeous crafts to share with you all week long! This week we have a new and wonderful theme: gorgeous Graphic 45 cards! We bringing you tons of beautiful card ideas and tutorials from our design team that are sure to brighten your week! Any time is a good time for a pretty hand-made card and we've got everything you need to get in the card-making spirit! Today we have marvelous card creations by Gloria Stengel, Hilde Janbroers and Yuka Hino! We also have a new Facebook and Pinterest contest happening this week! Check out all the fun details!
On Facebook we've got our photo caption contest! Just go here and check out this week's featured altered art project created by Graphic 45 founder and designer Diane Schultz. Leave a comment with your suggestion for a title for this gorgeous work of altered art! You could win it! There's also the "Pin It To Win It" contest that we're hosting on our Pinterest page! Just go here to see the featured project. All you need to do is pin it on your Pinterest page and suggest a name for this marvelous project. It could be yours! Join the fun and maybe win some gorgeous altered art from Graphic 45! We will be announcing the winners of this week's contest on Thursday on our Facebook page and in our newsletter!
We are also in the process of picking our new design team for 2012. The mountain of boxes from our 30 finalists has grown even more since last week! Check out the photo! You wouldn't believe all the beautiful wonders that are contained within these boxes! Be sure to check out our blog this Friday, March 30th for our list of our brand new 2012 design team! We can't wait!
Okay, it's time for some cards! First up is this beautiful Spring-themed card and tutorial by Gloria Stengel. This card appeals to us quite a bit since the Graphic 45 office is located in Portland, OR. It doesn't really stop raining here until about June or July. So this is a pretty accurate depiction of Portland in the Spring. This marvelous card was made using our Little Darlings collection and is full of vivid color and pretty patterns. Here Gloria shows you an incredible technique called "paper piecing" that is lots of fun! Take it away, Gloria!
Graphic 45 Paper:
Little Darlings 8x8 Paper Pad: New Arrival, Heaven Sent, Baby Borders, Peek-A-Boo
Stamps: An ABC Primer Cling Stamps 2
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Dark Cashmere Antiquing Ink
Copic: Alcohol Markers
Copic: XPress It White Cardstock
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur die cutting system; Nestabilities Standard Circles LG, Classic Scalloped Circles LG
Fiskars: Microtip scissors
Bazzill Basics: Vanilla Cardstock
The Paper Company: Ivory Cardstock
Ranger: Picket Fence Distress Marker
Sakura: Black Gelly Roll Pen
Really Reasonable Ribbon: White Organza dot Ribbon, Lemon Baker's Twine; Bow Easy Tool
Buttons Galore: Buttons
To add more interest (and fun!) to a stamped image, you may wish to cover areas with patterned paper. This is called "paper piecing." The Graphic 45 8x8 paper pads contain small-scale prints which are perfect for paper piecing
Trim white cardstock and three pieces of patterned paper to approximately 4 x 4 inches. Stamp desired image onto all four sheets of paper using Decades Photogenic Antiquing Ink. (Make sure to use an ink that is made for use with alcohol markers.)
Color the main image (the one stamped on the white cardstock) with markers. You do not need to color the areas to be paper pieced. Using the markers, you may wish to add some shading to the areas you plan to trim out of the patterned paper.
You can see here that I did not color the umbrella, the girl's dress, or the boy's pants on the white sheet. I did add some shading to those elements on the printed paper. Graphic 45 paper works well with Copic Markers - without bleeding!
Trim the desired images from the patterned paper and glue onto the main image.
"Paper pieced" the umbrella, the dress, and the pants. The rest of the image is colored in with Copic Markers. I added a bit of Distress Marker (Picket Fence) to the boy's color and cuffs, and I used a black glitter pen for his pants' button.
I used other prints from the Little Darlings 8x8 pad to create my springtime card.
I love how the printed paper gives the image more dimension and contrast.
You can try your hand at using this technique using any of the Graphic 45 papers. Choose stamps that have large, open areas. The more detailed the stamp, the more difficult it is to "fussy cut" the printed bits. Also, choosing small prints works better than larger prints for this technique. Enjoy!
Wasn't that great?! Next we have this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe card by Hilde Janbroers. You can see how beautifully Hilde blended different paper patterns and colors in this card to make it so outstanding! Plus the lovely butterfly and flowers make this a perfect card for Spring! Here is what Hilde had to say about her creative process while making this card.
Tropical Travelogue Chipboard 1, Tropical Travelogue Alphabel Stickers
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L: 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small