Cards & Tutorials For Holidays & Beyond!
We're having a card party today and you are the guest of honor! Today we are celebrating the fabulous art of card-making! Get ready for some incredible inspiration and fabulous ideas for beautiful and easy cards! Handmade cards are both fun to create and fun to receive! Today we are sharing 4 stunning cards that are just perfect for holidays or any occasion! We will be sharing an easy and charming French Country card and tutorial by Alberto Juarez! We also have Part 4 of Gloria Stengel's magnificent Place in Time card tutorial series! You will learn how to create cards for October, November and December from one simple sketch! Get ready for smiles because today's Graphic 45 blog is off the charts with inspiration!
First up is this amazing French Country card by Alberto Juarez. This is a fun and inexpensive way to create an exquisite card for any occasion! Follow along with Alberto's easy tutorial to create this elegant card for someone you love! It's guaranteed to brighten their day!
Next up is Part 4 of Gloria Stengel's amazing Place in Time card tutorial series! You will learn how to create these incredible cards for the months of October, November and December using one simple sketch! Just in case you missed the previous 3 installments of Gloria's card tutorials you can download them from the links provided below! Have fun and enjoy creating your classic cards with Gloria!
Each card will measure 5 x 5 inches and each set of the series will correspond to a card sketch. The cards for October, November, and December correspond to the sketch below. Each set of three cards will have a similar "feel" to them.
Graphic 45 papers:
Cardstock: Bazzill Cajun, Java; American Crafts Black; Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk
Stamps: Crafty Secrets (Halloween Fun); Waltzing Mouse (Basket Additions)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Leaves and floral: Michael's Crafts
Button: All Dressed Up
Scrabble tiles: unknown
Die Cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scor-tape
I used the same sketch for all three cards in Part IV of this series, but each card is unique. I used the papers and images from the monthly cut apart sheets and added a few embellishments and a sentiment to each card. Please notice that I did not use flowers for every card. I interpreted the sketch differently to fit the themes of the cards.
Cut List: I do not provide you with a cut list for the cards because you are working from a sketch. If you wish to figure out the exact measurements of the layers, simply copy the image into a photo editing program or a text editor and print it at 5 x 5 inches. You can then measure each layer. The beauty of working from a sketch is that you can customize the card to meet your own specifications. (My measurements may not match the sketch exactly.)
Measurements: I try to keep to the standard of length x width for my measurements. Length means from the top of the card to the bottom. Width means from the left to the right.Cardstock Mats: You will notice that all of my cardstock mats are 1/16 inches. To achieve this, cut your printed paper to size, and then increase the size of your cardstock by 1/8 inch. For example, if your printed paper measures 2 x 4 inches, then cut your cardstock mat to 2 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. This will give you a 1/16 inch mat on all four sides. I work in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch increments for all of my projects. This makes measuring a snap!
Images: I trim my images from Graphic 45 paper, and then I use the Perfect Layers tool to achieve a 1/16 inch mat. You can use a paper trimmer, but I find it easier to use a craft knife and the Layers ruler.
The October card is a cute Halloween card. I adore vintage images, and this little girl and her kitten is so precious.
Note: To achieve the 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch striped panel, I had to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4 3/4 inch square. You have to get creative!
Cut one piece of the striped paper to 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut a second piece to approximately 2 x 4 3/4 inches by inches. Make sure that your stripes will line up properly before you cut your second piece of paper! Combine the two pieces to form a 4 3/4 inch square. You may use a decorative paper strip or some ribbon to cover the seam.
I attach some of my elements with dimensional tape to give them "lift." When gluing ribbon to the cardstock, or when gluing buttons to ribbon, I always use Beacon Fabri-tac. It "grabs" the fabric qualities of the ribbon and seems to hold up to handling and mailing.
The inside of each card is decorated to match the month. I lined both the top and bottom with cream cardstock and then cut a few elements from the Cut-Aparts sheet to decorate. You could stamp a sentiment inside if you wish.
Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November. I love this image of the little "Pilgrim" girl making a pie.
Follow the same steps that you used for the striped paper above to "stretch" the dotted paper for this card. The paper strip will cover the seam.
This adorable image of Santa and the children is perfect for December!
You will once again, piece the floral paper together to make a 4 3/4 inch square panel. I chose not to cover the seam as it is not very visible.
I hope you enjoyed Part IV of this card series. This is the last set of cards. Part V will be a decorative box to hold all 12 cards in the series.
If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my blog at www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com.
We hope you all had fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We are thrilled that you stopped by to see us! Don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's fabulous French Country prize! We will announce our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog along with even more craft inspiration! So stay tuned! We want to thank Alberto Juarez and Gloria Stengel for their incredible work today! Thank you all so much for joining us! Have a delightful day, G45ers!
Happy Card Papercrafting!
Your Friends at Graphic 45