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January 05, 2012

Terrific Graphic 45 Tutorials!

Hello G45ers,

Thank you all so much for joining us on this wonderful day!  We have two awesome tutorials from our design team members Nancy Wethington and Robin Shakoor. Both of these tutorials feature some fun and clever techniques that you're sure to love. First up is this amazing mini album by Nancy Wethington. This is the perfect time of year for mini albums! Now that the holidays are over, most of us have lots of fun photos. What better way to immortalize your holiday memories than with a beautiful album like this one! Here, Nancy takes you  through her creative process with this amazing mini!  Take it away, Nancy!

I loved the scroll work on the cover of this Want2Scrap Gate Album and decided to pair it up with several of the Graphic 45 paper collections to create a mini suitable for a bridal shower.  With gifts ranging anywhere from household items to negligee, Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess and Fashionista seemed like a good starting point.
I wanted to create an old world feel for this beautifully cut gate covers and used a painting technique learned from a fellow blogger from England.

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

Since you could see the first pages through the die-cut gates, I decided to let these beautifully dressed women be seen through the *doors*.

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

After wallpapering each panel, there is room for up to 5 photos with 2 additional pockets for more photos or journaling.

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

Another 5 photos will fit on these 4 panels.  With the addition of a fold-out booklet, more photos or journaling may be added.  Or perhaps the list of gifts received!

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album
Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

To the last panels in the book I added journaling tags with Graphic 45 Staples envelopes.  The envelopes were cut to fit the width of the panels and then the cut ends were *sealed* with more Domestic Goddess paper.
Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

With the help of paint from Modern Masters, I was able to create a bronzed patina to both the die-cut chipboard and the Graphic 45 Staple Metal Flowers

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

This is a very simple 2 step process.  The first step is to paint Modern Masters Bronze onto the chipboard or metal (amazing that this works on both).  Do NOT dry.

Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

While the paint is still wet, spritz the Modern Masters Patina Aging Solution (I used green) finish on top of the wet paint.

G45 Want2Scrap 10
  Let dry.  How easy is that! 
Domestic Goddess Fashionista Mini Album

Notes about this technique. 
  • Your base may need 2 coats (the chipboard I used required 2 coats but the Graphic 45 metal only 1 coat).  Let the first coat dry and then apply the patina to the second coat while still wet.
  • I tried to use the Patina Aging Solution on top of a Ranger Metallic Dabber and it did not work nearly as well as using the Modern Masters Metal paints.
Graphic 45:
Fashionista Collection:  Perfumeries; Bon Marche; Fashionista Tags
Domestic Goddess Collection:  Lady of the House; Domestic Goddess; Happy Homemaker; Miss Manners; My Pretty Garden; Quilting Bee; Yours Truly; Farmers Market; Domestic Goddess Tags
Times Nouveau Collection:  Bee's Knees
Communique Collection:  On The Dot;
Renaissance Faire Collection:  Romantique
Graphic 45 Staples:  Metal Buttons; Metal Flowers; TrimWant2Scrap:
Gate AlbumModern Masters:
Metal Effects: Copper Paint; Green Patina Aging SolutionMiscellaneous:
Mini Spritzer
Seam binding
Helmar Scrap Dots
Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium

Next up is this wonderful card tutorial by Robin Shakoor. Robin's cards are always so stunning. Have you ever wondered how she makes such gorgeous pop-up cards? Well today you're in luck! Robin has prepared this fabulous tutorial that shows you exactly how to do it! This is such a great technique and it can be used any time of the year to create the perfect card! So get ready to be amazed and have a lot of fun with the wonderful Robin Shakoor!

Card making is a passion for me and this is one of the most intricate cards that I make.  I used a template (Circle Pop Up Card) from a company called Let’s Party Hearty to create this fun card base.  Today I will share the steps I took to create the finished card.
ABC Primer Card

ABC Primer Card Sketch
 Step 1 – Using the reverse side of the paper you wish to use, lightly mark your cut lines and score lines using a pencil.  The template and instructions has these lines identified.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 2 – Follow the instructions to cut and score your lines. 
ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 3 – Fold your card according to the score lines.  You will now see your card design take form.  When you begin to fold your card, you will find that you will have to make slight adjustments.  Be sure to do so before moving to step 4

ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 4 – Glue your card base together.  I suggest using a strong adhesive such as Scor Tape.  Be careful that you do not glue the moving parts of the card.  Now you can begin to decorate your card.
Photo 6
Photo 7

Step 5 –   Using the template, you will create a top layer for the cover of the card.  You will need to alter it just a bit to fit the center circle.  Tie Ribbon to the left of the semi-circle.  Adhere to the front of the card base.  Add buttons. 
ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 6 – Die cut a beaded circle and adhere to the center of the card base. (Add liquid pearls once you have finished your entire card)  Cut the little girl image from An ABC Primer - Games and Playtime patterned paper and adhere to the center of the die cut using foam squares.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 7 – Cut ruler from An ABC PrimerSchool Days patterned paper.  You will then cut the ruler in half lengthwise.  Once this is done, adhere to the inside, top and bottom of your card base as shown. (I cut my ruler into 4 separate pieces, be sure to measure first).
ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 8 - Create a 2 x 4 mat using red patterned paper.  Stamp your sentiment on An ABC PrimerHappy Go Lucky patterned paper and trim to 1 ¾ x 3 ¾.  Adhere to mat, then to the right side of card. 
  ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Step 9 – Cut “W, X, Y, Z” from An ABC PrimerSchool Days patterned paper.  Ink the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink then adhere to the right, center of card as shown.  Add “School Days” tab to the top, right side of card.  Add embellishments.

ABC Primer Card Tutorial

Here is the finished inside of your card.  I hope you give this card a try.  Enjoy!
Graphic 45 Chipboard:  Die Cuts 2
Graphic 45 Staples:  Chipboard Buttons
Partner Products:  Hampton Arts – Layered Felt Buttons; May Arts - Ribbon
Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants
Stamps:  Crafty Secrets – Card Sentiments; Stampin’ Up – Vintage Labels
Tsukineko:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Ranger:  Bisque Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares, Barn Door & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Adhesive:  Zip Dry; ScorTape;
Spellbinders – Beaded Circles Die
Quickutz Revolution – Die Cutting Machine
Craft Supply:  Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Crafts:  Bone Folder
Viva Décor:  Pearl Pen

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us today! Please be sure to stop by tomorrow as we bring you more fabulous crafts and announce a winner for this week's blog prize. There's still a chance to enter to win this week! Just leave a blog or Facebook comment telling us about something you are most looking forward to in the new year! Big thanks to Nancy Wethington and Robin Shakoor for their gorgeous work today. We hope you all have a terrific Thursday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Nancy's book is so cute! Need to get the paint to try this. I have seen her use this before, but just haven't got around to getting the supplies. Love the card, will check out this templet.

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the tutorials, and I must find that paint! In 2012, I am looking forward to my sweet hubby finally finding a new job!


Love both the projects tfs!

Thank you for the tutorials.

Fabulous projects today! TFS!

cool projects. great tutorial, learned a lot

Gorgeous projects! Love these!

Beautiful projects TFS

WOW !! More great projects with "tuts" !!

Loved the tutorial.. I am currently working on a mini album using G45 on the boardwalk papers and I am feeling good to see what more I can add to my mini.. :) Loved the card.. I want to try this for the valentines day, will make a card for my hubby with one of our marriage pic on the round and will use stempunk papers for it.. :)

Beautiful projects! Really looking forward to stepping up my crafting skills in 2012!

Love the patina look with the paints! I'm looking forward to trying that technique!

Beautiful projects!
Thank you for the tutorials.

I'm looking forward to the CHA!!!!!!!!!!

2012 will be my year to create more. Sewing, crafting, cooking.

I'm hoping to be able to have more free time this year. I'd like to be more involved in hobbies.

This new year will, I hope, be a year of changes. BIG changes. And closer to home, I'm hoping to have time to make more cards and other crafts.

As usual, the DT has blown my sox off! Can't wait until all the Christmas stuff is put away and I can sit down and create! Thanks again for sharing

Both are beautiful and so unique. I love this blog and this paper line. Never disappoints, keep up the great work. Thanks

Beautiful projects! Love the tutorials too!

Love the cards, how lovely.

Spending every day in ART for 2012 <3

Great projects and loved the tutorials! Thanks so much for always being a place of wonderful inspiration. Today you outdid yourself!

great cards and thanks for the tips on using metal paints

Awesome project and tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

coucou, ce mini et cette carte sont super jolis, merci pour le tutorial, bises

Both of these projects are amazing! I love Nancy's album - wow! Just blows my mind :) And Robins' card is lovely! I can't wait to try these projects - thanks so much for the tutorials! I am looking forward to catching up on my scrapbooks and learning new techniques to make mini albums!

i am looking forward to trying to make more complicated cards and other projects.

Looking forward to an addition to our family!

That card is totally amazing! I'm going to have to look for the template. How fun!

The mini album is a masterpiece. I love the aged patina technique!

Wonderful card! Thank you so much for the tutorials!

Wow, love these projects! I need to get some of that faux metal paint, the effect is fabulous!
This is great inspiration for me to pull out my paints and little-used supplies to play around and see what I can come up with! That is my New Years resolution!

Amazing card tut!! There is one picture I seriously need to study...not sure if the 'cut out' card is glued to another card on the back....but this is gorgeous! Thank you all for your continued talent to share!!! Happy New Year!!

Love the info on the cards...always up for new ideas.

Seems like you always top the last line/projects. Love it!

great design's today ladies on the blog post. will check them out in more detail, thanks for sharing the love

Lovely..I take your tutorial for my blog ...I précise that it your project, sure....

Thank you for sharing this tutorial on Robin Shakoor's wonderful card. The design can be used with so many of the paper collections from G45. My head is spinning with ideas!

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