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March 29, 2012

A Celebration of Cards With Graphic 45: Day 4!

Kraft Reflections Card

Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another great day of spectacular inspiration here at Graphic 45! Today is going to be action-packed! We're continuing our lavish celebration of cards! Our design team has created so many incredible creations that you are going to adore! At this moment the Graphic 45 office is buzzing with excitement because tomorrow we're announcing our new Graphic 45 Design Team for 2012! You are all invited to join us on our blog tomorrow when we post the list of our new team. We can't wait! To tide you over until tomorrow we've got some more gorgeous cards! Today's cards feature our elegant new Kraft Reflections collection. You'll see whimsical card designs by Nancy Wethington, Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel. There's even a fun tutorial that Nicole has created as well as great copic marker tips by Nancy! Each of today's cards are special and incredibly beautiful. We hope you enjoy today's card extravaganza!

First up is this sweet Kraft Reflections card by Nancy Wethington. This card is perfect for any occasion. It has lots of incredible texture and dimension. Here Nancy gives some fun and easy tips for creating a gorgeous card like this one using Copic markers! This is a great way to give your crafts a sweet dash of color. Check it out!

Kraft Reflections Card
The card began with the large stamp image from A Glimpse of Paris. Seeing these three fashionista's on Feminine Heart, I imagined them in Chanel suits shopping the Paris magasin de vetement, searching their map for the next best shop. Wanting the Eiffel Tower to stand out, I painted it with Copic markers and then parts of the tower were highlighted with a Spica pen.

Kraft Reflections Card

The girls were colored with Copic markers and then popped up on a background of Core'dinations cardstock that was cut with a Spellbinders die.  The cardstock was then sanded to reveal the inner core.

Kraft Reflections Card

This butterfly was cut from Glimpse of Paris paper and then colored in with Copic markers.  Tiny beads were added for her body and then mounted on an Imaginarium chipboard butterfly.

Partner Products: Imaginarium Designs chipboard; Spellbinders die; Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
Miscellaneous: cardstock; Copic Markers; miscellaneous beads; Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive

Next we have this gorgeous and playful card by Nicole Eccles. This card is incredibly imaginative and full of magnificent vintage charm. Here Nicole shares some ideas about her inspiration behind this great card. She's also created a fun tutorial with some clever tips you'll love! Take it away, Nicole!

"I was so excited to see that Graphic 45 had put out a Kraft paper line!  Great for so many different projects, adding just the perfect G45 vintage touch.  I even took a que from Gloria Stengel, and did a little coloring of the patterns.  So easy, with quick results to match any project.  As soon as I saw the tea cup paper in the Kraft Reflections line, I knew I had to put “something” in them!  Couldn’t you just see a classic Easter card with eggs and a bunny in the cup, or a cup filled with flowers for Mother’s Day?  Really this idea leads to endless designs and with these few easy steps you can be on your way to creating your own variation to this fun card!" -Nicole Eccles

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Supplies Needed:
Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflection paper  Tea for Two
Craft Knife, or Scissors
Cutting Mat
Step 1: To prepare, using your scissors or craft knife,  cut out desired teacup image.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Step 2: After teacup has been cut from paper,  use your craft knife to carefully cut just along the front lip of the cup to create an opening.

Make sure to stop just before the corners of the cup so that it is still all one piece.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Step 3: Using your finger, or a small tool gently separate the opening on your cup making sure not to tear it
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Step 4: Cut out desired images to place into the cup, and slide them into the cup opening
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Step 5: Once desired objects are put into place, adhere them to the cup from the backside. For a more dramatic effect, adhere finished piece to project using Pop Dots
*Tip: To create the “wet” colored water droplets, in a small container mix a little Glossy Accents with Re Inker to desired color.

Using an eye dropper, pick up small amounts of colored glossy accents and drop directly onto paper in varying amounts for different droplet sizes.
Allow plenty of time to dry once complete
6 1/8” x 4 1/4”
Graphic 45 Papers
Kraft Reflections: Tea for Two, Bits and Pieces,  and the reverse side for plain Kraft color
Colorbox Inks:  Decades Inks (Photogenic, Triumphant Red), Chalk Inks (Robins Egg, Warm Red)
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Frayed Burlap Re Inker
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Gluestick
Making Memories: Silver pressed paper images
Other: Colored Pencils

Next we have two stunning thank-you cards. This first one was also created by Nicole Eccles. It combines Kraft Reflections and Olde Curiosity Shoppe. This enchanting card looks as though it could have been created centuries ago! It really captures the simple and playful elegance of times gone by. Wouldn't you love to get a clever thank you card like this in the mail? We sure would! Wow! 

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Kraft Reflections Card

Graphic 45 papers:
Colorbox Chalk Inks: Periwinkle
Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Colored Pencils

And last but certainly not least is this stunning Olde Curiosity Shoppe card by Gloria Stengel. Again you can see a perfect example of the fun and imagination of this clever new collection. Gloria did an amazing job of capturing the beauty and humor of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. This fabulous thank you card is a real show stopper! Here is what Gloria had to say about it.

"The papers from Olde Curiosity Shoppe are so fun. I love the "tongue in cheek" humor of this collection. I created a collage from small elements cut from the papers. I love the pop of orange in the butterfly.-Gloria Stengel

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card

Graphic 45 papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Mercurial Masterpiece, Exquisite Motif, Optical Oddities, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Bazaar of Wonders
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing ink Venetian Lace
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard birdcage, butterfly, fence, gears, sentiment
Copic Markers: Various markers
American Crafts: Black Cardstock
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Black Velvet trim
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Pen nib
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares;  glue

We hope you all had a lot of fun today. Huge thanks to Nancy, Nicole and Gloria for their beautiful work! We can't wait until tomorrow when we unveil our new Graphic 45 design team for 2012! It's going to be a huge day and we can't wait to introduce you to our fabulous new team! We'll see you then! Have a terrific day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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I think they get better every day! Gorgeous!

Fantastic cards but the lady in the cup is is just so much fun!

ok, that did it. This post of projects has got my blood pressure so high this morning, i am not sure i am going to beable to concentrate on anything for the rest of the day. How can G45 keep the designers calm before release day. G45 must have calming patches for the ladies. Bravo ladies, you smashed the ball out of the park today!!!

These are all gorgeous! And I love Nicole's nails too! Can't wait to see who the DT is!

Well well...gorgeous gorgeous and more gorgeous!! G45 has got the whole market on Paper Crafting!! Right by the.....whoops!! LOL...fabulous work everyone!!! Just FAB-U-LOUS!!!

How cute..Love the cup idea! Can't wait for the new DT announcement :)

It's all stunning all the time from these girls!! woweee wowow wow! I gotta get my hands on some of that kraft collection as well -- so many on the list!

Love love love, all the cards,

Love all the cards of today.. Beautiful..

Lovely cards with fantastic details. Great tip on Glossy Accents and re-inkers. Thanks Nicole!

I'm trying to keep busy today to keep my mind off tomorrow's announcement. It's not working very well! :)


Awesome great cards.

beautiful, all of them

Always love coming to your blog. I love the inspiration here. Thanks again for a great day of beautiful things.

These are all such whimsical cards! Love them!! And I can't wait for tomorrow's big announcement!! :)

They are all wonderful and inovated

I am loving all the layers!

awww.....like a great glass of wine! You keep me inspired.

Such creative talent !

OMG..the girl in the tea cup in amazing. Love it! She reminds me of Charee. Too adorable. :)

No words can really express how utterly talented these ladies are! These card creations are out of this world! TFS!

all this is amazing !

All of your collections are amazing you see i love the 3d effects of the cards.

I have a question about the first thank you card. It is absolutely stunning and
The supplies mentioned for that particular card are "Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Butterfly Specifics, Exquisite Motif, Olde Curiosity Shoppe" I own these pads, but I do not have a lady riding a horse in any of my pads. Did I miss something? Was there a stamp used or something?
I would really love to know where the lady on the horse and the people that are prostrating themselves on each side of her are found.
Thank you for any help or advice you can offer.

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