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March 26, 2012

A Celebration of Cards With Graphic 45!

Hello G45ers,

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!

Little Darlings Card

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

Little Darlings Card

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.)

Little Darlings Card

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.

Little Darlings Card

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.

Little Darlings Card

"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.

Little Darlings Card

I used other prints from the Little Darlings 8x8 pad to create my springtime card.

Little Darlings Card

I love how the printed paper gives the image more dimension and contrast.

Little Darlings Card

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.

"Use kraft as a base for the card. Then cut out a piece of paper a bit smaller then the card.
Then cut out the tag image and place it horizontal on the card. Since this collection has so many beautiful images I decided to cut out the large image and add it to the card. Then cut out the gorgeous butterfly and add it to the card." -Hilde Janbroers

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card


Other products; Prima Marketing flowers, My Little Shoebox chipboard alphabet, kraft paper.

Next up is this vibrant and heart-warming card by Yuka Hino featuring our Tropical Travelgue collection. You can see the fabulous depth and vibrant colors in this sweet card. Yuka layered the lavish papers of Tropical Travelogue with pretty flower and button embellishments to create this incredible card. So pretty!

Graphic 45-Tropical Travelogue-Card-YukaHino-1
Graphic 45 Papers
Craf-T Products, Inc: Chalks
Ranger Industries: Stickles
Tattered Angels: Mist
Tsukineko: Ink
String, Sewing Machine, Hot Glue Gun
Thank you all so much for joining us today. We will have more fabulous card designs all week long! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Gloria Stengel, Hilde Janbroers and Yuka Hino for their beautiful work today! We hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Love seeing the DT finalists boxes and no matter how hard I try to have a peek inside them...no luck :) LOL! Beautiful cards by the design team :)

I love how all the boxes are in the middle of those to big lights on either side! lol who will be in the spot light next! can not wait to see! good luck everyone!

lol, I just had to giggle, as I was waiting for my comment to load I read the comment above, lol Jan Hennings, I am pretty sure you would know whats in one of those boxes! best of crafting luck hun :-)

Amazing, never would have thought to stamp on print paper and then cut out. It's like playing with paper dolls.

So exciting to see the finalists packages! And loveeeeee the cards today! Beautiful!

Gorgeous Cards Ladies!!! I've never done paper piecing so can't wait to give that technique a try!

Love the cards today. :)

the paper piecing on the spring card is WONDERFUL! all are beautiful :) Great work DT!

Wow, I love the cards! Plain and simple, they are great!!! I must get back to creating-having a new grand daughter keeps me from doing some things like creating but I'm getting ready to resume! Thanks for sharing such fabulous projects.

Coucou, ces cartes sont superbes, bises

Beautiful cards!

I haven't yet done any coloring with the alcohol ink markers but it looks so fun! These cards turned out so cute, who wouldn't love to receive one of these little beauties!

I haven't done a lot with piecing or with my Copics - yet. I do a little piecing, but I'm working on it. Thank you for a card special week. Cards are what I spend most of my time doing, so I'm gonna love this week...too!

What an amazing technique with Gloria's card. All these cards are beautiful . I'm finding that I love kraft as a base for my cards too! As usual loving the details ladies ! Happy Monday !

These cards are all so unique: I love seeing how versatile the G45 papers are:) Gorgeous work, ladies!

Lovely cards

All 3 are super great. You have the best line so far. I even went and bought a second pad of each of these papers. I can't get enough!!

Hey, I think I see my box in that pile! Boy would I love to be in that room to see all the incredible projects in person. How lucky to be a G45 staffer. Eh?

Lovely cards, ladies!


Beautiful! Love how Gloria did the clothes on the stamped children.

Can't wait to see the new design team creations!! Now for the stamped card...it is really beautiful...Love the children under the umbrella... very sweet and innocent..

Love it!!


Love the cards.. beautiful technique..

G45 and cards-this is going to be my week!

Luv the cards! Amazing work. Lol i would luv to peek inside those boxes too!

These cards are all gorgeous! I LOVE the pierce cutting technique on Gloria's card -- how cool is that!! And I cannot wait to see who the new design team is!! :D

Those cards are minature layouts. That's my story and my way of thinking and i am sticking with that!!!! If i say that over and over, i can do cards too!!! I can't believe that cards intimidate me, yikeessssss...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the cards.

Speechless! They are Lush.xx

Awesome cards, I love them all.

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