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July 17, 2013

Graphic 45 CHA Sneak Peeks Day 13: Typography


Hello G45ers,

If you love bright and beautiful craft inspiration then you've come to the right place! Today's Graphic 45 blog is sure to fill your day with joy! We've got some breathtaking crafts from Diane's workshop to share with you! Diane and her team have been working hard to create beautiful crafts with our new Typography collection for our booth at CHA Summer in Las Vegas! Today we're giving you an exclusive first look at their amazing new creations! Plus we have two stunning tag creations and tutorials from our Design Team to share with you! Get ready for fun, G45ers, because today's blog is going to make your day!

Lets begin with our "Win It Before You Buy It" contest winners from yesterday's blog! Today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win Typography before it arrives in stores! We are giving away a Typography 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and Tags & Pockets cardstock embellishments everyday this week! That's a $25 value! We will announce 4 more winners on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned! Here are our winners from yesterday's contest!

From the Blog:

-Kathleen Scott: "My wish upon a star is that I will win Typography or any G45 collection. Eyes squinched, fingers crossed, wishing and hoping."

-Aggie Stiefer: "Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful papers"

- From Facebook:

- Barbara Fitzwater: "Marvelous design as always....G45 continues to be the best paper line in the industry!! WOW!!"

-Mary Lynn Peterson: "Delightful! Thanks for sharing yet another inspirational blog, collection and fun contest!"

Congratulations! Will today's winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! G45ers, be sure to leave us your blog or Facebook comments today for your last chance to win Typography before it arrives in stores!

And now it's time for some awesome inspiration from Daine's workshop! Here are some of the gorgeous works of art that Diane and her team have been creating for our booth at CHA Summer 2013 in Las Vegas! Here is a gorgeous Typography altered lamp that is so colorful and fun! You can see how perfectly all the papers blend together to create a bold and beautiful statement!

Typography Graphic 45 CHA Summer 2013 sneak peek Diane's workshop altered art lamp

Here is a perfect piece of altered art featuring Typography! It's an altered typewriter! Isn't this fun?! You can see how the rich colors and lavish designs of Typography bring this old typewriter to life! You can really take altered art to the next level with our gorgeous new Typography collection!

Typography Graphic 45 CHA Summer 2013 sneak peek Diane's workshop altered art typewriter

Typography Graphic 45 CHA Summer 2013 sneak peek Diane's workshop altered art typewriter

Here is another treasure from Diane's workshop that features Typography. Behold this splendid wall hanging that would look perfect in any room of the house! You can have so much fun mixing and matching all the different patterns and colors in Typography! This lovely wall hanging would also make the perfect handmade gift!

Typography Graphic 45 CHA Summer 2013 sneak peek Diane's workshop altered wall hanging

And now it's time for some gorgeous tag inspiration from our Design Team! We begin with these two gorgeous Bird Song tags by Nichola Battilana. These tags are so unique and vibrant! We love Nichola's one-of-a-kind spin on Bird Song! Tags are so much fun to create and they also make great gifts! Join Nichola as she takes you step-by-step through creating the gorgeous red tag pictures below! It's so much fun! Take it away, Nichola!

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Graphic 45 Papers:

Bird Song Enlightenment
Bird Song Longevity
Bird Song Tranquility
Bird Song Chipboard Die-cuts 1
Bird Song Stickers

French Country Tags & Pockets
G45 Cling A Ladies' Diary 1

Graphic 45 Staples:
Large Tag Album
Ornate Metal Label Holder

Stamped Metal Brads

Stamped Metal Tags

Ornate Metal Key

Vintage man image

May Arts Black Ribbon
May Arts Red Ribbon

Jute Twine


                                                                              Gold Dresden Trim

Here is the gorgeous red tag that comes with a fun and informative tutorial! Have fun creating this tag for yourself or someone you love!



I created this altered art tag for my husband. He’s not really a ‘card’ person, but he just might keep this hanging around. As an added bonus the back has a pocket filled with treats just for him: homemade pie of his choice, total control over the television remote for the day, some art from the kiddo, and maybe I’ll sneak a gift certificate in there too.






Graphic 45 Papers:

Bird Song Jasmine Dream
Bird Song Bird Song

Bird Song Tranquility
Bird Song Chipboard Die-cuts 1

Graphic 45 Staples:
Large Tag Album
Ornate Metal Label Holder

Stamped Metal Brads

Stamped Metal Tags

Ornate Metal Key

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May Arts Ribbon

Jute Twine


Gold Dresden Trim
Rubber cement

White Glue

E6000 adhesive

Tacky Glue




Using a tag from the Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag album as a template I cut out two paper tags from complimentary papers Bird Song Jasmine Dream and Bird Song Bird Song. From the paper which will embellish the back of the tag, I removed 2.5” from the bottom.



I used rubber cement to adhere the papers to the tag. To use rubber cement apply a thin coat to both sides, align and press.




On the back of the tag, avoid appling rubber cement to the lower 2.5”




When both the back and front of the tag have been covered I sand all of the edges to ensure there is a smooth, clean edge.





Next I darken and grunge the edges using thin layers of acrylic paint. I use multiple layers and apply this to both sides of the tag until the desired effect is achieved.





Now I apply some white school glue and brush it to an even layer. I sparingly sprinkle some fine glitter powder which coordinates with the background paper. Wipe any glue or excess glitter from the metal ring and set the tag aside to dry.





While the tag is drying I cut out the vintage gentleman, his mask, and a crown shape. I darken all of the cut edges using an old stamp pad.




I assemble them, using Scortape to adhere the ribbon.



I gather all of the materials needed to create the top name-plate on the tag including an Ornate Metal Label Holder and Stamped Metal Brads



I edge the cut title with a stamp pad, remove the brad heads from their backings and bond them to the label holder using E6000 adhesive. The pieces look like this when assembled.





When the tag is dry, I score a line 2.25” from the bottom and apply score tape to the side edges. This will be folded and form the back pocket for the tag.



I adhere the vintage gentleman to the front of the tag and ink the edges once more.



Final embellishments are added to the back of the tag. Here I’ve layered a tag from the Bird Song Chipboard Die-cuts 1, a metal tag and an ornate key, adding metal brad heads to finish off the back of the piece.




The label plate is applied to the front of the piece and a coordinating May Arts Ribbon added.




Finally, I fill the pocket with tags from Bird Song Tranquility



Next up we have another beautiful tag creation! This one was made by Anne Rostad and it features our collection A Ladies' Diary! Both of today's tags display a wide range of possibilities in colors and techniques! You can also see the amazing ways to create gorgeous tags with the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples! This tag has such soft pastel colors and and delicate fussy cutting. It would also make a gorgeous handmade gift! Want to create one for yourself or someone you love? Follow along with Anne's wonderful video tutorial to re-create this elegant work of art! Take it away, Anne!


I had so fun working with the gorgeous Ladies diary papers from Graphic 45 again. This is a slider tag that also can be used as a card.


Anne Rostad Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Tag tutorial gift video


Used both the 8x8 and 12 x 12 collection. large tag album, metal staples and chipboard cut outs.





On the metal ornate label holder the name off the receiver can be written and on the banner. Congratulations.




  Fussy cutting is fun!





Used May arts ribbon for the hanging and bow





On the back side there is a note book and a pen covered with papers

I used metal Ornate Metal Key and Orante Metal key hole.




The tag that slides out is fastened with seambinding inside so it will not fall out.




Here a personal message can be written.




The pen is fastened with a chain to the Grpahic 45 Ornate Metal Key






May Arts ribbon, Claudine Hellmuth multi matte, Spay, cheese cloth, pencil and chain


We've got one last treat for you all today! Denise Hahn of our Design Team is being featured on today's Papercrafter's Library blog! Here is a sneak peek of the beautiful creation that Denise made for today's feature. Hop on over to the Papercrafter's Library blog to see this magical creation in its entirety and learn more about Denise's gorgeous crafts!


Papercrafter's Library Blog:




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We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We want to thank Nichola, Anne and Denise for their fabulous work today. Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your last chance to win Typography before it arrives in stores. We will announce 4 more winners tomorrow along with more amazing craft inspiration! We want to wish you all a very happy, crafty day!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Now I've seen everything.. an altered typewriter!! Wonderful!

Such great projects. I always enjoy seeing tags. LOVE what you created with the NEW paper.

loved the altered typewriter the graphic 45 design team always seem to amaze me and thank you for a chance to win some lovely graphic 45 goodies

Diane's typewriter is just fantastic!

I can't even pick a favorite! They are all wonderful!

Graphic 45 continues to be my favorite company! I love each and every collection. Typography is awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

very creative work on the blog today, love the pull out tags!!!
typography is going to be a great seller

great projects! love the tags

Oh my gosh, these latest pieces for the show are gorgeous...I am so in love with the Typography line...can't wait to get my hands on it...

Thanks, Molly D

I thought the lamp was the cats meow until I saw the typewriter. Love them both! And the tags gave me the idea of trying to incorporate my husbands face onto one of the men for his birthday tag. Such great inspiration today.

Fantastic projects from everyone, especially loving the altered typewriter, so fun. Thanks for the chance to win the lovely Typography collection.

I so very much want to win this paper...I am so anxious to get started on a project with it. Love the new paper. Thank you for providing such great inspiration with your beautiful papers.

Congrats to the winners!! You gals are so lucky.....gorgeous inspriration today I'm going to watch the video now!! This collection is going to be a fave for me xxx

Wow, the typewriter is simply mind-blowing!

Beautiful projects!! Love all of the altered art!

Soooooooooo gorgeous!! I am IN LOVE with that typewriter!!!!

Love this collection it is right up there with the Travelogue which is one of my favs. Thanks for a chance to win.

Very clever projects...with the very clever Typography papers of course!

My boss' antique typewriter is sitting in the office right next to me. Do you think she'd notice if I took it, altered it and brought it back? I'd probably be looking for a new job. The inspiration is running circles in my head.

Great Blog. Love the new paper line. Love those tags. I've had people ask me "What do you do with them"? I tell them "I think they make great cards", especially when you don't have a lot to say, but just want to give someone something nice and handmade by you.

Am so looking forward to all these great collections!

Gorgeous collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

Loving those tags! How fabulous and creative!!

..theres no typo -- just hope I get chosen...

Such beauty found here today...I love that slider tag...so inventive and practical at the same time. Love!

How fun are these! Great ideas!

G45 you've done it again with Typography!!

Great projects! Thanks for a change to win!

Wonderful altered projects! And the tags are so much fun.

That booth at CHA is going to blow everyone away!

Typewriter is unbelievable, stunning.... The things that can be done with your papers are limitless.... I love, love, love Typography, it is just my sort of thing,, I love words..... I have everything crossed to win.... Thanks for the opportunity.. :-)

that typewriter about blew my socks off! gorgeous!

thanks for the step out directions for the cutey tags. think I might actually be able to tackle one of these. they are so fun and whimsical!

love the new line!

You all have done beautiful work with beautiful paper. Love it all.Di

Awesome projects today! And that altered typewriter is fantastic!

Wow!!! I love these awesome projects! You have such talent!

These projects never cease to amaze me!! They are beautiful.

Fantastic tag creations! Everyone is unique and fresh. The altered art is way out of the box!

That typewriter is OFF THE CHAIN!!!! Your designers continue to amaze and inspire us all! Thanks Diane and staff!! Fingers crossed, toes crossed, legs crossed and eyes crossed hoping to win some Typography!

Such beautiful projects today. Love the last one of the Ladies Diary tag. All of you are sooooo talented. Can't wait to see this collection (Typography) on my desk!


I love the little slider tag, and the lamp and typewriter are gorgeous.Graphic 45 has done it again!

WoW....can't wait to see pics of your CHA booth - I'm sure it will be amazing. Great projects!!
~ Terry ~

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