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October 03, 2013

Celebrate Card-Making With Style


Hello G45ers,

Saturday is World Card-Making Day! We're celebrating early by bringing you three incredible ideas for handmade cards on today's blog! You can never have enough handmade cards. They are so fun and easy to create and they're always guaranteed to brighten someone's day. Today we're going to share a fabulous Mother Goose card by Nichola Battilana. Then Arlene Cuevas will show you a vibrant and colorful Bohemian Bazaar birthday card. Then we've got a marvelous Steampunk Spells card and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Today's blog has everything you need to get in the card-making spirit! We're going to have a lot of fun!

We begin with this colorful card by Nichola featuring our Mother Goose collection! This is such a fun collection for card-making. This is a great example of a pretty card for any occasion. You can have a great time layering the different patterned papers and adding a few fussy cut elements. A few simple techniques result in a world of beauty. A card like this doesn't take too long to create and it is filled with tons of cheer! Here is what Nichola had to say about it.

"The Mother Goose Collection is so very, very sweet. What I love most about it is its gender neutrality. It really is a perfect mix of patterns and colours, a youthful pallet with a dash of warmth, to create cards and layouts that really celebrate childhood. That’s not to say this collection should be relegated to the nursery... Checkers and Twinkle Little Stars that are calling to me to make a few ‘grown-up’ projects with them." -Nichola










Mother Goose Collection

Ring Around the Rosies

Nursery Rhymes

Playful Postage

Mother Goose


Spot On

Next up is this colorful and pretty birthday card that Arlene created with Bohemian Bazaar! This is such a fun collection for birthday cards. All the beautiful papers from Bohemian Bazaar blend together so well. You can create such a joyful birthday statement for someone you love! Pretty flowers, elegant ribbon and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys add fabulous dimension and vintage charm to this sweet card. Here is what Arlene had to say about it.

“The Bohemian Bazaar paper collection is so lively and vibrant in color, it is the perfect ensemble for a feminine birthday card! I created this card for my Mom, who celebrated a birthday in July. The coordinating chipboard, Tags and Pockets made it so effortless to pull this card together. There’s no need to think, it all just comes together nicely!” -Arlene






Bohemian Bazaar 8x8 papers

Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard 1

Bohemian Bazaar Tags & Pockets

Bohemian Bazaar stickers

Staples: Ornate Metal Keys

Vintage metal brad/ring

Coordinations Signature Series Cardstock

MFT stamp (sentiment)

MFT Dienamics: Fishtail banner

Momento Ink: brown

White paper doilies

May Arts ribbon

Petaloo flowers

Paper Tray Ink Kraft cardstock

3M ATG Adhesive

Hot glue


And now it's time for a great card-making tutorial with Clare! She created this marvelous Steampunk Spells card that's just perfect for any occasion! This is the perfect card to create for National Card-Making Day! All the beautiful colors and whimsical designs of Steampunk Spells really shine in this lovely card. Clare also shows you some fun techniques for working with the Steampunk Spells Cling Stamps! Get ready for some grand inspiration! Take it away, Clare!


  G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 11

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 9

I love the mystical feel of the Steampunk lady in this paper collection so thought I design a card with a twist using her as the feature, and this is how it came together:

First I made up a 7” square card blank and then took the 8 x 8 Frightful Folly paper, trimmed it down to 6 ¾” square and layered a plain yellow paper over the top.  I trimmed the blue plain paper down to 5 ¾” square and then using Versamark, the clock and text stamps  and gold WOW embossing glitter embossed the gold images on the paper before mounting it over the yellow on the card.

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 1

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 3

Then I took out my fussy cutting scissors and cut out lots of flowers, cogs and leaves from Fanciful Floral and the Steampunk Lady and borders from the back of the left over bits of the cut apart. 

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 2

I shaped some of the flowers with a ball tool and also creased the lady along the handlebar line to give some dimension to her.  I curved her wings forwards too before sticking her into place on the card. Then I arranged and attached the flowers, cogs and leaves.

  G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 5

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 7

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 8

I didn’t have room on the card to stamp Steampunk in a straight line, so thought I’d curve the stamp so the image followed the line of the handlebars. I used Versafine black ink and a left over piece of yellow paper for this. I think it worked really well.  

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 4

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 6

To finish off the inside of the card I cut a piece of white card, inked the edges and added the 1” strip I had left over from the Frightful Folly paper and a spray of the gorgeous orange flowers for decoration.

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 10

The beautiful end result! 

G45 Sept Project 1 Steampunk Spells Card Clare Charvill Pic 11



8 x 8 Frightful Folly and Fanciful Floral

6 x 6 Patterns and Solids Blue and Yellow plains

12 x 12 cut apart of the lady from Vintage Voyage


Steampunk Spells Cling Sets 1 & 3


Versafine Black ink

Versamark Embossing ink

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Other Supplies

WOW Embossing Powder – gold

3D Foam pads

Sookwang Scor Tape

Black /White Card

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring today's fabulous cards! We encourage you all to take some time to create a pretty card for someone you love with your favorite Graphic 45 collection. We want to thank Nichola, Arlene and Clare for their stunning creations today. We've got more pretty crafts to share with you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Thank you all so much for joining us today. Enjoy the rest of your day, G45ers!

Happy Card-Making!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Love these cards - the brightness of Mother Goose and Bohemian Bazaar, and the quirkiness of Steampunk Spells. I'm inspired and off to make my own!

Love these gorgeous cards!

So sweet! Love them! Steampunk has got to be my favorite collection!

Beautiful cards. Anyone would be delighted to receive them.

thanks!! these are wonderful!!

Cute cards!

I can't wait to get a great=grandbaby so I can use the Mother Goose collection.

As always such great designs. LOVE G45!!

The cards are beautiful.

Very nice ! TFS !!

Great cards...TFS!

LOVE these cards!! Always love Clare's work!! Another inspiring and creative day at Graphic 45!!

gorgeous projects! thank you for the tutorials

Thank you. Yesterday I asked for cards, and today you gave them to me! Great cards to inspirer us too. Love all three.

Amazing projects!

The different lines are showcased brilliantly!!

AWESOME!!! Thank you so much Graphic 45 and your outstanding designers for sharing their talents with us! You are all the cream of the crop!

Fabulous cards .. and tutorials .. thank you so much for another great day of inspiration :)

You all have impressed me again with your projects! What inspiration!

What fabulous cards!

Cards are my favorite things to make. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

very pretty

Thanks for the great card inspiration today! Judy D.

Love these cards.

These are gorgeous cards.Thank you so much for showing the insides Great Job

These are all great & reminds me I have a birthday card to make.... TFS :))

Gorgeous cards all!! Thanks for the inspiration.

These are all so fun, but I have to say that my favorite is the one made with the Bohemian Bazaar. I just can't seem to get enough of that collection because it makes such colorful projects! Love it!

Great cards! Thanks!

A wonderful day for creating beautiful cards...thank you for all 3 of these inspirational projects. I have to admit that Bohemian Bazaar is not on my last of things to buy, but I do like this card...I may just pick up this collection after all. Thanks!

beautiful cards with gorgeous paper

Nice variety of cards and collections. Lovely.

These are soooooooo beautiful!!!!

Beautiful !! Beautiful !! Beautiful !! Graphic 45 designers are so inspirational xx

Such lovely cards. thanks for sharing your creativity.

Fantastic!!! Love these cards!

beautiful cards; I'm so in love w/any of the G45 paper; can't seem to get enough of them!

Oh, that Mother Goose card is so darling. I love how she used the paper to create hills and horizon. So clever!

Wow! Fantastic cards!! Thanks so much for the amazing inspiration!

Beautiful cards, I love them all! For example, the way Clare Charvill thought of using gold embossing for the background further elevates an already striking composition of (my currently favorite) G 45 papers. Thank you!

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