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March 07, 2014

Getting Creative with Graphic 45 Cards


Happy Friday, G45ers -

Today, we have a tutorial from Susan Lui for a popular card technique. You are going to love the creative folds and fantastic tutorial. It looks so ornate and complicated, but is so easy to create! It will impress all your family and friends. We will also share a fun card from the G45 Vault by Sharon Ngoo!

Before we begin, we're sure you're all curious as to why won this week's blog contest! Well, let's wait no longer. The winner of this week's blog contest chosen at random from the Facebook comments is.....

-Susan Yates: Oh how great it would be to win the give away during National Craft Month!

Congratulations, Susan! Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. You won the jam-packed prize pack below. Join us next week for a brand new blog contest and for continuing the National Craft Month fun! 


We had a great question on our Facebook page yesterday about fussy cutting. Nichola made this video to share her own fussy cutting tips! We know some of our G45ers really love fussy cutting, but many want to know more. Here's a great video that gives some really great tips (and also a great video to watch before you try Susan's card below with the fantastic fussy cut butterflies)!


Nichola's Fussy Cutting Tips Video

 Card Tutorial from Susan Lui

"A few weeks back I created a shutter card for Graphic 45 using the Couture collection. I had quite a few requests for a tutorial for it, so I’ve designed another shutter card, this time using Sweet Sentiments.

Here’s the card, which as you can see, opens up into a 9x9 inch 3D display:

And this is how the card looks folded neatly into a 3x9” card, perfect for mailing.


Here’s what you’ll need to create the card:

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Heart Song
Cream cardstock


1. Cut your 12x12” cream cardstock into 9x9”.

2. Score and cut your 9x9” cream cardstock as shown below.


3. You should end up with a base sheet like this, which you can now accordion fold to give you a shutter card.


4. Select the 3x4” images from Easter Greetings in the paper pad and attach them to the panels marked ‘A’. On the panels marked ‘B’, attach rectangles of purple Violet Bouquet, leaving a small border of cardstock all around. Glue on some doilies to these purple rectangles. On the panels marked ‘C’, attach rectangles of pink Heart Song. See photo for details.


5. Cut out the images from Easter Greetings patterned paper and attach these to the panels marked ‘C’. See photos below for the images I used.



6. Cut out some butterflies from Heart Song, stamps from Spring Has Sprung and flowers from Perfect Petals. Arrange these on to the panels marked ‘B’, using a couple of stamps and butterflies for each panel. For details, look at the photos below:



7. For the middle ‘A’ panel, cut out some flowers and butterflies from Perfect Petals and Heart Song and layer these on to the postcard, being sure to leave some space for your greeting.



8. And you’re done. Here’s a picture of the card open flat, so you can see all the different elements on each panel. Happy Scrapping!




Supply List:


Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Heart Song
Cream cardstock


Mother's Day is coming up, and we thought this gift card holder from Sharon Ngoo was a perfect share from the G45 Vault! It even has this great collage tutorial.






See this Card Tutorial on Pinterest!

These two great card ideas certainly start the weekend right! Have you been trying these great tutorials? Please share on our Facebook page! We can't wait to see all your creations!


Have a Crafty Weekend,


Your Friends at Graphic 45





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Congratulations to Susan Yates!!!
Susan's card is absolutely marvelous! LOVE the tutorial!! Will be giving this beauty a try!! Thanks for sharing!!
PS I can't believe I am the first commenter today! YAY!!!

Gorgeous cards and great tips for fussy cutting!

I love it all as usual!! Thanks for the tutorials!!

Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. Now I get it

Merci pour le tutoriel , magnifique carte . j'aime beaucoup .

That was a great tutorial on fussy cutting! I was doing it all wrong, so now I want to get my papers and start cutting away! The cards are gorgeous. I'm certainly going to try them!

As always beautiful work! Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial on the card.

Thanks for sharing the techniques and cards today. Beautiful work.

Great fussy cutting tips!! Thank you for the tutorial. And for the Card and tips on how to with the Ladies Diary. I want to use that one. Wonderful, creative and inspiring projects as always on the G45 blog.

Congrats to Susan !
My goodness Sweet Sentiments is soooooooooooo Pretty and Susan's tutorial makes me want to just abandon my to do list for today and play ... the card is just gorgeous ( we shall see how easy it is) !
Love the Ladies' Diary Gift Voucher Holder... just gorgeous!! With such a great tutorial and such beautiful projects... I feel a scraplift coming soon !!! :)

Thanks for sharing. Beautiful, beautiful!!

Great cards. Tri-shutter is my favorite fancy card and this one is outstanding.
Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful cards ♥

Congrats to winner of mega giveaway & as always, thank you for a great week. :))

So many tutorials...so little times! TGIF!

I, too, love doing fussy cutting, but I don't always use scissors. Many times I use an X-acto knife for inside areas and find it much easier to maneuver into tiny spaces. LOVE the cutting and scoring diagram for that complicated shutter card. What a way to show off G45 papers!

I'm going to give this a try! I just hope it comes out looking as good!

Gorgeous cards and great tips for fussy cutting!

Martie, thanks for the great X-acto knife tip. Happy Papercrafting!

Some really great tips on fussy cutting, apparently I've been doing it all wrong. lol Seriously, it was fun to watch, Can't wait to try it again. The cards are just beautiful.

The "tri-fold" style is fantastic. The Sweet Sentiments always makes things even more special - this card is wonderful. Thanks for sharing and reminding me how to do this card. Making a birthday card right now using this inspiration.

Beautiful cards with lovely details.

Beautiful cards!! Thanks for the tutorials!

Lovely cards!

Beautiful Cards and thank you for the great directions for the shutter card and also the great video for fussy cutting.

beautiful! :)

love fussy cutting so thanks for the tips, love the cards, have to try them out.

Just beautiful cards!!!! And great tips on fussy cutting!!!! I hope I can get the paper to try both cards !!!! I cannot wait !!!!!!

G45 paper is perfect for fussy cutting. Love the tutorial.

Wouw two amazing cards with great tutorial too. Thanks sooo much for sharing these, they´ll definitely get on my to try list very soon.

These cards are fabulous!

in italia, dove posso comprare la vostra carta?
Le Vostre creazioni sono bellissime.
Che grammatura ha il cartoncino per la base?

Congrats Susan! Ok... The tutorials are fantastic, but what y'all have done with them... OH MY! Absolutely Stunning!!!

Love these tutorials, please keep them coming. We don't have any place around this area that has classes in this kind of work, so I love seeing new things.

love the ladies diary flip card and tutorial and thank you for the fussy cutting tips!

Thanks so much for a lovely, informative post. Just some very precious designs here. This solved a few questions I have had. Your papers are divine.

Love both tutorials. I love fussy cutting and it was interesting to watch the video. Congrats to the winner. Hope to win one of these days myself. :)

Stunning, stunning, projects, fabulous tutorials and video is fantastic. I learn so much from G45 Blog, thank you for sharing xx


Love all of the projects, so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent!!

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