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Okay, I can't help make the March calendar around St. Patrick's Day even though I have never sent a St. Patrick's Day card. There's just something about March being all green, with lucky shamrocks, gold nuggets, gnomes and leprechauns!!!
So grab your coordinating pattern papers (whatever the company) and put together this fun March calendar project. Use your dies (A Muse), stamps (A Muse), papers (Simple Stories) and quickly create your special March 2017 calendar!
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My easel calendar is turning out to be a monthly design, so here's February using all Fun Stampers Journey products. I did post this on my blog that you can link HERE for more details.
So this isn't a full blown tutorial, but you can refer to January's post for the actual tutorial HERE.
The annual calendar project continues for 2017! This year's calendar was meant to be re-designed quarterly, but I'm unable to resist designing something for February as I love, love hearts!!!
Now that you have the basic instructions to complete this project, it will be easy to remove the sticky note holder box from the easel in order to create the next month. Sliding a different panel into the easel is a snap . The calendar will remain in place all year!
It's time to think holidays and tags always are at the top of our list, right? Here's a pretty tag idea using partial stamping AND watercolor pencils! If you haven't used watercolor pencils in awhile, grab them and see how easy they are for adding beautiful color. Simply click on the file below for the tutorial.
Today I am showing you a very 'water-colory' technique using 4 Distress ink cubes, an acrylic block, a strip of watercolor paper (2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches), an Andy Skinner Nature Set stamp, and a Misti.
Here's the finished card:
Step 1: Lay the watercolor strip under an acrylic block. You'll be able to see exactly what areas you will horizontally swipe the Distress inks: Stormy Sky, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint. Take the Distress cube and firmly press in a horizontal pattern across the width of the watercolor paper. Move to the next color and repeat the process until all 4 colors are used. Spritz liberally with water. I used Tim Holtz's Distress sprayer.
Step 2: Press the acrylic block onto the watercolor strip. The result will look approximately like the above photo. Notice there is leftover ink left on the kraft mat. As you are drying the strip, spritz with the Distress sprayer to add cool droplets. Feel free to press the strip back into any leftover ink for added layers. Continue drying and spritzing as desired.
Step 3: Now that the watercolor panel is dry, layer the card front onto the Misti and position the watercolor strip slightly left of center. Ink the tree stamp with Memento Rich Cocoa inkpad.
This is where the Misti comes into play! The first stamping is somewhat weak and the image is not dark enough. Keep in mind we're just concentrating on stamping the watercolor panel. Ignore the gap between the watercolor strip and the card front panel.
Step 4: Here is the second stamping. The tree looks like the right color intensity now.
Step 5: Remove the watercolor strip and proceed to finish stamping the tree. This may only take one more stamping.
Step 6: Here's how the final stamping of the tree looks. Keep in mind we don't care how the center of tree looks since it's covered up by the watercolor strip.
What's cool with this card is that it is gently easing us into fall and can cover any occasion since there's no sentiment on the card front.
I hope you give this technique a try!
Welcome to another card tutorial featuring A Muse Studio Stamps and supplies! Today we're using a portion of a stamp that is typically called "partial stamping." There's a second trick on the card that doesn't really have a catchy name, but could fall under partial stamping as well.
Here's the finished card:
Bouquet of Love is from July's Monthly Collection. You would never guess there's a large pitcher underneath the flowers! Bee Happy sentiment actually has a smaller bee in front of Happy that is part of the stamp. I liked the larger bee and mounted it right over the smaller bee!
Here is a photo of supplies you'll need to get started:
Cut a card base 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and score at 4-1/4
Cut a Bubblegum panel 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 an affix to card front
Cut watercolor paper (or Sugar cardstock) 3 x 5-1/4
Diecut the Medium Scallop Border Die onto a scrap of Slate Dot cardstock 1 x 5-1/4
The Bubblegum stitched ribbon in the photo was not used. Instead, I used Bubblegum Satin Ribbon cut at approximately 25". Of course, you could save ribbon and tape it just over each edge rather than wrap around.
Versafine Onyx Black Inkpad
Quickie Glue Pen
Scor-Tape or similar (I used 1/8")
1. Ink the flowers with Versafine Onyx Black (avoid inking the vase).
2. Stamp the first image as shown.
3. Stamp the second image over to the left and slightly lower than the first stamped image.
4. Stamp the sentiment as shown.
5. Stamp the larger bee on a scrap of cardstock. Refer to the finished card for coloring. Fussy cut out if you don't have the matching die. Apply Quickie Glue Pen to the wings and Diamond Glitter. Mount onto card with foam tape to add dimension once the card is completely assembled.
6. Refer to finished card for coloring reference. I scribbled Tombows onto an acrylic block and picked up color with a waterbrush. No need to be too fussy here, especially if you're using Sugar cardstock as you don't want the paper to become too wet.
7. Once the flowers are dry, add a wash of blue to the background.
8. Lay a length of Scor-Tape along the long edge of the flower panel. Lay the scallop in the approximate area it will be on the card. Remove the Scor-Tape release layer and line up the panel over the scallop border being careful to get it on straight.
9. Wrap ribbon around the scallop/floral panel and tie in a bow. Affix to the Bubblegum card front.
10. Mount the large bee in place with foam mounting tape.
Now it's your turn! I think it would be fun to create this same card in yellow, orange, blue, red, or purple. I can't wait to make more of these in other colors!
Since Father's Day and weddings are just around the corner, I thought you'd enjoy this card tutorial from a bunch of years ago! This was created for Paper Craft Planet's 3D Tuesday group back in June, 2012!!!
If you click on the photo, you'll be taken to the PDF instructions.
I made this card for my son's high school graduation in 2012. The easel is a standard 5x10 cardstock base. Feel free to use my design as a guide, or finish decorating the card as you desire. I especially liked making the paper tassel that adds a perfect finishing touch!
Hippity-hoppity Easters on its way…
PAPS402 – Papaya Cardstock
PAKRAFT – Kraft Cardstock
PAPS209 – Berry Cardstock
PAPS001 – Sugar Cardstock
TAD0109 – Mini bow die
TAD0166 – Stitched Circles One die set
TAD0207 – Pinking Circles 1A die set
TAD0074 – Bunny die set
ASAD001 – 3D foam adhesive
ATGDMIN – Mini Glue dots
TABF001 – Bone Folder
TASCB01 – A|S Score Board
Bunny bums/mini pompoms
Easter grass + treats
Step One: Out of papaya card stock, cut the following two pieces – (1) 6” square and (1) ½x6” strip
Step Two: Die cut all of the remaining pieces you’ll need---The largest standing bunny (kraft card stock), Stitched Circle (sugar card stock), Pinking circle that coordinates as a mat for the stitched circle + mini bow shape (Berry card stock)
Step Three: Layer the circles together and add the kraft c.s. bunny using 3D foam adhesive. If you have a bunny bum/tiny pompom, attach that to the bunny with a mini glue dot. Set aside
Step Four: Using the A|S Score Board + Bone folder, line up the 6” papaya card stock square at the 2” mark on the score board and score at 2”. Turn 90 degrees and score at 2” again, and again, and again for a total of 4 score lines at the 2” mark. You should have a square with a 9-square grid pattern scored into it.
Step Five: Take your scissors and clip into both of the score lines, one at a time, on one side of the square, only up to but not including the center square (see diagram), then turn 180 degrees and do the same on the opposite side of the center square. You will cut into the square with your scissors where the dotted line is shown:
Step Six: Bend flappy ends of the basket base toward each other, lining up the points, and secure with adhesive.
Step Seven: Attach ½ x 6” strip to inside of basket base with glue dots, to form the handle.
Step Eight: Attach layered bunny panel to flat portion of basket using 3D Foam adhesive. Create bow out of mini bow die shape and secure to basket with mini glue dot. Fill basket with Easter grass and treats!
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As a follow up to my post of February 11th, I made a video and I hope it inspires you to try this technique. There's a bonus card at the end!