Monday, May 16, 2022

Mini Slimline Floral Birthday Card for Amazing Paper Grace


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Hello dear friends, I'm so happy to share my first mini slimline card with you featuring the beautiful Amazing Paper Grace Sweet Leaf Mini Slimline (S5-508) die set. This fabulous leafy background die is perfect to layer under shabby chic florals and stamped images. 

I've used papers from 49 and Market for the background and to die cut the leafy layer. This die set includes a set of three tiny blossoms that are so sweet. I mostly used Little Birdie Crafts flowers for my cluster, but created three of the die cut flowers to tuck in around the edges. I fussy cut the lovely butterfly and tag from a sweet image page included with the 49 and Market Sherbet Collection then stamped and hand cut images using the Tim Holtz Field Notes rubber stamp set.

Be sure to scroll down through the "Tips and Techniques" section below for close-ups and all the details on how to create this shabby mini slimline card.

Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.

Tips and Techniques
Here you can see how beautiful this leafy die cut is layered behind the cluster. I adore the subtle grungy pattern on this peachy paper along with the gradation of color giving a subtle ombre effect. The coordinating paper below is so lovely with these teals, greens and yellows. I've pulled the greens and teals into my embellishments. I cut this piece 1/4 inch larger than the die cut to leave a 1/8" border. I cut a piece of white cardstock another 1/4" larger to create a framed border around the card and inked the edges lightly with Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink.

The sherbet paper pack included some beautiful coordinating images to fussy cut including this butterfly and ticket. The ticket had a nice open space, so I stamped the birthday sentiment and inked it in coordinating colors to place on the ticket. The beautiful flowers and dimensional butterfly are from Little Birdie Crafts. 

To fill in around the cluster I stamped several images from the Tim Holtz Field Notes stamp set onto a scrap of the background paper using Ground Espresso Archival Ink. The section I stamped on was a little light, so I added a bit more color by rubbing on Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks, then fussy cut the images to add to the cluster. The number image is edged with more of the Ground Espresso Archival Ink.

I just adore texture, so used Matte Gel Medium to add a few Mint To Be Prills around the edges of the cluster.

I die cut three of the small blossoms from the Sweet Leaf Mini Slimline set from the same paper used for the leafy background. I inked the edges with more of the Rusty Hinge Oxide Ink, and inked up some paper using Bundled Sage blended with Peeled Paint Distress Ink to use for die cutting the centers. I shaped the flowers and added a prill to the center of each blossom. They would have gotten lost placed against the background, so I was sure to place them on the green stamped and fussy cut images to be more visible. 

One final look.

Amazing Paper Grace Dies:

Paper:
  • 49 and Market ~ Blessings Spectrum Sherbet Collection - 6 x 8 Collection Pack
  • Core'dinations ~ Cardstock 110lb, White - 8.5 x 11"

Ink:
  • Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Bundled Sage; Peeled Paint; Evergreen Bough
  • Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink: Rusty Hinge
  • Ranger ~ Distress Archival Ink: Ground Espresso

Stamps: 
  • Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Field Notes 
  • Close to my Heart ~ Short & Sweet Sentiments

Mixed Media:
  • Finnabair with Prima ~ Soft Matte Gel

Embellishments:
  • Little Birdie Crafts ~ Woodland Stories - Wendy
  • Little Birdie Crafts ~ Woodland Stories - Marina
  • Brad ~ From my stash

Adhesives:
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Blessings ~ Distress Collage Medium
  • Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Beacon ~ Fabri-Tac 
  • Helmar ~ ZapDots: 1/4" Black

Tools: 
  • Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6
  • Tim Holtz with Tonic Studios ~ Haberdashery Scissor - 5 Inches
Thank you Little Birdie Crafts for supplying products used to create this card.

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at their online store.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hello Card for Amazing Paper Grace with Tutorial Link for Water Blended Backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks

 
Welcome to my creative space!

It's nice to have cards on hand to send a cheery note, so I created this sweet "Hello" card featuring Amazing Paper Grace dies with this gorgeous Distress Oxide Ink background. I thought that black would be a perfect accent to this lovely inky paper, and the lacy border is cut with the Romantic Slimline Borders die set (S4-1165) from the Classically Becca collection. I've also used Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments (S4-1148) to cut "Hello" and Perfect Harmony Notecard Embellishments (S4-1149) to cut the medallion below the sweet butterfly. Isn't it the perfect shape to layer with the butterfly?

You can find a full video tutorial explaining this technique exclusively in the Amazing Paper Grace Creative - Creative Encouragement Community Facebook Group.

This lovely group includes exclusive tutorial content. I share a mixed media tutorial there on the 13th of each month. The tutorial for this project includes a video tutorial teaching you how to create this beautiful paper to die cut or use as a background for your die cut projects. If you're not a part of this fabulous and encouraging group you can join HERE.

Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.

Tips and Techniques
This beautiful background paper is created using a water blended Distress Oxide Ink. A video tutorial for this technique can be found in the Amazing Paper Grace Creative - Creative Encouragement Community Facebook Group.

I really wanted this paper to shine so kept the embellishments simple. This sweet butterfly is painted using Distress Paints in coordinating colors. It's layered over a gorgeous medallion die cut from the Perfect Harmony Notecard Embellishments set. A teardrop shaped gem is placed in the center to add sparkle to the butterfly body.

This beautiful lacy border is cut with the Romantic Slimline Borders die set pairing the intricate scalloped die with the dots. The sentiment is cut from the Distress Oxide blended paper, using the sample piece I had created to make sure the colors I had selected played well together. You could also die cut the sentiment into the black paper to allow the focal paper to show through underneath.

One final look.

Amazing Paper Grace Dies:

Paper:
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
  • Cardstock: Black; White

Ink:
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink: Salvaged Patina; Bundled Sage; Speckled Egg; Villainous Potion

Mixed Media:
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Paint: Villainous Potion; Salvaged Patina; Speckled Egg
  • Liquitex ~ Gesso, White

Embellishments:
  • Recollections ~ Mixed Media Chipboard - Butterflies
  • Prima Marketing ~ Vintage Trinkets - Gems

Adhesives:
  • Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive 
  • Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4" 

Tools:
  • Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6
  • Wagner ~ HT 400 Heat Gun





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Monday, May 9, 2022

"Live this Life" Industrial Steampunk Card for Amazing Paper Grace

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I just adore creating in the industrial steampunk style, and as soon as I laid eyes on the fabulous Amazing Paper Grace With Love Regalia Card Builder (S5-492) die set, I thought it looked like old wrought iron fencing that would be perfect to create a card in this style. As I looked through my stash of embellishments, I found this dapper gentleman from the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls set to perch perfectly atop the fence. Yes, this is another "who knew" Amazing Paper Grace could be fabulous for a masculine creation!

Since this die has a V shape at the top, I cut a square of black cardstock using the smallest dies in the Fluted Classics Squares set to provide a backdrop for my gentleman and industrial elements. This square fits the opening perfectly and those fluted edges add wonderful texture here.

The fence has been given a coppery patina finish in places using the new Tim Holtz Foundry Waxes along with classic Finnabair art waxes. These mediums are also used to add a grungy finish to the metal elements.

Be sure to scroll down through the "Tips and Techniques" section below for close-ups and all the details on how to create this industrial steampunk card.

Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.

Tips and Techniques
Here you can see just how gorgeous this die cut is as a wrought iron fence. It's cut from 120lb black cardstock. I randomly applied Mined Foundry Wax across the piece where you might see corrosion naturally appearing on an old weathered iron fence, then heat set the wax to bring out it's shiny luster. Green Patina Matte Wax is rubbed on around the copper for a grungy patina finish. I wanted a little something on the bottom of the card to help balance the detailed top, so found this ornate handle in my stash that's the perfect size to use here. 

The small square from the Fluted Classics Squares set fits into the "fence" opening perfectly and helps the man and embellishments stand out. I felt that he would have gotten a little "lost" against the colorful patterned paper.

This vintage gentleman is sitting atop the fence on a whimsical arrow. I applied and heated Mined and Statue Foundry Wax across many of these industrial elements to age them. I also applied Matte Patina Green, Bronze Age, and Rich Copper waxes around those areas to accentuate the aged patina look I wanted to achieve. Nearly all of these embellishments are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection.

***Tip*** The engraved numbers on the 543 piece were colored with the waxes and no longer very visible. My solution to fix that problem was to rub black acrylic paint into the numbers, then gently use a soft cloth to remove most of the paint from the patina surface. Not all of the black paint came off, but that just adds to the grungy look and the numerals now pop!

One final look so you can see how all the grungy, aged elements come together so beautifully to create a wonderful masculine card. Don't you agree that this die is perfect to create a weathered wrought iron fence?

Amazing Paper Grace Dies:

Paper:
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Paper Stash: Abandoned
  • Cardstock ~ Black 120lb; White 120lb

Ink:
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Saltwater Taffy

Mixed Media
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Foundry Wax: Mined
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Foundry Wax: Statue
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Frosted Crystal 
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Embossing Dabber
  • Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Paint: Black Soot
  • Finnabair with Prima ~ Metallique Wax: Bronze Age; Rich Copper
  • Finnabair with Prima ~ Matte Wax: Patina Green

Embellishments:
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Paper Dolls
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Industrial Gears
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Adornments: Arrows
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Adornments: Foundry
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Pen Nibs
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Muse Tokens
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Mini Paper Clips
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Mini Gears
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Hardware Heads
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Mini Flair
  • Spare Parts ~ Mini Light Bulbs
  • Spare Parts ~ Small Metal Handles
  • Washers ~ From my stash

Adhesives:
  • Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Thin 3D Foam Squares, Black
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape, Black
  • Helmar ~ ZapDots: 1/4" Black; 1/2" Black
  • Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4" 

Tools:
  • Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6





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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Amazing Paper Grace May Die of the Month: Pop Up 3D Vignette What's Bakin' Oven with Blog Hop

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What could be more special than this fabulous retro stove to create a card for someone who loves to cook with the Amazing Paper Grace May Die of the Month: What's Baking' Oven die set (DOMAPG-MAY22)? I really wanted to embrace the retro feel of this die set, so used this fabulous mint green metallic paper to die cut the vignette card and used similar colors from cardstock surrounded by sweet spring flowers for the flat card.  

Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section below for all the details on how I created these sweet cards.

Many thanks to Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project!

There are 14 dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette What's Bakin' Oven.

3D Vignette Retro Stove Card

Flat Hey Cookie, What's Bakin' Card

Tips and Techniques
When I think of retro kitchen appliance, I think of fun colors like this cool mint green. I used metallic papers to get that enameled feel and accented with metallic silver. I found this fabulous image to use for inspiration, but went with the green instead of yellow:


Of course this vignette card is designed to fold up to fit into a flat envelope. The top of the stove opens like a box lid flap, then the card slides right over to lie flat. 

The oven door is backed with acetate for a glassy finish and the oven grates are also cut from silver metallic paper. I inked up some white cardstock in a coordinating green color to back the words in the oven. 

The grates for the stove top are cut from thing black chipboard to give a cast iron feel, while the knobs, utensils and oven are cut from black gloss paper for an enameled look. I found a snippet of fun patterned paper to cut the pot holder from that also had a bit of a retro feel to it. 

Each of the cookies is cut three times from yellow cardstock and adhered together to give them a bit more dimension. When baking, my cookies are not lined up perfectly, so I used a more random placement here on my cookie sheet which is also cut from metallic card stock. 

Here's a view of both cards with their oven doors open to see the fun and fabulous sentiments inside. 

For this flat card, I wanted to show you something quick and easy that you could create with this die set. The stove is cut from regular cardstock and accented with metallic silver. The dials are simplified by using just the two center pieces for the burner dials. 

I found this delightful spring paper in my stash which complements the stove colors. It's cut with the Fluted Classics Rectangles Die Set (S5-475) to add a lovely border around the paper. I also cut a larger piece from the lighter green paper used on the stove to frame the card and tie everything together. 

To keep this easy, I used Little Birdie Crafts flowers and a butterfly to embellish the card. I also found a snippet of chipboard left from a previous project that fit perfectly here and heat embossed it in pale gold. 

The doors fold open to see the sweet sentiments below.

Supplies:

Accessories:

Paper:
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-Ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock Confections (mint green)
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-Ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock Gold/Silver
  • Tim Holtz with Idea-Ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock 3 Champagne/Onyx 
  • Tim Holtz with Core'dinations Kraft-core, Assorted Colors
  • Craft and You ~ Spring Garden 03
  • Studio Calico ~ Memoir, 6x6" Paper Pack
  • Cardstock: Black Gloss; Yellow

Ink:
  • Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Evergreen Bough; Bundled Sage

Mixed Media:
  • Ranger ~ Embossing Pearl: Pale Gold

Embellishments:

Adhesives:
  • Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Beacon ~ Fabri-Tac
  • Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4" 
  • Red Line Tape ~ 1/4"; 1/8"

Tools:
  • Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6
Thank you Little Birdie Crafts for supplying products used to create this card.

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at their online store.

Use code TRACEY05 for a 5% discount.

I receive a small commission at not cost to you.

For more Pop Up 3D Vignette What's Bakin' Oven Inspiration from the Creative Team:

Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas with  Pop Up 3D Vignette What's Bakin' Oven, the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month!


The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during May 2022, Pop Up 3D Vignette What's Bakin' Oven along with other membership perks.

View this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month:

I would adore hearing from you! Please leave a comment below letting me know how you will use these gorgeous dies!





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~ Blessings ~

Friday, April 22, 2022

Introducing Amazing Paper Grace Layered Fleur Bouquet Slimline Collection with "Beautiful Friend Card and Tag and Blog Hop

 Welcome to my creative space!

Today I've paired the gorgeous Amazing Paper Grace Half Slimline Oval (S4-1198) and Layered Daisies (S4-1193) from the Layered Fleur Bouquet Slimline Collection to create this beautiful card and coordinating gift tag set. These beautiful daisies remind me of a warm summer day, so I was inspired to create using grugy, muted colors with pops of warm sunshine yellow. 

This sentiment from the Half Slimline Oval set cut from vibrant sunshine yellow, makes this a sweet ensemble that would be perfect to celebrate a birthday or special life event for a treasured friend.

These gorgeous open flowers have just a little dimension that I added with a ball stylus and lay quite flat so that these would be easy to post in the mail. Be sure to scroll down to check out my "What I Made" section with all the details on how I created this summery ensemble. There are also links for creations from the entire Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team for more inspiration with this amazing collection.

Today's projects were created with dies provided by Amazing Paper Grace.

My Projects for Today




What I Made
I paired the Half Slimline Oval Die Set with the Layered Daisies Set to create this grungy slimline card and gift tag with pops of sunshine. Keep on scrolling for more photos and details.

The scrolled iron work oval is created by cutting the half oval twice and placing them together to form this gorgeous design. The beautiful flowers are layered over the oval, then the sweet sentiment is layered over both.

My accessory with these fabulous dies is a sweet burlap tag. I wanted to show you that these sets can be combined for a quick and easy gift tag by using a precut tag with one of the gorgeous daisies paired with the friend portion of the sentiment.

When I think of summer daisies, I picture sweet feathery white blossoms with bright yellow centers. For the petal layers to be more visible, I added a bit of grungy grey inking. The leaves and buds are beautifully embossed with these fabulous dies, so I also inked them with green to highlight the gorgeous designs and add some natural shading.

This sentiment is die cut 5 times from 120lb cover weight white cardstock. The top layer is inked to give it a bright pop of yellow and all of the layers are adhered together to give the sentiment some beautiful dimension and more stability.

The edges of the iron scrolled oval are inked to add shading and visual dimension. I've popped on a few sparking rhinestones to add just a little bling.

The background paper behind the scrollwork is randomly stamped with a script stamp and inked around the edges. I rolled the stamp around my fingers so that the edges of the stamping are more organic. 

I created this sweet daisy while I was creating the ones I used on the card making this quick and easy to put together. The Friend sentiment here is also layered and inked like the one on the card. This little bee is from a set of bee charms I picked up on Amazon, but any little insect would be adorable here. 

One more view of the sweet card.

Designer Tip: Layering die cut sentiments gives them more stability and dimension.

These dies are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Layered Fleur Bouquet Slimlines Collection.

Supplies:
Accessories:
Paper:
  • Basic Grey ~ Basics Manilla
  • FabScraps ~ Vintage Bearings
  • Cardstock ~ White, 120lb
  • Jilibean Soup ~ Burlap Tags
Ink:
  • Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Iced Spruce; Pumice Stone; Scattered Strap; Bundled Sage
  • Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink: Hickory Smoke
Stamps: 
  • Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Entomology
Embellishments: 
  • Rhinestones ~ Yellow
Adhesives:
  • Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Beacon ~ Fabri-Tac
  • Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4" 
Tools:
  • Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6
For more Layered Fleur Bouquet Slimlines Collection Inspiration
Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas using the Layered Fleur Bouquet Slimlines Collection!


I would adore hearing from you! Please leave a comment below letting me know how you will use these gorgeous dies!





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~ Blessings ~