Monday, December 5, 2022

Amazing Paper Grace December Die of the Month: Sweetheart Envelope & Notecard Set - Steampunk Valentine's Day Card and Gift Card Holder

 
Welcome to my creative space.

I try to keep to a more masculine style when creating Valentine's cards for my husband so decided to go steampunk with this fabulous Amazing Paper Grace December Die of the Month Set: Sweetheart Envelope & Notecard Set. This set also included some amazing flowers which I did not use, but would be fabulous on a more elegant and feminine creation.

The intricate details in this gorgeous die set have a definite steampunk vibe with the fabulous scrollwork design, so I enhanced this genre by adding rusty gears, star, and metal key, along with masculine twine. The papers I selected have subtle patterns, so I added some stamping to add more visual texture. Inking is added to help the heart designs and edges pop.

Please scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to find close-ups and all the details on how to create this steampunk Valentine card and gift card holder.

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


Steampunk Valentine Card

Steampunk Valentine Gift Card Holder

Tips and Techniques
I selected patterned papers in neutral colors with a touch of peach to give a Valentine feel without being too feminine, since this card is for my husband. 

***Designer Tip*** When selecting patterned papers for this die set, keep in mind that both sides will be showing and need to make sense for the design. The peach color is the back of the more neutral cream paper used to die cut the envelope feature.

To enhance the masculine steampunk feel of this card, stamping is added with a grungy script and dotted squares. 

The heart is cut from the same paper that is behind it, so it is rubbed with Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to give it some contrast. 

The envelope feature is popped up with foam tape for added dimension and to leave room to tuck gears underneath as well as the twine wrap.

This sentiment is stamped with Vintage Photo Archival Ink on the same paper as the envelope piece and edged with Vintage photo Distress Ink.

Rusty steampunk gears are tucked under the envelope flap. 

As you can see in the top right corner, the inside background layer is distressed and both background layers are rubbed at the edges with Vingtage Photo Distress Ink.

Here's a side view of the heart so you can see how dimension is built. The heart is adhered to the envelope, then the envelope is wrapped with twine over the heart. The rusty star is added and a small copper gear is centered onto the star. These wonderful layers give beautiful dimension to the card.

One final photo. You can see there's even a rusty faucet handle added to the card insert. This insert is a great place to add a special private note!

Now let's take a look at the gift card holder. It's created with the larger envelope die that's left open on the card. I just folded the flap over to create this envelope gift card holder. 

This particular paper was a little thicker and cracked just a little on the fold lines. I went with that and lightly distressed the folded edges, then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Just make sure you don't distress the edges too much or you might go all the way through the paper. 

This beautiful heart is rubbed with more of the Vintage photo ink to highlight the gorgeous intricate design. The card is wrapped and tied with twine for a closure. 

Here's a side view to see the dimension. The heart die cut is centered onto the envelope flap, then a rusty gear is added. This gear has a large flat center, so I found a chipboard gear that fit perfectly. The chipboard is painted with a mix of Brass Hardware and Hazelnut Metallique paints to coordinate. A brass key is added to the top of the gears. It is dry brushed with the same paint mixture used for the chipboard gear to add highlights. Then the entire card is wrapped with twine to act as a closure. 

One final view. The sentiment is also stamped and edged in Vintage Photo Ink. 

Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies.  These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Amazing Paper Grace Sets:

Paper:

Ink: 

Mixed Media:

Stamps:

Embellishments:
  • Prima - Finnabair Collection - Mechanicals - Steampunk Gears
  • Prima - Finnabair Collection - Mechanicals - Rustic Knobs
  • Prima - Finnabair Collection - Mechanicals - Barn Stars
  • Prima - Tiny Junkyard Findings - Vintage Trinkets
  • Creative Embellishments - Gears - Steampunk - Industrial
  • Hobby Lobby - Sunny Side Up - Bakery Twine (thin)
  • Michaels - Metal Embellishments - A Place in Time - Keys

Adhesives:

Tools:

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during December 2022, Sweetheart Envelope and Notecard Set along with other membership perks.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by to view this steampunk Valentine ensemble.
I hope you've been inspired!

Monday, November 28, 2022

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas Gingerbread House Card for Amazing Paper Grace

 
Welcome to my creative space!

Christmas is in the air, and I just couldn't resist combining mixed media touches with wintry blues, and festive reds to create this cheery gingerbread house card featuring the All Hearts Come Home A2 Card Front die set (S5-534). I treasure spending time with family over the holidays, so this sentiment adds a warm personal touch.

I hope you enjoy this deconstructed version of this die set showing you another way it can be used. Instead of the card frame with trees, gifts, and Santa's sled with reindeer, I've die cut bits and pieces from this frame using different papers to create the elements for this card. 

The card edges may look familiar since they are from the Postage Edge Rectangles set (S5-540), part of the Postage Edge Shapes Collection released earlier this month. These sweet heartfelt images pair so perfectly with the postal edges! The snowflakes are cut from white glitter paper using the Let it Snowman set (S5-533), also from the Christmas Flourishes Collection.

I hope you'll scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section for more close-ups and all the details on how to create this sweet card including how I added the music score to the background along with snowy glittered texture.

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


Tips and Techniques
This sweet house is cut from gingerbread color paper filled with darling snowflakes and backed with a lighter patterned paper to brighten it up and of course a sweet red heart. The edges of the house are inked with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

As you can see in the die set image above, the packages and trees are part of a card frame. I decided to cut them out and use them individually instead of using the entire frame. When die cutting the packages, I placed some washi tape on the back of the red patterned paper to help hold the inserts in place. I popped out the spaces in the ribbons and between the packages, then added more washi tape to the back to keep the textured inserts in place. The package edges are inked with more of the Ground Espresso ink. 

The house and gifts are popped up with foam tape to add dimension.

These delightful tree silhouettes are cut from green patterned paper. I just cut pieces of paper a little larger than the trees and used the frame die to cut them out, then trimmed off the excess paper with scissors. The centers of the trees are die cut with the same paper used for the packages to get the small hearts to insert into the trees. The stars are cut with the frame die using yellow metallic paper. Every Christmas tree needs a shining star topper, right? 

The green tree frames are rubbed with Pine Needles Distress Ink.  

Several frosty snowflakes are die cut from glitter paper using dies from the Let it Snowman set (S5-533).

For a bit of whimsy I added a torn bit of a music score. I had recently purchases a roll of Tim Holtz Halloween Collage Paper on clearance and hadn't put it away yet. The music notes just called out Christmas to me, so I tore them off the role to use here. It's adhered with collage medium, and I simply adore how the blue background shows through this thin paper.

The base paper was brushed with clear gesso and allowed to dry before adding the collage paper and stenciling. This helps reduce warping.

***Designer Tip***
Don't hesitate to think outside of the box and use supplies that are designed for a specific holiday all year long. Sure, you may not want to use snowflakes on a spring card, but this "halloween" music score could be used for any occasion.

I stenciled randomly over the background using Snowfall Grit Paste randomly through a damask stencil. The design on this stencil is small so it looks rather snowy. To add even more sparkle, I sprinkled Distress Rock Candy Glitter over the paste while it was still wet. The glitter stuck nicely to the paste. 

***Designer Tip*** 
When adding texture paste that you know you'll be glittering, be sure to make sure the rest of your background is completely dry first. The collage medium I used to adhere the music paper was dry to the touch, but still seemed a bit damp. I thought it was dry enough, but was wrong. The glitter stuck to the damp collage medium. Fortunately, I was able to remove most of the errant glitter by brushing it with a dry paintbrush, but it would have save time and trouble if I had set it aside until it was completely dry. 

When composing a card, I like to start in the center and work my way out. Here the house and presents are the focal point in the center, framed by the darling trees. To add to the design, I decided to add the music notes, snowflakes and glittered snowy texture. And of course the metallic red sentiment anchors the card by framing the top and bottom. The postal edges are a charming frame for the outer edges of the card. 

The sentiment pieces are cut from red metallic cardstock and the top is backed with the same yellow metallic paper as the stars. Like the house and gifts, the top sentiment is popped up with foam tape. 

Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies.  These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Amazing Paper Grace Sets:
Paper:
Stash - Patterned Paper

Ink:

Mixed Media:

Stencil:
SnipArt - Stencil - Up in the Air Damask 15x15 cm

Adhesives:
Beacon - 3-IN-1

Tools:

Thank so much for stopping by to view this sweet cheery Christmas card.
I hope you've been inspired.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Floral Home Decor Pumpkin for Amazing Paper Grace

Welcome to my creative space!

When I think of Thanksgiving of course family and counting our blessings comes to mind, but I also think of fall colors and pumpkins. I've altered this ceramic pumpkin with black gesso, waxes, and of course the fabulous Amazing Paper Grace Thanksgiving sentiment from the Merry Everything set (S4-1205), a part of The Right Words Collection. I picked up the pumpkin a few years back at a yard sale with the intent to give it new life. I'd adore knowing what you think!

This Thanksgiving sentiment is cut from fall patterned paper and again from thin black chipboard to give it more stability. It's offset layered to form a beautiful shadow effect. The word happy is in the die set, so could be used on a Happy Thanksgiving card. I was thinking outside of the box to use just the the one word which is a perfect fit for this lovely holiday decor piece. 

All of the flowers are handcrafted from textured mulberry paper die cut with the Petite Floral Potpourri set (S3-420) and Grand Cinch and Go Flowers (S5-436). The smaller fall leaves are cut from watercolor paper spritzed with fall colored mists using the Fall Label Motifs set (S5-519)

Be sure to scroll down through my Tips and Techniques section for close-ups and all the details on how to create this fall home decor piece.

If you would like to see more cardmaking and home decor inspiration, please visit my Scrapbook.com gallery HERE.

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


Tips and Techniques
The Thanksgiving sentiment is adhered right to the ceramic pumpkin. On top of the pumpkin, I've arranged the handcrafted flowers and leaves along with a couple chipboard and larger fall mulberry paper leaves that were pre-made. 

To add lovely texture, the bottom portion of the pumpkin is covered in mesh that came from a piece of vintage cloth. It was cut randomly in a rather circular shape then glued onto the pumpkin. Then it's painted with black gesso to cover the shiny orange ceramic surface and netting. Once dry the surface is brushed with waxes in oranges, blues, and gold to add shimmery color. 

Years ago I bought a pack of textured mulberry paper. It was actually in a pile of crafty goodies to give to a friend, but I realized it would be perfect for making flowers. I pulled out the fall colors: tan; orange; and yellow to die cut. The larger blossoms are cut with the Grand Cinch and Go Flowers die set (S5-436) and the smaller blossoms from Petite Floral Potpourri (S3-420). 

Beaded stamen from my stash fill the centers of the larger blossoms. I didn't have coordinating stamen for the smaller flowers, so mixed paints I have on hand to get colors that are close. 

***Designer Tip*** 
If you enjoy creating handcrafted blossoms, but don't want to store stamen in every color in the rainbow and more, a few bottles of craft paint can be blended to create about any color you may need. I have a few packs of sparkling beaded stamen, then several shapes and sizes of white, that I color as needed. Just make sure they're dry before inserting them into your blossoms.

Here's the back side of the floral cluster surrounding the stem. I've used two different petal shapes from the Petite Floral Potpourri die set (S3-420)

The chipboard leaves are heat embossed with several colors of embossing powder in fall hues.

 
To add a bit of texture and sparkle, use soft matte gel to adhere Ice Resin Fire Opal Inclusions around the flowers. Any coordinating glitter bits you have would look wonderful.

I've also dangled a few green wire spirals for vine inspired texture and dimension.

Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies.  These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Amazing Paper Grace Sets:

Paper:

Mixed Media:

Embellishments:
  • Little Birdie Crafts - Fall Leaves
  • Little Birdie Crafts - Chipboard Leaves
  • Ice Resin - Shattered Inclusions - Fire Opal
  • Stash - Vintage Netting
  • Stash - Wire Curls

Adhesives:

Tools:

Monday, November 14, 2022

Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace Postage Edge Shapes Collection with Vintage Shabby Chic Card and ATC

Welcome to my creative space!

There is just something special about having gorgeous die cut edges to fill in with your favorite things. This new Postage Shape Edges Collection by Amazing Paper Grace does just that! Today I'm sharing an ensemble created with the Postage Edge Rectangles Set (S5-540)

In keeping with the postal shapes, you'll see postage themed stamping and images in the background of both pieces. The card layers both shapes included in this amazing die set. The scalloped edge layer is cut from a darker slate blue patterned paper to frame the card and the focal paper is cut with the pierced edges from a floral paper. The card is embellished in fall colors with flowers and precut pieces that came in the paper pack including the postage stamp up in the corner. 

The ATC pairs the same papers cut with the smallest postal scalloped rectangle with the center cut with a die from the Fluted Classics Rectangle set (S5-475). This new Postage Shape Edges Collection is designed to coordinate with the dies in the Fluted Classics Collection and they look so great together! 

For all the details on how to create this ensemble with lots of close-ups, please scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section below.

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

Vintage Postal Edged Card

Shabby Chic Postal Edged ATC


Tips and Techniques
I decided to go with fall colors and a vintage postal design for this sweet shabby card. The floral background paper is cut with the largest pierced die in the Postage Edge Rectangles set (S5-540) from the 49 and Market Remnants Mini Collection paper while the scalloped postage edges frame layer is cut using a page from the Tim Holtz, Backdrops - Volume Two paper pack. To add visual dimension and accent the pierced design, both pieces are edged with Stormy Sky Distress Ink with Pumice Stone also added to the scalloped edge frame. 

This shabby card is embellished with 49 and Market flowers in fall colors and precut pieces from the Remnants Mini Collection pack including the stamp image in the top corner. 

The cluster is embellished with textural elements including pearls and antique gems. The smaller texture includes Prills and chunky glass glitter. A little bling is always welcome on a shabby chic card!

Here's a side view showing ephemera tucked in and around the cluster from the Tim Holtz Curator Ephemera Pack. The scrolled cream piece is popped up with foam tape for dimension and to give room to tuck in the ephemera and textural bits.

The sentiment is inked with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink and spritzed with water for the vintage oxidized effect.

I wanted to embrace a postal theme so used Archival Hickory Smoke Ink to stamp postal images on the background including "special delivery' across the side and the cancelation mark over the stamp image.

One final view of the entire card.

An ATC is a great way to share a small piece of our art and the smallest dies in these sets are perfect to create a base for this small format art. Yes, it's slightly larger than a traditional ATC, but I just adore how the scallop postal edge pairs with the Fluted Classics Rectangle, so perfect for a vintage fall feel.

More of the flowers and cut-outs are used to embellish the ATC. Instead of the larger pearls and gems, smaller iridescent drops are paired with the Prills and glitter to keep with the scale of an ATC.

The edges here are also inked with Stormy Sky Distress Ink to give definition and highlight the diecut texture. The outer scalloped edge is also inked with Pumice Stone.

The small butterfly is popped up with foam tape and this simple sentiment is framed and adhered atop the fluttering insect.

In keeping with the vintage postal theme, this fun stamp image is stamped with Ground Espresso archival ink, fussy cut, then the cancel mark is added using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink.

One last view of the full ATC. You can really see how beautifully the two die sets work together here. 

The Postage Edge Shapes Availability:
These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: The Postage Edge Shapes Collection.

Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies.  These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Amazing Paper Grace Sets:

Paper:

Ink:

Stamps:

Mixed Media:
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel

Embellishments:
Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Ephemera Pack - Curator
49 and Market - Botanical Blends - Hazelnut
49 and Market - Mulberry Paper Flowers - Beige Roses
49 and Market - Botanical Potpourri - Shadow
US Artiest - Mini Prills - Express-O-Yourself
Stampendous - Chunky Glass Glitter - Champagne

Adhesives:
Beacon - 3-IN-1: Fabri-Tac

Tools:

For more Postage Edge Shapes Collection Inspiration
Visit each Creative Team blog linked below for their take on creative paper crafting ideas using  The Postage Edge Shapes 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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