Create Realistic Cloud Background By Ink Blending with Paper Towel

6.27.2017




Hello.  My project for today is on how to create a more realistic looking cloud background using any ink pad brand you've already have and ink blending it with a paper towel stencil.

>>  First, I'll show you step-by-step pictorial tutorial on how to create a simple cloud background design.

>>  Then, in both pictorial and video tutorial, I'll show how to combine this technique with the masking technique to create this sweet baby card.

>>  The complete list of supplies used on this card is found at the end of this post, linked to the stores where you can purchase them.


I.  Ink Blending Cloud Background with Paper Towel


SUPPLIES
 ink pad - any brand & color choice   
 ink blending tool
 cardstock
 paper towel

INSTRUCTION:

1.  Gather your supplies. Gently tear paper towel in half to create the cloud stencil.

2   Place the paper towel stencil over the desire starting area on the cardstock.

3.  With the ink blending tool, working from the top edge of the paper towel, brush the ink outward away from you onto the cardstock using a brush-stroking motion.

4.  Once a row is complete, shift the stencil upward and repeat Step 3. Continue repeating this step until all the desire areas are covered.



II. Using Masking Technique with Paper Towel Ink Blending Technique To Create Cloud Background

SUPPLIES
 ink pad - any brand & color choice   
 ink blending tool
 cardstock
 paper towel
 stamp image - (HERE - Whimsy Stamps 'Cradled by the Moon')
 acrylic block
 masking paper or Post-It note/printer paper






INSTRUCTION:

1.  Stamp your image onto the cardstock.

2.  Stamp a second image onto the masking paper to create your 'mask' layer.  Cut and temporary adhere it over the first stamped image.  The mask layer will help prevent the ink from getting all over your image.

3.  Gently tear paper towel in half to create your cloud stencil.  Position the stencil on the cardstock.

4.  With the ink blending tool, working from the top edge of the paper towel, brush the ink outward away from you onto the cardstock using a brush-stroking motion.

5.  Once a row is complete, shift the stencil upward and repeat Step 4.

6.  Continue repeating this step until all the desire areas are covered.



On this card I also used the Brayer Embossed technique to add ink to the background of the lattice embossing design.  I've share this tutorial awhile back which you can find it HERE along with a tutorial on how to create an easel box.

Baby Card_Christina Hor Designs

Before you go, please share with me what is your favorite pastime to do on a beautiful summer day.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  May you have a lovely rest of your day.  Take care.




SUPPLIES


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Click on the thumbnail or wording to redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item was individually hand coded. All items were personally purchased and only share of products that I absolutely love.


Whimsy Stamps Cradled by the Moon

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Sizzix Corners & Lattice Set

SSS | EH | MFT

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SSS | EH | Amazon | Sizzix

ODBD Beautiful Borders

SSS | EH | Amazon

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Bazzill Cardstock-Marshmallow

SSS | EH | Amazon

White Fun Foam


Video | Copic Coloring: Beehive Cupcake Frosting

6.23.2017


Hello and happy Friday!  Today I want to share a quick Copic coloring video of this beehive cupcake card that I posted back in May.  This image is part of my Sweet Cupcakes Birthday Bundle digital stamp set.

I hope you enjoy this video.  And for those that are just getting started or thinking of giving Copic a try, I hope you will find this tutorial helpful.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  May you have a wonderful and blessed weekend ahead.  Take care.






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How To | Make A Basic Square Folded Card

6.15.2017



Hello.  Yesterday I shared a pictorial tutorial on how to create a graduation cap gift box with a removable gift card holder insert.  Good news!  The video tutorial version is now uploaded into the post as well over at my YouTube channel.  So now you have access to the tutorial in both pictorial and video format!  If you've missed the post, I'd encourage you to check it out.  This is one tutorial that you will definitely want to bookmark for future graduations. 

Today, I want to take a step back and talk basic cardmaking.  More specifically, on the different size standard square folded cards and how to create one.  If you are just starting out in cardmaking, then you will find this post very useful.

But first,  I have a new word art freebie for you to download and save to your computer.  You will also need it to try out today's project.  You are welcome to share the link to this freebie with your friends.  





HOW TO MAKE A BASIC SQUARE FOLDED CARD



STEP 1: DECIDE ON CARD & PAPER SIZE

Figuring out the paper size to create a basic square folded card is quite easy. Just take the finished size of the card and double it.  Example, if you want a finished folded card to be 3"x3", you will cut your cardstock to size 3"x6".  Here is a quick guide list.



STEP 2: SCORE & FOLD

Place cardstock on scoring board and score it in half.  Next, fold on the score line. TIP: For a crisp fold, run over the fold with a bone fold.  Result, a crisp basic square folded card.


STEP 3: DECORATE CARD FRONT 

First, resize the digital word art image to 1/2 inch size smaller than the card size.  Example: if card is 3.50"x3.50", then resize the image to 3"x3".  This will give you a nice border around the image.  Print, trim and adhere to the front of card.


FINAL STEP: ADD ON ANY EMBELLISHMENTS



Is square card one card type you make often? Please share in the comment below.

And please do check out the tutorial on this graduation cap gift box and share with me what you think of the video tutorial.  It will help me improve on my video recording tremendously.  Much appreciated!


Thanks for stopping by today. May you have a lovely rest of your week.  Take care.


SUPPLIES

To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Click on the thumbnail or wording to redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item was individually hand coded. All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.



TE Little Bits Hats Off Die

Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Score Buddy

Adhesive Tapes

Recollection Cardstock-Black

Neenah Bright White Cardstock- 65lb

Digital Word Art-Chocolate and Shopping

Make Graduation Cap Gift Box with Gift Card Holder Insert | Video

6.14.2017


It's graduation time. Do you have a special grad in your life you want to honor? How about celebrating his or her great achievement by gift wrapping that perfect graduation gift in this versatile graduation cap gift box? Use the box alone to hold large gift item or neatly hold a gift card in place with the optional gift card holder insert. Then fill the rest of the space with small items or chocolate and top with a mini notecard. Don't need a gift box but hosting the party? How about using it as party favor or as cards box holder by simply cut an opening slot on the cap? The possibilities are unless!




This tutorial was inspired by this graduation cap gift box I made for Elizabeth, a high school graduate, daughter of a friend of ours and future OSU Buckeye.  We all so very proud of her!



GRADUATION CAP GIFT BOX W/ GIFT CARD INSERT

SUPPLIES

12x12 size cardstock - 3 sheets
circle die - small 
tassel
Peel N Stick Foam Sheet
Sizzix Big Shot machine
scoring board
bone fold
paper trimmer
scissor
craft knife
ruler
die pick (alternative: large needle)
adhesive sheet
adhesive tape (alternative: glue)


INSTRUCTION: BOX BASE (4 inch x 4 inch)


1. Trim cardstock to size 10 inch by 10 inch.
2. Place cardstock on scoring board.  With the bone fold, score down at the 3-inch and 7-inch marks.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

3.  Rotate cardstock 90-degree clockwise.  From the 2-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP. 
4.  Next, score down at 3-inch and 7-inch mark.
5.  Then, at the 8-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP.
6.  Rotate cardstock 180-degree. At the 2-inch mark, score down to the 3-inch horizontal mark.  STOP.
7.  Then, at the 8-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP.  Result should look like the photo below.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

8.  Make cuts on the red lines below.  Then fold on all the scored lines.


9.  Adhere the box.  Result should look like the photo below.





INSTRUCTION:  GIFT CARD HOLDER INSERT


1.  Trim cardstock to 4-inch by 6-inch.  Then score down at the 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch mark.
2.  Between the 4-inch and 5-inch score mark, cut out a 3.50-inch by 0.125 inch slot for the gift card.
3.  Valley fold all the scored lines.



4.  Slip the gift card holder insert into the box.

TIP:  To permanently adhere to the box, apply adhesive to the back side of the insert.




INSTRUCTION: GRADUATION CAP


1.  Trim cardstock to size 8.50 inch by 8.50 inch.
2.  On the scoring board, score down at the 0.875-inch, 1.50-inch, 7-inch and 7.625-inch mark.

TIP:  0.875 is between 0.75 and 1.0 mark.  7.625 is between 7.50 and 7.75 mark.



3.  Turn cardstock 90 degree clockwise and repeat Step 2.
4.  Next, at the 2.125-inch mark (between 2.0 & 2.25), score down to the 0.875-inch horizontal scored line (from Step 2).  STOP.
5.  Move over to the 6.375-inch mark (between 6.25 & 6.50), score down to the 0.875-inch horizontal scored line (from Step 2).  STOP.
6.  Turn cardstock 90 degree clockwise again and repeat Step 4-5. Do this for the remaining three sizes.  Result should look like the photo below.

TIP: for better view of the photo, click on the photo.



7.  Trim off areas marked in red below.

 TIP:  For the diagonal lines, best to cut with the craft knife, using the ruler as guide.



8.  Place adhesive tape as show below (LEFT) and adhere the pieces together.  Result (RIGHT photo).



9.  Insert the tassel to the cap by poking a hole with the die pick (or large needle) and thread the tassel through.  Trim off the other end of the tassel and adhere to the inside of the cap.

DIY Graduation Cap box

10.  Cover the outer and inner part of the hole by die cutting out 2 small foam circles, with cardstock adhere to one side of the foam.  To do that, first place adhesive sheet over the foam sheet and adhere the cardstock on.  Then, place the circle die on and run through the Sizzix Big Shot.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

Finished project.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

VIDEO TUTORIAL


Watch in HD over at my YouTube channel.



Did you like this project tutorial?  Want more tutorials like this or have a specific box types projects you want a tutorial on?  Please let me know in the comment below and I'll see what I can do for you!


Like the word art on the enclosed mini square card?  You can grab this FREEBIE in tomorrow post and learn how to put this card together yourself!

Thanks for stopping by.   May you have a blessed day.



SUPPLIES

To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in this project are listed below. Click on the thumbnail or wording to redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item was individually hand coded. All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.


Sizzix-Tim Holtz Die Pick

Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Adhesive Tapes

Tim Holtz Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips

X-ACTO 2 Knife

Sizzix Big Shot

Scoring board

Circle Dies

Stick It Adhesive Sheets

Peel N Stick Foam Sheets

BazzillCardstock-Robin Egg

Recollections Double Sided Paper- Yellow

Tassel