Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Easter Easel Card Tutorial

We made this card during my club workshops in February. My card was inspired by Anne Matasci’s beautiful card HERE. I used the Oval Framelits Collection to turn the card into an easel card and I substituted the lilies so that we could play with the new crepe paper in the mini catalog. If you would like to recreate this card, just follow my step-by-step tutorial below.

Easter Easel Card Tutorial


Pre-step One

Pre-step 1. To make it easier to cut this easel card straight, mark the center points on the scallop oval framelit with a Sharpie. To do this, first cut yourself a scallop oval out of scrap card stock.


Pre-step Two

Pre-step 2. Fold this oval in half lengthwise and widthwise. If you look at the photo closely you can see the crease marks on my scrap oval piece. Note: the center points are ALL on a scallop bump not on an indent. Fit the scrap oval back into the scallop oval framelit. Mark the center points at top, bottom and sides with a Sharpie onto the scallop oval framelit, using the creases as your guide. Note: Be precise when you are folding the scrap piece in half. It's easy to be a bump off and then you will mark your framelit incorrectly.


Step One

1. Start with an 11” x 4-¼” piece of card stock. On the long side, and score at the 5-½” mark. Fold along the score line to make a card base.


Step Two

2. Draw a pencil line 3/8” from the open end of the card base. Also make a pencil mark at the midpoint of this line (2-1/8” in from the side). Keeping the score line of the card base partially inside of the framelit (see wide yellow arrow), cut the card using the Scallop Oval Framelit. Make sure to align the midpoint pencil mark with the Sharpie mark (see red arrow) on the framelit before running it through the Big Shot


Step Three

3. Using the oval folder from the Designer Frames Folders, run the inside bottom of the card base through the Big Shot.


Step Four

4. Keeping the card base closed, fit it back inside the scallop oval framelit. Make pencil marks on the front of the card base at the side center points where you previously drew the Sharpie marks. See red arrows.


Step Five

5. Score the card front using the pencil marks as a guide. Note: darken the 6” score line of your Simply Scored to make alignment easier.


Step Six

6. Fold the card front along the score line you just made.


Step Seven

7. Cut a Baja Breeze Scallop Oval Frame. Adhere the Baja Breeze Oval to the top of the folded Pink Pirouette oval card base with sticky strip.


Step Eight

8. Cut the second largest oval out of Whisper White. Texture this piece with the Lattice Embossing Folder and adhere to the Baja Breeze oval.


Step Nine

9. Cut a Lattice Die piece out of Midnight Muse card stock. Mark and cut the lattice piece as shown by the white pencil marks.


Step Ten

10. Adhere the cross to the front of the card with multipurpose glue.


Step Eleven

11. Punch three branches out of Gumball Green card stock using the Bird Builder Punch. Trim the ends of the branches and adhere with multipurpose glue.


Step Twelve

12. Punch FOUR scallop circles out of crepe paper with the 1-¼” Scallop Circle Punch. When punching the crepe paper it is important to punch quickly as the paper tends to bow and not cut all the way through when punching slowly.


Step Thirteen

13. Layer the four circles on top of each other and pierce the center. Add a silver mini brad.


Step Fourteen

14. Taking care not to rip the crepe paper, wrinkle each layer toward the center.


Step Fifteen

15. This is what the crepe paper looks like with three layers wrinkled.


Step Sixteen

16. This is what the crepe paper looks like with all layers wrinkled.


Step Seventeen

17. Spritz the crepe paper flower two or three times with a solution of 91% alcohol and reinkers. I filled my Stampin’ Up spritzer to the top of the logo with 91% alcohol and then added 5 drops Regal Rose reinker. Set aside the flower to dry. It should take just a couple of minutes.


Step Eighteen

18. Adhere the crepe paper flower to the card with a dimensional.


Step Nineteen

19. Finish the rest of the card as desired. I stamped “Happy Easter” with Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White and punched it out with the extra large oval punch. I also tied a 10” length of Pink Pirouette Taffeta into a bow.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Delightful Dozen (W 122650, C122652)
  • Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (111351); Baja Breeze (111352); Midnight Muse (126843); Gumball Green (126840); Whisper White (100730)
  • Ink: Midnight Muse (126860); Regal Rose Reinker (105223)
  • Tools: Simply Scored (122334); Big Shot (113439); Ovals Collection Framelits (129381); Lattice Bigz Die (115958); Embossing Folders: Designer Frames (123130), Square Lattice (119976); 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch (127811); Bird Builder Punch (117191); Extra Large Oval Punch (119859); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Stampin Spritzer (126185)
  • Embellishments: Mini Silver Brads (122941); Pink Pirouette Taffeta (122981); Creped Filter Paper (129393)
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Glue (110755); Sticky Strip (104294)

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  • Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Floral Frames Easter Basket Tutorial

    Every year I try to come up with a new Easter basket for my stamp clubs. This year my basket was inspired by the Floral Frames die. I just love how the basket looks like a flower. I think it has potential to be used for other occasions too, like bridal showers and birthday parties. If you would like to make your own Floral Frames Easter Basket, just follow my step-by-step tutorial below…

    Floral Frames Easter Basket Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Stamp the largest Daydream Medallion in Tempting Turquoise in the CENTER of a 5-½” square piece of Pool Party Card Stock.


    Step Two

    2. Cut the medallion out with the largest floral Frames Framelit.


    Step Three

    3. With the inked side up, score the Floral Frame piece from the indent on one side to the indent on the other. You will do this FOUR times so that all the indents are scored. Hint: darken the 6” score groove with a Sharpie to make lining up easier.


    Step Four

    4. With the inked side down, score the Floral Frame piece from flower tip on one side to the tip on the other side. You will do this FOUR times so that all the tips are scored.


    Step Five

    5. Cut the smallest Floral Frames Framelit out of So Saffron Card Stock. Adhere the this piece to the center of the inked side of the large Floral Frame with Multipurpose Glue.


    Step Six

    6. Fold the large Floral Frame in accordion fashion. Don't fold the So Saffron piece as it will become the bottom and will remain flat.


    Step Seven

    7. Here is what it should look like when it’s folded. It should resemble a cupcake paper.


    Step Eight

    8. Cut the second smallest Floral Frames Framelit out of So Saffron Card Stock. Adhere it to the bottom of the basket with Multipurpose Glue.


    Step Nine

    9. Cut two strips of 1” x 11” Lucky Limeade card stock with the Tasteful Trims die. Put a piece of sticky strip on each of the ends of the handle pieces


    Step Ten

    10. Remove the sticky strip liner and attach the handle to the basket making sure to cross over the handles.


    Step Eleven

    11. Here is what the handles will look like once they are both attached.


    Step Twelve

    12. Decorate the rest of the basket as desired. I embossed and watercolored an image from the Everybunny Stamp Set and tied it to the basket with a 6” length of Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon.


    Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Everybunny (W 122705, C122707), Daydream Medallions (W 126465, C 126467)
  • Card Stock: Pool Party (122924), So Saffron (105811), Lucky Limeade (122926), Watercolor Paper (122959)
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise (126952), Pool Party (126982), Pretty in Pink (126955), So Saffron (126957), Pumpkin Pie (126945), Versamark (102283)
  • Tools: Simply Scored (122334), Big Shot (113439), Floral Frames Framelits (127012); Tasteful Trim Die (120893), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859); Heat Tool (129053); Black Embossing Powder (109133); Embossing Buddy (103083); Aquapainter (103954)
  • Embellishments: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon (125574)
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Glue (110755), Sticky Strip (104294)

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  • Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Hershey’s Easter Basket

    I promised everyone a Hershey’s Easter Favor and here is what I came up with: A Hershey’s Easter Basket. For this basket I have made sure that the kisses fit nice and tight, so you should be able to give these without further packaging. I think there’s a lot you could do with this shape to really dress it up. ENJOY!!!!

    If you would like to make your own Hershey’s Easter basket, just follow my step-by-step tutorial below….

    Hershey’s Easter Basket Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Start with a piece of 9” x 2” Melon Mambo Card Stock. On the long side, score at 5/8”, 1-¾”, 3-¾” and 7”.


    Step Two

    2. On the short side, score at the 1” mark.


    Step Three

    3. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue lengthwise along the strip.


    Step Four

    4. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and use your bone folder to burnish the strip.


    Step Five

    5. Fold the strip along the score lines. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue onto the tab end.


    Step Six

    6. Bring the ends of the piece together to form a basket-shaped trapezoid. Make sure you hold the tab down for a few seconds so that the glue can seal the card stock fibers together. Set aside.


    Step Seven

    7. For the handle cut a 10” length of Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain and 10” x 3/8” length of Melon Mambo Card Stock. Adhere the ribbon to the card stock with sticky strip. The card stock gives stability and shape to the ribbon handle.


    Step Eight

    8. Attach the handle to the basket with brads.


    Step Nine

    9. This is what the basket should look like after you have attached the handle to both sides.


    Step Ten

    10. For the insert pieces, cut an 11” x 1” and a 7” x 1” strip of Marina Mist card stock.


    Step Eleven

    11. Score the 11” strip at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.).


    Step Twelve

    12. Score the 7” strip at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.).


    Step Thirteen

    13. Fold the 11” piece into triangles as shown.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Insert the 11” strip into the top of the basket.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Fold the 7” piece into triangles as shown.


    Step Sixteen

    16. Insert the 7” strip into the bottom of the basket.


    Step Seventeen

    17. Pop the kisses into the triangular spaces.


    Step Eighteen

    18. Decorate the rest of the basket as desired.


    I ran out of time to photograph the timesaver steps, but I have included them in written form, in case you want to make multiples. They should be pretty straightforward.
    Timesaver Step 1 Start with a piece of 9” x 8” Melon Mambo Card Stock. On the 9” side, score at 5/8”, 1-¾”, 3-¾” and 7”.
    Timesaver Step 2 On the 8” side, score at 1”, 3”, 5” and 7”. Also on this side cut into 2” strips. This will enable you to make FOUR basket frames at one time.
    Timesaver Step 10 Cut a piece of 11” x 8” and 7” x 8” Marina Mist Card Stock.
    Timesaver Step 11 On the 11” side of the 11” x 8” piece, score at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.). On the 8” side, cut into one-inch strips. This will enable you to make EIGHT long insert strips at one time.
    Timesaver Step 12 On the 7” side of the 7” x 8” piece, score at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.). On the 8” side, cut into one-inch strips. This will enable you to make EIGHT short insert strips at one time.

    Stampin’ Up Supplies:
    Stamp Set: Delightful Dozen (W 122650, C 122652)
    Card Stock: Melon Mambo (115320), Marina Mist (119682), Whisper White (100730)
    Ink: Marina Mist (126962), Melon Mambo (126948)
    Tools: Simply Scored (122334), Bone Folder (102300), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Modern Label Punch (119849)
    Embellishments: Melon Mambo ½” Scallop Dots Grosgrain (122985), Marina Mist ½” Scallop Dots Grosgrain (122986), Brights Glimmer Brads (121006)
    Adhesive: Multipurpose Glue (110755), Sticky Strip (104294)

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