Triangle Birthday Card Using Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 52 stamp set

Make a creative triangle-shaped birthday card for the music lover! Issue 52 of Creative Stamping Magazine offered plenty of inspiration for projects relating to music and dance.IMG_E1709
For this birthday card, I wanted to “think outside of the box” a little and create a triangle-shaped card (inspired by a triangle-shaped card featured inside the magazine). I didn’t want to create it EXACTLY the same way, however. So, I started with a regular A2-sized card, but I used a SIDE-folding card instead of a TOP-folding card. To make the triangle, I simply cut the card corner-to-corner, leaving the fold intact.
Watch the full demonstration video of the process HERE:

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I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and stamped the images with Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black. Then I colored them in with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. Snapshot_146I fussy cut all the images (this magazine issue did not include dies). The only exception was that I used a stitched rectangle die from my stash to cut out the sentiment.

I used a combination of Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – Perfect Card Adhesive, ZOTS Adhesive Dots and my Scotch Advanced Tape Glider adhesive for the various parts of the card.

Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – Perfect Card Adhesive – $4.49

from: Scrapbook.com

Also, I completely abandoned the idea of staying within the confines of the borders of the triangle. I freely arranged the images and the sentiment to extend off the edge of the triangle.WVDK3890LMQN4820
On the inside of the card, I used leftover triangle-cut cardstock to cover up the back of the extended images from the front. In hindsight, I probably would have FIRST covered the back of the image and sentiment with the leftover triangle pieces and THEN fussy cut them out.DSBR4513
I included another cardstock triangle piece inside the card and placed the inside sentiment on top. For continuity, I trimmed the inside sentiment with the same stitched rectangle die as I used on the front.
That’s it!
Of course, I added accents of my own like a touch of shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen, dots with a white gelly roll pen, and dimension with some adhesive-backed fun foam. Those choices are up to you!MSAC7777
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Creative Stamping Magazine is available at moremags.com, although at the time of this blog post publication, issue 52 was sold out both on Amazon and at moremags.com.

Use What You Have | Happy Birthday Shaker Card Using a Plastic Container

bLOG HEADERA cost-effective way to make beautiful shaker cards is to use clear plastic containers leftover from restaurants or deli-take-out. They are sturdy, yet lightweight enough to cut with my scissors and paper trimmer.Snapshot_148

I started with an A2-sized card base made from white cardstock (#110 weight). I cut a panel from patterned paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to serve as the back of my shaker card. I also cut used Super Tacky Tape from Creek Bank Creations to back a piece of yellow cardstock before I die cut a “happy birthday” sentiment using a die I had in my stash. I was so glad I backed the cardstock first because I knew I wanted to adhere my die cut sentiment to the front of the clear plastic, and the Super Tacky Tape makes it incredibly EASY! I adhered my sentiment once I trimmed my plastic to 4″ x 5-1/4″. I also backed a piece of coordinating-colored fun foam with the Super Tacky Tape, as well. That way, I made the foam sticky on BOTH sides before I started my project.
Watch the complete video tutorial HERE:
I should make mention that I did use Un-Du Adhesive Remover while I was working with this Super Tacky Tape. That tape is safe for scrapbooking and cardmaking, but that tape is no joke. The Un-Du just kept me from gunking up my scissors and messing up my one piece of clear plastic. And, Un-Du is safe for papercrafting projects (including vintage photo scrapbooking).

UN-DU Adhesive Remover – 4oz Bottle

I cut skinny strips from the foam and adhered them to the plastic. I did have to double-up on the foam strips, though, because the beads I wanted to use for my shaker needed a little more wiggle room. After I filled the little foam frame with a few beads, I carefully removed the adhesive backing and CAREFULLY placed the patterned paper panel on the foam frame. HINT: keep the clear plastic face-down on the table as you work and then place the patterned paper panel on top of the foam strips, face down.
Before I mounted my shaker to the card base, I trimmed up the edges of the panel. I also cut a piece of blue cardstock to place on the card base itself BEFORE I adhered down my shaker. This wasn’t NECESSARY, but I felt it needed a little dark outline around the shaker.IMG_1732
After I mounted the shaker, I found a cut-apart from the scraps of the same patterned paper pack, and fussy cut it out. Using ZOTS Adhesive Dots, I adhered the cut-apart to the plastic as well. Then, I finished everything off with a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops.
It was so easy to do and it looked great!IMG_1733IMG_1731
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Papercraft Like a Pro | Winning Color Combinations for Creating Backgrounds

Do you feel stuck when you want to choose blendable ink colors? Do you often end up with dark or “muddy” backgrounds when using watercolors or spray inks? Do you try to create backgrounds, but they never quite end up like the samples you see elsewhere? The problem is NOT your artistic ability… it’s probably just your color combination.

Watch the full demonstration for choosing color combinations HERE:

You ARE an artist! You CAN make the project you see in your mind! And, it’s EASY to choose winning color combinations that work great every time!

1. For FULLPROOF results every time, choose 3 colors to create your background.

2. Vary the amount of color you use on your background. Go heavy on one of the three colors, or use all three colors equally. Do whatever you want within the three-color combination you choose.

3. Choose colors of the same “likeness” for your background (all pastel colors or all bright colors within a project for example).

Next, take the concepts in the video with you! Download your FREE PRINTABLE COLOR COMBINATION GUIDE. Keep this FREE PRINTABLE COLOR COMBINATION GUIDE handy at your workspace or download to your phone for easy reference!

These color combinations work together to create amazing backgrounds regardless of the medium you use: stamping ink, Distress ink, spray ink, alcohol ink, watercolors, acrylic paint, gelatos, Magicals, “homemade” ink sprays, etc.

This is not a subscription or a prompt to join an email list. This is something I put together for myself to make my own papercrafting easier. And it works so well, I wanted to share it with my crafty family. Enjoy!

Please feel free to share this post with others, but please also be respectful and do not copy or attempt to sell this Printable Color Combination Guide as your own work.

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