Tutorial: Joyfold Card from a pre-scored card

Modify the white cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack into a Fancy or Different Fold

I know some people may find the pre-scored cards that come in the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack a little restricting & may only think you can create a standard fold with the card – I get it there is a score line smack bang in the middle of the card how can you create a fancy fold with that?

Do not let this scored line get in your way of creating fancy or different folds – in fact use that score line to your advantage to create these fancy folds. Plus the advantage is that you will ALWAYS have envelopes that will fit your cards. I know I have created many of a fancy fold in the past that meant also having to create a custom envelope. No need to do that with these cards.

So I thought I would share some of my ideas, measurements & of course pics of the cards that I have customised. You will start to really recognise why this is called a value pack! To start the whole series off is the Joyfold Card.

Joyfold cards

Joyfold cards are basically two cards rolled into one. You can get some really great results using a variety of contrasting papers on the different panels of the card and you can also experiment with shape, size and fold placement for unique looks. But I am here to show you how to create one using one of the pre-scored cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack so unless you are going to cut down the size, the size is standard – but you could experiment where you cut the front panel & where you place the smaller card.

How To Steps

1. Take one of the White cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack & cut the front panel vertically in half – it is about 5.5cm or for those of you who love inches (sorry this Aussie Baby grew up with metric) 2 1/4 inch. The measurement doesn’t need to be exact but this size will give you a good panel to work with in creating the JoyFold Card.

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au2. Now I found the cut off piece too small for my liking to create the inner card – but for the purpose of showing how to create this card, I used it. I just folded it in half & well it makes the whole thing pretty economical. I personally like the cardstock a little taller and about the same width. It means cutting up another piece of cardstock but have a play. I like the inner cardtock to be around 7cm or 2 3/4inches tall by 14cm or 5 1/2inches wide.

 

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au3. Now the fun part the decorating part – you want to place the background paper of your choice on the inside of the card first before adding the inner card. Now you can do the whole card or just the part you see – the choice is yours.

4. Once you have your background paper adhered to the inside of the main card , it is now time to play the little joy inner card. You can mat this whole pice if you like or leave it plain. If you do mat the card – you will need to cut another smaller pice of white cardstock if you want the front panel of the smaller card to be white.

 

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOPTIONAL: Create a Belly Band to keep the card closed & it also creates a little fun extra embellishment to the card. To see an example of a card I created with a Belly Band check out the example over on my Facebook Page

Check out one I made Earlier over on Facebook

Head over to my Facebook Page to take a closer look at this card fold I made earlier in the month.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial & that you have a go at creating a Joy Fold Card yourself.

Till Next time
Maz

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Same Card Design – Different Colouring in Methods

How Changing the way you colour an image changes the look of a Card

I wanted to have a go at the the whole No-line Colouring Technique so I basically replicated a card that I already created.  I mean let’s face it –  this no-line colouring is kind of scary. The lines disappear and before you know it, you don’t know what you’re colouring anymore so I needed a basis of where & what I was doing.

What I got was two cards with the exact same design but two completely different looks! So I wanted to share with you how the way you colour the card can completely change the look of the card. If you want to find out more how I did the No-line Colour there is a little How To after the images.

Cards Side By Side

Same Card Design - Different Colouring in Methods #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auAs you can see I used the same design – this is easier to see the subtle differences that the different colouring methods make on the cards. The no-line colouring method softens  the whole card.

Close up Standard Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - standard colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Close Up of Standard Colouring

Close up No-Line Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - No-line colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auClose Up of No-line Colouring www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

No-line Colouring How To

  • Stamp the image in a pale colour. I used Linen Exclusive Ink – it gave me a very pale outline that disappears once you colour over it.
  • With your darkest colour ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker, add the shadows. This helps a lot when the lines start to “disappear”. For the Flowers I used Cherry Pink and with the leaves some were done with Vivid Green & others with Sap Green.
  • Now with the lightest ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, fill in the rest of the area. Making sure you blend in the lighter colours with the darker colours.
  • If you need certain Features to stand out like the centre of the flowers you can draw them baack in – I did use the Black ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker but I could easily have used the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • For the Butterfly I went with a gradient look instead of colouring in the different sections of the Butterfly wings & kept that gradient look in the standard colouring for the other card.

Well I hope you enjoyed this idea & how to tips & that you have a go at the No-line Colouring Technique.

Till Next Time
Maz

CTMH Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Nell Ward then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Team Up with The Punny Pals Stamp Set to Make a Difference

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organisation that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

To bring these stamp images to life, Close To My Heart have made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price!

I have used both the Punny Pals & the coordinating set of Thin Cuts Dies to create a bunch of cards to share with you this month.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Go WIld Card
First Up Go Wild – It’s Time To Party Card. I used the Punny Pals animals & paired them with the Thin Cuts Block Alphabet, the Go is cut from Cats & Bats Range and the Wild is cut from the Falling for you paper range. The Grass is hand cut from Falling For You range. All the animals are coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Owl Card

For the Happy Wishes on your Day Owl Card I started off with the background which is sponged & splattered with water & the Clear Shimmer Brush. I used the large Circle Thin Cut as a window to see the background & added in the little owl which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Lion Card

And finally my little lion card. The Grass background was made the same way as the blue Owl background – lots of different greens starting from lightest to the darkest sponged on & then water splattered over it along with the clear shimmer brush. The sky I used an extra Lion Thin Cut as a mask to create the clouds with a blue sponge. My grass is hand cut & layered & the lion is again coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

As you can see you can make so many different card ideas with these cute Punny Pals stamp set and believe me since getting the matching Thin Cuts it has been so much easier and the Share A Smile Card Kit is a bargain – you can make so much with what is included with it and I hope these ideas give you some starting off points.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Wendy Hopper: Expressions of the Heart to get more wonderful ideas.

I have also included a little gallery of what I made since getting this stamp set that I have shared on my other social media sites.

Or head over to the Make it from the Heart Blog to see fab ideas on scrapbooking with this set

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it.
See you soon.
Maz

Playing with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

Have you had a chance to play with the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack?

Well let me tell you it is a fab fun & a little bit manly.

Into Scrapbooking 

You will love the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack to scrapbook your camping trips & if you have a little wild child this paper pack if perfect.

Scrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper PackScrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Into Pocket Scrapbooking 
If Traditional Scrapbooking is not your thing – Jack as with all Close To My Heart Paper Packs includes some cut apart Pocket Scrapbooking pages that you can cut up & create your pocket scrapbook layout in a flash.
Pocket Scrapbooking with Close To My Heart Jack Papers

Into Card Making 
I can Bearly Stand this cute Bear Stamp from the Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle & you can use this cutie for any occasion.
Jack the Bear with Flowers from Hello Foxy - June Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
Cardmaking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

 

And I could not resist making a Popup Box card with the Bear.

Of course there is also the always fab Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit which allows you to create 12 Brilliant cards
Workshops Your Way® Father's Day Cardmaking Kit

Into Paper Crafting 
If you love to create something a little different how about decorating up a Photo Frame like this Jack Handsome Frame
Jack Handsome Photo Frame www.maz.clsoetomyheart.com.au

Whatever Your Into
Whatever form of crafting Jack has something for everyone.Jack Paper Packet
Make sure you get your pack today before it is all gone by the end of this month.

Thanks for checking out what I had to say about Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack
Till Next Time Maz

CTMH Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Live Beautifully Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

May is National Scrapbooking Month and to help you celebrate the beauty of your life, Close To My Heart brings you this limited-time Live Beautifully collection. From this collection you can choose to get the Live Beautifully: Cut Above® Layout Kit, Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Live Beautifully Stamp Set or get a discount on one of the Live Beautifully Album Bundles, only available until May 31st.

Now it maybe National Scrapbooking Month, but that doesn’t mean that you have to Scrapbook with these items! I  mean I have but you can also make  cards with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & or with the Paper Packet and for this hop I wanted to show a few ideas of a scrapbook layout & some cards.

First up is this Smile Scrapbook Layout. I wanted to show how the papers could lean more to a male than using the Flowers.

Smile Scrapbook Layout Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Live Beautifully Paper Packet has some black & white stripes & geometric greys as well as a blue watercolour look designs that work nicely for a male layout. I stamped & embossed the word Smile for the title. And once I decide the photos I will most likely add some Flip Flaps for more photos on this layout.

And now for the cards I wanted to show how the paper looks with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & a design without.

Rose Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Rose card was stamped with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set in Blossom Ink & then I water coloured over with the watercolour paints, completely covering the stamp image. This gave the rose a water coloured look. I liked the rose on the rose designed paper but I needed to tone it down so that the stamped flower wasn’t lost. So I swiped White Daisy Ink over the paper to give it a distressed shabby chic look.

Here are some close ups of the painted Rose. You can also see the difference in the paper once the White Daisy Ink has gone over it.

Rose Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auRose Card showing the difference in the paper once white daisy ink has been added - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The next Card is this cute Panda Card

Panda Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThe Panda was created from a very cute Bear image from the Jack Cardmaking bundle. He is coloured in black watercolour pencil to make him look like a Panda & added to a card decorated with the Live Beautifully Paper.

Close up of the Panda.

Panda Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this this month’s Live Beautifully collection.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember you only have until May 31st, to get the Live Beautifully Collection.

See you soon.
Maz