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

Different ways to colour the Live Beautifully Stamp Images

One of the items included in the National Scrapbooking Month Celebration is this gorgeous Live Beautifully Stamp set with lovely roses, leaves & words. The Roses & leaves in this set are a solid design and some may find it hard to work out how to colour these images.  Here I am showcase a few different ways to colour the images.

Watercolour

Stamp the images with a lighter colour of exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Dip the small watercolour brush into water & into one of the watercolours, make sure the brush is not too wet & apply over into an area of the petals or leaves in short strokes. Add the darker shades first in where you want shadows and lighter colours on top to add depth & to build up the image.

The rose on this Smile card was coloured in with watercolour paint. The rose was first stamped with Blossom Exclusive Ink then painted over with the watercolours.

Smile Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Painted with watercolours. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

Close up of the watercolouring on the card created.Smile Card close up of the watercolour painting: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack

The flower was fussy cut out & fitted into a cutout frame. Smile was gold embossed & fussy cut out to go over the card. Live beautifully papers sit in the background.

Watercolour Pencils

Stamp the images with a lighter colour of exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Colour over the image with the Watercolour Pencils. Your image can be left as is after colouring in or you can go over the coloured areas with a wet Waterbrush, make sure it is not too wet.

The yellow rose was stamped in Lemon Exclusive ink then coloured over with the watercolour pencils. No water was added over the colouring.She Believed Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Watercolour pencils - dry. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the colouring on the yellow rose. You can see the lines of the pencil giving the flower a realistic look.She Believed Card close up Watercolour pencils - dry: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For the pink rose I stamped in Blossom Exclusive ink, then coloured over with watercolour pencils. A wet water brush was “painted” over the colouring which blended the ink & watercolouring pencils giving a different look to the rose.

Rose Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Watercolour pencils - wet. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the pink rose with the watercolouring pencils.

Rose Card close up Watercolour pencils - wet: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

Stamp the images with exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Choose two ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers (a lighter & a darker colour) that is close to the colour of the stamped image. Using the lighter colour first colour with short stokes over a petal or part of the leaf. Then go over the the area with the darker colour. Work back in the lighter colour to blend out the darker area into the main stamped image.

Smile Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the colouring with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

Smile Card Coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers Close Up: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Dauber Technique with Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads

A pretty simple way to use two or more different colours onto a solid image. Tap the stamp image into a lighter colour ink pad first, using a Sponge Dauber, pick up some of the darker colour & tap over the image. You can add a third colour but be-careful you may muddy the colours in the image.

Happy Wishes Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Coloured with the Sponge Dauber Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the rose coloured in with the Sponge Dauber Technique. I used the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen and drew where the white lines were to give the rose a different look.Happy Wishes Card Close up of the Coloured with the Sponge Dauber Technique: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

These are just some of the colouring methods that you can try out – each give a different look to the roses images.Different ways to colour the Live Beautifully Stamp Images
I hope you enjoyed these colouring ideas with the Live Beautifully Stamp set and I hope you give it a try.

Till next time Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Wet Paper Stamping

Mothers Day Card: Using the Wet Paper Stamping Technique. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So today’s Fun Friday Technique got postponed till today – Sat due to power loss & minor flooding. All is well here no damage – but it is rather hard to create by candlelight.

So today I am showing you how you can use yours stamps to create a wet paper watercoloring background. This is easy but it can get a little messy, but looks pretty effective.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad stick to two to three so you do not get muddy mixing of colours.
Watercolour Paper
Spray Pen filled with Water. These are great check out my Product Review on these fab pens
– Stamps of choice – I find ones that have a shadow & outline work great. I used the stamp set out of the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit which is only available till end of Apr 2017

Technique Process
– Spray liberal amounts of water onto your Watercolour Paper

Wet Paper Stamping - Wet paper first with a Spray Pen www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– Randomly stamp your image with chosen colour & allow for it to bleed and run.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp with inks over the wet paper & allow to bleed www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– If you need to spray with more water.
– Dry the background with a heat tool – tip turn the piece of card over & dry from both sides to make sure your card dries flat.
– Stamp the outline of the image in black over the coloured areas.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp black outlines www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Bonus Tip
– Grab your Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen to add any other details as I did for the small rose.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25%  saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Material:
Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!

What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz