Good morning! I hope everyone has been keeping warm and cozy despite all the snow we’ve been getting. I for one have been spending my days off holed up in the craft room with a space heater!
Each month, Rayanne takes the monthly kit and creates a beautiful set of cards. Even though the kit is marketed as a page kit, it is actually so versatile and can easily be used for any type of craft you would like! This month, Rayanne has created five cards, three tags, and a decorative 12″ X 12 poster.
I am in love with this dual-pattern card style. Rayanne chose her patterns so that one would be busier and the other would be more simple so that the card wouldn’t be too busy. She also added the thick ribbon in a band around the middle to that the line where the two patterns meet wouldn’t be too harsh. This effect is actually really easy. Just start with a solid card base. Next, cut your two patterned pieces. Cut one so that it is half the size of the card front and the other so that it is about an inch longer than the other one. Adhere the two patterned blocks together so that they form a piece the same size as the card front. This way, when you put on the thick ribbon you are able to adhere then ends to the back side of the patterned block. Then, when you adhere the whole thing to the card front, the ribbon ends will all nice tucked in and hidden!
For this card Rayanne decided to use her die-cut ephemera from the kit as the main focus. She added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the flowers to make them pop, and also added beads of it to the edges of her pink base to tie everything together. She also pulled out the green in the patterned paper by adding the green scalloped circle layer and the green ribbon to the card. My favorite part of this card is how Rayanne coordinated the background patterned paper with the vase, which she placed as her top ephemera layer. Having the very top and very bottom layers tie together really pulls the card together!
Sometimes nothing beats simplicity. But even to make a simple cards, there are little details you can’t overlook if you want to get a polished finished product. On the two edges that have the watercolour brushstrokes Rayanne has used green ink to edge the paper. This keeps your card from showing a white cut line between the two patterned papers. However, since the other two edges of the brushstroke patterned paper were very light, she actually decided not to ink the edges because the white cut edge wouldn’t be apparent. In order to make sure se didn’t have a rough edge on her ribbon, she cut it a bit on the long side so that she could wrap the ends around to the back of the brushstroke patterned paper and adhere them there. She also adhered the flowers and flower pots with foam tape and added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to them to add dimension and texture to the card.
This card is my personal favorite out of the cards Rayanne made this month. There is something about vellum, how it is delicate but alters the appearance of the paper it overlaps, that makes me excited to see it used in projects! How, you may wonder, did Rayanne make this card using only the kit when there was no stamp included? She actually cut down her vellum to size (5 1/4″ X 6 5/8″), used masking tape to hold it in place over the patterned paper with the large flowers, then used a fine tip black art pen to trace the flower. Once she had her shape, she used some ink diluted with water and applied it to the vellum using a paint brush. This works well with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks, or if you are more into markers you can achieve a similar effect with the Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. If you want a detailed explanation on how this flower was painted and how Rayanne adhered the vellum to the card, it is included with the purchase of our monthly layout kit!
Aren’t these tags adorable! As I mentioned with the previous card, I just love the effect you get when you layer vellum over patterned paper. It also helps the wording stand out on top! The only issue with using vellum is that it is hard to adhere without the adhesive being visible through the vellum. There is vellum tape, which is an awesome choice if you have it on hand. If you don’t, my little life hack for adhering vellum is to apply the adhesive under what I have on top of the vellum. For example, with these tags, you would use some glue just under where the thank you script is written.
This card is a bonus because there was not enough cardstock in the kit to make the last card base. That said, if you are like me, you probably have tons of scrap white paper sitting around at home! Rayanne drew on her own paper stash for the card base, then designed and adorned the card using the patterned paper from the kit. She used the Tim Holtz Hexagon Stacked Tiles dies (664420) to cut out the various patterned hexagons. She also added a bit of her own calligraphy to add a sentiment to the card, though you could easily get a similar effect just using a sentiment stamp if you aren’t into calligraphy.
Do you even end up buying a piece of patterned paper and never use it just because the pattern is too pretty to cut or cover up? Rayanne came up with a great solution! For this page she used her electronic cutter (fit with a marker instead of a blade) to write out this uplifting quote right onto the paper. She then went in with green and pink markers to add some colour to the lettering. This page would be perfect framed and hung up on the wall!
I hope we have inspired you today to either start making some sentiment cards or try out some of these techniques in your scrapbooking projects. As always, the designer layouts and cards from this month’s kit will be displayed in-store for you to check out. We are also happy to show you how the designers created the different effects on their projects. Look forward to a new kit and all new designer layouts and cards next month.
Until then, happy crafting! ❤