Sunday, July 31, 2011

So stinkin' cute card tutorial

So 'Stinking' Cute!

Tutorial on how to create this punch/die cut art skunk card.


Big Shot or similar die cutting machine
Tim Holtz ornamental die cut (for face/head)
Tim Holtz tattered leaves die cut (for ears)
Spellbinders Leaves die cut set (for tail, and stripe on head)
Scallop circle punch 2"
Circle punches (or die cuts if you have same or similar sizes) as follows:
1/2 "
1 1/2"
white gel pen
sticker heart - this is the classic heart from Mrs. Grossmans, you could use a heart punch, or hand cut one too)
Kraft card (A2) size
black, white, and blue cardstock for die cutting and punching
pop dots and tape runner

Step 1.
Gather supplies.
Cut a 3" x 5" black panel from cardstock and set aside (will become body)
Cut a 2" x 4" white panel from cardstock and set aside (will become tummy)
Die cut the ornamental die on Big Shot - black cardstock (will become face/head)
Die cut the largest full leaf from the Spellbinders leaf set in both black and white (will become tail)
Die Cut the largerst elongated leaf from the spellbinders leaf set in white only (for white stripe on face)
Die cut the tattered leaves - the smallest leaf of the 3 from black cardstock- x2 (for ears)
Punch 2 1/2" circles from black cardstock (for puplis)
Punch 2 1" circles from blue cardstock (for iris's)
punch 2 1 1/2" circles from white cardstock (for eyeballs)
Punch 1 1 1/2" circle from black cardstock (for eye lids)
Punch 1 1" circle from black cardstock (for nose)
Punch 1 2" scallop circle from black cardstock (will become the paws)

Step 2
fold the ornamental die cut back about 1/3 of the way.
apply glue to the inside of the folded part of die and lay in the 3x5 black panel to act as the body of your skunk.

Tear the white full leaf and the adhere to tip of the black full leaf creating a full white tipped tail.
Arrange tail behind the body in a position so the tip of the white tail is facing up. Use a hole piercer to punch a hole through body and tail at once. Secure tail to body with brad.
Glue white tummy panel over middle of body (should hide brad) and be tucked under head.

Step 3
glue the elongated white leaf die cut down the middle of the face
glue the 2 black leaf die cuts to back side of head just so the tips peak over to create ears

Step 4
creating the eyes
glue the blue punch circles to the white circles
glue the small 1/2" circles to the blue circles
now cut the single 2" circle punch in half - these halves are now the eye lids.

arrange them on top of the layered eyes. Try arranging the lids in different manners before glueing them down to achieve different expressions. yOu can make the expression mad, sad, sleepy, crazy, or cute depending on how you arrange the lids!

When you are happy with eyes, go ahead and glue to the skunk face.

Next add a pop dot to back of the last circle punch and put in place for a nose.

Step 5
Place red heart sticker on cardstock and cut it out.
place a pop dot on back of cut out heart and place low on belly of skunk

To create little paws to hold the heart you need the scallop circle 2" black piece you punched out and your 1" circle punch.
hold the 1"circle punch upside down and position the scallop circle punch inside so that you only see 3 of the scallops, and punch. Repeat once more. Now you have 2 little paws.
Add a tiny pop dot to each paw and secure next to the heart so the paws are 'holding' the heart

Step 6
turn skunk over and apply adhesive everywhere on the back EXCEPT the tail.

adhere to card front.
your should be able to make the tail move.

Use white gel pen to add freckles, eyelashes, etc for a touch of life and personality. Maybe even add some 'stink lines' over the tail if you like.
Also you can curl the tips of the ears down more if you want.

Step 7-
if you choose , you can create a greeting for inside you card. Mine reads 'U. R. Stinking CUTE'

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Faux Chalkboard card making tutorial

CardMaking Tutorial

'Faux Chalkboard Card' featuring new collection from Echo Park called Victoria Gardens.

This card features the brand new collection Victoria Gardens scrapbooking papers.

Other supplies:
Spellbinders Nestablilities die set Lables Eighteen
Big Shot (or other diecutting tool)
White Gel Pen
white Button
White pearl sticker embellishments
White A2 size card
black cardstock
3 strands of bakers twine about 20" each
Martha Stewart butterfly punch, medium
Thickers foam alphabet stickers from American Crafts

To create the faux chalkboard label, select die cut size of choice and die cut on Big shot smooth black cardstock.
Use white gel pen to outline design and to write 'Just a' on front of die cut label.

Thread a white button with a short length of bakers twine and tie in a square knot on the front. Snip ends to desired length. Adhere to black chalkboard label with glue dot.
Select letters 'n' 't' and 'e' from thickers alphabet sheet and place on label- the white button is your 'o' .
The great thing about foam thickers is that they are reposition-able so you can move them and adjust them until you like where they are.

For the card layers:
Select 1 pattern paper for your background and cut to 4" x 5 1/4" and layer to card front
select 2 pattern papers for your border and cut one to 4" x 1" and the other to 4" x 1 1/2" and layer the smaller one to the larger. then wrap this with 3 strands of bakers twine and tie in a bow on front - off center. then layer this strip to card front.
then attach your prepared faux chalkborad label with foam dots to card front.

finally punch out a few butterflies from pattern paper and adhere to card front. Embellish with pearls.

This card was inspired by one designed for Pink Paislee by Rory Rumph. Here is her card. I just loved the way the black looked on bright colors, and who doesn't love bakers twine?!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Moss Wreath Project

This is one of my favorite summer projects.  So easy and so fun!  Click the link below, to see what to do!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Undercover News alert! - sneak peek at New My Minds Eye Collection arriving soon!

Hello Paper Lovers!- this one's for you!

I'm busy at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show in Chicago right now, and wanted to share a little bit of news with you about some 'coming attractions' you can look foreward to arriving at your local Craft Warehouse by the end of this month from MY MINDS EYE!

We will offer ALL the new releases from MY MINDS EYE, but in particular wanted to give you a peek at the new collection called 'Lost & Found 2'

There are 4 different color themes to choose from. Each has beautiful double sided glitter treated papers, die cuts, titles, clear stamps, frames, ribbons, buttons, 6x6paper pads and more!

here are a few photos of scrapbook pages that My Minds Eye has displayed in thier booth at the trade show using Lost and Found 2 collection. Check out the Will and Kate layout- how sweet!

Design Team Blog Challenge - Mini Top Hat Tutorial

Do you ever see a collection of papers and embellishments and think, "I know exactly what I want to make with that!" One of our first assignments on the design team was to create something with this kit. What a challenge! There was muslin, paper, chipboard stickers, paint, and even a zipper! With this collection (and seeing the gorgeous new feathers at my local Craft Warehouse) I knew what I wanted to create! In fact, it was such a detailed project, I knew I wanted to share with Craft Warehouse readers how to make it! Below, you will find the pattern to make this project and also a detailed video tutorial. 

As a photographer, I am always looking for fun and cute ideas that will help style my photo shoots. Plus, as the only female in my family I am always looking for excuses to make sweet things in pink. ;) I decided to make a mini top hat hair accessory, something similar to Alice and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. This darling hat clips on to a stretchy head band. How great would this be for your little princess, tea party, or birthday?

Here's a photo of the original kit that I got to work with...

All of the papers were double sided.

Here a some photos of the finished project...

The sweet girl above is my niece. It was her birthday last weekend so made one with a "K" on it in the front. I also created a flower with muslin in the back. She posed for me so I could get some photos of her in the little hats. Then, she took hers home.

I created two others with the kit and two more to show you. 


This is the one I created for the video tutorial (see videos below)...

Have fun watching these detailed video tutorials so you can create your own!

Click here to get the pattern for this project.

If you decide on creating a mini top hat I would love to see it! Comment and leave a link to an online photo of it to share with others!


Jen Evans
Craft Warehouse Design Team Leader


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