Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Celebration of Cards With Graphic 45 Papers

Hello and Welcome on this gorgeous Thursday!  As you may have been following along, this week is Card week over at Graphic 45 Papers.  All week long they have been sharing fantastic cards created by my fellow teamies.  And today is my day to share along with the fantastic Nancy Wethington and Gloria Stengel!!!
Plus I have a quick tutorial, and even a little design tip to share...So let's get to it!!!

The first card I would like to share is created using the WONDERFUL Kraft Recollections papers!
When I first saw that Graphic 45 was releasing a Kraft line I was pumped! Great for so many different projects, adding just the perfect G45 vintage touch. I even took a que from Gloria Stengel, and did a little coloring of the patterns. So easy, with quick results to match any project. As soon as I saw the tea cup paper in the Kraft Reflection line, I knew I had to put “something” in them! Couldn’t you just see a classic Easter card with eggs and a bunny in the cup, or a cup filled with flowers for Mother’s Day? Really this idea leads to endless designs and with these few easy steps you can be on your way to creating your own variation to this fun card!
Supplies Needed:
Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflection paper Tea for Two
Craft Knife, or Scissors
Cutting Mat
Step 1: To prepare, using your scissors or craft knife, cut out desired teacup image.

Step 2: After teacup has been cut from paper, use your craft knife to carefully cut just along the front lip of the cup to create an opening.
Make sure to stop just before the corners of the cup so that it is still all one piece.
Step 3: Using your finger, or a small tool gently separate the opening on your cup making sure not to tear it

Step 4: Cut out desired images to place into the cup, and slide them into the cup opening
Step 5: Once desired objects are put into place, adhere them to the cup from the backside
For a more dramatic effect, adhere finished piece to project using Pop Dots
*Tip: To create the “wet” colored water droplets, in a small container mix a little Glossy Accents with Re Inker to desired color.
Using an eye dropper, pick up small amounts of colored glossy accents and drop directly onto paper in varying amounts for different droplet sizes.
Allow plenty of time to dry once complete

These chipboard words by Imaginarium designs were actually cut apart from whole phrases. 
The phrases were things that wouldn't work for me currently( ie about a son), so I decided to put them to use for other things.  And I still have a bunch of other cool leftover words too!!

Supplies Used:
6 1/8” x 4 1/4”
Graphic 45 Papers
Kraft Reflections: Tea for Two, Bits and Pieces, and the reverse side for plain Kraft color
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Parlor Wall, Genuine Article (bottle), Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Steapunk Debutante: Fantasy Floral, Eclectic Emporium (top hat)
Graphic 45 Staples: Stamped Metal Brads, Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling Stamps 3
Colorbox Inks: Decades Inks (Photogenic, Triumphant Red), Chalk Inks (Robins Egg, Warm Red)
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Frayed Burlap Re Inker
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Gluestick
Making Memories: Silver pressed paper images
Other: Colored Pencils

The second card I would like to share today was created for a fellow artist.
Recently he had sent me an awesome clipart disk with over 650 images, so I wanted to say thanks with a card created from the clipart I recieved. 

Designed with layers and layers of pop dots to create a 3D framed image set on G45's luscious Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  I actually ended up using 3 different clipart images combined to get the finished result.

Stack handcut images for a simple decorative finished look!

Use selective coloring for a dramatic effect. 
 Here I colored only the background using inks, as well as the saddle on the horse with colored pencils. 

Create even more dimension with depth.  Notice how the horses tail is tucked under the frame, but the head is coming out.

Supplies Used:
6 1/8" x 4 1/4"
Graphic 45 papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Butterfly Specifics, Exquisite Motif, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Colorbox Chalk Inks: Periwinkle
Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Colored Pencils

That's it for today!  Many Thanks for stopping by!!!
Make sure to head over and see the wonderful cards that Teamies Nancy and Gloria have created for us.
Also, tomorrow is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT of  Graphic 45's new design team for 2012!!!
The anticipation is killing me....Wishing the best of Luck to ALL!!!
Have a Great Thursday!!!

Nicki Chicky


Nancy Wethington said...

Nicole, this may be my favorite card ever! The girl in that tea cup is genius!

Andrea Walford said...

Absolutely LOVE your cards. The tea cup one with the vintage image is totally my style!. Where did you get that digital image of the girl that you have sitting in the cup? Thanks

Gloria Stengel said...

She's fantastic! And so are you! Congratulations!

cat lacigale said...

this is absolutely stunning ! Love these creations soooo much !

Carol said...

So very beautiful! You have a very creative eye and I always love seeing your projects!

MaryCarol said...

Love the woman in the teacup. I searched all your likes but couldn't find a link for the woman graphic. Is this a paper?

Karen Denson said...

Both cards are fantastic, but I absolutely love the steampunk debutante in the teacup. Where did you get her? Please e-mail me and let me know. Thanks.