Pop-Up Box Card Tutorial

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I am so excited to share a new tutorial for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps with you today!  You know that I LOVE interactive cards, so it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that I have been having so much fun playing with pop-up box cards lately.  I made one not too long ago for my youngest daughter’s third birthday, so I thought it would be great to create a tutorial for you, creating a pop up box card that folds into a standard A2 size (my favourite size for cards).

box-card-kimmie-closeupOkay, now there are all sorts of stamps and embellishments that work well with this style of card, but I am going to argue that this new set from Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps called Monster Hugs is just about as perfect as it gets!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coloured and fussy cut stamped images.  I used three from Monster Hugs.
  • Piece of 9 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock
  • Piece of 3 3/4″ x 2″ cardstock
  • 2 pieces of 5 1/4″ x inch pattered paper (I created one in white so I could write a message)
  • 6 pieces of 2 3/8″ x 2″ patterned paper (I used 2 different patterns – 3 pieces each)
  • 3 pieces of 2 3/4″ x 2″ patterned paper.
  • Adhesive
  • Thin strips (approx. 1/4″) of clear acetate or coordinating cardstock

Now I know that sounds like a complicated list to start with, but it really is quite an easy technique.  Here’s a little video to show you how to pull it all together:

So there you have it!  I hope you’ll give this technique a try – you won’t be sorry!

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Chick it out!

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I have a little more Easter fun to share with you today!  I love putting together little treat containers for the holidays, and when I found pastel coloured candy corn at Bulk Barn, I knew I had to pull something together.  Last year, I worked on a fun, bunny take out container, so this year, I thought it would be fun to create a chick!

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Now, I cannot tell you how easy these are to make.  In fact, if you take the cover by itself, you could have fun packaging in Easter-themed colours in less than 3 minutes each!  Really!  Chick it out! ;)

Step 1

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Start by cutting a strip of paper that is 12″ x 4″ wide.  I used DCVW’s Bohemian Sunrise stack for this one – it has all sorts of great colours for Easter!
Oh, and you can actually take the 4″ width and change that to match any little plastic bag that you would like to use for your treats! If you would like, cut a curve on one end (I just did this free hand).

Lay your strip on the scoring board with the curved end on the far end of your board.  Score at 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 10″.  Use your scoring tool to firm up all your folds.

Step 2

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Turn over your paper to the wring side, and line up the top of your treat bag with the non- curved edge. Staple in place. Don’t worry about seeing the staples as they will get covered in the next step.

Step 3

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This is the easiest step! Simply fold your packaging around the treat back, pulling the curved edge up on over top of the staples.

Step 4

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Use a small strip or piece of adhesive to hold the flap down.  I use the Tombow adhesive because even though it hold really well, the small piece will release when pulled up without ripping the paper part.

Step 5

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Have fun embellishing your packaging!  I turned them into chicks with some simple shapes cut from some orange patterned paper, and then adding some little wings (they actually look really cute without the wings too). I also decided to add some fun May Arts ribbon to a few!

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All in all, I think these cute little chicks will be a fun Easter treat! Hopefully they inspire you to get crafty!

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Live, Laugh and Love

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When I create home decor projects, I really love it when they have a special message – something inspirational that reminds me how best to live my life.  So today, I thought it would be fun to share one of these projects; a little wall hanging piece created with some of the fun mdf letters from Domestic Bliss Home Decor collection, and some fun papers from the DCWV’s Honey Chic stack.

I thought I would show you some quick pictures that show how I went about covering the letters with paper.  There are all sorts of different ways to decoupage, but since I was working with a font that was rather thin, I wanted to be as precise as possible.  Here’s how I tackled covering the letters:

Step 1 – Decide on you paper

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This is the fun part for me!  Decide which patterns  you would like to use for your letters, and make sure you will have enough of the pattern to cover your letters!  Laying out the letters on top of the patterned paper can help you figure out if one 12×12 sheet will be enough.

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Using a liquid adhesive, cover the letters ensuring that there is glue over the entire surface, especially along the edges.  More is better than less!

Step 3 – Adhere to the paper

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Take flip over your letters and press them down on the WRONG SIDE (or back side) of the paper. If your words are in pieces like mine were, place them down as you would like to see them to keep the patterns consistent.  Place a heavy object on top and allow to completely dry! Try to be patient and wait – it will make the next step easier!

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Using a pair of scissors, cut a rough outline in the paper around your letters.  This will get rid of excess paper and will make it easier to fussy cut in step 5.

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Making sure you are working on a cutting mat, run the blade of an utility knife along the edges of your letters. Be careful with your speed – too fast and you may not cut all the way through the paper; too slow and you may actually catch the wood with your knife.

Step 6 – Recut corners
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Flip over your letters and recut any corner that may have been missed on your first pass.  I like to do this with the paper side up as I can actually see the sections that need to be recut.  I can also use the empty space behind to my advantage – just remember not to press to hard.

Step 7 – Embellish
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And the fun continues!  Embellish with fussy cut flowers (I cute some from the patterned paper in the Honey Chic stack) or ribbons or even buttons!  Hang and enjoy!

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you have time to get a bit crafty!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

Demonstration time – Copic hair and skin colouring

Hair-fullToday, I am braving the world of video colouring demonstrations! Why? Well, because when I was hanging out at the last Kraftin’ Kimmie release party, a lot of ladies mentioned that they would love to see some colouring.  So, since it was my turn for a tutorial for Kimmie, I figured I would give it a go!  And while I am certainly no Copic or colouring expert, hopefully this little demo will inspire you to get out your colouring tools of choice and get crafty!

The stamp featured in the tutorial is from the Once Upon a Time 3 set, and the paper used for the card base is MME.

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