Ribbons can make your gift cards pop with color and dimension

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Ribbons and lace are a super addition to cards! I recently nabbed a bag of ribbon scraps for a $2 at a yard sale with long and short pieces and I pulled out a few with colors that matched my manila folders and Graphic 45 card making session.

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You can tie ribbons around the fold of your card (and if you tie them a little loose you can move them where you want) or add a bow somewhere on the outside that makes sense to you.

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Lace makes a nice embellishment too!lace-1

Need an extra finger to tie that bow and now on around?

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The nice thing about ribbons and lace is that if you make a card and decide it still needs something, or maybe you have too much space, etc, add a bow and viola! Perfect.

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Here’s a tip about cutting frames:

The G45 papers used frames around some of the images. I wanted to mix and match (paper packs make mixing and matching easy because they are color coordinated) so I fussy cut the women in the had and put her in a different frame. I kept the words that were inside the frame for another card and in order to do that without getting out my craft knife and mat, I  simply cut a straight line. Fast. Simple and not really noticeable when I glued the card together.

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Inside the card just in case you were curious:

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Remember, when you are card making or scrapbooking: THERE ARE NO SCRAPBOOK POLICE! Have fun! Experiment! Simply do it your way!

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Distress a greeting or gift card to give it dimension

distress-etcThese cards are part of the stack I made with StazOn Ink,

 

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My goal was to keep the card making super simple.

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The black paper came from my stash. I think it was once a presentation folder because it had pre-cut slits like where a business car could go.  I used them to slip my paper inside. Here’s what it looked like pre-distressing. Kinda boing 🙁

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So I fixed it!

To distress the edge of the paper you simply swipe the pad on the edges with a light touch. I like these StazOn minis as they are just the right size to grip.

(And now that I see the distressing on the lines from where the folder folded I realize I want to do that same thing to top card!)

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Here’s how the front turned out.

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A couple more examples:

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More to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Tag- You’re It! What will you make with Graphic 45?

Ribbon plus tag stickers off Graphic 45s Eerie Collection =

I swear it took longer to write this post than make a ready to tie on gift tag…

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but that is kind of the point – when you have a few supplies in your craft stash, you are ready for card making and gift wrapping with a personal touch.

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Fairy Tale Gift Card with Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers

This month I will have six projects, large and small, some super fast, all super simple with Graphic 45’s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers.

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You will need:

the sticker sheet, a vellum bag, 2 contrasting pieces of scrapbooking paper, a piece of ribbon, and glue dots.

4 Steps for the card:

Cut one piece of paper 3.25 bby 3.25 inches and the other about 3.5 by 7 inches.

Fold the bigger piece in half.

Attach stickers as shown above. You might wonder, why the glue dots? I used them to make the frame a wee bit higher than the picture.

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Make the vellum bag into an envelope in 3 steps:

1. Cut the bag the size you need.      2. Fold down the part you want to cut away.       3. You can seal the envelope by stapling on a ribbon.

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envelope-2envelope-3OMG Christmas will be here before you know it. Make a cute embossed Holly card.