Christmas Colorists™: Winter’s Garden Christmas Card

Happy Friday! Hooray, the weekend is practically here, and I’ve gotta say that this week has flown by. I’ve been learning my way around the Paper Wishes Facebook page which I’ve recently taken on, and I can’t believe we have so many followers (over 16,000)—it’s kind of amazing. I’m excited to be able to interact with so many Paper Wishers, so stop by and give us a “Like!”

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, and so the past two nights (after the kids are in bed) I’ve been coloring in our new Christmas Ornaments for Colorists coloring book. It’s been so relaxing! It’s this great combination of being creative while mentally “checking out” to a certain degree! And of course, after I finished, it just had to go on a card! One Christmas card down, so many to go! 🙂

 

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Supplies:

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir™ markers, and added Gold Smooch™ ink and Silver Stickles™ glitter glue accents. The background papers are from Hot Off The Press’ Winter’s Garden paper pack, which is fun, bright and cheery! It also plays nicely into my predilection for lime green :-D. Colorist books give you two of each design, so I was able to cut out the holly berries and foam tape a second layer on top of the first. Not perfect, but it was fun!

Definitely try one of these coloring books if you haven’t already! Let yourself unwind by coloring, and who knows? Maybe a card will be born! Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you make a little time to create something you love!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Click on each book for details and more project ideas!

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EASY Resist Colorist Card From Sara Naumann!

 

I know many of you here in the US were not able to catch Sara’s appearance on the UK’s Create & Craft channel. I wasn’t either 🙁 .

But look what I found! Or rather, what found me! I bumped into Paulette yesterday, and in her hand was one of Sara’s cards shown on Create & Craft!  So we quickly had it photo-ed just so I could share it with you!

 

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I also got the scoop on how you can create this same look! Are you ready? Okay then, get out your favorite white crayon! That’s right.

Sara scribbled a humble white crayon over the flowers on her Colorist page to create the resist! She then dabbed some Distress Ink onto her craft sheet, spritzed it with a bit of water, and brayered it onto her page—simple as that! She matted her Colorist piece with Iris suede paper. This is a beautiful look that’s easy to replicate, and also easy to “riff on,” using different colors of inks, application methods and so on. Her Colorist sheet is from our Floral Garden for Colorists book.

 

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And while you have your brayer out, check out Sara’s Mixed Media Made Easy Computer DVD! Sara shows how to create endless mixed media effects using tons of different mediums you probably already have—embossing pastes, Gelatos®, Perfect Pearls™, Distress inks, Spectrum Noir™ and lots more! It’s like taking a Mixed Media class with Sara at home, and it’s perfect for anyone ready to dive in and start creating! You can click on Sara’s Mixed Media Made Easy Computer DVD to learn more.

 

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I hope you are all still excited for World Card Making Day which is this Saturday, October 3rd!! We’d like to invite everyone to make a card and post a photo of it in the comments section of our blog here, or on Facebook! We’re giving away two Paper Wishes gift certificates this year because it’s always so hard to choose! Don’t miss out—see our World Card Making Day Sketch Challenge for more info!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Card Making Idea: Flower Inside/Out Die-Cut Card

 

Look at this card! Susan designed it using Hot Off The Press’ Inside/Out Flower Die-Cut Cards, and it’s a really wonderful example of just how easy these cards make it to unleash some serious creativity.

 

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Designer’s Tip: Cover the flower die-cuts with contrasting patterned papers, then embellish the flower center with several tiny Dazzles™ flowers. Use the Dazzles™ swirls to decorate the large flower frame.

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

  1. Front: Fold the Inside/Out Flower Die-Cut card in half on the scored line. Now fold the left side of the front back (to the left), so the large flower shape extends on the right side. Cover the left side of the card front with Artful Watercolor striped paper. Trim the excess from the inside of the flower opening even with the card.
  2. Cover the large flower frame with Artful Watercolor purple/pink textured paper, trimming the edges even. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink as desired. Align the flower frame with the flower shape on the card front, just for placement. Add Artful Affirmations Dazzles™ swirls on the upper left and lower right edges of the flower frame, and trim the swirls even with the edges of the frame as shown. Foam tape the flower frame on the card front. Add Dazzles™ borders on the top and bottom edges of the striped paper. Place the large Dazzles™ butterfly on the teal portion of Artful Watercolor teal/green textured paper and trim evenly around the edges. Foam tape the body of the butterfly on the lower left edge of the frame.
  3. Inside: Cover the inside of the card with Artful Watercolor blue paper and ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Cut a 5” length of 1/8” wide teal grosgrain ribbon and glue it even with the right side of the card. Cover the medium sized solid flower die-cut with Artful Watercolor dark pink textured paper. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Place centered on the inside of the card, then close the card and adjust the petals so they are aligned with the flower opening from the front. Glue in place.
  4. Cover the small flower die-cut with the teal portion of the Artful Watercolor teal/green textured paper. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Foam tape centered on the dark pink flower. Place Dazzles™ tiny flowers clustered on the center of the small flower. Place “fly” on the bottom of the dark pink flower. Back the two small butterflies with Artful Watercolor purple or blue paper and glue near the dark pink flower as shown, making sure they don’t show from the front when the card is closed. Add “love more” and “worry less” near the lower left corner as shown.

 

Not only are these blank die-cut cards incredibly fun to work with and decorate, but they also make it easy to showcase some of your favorite papers! Susan used contrasting Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers, and you can see five different, coordinating papers even with the card closed! It’s kind of amazing when you think about it! I thought this was such a beautiful card that I just had to share. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – To see another project idea using Artful Watercolors papers, see our previous post here:

Artful Watercolor Card Making Project Using Triple Label Easel Template

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Pop-Up Box Card with Gold Shadow-Stamped Acetate!

Happy Wednesday! Here’s a gorgeous card that you might not have seen! Gail designed it for our Stamping 101 page—if you haven’t visited before, you should take a look. Stamping 101 features stamping basics, plus more advanced techniques, helpful hints, information on ink pads and of course, more projects!

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Designer Tip: Stamping on acetate with Metallic StazOn® can be slippery, so use light pressure. I used a color printer to journal “Mom” on the back panel, but black would work fine, or you could write “Mom” with a burgundy colored marker.

Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Card base: Cut six 2½”x2½” and one 2½”x5½” Roses & Lace green lace papers. Use Gold StazOn® to stamp the lace border centered at the bottom of three square pieces and the one long piece, then mat all of the pieces on the large pink rose paper with 1/8” borders. Follow the die-cut pop-up box instructions to assemble the box with Ultra Tape, but don’t install the inner supports yet. Close the box and lay flat on your work surface. Glue the stamped matted pieces onto the bottom panels with the long piece on the back panel (the one without an upper scored flap), then the remaining pieces onto the upper flaps (these will flop downward when the box is opened).

2. Card front: Open the box with the flaps down and the long panel at the back. Cut four 2 5/8”x2 5/8” pink lace papers. Journal “Mom” in burgundy on the center right side of one piece. Stamp the lace border in gold centered at the bottom of three pieces and at the top of the “Mom” piece, placing the scalloped edge on the edge of the paper. Cut 1/16” around the scalloped edge of the stamped lace, then mat all of the pieces on burgundy lace paper with 1/16” borders. Punch holes along the straight edge of the stamped lace, 1/8” from each side, and two holes centered at each scalloped valley, as shown. Lace with 1/8” ivory grosgrain, tying a bow at the center of two pieces. Glue the stamped matted pieces onto the three folded down panels and the “Mom” piece on the back panel, with the lace on the outer edge of each panel, and the bows on the center panels, as shown.

3. Supports: Stamp the lace border in gold centered at the top of two 2¾”x1½” green lace papers. Cut 1/16” around the scalloped edge of the stamped lace, then glue the strips even with the bottom of the two inner supports. Ultra Tape the two supports in place, as shown on the pop-up box instructions, close to the top open edge of the box (the lace edges extend above the opening.

4. TECHNIQUE: Shadow Stamping on Acetate: Stamp “Thinking of You” and “Wishing You a Beautiful Day” in gold on the heat resistant acetate, then stamp the same images over the first ones again with Scarlet SurfaceZ ink, offsetting the image up and to the right a bit for a shadow effect. Let dry, then cut out the sentiments and Zot™ onto the front and back panels, as shown. Use the same technique to stamp several small flowers, butterflies, hearts and scrolls. Cut out around the edge of each stamped image.

5. Zot™ ¼” wide strips from the acetate that comes with the pop-up box onto the backs of the pieces and Zot™ the other end of the strips onto the backs of the supports, arranging the pieces as shown. Zot™ on a scroll on the back panel and two tiny butterflies on the front and back panels.

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This card is just stunning, and our Pop-Up Box Die-Cut Cards will deliver flawless results! I hope you’re feeling inspired and ready to do a little creating of your own! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb

Hello everyone!!! I’m glad you’re here. If the Paper Wishes Blog ever gets a little bit quiet, you can be sure we are working on our next catalog filled with all kinds of amazing new craft products, card ideas and scrapbook layouts! It’s coming in less than a month (the beginning of September), but I’ll be bringing you an early look at some of my new crafting favorites that are inside!

We are well overdue for some great papercrafting inspiration, so I thought I’d bring you the best of the best, and falling squarely in this realm are Susan Cobb’s incredible matted photos! These layouts are from past Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes monthly kits.

If you haven’t heard of our monthly scrapbooking kits, they are incredible! Each month we send you 24 gorgeous sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers (before anyone else sees them!), tons of embellishments AND new crafting supplies (stamps, embossing folders, etc.). So here’s a layout that Susan did using some papers designed exclusively for our monthly scrapbookers:

 

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Here’s the first page, close up:

 

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At first glance, you might almost think Susan inked her photo mat edges black, but no! She has matted her photos on black cardstock with 1/16″ borders to provide some great contrast against the soft-colored papers. She then double-matted her photos on coordinating papers, and finished them off with a final 1/16″ black cardstock mat. I just love how clean and defined everything looks!

 

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By consistently matting her black-matted photos on yellow, and then onto her different coordinating papers, it ties all of her photos together for a unified look that I love! She used Pink Jewel Dazzles™ to add the perfect amount of sparkle, and the pink hearts paper matting her upper photos? It’s been embossed with the hearts, and then lightly sanded—what a great way to add in texture! (And yes, the embossing folder was included in the kit!)

Here’s another one of Susan’s layouts, also from our monthly Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kits. You might recognize the Artful Watercolor papers that she used. Monthly scrapbooking members get our newest papers before they are even released—another benefit to joining. In fact, most of us who work here at Paper Wishes are scrapbooking club members mainly for the papers! Yes, they are that good.

 

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So here’s her first page:

 

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Here Susan used the same black matting technique throughout to unify her look. On her photos, she used strips cut from Artful Watercolor striped paper to accent the bottom and side edges of her photos. This technique can also be used to fill the more “empty” spaces of a photo—try this next time instead of cropping!

She has also created her own artfully splattered paper to mat two of her images. You can try this out too! Just place a piece of watercolor paper and lightly brush one side with water. Then, use a toothbrush to pick up your colorant of choice (Susan used watercolor pencils) and run your thumb over the bristles to spatter your paper! You can do this with more than one color, and the colors will run together a bit more on the wet side of your paper. This technique goes great with the Artful Watercolor papers!

 

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Adding the eyelash fibers and paper blossoms to her photos adds even more interest, and the watercolor spattering is continued on the Gold Color Me™ tag embellishment. And all these embellishments (plus lots more!) come with every Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kit. I love pages like this, and I have to thank Susan for creating them. I hope you all feel a bit more inspired, and take a little time out to create. Don’t be afraid to take these techniques to your cardmaking as well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – To check out other Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes projects and to learn more, click here!

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Video Tutorial: Cardmaking Using Wildflowers Cutting Die With Sara Naumann

 

Hi everyone! It’s Friday and today’s my birthday!!! So to celebrate? I’m proofing the first pages of our upcoming Paper Wishes catalog! I know, I know… going a little wild here!

However, I just had to take a quick moment to share this video from Sara Naumann’s YouTube channel. Yesterday, Sara showed how to create a beautiful, mixed-media card using Hot Off The Press’ Wildflowers cutting die, along with Izinks and one of my favorite new products, Stick It adhesive sheets. Take a minute to watch—I just love how Sara doesn’t hesitate to dive right in and experiment with inks and paints and pigments of all sorts… so fun & inspiring!

 

 

You can check out Sara’s blog for Studio SN, here:

 

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I hope that watching this now has you racing for your craft table! Have a great weekend everyone, and I hope you all get the chance to do a little creating of your own! In parting, I’d like to share this quote that reminds me of myself today! 😀

 

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Cheers!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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New HOTP Stamp Set Featured In Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine With Projects From Sara Naumann

Flipping through July’s issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, I came across something wonderful—new cards from Sara Naumann featuring HOTP’s Postcards stamp set! Talk about a win-win! In the article, Sara shares her technique for painting with pigment ink. And it’s not just a good read – the projects are wonderful too! Here’s a peek at two of her cards that were featured:

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Sara Naumann, Scrap & Stamp Arts (July 2015)

 

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Sara Naumann, Scrap & Stamp Arts (July 2015)

 

Gorgeous! I know I’ve said it before, but I really enjoy Sara’s “light & bright” style, and I’m especially in love with the contrast on her second card! Below is a look at the stamp set that was used:

 

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The postcards are so lovely and detailed, and all the little accent stamps are perfect for adding your final touches. Be sure to check out Sara’s article to learn more about painting with pigments, and to see the rest of her cards! And for even more ideas, watch our webisode featuring this stamp set, below. You’ll see a great idea for using them on a scrapbook page as well!

 

 

For me, it’s always exciting to see what others are creating! If you’re feeling as inspired as I am, just pick up your Postcards stamps, some Artful Watercolor scrapbooking paper and July’s issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts (on sale now!), and you’ll be ready to go! Take care!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Vellum Magic Kit Update With Video Link

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I know many of you have purchased our incredible Vellum Magic Kit, but didn’t receive the video link! We’re sorry that this happened, but don’t worry! Here’s the video link—just click below!

 

Click here to view the Vellum Magic DVD.

 

Feel free to copy the link into you web browser at home—if you bookmark it, you will always be able to come back and watch the Vellum Magic video as many times as you like! This link will also be available on the Vellum Magic product page! And more good news—you will also find new Vellum Magic project ideas there as well!

So take a few minutes to watch the video. You’ll get to learn some of Paulette’s best vellum techniques and tips! Happy Friday! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Watch Paper Wishes Live Here!

Hello everyone! I really hope you were able to join us this morning for Paper Wishes LIVE because it was an absolute blast!!! I enjoyed meeting Sara Naumann for the first time, and it was wonderful seeing her and Paulette together again! Gail wowed us with so many amazing cards that I lost count, and our “Secret Guest” Ann arrived just in time to show us a seriously incredible final offer!

If you weren’t able to catch us live, you can still watch all the fun and creativity simply by clicking play below! All of the Paper Wishes LIVE segments are now available for viewing!

Thank you again for being a part of the Paper Wishes family!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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PROJECT: Heart Triple Easel Card from Teresa Welch

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible card from designer Teresa Welch (and I’m pretty certain that incredible is the only kind of card that woman makes!) It was featured on our webisode back in January – take a look!

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Supplies:

  • Emma’s Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Dark brown cardstock (link)
  • Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles™ Stickers (link)
  • Heart Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards (link)
  • 5 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • 3 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)

Instructions: 

  1. For the card: Place your large base with the fold at the top. Glue 4 3/8″x2 5/8″ Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper centered on 4½”x2¾” dark brown cardstock. Glue to the large base along the upper fold. Place 4 3/8″ Dazzles™ border across the tan diamonds paper ¼” from the top. Cover the inside with Emma’s Garden brown diamonds paper.
  2. Place your medium base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Place your small base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Glue the bottom edge of the medium base centered along the bottom edge inside the large base. Glue the small base centered along the bottom edge inside the medium base.
  3. Place a corner flower Dazzles™ on the Emma’s Garden papers shown. Cut along the Dazzles™ edges as shown and glue to the lower right corner. Back the single flower Dazzles™ as shown and place on the lower left. Foam tape a 5/8″ Dazzles™ flower centered near the bottom edge as shown.
  4. For the large heart: Cover the large heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the large heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden teal floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the flower Dazzles™ shown with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place “hello friend” Dazzles™ across the center. Place the pearls on the flower centers as shown, and set aside.
  5. For the medium heart: Cover the medium heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the medium heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the Dazzles™ rose with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place two small Dazzles™ flowers and pearls as shown, and set aside.
  6. For the small heart: Cover the small heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the small heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden pink floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the 1¾”x7/8″ Dazzles™ flower with Emma’s Garden papers and glue at the lower right. Place Dazzles™ “thinking of you,” small flowers, and the pearls as shown.
  7. Assembly: Glue the bottom of the small heart aligned with the matching point on the front of the small card base front. Close the medium base and glue the bottom of the medium heart aligned with the front medium card base, making sure the small heart is covered when the card is closed. Repeat to glue the large heart in place, making sure it covers the other hearts. Fold each base to display the card as shown.

Honestly, I am really impressed with this card as it is so lovely, but the supply list is still so short! Sometimes, gorgeous paper and some coordinating Dazzles™ are all it takes! Teresa herself designed these adorable Triple Heart Easel Cards and now you’ll have two different ways to make them! The card above was created using the Heart Triple Easel die-cut card package below. These come in a pack of three, and are SO MUCH FUN because you dive right in and start decorating. It’s instant gratification – who doesn’t love that?!

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But! Sometimes we dream of making a black card. Or a pink card. Or any color besides white! So in one week, our Summer 2015 Paper Wishes catalog will feature several new templates including Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Triple Easel Card Template, making it simple to create these magnificent cards in any color!

As I said before, this template will be available when our new catalog comes out next Friday. But do you know what I really don’t like? When somebody shows me something that I can’t buy yet. So frustrating! But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered!  Today I found a sneaky way for you to get this template before it’s released, and two more, below!

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This bundle of items is already available on the Paper Wishes website! Mysterious circumstances perhaps, but it’s there for you to take a look! The Star Triple Easel Card Template you see above is equally amazing, and the Center Step Card Template is a best-seller that’s already available. I hope you find this cardmaking project as awesome as I do! May it inspire you to create one of your own! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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