Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How to make paper bows

1. First download the free paper bow printable template HERE.  
2. Print the template on the back side of your patterned paper and cut along the dashed lines.
Print template

Cut out

3. Add adhesive to the center of the bow and fold one of the ends over to the center without creasing the fold.  Repeat for the other end.
Adhere loops

4. Add adhesive to the center section and fold it over the middle of the bow.
Adhere center

5. Add foam squares to the base of the bow and place the bow on top of the base.
Finished bow

Paper bows are great focal accents for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. 
(From scrapbook$cards today

How to do braid your paper

Braid Your Paper

We love this great woven paper project from Lisa Storms in our August 2012 issue. It’s amazing the techniques you can do with just paper. Here are the step-by-steps for making this easy project.
Step 1: Adhere white and blue strips perpendicular onto second white strips.
Step 2: Adhere second blue strip perpendicular onto perviously adhered strips, as shown.
Step 3: Fold right white strip over to left side, being sure to line up with the left strips.
Step 4: Repeat with the left white strip over to the right side.
Step 5: Continue with next color; repeat, always making sure to keep your strips lined up
  From scrapbook

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Zig Zag Card

Tri-fold cards...
... are an easy effect to achieve

Tri-fold cards, or Zig Zag cards as they are sometimes called, must be the easiest effect to create
Just grab your trusty metal ruler, a sharp craft knife and your imagination and away we go.

This little tutorial is here to help you get the results you want and there are many ways to decorate this card once you have the basic shape.
I have used silver peel offs around the edges of the shape to acentuate it.
And the dragonfly is also a peel off and it is attached to acetate.
Bend the wings up to give movement and add to the card with a small blob of silicone. 

Take your A4 piece of card,
21 x 29.7 cms
(8 1/4 x 11 3/4")
in any colour, pattern or finish you desire and lay it out on your cutting mat.
Then from the short edge, measure in 10cms (3 7/8") score and fold the card either way.
Turn the card around and measure the same distance from the other short edge, but this time fold the opposite way.
Your card will now have folds in it as in the photo.

From the left edge measure in 6.5 cms (2 1/2") and make a small pencil mark at the top of the card.
From the bottom right hand side of the card measure up 6.5 cms (2 1/2") and make another small mark. 

Get the trusty metal ruler out and place it along the card.
Join up the two marks you have just made, and with your sharp craft knife cut through the card.
But wait......

If you want a different look to your cards then make a swirly cut instead and see what a difference that makes.
It is done free hand and as long as you go from the top left mark to the bottom right one it will look good. 

You should now have two pieces of card. The large one is your base to decorate, but the smaller one could be another card.
Use it as a gift card or a small "Thank you" card, but don't throw it away.....remember crafters waste nothing!

Maybe you would prefer to decorate the top with your punches for another look.
How you finish the card is open to your imagination and the embellishments you have to hand.
You can keep it quite plain or jazz it up.
And don't forget to decorate the inside or add an Insert to your tri-fold cards, to give them a professional finish.
( carding making magic .com)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Joy Fold Card

Joy fold Card

Joy fold cards are basically two cards rolled into one. You can get some really great results using a variety of contrasting papers on the different panels of the card and you can also experiment with shape, size and fold placement for unique looks.

White card stock 41/4" x 10"
White card stock 3" x 8"
Patterned paper 4" x 33/4"
Patterned paper 4" x 53/4"
Patterned paper 33/4" x 23/4"
Choice of embellishments
1. Start with the 41/4" x 10" piece of cardstock. Measure 6" from one of the short sides, score and fold. You should now have a folded card that has a back measuring 41/4" x 6" and a front measuring 41/4" x 4".

2. Fold the 3" x 8" piece of card stock in half to make a folded card measuring 3" x 4".

3. Adhere the 4" x 53/4" patterned paper to the inside of the larger card leaving a small border as shown in the picture below.

 This how card looks done.
 Done by Wanda Thompsen

Card Folds

 From google .com

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cris Cross Card how to make

Cris cross cards get their name from the two panels that cross over the front of the card.  You'll get different looks depending on your measurements and how you cut and fold the panels, but once you have the basic idea you can easily experiment by altering sizes, shapes and folds.
1.  Start with a piece of card stock measuring 5" x 12".

2.  Score at 31/2" and again at 81/2".

3.  Fold along the score lines pressing firmly to achieve nice, sharp folds.

4.  Cut away some of the outside panels using a craft knife or trimmer.  The measurement and shape of the cut is up to you and the outcome you are trying to achieve.  I cut mine from the top of the fold to 11/2" up from the bottom of the card.

5.  Now that you have the basic card you can add some patterned paper and embellishments.  I added a 43/4" square of patterned paper to the inside of the card, then cut smaller pieces to fit the panels, inside and out.

6.  I used a border punch and some matching card stock to add a trim around the top edges of the card.

7.  I added a piece of ribbon all the way around the outside of the card, securing it with double sided tape except in the section where I wanted to add a bow.

8.  Your focal image or sentiment can be added to the top front panel of the card.  It only needs to be secured on one side.  Alternatively, you can create a decorative band that slips over the card and holds it closed.

9.  I added a bow on the left side of the second panel, which tucks over the top of the focal image effectively holding the card closed.  Easy!

All instructions and images are copyright Beccy Muir 2012.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Easy Hot Chocolate Or Hot Cider Holder

 Hot Chocolate or Hot Cider Holder

Here's paper cut in 4 1/2 wide by 12 long
Then score at  5 1/2 turn paper score again at 5 1/2
Fold at score marks
I used green and white card stock
Punch two holes near  top
Ran ribbon threw the wholes
Added pre made label
Added tape to hold bag in side of holder
Here's what it looks like finshied