Do you like to create your own Bookmarks? They make a lovely gift to share with a friend and they are quick and fun to make. Plus they can be very useful and re-used over and over again by those who love to read. Today the Design Team were asked to create a bookmark using the beautiful Anthology Collection. This post includes eight beautiful bookmarks and three Video Tutorials to provide some inspiration especially for you….
”Today’s Story” Bookmark Tag by Rikki Graziani
Kaisercraft Products: Anthology Collection: P2542 Entomology | PP1045 Paper Pad | CT938 Collectables
The idea of a bookmark for me is that it is not too bulky – so although I need something pretty it has to be functional too.
I love how the design team can come up with the same basic idea, and yet totally different projects.
My bookmark is a plain triangle created out of patterned paper that slides over the corner of your book pages, as well as acts as
a great reminder to ‘always be grateful’.
Are you inspired to make your own bookmark? If so please share your creations with us by tagging #kaisergallery on Social Media, or by uploading your creation to Kaisercraft Corner, our own private Facebook Group. We love to see your work.
Layering is an effective and popular way of adding dimension to a project. Today the Design Team have come up with some Tips for Layering that might be helpful to you when adding layers to your creations.
Summer card by Tatiana Yemelyanenko
For adding volume to my project I used collectables, fussy cut images and stamped embellishments. I also added sisal to make the composition lighter and airy.
When fussy cutting dont be afraid to layer in shapes, like I have done here in circles with everything coming out from that!!
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom Collection : P2554 Bloomed |P2556 Rosebud | PP1046 Paper Pad
Love Always Layout by Jowilna Nolte
Layer with a purpose.
For this layout I added layered clusters of flowers just below my photograph to ground the photo.
The layering gives the photo somewhere to sit and also frames the image beautifully.
You can also layer ink colours like I did, using two different shades of pink for interest.
Layer stamping on top of inked backgrounds to add interest.
So there are several ways to add layering to your layouts and cards – but always have a purpose for what you are doing.
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom Collection : P2554 Bloomed |P2553 Posie | P2556 Rosebud | CT939 Full Bloom Collectables | SS365 Sticker Sheet | CS329 Acrylic Stamp Set
Other: White Cardstock, Gesso, Ink, Sewing Machine, VersaFine ink, Watercolour Paint
“Full Bloom Mini Pages”~ by Kylie Kingham
A helpful layering tip I have always worked with is not being afraid to cut stickers or collectables in half to layer behind or underneath focal points and to build depth. By doing so you are able to get more from your supplies and make them go further.
Arranging the layers in slightly angled way gives lots of dimension to your work.Add the embellishments/die cuts in different levels to give more depth to your composition,you can also use foam tape for the top most layer.
Are you inspired to think about layering in your own creative projects? What tips could you add for fellow crafters? Please mention them in the comments below. Remember to share your gorgeous work by tagging #kaisergallery on Social Media or by uploading your creations into Kaisercraft Corner, our own private Facebook Group.
Do you like to make cards? Are you loving the Anthology Collection? Last weekend I taught four classes at the Scrapbook and Paper Craft Expo in Brisbane and my Anthology ~ Set of 10 Cards was my most popular class. So I thought I would make another set of Anthology Cards, but this time I chose to add a bit of Mixed Media into the cards as well.
I do enjoy making sets of ten cards. This allows you to have a big stash of cards ready and on hand for those upcoming birthdays or when you need a quick thank you card etc. The sentiments for each of these cards came from the back of the Paper Pad. There are plenty of sentiments at the back of each Kaisercraft Paper Pad that are perfect for adding to a card.
I filmed a Video Tutorial for this Blog Post and I also have a written Step-By-Step Tutorial with photographs to assist you to re-create these cards. I also have a lot of other tutorials on my You Tube Channel, if you are interested in Videos. The corresponding written tutorials are on my blog. All my projects, videos and tutorials feature Kaisercraft Products.
Kaisercraft Products: CD512 Card Pack C6 Kraft |IT033 Film Strip Template | CS328Clear Stamp Set | CT938 Collectables | DD490 Texture Honeycomb Die | PP1045 Paper Pad | FL626 Flourish Pack Curiosities | IP721 Gum Leaf Ink Pad | IP724 Bark Ink Pad | IP722 Red Gum Ink Pad | IP733 Vine Ink Pad | Other: Water colour Paint and Yellow Sewing Thread |
Instructions to Create a Set of 10 Cards:
How to make a Set of 10 Cards using the Anthology Collection and a few Mixed Media techniques.
Prepare Base Cards by painting on some water colour stripes and then inking the edges with Bark Ink.
Use Templates and a Mixture of Inks (Gum leaf, Vine and Red Gum) to create another layer on the base of each card.
Choose 1 sheet from the 6 1/2 inch Paper Pad. Cut it in half at 3 1/4 inches. Cut each half into 1 1/4 inch strips. This will give you ten strips measuring 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Ink edges with Bark Ink.
Choose two papers from Paper Pad to use for the Texture Honeycomb Die. Cut five die cuts and then cut each one in half to make ten, one for each card.
Position die cut and paper strip onto each card. Staple to attach.
Choose some stamps and stamp onto card with Bark Ink.
Embellish each card with Collectables, Wooden Flourishes, Sentiments from Paper Pad and yellow sewing thread. Attach with a mixture of foam tape and liquid glue.
Spritz with brown misting spray.
Stamp bird on branch on the inside of each card with Bark Ink.
Stamp bird in glass jar stamp onto matching envelopes.
Photographs of Each Card
Video Tutorial ~ Set of 10 Cards
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any suggestions for future Tutorials, please leave a comment below.
Thank you so much for reading/watching and have a crafty day!
Embossing folders…do you use them often? Do you have an enviable Embossing Folder collection? Every month Kaisercraft releases beautiful new embossing folders to coordinate with the two new collections. This month’s gorgeous Embossing folders are:
EF285 Little Buds and EF284 Distressed Dots
The Design Team was asked to create a project featuring one of these Embossing Folders. Can you determine which embossing folder they used?
Full Bloom Cards by Kylie Kingham
Embossing folder EF285
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom collection- PP1046 Paper Pad, CT939 Collectables, EF285 Little Buds Embossing Folder, IP725 Petal Pink Ink Pad, CD511 White
Other: Heart Punch, Black felt pen
”Thankful” Layout by Rikki Graziani
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom Collection: P2550 Florist | PS529 Frame Cluster Die | PS530 Blooming Rose Gold | PP1046 Paper Pad | CT939 Collectables |EF284 Distress Dots Embossing Folder
For my card, I used the Little Buds Embossing Folder EF285.
To add some colour and make the embossing stand out more, I inked the top half of my embossing folder with a grey ink, misted with water
and then embossed the tiny floral paper from the paper pad.
Once dry, the embossed pattern was a lot more visible than on the white background of the paper.
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom collection- PP1046 Paper Pad |EF285 Little Buds Embossing Folder | P2550 Florist | SS365 Sticker Sheet | F641 Dusty Pink Paper Blooms | CD509 Kraft Card Pack Square
Other: Thread, sewing machine, grey ink, white cardstock
“So Very Grateful” Layout By Alicia McNamara
Embossing Folder Layout Video Tutorial
Kaisercraft Products: P2558 Garden Bed | P2554 Bloomed | PP1046 Paper Pad | CT939 Collectables | FL627 Flourish Pack | IP725 Petal Pink Ink Pad | SB786 Rose Pearls | EF265 Little Buds Embossing Folder | DD489 Rose Cluster Decorative Die | Other: Cheese Cloth | White Misting Spray
“Happy Birthday” Full Bloom Card by Donna Espiritu
Kaisercraft Products: Full Bloom collection- PP1046 Paper Pad | CT939 Collectables | EF285 Little Buds Embossing Folder | IP725 Petal Pink Ink Pad | CD501 Card Pack Square White | F649 Sage, F658 Dusty Pink Mini-Paper Bloom | T321 Acid-Free Craft Glue | T303 Foam Tape
Other: Doily | Thread | Brown and White Glimmer Mist
Which Kaisercraft Embossing Folder is your favourite?
Share your Embossing Folder creations with us by tagging #kaisergallery or by sharing with our wonderful crafting community, Kaisercraft Corner.
We all began this amazing Paper Crafting Hobby at some stage in our lives. When you are starting from the beginning it is often helpful to gather as many tips as possible to help you create the projects you wish to make. Today we are dedicating this post to “Tips for Beginners” and the Design Team have collated Four Helpful Tips for those crafters who are just beginning their crafty journey…or anyone else who enjoys learning a helpful tip along the way…
Tips for Beginners #1 – Use a Sketch
“Shine Like the Stars Card” by Cathy McGrath
Sometimes to kick start creativity, a sketch can be a great starting place. It can help to plan a design or when you are at a loss for design inspiration, provide the ‘mojo’ you may need in order to move forward. You can follow the sketch as it is, or rotate it or even replace some of the suggested shapes with ones that best suit your project.
Below is a sketch based on the card that I have created using papers from the Stargazer Paper Pad. This sketch could easily be adapted and be used to create a design for a square card. As you can see, some of the elements have been adapted to suit my project.
Beginner Tip: Hope to use your photo as a focal point.- Here in my layout you can see I have used three photos, all of the same image. I have printed two slightly smaller and used them more as a background or ‘accessory’to my layout.Even though all 3 images are the same your eye is drawn to the centre image for a few reasons. For one it is obviously larger, but I have also backed my photo with some darker paper and have attached it to my layout with foam dots, giving it that ‘framed’and raised appearance. Even though there is still plenty going on in and around my main photo, that is still the point my eyes are drawn to.
Tips for Beginners #3 – Make the Most of Your Crafty Products
5 Cards Using 1 Embossing Folder – by Renee Aslette
Today, my tip for beginners is to get the most out of the things that you have.
I used Embossing Folder – Constellation EF283. In the video below, I will show you 5 ways I used the same embossing folder. I then created 5 cards, in a set, using these embossed pieces and the Stargazer Collection.
Tip 1 – Embossing with Cardstock
This is the way most of us use an embossing folder. Insert the cardstock into the Embossing Folder and put it through the DIYCuts Machine.
Tip 2 – Inking with the Folder on Side 1
For this I used the raised side of the embossing folder. I then inked that side using Ink Pad – Lagoon IP727. Then I added the cardstock and ran it through the DIYCuts Machine.
Tip 3 – Embossing Folder & Kaisercraft Art Foam
For this technique I wanted to show how versatile a piece of art foam is. Not only can it be used for flowers, but you can use it in an embossing folder, and even die cut it.
Place the art foam piece in the embossing folder and run it through the DIYCuts Machine.
Tip 4 – Inking on the Embossing Folder on Side 2
Ink directly onto the Embossing Folder on the Reverse side. I used Ink Pad – Black IP719. It creates a reverse pattern.
Tips 5 – Using a Brayer and Kaisercraft Paint
This one was a bit of an experiment for myself too. I have always wanted to try it. The thing is, if you try different things, sometimes they come off, and other times they turn out great!!!
I added Kaisercraft – Coastal Blue KC020 onto the brayer with a paint brush. Then roll directly onto the embossing folder. I did both sides for this one to see which result I liked the best.
Here is the video tutorial to show you how I created each card.
“Live for the Moments You Cant Put into words” Layout by Alicia McNamara
My Tip for beginners just starting out in Papercrafting is to colour match your photograph to the papers you are working with. In this example I have taken the blue and white tones from the colours in the the photograph and tried to choose papers and flowers that match those colours. Its a very simple technique but I feel it is crucial to making a layout easy to look at. If your photograph doesn’t match the colours of your papers you can always edit the photo to black and white or sepia colours.
Video Tutorial Explaining this Tip:
Kaisercraft Products: P2536 Starry Night | P2539 Astronomy | P2533 Moonlight| SS363 Sticker Sheet | SF916 Navy | SF917 BlueBell | DD492 DIY Flora Gerbera | DD198 Decorative Die – Provincial Flourish | DD793 Decorative Die – Ornate Pack 1 | IP719 Ink Pad – Black | F630 Iceberg Paper Blooms | IT466 Diamond Flourish Template |
Other: Cheesecloth | Black Sewing Thread | White and Blue Misting Sprays |
We hope you have found these Tips helpful. Maybe you have a Tip you can add into the comments below that might help someone else on their crafty journey. We are all continually learning so its nice to be able to stop and share something that might benefit a fellow creator. The crafting community is one of the best parts of this hobby. If you havent already joined Kaisercraft Corner our own private Facebook Group you might want to consider it. You can ask questions, share projects and get lots of inspiration in this group and its full of lots of friendly crafters of all skill levels. A perfect place to gain some tips…feel free to ask a question, you are bound to receive many helpful answers.