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How to Use Kaisercraft’s DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial

March 6, 2018

Do you have a Kaisercraft DIY Cuts Machine at home?  Have you ever been interested in learning a little more about it?  Are there any questions you might have about this machine such as “How to get your B Plates to stop from bending?”  Today for Tutorial Tuesday I am focusing completely on the DIY Cuts Machine.  I have attached a Video Tutorial showing you exactly how I use the machine and I can do my best to answer any questions you might have about it.  It will probably make more sense for you to watch the Video first and then read through the notes below.

DIY Cuts Machine Video Tutorial

 

How to Use Kaisercraft's DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial By Alicia McNamara

 

The DIY Cuts Machine is perfect for all your Die Cutting and Embossing needs.  Included with your purchase of the machine is Five Plates.  In the Video I step you through each one including the Base Plate, The Cutting Plate B (Which you receive two of in your box), The Adapter Plate C and the Metal Adapter Plate.  These plates are placed in different positions depending on if you are Die Cutting or Embossing.

Technique #1 – Die Cutting

How to Use Kaisercraft's DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft has a complete range of Decorative Dies and new Dies are released each month to co-ordinate with the Paper Collections.  To cut with a Decorative Die you need:

Materials Needed:

The DIY Cuts Machine, a Decorative Die, Card Stock and the Die Release Tool.

Die Cutting Sandwich:

When Die Cutting, the Cutting Sandwich I use is:

Base Plate, B Plate, Metal Adapter Plate, Cardstock and Die, C Plate

Instructions:

Position your Cutting Sandwich into the machine and turn the handle to roll the plates through.

Remove the paper from the Decorative Die with the Die Release Tool.

View Kaisercraft’s complete range of Decorative Dies here.

Technique #2 – Stamping and Die Cutting

How to Use Kaisercraft's DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft has a gorgeous range of Decorative Die and Matching Stamp Sets.

Materials Needed:

The DIY Cuts Machine, a Decorative Die with Matching Stamp Set, Card Stock, Ink, Acrylic Block, Washi Tape and the Die Release Tool.

Die Cutting Sandwich:

When Die Cutting, the Cutting Sandwich I use is:

Base Plate, B Plate, Metal Adapter Plate,Cardstock and Die, C Plate

Instructions:

Stamp Your chosen image onto Card Stock.

Choose matching Die and tape the die onto the stamped image.

Position your Cutting Sandwich into the machine and turn the handle to roll the plates through.

Remove the paper from the Decorative Die with the Die Release Tool.

View Kaisercraft’s complete range of Dies and Stamp Sets here.

Technique #3 Embossing

How to Use Kaisercraft's DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft has a comprehensive range of Embossing Folders that co-ordinate perfectly with each Monthly Collection of Papers.

Materials Needed:

The DIY Cuts Machine, an Embossing Folder, Card Stock, Ink (optional).

Embossing Sandwich:

When Embossing, the Embossing Sandwich I use is:

Base Plate, B Plate, Metal Adapter Plate,Cardstock and Embossing Folder, B Plate

Instructions:

Place your Card Stock into the Embossing Folder.

Position your Embossing Sandwich into the machine and turn the handle to roll the plates through.

Remove the paper from the Embossing Folder.

Ink over the Embossed card if desired.

View Kaisercraft’s complete range of Embossing Folders here.

How to Use Kaisercraft's DIY Cuts Machine with Video Tutorial By Alicia McNamara

The Kaisercraft DIY Cuts Machine is such a useful tool for the craft room.  It allows you to create beautiful die cuts and embossed designs that can make your crafty projects so beautiful.  I know I certainly couldn’t live without mine!

I hope you have found this Tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions or suggestions for future Tutorials please let me know in the comments below.

Have a lovely crafty day,

Alicia : )

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Alicia McNamara Card Making Havana Nights

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards

January 25, 2018

Do you love the colours in the new Havana Nights collection? They are so tropically colourful and I am a colour lover, are you?   The Havana Nights collection makes me think of what it would be like to live on an island…soaking up the sun rays all day by the pool and at the beach, sipping coconut drinks, wearing flowers in my hair…of course I would always have a lovely tan and look amazing in a bikini as well ; )

Today I am sharing a Process Video and I’m stepping you through how I made a set of bright and cheery Havana Nights cards.  This set of four cards is guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and maybe have them dreaming about an island lifestyle too!

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Havana Nights ~ Set of Four Bright and Cheery Cards

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products You Will Need:

12 x 12 Papers

P2451 Tropic

P2457 Ceramic

P2458 Exotic

PS512 Bamboo Die Cut

SS354 Sticker Sheet

CT897 Collectables

 

FL616 Flourish pack – Tropics

SB710 Orange Rhinestones

DD469 Hanami Flowers Decorative Die

CD511 C6 Card Pack – White

Other Products:

Navy Sewing Thread

Orange Misting Spray

White Misting Spray

Process to Make the Cards:

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Cut Exotic Reverse Paper to 10cm x 15cm and adhere to base of card.

Cut strips of three tiles from Ceramic Paper  layer to left-hand side of card with Foam tape.

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Fussy Cut flowers from Tropic Paper and diecut four Hanami Flowers die from Tropic Reverse.

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Cut four squares from Bamboo Die Cut Specialty Paper.  Glue to centre of cards.

Layer Green leaves from Sticker Sheet and Collectables onto centre of cards.

Layer Hanami Flowers Die, Fussy-cut flowers and Navy Sewing Thread onto centre of cards.

Choose four sentiments from Collectables and position in bottom right-hand corner of cluster.

Add two flowers and one tile from Collectable pack to cards.

Embellish with Wooden Flourishes, Orange Rhinestones, and white and orange Misting Spray splatters.

 How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Watch the Process Video here:

I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial.  Have a lovely, crafty day!

Alicia xxoo

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Alicia McNamara Christmas Open Road

DIY Australian Themed Christmas Cards Tutorial

December 19, 2017

Do you send any Christmas Cards Overseas?  Have you ever bought Australian Themed Christmas Cards or made any of your own? I have a few special Overseas friends and family members I like to send Christmas cards to.  A quick search on Google doesn’t bring up a huge selection of hand made Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  I searched the archives of my blog and found some Australian Themed cards from several years ago.  I have a fond spot for the Aussie Christmas Card, but not many people seem to make them.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

This week I have been shopping and wrapping along with everyone else in this mad rush of Christmas preparations.  So Christmas has certainly been on my mind, and while I was deciding what to make for my Tutorial today, I thought of the possibility of combining the very Australian, Open Road Collection with a Christmas Card Theme.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

 

When I make a set of cards I like to try and make ten cards.  This is a nice round number and gives you a good stash of cards to send out to family and friends and also is a nice number to sell if you decide to sell your cards.  Sometimes it is hard to create such a large number and I stop at four or five or six.  Today I managed the full ten set.  I tried to keep the cards fairly simple because I know people often prefer to make Christmas Cards in bulk.  These took me about a day to make, but could be quicker for you if you follow this tutorial.  I have included a Video Tutorial for you as well if you are more of a Visual person.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Tutorial to make a Set of Ten Australian Themed Christmas Cards

Step One – Gather Your Supplies

I like to collect all my Kaisercraft Supplies that I think I might use in my project and have them on my desk ready to go.  This saves me having to rummage through my craft room looking for things and it reminds me what I have.  Even if I don’t use all the supplies that is ok…it is just handy to have them within reach and for inspiration.

Step Two – Prepare the Base Cards

For these card I worked from the Base up.  I chose ten papers from the Paper Pad to decorate the base of each card and I inked everything with Bark Ink.  Once the base was ready I could concentrate on the design elements.

Step Three – Decide on Focal Point

I love the Australian Map Decorative Die and I really wanted to use this in the card set.  I decided to cut it from Corrugated Card to give a Rustic effect.  I also wanted the Sentiment – Merry Christmas, to be a part of the Focal Point.  First I cut all of these sentiments out in Orange paper from the Paper Pad, but once I had them on the card I realised the orange was not a strong enough colour so I cut them all again from red card stock.  The red made the sentiment pop out more and added a touch of red for a more Christmassy feel to the cards.

Step Four – Layer the Background

I felt the Australian Map die needed something to anchor onto so I decided to create a 9cm x 9cm square.  I didn’t want the square to be completely plain so I stamped it with some gum leaves and Australian flowers.  Then I fussy-cut leaves from two 12×12 Papers P2447 Bushwalk and P2442 Roaming.  I arranged these with some Collectables in a diagonal fashion from corner to corner of the square.

Step Five – Embellish

Next I decorated my cards with Wooden Flourishes, Natural Twine and Mini Paper Blooms to add some texture to the cards.  Finally I finished with a few splashes of brown misting spray.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Video Tutorial

Here is the Process Video I made while making my Australian Themed Christmas Cards:

Kaisercraft Supplies: P2442 Roaming | P2447 Bushwalk | CS317 Clear Stamps | PP1034 Paper Pd | CT896 Collectables | FL615 Flourish Pack – Australiana | CD512 C6 Card Pack – Kraft | IP724 Ink Pad – Bark | CD113 12 x 12 Card Stock – Vanilla | CD133 12 x 12 Card Stock – Cherry | CB153 Corrugated Cardboard | LDB1059 Natural Twine | F650 Mini Paper Blooms – Olive |

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

I hope you have enjoyed my Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  This is my last personal post on the blog before “The Big Day” so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a magical 2018.  Take time to enjoy the peaceful moments and remember to snap some photos to scrap!  We will be needing them ; )

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Don’t make Christmas Cards? Check out my Kaisercraft Mini Album and Advent Calendar from another Christmas here.

Happy Crafting,

Alicia

xxoo

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Alicia McNamara Card Making Romantique

Romantique Set of Six Cards with Instructions

November 23, 2017

I love to make co-ordinating sets of cards.  Once I have the design I think it makes good sense to repeat it and make multiples.  This way I have more cards to share with family and friends.  Today I am sharing the instructions to make a set of six cards using the Romantique Collection.  Each card follows the same basic design, but is slightly different.  These cards are found in this month’s Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine which can be dowloaded here.  Full instructions are also include in the magazine.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products you Will Need:

  • PP1032 Paper Pad
  • CT894 Collectables
  • Decorative Dies – DD705 Swirl Flourish, DD547 Circle Vines, DD757 Large Flourishes, DD753 Nesting Stitched Rectangle, DD793 Ornate Pack 1
  • DD793Pearls – Chino,
  • F658 Mini Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink,
  • BRB606 Organza Ribbon,
  • PT227 Glitter Tape – Gold,
  • CD511 C6 Card pack – White,
  • GC105 Glitter Card Stock – Champagne.
  • Other: Cheese Cloth

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Steps to Make the Set of Six Cards:

  1. Select 5 papers from the Paper Pad and cut out with the largest Nesting Stitched Rectangle Die. Adhere to the front cover of each of the C6 Card bases and trim the Card Base to fit the Nesting Die exactly.
  2. Take gold foil lace paper from Paper Pad and cut into strips. Adhere one lace strip onto each card next to some gold Glitter tape vertically to the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Select another 5 papers from the Paper Pad and cut out with the 8cm x 10cm (3 inches x 4 inches) Nesting Stitched Rectangle Die. Layer onto the centre left-hand side of the card with foam tape.
  4. Cut six photo corners from the Ornate Pack 1 Decorative Die out of Champagne Glitter Card Stock and adhere to each card in the top right-hand corner.
  5. Fussy cut six gold frames from GOLD FRAMES – GOLD FOIL 12×12 paper
  6. Cut 2 x Large Flourish Dies, 1 Swirl Flourish Die and 1 Circle Vine Die from paper in Paper Pad. Layer dies under gold frames with cheese cloth. Mount gold fames with foam tape.
  7. Fussy cut some floral clusters, birds on a branch and butterflies from PARISIAN. Layer fussy cut images and collectables onto front of cards. Choose a sentiment for each card from the Paper Pad or Collectables and adhere to card in the bottom right hand corner of the card.
  8. Embellish with Dusty Pink Mini Paper Blooms, Chino Pearls and Organza Bows.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

The Romantique Collection is just the prettiest…I adore the gold touches and the romantic images.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

 

Let me know if you decide to re-create these cards or use them as inspiration for your own design.  I would love to see what you make.

Happy crafting,

Alicia : )

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Alicia McNamara Romantique Scrapbooking layout

Romantique Layout with Process Video by Alicia

November 17, 2017

Are you loving the Romantique Collection as much as I am?

There are lots of lovely pastel colours in this collection, but today I picked out the more natural tones to suit my photograph.

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

This collection has a beautiful page of butterflies.  I adore butterflies and I love to use them in my projects.  They make creating so easy.  I fussy cut some from this paper and then used them in my Layout.

P2426 Primrose

Templates

I also wanted to use a new Template:

IT455 6×6 Designer Template – Fleur Damask

and one of my old favourites:

IT001 Designer Templates – Cherry Blossom

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

I filmed a Process Video of how I made the layout if you would like to take a look…

Decorative Dies

I used two Decorative Dies in my Layout:

DD547 – Circle Vines

and my trusty favourite:

DD757 Large Flourishes

I wove these dies in and out of the butterflies in my diagonal design.

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara
Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Wooden Flourishes

I painted some Wooden Flourishes with Gold paint and added them into the design.

FL613 Flourish Pack – Pretty

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Mini Paper Blooms

I also added in some Mini Paper Blooms for added texture:

F645 – Honey

F644 – Coconut

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

I hope you like the layout.  I am in love with the Romantique Collection and I had a lovely time putting together my layout.

Have you visited my You Tube channel? If you love Kaisercraft products like me you might enjoy my videos.  See them all here.

Happy Crafting,

Alicia : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2426 Primrose | P2428 Boutique | P2425 Bourdoir | FL613 Flourish Pack – Pretty | DD547 Decorative Die – Circle Vines | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | F645 Mini Paper Blooms – Honey | F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut | CD110 12 x 12 Card Stock – Mocha | CB153 Corrugated Cardboard | KC050 Kaiser Colour – Metallic Gold Paint | IT455 6×6 Designer Template – Fleur Damask | IT001 Designer Templates – Cherry Blossom |

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