Good morning how are you all? Rikki here with my share this month using the stunning new Kaisercraft Collection Anthology….
Today I am sharing with you a layout that was seen in this months Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine, and if you havent seen this months magazine I would recommend it, theres some amazing work from the very, talented Design Team and a feature showing you how to use Anthology’s Shadow Box Die Cut !!!
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.
Hello everyone! Donna here with a project using the Stargazer collection.
I knew I wanted to create a scrapbook layout using one of the many photos of my daughter while she’s asleep. I love taking photos of her while she looks like a little angel… coz when once she wakes up, well… you know what happens when our little angels are awake :D
So on to my layout… I turned my photo into black and white so it will blend beautifully with the colors of the Stargazer collection.
The background paper already has dark blue splatters but I still added more using white, black, turquoise and lavender misting sprays. After placing everything I splattered all the misting sprays again with the photo covered so it won’t get any unwanted splatters.
I used the Navy art foam sheet to create the flowers and accentuated them with Ice Blue Rhinestones. It turned out really pretty! Love the contrast of the dark blue flowers and how the rhinestones sparkle. I only used two layers of art foam flowers though compared to the others I did with 3-4 layers. The dark color and the petals already made the flowers look fuller so I kept it with just two layers.
Using foam dots really create depth or dimension to any project. I’ve used it to adhere the doily and photo. As well as some of the Collectables and art foam flowers. I’ve also added word art strips and stickers as the final touch to my layout.
Have you seen Kaisercraft’s new Art Foam Sheets? They come in 22 beautiful colours and are very delicate and soft. At 0.8mm thick the Art Foam Sheets are easy to manipulate and perfect for flower making. Today the Design Team have used the Kaisercraft Art Foam Sheets with a variety of new Kaisercraft dies that have just been released and are designed to be used especially with the Kaisercraft Art Foam. The flowers were then incorporated into some gorgeous projects…
”Be Silly… ” Art Foam Layout By Rikki Graziani
I used the new Art Foam for making my own flowers…..
Kaisercraft Products: Memory Lane Collection: P2523 Misty Rose | P2524 Spring Rose | P2529 Jade Jewel |SS362 Sticker Sheet | CT936 Collectables | SF901 White Art Foam Sheets | DD485 DIY Flora Peony | DD486 DIY Flora Classic
“Embroidery Hoop Art Foam Wreath” by Cathy McGrath
Kaisercraft Products: Memory Lane Collection: PP2524 Spring Breeze | Clear Stamp CS326 |Art Foam Sheets – SF901 White, SF908 Blossom and SF920 Sage | Decorative Dies – DD811 3D Layered Peony and DD951 Thank You| Cardstock – CD114 Forest and CD168 Spruce| Kaisercolour – KC001 White, KC002 Antique White, KC043 Sea Breeze, KC027 Green Grass and KC032 Raw Umber| Ink Pads – IP733 Vine and IP723 Vintage| Paper Bloom – F641 Dusty Pink
Other: 10” x 10” Canvas | 8” Embroidery Hoop | Soft Matte Gel |Decoupage Finish Glue| Archival Black Ink| Florist Wire | Florist Tape| Hot Glue Gun| Distress Ink Bundled Sage | Sponge Dauber
Other: Artifical leaves and berries | Pollens | Glue gun
Art Foam Floral Card by Kylie Kingham.
Kaisercraft Products: Stargazer collection-PP1044 Paper Pad, SF916 Navy, SF917 Bluebell, DD430 Floral Lace, DD811 3D Peony Flower, DD757 Large Swirl Flourish.
Other: Distress Ink, Hot Glue.
Art Foam Storage Tin by Jowilna Nolte
I am not one for making too many of my own flowers, but can I just mention how utterly addictive this product and process has been.
I am totally in love with the ease and beauty of it all – and may end up making way too many flowers for future projects.
I created some pretty flowers to spruce up a storage tin in a few easy steps.
Kaisercraft Products used: DD811 Decorative Die – 3D Layered Peony | Silk Art Foam Sheets – SF910 Hibiscus | SF901 White
Other: Painted Tin, brads, leaves, glue gun, silicone adhesive
“Enjoy Your Special Day” Art Foam Card by Alicia McNamara
Kaisercraft Products: SF901 White | SF919 Lagoon | PP1043 Paper Pad | CT936 Collectables | FL624 Flourish Pack | IP726 Island Ink Pad | IP727 Lagoon Ink Pad | DD492 DIY Flora Gerbera Decorative Die
Other: Cheesecloth | White Misting Spray
“Because Of You” Art Foam Layout by Donna Espiritu
Kaisercraft Products: Memory Lane Collection: P2523 Misty Rose | P2526 Villawood | SS362 Sticker Sheet | CT936 Collectables | PP1043 Paper Pad | CS326 Clear Stamps | IP724 Bark | SF901 White Art Foam Sheets | SF919 Lagoon | DD485 DIY Flora Peony | DD816 Floral Circle Frame | TT302 Mounting Foam Dots | T321 Acid-Free Craft Glue
Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a few pieces of Art Foam and a Decorative Die! Have you been inspired to give it a go? Share your creations with us by tagging #Kaisergallery or upload your projects into Kaisercraft Corner. We love to see your projects.