Monday, May 2, 2016

Embossed Banners

Hello Rubber cafe fans. It's Amber here, today I have a fun embossed card to share featuring lots of goodies from April's Creative Cafe KOTM - Petticoat Fashion. I paired the "Curved Pennant" embossing folder from Echo Park's Petticoat & Pinstripes collection and the curved banner patterned paper from Echo Park's 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad to create my colorful banner at the bottom half of my card. Both the embossing fold and 6 x 6 paper pad can be found in this months Creative Cafe KOTM - Petticoat Fashion. The shimmery light pink cardstock, seam binding ribbon, and hello stamp I used can as be found in this months kit. Below you will find a step by step tutorial. 

Step 1. Started by folding an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of light pink cardstock in half to create a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card base.

Step 2. Cut a 4 1/4" x 3' piece of white cardstock and emboss the entire panel with Echo Park's Petticoat & Pinstripes Curved Pennant embossing folder.

 Step 3. Find the 6 x 6 piece of patterned paper in Echo Park's 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad that has the banner pattern printed and start fussy cutting the printed banners out. I adhered the colorful little banners right over the embossed banners I embossed in the step above.

Step 4.  Adhere the embossed panel to the bottom half of your card base, add some gray seam binding ribbon to the upper half of the embossed panel, and tie some ribbon into a bow to add under you stamped sentiment. I adhered my ribbon with some staples but you could just adhere it with some double sided tape. 

Step 5. Stamp your sentiment in black ink right above your ribbon towards the right side of you card. Once your sentiment is stamped add you tied ribbon to your card front.

That's it your finished, you now have a fun colorful embossed card to share with a friend or loved one. I hope you enjoyed my card and step by step tutorial today. Thanks for stopping!

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello,World
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM White & Light Simmer Pink
Embellishments: Gray Seambinding Ribbon from the The Rubber Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion , Mini Green Clothespin
Adhesives: Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
Tools: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Embossing Folder "Curved Pennant" from the Petticoat & Pinstripes collection from Echo Park Paper Co., Big Shot

Sunday, May 1, 2016

How Are You?

Hello Rubber Cafe' Fans!
Kristine here with my second card that I made using the April Creative Cafe KOTM - Petticoat Fashion.  I used both of the stamp sets for this card, the main stamp set Hello, World and the add-on stamp set,  The Greatest Gift of Life.

Here is the front of my card.
What?!?!  Not impressed?!?!

ohhhhh.....that's because you didn't open it yet!

When you open it?


Look at that beauty!  Who wouldn't love to receive this fabulous fun fold card?

I was inspired to create this because of a tutorial I saw on Splitcoaststampers but I'll recreate what I did here for you.

Start with a 8" by 6" panel of cardstock.
Use your Scor-Pal to score the panel at 2", 2 1/8" and at 6 1/8.

Cut another piece of cardstock measuring 6" x 8".

Score at 3/8" on each side of the panel.
Then measure 1/2" from the scored edged and 1/2" from the long edge and cut to create a frame.
Add Scor-tape to the sides of the edge you scored.

Fold the edges of the frame on the score lines and adhere to the card as shown below.

Fold the frame inward so that the card will close.

Open it back up and pop the frame out.
Now it's time to decorate!

Cut panels of patterned paper slightly smaller that the back portions and adhere to the card with Scrap Happy Glue,

Stamp multiple flowers and leaves and the hello sentiment with Memento dye inks.
Cut out the images.

Adhere to the frame.

Stamp the sentiment and ladybug on a white die cut oval.
Back with more die cut layers and adhere to card with foam. 

Add flowers and leaves to back panel with foam.

Add paper panels to the front and tie on the ribbon.
Finally, create a banner panel and stamp the sentiment on it.

That's it...a beautiful, fun fold card that is sure to be cherished by the recipient!
I hope you will give it a try!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion  Hello, World and add on The Greatest Gift of Life.
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM- and Bazzill cardstock
Ink:  Memento Dye ink pads in various colors.  Any ink will do. 
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Other: Ribbon from the kit, Spellbinders classic oval and classic scallop oval dies

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let's make a bookmark!

Hello! My kids have gotten on a bookmark making kick. I absolutely loved the idea so I thought I'd make one for myself! Let's start with the bookmark... 

After folding the paper, I used my Copic Multiliner and added the black lines on the two sides. I added Stickles on the two opposite sides. Once the Stickles were dry, I inked the edges with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. 

Then I cut the piece of pattern paper and white cardstock with the Spellbinders layered circle dies. I inked the pattern paper with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. For the white cardstock, I stamped the flower using Aquatic Splash Versa Magic. Using Versa Fine in Onyx Black I stamped the sentiment. I put the Spellbinder die over the white cardstock circle and traced the black line around the edge of the shape. 

This is what it looks like in a book.

And a close up... 

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello, World & The Greatest Gift Of Life
Ink: VersaFine in Onyx Black, Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, Versa Magic in Aquatic Splash
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Adhesives: Glue Dots
Tools: Spellbinders Dies, Copic Multiliner, Stickles

Friday, April 29, 2016

Elegant Hello

Hi everyone!  Are you loving this new Petticoat Fashion Creative Cafe' kit?  So many fun ideas and fun papers!  Today I used some of the gorgeous foiled paper in the kit to create this elegant thinking of you card:

If you frequent the blog, you know I'm a huge fan of lots of layers!  I'm stepping the process out for you today.

Base:  Size is standard 5&1/2" by 4&1/4", but it's cut and folded a bit different.  Here is the template:

It's cut 4&1/4" wide like a standard card, but the full length of the 11" paper.  It's scored at 4" from one end and 1&1/2" from the other end (or at 4" and 9&1/2" if you'd rather not flip it around to score). 

First Layer:  Cut two pieces of the silver foil patterned paper--one at 3&3/4" by 3&1/2", and one at 3&3/4" by 1".  Mat these onto pink pearl cardstock--one at 4" by 3&3/4", and one at 4" by 1&1/4".

TIP:  This is always a good rule of allow a 1/4" difference in your measurements of mats and layers.  It gives a 1/8" border which is just wide enough to create the layer without being too much of the mat peeking out. You can change this up depending on the project, of course, but it's a good place to start when you are creating a lot of layers, to keep them from being overwhelming.

Bottom Panel:  Simply cut a 1&1/4" by 3&3/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, use this as a mat for a 1" by 3&3/4" strip of silver cardstock that you punch with a lacy border.  Attach a gray/silver bow using seam binding ribbon from your kit, and glue near the bottom of the card using Scrap Happy Glue.

Here are the base and first layer panels ready to add to the base:

Center/Sentiment Panel:  To create all of these layers, I've stepped out the process for you, and also shown the difference of a layered vs non-layered panel.

Start with a 2&3/4 by 2&1/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, and mat onto a 3" by 2&1/2" piece of silver cardstock (yep, still that 1/4" difference!).  Then I die cut a tag out of the silver cardstock, then a scalloped piece out of the silver foil patterned paper, and then one size smaller out of the pink paper.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and embossed in silver, then trimmed to a banner (it's about 3&1/2" long).

Here are all my pieces before I layered them up:

Creativity is king when it comes to paper crafting, but it's a good place to start when you first try a lot of layers, to bring in one good solid color thru the layering process:  in the very beginning, the card base has pink, then a couple of layers and pink again as the center panel base rectangle, and then a pop of it under the sentiment.  It helps to create a flow for the eye....rather than getting too crazy with too many colors.

Adding a little dimension between the layers with foam tape makes it more interesting, the bottom 3 layers--pink pearl matted on silver and then Art Deco tag--are glued directly together with Scrap Happy Glue, then the silver foil patterned paper is foam taped, the pink piece is glued directly to the silver foil, and then foam tape under the sentiment.  So 3 layers, foam tape, 2 layers, foam tape 1 layer....makes a nice pyramid when it's completed.

Here is the sentiment all layered up and attached to the top of the card:

And the final card vs the look of a one layer:

The single layer is pretty, but adding the layers creates a little more of a "WOW" effect, don't you think?

Thanks for stoppin' by today, and don't be afraid to take on a few more layers in your can be a great part of the creativity of card making!  Remember to check back soon for more inspiration!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion
Hello, World
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM--Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes, Pink Pearl, Silver, and White cardstock; floral foil paper
Ink:  Versamark embossing ink
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  seam binding ribbon, Embossing Powder--Ranger Silver
Tools:  MS border punch, Spellbinders-- Art Deco Tags, Labels Four

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pull Tab Card + How To Video

Hello happy crafters! This is Rachel Kleinman joining The Rubber Cafe for my first guest design post! I had such a blast playing with the April Creative Cafe Kit "Petticoat Fashion"! I instantly fell in love with the Echo Park "Petticoats and Pinstripes" paper pad... and the "Hello World" and "The Greatest Gift of Life" stamp sets are such a perfect match for the paper! This made creating feel so seamless and easy.

Have you ever made a pull-tab card before? This was my first time and I think I'm now a pull-tab addict! 

I really love the Hello World stamp set included in the kit. It has some gorgeous layering stamps, including the flower I used as my pull element. The layered stamped leaves and sentiment are both from the equally gorgeous add-on The Greatest Gift of Life set.

I even put together a video tutorial so you can easily create your own pull card!

Here are some photos of the card I created in my video...

Thank you so much for joining me today! I can't wait to keep creating with the April Creative Cafe "Petticoat Fashion" Kit! See you again soon...

Rachel Kleinman

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello, World & Add On Stamp Set: The Greatest Gift Of Life
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM White
Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Scotch Foam Adhesive
Tools: Fiskars 1" Circle Punch, Fiskars FingerTip Craft Knife, Ruler, Self-Healing Cutting Mat