Good morning TRC fans. This month's Creative Cafe Kit of the Month - Let's Hear it for the Boys, is perfect for any type of masculine card you need. It is paired perfectly with Echo Parks "Getaway" paper line and brads. Throw in the included ribbon and you can make tons of cards or keepsakes for the men, I mean "Boys" in your life! I (Mary-Ann) decided to create a card for my husband. Since I am an avid scrapbooker, I try to add a photo in or to the card I give him every year. This year, I decided to create an envelope or pocket with the trash from the brad packaging.
Here is the completed card, and then I will break it down for you.
I started with the packaging that the brads came on. Pardon the lighting, I took this at night.
I removed all of the brads and cut the top scalloped flap off.
I threw it in my machine to sew the two side edges. You could use a strong adhesive in a thin line around the edges. This created the pocket for my photos.
At this point, I started with the layering of my papers. I liked the print on the packaging, so I made all of my layers fit within the frame on the front of the packaging. I added machine stitching for embellishment. I then decided to add a white block to the top to emphasize the heart I was going to add. The white was too bold so I added several of the small "bumblebee" stamp from the add-on stamp set - Gone Fishing. This can be purchased here. I did dry emboss these bees with black embossing powder. You could stamp with black and use clear powder for the same effect.
Before I hit this with the heat gun, I removed all of the loose granules with a dry paintbrush. You can also rub a dryer sheet across the area before you stamp. This will prevent those little loose particles. I did this but my dryer sheet has seen better days. So the little dry paintbrush trick worked for me today.
I folded my desired paper in half, then hand drew a half a heart on the back. Just like back in grade school. I knew I was going to be stitching down the center so for me, the crease was fine. You may have a heart die cut handy that will work for you. Then I cut another heart slightly larger.
I sewed these two hearts down the center.
I attached all the papers and added stitching where necessary. Added the blue ticket with my embossed title stapled to it, punched a hole for my brand and then I added this entire clump to the front of my pocket.
I chose the perfect picture, trimmed it to size, backed with cardstock for stability and added a stapled ticket to the top. The reciprient of the card, in this case my husband, will have a nice surprise inside this recycled card.
I hope you decide to recycle, reuse, reduce! Sounds like a commercial. Get crafty ladies and start making those cards for the fathers in your life. Don't forget to share your designs on our Facebook page. We love to see what you are creating with our products.
Supplies:Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Let's Hear it for the Boys
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Let's Hear it for the Boys
Ink: Memento Ink-Black Tuxedo; Black embossing powder
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue, stapler
Embellishments: Creative Cafe KOTM-Echo Park brads