How to Make a Standard Card Base for Greeting Cards

How to Make a Standard Card Base for Greeting Cards

To make a greeting card, you first need a card base. This is a plain piece of cardstock that’s been cut and folded into the shape of a card. It’s called a ‘card base’ because it’s the base onto which you stamp images, layer papers, etc. to create your greeting card.

Although you can buy pre-made card bases, they’re also very easy to make! Today I’ll show you two (2) ways to  make a standard card base from a sheet A4 cardstock, using just a few basic tools.

What is a Standard Card Base?

standard card base — also sometimes called an ‘A6’ card base — is one that measures 105 x 148mm (10 x 15) when finished. This size of card base is the most common one that stampers use to make greeting cards.

Once you learn how to make a standard card base, you can apply the same technique to make card bases in any size you like.

Watch this short video while share with you 2 ways to cut your cardstock to create a cardbase

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Smart Shopping

Smart Shopping 

Do you consider yourself to be a smart shopper? I have one thing I always keep in mind when I do my smart shopping and it’s a secret I call  “5 before I buy”.  Before I buy something I make sure I can think of five (5) ways of using it.  This way I can make sure I make wise choices plus it also helps me with my creativity.

So here’s the secret, whenever I get a new catalogue and find a stamp set that I  like … I often will put a sticky note on it with some ideas including sketches on how I want to use it.  So this is great for when my creativity is just out of whack  I can grab this off the back and I know where to start.

Smark Shopping

I put the sticky note on the back of the product before I put away, so that when I’m ready to create I just grab it out and I have some ideas ready.  Again, I don’t always do the post-it note trick but I find that when I do it, it really helps me to use that product, so I’m trying to get into the habit of doing it every time I receive my order to add a post-it note with ideas.

5 Before I Buy

Here are 5 tips to help you come up with 5 ways to use a stamp set or product before you buy.

  1. Can I alter?  The first one is can I alter this product, can I do something to change the look of it or can I use it to alter something I already have?  Then I can get more uses from it and other products.
  2. Can I use with a tool? Can I use this in combination with a tool I already have.  Can I use this in combination with my die cut machine, or an embossing folder, a punch or my Stampin’ Blends.  I find I can get more uses if I combine my tools.  Because tools never go away.  Say the product I’m considering is a tool for example a die, I try and think of different ways to use that die.  If I can use it with things other than paper, like maybe felt or fabric, so I try  to get multiple uses out of it.
  3. Can I use a technique?  I love techniques, they’re a great way to stretch your product and stretch your creativity, so I try to think if this product would be good to use with a technique
  4. Is it my style? Sometimes its fun to buy things that ain’t my style but sometimes that limits me creatively.  Or if its something that feels like it works with me, I know I will use it alot more in the future.
  5. Do I LOVE it?  Sometimes you just gotta get something because you absolutely love it.  But this tip I usually put on the back burner I try to think about how I can use my stamp set with the other tips I’ve given.

So what better way to show this than with an example.  I’ve taken one stamp set and share with you five (5) different ways to use it.  The stamp set I’m using today is “Birthday Wishes for You”  

 

Creating a Watercolour Wash with ink pads and aqua painters.

 

Colour blocking – stamping across two solid colours of cardstock

 

Colouring image using Stampin’ Blends

 

Stamping directly on patterned paper

 

Watercolour Pencils and Blender Pencils

 

Next time you’re looking to purchase a new item, brainstorm multiple ideas.  Use the five tips I’ve shared to help come up with new ways to use your stamping products.

 

 

Make It Monday #12 – In Colours

I’m so loving the new in colours (Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove & Call Me Clover) featuring both primary and secondary colours.  They remind me of the rainbow and there are so many possibilities with these colours.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – 2018-2020 In colours
  • PaperWhisper White CS
  • Other Stampin Dimensional’s, Stapler, Incolour ribbon, silver sequins, Layering Circle Framelits, Big Shot

Dimensions:

  • Whisper White Thick CS: 8” x 4” and scored at 4” to create a card base
  • Whipser White CS: Scrap piece
  • In colour ribbon: 3” piece
  • Silver Sequins ribbon: 3” piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS with Lovely Lipstick Ink
  2. Die cut using the largest circle from laying Circle Framelit Dies and Big Shot machine
  3. Attached ribbon using a stapler to the left side of the greeting circle
  4. Attach the greeting to the bottom right card base using stampin’ Dimensional’s
  5. Embellish with a scattering of rhinestones. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below.

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Tricks & Tips

  • Change up the stamp set or colours for a different look

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Product List

See you next week for another make it monday feature

New Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2018!

It’s here!  The new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2018 is here and it is AWESOME!

Seriously, this is one of the best offerings yet and Stampin’ Up! has really hopped on some trends that are just starting like super intricate and gorgeous die cuts, those hot hot hot In Colours, LOTS of mixed fonts within sets and seriously beautiful accessories and ribbon.  Pick up any papercrafting – or just crafting, for that matter – and you will see all these things coming on the scene.

If you don’t have a catalogue yet, just email me at kristy@kristycoromandel.com and I will get one to you.  You can also see the whole thing in all its online glory here and when you have your list all made out, go here and order and get it delivered right to your door!

The new Stampin’ Up! catalogue for 2018 is truly your gateway to all things papercraftalicious!

Colour Theory

Colour Theory

There are so many important decisions to make when it comes to card making, but one of the first most important decisions that you need to address once the theme has been decided upon is colour. Now there are a lot of things to consider when choosing colour, and the purpose of this post is to direct you on some ways to choose your colours as related to paper, embellishments, and colouring of images. First we will be addressing some key terms, next we will move on to the relationships between colours, and we will finish off with some great tips to achieving a winning colour combination.

Key Terms:

  • Hue: refers to the purest form of the colour ( for instance red, orange, magenta are all hues)
  • Temperature: the temperature of a colour is classified as either warm or cool. Any amount of blue in a colour will give it a cool classification. The rest are considered warm. There are warm and cool reds, warm and cool yellow’s, and by the nature of its colour, blue will always fall to the cool side, even when it has the characteristics of a warm colour (anything with the smallest amount of blue is considered cool).
  • Intensity: This refers to the brightness or dullness of a colour. The brightest of any intensity of a colour is called its Hue (so ink or watercolor crayon with little dilution). As you darken or grey down the color, you are dulling it down and reducing its intensity.
  • Value: refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. The lightest form of the colour is the tint, and the darkest form of the colour is a shade. Shades are achieved by adding more black or darkness to a colour.

Primary Color Wheel:

The primary colour wheel shows the most basic hues in our colour system. All colours can be made from these three hues (Red, Yellow, Blue), but no colours can create these three hues.

 

Secondary Colour Wheel:

The secondary colours are the colours which are created when you mix two primary colours together. So Red and Yellow create Orange, Blue and Yellow create Green, Red and Blue create Violet. These secondary colours are also called hues. Now if you look at the colours represented in this wheel, you will notice that specific colours lay opposite each other. These opposing colours are called Complementary Colors, and they are the colors which intensify each other. So if you look at all the complementary pairs, you will see that Red and Green are complementary, Yellow and Violet, and finally Blue and Orange. Each of these combinations will make the other seem brighter and more vibrant.

Tertiary Color Wheel:

The next hues we are going to look at are called the Tertiary colours. These colours result when we mix a Primary colour with one secondary colour which lies directly to the Left or Right of it. In this photo, we have shown the names inside of the corresponding colour. The complementary colour theory tightens even more over here as we view for instance the Blue-Green being complementary to the Red-Orange.

Here is the final view of the completed colour wheel, which shows the different values along all the colour relationship. Remember, the value refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour. This will be a visual guide when viewing the complementary relationships. You will also see a dividing line which shows off the cool vs warm colours. The colour labelled Crimson, can also be referred to as Magenta.

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Saying Goodbye to Work of Art

Saying Goodbye to Work of Art

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Work of Art Stamp Set.

Painted swatches, swaths, and shapes–you decide which strokes are right for your project when you need just one more element in the background.

 

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials

Click here to shop online and order your set now before it’s gone

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye to Rose Wonder

Saying Goodbye to Rose Wonder

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Rose Wonder Stamp Set. This is the set you need for life’s major events—birthdays, weddings, sympathy. And for the everyday—thanks, friendship, encouragement. Make a stack to keep on hand and you’ll never be unprepared.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials.

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set.

This class features

4 projects each with a video tutorial
PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
Lifetime Access

In this technique based class you will learn

How to use  an aqua painter for best results
Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Refills
How to create watercolour washes
any many more…..

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 21-31 May and receive free access to Rose Wonder Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Rose Wonder online class with you

 

Saying Goodbye to Butterfly Basics

Saying Goodbye to Butterfly Basics

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Butterfly Basics.  This was one of my favourite stamp sets.

What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments? Anything you want–let your creativity run free. What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments? Anything you want–let your creativity run free.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials

Click here to shop online and order your set now before it’s gone

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Saying Goodbye to Birthday Blooms

Saying Goodbye to Birthday Blooms

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Birthday Blooms Stamp Set Send your best bloomin’ wishes for birthdays or any day. This set comes with a birthday sentiment, but you’ll use it all year long.

Free Project Tutorials

Here are some projects I have made using this stamp set, click each photo to view project and video tutorials.

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

This class features

  • 4 projects each with a video tutorial
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • Lifetime Access

In this technique based class you will learn

  • How to use  a blender pen for best results
  • Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad
  • How to create shading with just one colour
  • any many more…..

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 7-20 May and receive free access to Birthday Blooms Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Birthday Blooms online class with you

 

Share What You Love Suite

Share What You Love Suite

Get a sneak peek in to the new upcoming catalogue with the Share What You Love Suite Early Release.  It is a tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—Stampin’ Up! what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

There are three bundles and then the NEW IN COLOUR ink pads!!!

Simply click on an image below to see what all is included and to grab these fun bundles!

Make It Monday #11 – Repetitive Stamping

Make It Monday #11 – Repetitive Stamping

I love quick and easy cards and this week we’re doing it all with a repetitive stamping.  For my project I’ve used an image from Flower Shop Stamp set and randomly stamped it on a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock in Black Memento Ink.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Daisy Delight, Flower Shop
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink
  • PaperBasic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White CS
  • Other Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Basic Black CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase and a 3-3/4” x 1-2/8” (9.5 x 3cm) piece
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” (14.5 x 10cm) and a 3-3/4” x 1” (9.5 x 2.5cm) piece
  • Melon Mambo CS – 5-1/2” x  3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp the flower image with black ink onto the Melon Mambo CS
  2. Adhere Melon Mambo piece to the Whisper White CS piece
  3. Stamp greeting in Black ink onto the 3-3/4” x 1” piece of Whisper White CS
  4. Adhere stamped greeting piece to the Basic Black CS
  5. Adhere the matted greeting to the Matted Melon Mambo piece approx. 1” from the bottom using double sided adhesive
  6. Place small rhinestones in the center of each flower

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Tricks & Tips

  • Randomly stamp your image using a Stamparatus tool or Stamp-a-ma-jig

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for another Make It Monday feature

Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set.

151,000,000,000. That’s about how many valentine cards are exchanged each year. Yours will stand out when you make them yourself. This set has the right mix of images and sentiments for all the people in your life, from family and friends to your one-and-only.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set. Combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colours you want.

 

Free Project Tutorials

Here is a project I made recently using this stamp set. View project tutorial HERE

Valentine Treat Holder

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

 

This class features

  • 4 projects each with a video tutorial
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • Lifetime Access

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 23 April – 6 May and receive free access to Bloomin’ Love Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Bloomin’ Love online class with you

 

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Wow!  Monday already?  That weekend flew by.  I hope you had some fun this weekend and perhaps a little stamp therapy as well.  If you didn’t, well Monday is a great time to get some stamping done with MAKE IT MONDAY.  I have a free tutorial for you today using the Work of Art Stamp Set

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Work of Art, Rose Wonder
  • Ink – Black Memento Ink, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends
  • PaperBlushing Bride, Whisper White CS
  • Other Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece and ¾” x 3-7/8” piece

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp the square brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Blushing Bride Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  2. Randomly stamp the smaller scribble brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Melon Mambo Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  3. Randomly stamp the long narrow brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Pumpkin Pie Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  4. Stamp the greeting onto the right side of the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Black Memento ink.
  5. Stick the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece of Whisper White cardstock, ¾” up from the bottom, using dimensional adhesive.
  6. Optional: Colour in a large rhinestone using the dark pumpkin pie marker. Colour in two medium rhinestones using the medium Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends marker. Colout in two small rhinestones using the light Calypso Coral stampin blends marker. If you don’t have stampin’ blends you can colour the rhinestones using Sharpie markers or just leave them clear.
  7. Randomly stick the colored rhinestones onto the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo.
  8. Center and stick the piece of Whisper White cardstock to the card base, using double sided adhesive. You’re done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below!  click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for another Make It Monday tutorial

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

Today is the last day you can order this months class kit.  This month we’re exploring watercolouring using Aqua painters and re-inkers

 

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

 

 

Last Chance Products

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalogue and 2017-2018 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them. Check out all the details below

  • Promotion dates: 10 April – 31 May 2018, beginning at 6:00 AM (AET)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after 31 May.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until 7 May; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
Click on the following links to download a list of all retiring products
Occasions Catalogue Retiring List – PDF File
Annual Retiring List – PDF File
The easiest way to shop the available retiring products is to do so online, that way you can be sure that it’s still in stock – if you can see it in my online store, it’s available to purchase!
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