Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tutorial: "Warm Thoughts" accordion mini-album

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here joining the Quietfire Design "Christmas in July" celebration.  Many of you are thinking about summer projects but it is always good to get a head start on the holiday gifts...and what a perfect excuse to retreat to the craft room.  Humming your favorite holiday tunes is fun, too.  To play on the Christmas song:  "Oh what fun it is to hide and use my Quietfire Design...hey!"  :)

For my project, I created a festive accordion mini-album using several Quietfire Design dies.  This mini-album can hold photos and heartwarming wishes to loved ones and friends.  A lovely and thoughtful handmade gift!

Let's start the tutorial...

First, several goodies are needed for this project.  The photo below shows most of the goodies.

  • Quietfire Design dies: "Warm Thoughts""Cozy""Brrrr" and Calligraphic Elements 2 
  • Four 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" white card stock
  • Two 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" dry embossed Kraft card stock
  • Two pieces of 14" wrinkled, white 1/2" ribbon
  • Scrap patterned paper.  Enough to make ten 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" squares
  • Red gems
  • Good double sided adhesive tape
  • Liquid adhesive (with a fine tip would be best)
  • Red card stock
  • White card stock
  • 12" x 12" Kraft card stock
  • Holiday spirit  :)
  1. Die cut word dies and heart die in both red and white card stock.  Die cut several snowflakes.
  2. Cut red card stock to 4 1/2 x 9 1/2.  Score at 4 3/4 and at 5.
  3. Cut two pieces of Kraft card stock to 4 x 12. Score at 4.  Flip card stock and score at 8.
  4. Adhere white card stock (cut to 4 1/4 x 4 1/4) to inside of album.
  5. Adhere Kraft accordions to inside.  The accordions should be mounted as shown below to ensure the accordions unfold properly.

  6. Adhere the patterned papers (ten required at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4).  Adhere the snowflakes, Cozy and hearts as desired. Below are several photos.  I made sure to also use a couple of patterned papers that were not "busy" so that I could write in the open areas.

  7. Now we move to the outside of the album.  Use good double sided tape across the middle of the album front and back.  Do not go to the edges as the stacked card stock (in step 8) leaves an open border around the album front and back.
  8. Assemble white card stock (4 1/4 x 4 1/4) and embossed Kraft card stock (4 1/8 x 4 1/8) to album front and back.
  9. Adhere (using liquid adhesive) the red and white "Warm Thoughts" die cuts to the front.  Add snowflakes.  Add gems.  Tie bow.
The mini-album would be a wee, wonderful gift for the "nice" people on your Christmas list!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the tutorial and don't forget to check out the Christmas Specials at Quietfire Design!

Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas Love - ECD Designer Challenge

 This month’s Designer Challenge for the Elizabeth Craft Design Designers is to choose a technique from Els’ Technique Friday videos and use it in a project! I’ve chosen Coloring on Soft Finish Cardstock, a tutorial from over a year ago, but a timeless technique.  You may view Els' video tutorial HERE.

Soft Finish Cardstock has a pebbled surface that is just perfect for creating beautiful color blends.  I must give a nod to Anita Izendoorn who is the master of this technique!
I had a card all planned out and then realized this was going on the Quietfire Creations blog, so did a quick shift to a Christmas theme to match our Christmas in July weeks!

Here is what you will need to make this card!  It seems like a long list, but I'll be you already have a lot of it!

Baby love die set   Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Flourished Frame Stencil  Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Sprig with Berries   ECD Site
Soft Finish Cardstock   ECD Site 100lb White, Ladybug Red, Olive Twist
Gold Cardstock
Distress Stamp Pads in Barn Door, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint
Beacon Kids Glue  ECD Site
Clear Double Sided Adhesive  ECD Site
Foam tape
Removable tape 


1.       Form a 7 x 5.5” tent-fold card base with red cardstock.  Cut a rectangular panel from white cardstock measuring about 7 x 6".
2.       Use removable tape to hold Flourished Frame stencil on white panel and sponge Crushed Olive ink through all parts of the stencil, but more lightly along the top edge.  Sponge Peeled Paint on only the bottom half of the stencil. Apply colour by first patting with the blending tool and then use small circular motions.  Be careful not to move the stencil while you're sponging! Remove the stencil and allow to dry.  Trim to 6.25 x 4.5” and mat with olive cardstock.
3.       Die cut Christmas (from Merry Christmas 2), Love (from Baby Love) and Sprig with Berries from white cardstock and gold cardstock.  Sponge Barn Door ink on love and berries.  Sponge Crushed Olive all over Christmas diecut, but less colour on the top half.
4.       Sponge Crushed Olive on only the bottom half of Christmas.  Designer Tip: By applying the colours this way it will appear as though the card is being lit from above.
5.       Adhere Christmas with rolled bits of Clear Double Sided tape as shown in photo.  Adhere Love with glue. Trim bits from the Sprig and adhere to card with berries.
6.       Layer panels onto the card base with foam tape.

I hope this has started your creative ideas flowing.  I just love the Soft Finish Cardstock - you should try it!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July: Let it Snow!

Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a "Christmas in July"-card using  the Quietfire stampset "Let it Snow Flourished Snowflakes". For my card I only used the text, but the stampset also contains gorgeous flourished snowflakes (set of 6 stamps).

The card is simple to make: use an embossing folder for the background, a corner punch and a lot of bling!

Hope you like the card
and although we are having beautiful, warm summer weather here in Holland, I wish you a lovely Christmas in July ;-)

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs from Holland,

Distress Oxide Ink with Transparent Paste; Glory to God in the Highest; Peace; Dotty Stencil

Hello!!!  It's Wanda here today to share a card for Christmas in July!!

*Onto Mixed Media Cardstock work up a background with Distress Oxide Ink (Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint).  

*Using the Misti, stamp Glory to God in the Highest multiple times with Archival Ink jet black. 

*Die cut the quote from the background with a Stitched Rectangle die (ECD). 

*Place the Dotty Stencil over the background piece lining up the dots evenly around the cut out rectangle area.

*Scrape Transparent Texture Paste Gloss (Ranger) through the stencil, remove stencil, clean stencil, allow the paste to air dry.  **Do not heat transparent paste to dry it as it will not go clear if you do. 

*Create folded card base from light green cardstock, layer with dark pink cardstock, then with white cardstock edges distress, then with background piece.

*Layer quote to white cardstock and attach to card over die cut area using foam mounting tape.

*Die cut Peace from white cardstock, brush edges with Wink of Stella Gl. Clear.  Add some extra dots with the glitter pen here and there.  Glue die cut to card. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shaving Cream Background Technique; Leafy Acanthus; Flourished Noel

Hello to you on this wonderful Friday!!!  We are in the midst of Christmas in July here at Quietfire.  Hopefully you are getting inspired to start your Christmas cards!!  

This card began with a shaving cream technique background (step outs at the bottom) I had sitting in my crafty area that was just calling my name to be stamped and the new Leafy Acanthus Background stamp seemed like the perfect image to use.  I stamped it with black ink, embossed it with clear detail powder and used Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters; Twisted Citron; Mowed Lawn; and Festive Berries with a waterbrush) to color it in.  This was just quick coloring using multiple greens with some splashes of red to make it easy and beautiful.  Edges inked and distressed finished the panel wonderfully.

 Noel, from the Flourished Noel set,  was stamped with Archival Ink Red Geranium, die cut with an old oval die, inked around the edges with Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, and then distressed.  The lace (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) was colored with Distress inks and water.  I had my Noel piece a little to close when working with the lace and when I sprayed water onto the Distress Ink on my craft sheet I got speckled color on the piece.  A happy accident that I left!!  

Shaving Cream Background Technique

These are not pictures for the actual background I used, just something similar.

*Put shaving cream on a styrofoam plate (or whatever you'd like to use).  Smooth out somewhat - it doesn't have to be completely smooth.

*Spray with color.

*Marble color.  I used a skewer. 

*Press your paper into the shaving cream by bending the paper slightly, pressing the center in first, allowing the paper to lay down and pressing everywhere for good contact.  If you just lay the paper straight down, you can get air pockets where the paper doesn't touch and so no color transfers.  Pull your paper up, scrap off the shaving cream back onto your plate, re-swirl and print again.  

*This picture shows the 2nd printing with the shaving cream is still on.

*Here the shaving cream is scraped off. 

*After scraping most of the shaving cream off, use a paper towel to buff your paper to get any remaining shaving cream off - buff both sides of the paper. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Detailing with Stencils and Washi Tape just in time for Christmas in July

How hot (or cold) is it where you are? We're in the 90s here in Virginia so the thought of Christmas is a nice cold and refreshing one.  I always like a white Christmas - something about snow coming down is just the most peaceful sight - until the kids run out on there and trample on that fresh white snow!  

This card was made with a lot of fun stuff - Copics to color the houses on the Memory Box dies, Liquid Pearl and glitter for the snow, Washi tape for the windows, distress inks for the blue sky, and Mirrorcard for that shiny Peace, and embossing paste and white ink for the snowflakes.

I first sponged a blue sky with Distress inks (Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon) after I sketched where the Memory Box Brevilla hillside die cut would be.  I then used Embossing paste to do the spray of Snowflakes across the sky.  I really wanted to make the windows in the die look like they were lit so I drew little in the top and bottom window of each house.  I then placed the Queen Bee and Co silvery washi tape where the windows were marked as shown below.

After I put all the card pieces together as shown below, I wasn't quite happy with how it looked.  I wanted the snowflakes to look whiter and hide the gaps in the die cuts.

To whiten the stencil, I placed the stencil back over and dabbed some Stazon White onto the dried embossing paste.  

So much better!  You can see where I missed a couple of spots - great way to showcase the improvement though, right?  

My final detailing was to add liquid pearls and white fine glitter while it was still wet to hillsides.  I hope I was able to show you some tricks on how to really polish up a card by taking care of some little details.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rainbows and Unicorns

Hi and thank you so much for stopping by today.  I have a really different kind of share today only because i wanted to play a little and create something that inspired me by the sentiment of my stamp.
I use the new "Wishing you Whimsey" stamp set and tried some new pearl paper and a watercolor technique to make it.

 So i wanted to make a kind of watercolor rainbow for my card so i got out my distress inks in a few rainbow colors and layered them on my craft mat like you see below.  Then i spritzed it slightly with water and pressed my pearlescent paper into it.

For the paper less water will give it more color and when you heat set it with a heat tool to dry it the water kind of bleeds all around and gives it a fun effect like you see below.

When the paper was dry i cut out a pretty frame with one of Becca Feekens new dies called Hemstitch Rectangles.  It fit perfect around the watercolors and flattened it just the right amount. 

Then i cut a pink mat to go around the frame and then glued it on a kraft card that i made to fit.  The sentiment was stamped in Black Onyx Versafine ink and i added just a bit of sparkle with some superfine glitter and a few flowers to make it more magical.

Oh and i also watered down just a little bit of pink ink and splatted it onto the card with a paint brush to give it a little more pizazz.  And that's it.  Something new and fun to try with your Quietfire design sentiment stamps.  Below is the whole set with all the other cute sentiments that it has in it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a really fun and crafty day.


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