Sunday, February 17, 2013

Let's make a card with Soho Garden!

Have you ever looked at a layout or card and wondered "how did the designer make that"? Designs that look complicated often are easy to copy; you just need to break the project into components or steps.

I copied most of the elements of this card from American Crafts design team member Jill Cornell, with a few changes so that I could use materials from Scrap That Moment. The papers are from American Crafts' Soho Garden collection, which is full of bright colors and bold prints. (Scrap That Moment has collection packs that include all of the 20 Soho Garden patterns plus a set of black glitter Thickers alphabet, or you may purchase individual pieces. Trust me, all of the patterns are delightful!)

Below you will find directions for making this card yourself. It looks like a lot of steps, but it actually goes together quickly and easily.

American Crafts Soho Garden: Canal Street, Gramercy Park, Eldridge Street, Grande Street, High Line Park, Orchard Street
Best Creations Glitter Cardstock,  Peacock
Worldwin kraft paper; Worldwin Colormates, Dark Autumn Red
Maya Road Baker's Twine
Ranger Industries: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (I used Antique Linen and Tea Dye, but Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain also work well); Glossy Crackle Accents; Stickles glitter glue and Liquid Pearls, various colors
Tim Holtz Edge Distresser tool by Tonic Studios
Cutter Bee 5-inch scissors
Edge punch tool of choice
Other supplies:
foam dots; adhesive of choice (I used Alene's Tacky Glue, Pioneer Glue Stick, and a tape runner)
die cutting machine and dies; stamp and ink; 3/8 inch round punch; 1/8 inch handheld office hole punch; sewing machine and white thread; paper cutter; scoring tool;  sponge applicator

1. Cut a 10 inch by 7 inch piece of kraft cardstock; score at 5 inches and fold into 5 x 7 inch card base. Ink edges using sponge and distress ink pad.

2. Cut a 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of Canal Street paper, and a 4 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Gramercy Park paper. Ink edges. Adhere to kraft card as shown, leaving 1/8 inch border at top, bottom and sides of card. NOTE: If you plan to sew on the card, keep your adhesive to the center only. You don't want your needle and thread to have to pass through the adhesive.

3. Open your card and place the front under your sewing machine needle. Sew around your patterned paper with machine as shown (about 1/4 inch from the outside edges of card front).

4. Cut a 1 x 4 3/4 inch strip of glitter cardstock and use an edge punch on the bottom edge only. Cut a 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch strip of the striped side of Canal Street paper and ink edges. Adhere to top of glitter cardstock; adhere entire strip over the seam of the Canal Street and Gramercy Park papers.

5. Cut a 3 x 4 1/2 inch piece from the ledger side of Eldridge Street paper. Use edge distresser tool around all edges; ink edges. Tie baker's twine around top. Adhere to card as shown.

6. Cut a 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch strip from Grande Street (chevron side); trim bottom as desired (I followed the chevon pattern) and ink edges. Adhere to ledger paper on card, overlapping slightly onto the Canal Street print.

7. Using Cutter Bee scissors, cut five teacup motifs from High Line Park paper. Arrange as desired and adhere to ledger paper, overlapping slightly onto the edge of the Grande Street strip. Cut a large flower motif from Orchard Street paper (I chose a turqoise one) and use foam dots to adhere to card as shown. Note: If you cut a bit of the black border from the cups or flower, just use a fine-tip black pen to fill in the outline if needed.

8. Add sentiment to your card using stamps, die cut letters, American Crafts Thickers or stickers as desired.  (I used red Worldwin cardstock and a die cutter to cut the word YOU and a small stamp for JUST FOR)  I used a 3/8 inch circle punch to punch small circles from the dotted side of High Line Park, which I attached to the card with foam dots and covered with a thin coat of Glossy Crackle Accents. I used one of those 1/8 inch handheld hole punches from my office supplies to punch small blue flowers from the Orchard Street papers. I adhered them to the ledger paper with glue.

9. Accent as desired with Stickles glitter glue and Liquid Pearls.

Usually when I use kraft or colored cardstock as a card base, I cut a white piece of cardstock a bit smaller than my card and adhere to the inside. It's much easier to write my message on that and much easier to read, too.

Scrap That Moment has the Soho Garden collection, as well as several other exciting lines from American Crafts, Studio Calico and Crate Paper. And you'll want to check out the new colors of Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Mr. Huey's Mists now in stock. Scrap That Moment is open from 10 a.m to 5 pm. Tuesday through Saturday; and join us for a Friday night crop or Saturday morning class! Lynette will have the coffee brewing and will be happy to help you with all of your scrapbooking and crafting needs.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the card tutorial!
Barb Prendergast, STM Senior Designer


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