Friday, June 23, 2017

'Heroic' Star Mini Album With Shaker Cover

You just automatically get that patriotic feeling with the 'Heroic' collection by Authentique.  The colors are primarily the good ol' red, white & blue & the collection is filled with images & sayings that perfectly represent patriotism.

With this collection I decided to do a star shaped mini album with a shaker cover.  I can't even say how long I've been wanting to give this whole shaker craze a try--well now I can finally say I did it!  My shaker is composed of several sequins in red, white & blue along with star shaped sequins & a dash of tinsel added to the mix.  The mini measures approximately 5" x 5" inches & is held together with a book ring.  I've added several pieces of ribbon, twine & tulle to decorate the book ring.

To create the base of the mini I've used a star die to cut out the pages from 110 lbs black card stock.  To create the shaker cover I've used the die to cut out a star from black foam.  This is the basic foam you can find at any craft store, usually in the crafts for kids section.  I found that this foam makes for a great shaker border since foam has a bit of dimension to it.  Dies don't seem to have a problem cutting through the foam.  At least, the die I had cut through the foam with no issues.

I've added two small kraft pockets that store two tags per pocket.  These tags can be used for journaling or for storing names, places & dates.

All of the red glitter circle photo mats are adhered to black foam in order to make them 'pop' off the page a bit & add some dimension to the mini.  These circles can be used to store/display pictures measuring up to 2 1/4" inches in diameter. 

Below you'll find a brief video showcasing the mini.  I hope this inspires some of you to create some patriotic themed projects for this upcoming 4th of July.  Enjoy!

Supplies Used: Authentique - Heroic Collection, Embellishments - Authentique Heroic Detail Stickers, Dies - Diemond Dies, Other - Tulle, Sequins, Ribbon, Twine, Tags

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stars and Stripes Forever Fun Fold Cards with Heroic

Hello, Friends! Kathy here with some red, white and blue inspiration for your 4th of July celebrations. today.  The Heroic paper collection is filled with fabulous vintage style patriotic images and gorgeous patriotic patterns making it the perfect choice for Independence Day parties and celebrations.  If you are thinking of adding some 4th of July flair to your home decor, then I think you will really like these Stars and Stripes forever fun fold cards.

Stars and stripes make a bold statement on this 4" x 6" center step card.  After die cutting a bunch of stars from the 12" x 12" and 6" x 6" paper pads, I layered them up to create this star spangled beauty of a card.

Each step is decorated with patterned papers and a ticket from the 12x12 Details Sticker sheet.  Double matting the stickers on red and blue cardstock gave them more of a presence in the design.

I think this would look great on your Independence Day buffet table!

And if you decide you want to mail it, the card folds flat.  How cool is that?

I continued the Stars and Stripes Forever theme on this 7" x 5" Step Out Card.

The sticker elements add so much wonderful detail to this card.  I've used them on the card border, and on top of the stars.

The stickers are also the perfect size  for decorating the nooks and crannies on this fun card.  (You can find my YouTube tutorial for creating this Step Out Card base HERE.)

Don't you just love this vintage style image?  I liked it so much that I decided to turn it into a little hidden gift card wallet. I used Scor-Tape to attach this starry ribbon to the back side of the wallet, then glued the whole assembly to the card panel.

Untie the bow, and voila!  A secret spot to add a gift card and/or photo.  I think this would make a wonderful 4th of July hostess gift or birthday card for those lucky Independence Day babies!

These bold red, white and blue colors, vintage patriotic images and true blue sentiments make me want to stand up and salute.  I hope these projects have inspired you to get out your Heroic papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on today!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used: Heroic 12x12 papers, Heroic 6x6 Papers, Heroic Details Sticker Sheet
Other Supplies: Red/Navy Cardstock, Blue Foil Cardstock, Stitched Star Die, Petaloo Flowers, Ribbon, Cheery Lynn Step Card Die, Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Scor-Tape, Hot Glue Gun, craft knife
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