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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:00
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just bring in your Simple Pleasures Tote Bag
this Thursday, December 13, 10am - 7pm
  
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LIMIT ONE $20 tote bag purchase per household.
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"Joy" Holiday Magnetic Frame Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Deb Lucero   
Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:00

"Joy" Holiday Magnetic Frame

 


Perpetual,  personalized home decor creations with
 Magnetic Frames. Perfect gift items, too!

 

 JHMF Finished
                         

Supplies

Horizontal Rust Magnetic Frame
Impression Obsession dies –  Pine Bough DIE021N, Border Duo DIE018V
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday” papers – December 25 (2706),  Holiday Flash Cards (2709)
Kaisercraft Dec 25th Sticker Sheet
Cardstock – Cream, Green and White
Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps
Embellishments - Green Glitter Dots , May Arts Crimson Jute
Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
Die cut machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies - Adhesives, foam tape, scissors

 Assembly

 Cut the green check base paper, Simple Stories “December 25”, to 6 ½” x 8 ½” being mindful of the pattern.
 The asterisks in the paper design should border all sides.
 Snip notches between the asterisks on the top and bottom edges.
 Ink edges with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

JHMF Base Paper 2

 

 Using the thin end of a paint brush or a skewer, curl up
 the notched edge by wrapping the paper around it.

 

JHMF Curl Edges 3

 

Cut the stocking tag and the joy card from Simple Stories Holiday Flash Cards.

 

JHMF SS Flash Card Sheet 4

 

Fancy cut “joy” from the Holiday Flash Card sheet,
leaving a slight border around each letter.
  Ink all edges and set aside.

 

JHMF Joy Cut Out 5

 

Make the 2 decorative magnets using the Basic Grey Magnetic snaps.
Attach green glitter dot stickers around the outside edge of magnet.

 Punch 2 stars out of red paper and position on the magnet to expose the glitter dots effectively. Glue in place. Peel off two star designs from Kaisercraft's December 25th Alpha sticker sheet. Apply pop dots and adhere to star.

 

JHMF BG Magnets 6

 

Cut tan cardstock to 6 ¾” x 5”.  For a tone-on-tone effect, cut 2 - 5” border strips
from the same cardstock using the Impression Obsession border die. Ink all edges.
  Apply a thin ribbon of glue only to the straight edge of each border strip.
  Adhere borders to the right and left side of the larger piece.  

 

IOB Border Duo Die 17

 

Now it’s time to work on the smaller off-white mat.
  Cut off-white card stock to 5 ¾” x 5 ¼”.
 Peel off the element sticker from Kaiser Kraft’s December 25th Alpha Sticker sheet.

 

 

JHMF Kaisercrafft Sticker Sheet 7


 

  Lay it sticky side up across the long end of cardstock and trace the outline of the cardstock sticker edge lightly with a pencil.  Trim 1/8” to the outside of the pencil line and erase pencil line.

 

JHMF Trace Outline 8

 

Adhere sticker in the same spot.

 

JHMF Outline Finished 9

 

Ink all edges and slip under peaks of border strips from the larger mat.
Use the decorative magnets made above to hold your picture in place.

 

Apply glue to only the bottom portion of JOY letters (place ‘O’ sideways for a whimsical look)
and adhere to bottom right hand edge of tan mat. 
Your picture will also slip behind the top portion of the letters.

 

JHMF Traced Joy Frame 10

 

 Hang tag from magnetic frame using red jute. 
Apply just a little bit of adhesive in the middle to hold it in place.

 

 JHMF Joy Tag CloseUp

 

 Enjoy! We'd love to see your creations, too! 

 

JHMF Finished


And next year,  you can simply swap out the photo
in your “Joy” frame to update it if you’d like!

 

 
Impression Obsession Mitten Accordion Card Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 00:00

 

  Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds
Mitten Accordion Card

This card is the third in our series of three cards using Impression Obsession dies,

 sharing ideas and “how to’s” using fancy folds with the dies for special holiday cards

 

 

IOB MAC Card

 

 This card is a unique twist on an accordion style card creating a card/mini album combination - wonderful for sharing photos or larger journaling areas.  With this simple technique you can also make a single fold A2 size card or add sections to the featured four panel project to fit your needs.  This fun die cut can be used with the included bow tie and snowflake elements or combined with other Impression Obsession dies.  Depending on your paper and embellishments it can be used all winter long!

 

 

 

                           IOB MAC Open Card              IOB MAC Closeup          

                           

Supplies

·  Impression Obsession dies, Mitten #DIE025-ZZ, Border Duo 2 #DIE018-V, Pine Branch #Die021-N, Fancy Tree #DIE031-N, Snowflakes #DIE024-X
·  JustRite Nested Frame Dies #JB08950
·  Spellbinders die, Nestabilities, Labels One #S4-161
·  Penny Black stamp set, Christmas Cheer #30-140
·  Simple Stories paper, Handmade Holidays #2707
·  Bo-Bunny Double Dots paper, Clover Dot #12CD419
·  Bazzill Basics  solid paper, Pomegranate, Parakeet and Ivy
·  Solid Paper, misc  scraps of, natural, craft and white glitter
·  Memento Rich Cocoa stamp pad
· Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
· Stickles Glitter Glue, Christmas Red and Yellow
·  Scor-Pal
·  Die cut machine, such as BigShot or eBosser
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Other supplies – liquid/dry adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, embossing folder, 1/8” hole punch, removable tape, brad, photo corners , scissors

 

 

IOB MAC Supplies

 

 Assembly

The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine was used in this project, however other die cut machines such as the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for details on cutting.  Impression Obsession dies are easy to use in the Big Shot, using the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  Tho each machine is calibrated differently, these dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

 

Start with two pieces of solid card stock cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½”,
one each of the Pomegranate and Parakeet. 
Score each at 4 ¼”, making a standard A2 size card.

IOB MAC Score Card 5

 

Using the Impression Obsession Mitten die, line up the edge without the thumb along the fold, so about 1/8” of the die is past the fold.  This prevents the die from cutting the fold and lets you to create a standard A2 size card in the shape of a mitten.

 

IOB MAC Line Up Die 6

 

IOB MAC Closeup Line Up Die 7

 

To make the accordion, paper clip the two cards together (with the back mitten of the Pomegranate and the front mitten of the Parakeet) be sure to align all of the edges.  Use a scoring tool score along the thumb where it meets the hand of the mitten.  Since you are going through two pieces of cardstock, flip it over and score again along the same place. 

 

IOB MAC Create Accordian 8

 

IOB MAC Score Thumb 9

 

 With a bone folder, fold over the thumb section in both directions, so your card will open and close easily.  Using a liquid adhesive like Inkssentials Glossy Accents, or Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, glue the thumbs together; replace the paper clips while it dries.

 

IOB MAC Glue Thumbs 10

 

Next we’ll cut three pieces of patterned paper, one for the front and two for the inside panels.  For the front of the card use the Impression Obsession Mitten to cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays.  For this cut you’ll cut the entire Mitten shape.  For the inside pages of the card, cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays reverse side and BoBunny Clover Dots.  For this cut you’ll place the die about 1/8” past the edge of the paper, allowing the patterned paper to match the inside folded edge of the card.  Ink the edges of all patterned paper using Vintage Photo distress ink. 

Helpful Hints – for patterned paper that has words or other directional patterns, double check that they are going the correct direction before cutting (please don’t ask why I know this).  Also, when using double-sided papers you may need to die cut with the wrong side of the paper up so that your patterned paper lines up correctly to the Mitten.

Once dried, apply the patterned papers, again using a liquid adhesive.  While these are drying you can assemble your embellishments.

 

Cuff on the front of the card -  this is a beautiful element which looks difficult but is super easy.  Using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 die, cut the large scalloped lacey edge from a piece of natural card stock.  The Impression Obsession Border Duo dies may be separated so you can use them separately or together.  For this example they are still attached, but it is not necessary.

 

 

IOB MAC Card Cuff 11

 

 

IOB MAC Cut Lg Lacey Scal Edge 12

 

Next add the tiny scalloped border to the bottom edge.  Depending on how large you would like your cuff, place the tiny scalloped border at the bottom of the previously die cut border.  To ensure that the die stays put during die cutting use removable tape to hold the die in place.

 

 

 IOB MAC Placement Add Scall Edge 13

 

 

IOB MAC Cut Sm Scal Edge 14

 

 

Highlight the lace cuff by layering it on a piece of the Pomegranate card stock.
Ink with Vintage Photo distress ink, then adhere to the card front and trim.

 

 

IOB MAC Layer Trim Edge 15

 

The remaining embellishments will depend on whether you want to feature photos, journaling, stamped images  or a combination of these.  In this card,  a combination of fun die cuts and photos were used.

 

IOB MAC Add Embellies 16

 

Use dry/liquid adhesive or foam mounting tape to adhere each die cut and photo, embellish as desired.

 

IOB MAC Card

 

Hope you enjoyed this fun mitten card project, and the previous two cards in our "Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds" series of card projects!

More fun card projects will be coming your way in the card-crafting seasons to come!

 
Impression Obsession Scallop Edge Z Fold Card Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:00

  Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds
Scallop Edge Z Fold Card

This card is the second in our series of three cards using Impression Obsession dies,
sharing ideas and “how to’s” using fancy folds with the dies for special holiday cards.


 

 

 

 

 IOB ZFC Finished


 

 

IOB ZFC Open View

 

 

 

 

 

 This is a quick & easy Z Fold style card with extra space for photos, journaling and stamping.
This simple technique can be adapted to use with any border die and is a standard A2 size card!
And with just a few changes, this card can be adapted for any occasion or season.

 


 


 IOB ZFC Supplies

 

 

                                                   

                           

Supplies

Impression Obsession dies: Border Duo 2 #DIE018-V, Border Duo 3 #DIE019-V
and Pine Branch #DIE021-N
Penny Black stamp set , Christmas Cheer #30-140
Kaisercraft December 25th Collection papers, Believe #P721
Kaisercraft December 25th Collectables sticker sheet #SS109
Scor-Pal scoring tool
Bazzill Pomegranate and Ivy paper
Ink Pads: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
Kool Tak 1/4inch double-sided adhesive tape
Glossy Accents
Other supplies – Misn kraft scrap papers, liquid/dry adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, embossing folder,
BigShot or eBosser die cut machine,  removable tape, ruler, craft knife, trim

 

Assembly

        This tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot, however other die cut machines can be used -just check your product for details on cutting.



 The Impression Obsession dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, utilizing the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates. The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently these dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

 

 

Mark 2 ½” on the left side and 5 ½” on the right side of a piece of 12x12 Pomegranate cardstock.  Using a ruler or straight edge and craft knife, cut across the cardstock.  This size allows you to get two cards from one sheet of 12” x 12” cardstock, with some left over.

 

 

         IOB ZFC Tape 4



 

 

 

 

          IOB ZFC Cut Card 5


 

 

 

Using a scoring tool, score the cut piece at 4” and 8”.  After scoring, use a bone folder to accordion fold. Crease well at the folds.


 

 

 

 

    IOB ZFC Mark Score Lines 6


 

 

 

    IOB ZFC Folded 65


 

 

 

 Using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 3 die on the single scallop side, line up the top edge of the scallop with the top cut edge, starting on one side.  The Impression Obsession Border Duo dies may be separated so you can use them separately or together.  For this example they are still attached, but it is not necessary.



  To prevent the die from slipping while cutting you can adhere it to the cardstock with some removable tape.  After cutting one side, align the die to the other side, again with the top of the scallop along the top cut edge of the cardstock.


 

 

 

 

 

IOB ZFC Die Cut Border 7

 

 

 

 

 

Once the base of the card is completed, it may be necessary to use the bone folder to crease the Z Fold again after running through the die cutting machine.

 

IOB ZFC Finished Top Edge 8

 

Using the center panel as a template, cut two piecues of patterned paper from the Kaisercraft December 25th collection. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink ... love this! Adhere a panel to each side of the center panel, as the backside of the panel is visible when the card is closed and the inside of the panel is visible when the card is open.


 

Now on to embellishments, yay!  Starting at the front of the card there is a strip of craft card stock that has been die cut with the Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 die.  With your cardstock scrap, align the tiny scalloped edge along the edge of the scrap.  Do this on both edges to create a decorative strip.  Use the same technique to cut a larger rectangle panel for the last panel of the card and the sentiment.  In this case, you use the border die along all four edges, instead of just two.

 

IOB ZFC Strip Alignment 9

 

 IOB ZFC Strip Die Cut 10

 

To further embellish the strip, add a piece of double sided adhesive across the center of the strip.  This is the super duper tacky adhesive tape, which is perfect for attaching glitter, beads or ribbon.  It can also be heated so you could add embossing powder!

 

 IOB ZFC Tape Only

 

  Use a piece of ribbon or seam binding, start at one end of the paper strip and begin “squishing” the seam binding to the double sided adhesive.  This gives a bit of ruffled or “Shabby Chic” look that goes well with the vintage style papers.  Once covered, adhere the strip to the front of the card and trim as needed.

 

IOB ZFC Tape Strip Center 11

 

 IOB ZFC Trim Added 12

 

 

Use the Impression Obsession Pine Branch die and Ivy cardstock to cut three pine branches for use on the front and back panels of the card. Trim off just the top portion of one of the branches to use on the last card panel.

 

IOB ZFC Die Cut Pine Boughs 13

 

  
  For the final card embellishment, select a few of the "Faux postage" stickers from the Kaisercraft December 25th Collectables sticker sheet. Use Glossy Accents to run an edge around each of the photos, then fill in to cover the entire photo portion of the "faux postage", leaving the postage edge bare. The Glossy Accents will appear milky, but don't panic! Leave in an undisturbed place for several hours to dry. Any air bubbles that appear in the first several minutes of drying may be pricked with a pin. Once dry, you have a custom "acrylic-like" embellishment. Layer on a scrap of Ivy cardstock and adhere to the card with either foam tape or adhesive.

 

IOB ZFC Ephemera Glossy Accents 14

 

Stamp sentiments as desired on your card.
The Penny Black "Christmas Cheer" stamp set was used and images were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.


 

IOB ZFC Open View


  This is a quick and easy card that can be customized for any celebration or event.
Have fun trying this will all your border dies!

 

Stay tuned for our next
Holiday Card  featuring Fancy Folds
and Impression Obsession dies
.

 

 

 
Impression Obsession Winter Wonderland Card Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Sunday, 18 November 2012 00:00

 

  Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds
"Stair Step" Winter Wonderland Card

This card is the first in our series of three cards using Impression Obsession dies,
sharing ideas and “how to’s” using fancy folds with the dies for special holiday cards.
 

 

 

IOB WWW Finished 

 

 

  

There are many variations of the stair step card.  This one starts with a very simple base
allowing you to spend more time on the details and embellishments
(that’s the fun part anyway!). 



 

 

 

 Our tutorial features the Impression Obsession’s Tree Line die
combined with their Border Duo 3 die.
  Depending on your paper and embellishments this can also be used as
holiday, winter or even as a background for camping or other outdoor themes. 

 

 

 

                   IOB WWC Supplies                                

                           

Supplies

Impression Obsession dies: Tree Line #DIE027-P, Border Duo 3 #DIE019-V
Spellbinders Nestabilities die, Labels Eight #S5-019
Penny Black stamp set , Christmas Cheer #30-140
Bo-Bunny Double Dots papers in Greens and Blues
Scor-Pal scoring tool
Solid Paper: Misc scraps in white, silver and white glitter 
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Other supplies – liquid/dry adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, embossing folder,
BigShot or eBosser die cut machine, scoring tool,    removable tape, ribbon

 

Assembly

        This tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot, however other die cut machines can be used -just check your product for details on cutting.
 The Impression Obsession dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, utilizing the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates. The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently these dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

 

 

        Start with one pieces of solid white card stock cut to 5 ½” x 10 ½”. 
Score at 1 ¼”, 2 ½”, 4 ¼”, 6”, 8 ¼”. 

 

IOB WWC Cut and Score Layers 3

Accordion fold along the score lines and crease well using a bone folder.
  There will be three “mountain” folds increasing in size from the front to the back and two “valley” folds.

 

IOB WWC Scored and Folded 4

 

We’ll create the 3 panels (layers) for this card,
starting with the last layer and moving forward.
  Cut one piece of 5 ½” x 4 ¼” white card stock. 

Emboss using an embossing folder. 


 

 IOB WWC Emboss Layer 5


 Using liquid/dry adhesive to  adhere embossed layer into the last “valley” fold
to the side of the last “mountain” fold.

For the next two panels start with two pieces of 5 ½” x 4 ¼” white card stock. 
Using the Impression Obsession Tree Line die, cut each piece of card stock.
  For added dimension and variance flip one of the pieces so that it is opposite.

 

IOB WWC Tree Die Placement 6

 

IOB WWC Trees Cut Out 7

 

Use scraps of green and blue patterned paper
and the Impression Obsession Tree Line die
to cut the trees out three or four different patterned papers. 
The bottom of this cut does not need to be more than ¾” or 1”. 


Adhere two of these cuts to the base white card stock.

 

IOB WWC Green Trees 8

 

IOB WWC Blue Trees 9

 

Use the remaining two pieces of patterned paper to cut off the individual trees
and adhere them on top of a couple of the trees to create some color variation.


For the snowy hills, use a piece of white glitter paper to die cut  with the tree die.
  The paper does NOT need to be large enough to cut out the trees
as you won’t be using the trees.

 
Use a craft knife to trim off any excess trunks or trees after you die cut,
leaving just the snowy hills.


IOB WWC Glitter Paper Hills 10


Adhere the glitter paper on top of the patterned paper for the trees. 
Trim the bottom off each piece so that the piece
in the back is taller than the one going in front.
  Use foam tape to attach the taller piece in the last “valley” fold to the previously embossed panel.
  Adhere the other panel in the first “valley” fold to the side of the second “mountain” fold using liquid/dry adhesive.

 Cut the  Impression Obsession Border Duo 3 die, multi-scalloped edge,
with silver paper. The Impression Obsession Border Duo dies may be separated
so you can use them separately or together.
  In this example they are still attached, but it is not necessary.

 

IOB WWC Silver Border 11



  This border will go on the front face of the card, so leave some extra room along the bottom edge to trim to size.

Cut a panel for the sentiment using Nestibilities Labels Eight die,
second from the smallest.

Stamp your sentiment with Memento ink and adhere to the card front. 

 

IOB WWW Finished

This is such a fun and easy stair step card and with the
Impression Obsession Tree Line die the possibilities are endless.

  Hope you enjoy!

Stay tuned for our next
Holiday Card  featuring Fancy Folds.

 

 

 
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