Sunday, August 17, 2014

TUTORIAL BLITZ----Behind the Scenes- #2!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, is another look "behind the scenes" for the last few months,
&  the second of my tutorials!
Hope you enjoy!


We always need Thank You cards & sometimes it's nice to have a Thank You card with a little something extra to them, to really show our appreciation. This card will do that for you if the recipient loves coffee.  It is a "Tent Topper Card" with a little something extra to it,
 a little pocket for a Gift Card!

Here's what you'll need:
1- Green Card stock- 10 1/8" x 3 7/8" -Card Base.
1-Brown Card stock- 3 5/8" x 3 7/8" -For the front of your card.
1- Brown Card stock- 3 3/4" x 3 5/8" -For inside of your card.
1 -Brown Card stock- 3 3/4" x 2" -For the front of the pocket.
1- Large Die Cut in Brown- This is for the matting for the card topper.
1-Tan Card stock-3 3/8" x  3 3/4"- For the front, matting on top of the Brown-3 7/8" x 3 5/8".
1- Tan Card stock- 3 1/2" x 1 7/8" -For the pocket, matting on top of the Brown-3 3/4" x 2".
1-Print Designer Paper- 3" x 3 3/8" -For the front, matting it on top of the Tan- 3 3/8" x 3 3/4" .
1- Small Fancy Die Cut in Designer Paper- For the front of the pocket, inside your card.
1- Large White Die Cut- For the front image to be stamped on.
1- White Card stock- 3 3/4" x 2" for stamping a coffee cup circular image.
 Which can be found most anywhere in the stamping market.
1- 2 1/2" Turquoise Ribbon- 5/8"  wide, or color your own.
 Stamps- of Coffee Images-Found most anywhere in the stamping market---
Coffee Cup Image,  a 1" Circular Coffee Image, & a smaller Circular Coffee Image.
(I recommend SU).
Your choice of coloring medium:  I used Copics, Prisma Color Markers,
 & a Faber-Castell Pitt-White Pen. You choose.
Glue Dots
SU-1" Circle Punch

Tim Holtz- Distress Ink- Tea Dye
SU-Fine Point Brown Marker

These are the basic paper pieces needed, along with the ribbon: 

To begin with, start with the 1- Green 10 1/8" x 3 7/8" Card Base. Lay across your Score-buddy, horizontally. Score your card stock at 2 1/8".

Leaving your card stock on the Score-buddy, score at 6 1/8"

Fold your score lines.

Time to stamp your image.
 Notice the placement of the image on the die.

Now you can color in your image with the medium of your choice. I used Copics, Prisma Color Markers & a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen.

Using your scissors, cut off the pierced area or another way to put it, cut along the embossed edge of the die.

This is what you'll end up with. A nice matted image! Set this aside for now.

Moving right along to the Brown card stock- 3 3/4" x 2" for the pocket,
 & the Tan card stock- 3 1/2" x 1 7/8"....

Mat these two pieces, tan on top of the brown. 

Using a small fancy die cut....

Flip it over & add dimensionals.

Now add it to the center of the matted Brown & tan card stock.

Next you will stamp one larger circular coffee images, about 1" in circumference--
there are plenty of these images out on the market.
 Now cut them out.
A SU- 1" Circle Punch worked perfectly to punch this out.

Once they're punched out, add dimensionals to the back. Then use your Tim Holtz- Tea Dye to sponge on the edges of both pieces. (Disregard my pictures that aren't done that way. As I put this together I saw it needed it. Sometimes, that's how it goes!)

Using a smaller circular coffee cup image, add it to the center of the front of your pocket piece you just created earlier--the 3 3/4" x  2"  Brown base with the tan card stock & the small fancy die on top.

We need to start matting the front pieces of your card now,
 the Brown- 3 5/8" x 3 7/8" , the Tan- 3 3/8" x 3 3/4", Designer Paper- 3" x 3 3/8".

Now, mat these pieces, starting with the Tan on top of the brown.
Notice: the placement of the tan paper in the picture below,
Take the paper all the way to the top edge.

Now, stamp the Designer Paper with your sentiment as below---off to the bottom right.

Now, layer this Designer Paper on top of the tan.

Add your faux stitching on the front of your card as below using your fine tip Dark Brown Marker.
Tip: Follow the outside edge of your paper to draw your faux stitching lines & take your time.
  Notice: the double line of stitching on the bottom  edge.

Now go back to the main image you have stamped on the large Die Cut.
 Using a sponge & your Tim Holtz- Distress Ink- Tea Dye, sponge the edges of the main image.

Add dimensionals to the back of the main image.

Peel off the backing of the dimensionals and add your main image to the large brown die & set this aside for now.

Open up the Green- Card base, 10 1/8" x 3 7/8".
Add adhesive to the Brown card stock- 3 3/4" x 3 5/8" piece & place in the inside of your card.

Add adhesive to the inside edges of your little pocket. (Excuse the little brown fuzz on my tape. I forgot to put the SD card back in the camera, LOL  & had to pull this baby apart!)
TIP: Most any card can be turned into a "Gift Card Holder,"  by adding a pocket!

Now flip your little pocket up & adhere.

Using a fine point Dark Brown Marker add faux stitching on the inside of your card, on the edges of the tan card stock. 

Now we need to work on the main image of the card some more. Add faux stitching lines around the edge of your image, starting in one corner following the edge of your die, using your fine point Dark Brown Marker. Begin in one corner...
(Sometimes, you don't see you need certain things till you've almost got the pieces together & then you have to find ways to add what is needed! That is what I've done here.
 We must always be flexible!)

With the dimensionals on the back it will feel a little unsteady to be drawing on, so use your finger to press the edge of the paper down as you draw, this will help to steady it.

 This is the finished piece:

Now add dimensionals to the bottom half on the back, of your main image, as below.

Peel the backing off of your dimensionals & flip your die over. With your card base closed,  attach to the card base.  Making sure it is centered.

Next, cut your little piece of ribbon to make a fish tail on one end & place a glue dot on the other end. (Make sure that your ribbon is the length you want before you attach it to your card.  We're going to attach it on the left corner of the die.)

Attach the ribbon to the card, & then attach the large circular coffee cup image,  with the dimensionals on the back over the ribbon as below.
You have now completed your Blue Ribbon Thank You Gift Card!

I also came up with an idea that you can do if you can't access a coffee shop.
We don't have any Specialty Coffee Shoppes here, where I live, so I thought if you too are in the same situation or if you just don't have that extra money for a gift card, you can make your own gift card.
I used a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", ATC size card with rounded corners,
(using a SU- Corner Rounder Punch) to create a gift card. 

Take a look:
Here is my hand-written note, drawing my own boarder & also sponging Tea Dye Ink on the edges & a little right to the front of the gift card itself.
There are many companies that carry a Coffee Stain/Splatter Images now.

This is with the gift card inserted into the pocket.

 Here are some additional photo's for you:

Hope you've enjoyed my tutorial & remember to come back next week, for the last of my
 "Tutorial Blitz----Behind the Scenes-#3!"


P.S. Stampington is a great place for Tea & Coffee images check here:
You'll LOOOOVE these images! Some of the very first images I purchased when I began stamping!


  1. Very cute card! Nice one can add a little surprise with it. Thanks for dropping over to my blog.

  2. You've done a great job with this little card and the pocket idea is so cool! I like the little heart design on the latte :) Very detailed tutorial too!
    Love you "latte"!

  3. Hi Becky, Your tutorials are so detailed, just all I need to do is make some time so I can created this pretty card! Great work...I'm off to check out the link you left for Tea images. Have a great weekend!

  4. Beautiful card and awesome tutorial. Thanks.


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