Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUTORIAL BLITZ------Behind the Scenes- #3!

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today with the last tutorial of my "Tutorial Blitz," just for you! 
This one is a little simpler & I hope you like it too.
Giving you some more ideas for your coffee stamps.
Remember all these images can be found anywhere out there in the stamping market.
(SU is a good source for this image, maybe SSS -Simon Says Stamp)!


I thought this card reminded me of  early morning drives taking  our kids to school when they were younger, or heading out for shopping early in the day. I always liked to stop by Tim Horton's & grab a specialty coffee & a muffin! (Yes, TLady does like coffee too---with lots of sugar & cream! LOL)

These are the supplies you will need for this card:
Stamp Image/s
1- 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" -  Aqua- This is your card base.
1- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" - Pink- This layers on top of the card base.
1- 4" x 5 1/4"- Dark Brown- This layers on top of the pink card stock.
Designer Paper- Echo Park- "Everyday eclectic."
1- 3 7/8" x 2 3/4"- Clouds
1- 3 7/8" x 2 3/8"- Chevron pattern
9" Cotton Twill- 3/4" wide- White or Cream
1- 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"- White Die- Circle- This is for the sun rays
1- 2 3/4" x 3"- White- This is for your Stamped images.
3- Aqua Enamel Dots-you can buy these or make your own like I did.
Glimmer Mist  &/or Sponges & Ink- In a Sunflower color/Bright Yellow
Glimmer Mist for the ribbon-In Creme de Chocolate/ Dark Brown or Instant Coffee, hot water  & spritz bottle.
Your choice of coloring medium for the images.
Stencil of Sun Rays - I used Tim Holtz stencil- Rays.(Your other options- Paper Piece the sun rays or create your own stencil. Try using Artist's Crayons & melt it letting it drip to make the rays. Your choice!)
Pencil & Eraser

Using the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Aqua- Card Base,
 lay your card stock horizontally across your Score-Buddy,
score at 4 1/4". Go ahead & fold your card & set this aside.

First of all prepare the space where you will be spritzing with old newspaper or scrap paper to protect  your surface.
Using the Circle Die, lay your stencil over it, placing the rays coming off of one side as below.
You can either spritz this or sponge on your color with a stencil, or use melted wax & let it drip to make the sun rays, or paper piece the sun rays instead of using the stencil. You choose.
 I chose to spritz it.
 I thought the sponging wasn't dark enough for me, & I like the shimmer of the Glimmer Mist!
Be sure to clean your stencil as this dries.
TIP: Keeping your tools clean makes them last longer & you won't end up with surprises later!
TIP: I found my Glimmer Mist bottle wasn't spritzing, as it has sat in my cupboard for awhile. To unclog the nozzle---Using a bowl, fill it with HOT water. Unscrew the top off of the bottle, placing your glimmer mist somewhere where it won't be spilled, place the nozzle of the bottle-- submerged under the hot water & let it set just a bit. After a bit, try to spritz the water out through the nozzle over the sink. This did the trick for me! If it doesn't work for you, try hotter water  &/or letting it soak just a bit more. (I wouldn't recommend "boiling" water!)

This is after Spritzing. I love that shimmer! Lay it aside to dry.
Prepare your space for spritzing your ribbon. Lay your ribbon down & spritz! Don't feel you have to soak the ribbon. Just enough to make it look like you've splattered some coffee on it.
I used Glimmer Mist Creme De Chocolate- 30120. You can use Instant Coffee dissolved in hot water if you don't have Glimmer Mist. It leaves a nice coffee scent too! Set aside to dry.
***(Any coffee kept needs to be refrigerated & used soon. It does go bad!)***

Stamp your sentiment on the inside of your Aqua- Card Base.

Adhere the Brown- 4" x 5 1/4" card stock on top of the Pink- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" card stock.

Now adhere the Designer Paper- with Clouds- the 3 7/8" x 2 3/4" card stock to the top.

Next adhere the Chevron Designer Paper- 3 7/8" x 2 3/8" card stock to the bottom.

Get an eye for how you want your sun rays to lay. You'll want them going up & out.

You can use the seam where the two Designer Papers meet to guide you.

Using a ruler, mark a straight line with your pencil across the circle.

Cut on your pencil line.

Now it's time to mark the side of your circle die. You'll want  the matting on the card base to show, so  line up your circle to the bottom seam where you just cut, & make your line according to the matting on the side--the brown & the pink.

Now, cut that line.

Erase any pencil lines gently with your eraser after cutting
TIP: A "Knead Eraser" works best for erasing without tearing your paper! The one eraser an Artist should have in their arsenal!
Here's what you'll end up with. Go ahead & adhere that to the front of your card.

This is what we'll be doing with the ribbon, covering the seam. Make sure you leave some space for the Coffee Cup on the right when placing your ribbon. ***

Here's how to make that knot:
 Lay your ribbon back side up & then bring your ends up as I have done here. (When you bring up the sides, you can see the "right" side of the ribbon.)

Bring the right end down & up through the hole. You can pull to make the knot from here. Pulling gently & twisting to make the darker side show on the front. We want the pointed side of the knot on the front of the card.  *** See the picture above where the ribbon is laid across the card front.

Add adhesive to the back where the ribbon will meet.
TIP: This is a way of saving on ribbon too! Rather than wrapping your whole card with ribbon.

Snip off the excess or add more adhesive.

Add adhesive to the rest of the back & yes, on top of the ribbon also. You don't want that ribbon to come loose.

Layer this on top of the Card Base--the Aqua base.

Time to stamp your image/s.
Color your image/s. I used Copics & Prisma Color Markers.
 (Notice, I got outside of the lines. I did that just for you. You'll see why! :))

Fussy cut your images to get a close cut on your images.
(You don't even notice where I colored out of the lines, do you? So, you don't have to color these perfectly!)

Add dimensionals to your images as below.
 I doubled layered my dimensionals on either end of the coffee cup, so your image won't look puffy in the middle from the ribbon underneath, when it is placed on the card.

Add the little circle coffee cup image to the front of the main image.

Adhere your main image, straddling the ribbon with your main image.
We're almost done!

Now add the 3- Enamel Dots.  To get them straight, just line them up with the chevron pattern.

Here are some additional photo's for you:

Hope you've enjoyed my "Tutorial Blitz!"
The three tutorials I've given you, with only a few additional supplies, (not covering all supplies)
 would value about $30.

Let me know if you liked my "Tutorial Blitz--Behind the Scene's?"
And be sure to come back next week as I'm going in a little different direction; 
I hope you will like what I'll be doing!

Still CREATING here! :D



  1. wow, what a fabulous card! Great tutorial too :)

  2. Becky,
    Great tutorial, and tips. Love the paper, so perfect. Good job on the coffee cup. Great job on a fabulous card.

  3. Thanks for sharing another great tutorial.....great card!


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