DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Fridays NYC Brick card

Hello again crafty friends!

I have for you today an urban inspired card that reps my home of NYC.

I was born and raised in New York City, mostly in the Bronx and I want to share with you all through featured projects what that means to me. I love my home and growing up here and all the things that have come with that. This card is very special to me and I tried to translate in it some of the daily visions of this city, the bricks of this concrete jungle and the writings on the wall – I hate the word graffiti! It has many negative connotations and while “tagging” is not always pretty (or legal!), some of it is IMO quite creative and beautiful.

Here is my version of tagging on a brick wall, a video of the full creative process is available on my YouTube channel. You’ll find all supplies and measurements below.

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**THIS CARD AVAILABLE IN THE CITYGAL ETSY SHOP

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Black cardstock base by Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • White cardstock insert by Recollections (4 1/8 x 5 1/4″)
  • Cream Cardstock (4 x 5 3/8″, x2)
  • Denril Multi-Media Vellum (9 x 3″)

Color:

  • SPECTRUM noir Illustrator Markers in Ultramarine (TB6), Magenta (MG5), Lipstick (CR10)
  • Micron Markers #03
  • Marvy Matchables ink pad in #6 Brown
  • Marvy White gel pen 1.0

Tools:

  • Hago Drawing Pencil F
  • Fiskars Paper trimmer
  • Darice Brick pattern embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • EK Success precision cut scissors
  • Xyron 1.5″ Creat-a-sticker
  • Elmers Craftbond
  • Foam tape by Craft Specialties

Not just because sketching is something I thoroughly enjoy, but this card was fun to create and holds a special place in my heart.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with me. I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

What’up Wednesday – Floral Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!

On this feature video of What’up Wednesdays I am creating an inspired card. My son recently told me in the sweetest way that he was buying me imaginary flowers. He is 3.5 years old and I found this to be so adorably sweet I had to incorporate it in a project and share it with you all.

I went into my stash and found a beautiful bold floral cardstock by Anna Griffin and used it as the main background for this project. The sequins give it some sparkle and the gold embossed paper adds texture without overpowering the card. The full creative process for this project is available on YouTube!

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**CARD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE CityGal Papeterie ETSY SHOP.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

Fuchsia precut blank card by Recollections (A2 size – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)

Gold Cardstock – Old stash (3 x 3 3/4″)

Word cardstock by Anna Griffin (3 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Floral Cardstock by Anna Griffin (4 1/2 x 3 3/4″)

White Cardstock by Recollections (2 3/8 x 5/8″) (5 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Black Cardstock by Recollections (51/4 x 3 3/4″)

Color:

Versafine Archival Ink pad in Onyx Black

SPECTRUM NOIR Sparkle brush in Black

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0

Accents:

Darice Dream Sequins

Pink & Gold Twine from Target

Tools:

AveryElle Ellements Dotted Borders Dies

Anna Griffin Embossing Folder in Foundry

HeroArts Happy Stamp & Cut Set

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Cuttlebug Diecut machine

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

ScorTape

Elmer’s Craft Bond

Glue Dots

This card was fun to make especially because my son also decided to help with the process and he was such a good assistant! I’ll consider those flowers bought and delivered ❤

I hope this post inspired some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

YouTube Channel Launch!

Hello my crafty friends!

Today is a very special day and I am so very excited to share with you all the introduction of my youtube channel for paper-crafting videos. Let me just say, the launch of this channel was a journey in itself and I am still and will be for some time coming, actively learning the ropes of this new and exciting feature for CityGal Papeterie.

I will include here the featured schedule and other important tidbits of the launch. I apologize for this being quite a long post but I don’t want to miss anything!

I am fully aware of all the hiccups and flaws, if you will, that are sprinkled about the first videos. I know that as I continue I will (hopefully!) get better and eventually be able to upgrade such things as my camera and microphone (I literally have to use an audio note via my cell) and I hope to soon sound like I am not in a closet since I can only capture audio if my son is napping or I actually hide in the closet! Lighting and other video qualities will improve as I can improve equipment but for now I am starting as all or at least most others have started.

For each video posted there will be a corresponding blog posted on or about the same day as the upload. The blog post will include supply and measurement details, as well as, additional stills for each project. I do still work full-time so I am totally stretching my time but hey you do what you can when it is something you LOVE!


The feature schedule is as follows:

Margarita Mondays: Vegetarian and Eco themed cards

Taco Tuesdays: Latino and Spanish cards

What’up Wednesdays: Viewers requests, inspired cards (Quote, book, song, etc) and some art journaling

Throwback Thursdays: 80’s, 90’s and vintage themed cards

Fresh Fridays: Urban and NYC themed cards


All features will be available every other week and so the video themes will be as posted below…

Week 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Week 2: Tuesday and Thursday

Week 3: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Week 4: Tuesday, Thursday…..and so on

I mention this because it will matter for viewers requests or any challenges or giveaways that are posted (YESSSS I SAID THAT!!!) Otherwise you can tune in whenever you’d like!


Now to introduce the first ever video:

Margarita Monday: DIY Beets illustrated card

For this card I decided to go with a handmade illustration and simple supplies.

Inspiration for this card came truly from my good friend and fellow vegetarian Monica (HEY GIRL!) And we most certainly LOVE OUR BEETS and our music too of course lol. I hope you enjoy the creative process depicted in the video (insert link).

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**CARD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE CityGal Papeterie ETSY SHOP

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

Burgundy cardstock base by Recollections (4 1/2 x 11″)

White Sketchpad paper 4 1/8 x 5 3/8″)

Brown Kraft Cardstock by Recollections (4 1/8 x 1/2″)

Color:

Lyra AquaColor water soluble crayons #18021, 13068, 13099, 13001, 13067

Pigma Micron Markers #01

Marvy Calligraphy Marker #3.5

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0

Tools:

Pentel Aquash Watercolor brush

ScorTape

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

Hago Drawing Pencil in F

I truly enjoyed creating this card and sharing it with you all! I hope this post sparked come creative inspiration!

Until Next time XoXo

 

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DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Watercolor Birthday card set

Hello there crafty friends!

I wanted to share this special set with all of you. I had in my stash a blank watercolor paper card set that I KNEW I needed to paint but could not figure out what with.

My awesome creative husband suggested birthday cards. And I thought “Ok I can totally do that.”

Thinking of coordinating images I created this set which I really adore.

From the top left image you can see an arrow card, a birthday candles card, a dripping rainbow card, a large flower with vines card and finally a feather card.

To give them a cohesive look I used similar colors and they are all accented with sequins and spritzes. To hold all the cards and coordinating envelopes I created a card box, seen in the last image above.

SUPPLIES:

  • Watercolor card set with envelopes: my stash
  • Darice sequins: Dream sequins
  • LuminArt watercolor paints
  • Sentiment stamp: Fiskars Simple Expressions
  • Patterned cardstock by Recollections
  • Card-Tainers template: Papers by Catherine #TP-3

This card set was so much fun to create and I look forward to using more original artwork on future cards. I believe it makes the card that much more meaningful and special.

This card set is available at the etsy shop!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting Over a Block Part 2

Oops I did it again! Waited so long to post. Harder to maintain a blog with  toddler and a husband and a fulltime job than I originally anticipated…. BUT I AM STILL HERE I PROMISE! 😉

I want to continue where I left off last since I clearly cannot move on with my blogging life until I do…

For the remaining cards I used the same stream of ideas and just kept going with it. I still encounter minor creative blocks but there have been improvements in inspiration and ideas have been flowing.

Here are the remaining cards and supplies lists. If you are not familiar with the 1st part of this post please check it out here.


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Card 6:

For this card, inspiration was pulled from the geometric style of this card set and the paper used. I also tried to think outside the box and used circular paperclips as embellishments.

SUPPLIES:

  • Recollections brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Patterned washi tape: Recollection bohemian collection
  • Circle shaped paperclips: my stash
  • Gold ribbons: my stash
  • Gold cardstock: my stash

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Card 7: Inspiration for this card came from the swirls on the patterned paper.

Supplies:

  • Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Paper String: G2Plus Rafia Stripes
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Recollections crème and brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  •  Sticker Tab: My Stash
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush

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Card 8: This is card 8 on this list but it was the first card I made of this set. It is (sadly) my least favorite but I am still proud of it.

Supplies:

  • Clear cling stamps: Martha Stewart, Valentine stamp kit
  • Heart sequins: My Stash
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Pink eyelet: Making Memories
  • Pink pigment ink: Martha Stewart, Valentine Stamp kit
  • Papermate Flair medium tip felt pens; Surf’s up and Orchid Lei
  • Marvy white Gel pen

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Card 9: This card is my favorite of this set. Inspiration for this card was all in the patterned paper. I do feel that sometimes with the right paper you can create magical things!

Supplies:

  • Clear cling sentiment stamps: Anna Griffin
  • Tag: My Stash
  • Cloud stencil: handmade
  • Archival Chalk ink: VersaMagic in Cloud White
  • Gold embossing powder: Filigree Fine Art Powder
  • VersaMark watermark stamp pad
  • Gold stars: My Stash
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Gold Ribbon: My Stash
  • Light Blue, creme and kraft cardstock; Recollections
  • Gold Marker: Krylon 18K gold marker

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Card 10: I find this to be the sweetest card and it also was inspired by the geometric design of the set and the paper patterns.

Supplies:

  • Kimono patterned washi tape
  • Recollections tan, crème, and kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Coral ribbon: My Stash

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this card set. I always look forward to hearing from readers. Hope this post sparked creativity!

Until next time! XoXo