DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

1000 Subscriber GIVEAWAY

Hello my crafty friends!!

Thank you so much for joining me today ❤

I could not be more excited to be hosting a giveaway for having reached 1000 subscribers on YT!!!

The prize will include a variety of crafting products including a cleaning shammy, precut kraft dies, a card and envelope set, a super cute button die set, 3D stickers, washi tapes and much more!!

I am also including one of the stamp sets I posted in my last VIDEO and BLOG post.

I will  be including all of the details for the GIVEAWAY here and also on my YouTube channel. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES CAREFULLY!

Here are the rules:

-There are 4 ways to enter but no matter the entry form you MUST be a PUBLIC subscriber. This is the only way I can track your name across the different platforms.

-You must be 18 OR OVER to enter.

-This will be a US AND INTERNATIONAL giveaway! So please do not hesitate to enter if you do not live in the US!

Here are the instructions:

-Subscribe as a public subscriber to my YouTube channel.

—–>>> THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO ENTER<<<—

Each method gives you an entry but you can only enter once per method. You can do one entry or all four (for 4 chances to win), it is totally up to you!

  1. Leave a comment under THIS video with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  2. Leave a comment under this blog post with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  3. Hop over to my Instagram page @citygalpapeterie and follow, then leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included with your prize
  4. Visit and like my Facebook page @citygalpapeterie and leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY 11pm Eastern US time on September 7 to be eligible.

And that is all! I hope you all know how immensely grateful I am for each of you and your viewership, subscriptions, comments and likes. I look forward to sharing many more projects with all of you.

Until next time! XoXo

 

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DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Urban Skyline Sunset Snowglobe Shaker

 

Hello crafty friends!

The weekend sure flies by…This card was created for my Fresh Friday feature. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling my best with a sinus infection and allergies but I digress.

This Fresh Friday card is a shaker card. So many things went wrong with this card, basically everything… wrong paper, wrong order, wrong amount of contents, messy table, sticky junk on the acetate, full memory card and so on…

To start I created this card during the evening after I returned home from my full-time job. I was, needless to say, exhausted! But I had not missed a card yet so I was determined to get this card done. I knew what type of card I wanted to created but that was about it. I played the steps by ear seeing as I had no idea where I was headed with the project. Then midway into the creative process and a ton of errors my camera stopped recording because the memory card was fall.  Of course I don’t notice until much later and begin to photograph my process instead.

I edited the YouTube video to include a full voiceover so I may explain all the successes and failures. I can only work on this while home on the weekend and yesterday my husband worked so my son was with me, as well as, in the background noise!! But nonetheless the card and video were executed as best I could. I hope to move up from here haha! Above I have inserted the video and below are all supplies and measurements.

SUPPLIES:
Paper:
White Cardstock – Recollections (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)
Brown Cardstock – Recollections (Scrap)
Black Cardstock – Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Gold Cardstock – Anna Griffin (Scrap)
Acetate – recycled
Watercolor cardstock – (Scrap)
Color:
LuminArte watercolor paint in Hot Cinnamon, Bougainvillea, Iridescent Green, Sunflower, Playful Peony, and Periwinkle
Gelato – Faber Castell in Black Licorice
Inka Gold Metallic Rub
Elegant Writer – 2.0mm F
Other:
Small buildings – original sketches
Black Satin ribbon – my stash
Purple and clear microbeads – my stash
Tools:
CuttleBug Machine
Hello Die by Spellbinders – Phrase Set 2
Darice wood grain embossing folder
Sizzix 3″ Circle framelits die
CuttleGug Cricut labels and such frame dies
Westcott nonstick scissors
Foam tape
Scortape
Elmer’s Craftbond glue
All-in-all I am happy with the final project despite all of the hiccups. I doubt this will be the last time something like this occurs and that is okay. We live and we learn. I have absolutely learned from my mistakes and I hope you do too!
Until next time XoXo

 

Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Art Journaling/Surrealism

Hello crafty friends!

Today’s post is a personal an emotional one for me, but I will keep the topic within, on this piece and the techniques I used.

I will quickly state that while I create projects and posts for my love and passion for creating, art is part of a life’s journey and within it we can express our happiness, anger, fears, joys, and sorrows. It can be an outlet when you feel there isn’t any other source of relief. This post is exactly that.

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Since January of this year I went through two miscarriages. A topic not often spoken of, and I had no idea how to handle the loss and trauma, particularly when all info is medically stated and does not answer any whys or give preventative information. So in a cloud of emotion and sorrow, I turned to art.

The result was this art journal page depicting three buildings. The 1st building represent past, the center is present, the right is future. There is hope. The cupped hands in the background release two butterflies on their eternal journey during a sunrise representing a new day. This is my story.

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As far as techniques; the full video process for this page is available on YouTube.

To prepare my page for multimedia use, I coated it with gesso. This gesso was homemade using the recipe and directions found on a tutorial by Yvonne Gebauer on her YouTube channel mytherapyroom (<– if link does not show you can find the video by copying and pasting this: https://youtu.be/4HLzqis0MIU)

While my gesso dries, I work on the cupped hands. Using my hands as a visual guide, I lightly sketch the outline of the hands and then use  watercolor crayons to paint them in. Then they are cut out and put aside.

Once my gesso is dry, I work on the sunrise background. The first layer of acrylic paint is very sheer NOT pretty. But this creates a base to work and build on once dry. As you will see in the video I started with a paintbrush but then use an old grill sponge to give a textured look to the paint. With a bit of watered down gesso I spritzed over the background for a starry effect.

Off camera I sketched three building structures to use as the front focal point. Then using the same watercolor crayons used to paint the hands I also paint the buildings. I tried to keep in mind where the light source was in the background to better know where to place shadows (I am not 100% happy with my shadows to be honest but I can live with them.)

The final step is deciding on the arrangement and adhering it all together.

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Creating this piece helped give me some solace and peace to cope with my emotional turmoil for what I had gone through. I hope that if you are ever feeling lost, hurt or perfectly happy that you know you are also able to turn to art and creating as an outlet.

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Journal – Canson XL Series mix media 9 x 12″ (98lb)
  • Watercolor paper – Canson Foundation Series Watercolor 9 x 12″ (90lb)
  • Bristol paper – Strathmore Bristol vellum surface 9 x 12″ (100lb)

Color:

  • Watercolor crayons – Lyra AquaColor
  • 18KT. Gold Leafing Pen – Krylon
  • Acrylic paint – Glaze by GOLDEN in Rust, Yellow ochre, bright purple, Violet Earth, and Ivory black

Tools:

  • B pencil
  • Micron marker in #02 and 08
  • Fan brush Utrecht
  • Watercolor brushes – Artist’s Loft #6 and 10
  • Charcoal pencil – U.S.A. General’s 557-2B Medium and Prang 600H
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Westcott non stick KleeEarth scissors
  • Marvy white gel pen
  • Gel medium – GOLDEN Regular Gel (Matte)
  • Diecut butterflies – my stash
  • Homemade Gesso

Thank you for coming on this journey with me and taking time to read my story. I am so very grateful for YOU!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Spring Illustrations with Watercolor Tutorial

For this Whatup Wednesday video (available on YouTube) I felt inspired by the arrival of beautifully warmer weather and created small original illustrations on trading cards colored in with watercolor paints purchased at Five Below. Art does not need to break the bank  if it comes from the heart.

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SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • White Trading card – The Paper Cut (2 1/2 x 3 1/2″)
  • Pre-cut and folded patterned blank card – Recollections
  • Scrap paper strips
  • Cardstock in Light green, Navy, Dark purple, Kraft – Recollections (3 3/4 x 2 3/4″)

Color:

  • Watercolor paint – Royal Longnickel
  • Marvy White Gel pen (0.1)

Tools:

  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Micron Marker #02
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pentel Arts Aquash Watercolor brush
  • ScorTape
  • Foam tape
  • Polka dot embossing folder –  Darice
  • Westcott nonstick Kleen Earth Scissors
  • Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy Roller Stamps
  • Banner die – Spellbinders Hipster 1

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired some creativity. Thank you for being here!

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

Handmade cards, Tutorial

Birthday Card

I wanted to share a quick post on a card I made for coworker’s niece. It is her 16th birthday and I tried to create a card in a style she could appreciate. I did not take photos of my supplies, SORRY! But I will still list them all below. I hope this card inspires you!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Precut and folded card base in pink from my stash
  • Watercolor cardstock from my stash
  • Recollections 6×6 Christmas Pastel paper pack with treatments
  • Recollections Boho Shimmer mist in pink, blue and purple
  • Van Gogh watercolor palette with brush
  • Tombow MonoMulti glue
  • White Marvy gel pen
  • Papermate Flair Tropical Vacation pen in Surf’s up
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush
  • Purple and fuchsia sticker gems from my stash
  • Foam squares
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment ink in Onyx Black
  • Happy Birthday to You Sizzix Stamp and Framelits Die Set

TOOLS:

  • Large non-stick Westcotts scissors
  • Small Martha Stewart Detail scissors
  • Hampton Art Stamp perfect
  • Craft tweezers

I knew that I wanted to use the stamps from the Sizzix birthday set but I will be honest, it took me a while to put this card together. I had what I can only call card-makers block. I could not decide how I would layout this card.

I began by spritzing watercolor paint and shimmer mists onto watercolor cardstock. After reaching a pretty background I laid on my cardstock and using me new Stamp Perfect (I LOVE THIS THING!) stamped all the images I planned to use right on the painted background. Using my detail scissors, I fussy-cut the images out. Once I FINALLY chose my mat paper I played around with the layout until I found something I was happy with. The final touches were dots on the hat and banner, accents with the white gel pen and gem stickers scattered about the mat and images.

Although it took me a long time to get my final draft complete with this project, I am very happy with the results. Let me know what ya think!

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Hope this sparked some CARDspiration. and thank you for visiting!

 

Handmade cards, Tutorial

The Friendly Trio

GREETINGS FROM CityGal Papeterie!!

In continuing with this month’s friendship theme, I have created a three card with one 6×6 sheet combo.

Using one 6×6″ resist paper sheet I made three friendship themed cards.

I have wanted to play with my Recollections watercolor crayons for a while and decided to pull them out from the depths and use them. These are very similar to Faber Castell Gelatos if you are familiar with those. They are  not as smooth but still vibrant and spread well.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Recollections Watercolor Crayons
  • Recollections resist paper pad in Color Splash
  • Michael’s Sequin trim
  • Ribbons House coral thin ribbon
  • Harvest Company Fuschia sheer ribbon
  • Pink with white polka-dots designer paper from my stash
  • Off white heavy cardstock scrap
  • ScorTape
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Recollections Pesto and Party Pink embossing powder
  • Papermate Flair marker pen Orchid Lei
  • Wooden Rubber Quote Stamp by Serendipity stamps
  • Acrylic watercolor brushes (#10)
  • Pre-cut and scored cardstock in Pink, yellow and green
  • Spray bottle with water

TOOLS:

  • Large Non-Stick Westcott  scissors
  • Scallop Oval die
  • Cuttlebug
  • Fiskars triple blade paper trimmer

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After choosing a paper design, I prepped the sheet with some water using a watercolor brush. Using the Recollections watercolor crayons, I scribbled various colors wherever I wanted it to be. With my finger dipped in water I spread the colors in sections for each tone.

The great thing about watercolor crayons is that you can go back and add more color to intensify the pattern.

I then drafted 3 card patterns and put together my card designs using pre-cut and scored A2 size cards, parts of the resist paper and other ribbon and paper embellishments.

For the sentiment I used an old wooden rubber quote stamp. I created three diecut scalloped ovals with embossed lettering and added a few sequins as a final touch.

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And the song from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend.

-Longfellow

Please comment below if you have any questions, or have made your own version of this project.

Thank you for visiting!