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

 

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Viewer’s Choice Card Pineapple with shades

Hi Crafty people! Happy HUMP DAY!

For this mid week post I am sharing this viewer’s choice Pineapple with Shades card.

I thought of multiple ways of creating this pineapple. I thought I would sketch it or collage it together using diamond cutouts of various patterned paper. I went through my paper stash and found this yellow and zigzag screen-print paper by Recollections and immediately knew it would translate perfectly.

As for the leaves, I used a variety of circle punches (sizes noted in supply list below) to create the top leaves which also resemble hair. The shades were made by sketching the outline and lens shapes and cutting them out. I then used vellum paper, colored with alcohol ink to make the lenses.

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The recognizable “spikes” of the pineapple were created by just cutting V shapes along the zigzag pattern and slightly curling them upward for dimension and effect.

This card does not currently have a sentiment and I will likely add a thought bubble to add an appropriate occasion sentiment when I decide to use this card. The finished card is 5 x 7″and multi-dimensional.

 

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Zigzag pattern paper – Recollections Screen-print (6 x 6″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (6 1/2 x 4 1/2″)
  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (10 x 7″ scored at 5″)
  • Metallic Dark green cardstock – Anna Griffin Christmas cardstock (scrap)
  • Brown Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Black Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Vellum – Stathmore #105-915 (scrap)

Color:

  • Watermelon Alcohol ink by Ranger (Tim Holtz)

Tools:

  • Circle punches – 1/4″ (EK success), 1 1/8″ (EK Success), 3″ Marvy Uchida, 2″ Marvy Uchida
  • Embossing Folder – Cricut Cuttlebug (Fabric Swatches Set)
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Pinking scissorsEK Success precision scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s craftbond
  • Cuttlebug machine

I truly enjoyed creating this card and the fact that it was requested by a viewer made this project that much more fun! I look forward to creating more cards requested by you so please share any ideas you might have for a card that could be featured on the next Whatup Wednesday YouTube video and blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this project. Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections
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, Video

Margarita Monday – How to use scraps for embellishments

Hello crafty friends!

What a beautiful weekend we just had! Now back to the grind….

For this Margarita Monday I wanted to repurpose scraps by creating handmade embellishments for card making and other crafts.

A video tutorial for this project is available on YouTube.

There is no specific way of creating these. They are really just playing with paper by cutting strips and using hole punches with different shapes. You can also use stickers, stamps, enamel dots, ribbon and just about anything you already have on hand to mash together little paper embellishments for your projects.

Below are some handmade cards I created using the embellishments that I made above. I added doilies, sequins and washi tape on precut and folded card bases.

SUPPLIES: This was tricky because I used mostly random older pieces from my stash that are no longer packaged and I cannot recall what they are from…I will do my best here!

Paper:

  • Variety of scrap paper from my stash
  • Doilies – my stash
  • Precut and folded blank cards – Recollections

Tools:

  • Hole Punches – mostly Martha Stewart, some from EK Success
  • Sequins – Darice Cream Sequins
  • Washi – Recollections
  • Tombow glue and Elmer’s craft bond
  • Foam tape
  • Enamel dots – my stash
  • Small rotary sentiments stamps – Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

These kind of embellishments are always fun to make and really help to lower my scrap paper supply. What do you do with your scraps?

Until next time XoXo!

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Easter Eggs Using Scrap Paper

Hello crafty friends!

I wished to have been able to provide this post earlier but with everything I had going on I was unable to get this done on time. (SORRY!)

I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday weekend.

The video for this post is already up and available to watch on YouTube (search citygal papeterie to find it)

I have been trying to diminish a bit my scrap paper. I accumulate so much scrap paper and I am sure I am not alone when I say I have a hard time throwing out any piece of paper that could be used for something else!

I knew I wanted to use scraps to create Easter eggs and came up with this easy way to use scraps while still creating something nice and useful.

To create the eggs I simply cut strip of coordinating pattern and solid paper and gave it a torn or fringed edge. Then I adhered those strips to a larger scrap paper and cut out an oval that was traced using an ellipse stencil. The result was a variety of paper eggs in different colors that could be used for a multitude of projects. I used them as card embellishments but these could be used to fill in baskets or decorate baskets or treat boxes and bags. They could also be used for scrapbooking or even as cupcake toppers on string as pennants. The possibilities are really endless.

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I found this project very easy to do and I will absolutely use this method again for different shapes  to build my embellishment supply while using up perfectly good scraps!

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Variety of scrap paper –  stash
  • Aqua, Pink, yellow, lavender, yellow and green cardstock – Recollections (Bases were cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/5″ then scored and folded at 4 1/4″; bases were cut to 5 1/4 x 4″)
  • Vellum – Strathmore (1 1/2″ strips)

Tools:

  • Scalloped edging scissors – old stash
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Precision scissors – Martha Stewart
  • Ellipse Guide Stencil – Pickett
  • Elmer’s CraftBond
  • Enamel dots – old stash
  • Cuttlebug Embossing machine
  • Embossing folders – Cherry Blossom, snow flurry, Treillage, Modern Vines ALL by Anna Griffin
  • Scotch clear tape

Happy Easter and Happy SPRING!!

Until next time XoXo!

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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