Well kids, our first Papercrafting Inspiration Magazine Mondays Challenge has come to a close.
How many of you were inspired by this week’s magazine cover?
O.K., and how many of you needed more time to pull together a papercraft project?
Yup, me too!
I did manage to get a card made, but not until the very last minute (yesiree, I work best under a deadline – just ask my hubby).
I started by thinking about what aspect(s) of the magazine cover I liked best, about what spoke to me?
The cut and layered pieces are what first popped out at me so I went with that as my main papercrafting inspiration.
Step One: Since I’m a good little papercrafter who keeps her scraps, I grabbed my paper scraps file and started hunting. I knew I wanted to make a “happy” card, so I looked for bright colors.
Step Two: I lined up the scrap papers so I could cut them in the order I wanted to use them on my project.
Step Three: I cut the pieces to the same size as the card base (5″x5″) and then to mimic the shape of the layered pieces in the magazine cover (I attempted to cut them a bit different, then changed my mind and cut them again!).
Step Four: I went on a search for some cool letters to use on the card (these letters are sooooo old, but I still love them – and I love ‘shopping my stash’).
Step Five: I laid out the papers, couldn’t make them work as cut, and cut them again…twice. I finally found a shape that would work and adhered them to the card front, followed by adding the letters to see how they would look.
I liked the layout ok, but didn’t like the wooden letters plain.
Step Six: Out came the inks and embossing powder…
…and that’s when this happened:
Uh yeah, I was not at all happy.
(Please note the huge piles of embossing powders on the edge of my work surface – the rest landed on the shelves below and in the carpet. Oh joy.)
Luckily I’m an experienced papercrafting mess cleaner-upper – Dyson Root to the rescue!
After a few moments of vacuuming and a somewhat ridiculous attempt to get the spilled-everywhere embossing powder back into it’s little plastic container (BTW, I don’t recommend using a container-with-a-very-hard-to-remove-lid-like-I-used), I was on to the next step.
Step Seven: I heated the embossing powder-coated letters and let them cool.
Step Eight: I glued down the letters using Crystal Effects and double-sided foam tape.
And voila, my finished Magazine Mondays Week One creation!
I now have a fun little card to add to my stash and without the powder mess clean-up, this only took me about 15 minutes.
One piece of advice: make a few of the same card, or a similar style,when you have everything laid out. I wish I had made a few of these rather than just this one.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…our WINNER!
(deafening applause ensues!)
Please join me in congratulating Ann-Kay on her win and be sure to go take a look at her wonderful creation! You rocked it, lady!
So, now that you see how easy it is to play along, are you in for next week?
We sure hope so!
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Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday,