Tutorial of the Week: G45 “Off to the Races” Cards

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Good morning, everyone!  I am back with another tutorial…this time making a couple of greeting cards.  BUT…with a little bit of a twist.  I decided that I would use some scraps from the Graphic 45 “Off to the Races” Mini Album Kit that I used to create the sample mini album 🙂  I did this for a couple of reasons.  First, I didn’t want to waste any of that gorgeous paper!  Second, I wanted to show you guys that you really do get good bang for your money on this kit 🙂  Are you ready to get started?  …let’s go!

Materials

Tools Required

  • paper trimmer
  • scoreboard
  • bone folder
  • ruler
  • decorative corner punches
  • embossing folder
  • blending foam and tool
  • paper distresser (optional)
  • sentiment stamp

Card #1

Here’s a look at the first finished card that we will be making:

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This card uses several items from the Graphic 45 “Off to the Races” Mini Album Kit.  The items I used from the kit include:

  • 1 – 3″ x 4″ ephemera card
  • 1 – chipboard tag
  • 1 – 1 ½” x 6 ¼” piece of blue patterned cardstock
  • 1 – 2 ¾” x 6 ¼” piece of “vanilla cream” cardstock

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Step 1

Round 2 corners along one of the longest edges of the “vanilla cream” cardstock, and distress 3 edges of the paper.  Leave one of the longest edges non-distressed.  Ink the 3 distressed edges using “Vintage Photo” distress ink.

Repeat this process on the blue patterned cardstock.

Step 2

Since the “vanilla cream” cardstock was a little bit too big for my embossing folder, I decided to just emboss the corners by hand.  To do this, I put the end of my cardstock in the embossing folder, and rubbed the top of the folder with my ruler.  You do need to press pretty hard.  If you are careful, you can also lift the top of the embossing folder up occasionally to check the embossing and replace it to keep going if you want.

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Step 3

Lightly rub some “Vintage Photo” distress ink onto the raised embossing using a blending tool with foam.

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Step 4

Butt the 2 non-distressed edges of the “vanilla cream” and blue patterned cardstock up against each other and place a piece of ½” wide Scor-tape along the seam on the back of the paper.

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Step 5

Glue the crocheted lace onto the front of the cardstock, centering it over the seam between the 2 papers.  Remove the backing from the Scor-tape and fold the ends of the lace around to the back of the cardstock.

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Step 6

Score and fold the 6 ½” x 9″ piece of kraft cardstock in half to create a 4 ½” x 6 ½” card base.  Adhere the cardstock from Step 5 to the card base with the blue patterned piece on the top nearest the fold.

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Step 7

Distress the edges of the 3″ x 4″ ephemera card and adhere it to the 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” piece of kraft cardstock, and add it to the card front using pop dots or foam tape.

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Step 8

Finish embellishing the card front as shown below using the chipboard tag, metal corners (#730-B), paper flowers, metal leaves (#369-B) and rhinestones.

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Card #2

Here’s a look at the second finished card that we will be making:

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This card also uses several items from the Graphic 45 “Off to the Races” Mini Album Kit.  The items I used from the kit include:

  • 1 – 4″ x 6″ ephemera card
  • 1 – 3″ x 4″ ephemera card
  • 1 – 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” piece of “blue calypso” cardstock
  • 1 – 3 ¼” x 4 ¼ piece of “patch” cardstock
  • 1 – 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” piece of “vanilla cream” cardstock
  • 1 – 3″ x 5 ¼” piece of red patterned paper
  • 1 – 7/8″ x 5 ¼” piece of green patterned cardstock
  • 1 – chipboard frame

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Step 1

Emboss the 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” “vanilla cream” cardstock using an embossing folder, and highlight the detail using “Vintage Photo” distress ink like we did in Step 3 of Card #1 above.

Step 2

Round 2 corners along one of the longest edges of the “vanilla cream” cardstock, and distress 3 edges of the paper.  Leave one of the longest edges non-distressed.  Ink the 3 distressed edges using “Vintage Photo” distress ink.

Repeat this process on the red patterned cardstock.

Step 3

Fold the 7 ½” x 11″ piece of black cardstock in half to create a 5 ½” x 7 ½” card base.  Adhere the “vanilla cream” cardstock along the bottom of the card base, ensuring that there is an even border along the bottom and left and right edges.  Adhere the red patterned cardstock to the top of the card front, butting the non-distressed edge up to the cream cardstock.

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Step 4

Distress all 4 edges of the 7/8″ x 5 ¼” green patterned cardstock and adhere it to the card front.  Ensure this border strip is centered over the seam between the “vanilla cream” and red patterned cardstock.

Glue 2 bronze corners (#731-B) onto the card front using E-6000 or Glossy Accents.

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Step 5

Distress the edges of the 4″ x 6″ ephemera card and adhere it to the 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” “blue calypso” cardstock.  Adhere this to the card front using glue, Scor-tape or other adhesive as shown below.

Distress the edges of the 3″ x 4″ ephemera card and adhere it to the 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” “patch” cardstock.  Adhere this card to the card front using pop dots or foam tape.

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Step 6

Stamp a sentiment to a scrap piece of “vanilla cream” cardstock using a permanent ink…do not use distress ink.  Center the sentiment in the chipboard frame and trace the frame onto the cardstock.

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Step 7

Cut out the sentiment inside of the trace line and glue it to the back of the chipboard frame.  Tuck a couple of swirly bronze embellishments (#851-B) under the frame and adhere it to the card front using pop dots or foam tape.

Finally, fill the frame with Glossy Accents and allow to dry.

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That about does it for this week’s tutorial.  I hope you like what you see, and try making these cards with left-over materials you’ve got tucked in a drawer somewhere 😉  If you’re keen on getting your hands on one of the Graphic 45 “Off to the Races” Mini Album Kits from ButterBeeScraps and making these same cards, you can find yours right HERE.  Thanks for popping by today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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