Hey there! 🙂 It’s that time of the month again when (part of) the Gossamer Blue team organises a whole Blog Hop for you all to show what you can do with your Gossamer Blue December kits.
This month I had the same problem with the Life Pages cards, again: They are way too good to not use them. But since I don’t do Project Life (yet), I had to come up with a different idea. I already put part of the Life Pages cards together with some other bits and pieces to later make a mini album with them. But I still had some cards left, so I thought why not make a no-photo layout again, like I already did in September for the GB Blog Hop.
Woohoo, here’s the second post of the day! And it’s going to be colourful 🙂
Today I’m going to show you a super easy and quick way how to make your own custom-made Project Life cards using Laura’s stamps and buttons, and only a few more things. And the best thing: this project won’t take you more than 15 minutes!
What you will need: white cardstock, cutter, watercolours, embossing ink (or any stamp ink that dries slowly), embossing powder, a heat gun and of course some stamps and buttons! 🙂 (If you don’t have a heat gun at home, don’t worry, your toaster will do just the same – just hold your card over it until the embossing powder has melted. Be careful not to burn yourself, though! 😀 )
Here’s how to make those cards (I didn’t include any step by step photos because it’s just so easy!):
1. Grab a piece of white cardstock and cut the size you want. (I made all of mine 3“x4“, but you can make any size you need, of course) 2. Take a paintbrush and dip it in water to moisten the card (you can moisten all of it, or just part of the card, depending on the effect you want to achieve) – do not put paint on the brush, yet!
3. Now when the card is wet, take some paint on your brush and dip it onto the card – the colour will now find its way through the water and create a really cool effect 🙂
4. Let the card dry.
5. Take your favourite stamp, put some embossing ink on it and press it onto the card.
6. Apply embossing powder and melt it with your heat gun (or toaster 😀 ).
7. You are done!
Now you can admire your pretty cards and use them in your next Project Life spreads! Or give them to a friend to put a smile on her face! 🙂
I hope you like this quick and easy tutorial! Next time I’ll show you some of the cards I made in action – and of course a new project featuring Laura’s pretty products!
Which card is your favourite? I can’t decide between the pink/yellow one with the camera button and the green “otoño” card 🙂
You should also check out Laura’s blog where I shared this tutorial today, too and where you will find so many other great projects with her beautiful products by my incredibly talented DT colleagues!
Today I wanted to share with you the two first PL spreads I’ve made so far. Actually I wanted to begin with Project Life on January 1st this year, but as usual, life got in the way. I have already started with catching up and have done a few pages for January and May, but nothing I can show just now.
I tried to stick to one colour scheme per spread, which made this first one quite pink – but I have to admit, I like it! And I love the cards from the Sunshine PL kit!!
I won’t do one spread per week or month or something like that. I will just do it the way life happens. That way I am free to choose how to do it, say, when I have a lot of pictures and more to tell, or also when there’s not much happening at the moment.
This second spread, for example, is from one single day on the first weekend in June, where we went to our favourite coffee shop in Mannheim (Café Nord). I absolutely love the pictures, so I really wanted them to be this size tp give them the main focus in this spread.
What about you, do you use Project Life? Do you make one spread per week or did you adjust the system to your needs? Do you have any tips for those (like me) who need to catch up with quite a few weeks/months? Products used: Project Life “Midnight” Kit Project Life “Sunshine” Kit Elle’s Studio “Foodie Exclusives” wood veneer Elle’s Studio “Foodie Exclusives” stamps Elle’s Studio “Shine” Extra Tidbits Crate Paper “Oh Darling” vellum shapes My Mind’s Eye enamel dots American Crafts thickers