My daughter gave me a tube of L'Occitane hand cream a long time ago. I have been saving the cool looking box. The design reminded me of a stamp! So, I cut out parts of the box and added them as embellishments to this file folder card. And added an old library pocket card.
For the inside "file" I sponged some distress scattered straw through a mesh bag
that contained lemons from the grocery store.
The Michael Strong mini flower is stamped in distress broken china.
I drew the stem and leaves with a peeled paint distress marker.
I'm not sure how I will use this card, so I left room for the sentiment.
Here is my file folder card tutorial
for my friends at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group.
I shared a file folder card for today's Technique Thursday HERE
Just wanted to share this method in case you don't have the envelope punch board.
Either way, it's very easy and fun to make these cards.
Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches.
Fold as usual for making a card.
For the tab, cut away a 1/2 wide strip (12-13 mm) on the narrow end
using your paper trimmer, making the tab any size you wish.
This shows the cut line.
Here you see where to trim off that 1/2 inch wide piece by cutting with a scissors.
Now you see the tab before the corner punch is used...
...and after using the corner punch.
To make the insert, cut a piece of cardstock 4.25 x 5.25 inches.
The tab is made in the same way as the folder.
After checking the fit I trim a little off the bottom.
Here's the finished look.
Hope you have fun making these File Folder Cards.
I would love to hear from you and see your creation!
You can check google for other variations!
Thanks for visiting!
to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inch then fold that like a card. I make tabs with my Envelope Punch Board then cut away the approximately 1/2 inch wide strip with my paper trimmer. Before I had the Punch board, I just made the tab with my paper trimmer, scissors and a corner punch.
Here's a LINK with info on how I used acrylic paints for my background.
I sponged the edges of the painted panels with distress walnut stain ink.
I attached the layers with dimensional foam.
For the inside of my file folder card, I made a "file" from cardstock. Then sponged dried marigold distress ink over a pieces of the mesh bag (that lemons are packed in from the grocery store).
Today's card features the small birdhouse from Michael Strong's Little Houses stamp set.
I used colored pencils on the birdhouse and fussy cut it--very easy!
Using a scrap of watercolor paper, I added gesso first and let it dry.
Then I experimented by applying my new Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
with brush, stencils, stamps and sometimes I just spread the paint with my finger, ala Dina!
I was pleased to find that Matte medium does a wonderful job of attaching/gluing paper.
Before I tried this, I didn't realize what a nice finish the matte provides.
I used a torn images from an old book.
I stapled my muslin fabric scrap to secure it
and added Mike's bird house over it with dimensional foam.
Stamped the Thank You on paper, sponged the edges with ink and attached with dimensional foam.
Liquitex Basics acrylic gesso
Golden soft gel medium matte
Inks: Versafine black onyx, Stampin' Up! pink passion
Happy Valentine's Day! I just love Valentine's Day.
It's such a special day to celebrate love and friendship!
My parent's were married on Valentine's Day way back in 1953!
Today I'm sharing some file folder Valentine cards I made by cutting kraft paper in half
to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inch
then folding that like a card.
I made tabs with my Envelope Punch Board
then cut away the approximately 1/2 inch wide strip with my paper trimmer.
Before I had the Punch board, I just made the tab with my paper trimmer,
scissors and a corner punch. Easy and fun!
For the inside I added this "file" stamped with
Dina Wakley's big Handwritten Heart Collage stamp.
Stamps: Michael Strong, Hero Arts, Ranger-Dina Wakley, PSX
Ink: Versafine black onyx,
Distress-worn lipstick, festive berries, barn door, mowed lawn.
I used Mike's cloisonne hearts to make flowers, adding the stems from a Stampin' Up! set.
Used a strip of printed paper on the left. Drew squiggly lines and dots with a PITT India ink pen,
my latest favorite black marker.
I dug out my old crimper for texture on the white layer here.
Then sponged the edges and added the "fussy cut" typewriter
along with the stamped sentiments and printed paper.
Stamps: Michael Strong, Hero Arts
Inks: Versafine black onyx,
distress festive berries and worn lipstick
Amy gives wonderful directions for using Jane Davenport's portrait paints and face stencil.
I'm so happy I gave this a try...and glad to have used this paint kit on the actual day I bought it!
So many times my supplies go into my stash and sit there unused!
This is my second "entry" in my art journal, a Canson 5.5 x 8.5 inch with 138 lb. paper.
I applied gesso ahead of time. I used a stabilio pencil to "draw" in the stencil lines,
whereas Amy used a Derwent Inktense pencil.
Here you can see my work area with my iPad nearby
so I could watch Amy's YouTube over and over.
The aqua brush was included with Jane's paint and stencil kit.
Also used brushes from my stash.
Here are the paints I used. I forgot to include a photo of Dina's Ruby red paint.
This paint tray pallette worked well. For the black outline/definition I put a dab of black paint on the top of this pallette and thinned it with a little water. Used it to accent the lines on the face, including around the eyes, the eyelashes, nose, mouth and eyebrows. I don't have Jane's mermaid brush markers for the hair so I used Dina's Lapis blue mixed with some Liquitex Basics titanium white and Dina's Ruby red for the strips on the shirt. Don't have the white PITT pen to add highlights. Next time will try to use white acrylic paint for that.
This was very fun and relaxing to try make this face with Jane Davenport's stencil.
Inspired by Dina Wakley and Jane Davenport, I've been working with Dina Wakely's heavy body acrylic paint, stamps, stencils and finding some relaxation and stress relief! Instead of working inside my art journal, I worked on separate pieces of watercolor papers from my stash.
Dina Wakley makes this look so easy in her YouTube videos. It was a bit of a struggle for me! I guess I thought I could just spread some paint on paper and it would look great...not!
I think it's better with layering the paint...and adding stencils and stamps.
I drew a few faces with a PITT India Ink marker pen. On some of these I added watercolor pencil to color to the hair and eyes, but the PITT marker bled, so I wasn't sure that was the way to go. My pieces are small-they fit on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card (or smaller).
The "mood du jour" is part of a Dawn Houser/Inkadinkado stamp. The leaf is from What I love by Stampin' UP!
I really like how the Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium worked to adhere the book page strips. They dried to a nice matte finish. In the past I had used a semi-gloss medium, which has a shine to it. The matte finish makes it look so much better!
The "think" is part of a Dina Wakley Media 6 by 9 inch Stencil called Hey You. Originally I stenciled the "don't overthink", but I worked over the "don't over" and just left "think". Decided to add "don't" and "just create" with my PITT India ink pen and then Gelly Roll Classic white pen. The lady is from Hampton Arts-Time Flies. I used black Versafine ink. The leaves, from SU, same as above, were stamped with Dina's "night" paint, which is a very dark blue.
The face here is stamped with distress vintage photo using Rubber Stampede's She knows #3652C. For the white circles I used the plastic cover from a paint dabber. Used a piece of sequin waste to stencil the little circles on the right using Dina's white paint.
This face is stamped with distress walnut stain ink using Dawn Houser/Inkadinkado Camp Rouge French lady face stamp #8340-N. I mixed Dina's ruby and lemon paints to create the orange color. The white circles on the bottom left were made with the sequin waste stencil. The other white "circles" were added by hand with the paintbrush.
Thanks for visiting! You are welcome to share any tips or ideas on this topic!