Have you ever stumbled across a kit and the minute you saw it, your brain immediately started designing a dozen ways to use it? When I first laid eyes on 2 am Designs’ Shamelessly Addicted Bundle. I had one of those “Oh, I just HAVE to create with this kit!” moments.
This coffee related set has a bit of sweet, with a little retro and a touch of grunge thrown in the mix. The colors are so yummy and the word art is spot on…Oh, and I can’t forget those coffee cup rings. They look just like the ones my mug leaves on the Sunday newspaper on any given weekend…just love them!
My creative juices were flowing and I had all these fun ideas racing through my brain. I could use Paper Garden Project’s K-Cup gift box template and make an adorable hostess gift. Or, I could make a fun sign to hang in my kitchen (or, give as a gift). Or I could use Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Candy Dispenser Template and fill it with chocolate-covered coffee beans. (I just LOVE chocolate-covered coffee beans). Or I could make a card set for a coffee-loving friend. I eventually decided on the latter, mainly because it gave me the opportunity to use more pieces of the yummy kit.
I’d also like to emphasize that, other than some colored card stock, everything on the cards is from the Shamelessly Addicted Digi bundle. I fiddled around with adding some ribbons and some buttons and even some rhinestones, but in the end they all just seemed a distraction and I didn’t want anything to distract from these gorgeous papers. Like my Mamma always says, sometimes, less is more.
I knew I wanted to make rosettes from the newspaper print paper which will make the cards too thick for a traditional envelope. So, I went to one of my “go to” products, Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Fat Envies Template Set and Cutting Files. (Don’t fret if you don’t have a cutting machine…. These envelopes are very easy to cut by hand.)
Okay, let’s get started. Here’s the supplied I used:
- Shamelessly Addicted Bundle by 2 am Designs
- Fat Envies Template Set and Cutting Files by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
- 6 sheets of 8.5” x 11” Kraft card stock; 2 for the cards and 4 for the fat envelopes. (They look just as nice on white card stock if you don’t have Kraft card stock)
- 2 sheets of 8.5” x 11” dark brown card stock (If you don’t have brown card stock you could use the brown solid paper included in the kit and simply print it out on white cardstock)
- 2 sheet of matte photo paper, or white card stock (I used Staples Brand Matte photo paper)
- 1 sheet presentation paper or printer paper (I used Epson’s Matte presentation paper)
- Adhesive: I used a glue stick and double sided tape
- Scoring tool
- Paper cutter (or you can use a craft knife with a metal edged ruler)
- Photo editing software (I use Print Shop Elements 9)
- I used a Silhouette Portrait die cutting machine to cut my circles and envelopes, but you could cut by hand or use circle punches, Nestabilities, etc.
Designing the cards in Photo Shop Elements (PSE)
- Open a 8.50 x 11 inch layout in PSE and clip newsprint paper to it.
- Open a second 8.50 x 11 inch layout in PSE and draw 4 rectangular shapes sized 5 x 3.75 inches each. Select the 4 papers you want to use and clipp them to the 4 rectangles. (I used 3 papers and one journaling card from the kit.)
Let’s go ahead and print these now.
- Print the card fronts on white matte photo paper or white card stock.
- Print the newsprint paper on matte presentation paper or standard printer paper.
Next let’s work on the rosette toppers and the Fat Envies
- I sized the word art so it would fit in a 1.25 inch circle. These will become the rosette toppers. You only have to make 4…. I made extras for a future project. If you are cutting by hand, you’ll want to draw a circle around each topper so you will have a cutting line to follow.
- Open the Fat Envies template in PSE and clip the coffee word paper to it.
- I am going to use my Silhouette cutting machine to cut these so I saves the files as .png (or .jpeg) so I can open them up in the Silhouette software.
Silhouette Print and Cut
Rosette Word Art Toppers:
- Open the .png file created in PSE of the rosette word art toppers and draw 1.25 inch circles around each one. You may have to fiddle with the sizing of the word art a bit, so that it fits properly within the 1.25 inch circles.
- Add registration marks to the LO via Silhouette’s print and cut functionality. (If you are not familiar with how this works, there are tons of tutorials available…. Just google: Silhouette print and cut.)
- Print the rosette toppers through the Silhouette software on white card stock… now run it through the cutter.
I also want to mount my word art toppers on a slightly larger circle made out of brown card stock to give it more dimension and to break up the transition from the newsprint rosette and the word art label. So, I also created a new file in the Silhouette Software consisting of four 1.50 inch circles (not pictured) and cut them out of the brown card stock.
- Open the .png file created in PSE of the Fat Envies and also open up the .dfx file of the Fat Envies. Cut and paste the cutting file over the png image file. Line up the image and the cutting lines and the stretch as far as you can without going over the red Silhouette guide lines.
- Add registration marks to the LO via Silhouette’s print and cut functionality.
- Print the Fat envies through the Silhouette software on the Kraft card stock… now run it through the cutter. You will need to do this step 4 times to create the 4 envelopes needed.
Okay, now that the printing and machine cutting are out of the way, we’re ready to get started on the assembly of the cards. But before we do, let’s take a look at the finished set. It always helps me to refer to the finished product; I understand the steps better if I can see what I am trying to build.
Create the layered card front
- To make the card base, cut 8.5 x 11 inch Kraft card stock in half so that you have 2 pieces sized 5.50 x 8.50 . (I used a paper cutter) Then fold each piece in half to make a 5.50 x 4.25 card. You’ll want to repeat this process so that you have 4 card bases. This is the first layer of your card.
- Next Cut 4 mats from brown card stock sized at 5.25 x 4 inches, each . Center the mat on the card base and glue down (I used a glue stick ). This is the 2nd layer of your card front
- We also need to cut 4 thin strips out of the brown card stock; cut 2 at .25 x 4 inches and cut 2 at .25 x 5.25 inches. (Set these aside, we’ll get to them later.)
- Next, cut out the card fronts (I used a paper cutter). Center the card front on the brown card stock mat and glue down (I used a glue stick ). This is the 3rd layer of your card front.
Create the newsprint rosettes
These are much harder to explain than they are to actually make. So I have numbered the picture below so you can see what each step looks like. You’ll probably want to refer back and forth between the instructions and the picture to completely understand the construction process. (Need a video tutorial? … just google: accordion rosettes tutorial)
- Lay the newsprint paper on a scoring tool in a landscape position, and score every ¼ inch to the end. You only need to score downward 4.50 – 5 inches.
- Once scored, Cut 4 one inch x 11.50 inch strips from the newsprint paper. Following the score lines, accordion fold the entire paper strip. (Keep the piece of left over newsprint paper, we’ll need it later.)
- Attached one end of the accordion strip to the other end forming a circle, and secure with glue.
- Push down on the circle, pushing the edges toward the center, to form the rosette.
- Attach a circle or scrap piece of card stock to the bottom of the rosette using double sided tape. Apply pressure and hold for a bit to ensure it’s attached securely.
- Attach a 1.50 inch brown card stock circle to the front of the rosette. Again, applying pressure to ensure a good hold.
We’re almost done with the cards… just a few more steps
- Attach the word art toppers on top of the rosettes (centered on the brown circular mat).
- Cut 4 slivers from the newsprint paper; cut 2 at 1/8th x 4 inches and cut 2 at 1/8th x 5.25 inches. Using a glue stick, glue these strips on top of brown strips that we cut previously and set aside.
- Using a glue stick attach the brown card stock strips to the card front so that it lines up nicely under the rosette.
- Attach the rosette to the card front using double sided tape.
Assemble the Fat Envelopes
To get crisp creases, I like to use a bone folder to score all score lines. Once the envelope is scored and folded, apply double sided tape to the side tabs and complete assembling the envelope.
There’s one final step…. Step back and look at what you just created. Admire it, pick it up, enjoy it …. Because… We. Are. Done!
The end result is exactly as I had envisioned it and that’s always a good thing. I may have to whip up a few more sets and cross a few more folks off my holiday gift list.
If you create a card set, I’d love to see it! Post the link to your card set in the comment section below.
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