Let’s Make A Card! {#2}

Hi everyone!

I’ve got another “Let’s Make A Card” tutorial for you today. I have included step by step instructions plus a free printable project sheet.

Happy Birthday Printable Project Sheet

You will need: card stock {for the card base/greeting/layer}, 6″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scissors, scoring board/tool, bone folder, stamp/ink, powder tool/embossing powder/heat tool {optional if heat embossing}, ribbon, adhesive, embellishments.

#1} Cut a piece of card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut the 6″ x 6″ DSP to measure 5 1/2″ x 6″. The 1/2″ gets cut off along the bottom. Keep the 1/2″ strip. Now cut the DSP to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. This will cover the card front. Keep the remaining 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece.

 

#3} Adhere the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the card base front. Turn over the 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the reverse side and adhere along the left side of the card front, as shown.

 

#4} Adhere the 1/2″ strip to the bottom of the inside of the card and trim the ends.

 

#4} Stamp the greeting/image. Heat emboss if desired. Be sure to use the powder tool before stamping if you plan to heat emboss. ∗Please note: I die cut a heart to stamp my greeting on and attached it to a piece of die cut white card stock. You do not need dies/punches to do this ~ squares or rectangles work just fine for this and can be cut out with scissors or a trimmer.

#5} Cut a little slit on the top fold for the ribbon to go through and tie a bow. Then attached the layered sentiment on dimensional adhesive.  I added a few tiny rhinestones and some Wink of Stella brush marker to the cakes/banners.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial. Please feel free to share your own creations 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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DIY Fabric Refresher

Hi everyone!

Todays post is a topic completely different from what I usually do but I hope you find it helpful.

It’s the time of year to get started at spring cleaning. After the long cold winter that we had, it’s nice to get things freshened up inside. Fabric furnishings can get a bit stale over time. And even if you wash your sheets on a regular basis, your mattress may not be getting the attention it needs. But you can freshen things up in no time with a little help from a common and inexpensive product you most likely have in your kitchen ~ baking soda. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it will help neutralize odors. It won’t clean away any stains using this method but will help to freshen.

 Add about 1 cup of baking soda to a fine mesh strainer or to a jar with holes in the lid {use like a shaker}. Sprinkle directly and evenly onto the mattress, sofa/chair or throw pillows. Let sit for a couple of hours and then vacuum very thoroughly to remove all the baking soda. ∗Please note: I haven’t tried this on regular carpet yet so please be sure to research this before you try it. I did however use it on the door mats and it worked great.

If you are fan of fragrance oils, place the baking soda in a bowl and add 10-12 drops {don’t add too much} of essential/fragrance oil and stir to blend well. Then add to the strainer or jar to apply. This leaves a nice fresh scent! I used a Clean Cotton fragrance oil which left the house smelling really nice.

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tag #16

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tag”!  These posts feature how to create different styles of tags that can be used for the usual purpose ~ gifts. But tags can also be added to scrapbook layouts, cards, albums and journals. I hope that you will join me and enjoy creating some tags 🙂  I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tutorial  and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: Pocket tag

Pocket Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

These tags are very easy to make. They can be used as regular gift tags/gift card holders to add to wrapped packages and bags. Or because of their larger size you can add them to mini albums and scrapbooks. A journaling card or small photo can be tucked into the pocket with more room on the back for another photo/journaling.

You will need: card stock, patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scissors, envelope punch board {optional}, scoring board/tool, bone folder, adhesive, hole punch, ribbon/twine, embellishments.

 

∗Please note: you may click on the link under the picture above for a free printable project sheet.

#1} Cut the card stock to 3 1/2″ x 5 1 /2″ and the patterned paper to 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.

#2} On one end of the DSP, line up one corner of the DSP in the center of the punch board as shown. Punch. Repeat on the opposite corner. Do the same to all 4 corners of the card stock piece.

  

 

 

#3} Use the corner punch on the punch board to round the last 2 corners of the DSP.

 

 

 

#4} Place the long edge of the DSP in the punch board with the rounded corner end at 2″. Punch. Turn the paper over and repeat.

 

 

The DSP and card stock should now look like this.

 

 

#5} On the scoring board, place the long edge at the top and score at 2″. This score line is at the same place you punched. Fold and crease with the bone folder.

 

 

#6} Place adhesive along the 2 side edges of the pocket and fold up to seal.

 

 

#7} Adhere the completed pocket portion to the card stock base.

#8} Punch a hole at the top if using as a gift tag. In an album, a hole could be punched in the top corner and tied to the binding or adhered directly to a page. Lots of possibilities! 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #34

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share how to double stamp to ensure crisp images on water color paper for water coloring. Water color paper has a bit of a texture compared to regular smooth card stock which can result in images that aren’t as clear as they should be. Double stamping helps with this. ∗Please note: you will need a stamp positioning tool for this.

#1} Ink up the stamp with ink and stamp image on the water color paper but don’t lift the stamp yet. ∗Please note: be sure to use an archival or permanent ink when water coloring as the colors will not bleed or run with this type of ink.

#2} While the stamp is still in contact with the paper, place the positioning tool onto the left corner of the stamp {acrylic block or wood base}.

 

#3} While keeping the tool in place, lift and re-ink the stamp and stamp again making sure to line up the stamp in the corner of the stamp positioner. Hold the stamp down for a few seconds to allow the ink to soak in to the paper. Repeat if needed. You should now have a nice crisp outline image all ready for water coloring. If you choose to heat emboss your image, wipe a powder tool across the paper before stamping, add embossing powder and heat set.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Oops! Sorry!

Hi everyone!

I just noticed that tomorrows “Tuesdays Tutorial” post was posted today. My apologies! I must have entered the wrong date. It looks like I better double check and maybe even triple check my scheduling dates! Next Tuesdays post will be on Tuesday 🙂

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today’s project is a mini clipboard. These are so simple to make. You can get a bunch put together in no time for family, friends, teachers and office co-workers. And of course, don’t forget one for yourself! 😉 The link for a free printable project sheet is below the picture.

Mini Clipboard Printable Project Sheet

 

You will need: chipboard, cutting tool of choice, patterned paper {DSP}, adhesive, sanding block or nail file, binder clip, ribbon, note pad/paper.

#1} Cut a piece of chipboard and a piece of DSP each to 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″. ∗Please note: Rounding the corners are optional.

 

 

#2} Lining up the edges, adhere the DSP to the chipboard. I found that liquid glue worked well for this as it allows you to move the DSP around if you don’t get it placed properly the first time. Be sure to get adhesive along all the edges and on the corners. Use the sanding block or nail file to lightly sand all the sides and corners. This gives it a smooth finished look.

 

 

#3} Measure the width and the area from the front to back of the binder clip. Cut a piece of DSP to this size. The DSP can match the clipboard or be a coordinating color. ∗Please note: the width of the binder clip is easy to measure but from the front to the back is a bit trickier. So cut it just a wee bit longer than it should be. Before adding adhesive, place it on the clip and wrap it around. This will help you judge how much, if any, needs to be cut off before the adhesive is added.  Apply adhesive to completely cover the back side of the DSP. Starting at the front of the clip, line up the edges and carefully add the DSP smoothing it as you go. Be sure to press firmly as you go over the angles.

 

 

#4} I couldn’t find paper pads this small at our local dollar store but they are available at Staples and on amazon.ca. So instead, I bought a notebook and tore out some pages before cutting them down to size. ∗Please note: I tore out 35 sheets and cut them down to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.

 

 

#5} Add a length of ribbon to the front of the binder clip and trim the ends. You can add stamping to the pages if you want but I’m going to leave mine plain.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Soy Tea Lights

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to let you know that I now have soy tea lights available at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

These soy tea lights are hand poured into high quality, 100% flame retardant clear plastic polycarbonate tea light cups. I chose to use clear cups instead of aluminum as the clear allows the flame to be viewed from all sides as the candle burns down. Tea light burn time is approximately 3-4 hours each. The tea lights are done up in packages of 2 per cello bag for $1.75.

These are the scents available:

  • Apple Cobbler
  • Clean Cotton
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • Sandalwood
  • Spiced Plum
  • Sweet Sugarplum
  • Vanilla

 

∗Plus, did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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