Monday, June 26, 2017

10 ways to add Texture to a Layout

10 Ways to Add Texture to a Layout - By Alicia McNamara

I do love adding a variety of textures to my Layouts, so today I'm listing ten different ways you can do this.  Plus I am sharing a Layout I made recently with Kaisercraft's Keepsake Collection.

1 - Layers of Paper
 
Probably one of the most obvious ways we can add texture to Layouts is layering papers on top of each other and this is particular effective when separating the layers with Mounting Tape to add extra height.

2 - Stamping

Background stamping is a quick and effective way of adding texture to a Layout.  In this Layout I used my all-time favourite Background Script stamp by Kaisercraft.  I adore this stamp and it goes with nearly every paper collection.


Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara


3. Paper Blooms

Perfect for adding lots of texture to a Layout.  In this Layout I am using one of my favourite colours Dusty Pink.


4. Templates 

Perfect for adding texture to the backgound of a Layout.  In this Layout I mixed Gold Paint with Impasto and spread the paste carefully over the template to create a dotty background effect.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara

5. Twine or Ribbon

Can be tied into bows and added to clusters of flowers.  In this layout I have used Natural Twine.

6. Wooden Flourishes

These are awesome for adding a variety of texture which is very different from other embellishments on the page.  In this layout I used Photo corners on the photograph and film strips in the clusters.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara


7. Cheesecloth

Perfect for softening a cluster.  Cheesecloth just add that little bit of whispy fabric feel to a cluster of embellishments.

8. Die Cuts

Perfect for adding swirls to your layout.  Fine paper swirls were cut in white for this Layout.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara


9. Acetate

A Film Strip cut from an Acetate sheet was used in this Layout to add more texture.

10. Sparklets 

Or Rhinestones, or Pearls or Sequins can be used to add some sparkle and texture to your page.


Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara

I can already think of a few more ways of adding texture into a Layout.  This list is certainly not exhaustive...do you have a tip or two you could share?
 Please add your thoughts in the comments below.

Kaisercraft Products: P2325 Captured | P2326 Gallery | P2330 Photomontage | P2329 Collected | PS493 Photo Frames | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CT883 Collectables | FL602 Snapshot | IP724 Bark Ink Pad | IT001 Template - Cherry Blossom | KC050 Metallic Gold Paint | F641 Paper Blooms - Dusty Pink | CS257 Background Stamp - Script | DD757 Decorative Die - Large Flourishes | RS412 Sparklets - Saffron | LDB1059 Natural Twine | Other: Cheese Cloth | Impasto |

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Friday, June 23, 2017

How to Create a Multi-Layered Card

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Hello Crafty Friends,

When I saw the new and beautiful Keepsake Collection I thought it would be perfect for making a heavily embellished card.  I decided to film a Process Video to match because I often get questions about how to begin a card that has lots of layers and embellishments, what colours and papers can be chosen to put together and what elements can be used.  Today I will show you exactly how I made this one from start to finish.


To make the card I began with some folded craft card stock measuring 23 x 17cm.  I cut some Photomontage (16.5 x 11cm) to fit the front of the card and a strip of Photomontage (reverse) measuring 5.5 x 16.5 cm.  I inked everything with Bark ink.  I layered the strip onto the card with mounting tape for extra dimension and this was the base of my card.  I chose the Photomontage Paper because I liked the shade of green and I liked the small white floral clusters.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I stamped onto the Photo Frames Acetate 12x12 sheet for the sentiment of my card, because I love the novelty of this Acetate sheet and I wanted to play with it again.  I used Stazon Ink to stamp onto the Acetate and it dried clearly without smudging.   I backed this sentiment with Captured paper, I chose this because I felt it was a slightly different colour to the other papers on the card, but still coordinated.  The thing with the Kaisercraft collections is that the colours are so well chosen you really can't go wrong with your paper choice.  Everything matches really nicely so you can be confident with your paper choice.  I added sticker strips for extra details and chose a lovely flower cluster sticker for my main embellishment.  I wanted something large and floral.  This sticker was perfect.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara



I used my one of my most favourite Kaisercraft Decorative Dies ever DD757 Large Flourishes .  If you haven't purchased this Decorative Die yet you need to! It goes so well with Paper Blooms and most Kaisercraft Paper Collections.  I find it adds a little dimension and another layer to a Multi-Layered card.  I actually like to cut this die in half and pop it under some Paper Blooms.  The colour of the flowers I chose was Dusty Pink, another favourite of mine.  They co-ordinate nicely with lots of the Kaisercraft Paper Collections as well, so a very good colour to have in your craft supplies.



I chose some lovely Collectables to add to my card (leaves and butterflies are always good!) and layered everything together.  You see how I repositioned all the elements on the card until I was happy with it in the Process Video.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I love adding the little wooden shapes from the Kaisercraft Flourish Packs.  For this card I chose two photo frame corners from the Snapshot Pack.  Thes add another dimension to the card that is different from paper.  You can ink or colour these wooden flourishes, but for this card I chose to leave them in their original state.



Finally I embellished with some Chocolate Pearls.  This finishes the card off and again gives another texture to the card.  They can be added in groups of three or two, or whatever grouping you prefer.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products:
P2325 Captured | P2330 Montage | PS493 Photo Frames Acetate | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CS302 Clear Stamps | CT883 Collectables | FL602 Flourish Pack - Snapshot | DD757 Decorative Die - Large Flourishes | F641 Paper Blooms - Dusty Pink | CD651 Kraft Card Stock | SB792Pearls - Chocolate | Other: Cheese Cloth

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I had a lovely time designing this card using the beautiful Keepsake Collection.  I'm sure you will love this collection too.  I hope you have found a little inspiration from my video.  If you have any more questions feel free to leave me a comment and I can reply. Have a crafty weekend : )

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards with Process Video

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a set of cards I made using the new Kaisercraft Daydreamer Collection.
I was inspired by the stamp set that goes with this collection.  I really wanted to have a play with it and my new stamping tool sent to me by my very kind friend Collette.  

I filmed a Process Video while I made these cards if you would like to see it.

Here are some quick photos of each of the ten cards.

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Set of Ten Cards by Alicia McNamara



Kaisercraft Products: SS341 Sticker Sheet | PP1022 Paper Pad | CS303 Clear Stamps | CT844 Collectables  P2342 Stargaze | FL603 Dream Flourish Pack | IP792 Island Ink Pad | IP725 Petal Pink Ink Pad | IP719 Black Ink Pad | CD511 White C6 Card Pack | EF267 Moon and Stars Embossing Folder | RS409 Sparklets - Ebony | Rs415 Sparklets - Princess | CL104 Gel Pens - 48 Pk | 

I had a lot of fun making this set of cards.
Thanks for stopping by : )

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kaisercraft DayDreamer - Instagram Photo Mini Album

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Hello Crafty Friends,

Most of us are on Instagram these days, or Facebook, or if we aren't on social media, chances are we have lots of photos on our phone that could be printed out and made into a little Mini Album.  I have collected a couple of cute little photos of our boys on Instagram and I thought would be nice to turn them into an album.  (But this little album that I made would suit any photos really)

Instagram Photo Mini Album" by Alicia McNamara

I used the new Daydreamer Collection by Kaisercraft.  It is modern and fun and filled with positive quotes.

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

This was quick and easy to put together.

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I chose a colour palette of black, white, grey and a touch of peachy pink.  I printed all my photos out in black and white to match the papers.

Instagram Photo Mini Album" by Alicia McNamara

I coloured the little wooden flourish embellishments with a black Kaisercraft Glitter Pen.

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

The pages of this album measure 11.5 x 11.5 cm or 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamaraKaisercraft Daydreamer Instagram Photo Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Nicky loved looking through the album, and it is a little snap shot in time of where we are right now.  What are your thoughts would you make a little mini album like this?  It would even make a cute gift to give to a friend...

Thanks for stopping by : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2334 Playful | P2335 Whimsical | P2336 Muse | P2339 Cute | PS495 Happy Moments - Rose Gold Foil | SS341 Sticker Sheet | CT884 Collectables | FL603 Dream Flourish Pack | IP719 Black Ink | CL104 Gel Pens | SB155 Mini Square Album | M020 Black Album Rings | RS409 Sparklets - Ebony | RS413 Sparklets - Coral | BRB606 Organza Ribbon |

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kaisercraft Layout - Class I Taught

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

Awhile back now I was asked by the very lovely Alison Bevis to come and teach a class.  I had to design a Layout and the kit for the class.  This was the Layout I made using Kaisercraft's P.S I Love You Collection.

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

I had such a lovely time teaching this class.

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

The technique I was focusing on was layering.

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

I used a beautiful photo of two of my very good friends getting married.

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft  P.S I Love You Layout by Alicia McNamara

Thanks for stopping by,
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