Trend Talk – Art Deco

Immerse yourself in the art deco style and create something magical!

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

The Art Deco style evokes memories of the past, but lately the style has reemerged with a modern flair. If you’re not sure what it is, think the 1920s of The Great Gatsby. Think bold lines and colors. Think lavish ornamentation. Think vintage marquees and the Empire State Building.

Bold and lavish ornamentation are definitely close to my heart, but more than that, I love this style because it reminds me of grand old theaters and our rich history. It’s dramatic, with lots of contrast and clean geometric patterns.

Growing up in mid-Michigan, I have fond memories of seeing blockbuster movies like Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, and Giant at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw, MI. The theater was completed in 1927 and was the epitome of Art Deco architecture.

Here’s a look at some of the Art Deco shapes and colors:

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1 Jean Jail  2 V&A  3 Penguin  4 Sweet Style CA  5 Charming Charlie  6 Forever 21

Inspiring, right?

In the Trend Talk column of the November issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, our designers knocked it out of the park with amazing projects in the art deco style. Let’s take a look.

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Bold Birthday Card by Kristie Hartfeil

Scroll back up to the bracelet in the inspiration collage. Yep, Kristie Hartfeil’s card was based on the design of that bracelet. It is STUNNING! Kristie also provided a pattern that you can download.

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Thanks Frame Card by Vera Wirianta Yates

Vera Wirianta Yates created this magnificent card using a Silhouette cut file. It reminds me of a lamp or a stained glass window you might see in a mansion from that period.

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Golden Rhapsody Card by Chaitali Narla

Fresh Face Chaitali Narla embraced the dramatic curves of the art deco style with a pattern she drew herself. I love how she incorporated gleaming gold set against the stark black background. You can download her pattern and recreate the card.

Check out the November 2014 issue for more dramatic takes on this reemerging trend. It’s one of the strongest Trend Talks to date!

Be bold!

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Make a card, treat container, or home decor piece for the October Gallery Challenge

There’s one week left to make a project for the October Gallery Challenge. The theme is Halloween and the project can be any paper crafted project (card, treat container, home decor, etc.). Read Holly’s blog post for inspiration and details on the challenge and then get to work creating your Halloween project!

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Upload your cool projects to our Flickr group from now until midnight MT on Monday, October 27th for your chance to win!

Three winners will be spotlighted in the Plugged in with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog on October 31st and receive either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of their choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product.

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Guest Blog Post: Paperplay author Shannon Miller

Meet Shannon Miller, author of Paperplay. She’s our guest blogger today!

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Paperplay by Shannon Miller

Paperplay is a fun, vibrant project book that’s sure to have something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter just looking for a new way of using a favorite technique. Each chapter is themed by both color and technique; so the red chapter features folding, orange is cutting, yellow is sculpting, green is quilling, blue is stitching, purple is painting/marking, and the neutral chapter wraps it up with collage. There are lots of cards (28 to be exact), plus plenty of general projects for gifts and décor, such as wreaths, flowers, wall hangings and more.

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Afterglow Wreath by Shannon Miller

The projects within each chapter of the book are arranged from least difficult to most, so if you’re trying a particular technique for the first time, I recommend starting with one of the first projects from each chapter. Once you have the hang of it, you can make a natural progression to the more complex (but still simple and very doable) projects featured toward the middle and end of each chapter. And of course, you can do what I do with craft books – jump around as you please, and just refer back to the easier how-to’s to brush up on the basics as needed!

Ironically, the inspiration for Paperplay came from my cluttered craft desk. I know I’m not alone with my tendency to hoard craft supplies, and especially those related to paper and scrapbooking! I found myself constantly buying more materials for my stash, but having a hard time finding an abundance of quick, easy projects that could be easily adapted to what I already had on hand.

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That said, my very initial concept was that Paperplay could be a stash-busting book of sorts; in fact, one of the first ideas for the book’s title was, literally, “Stash-Busting Papercrafts.” I wanted to create a collection of projects that allows you to use papers from all colors of the rainbow, and all the unique products you’ve stored away for “someday.” I also made a point of offering lots of tips for how you can make a project your own using different papers, or ways of using alternative tools if you don’t already own the specific one recommended (for instance, if you don’t own a quilling needle, you can just use a straight pin or a tapestry needle for coiling up your paper strips). Furthermore, projects throughout the book use non-traditional found items such as a pretty bottle cap, jewelry findings, sewing notions, an old key, and assorted found papers – so you are able to create one-of-a-kind versions of your own!

I also made a conscious effort to use the most basic tools and supplies possible for most projects in the book. One of my personal favorite tools to use is a regular old craft knife (like an X-Acto). I use it for everything – cutting, scoring, and even sculpting! I prefer to use the craft knife to score my papers for folding instead of a bone folder because of the precision it offers – I use the wrong side of the knife and gently run it across the surface of the paper, either along the edge of a metal ruler, or freehand for curves and such.  I also love the smooth, round barrel of the craft knife handle – it’s a perfect utensil to use for creating gentle curves and rounded shapes with paper.

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Iris Card by Shannon Miller

I also almost always use Zip Dry glue. Once I discovered the easy-to-use properties of Zip Dry, I was hooked! It is my favorite adhesive for simple paper crafting, particularly on cards, because it dries super fast, never wrinkles, and works like a dream with precision-tip applicators.  I especially love using a little bit of Zip Dry to adhere card fronts onto a folded card base – it stays wet and movable for just long enough to make sure the card front is aligned on the folded base, then dries quickly for a perfect finish.

Thanks so much for having me here on the blog to share a little more about my new book Paperplay! I hope you’ll check it out – with more than 40 projects, I think there’s a little something for everyone. I’d love one of you to have a copy of Paperplay so I’m giving a copy away to one random winner. Leave me a comment by Wednesday, October 22. Enjoy!

–Shannon

 

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Craft Along: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Stencils aren’t just for outlining and coloring; see how to use them as an embossing plate with your manual die-cutting machine!Craft Along Embossing Panel Craft Along: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

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Holly Anderson, editor

Are you ready to craft along one more time? I hope so, because this stencil idea is pretty snazzy.

Alright, so first I needed to make a card base. I know this is basic, but I wanted to show this step mostly because I really like this Cutterpede trimmer. It’s awesome!

photo 11 Craft Along: Dry Embossing with a Stencil Alright, ANYWAY, the real first step for embossing was deciding on the stencil. I chose this one from Silhouette America. I like the fun bubbles. Using some washi tape, I adhered the stencil so the impression would be exactly where I wanted it. Since the stencil isn’t as thick as a die, I added some scrap paper as a shim.

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I ran it through, and there you go! Bubbles!

photo 31 Craft Along: Dry Embossing with a StencilThen, using a glue pen, I applied glue to some of the raised dots. . . .

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And then I applied embossing powder. (I applied some glue, applied  one color, and heat embossed and then applied more glue, the other color, and heat embossed again.)

photo 71 Craft Along: Dry Embossing with a StencilLastly, I finished it off with a die-cut banner and stamped sentiment.

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Instead of heat embossing, you could color on the raised portion with all kinds of color media—whatever floats your boat!

Want to try this technique? Check out some cool stencils available at the Scrap & Paper Shop by clicking here and here.

Don’t forget to link up your cool projects here!

Thanks for checking in!

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Cool Tools Link Up!

We hope you’ve been enjoying this week of Cool Tools and fun paper crafts!

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Holly Anderson, editor

There are lots of great ideas in this issue from hand tools to punches to die-cutting, and everything in between! I thought I’d just share with you a couple of my favorite projects that highlight some of my favorite tools from this issue.

Find Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2 in the Scrap & Paper Shop!

CoolTools 2014 Cover Cool Tools Link Up!First, check out this Cool Happy Birthday card by Cristina Martinez Diez!

Cool Happy Birthday Card by Cool Tools Link Up!She used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement for each impression of her stamp correct. It’s a pretty handy tool for when you want your stamps lined up perfectly to make a perfect grid or background—it helps keep all the lines straight.

stampamajig Cool Tools Link Up!I also loved this You Make Life So Sweet Card by Betsy Veldman.

You Make Life So Sweet Card Cool Tools Link Up!She popped up an intricate die cut on this feminine card. Isn’t it delightful? But it could be a lot of work to make sure all those little pieces come out after it’s been cut. However, Betsy used the Tool ‘n One by Spellbinders. One side helps her lift the die off the paper, and the other side pushes out all the tiny cut pieces so you don’t have to do it by hand.

tool n one Cool Tools Link Up!What are some cool tools you have around? I dare you to make something new with them and add it to our Linky below!

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Plus, stay tuned for today’s Craft Along at 10 am!

Oh, and one last thing: I have two issues to give away to two lucky winners! Just link up with a cool tool project, and I will randomly select two of you to win a copy of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2! Just make sure to link up by Tuesday, October 21st at 5 pm MT.

Thanks for checking in!

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Craft Along: Stenciling with Glass Beads

It’s time to get messy!

Craft Along 1 Craft Along: Stenciling with Glass BeadsIf you saw my post from this morning and the other Craft Along posts from earlier this week, you already know how versatile stencils are. I searched around our craft room to find a medium to pair with my stencil and came up with glass beads.

Turns out, glass beads are pretty cool and perfect for stenciling. It took a couple of tries to achieve the look I wanted, but isn’t that what crafting is all about – trial and error? I love the ampersand stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop that I used to make this project.

Step 4 Craft Along: Stenciling with Glass BeadsHere are the steps I followed. It took an additional try to get the glass beads inside the stencil just the way I wanted it. But all in all, it was a simple process and the results are just what I wanted.

Steps Collage1 1024x1024 Craft Along: Stenciling with Glass BeadsMy technique was pretty straight forward. I used the stencil paired with glass beads and then waited patiently for it to dry. I trimmed the ampersand and adhered it to the box with foam tape. All in all pretty simple.

Check out Cool Tools for Paper Crafters for more fun and clever ideas! Join us tomorrow for the final Cool Tools Craft Along project. We’re embossing on a card base.

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The New World of Stenciling

Stenciling is super trendy right now in the paper crafting world. Have you tried them yet?

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Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

Believe it or not, stencils are one of the most versatile tools represented in Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, vol. 2. Simply pair your stencil with pastes, inks, paints, colored pencils, watercolors, or any other medium you can think of and get a different look every time.

Here are some clever ideas from some of our designers.

Teri paired a hexagon stencil with watercolor pencils and then used water to soften the colors. Then she got really clever and moved the stencil off the sides and used a pen to outline the shapes. The result is a perfectly balanced card with lots of personality.

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Teri Anderson’s Hello Sunshine on p. 16 of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2

Maria paired her stencils with modeling paste. She got creative with her stencils and used different shaped stencils to create flowers – a chevron stencil on the leaves and bubble design stencils on the flowers. A great little reminder that you can look at your stencils differently to create texture on your card.

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Maria Fischer’s You’re My Favorite Card on p. 12 from Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2

Stencils don’t always need to be store-bought. They can be made from die-cuts as well. Here Asty die-cut thanks from masking paper and stamped circles and dots over the sentiment. Then she removed the die cuts and traced the letters with a marker to add some definition. Just another creative way to stencil!

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Asty Purbasari’s Thanks to You Card on p. 17 of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2

Check out the issue for more clever stenciling ideas. Then get out your stencils and start playing. You are only limited by your imagination.

If you’d like to win a copy of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, leave a comment by Monday, October 20 at 5:00 pm.

Happy Crafting!

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P.S. Join us at 10:00 am MDT for the next Cool Tools Craft Along project. You’ll need a stencil, box lid, and a paste medium (or you can use paint). See you then!

 

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Winner Wednesday!

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Zina (October 7, 2014 at 6:10 am)

 

Freebie Friday Giveaway: Mystery Box of Card Making Supplies post:

Melinda Wilson (October 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm)

 

Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at holly.anderson@fwcommunity.com by October 29th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you!

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Guest Blog Post: ‘Tis the Season to Craft with Brand New Stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things!

Kim with My Favorite Things is visiting the blog today!

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MFTsidebar DT KimvanderSanden Guest Blog Post: Tis the Season to Craft with Brand New Stamps and Die namics from My Favorite Things!Hi, I’m Kim van der Sanden, owner of My Favorite Things (MFT). My company launched in July of 2006, and I have spent every day since working my heart out to bring you products that are fresh, fun, and completely distinctive. My Favorite Things is a family owned business and we pride ourselves on manufacturing our products in the USA. We have grown a lot over the past 8 years, but we are still very much a family affair, and take the best possible care of everyone in the MFT family, including all of our customers. We love the relationships we’ve built as much as the products we create. I thought I’d give you a quick look at my creative process through the following questions.

What product do you almost always include in what you create?

That would have to be die cuts from our wonderful line of Die-namics. We have over 500 designs, with more releasing every month. When they are in the conceptual phase, I get so excited about the designs that I can hardly wait until the dies arrive. Often times I’ll start my card design with a specific die in mind, and then work around that in choosing the other supplies to use on my project.

What snack must you have to create successfully?

Hot Tamales! I have a secret stash in my craft room, and I only pull them out when I am creating. I’d like to think it helps light my creative fire.

With the holidays coming, I think you should light a fire, put on some seasonal music, brew up a cup of something warm, and cozy up to some holiday crafting. Our October Release is bursting at the seams with holiday magic.

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Gift wrap and tags by Kimberly Crawford for My Favorite Things

Kimberly Crawford has certainly created some gifty magic of her own using a mix of brand new and well-loved products from My Favorite Things. Let’s take a closer look at each of these projects.

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Don’t these tags and wraps leave you feeling warm and cozy? Visit the My Favorite Things website and give yourself the gift of crafty goodness when you discover your new favorite things!

To wrap things up, we’d love for one Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking reader to have seven of the My Favorite Things Hybrid Inks. Leave a comment by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 17 telling me what your favorite stamp, die, or ink color is for a chance to win!

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Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: Decorative-edge Scissors Revisited

Grab your decorative-edge scissors. We’re sharing fun ways to use these long-lost friends.

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Heather Campbell, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

When I heard my post would be part of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2 promo week, I was pretty excited!

Cool Tools has a special place in my heart.  Volume 1 was one of my first Paper Crafts magazine purchases.  I found it at my local book store when I had just begun paper crafting.  I had tools but I had no ideas how to use them.

For my post today, I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my very first tools – decorative-edge scissors.

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I Heart This card by Mou Saha

Oh my gosh, I heart Mou’s I Heart This card so much.  There is so much I love about this card.  I adore fancy edges on cards, it’s a simple yet impactful touch and a great way to make use of those decorative scissors.

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Sew Much Love card by Chan Vuong

Sew Much Love by Chan is just incredible.  Chan used decorative scissors to create an ombre background for her focal image.  Superb and a great use of a simple tool.

Now for a few cards of my own inspired by Cool Tools for Paper Crafters.

First up, a card inspired by Chan’s card.

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Smile by Heather Campbell

I use my pinked edge decorative scissors to create a DIY background.  However, instead of ombre, I went the rainbow route.

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Hello card by Heather Campbell

Next, I took the same pinked edge decorative scissors to embellish some of my new favorite Pretty Pink Posh die cut tags.  I simply die cut the tag twice and then, by trimming the second tag to a decorative accent, added it to the base tag to create an embellished end result.  I also trimmed the patterned paper down and gave that an accent too!

It was fun to break out some of my first tools and put them to use again.  What was your first tool?  Leave a comment here by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 17 for a chance to win a copy of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, Vol 2.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the Cool Tools fun.  Have a great day!

–Heather

 

 

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