Cleand and Simple Card Challenge!

I am super excited to be part of the inspiration for the AAA challenge going live today! As part of the Joy Clair design team, I was asked to provide a card with the 1/3 rule and bright colors. I have a few examples of what exactly one can do with the 1/3 rule using the same card base.

What is the 1/3 Rule?

The 1/3 rule is something I learned about 25 years ago in college. I was taking Educational Technology in which we went over how to prepare everything from bulletin boards for our classroom to slides for lessons. The two most valuable pieces of information I learned that have followed me through out my adult life are the use of rubber cement (I will write an article on that later) and the 1/3 rule. Basically you take your substrate and divide it up into three equal parts and only utilize 1 of the parts. It is visual pleasing to the eye because of the dramatic use of white space. A lot of artist get caught up in using the bottom 1/3 of their substrate — which is lovely. However, there are a lot of ways to apply this rule.

1/3 Rule Examples

On the Bottom
In the center
On the top
On the side (either side with focal point at top, center, or bottom)

My Cards

I created two cards for the challenge. I used Joy Clair layering stamp set for the image. Layering stamps are my favorite because I don’t have to color! I just use my stamp platform to line them up and stamp. I fussy cut it out and pop dotted it on a 2 inch scallop circle I punched. For the green and purple strip I used Emerald Starstruck Foiled paper by Rinea and Violet Glossy that I ran through my Big Shot machine. Once the violet was embossed I sanded it a little for definition.

To add take it to the next level I scored lines on my card for texture and added Nuvo Drops.

By using black with the bright colors is really makes the card pop. I matted the card front on a white card base allowing a little bit of it to peak out creating a frame. I stamped the sentiment in green (not shown) on the inside of the card and created an coordinating envelope with the umbrella stamp.

Please head over to AAA and check out the challenge! I hope you play along.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Shiny Gift Bags and Butterflies!

I absolutely love Rinea Foiled paper because it can be used not only in papercrafting, but also home decor! This month I created a bunch of layered butterflies and gift bags for the Rinea channel.

Here is the link to the video I created on how to make these gorgeous gift bags:

Here is the tutorial I created on how to make these layered butterflies.

Both of these projects came together easy and fast!

Please do check out both of the videos and subscribe to the Rinea channel. There are lots of great ideas that I am sure you will find inspiring!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Be You Card (DCC Hop Featuring Rinea)

I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.

What is Rinea Foiled Paper?

Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.

My Project

One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.

I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.

Make sure you check out the other wonderful blogs for more inspiration. Also subscribe to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog (and mine too! 🙂 )

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!