Easy Shabby Chic Card Tutorial

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Posted by Maja Nowak

7 June, 2017 - , , ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to our blog :)

Today I’m bringing you a romantic, delicate shabby chic card:

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Believe it or not, but it’s super easy to make! And I have a step-by-step tutorial to prove it :)

For the card I used: pieces of papers (I chose the Vintage Romance collection), a handful of flowers of various sizes and some leaves, lace, waxed string and some adhesive media. I also used the distress ink and paper distresser to add some “age” to my card :)

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  1. I started with cutting the papers: I cut the base of the DL card size and trimmed the second paper 0,5 cm less. The size of the top paper depends on the width of the lace (or how much of it you want to be visible) – mine is rather thin so the top layer of paper was ca. 8 cm wide. Then I inked all the edges:

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2. I distressed all the edges using the paper distresser. Then I took the middle layer paper and placed the lace along its edges:

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3. I wrapped the lace around the paper and attached the ends with double-sided tape:

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4. I layered the background and middle papers together:

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5. Then I added the top paper:

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6. I started to arrange the flower cluster, beginning with three largest flower. I placed them slightly diagonally in the middle:

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7. Then I added medium-sized flowers…

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8. …and the smallest flower and buds:

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9. Then I added leaves, tucking them in between the flowers. For the sentiment I used a chipboard word:

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10. I made some bows using waxed string – I reccomend using this type of string as it’s very easy to shape – I curled the ends just by dragging them between my finger and thumb.

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11. I folded each bow in half, applied some glue on the knot and tucked the bows under the flowers on the sides:

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12. And then I added some finishing touches: covered the chipboard sentiment with glitter and added some liquid pearls dots here and there:

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See how easy was that? The card looks rich and elegant but it wouldn’t take more than half an hour to make :) Will you give it a go?

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Supply list:

Other: flowers & leaves: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec; glitter: Ranger; lace, string: my stash.

 

See you soon!

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Pop-up baby card with a tutorial

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Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

19 April, 2017 - , , ,

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Hi there! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Here comes a card I have made both for Maja Design and Magnolia. I have will also show you how I made the moon and the pop-up effect.

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For this project I have used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection and the Vintage Baby collection. Now to the little step by step:

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I started with making the moon. First I used my compasses. I made a circle with a diameter of 16 cm. Then I drew the rest of it by hand like this. I used hard cardboard for this.

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Then I painted the edges of the moon with white Gesso.

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Then I drew the moon on some Maja Design pattern papers (two times, for the front and the back).

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Then I inked the edges with Distress Ink pad, Walnut Stain.

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Place the baby on the moon.

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Fold a paper strip like a rectangle and fasten it like this. Make two so that the moon will have a good grip inside the card. (You can see this better on the finished card)

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To decorate the card, I have cut out some shapes from Maja papers: heart background, celebration, star tag, (flag and) cloud, castle. The dies are Magnolia DooHickeys.

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I will now show you some details of the finished card, and how the pop-up looks like.

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A close up of the baby.

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Under you see how the front of the card looks like.

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Here is a list of paper used:

Thank you so much for visiting the Maja Design blog today!

With love,

Camilla

From My Garden to Yours!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

24 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello, friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy here, and I’m so very happy to be here with you. If you’ve seen any of my previous projects, you know I handcraft almost all of my flowers. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for one of my favorites, my ‘wild roses’.

All of my blossoms begin with Maja Design Papers. They are perfectly suited to flower making. The papers are double sided and they are nice and strong. They can hold up to just about anything you throw at them, which you are about to see.

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Begin by die cutting 6 petals (3 large and 3 small). I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, but you can use anything you have on hand, or even hand cut your petals.

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Punch a small hole in the center of each petal.

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Spray or brush both sides of each petal with water. You don’t want them to be sopping wet. Just moist enough to make them pliable. As you make more flowers you’ll begin to get a feel for the level of moisture that works best for you.

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Use a shaping tool to form two small petals that will become the center of the bud, as demonstrated below.

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Use the shaping tool to form the third small petal as shown in the photos below.

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When complete they will look like this:

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Roll and squish the three large petals. You may have to spray a bit more water. Use care not to tear the petals as you roll them. Once all of your petals are prepped it’s time to bake them. Yes, bake them. My husband often comes home to find a batch of flowers in the oven instead of cookies. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes, depending on how moist your petals are. Be certain to bake until they are completely dry as this will prevent tearing when you unfold them.

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Always use care when baking paper. Never leave it unattended and check on it frequently. While your petals are baking it’s time to form a base for the bud.

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I use a small wooden bead and floral wire. You can purchase the beads and wire at any craft store. Twist the floral wire around the bead.

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Below is a batch of petals fresh from the oven. The shape is now baked into the paper.

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Thread the first petal onto the bead.

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Adhere two sides of the petal to cover the wooden bead.

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Adhere the other petals gently to form a bud.

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Adhere the second petal gently over the first. Stagger the petals for a more natural look.

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The third small petal is adhered in the fashion shown below.

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Finally, adhere all three large petals. Stagger each petal for a fuller bloom. You’ve done it! You have created a ‘wild rose’ in a few simple steps.

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Below you’ll find a few additional blossoms I crafted to give you an idea just how beautiful Maja Design flowers can be. Each is unique and special. Each one will be a perfect match to whatever project you’re working on. It takes a little more time and effort to create your own flowers, but the result is 100% worth every moment you spend on them.

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Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Wooden Beads, Floral Wire, Adhesive, Mini Mister, Flower Shaping Tools. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! It’s been a great pleasure sharing these flowers with you. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. I send you wishes for all things good and wonderful!

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