Friday, June 19, 2015

My First YouTube Tutorial: My Go-To Thank You Layout

Hello, crafters!

Today, I am excited to share my very first card tutorial that I have posted on YouTube. In this video, I share one of my favorite card layouts I use when I make card sets. I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and I will provide a list of supplies and a recap of the video below.

Supply List:
1. Kraft Cardstock for the card base: I used the Core'dinations Precut A2 card base for this card because I love the color of this kraft paper, however, a lighter kraft would also look great! I use this layout with many different color schemes, but kraft is always my favorite.

2. You can use any patterned paper and coordinating solid card base, but I really wanted to choose a patterned paper that complimented the Kraft by providing a subtle pop of color. I am using one of the coral and white designs from the Autumn Press collection by Studio Calico
Get the Autumn Press 6x6 pad here!

3. While I enjoy using vellum in my cards, I don't like how easy it warps when it undergoes heat from my heat tool. I have tried sheets of the Core'dinations vellum and vellum by The Paper Studio found at Hobby Lobby. The Paper Studio vellum seems to be a lot thicker and it doesn't warp nearly as bad when I heat emboss it.

4. To die cut my vellum circle and my white cardstock circular frame, I used my Big Shot die cutting machine and a circle die set by Sizzix.
Get the Sizzix Framelits Circle Die Set here!

5. I heat embossed my favorite thank you  sentiment from the Many Thanks stamp set by Simon Says Stamp in the color Liquid Platinum by Ranger. This is both my favorite and most used embossing powder and stamp set! The Liquid Platinum powder looks great with almost every color and is a wonderful warm silver shade. To emboss, I used my Martha Stewart Crafts heat tool and Versamark ink.
Get the Many Thanks stamp set here:
Get the Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder here:
Get the Martha Stewart Crafts Heat Tool here:
Get Versamark Ink here:

TIP: Instead of buying a powder tool or powder bag to eliminate the static and create a clean embossed image, I use a little bit of baby powder and a soft paint brush. If you don't have a powder tool, this is a great DIY option! I have tried using a dryer sheet by rubbing it on my paper, but it doesn't work as well as the baby powder. 

6. Any twine will work for this layout, but for Kraft bases I prefer to use a jute rope twine because of the natural color. I purchased a big roll at Target in the Dollar Spot.

7. A white gel pen (or a color that matches your patterned paper) is the perfect way to tie in the pattern to the card base and is a fantastic finishing touch. 
Get the Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pen I use here:

8. For adhering the patterned paper panel to my card base, I used my Scotch ATG tape adhesive. This machine is definitely worth the cost because of the adhesive's strength, ease of use, and the large amount it comes in. I am happy to say I am spending less money on refills and have more adhesive now that I stopped buying smaller tape runners. I also used Ranger's Glossy Accents to adhere the vellum to the frame and the card base. Although this product is marketed for adding dimension to your craft, it is also a wonderful adhesive. It is quick drying and does not remain tacky after it dries, unlike my previously much loved Tombow Mono Multi Glue.
Get the Scotch ATG here:

Get Ranger's Glossy Accents here:

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a a comment or send me an email at

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