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Creating Coffee Cup Stains

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It’s Michelle Wooderson and today I’m sharing something fun you can do to add some interest to all the coffee themed products in this month’s kits.  I’m using papers, stamps and embellishments from the July Bits & Pieces Kit along with some items from my stash.

I typically create cards in multiples so I have lots on hand.  This is what a grouping of cards looks like just before I’m ready to adhere all the pieces together.

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I thought my cards needed a little boost so I decided to create some coffee cup ring stains.  I used Golden Raw Umber Glaze but you can also use a thick mixture of watercolor, walnut stain, ink pads or watered down acrylic paint.

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I added a few drops of the glaze to a mixing dish and added some water.  I then dipped a vase bottom into the mixture.  I chose a vase that had a bottom that resembled a coffee cup.  I saw the dipped piece directly onto my cards.  I then let the glaze dry.  Instant coffee stains.

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I added a coffee stain to each of my six cards then assembled the layers.  Black and white baker’s twine from my stash finishes off each card.

#cards by Michelle Wooderson for Gossamer Blue

You can see a little bit of the coffee stain on each card, peeking through here and there.

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Perfect cards for my coffee loving friends. Or perhaps a perfect gift to add along with a cute mug or gift card.  Hope you give it a try.

Michelle-Cursive

Pattern Play

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Hi Gossamer Blue friends!  I’m so excited to be welcomed back for another year with Gossamer Blue. I absolutely love, love LOVE each month’s kits! They are packed with so much scrappy goodness, that the projects practically make themselves.

For this month’s pattern play, I thought I’d do a new spin on a pattern I love to use on my layouts.  I’m talking about repetition. Repeating a pattern, shape, word, etc on a layout is a fun way to add interest to your design but we’re taking it off the page this month. This time, we’re repeating a road sign pattern to create a mini album!

#MiniAlbum by Heather for Gossamer Blue

Supplies: July Main kit, July Main Add-On , July Add-On Kit #2 , July Bits & Pieces, July Add-On Kit #3

This month’s kit is packed with all sorts of travel goodness so I thought it’d be great to document the many family road trips my family will be making this summer. And since we’ll be putting several thousand miles on the SUV this year, I only thought it’d be fitting to use the road sign pattern.

I simply cut the pattern using my Silhouette and then glued and stitched them together along the edge. I chose to use a pattern that was more toned down for the cover because I knew I’d be adding lots and lots of embellishments.

Some of the pages will have photos while others are fill with cards and embellishments with space for journaling.  Since we are just now embarking on our trips I don’t have photos yet so I just used white cardstock, which will probably be incorporated in the design as photo frames when I am ready to add photos.

Let’s take a look at the inside…

Road Trip mini Spread 1 by Heather Leopard

Road Trip mini Spread 2 by Heather Leopard

Road Trip mini Spread 3 by Heather Leopard

Road Trip mini Spread 4 by Heather Leopard
I used cards, chipboard frames, tags, die cuts, etc on each of the pages. This month’s kit and add-ons came with everything I needed (and more) to create this unique mini, which we will cherish forever.

I plan on taking this with us on our road trips, along with my portable printer, so I can fill it up as we travel. We’ll have a completed album by the time we arrive back home.

Heather-Cursive

Customized Layout Background with Stickers

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Hello friends! Melanie here today to share a fun tutorial on using the Crate Paper chalkboard stickers, these are featured in the amazing July Add-On Kit #2.

I was very excited to see this item in the kit, the font size is perfect for creating big bold titles, but they can also be used as a mask to create a customized background, just as I did on this project.  Also the chalkboard finish is ideal for doodling or using stamps.

To create this fun design element I used the Crate Paper stickers, along with a good quality black marker and watercolors.

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I decided to create a customized background, in order to do so I used the alpha stickers as a mask. The letters are very sticky; in order to use them as a mask and prevent damaging the cardstock I had to remove a bit of the adhesive.  I opted to use a washcloth to do this task, I applied the sticker to the material and peeled it, I repeated this process a couple of times. This will remove a good part of the adhesive, which will still leave the letter sticky enough to remain on the paper while I trace but not too sticky to rip off the paper when I peel it.

Once I determined the location of my title I was ready to trace out the letters. To accomplish this task I used a fine tip marker. It’s important to use a good quality marker because you don’t want the ink to bleed when applying the watercolor. Once the title is traced you can fill in the letters with paint or watercolors.

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This method is a fun and quick way to create an original background to any project. This design concept would also be perfect  on a greeting card or a LP card.

#layout by Melanie Blackburn for Gossamer Blue

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Happy scrapping friends!!!

Melanie-Cursive