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Video Tutorials: Modeling Paste Backgrounds & Honey as a Panda

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a nice low key holiday with just the four of us, and after our feast, games and pumpkin pie it was time for everyone to scatter to do whatever they wanted for a while.

I chose to finish the editing of my panda video and get it uploaded.

I'm going to be making more YouTube videos next year since I am reducing my travel schedule to be able to focus on the kids as they finish high school and prepare for college. 

This week I got the wild hair to see what modeling paste in an embossing folder would do and ended up loving the results so much that I filmed my process in case you want to try it.


Here's a close-up of what the "Pass 1" background loks like - lots of fun dimension and ridges.


Now I know that I normally make interactive cards and even John immediately opened them to see what was inside.

ME: They're not pop-ups.

JOHN: Yeah, the inside is pretty boring.

Sheesh. Tough crowd!


I've also been messing around with Character Transformations. Scroll down or click here to see Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear styled as woodland animals. You'll also see Hoppy the Frog dancing interpretively.

I didn't want to leave out Chilly and Poppy, so here are two cards using the Pass 2 and Pass 3 backgrounds and different stylings to the remaining Characters.


For the Chilly card I used the Outdoor Edges to make a curvy banner for the top with the ECD Merry Christmas die. Then I used the Outdoor Edges again across the bottom with a tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card and then my altered Chilly the Penguin. All I changed were his beak and eyes. I used the pupils for the eyes and layered the beak shadow layer with the beak die. A white gel pen for the catch lights and a light pink marker for the cheeks finished off Chilly's transformation.

Chilly Close Up

Next I used a Pass 3 background for this woodsy owl card. Poppy the Owl perches on the All Seasons Tree, which makes a great branch for the Characters. The heart is from the Spiral Circle Pull Card die.


For Poppy it didn't make sense to use just the pupils for the eyes - owls have big eyes! Instead I used the Shadow Layer, the positive lines to define his wings, the positive feather pieces, and the eyes, beak and feet. His features can be scrunched together a little closer when you eliminate the detail layer like this, so it gives him a different look.

Poppy Close Up

Want to make Honey the Bear into a Panda bear? No problem! You'll just need white and black cardstock and here's a video tutorial:



It's amazing how different the Characters look when you change out their colors, expressions, etc. 

Panda Close Up

Here are some shopping links for the items used in the cards: 

Video Tutorial: Converting Portrait Accordions into Landscape

Happy Thanksgiving week! Today I'm sharing a video tutorial for how to convert the Katie Label Accordion album from portrait style to landscape style. You'll also see a version of this technique using the Oval Accordion (photos and supply lists are further down in this post). 

Start by watching the video:


Here are photos and additional notes about the video project.

For the front, I added the Katie Holly Frame Edges in the same color cardstock as the page for a subtle tone-on-tone embossed look. Since I had a little sliver of white showing along the bottom of the page (from the back of the patterned paper) I chose to align the Frame Edges with the outside edge of the page and just leave a gap in the mitered corners. (click the photo to enlarge to see that closer)


The leaves are felt shapes from Creative Impressions, added with small brown brads.


The video goes over the technique for styling Dutch and Honey as woodland creatures. I love that the Character dies give you so many options. 


I used Cream crepe ribbon from Creative Impressions and brushed it with the same colors of ink as my Fox before tying it onto Page 2 in a knot. 


Here are the supply links for the Thanks project:

 Other supplies: Echo Park "This & That Christmas" woodgrain paper, brown mini-brads, white gel pen, light colored woodgrain paper from my scrap bin

Let's talk about doing this Landscape technique with the Oval Accordion. It's just one extra step because the center of the Oval doesn't have a little point like the Katie Label to line up with the pivot point. Instead, just measure to the center of the oval (2.75") and put a little pencil mark to line up with your pivot point.

For my Oval Album I was basing the design around the Funny Bones stamp I wanted to use. Hoppy the Frog is the easiest Character to change his pose by simply chopping off his legs, gluing them to a shadow layer and then trimming around the shadow layer to make a black-shadowed leg. To make a solid torso area just cut two shadow layers - one green, one black. Trim out just the torso area of both. For the green one, cut a little bit smaller so you get the black shadow when you glue them together. Do the same with the head, deciding if you want a black shadow along his chin line (my Frog #2) or whether you want just green along that edge (my Frog #1). Now you've got a bunch of frog parts to assemble into any pose you like!


I also used the hat from the Props 1 die set in one hand and an Agatha Flourish in his other hand to be his ribbon wand.


To elongate Hoppy for his Page 3 dance pose I flipped his torso the other way:


Here are the Supply Links for the Hoppy/Sarcasm album:

 Other Supplies: Black Cardstock, Two Scoops Green Cardstock (Bazzill), White Cardstock, Black ink

So how about it? Are you going to give this technique a try with your Portrait-style Accordion Albums? I'd love to see what you come up with - shoot me a photo or a link of your creation.

by Karen Burniston


Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!

Video Tip: Ejecting intricate wafer thin dies with dryer sheets

Finally got around to making this video, which has been a request of many of my students when I've mentioned this trick.

It was Summer Hills-Painter who told me about a year ago that dryer sheets could be used to coat sticky dies. Over this "year o' a thousand class kits" I've discovered another use - ejecting your dies. Anyone who has ever made multiple cards and/or class kits will appreciate this time saver:


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Red, White OR Blue

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the November Designer Challenge, which is to create monochromatic cards in either all-white, all-red or all-blue. The rules state that they can mix in a little neutral into the cards as well. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team and our guest designer and find links to their blog posts, where many of these cards have additional photos, supply lists and instructions.

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For my project I am teaching a technique for doubling the Pivot Card dies so they become 4-panel accordion-style cards. This technique works with any of the Pivot Card Dies, and to prove it, I've created video tutorials for three different pivot card dies. I wanted to keep up with my amazing designers, many of whom made a card for all three color schemes, so I did, too!

All-White Card: Double Evergreen Pivot Card


To make the structure for this card start with a 12" x 5.5" strip of cardstock. Score at 3.5", 6" and 8.5", measuring from the left edge. You'll end up with an accordion card with 4 panels. The outer two panels will be 3.5" x 5.5" and the inner two panels will be 2.5" x 5.5"


One thing that ended up on the cutting room floor was the step where I took a Sharpie white paint pen and highlighted the silver bows and transparent glitter dots. This was my attempt to keep the card mostly white, not silver, to meet the challenge requirements. 



Other Supplies: 7gypsies patterned paper, Duck shelf liner, white acrylic paint, Bazzill Salt Dotted Swiss cardstock, Sharpie white paint pen, corrugated paper, ribbon

All-Blue Card: Double Katie Label Pivot Card 

To make the structure for this card start with two 5.5" x 8.5" strips of cardstock. Score 0.5" from one end of one strip to make a hinge. Use strong tape to hinge the two pieces together. Score from the center hinge 3 5/8" in both directions. After die cutting, trim the card, in the closed position, to 4.25" wide.


ECD Supply Links for the Double Katie Label Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: Powdered Blue Shimmer Cardstock – TPC Studio, Grasscloth (stash item), “What’s the word?” stamp – Texana Designs, “Just Popping Up” stamp – Rubbernecker, black ink

All-Red Card: Double Heart Pivot Card


To make the structure for this card start with a 7.5" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper. Score 0.5" from each end to make hinges to attach the patterned paper to two 5" x 5" squares of cardstock. Score in the middle of the patterned paper.


One of the tips I mention in the video is that you can use decorative twine (use a needle) to tie the top of the heart to the card so that if your pivot point ever tears, the hearts will still be connected and pivot using the twine. This is a great tip for when you want to make pivot cards from patterned paper but are worried about durability.



ECD Supply Links for the Double Heart Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: “Merriment” Paper Stash – Advantus, Metal heart charms (stash item), Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock, red brads, baker’s twine

Feeling inspired to make your own Double Pivot Card? You've seen three versions done in these videos, but this technique will also work with the other pivot cards. Here are links to the other two styles of Pivot Card die that would work with this technique:

 Ready for more monochromatic inspiration? Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post.