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3 Inspiring Projects: A Banner, Stamp Tutorial, and Mixed Media Magic

Posted by Graphic 45 07/04/2017 30 Comment(s) Home Decor,Mixed Media,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

Happy 4th of July, to all you American G45ers with us today, and to those of you reading from outside the US, thanks for coming along as we celebrate the holiday, Graphic 45 style. We have a special surprise, All-American Alpha Banner for you by the  amazing Annette Green, featuring French Country - DCE. She also includes a SnapGuide to help you make your own. Don't worry, we also have something for everyone as well, with a Lena & Nico Voyage Beneath the Sea double feature. First up, Lena Astafeva shares a terrific stamp tutorial. After that, Nico Scrap shares his creative canvas. We hope that you can enjoy these three gorgeous projects, no matter where you are today. 

America Alpha Banner
By Annette Green 

"A patriotic banner using Graphic 45's French Country collection? Sure, why not. I've got a fun and easy tutorial today in Snapguide, just in time for the 4th of July. This banner will stay up throughout the Summer in our home, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here's the tutorial below. I hope you have a moment to check it out. Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!" ~Annette Green 

Check out How to Make a Vintage Patriotic Banner by Annette Green on Snapguide.

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Voyage Beneath the Sea Stamping Tutorial
By Lena Astafeva


“Join me as I continue to work with stamps. Stamps may be separate and independent material.

Let’s make an envelope for a CD today.” ~Lena Astafeva

Check out How to Envelope for CD by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Watercolor Prima


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Princess Mermaid Canvas

By Nico Scrap


“Take me down into the dark deep sea where it’s just you and me.” That’s the quote I thought about when I was making this layout. I’ve imagined this mermaid as a princess in love with a humble human man, and she’s waiting to take him down into the dark deep sea to live his life in love with her forever.” ~Nico Scrap

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Metal embellishments Scrapunlimited
  • Distresser

  • Black splash 13arts

  • Foam tape


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This week’s prize package includes a Once Upon a Springtime - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Cafe Parisian 8x8 and 6x6 Paper Pad, Staples - Ivory Square Tag Album, and Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates and Knobs, a $60 value.  To enter to win, just comment here on the blog and/or Facebook today through Thursday. We will choose one random winner to be announced on the blog this Friday, July 7th.

Thanks for joining us today! To those of you celebrating, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday. Wherever you are in the world, we are so glad to have you with us here, where everyday is a celebration of crafting. Thanks to Annette, Lena, and Nico for providing today's inspiration. We would love to hear about your favorite patriotic and celebratory crafts in the comments below. We will see you back here tomorrow for more.


Happy Papercrafting! 

30 Comment(s)

07/04/2017, 11:19:44 AM

I love making banners for the holidays, so a 4th of July banner will be next! And Voyage Beneath the Sea is my all-time favorite collection, so I'm happy every time it's featured! Happy Independence Day!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Oh wow, these designs are amazing! Happy 4th to all!

Glenda Buster:
07/04/2017, 02:09:17 PM

Loving all three of today's projects, Snapguides and inspiration! Thanks to each of you. Happy Independence Day to everyone, including me, who is celebrating the 4th of July.

Amy Green:
07/04/2017, 02:12:17 PM

Gorgeous projects! I love using Graphic 45 papers!

Alison Johnson:
07/04/2017, 02:25:19 PM

Lovely projects, love G45.

Becca Yahrling:
07/04/2017, 02:35:33 PM

Such beautiful, and so different, projects today. Love the banner & the cute vignette by Annette. Really love the CD envelope by Lena; could easily be a card for anyone. And Nico Scrap's canvas is just delightful.

Rosann Barnes:
07/04/2017, 03:38:30 PM

Such a creative variety of inspiration. Love Annette's Patriotic Banner !

Jami L Wright:
07/04/2017, 06:22:52 PM

Love all of these projects! I've never tried a canvas before...oh the possibilities!!

Vanessa LeClear:
07/04/2017, 07:15:32 PM

What a great variety of beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

Elizabeth burrows:
07/04/2017, 08:08:11 PM

Love Voyage Beneath the Sea projects favorite paper line

07/04/2017, 09:33:43 PM

Love G45 collections. So hard to pick a favorite!

Debbie Siddle:
07/05/2017, 12:56:18 AM

All things seaside, just wonderful and joyful xxx

07/05/2017, 02:35:43 AM

Wouah !! Voyage beneth the sea is my favorite !!! Love it !!!

Maryann Laursen:
07/05/2017, 02:47:44 AM,

Soo many amazing projects here again from these talented people. I love the under water ideas, probably because I love everything sea related and the gorgeous colors. But all the projects here are really fabulous though, well done designers.

Dorothy McCarthy:
07/05/2017, 05:17:42 AM,

Very cool!!

07/05/2017, 06:35:36 AM

Nice variety of projects. I like them all!

Sue LD:
07/05/2017, 07:35:29 AM

Love the banner. We had wonderful 4th of July with family and friends.

Kate LeBlanc:
07/05/2017, 08:06:27 AM

Beautiful projects today. Graph 45, you always start my day out just right!

Mathilde J Struck:
07/05/2017, 12:22:36 PM

Great Projects.So different and very creative.

Judy D:
07/05/2017, 01:02:49 PM

Love the great mix of awesome creations today! And Happy 4th! Judy D.

07/05/2017, 05:42:16 PM

Happy 4th of July to everyone!! I love that festive banner, and the Voyage Beneath the sea projects are just magical! That collection is guaranteed to get the creativity going full speed!

07/05/2017, 06:22:19 PM

Oh, to be so lucky to win this fabulous prize. Graphic 45 is the best!

07/05/2017, 06:44:10 PM

What a great use of multimedia, and colour overall, in the CD envelope. I look forward to using this technique to make sleeves for the currently homeless CDs in my collection!

Alexandra Trigili:
07/06/2017, 01:04:01 AM

Beautiful project! Creative use of color in the Patriotic Banner. Love!

Debby Lewis:
07/06/2017, 02:47:12 AM,

I love all things mermaid and this is no exception. Wonderful project full of bold and beautiful colors.

Dottie Sims:
07/06/2017, 08:34:18 AM

That Princess Mermaid Canvas!

Cathy Frailey:
07/06/2017, 08:36:43 AM,

I always love to see the goodies on this blog - I especially love it when there's tutorials involved! Another great & generous giveaway - what wouldn't I make with those!?

Martie Rollin:
07/06/2017, 01:58:01 PM

Annette's patriotic banner is a wonderful project! Love the rosettes that connect the banner pieces. Seaside and under the sea projects always draw my the images. Interesting prize package!

07/07/2017, 09:47:13 PM

Another beautiful set of goodies. Everyone loves majestic horses! Thanks for the chance to win.

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