We are excited to kick off this week with the introduction of Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Card Marker Extraordinaire, Elisabeth Hogarth. For Elisabeth’s #G45Expression project she has taken our Couture – Deluxe Collector’s Edition and created three styles of Tuxedo Cards. First up, a masculine card perfect for Father’s Day, followed by one stuffed with beautiful handmade paper flowers, and one on the more simple side that would be perfect for any occasion. Watch the video tutorial and then be sure to leave a warm welcome in the comments below.
My earliest childhood memories involve crafting. I loved nothing better than drawing, colouring and cutting up my mother’s catalogue with a pair of scissors. Even now, I am excited by stationery and craft goodies – especially paper.
I am a proud mother of three wonderful human beings Olvia, Claudette and Benjamin. We live in Chichester, West Sussex – near the south coast of England. Now my children are grown-ups: I have more time to indulge in my love of cardmaking. This passion comes from my Mama. She was a wonderful crafter and when she passed away ten years ago, I used crafting as a way of keeping our strong connection.
While the children were young, I became a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school. I loved it so much I ended up staying twenty years! I enjoy sharing my love of craft with young and old so I began a YouTube channel. It is a steep learning curve for me but it is wonderful to hear from fellow creatives.
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COUTURE TUXEDO CARD
I am delighted to be writing my first blog post as a G45 Brand Ambassador. My parents handed me my love of crafting, so the first project I would love to share with you is a Tuxedo card using the glorious Couture papers. The imagery and colour palette would have appealed to my Mama. My Pa would have appreciated the detailed drawings and stylish layout.
Before I share the dimensions for this classy card, let me show you the card I made in honour of my Dad. It is the type of project I would have sent him for Father’s Day or his June birthday.
I love the combination of the geometric pattern and the sketch patterns. They work brilliantly with the black glitter card and the red letters.
The second card combines my love of the colour blue and flowers with Mama’s love of William Morris designs. I enjoy making cards with small details and bold colours. I also love clean and simple cards because I can use every last scrap of the Graphic 45 papers.
I am also a keen stamper and am very impressed with the G45 Hybrid Ink Pads. On this floral card, I inked the “Wishing you a roaring good time” stamp from the Sentiment Stamp set using the Classic Black, before layering it onto one of the chipboard embellishments.
All three of these cards use the same dimensions. You can see how I made the red version in my video on the Graphic 45 YouTube channel.
SCORE AN A4 PIECE OF CARDSTOCK AT ¾” / 3 ½” / 6 ¼” / 9”
TURN AND SCORE AT 2 ⅜”
MARK THE FLAP END AT 5 ⅜”
MARK THE OPPOSITE END AT 4 6/8”
CREATE A SCORELINE FROM THE CENTRAL 6 ¼” POINT TO THE TWO SIDE POINTS. CUTAWAY THE TOP OF THE FLAP LINE, THE SQUARE AND THE LEFT AND RIGHT TRIANGLES NEXT TO THE CENTRAL POINT.
THE SLAT TABS MEASURE ¾” x 4” and ¾” x 5”
Full instructions can be seen on my Youtube video.
These cards are relatively easy to make and the best thing about them is that they lie flat for posting.
I would love to see your versions of this classy card. Until next time.
HINTS AND TIPS
Should you decide to make a set of these Tuxedo cards, I would highly recommend cutting down a template to create mat and layer boards. They can be used to draw the angles on the patterned paper.
When adding the slats – use a wet glue because it gives you a little wriggle room.
Acetate strips and slats work brilliantly with this design too!
HYBRID INKS –
A4 CARDSTOCK IN THE COLOURS OF YOUR CHOICE
BLACK GLITTER CARD
Looking for more Couture project tutorials? Check out our Couture kits.