The gold wood grain scrapbook paper is also available at cutcardstock and is so detailed and beautifully reflective in real life. Don’t forget to watch the full video tutorial below:
First, I planned out my cards. I knew I wanted to make 4 and to include a coffee cup in each design so I figured out which sentiments were going on which cards and the general layout. I had little sketches or wireframes to work from so I wouldn’t forget.
I started by trimming the gold wood grain to fit on each design. Some require just a strip, some are going to be mostly wood grain backgrounds.
I then cut out some custom coffee cup designs I created in photoshop and made into a Silhouette cut file. I took apart the cut pieces and started to arrange and layer the elements so I could figure out what looked best.
I wanted the “coffee” in the cup to be a different color paper, so I traced the shape out onto dark orange cardstock.
Whenever I heat small pieces like this, I like to use tweezers to keep from burning my fingers. I used my ranger heat it craft tool to melt the powder.
I adhered this piece to the card panel with Ranger Multi Medium, Matte , and added the coffee to complete the design, laying it all aside to dry with something on top of it.
Starting on the next card, I added some dimension again with distress ink in vintage photo. I also added water splatter texture. Then, I attached it to the patterned panel with an ATG.
After trimming everything to size, I arranged the coffee cup die cuts and started gluing them down. For some reason I switched to using Tombow mono aqua glue. I set everything aside to dry and worked on it later.
Starting on the third design, I traced a circle onto the brown card stock and made a notch for a representation of the handle. This would be the coffee cup in aerial view.
I traced a smaller circle onto the orange card stock and cut that out, to represent the coffee. I wanted to use coffee beans in the design somehow but wasn’t totally sure yet.
I inked up the edges of the coffee circle with distress ink and pieced the paper together.
For the background panel, I grunged up the gold wood grain with some watered down distress ink. I used a variety of methods for creating splashes, including blowing with a straw, and letting the dyed water fall from the acrylic block I was mixing on.
I trimmed the panel and started getting to work on lettering the sentiment, which I also sketched before starting. I used a white sakura gel roll for the thinner letters and the PH martins bleed proof white and a very small brush for the brush lettering.
I decided to glue the bean on as part of the message using Judikins Diamond Glaze.
Going back to the second design, I trimmed the excess paper off with large scissors before starting on the sentiment panel.
I cut a ribbon end into a piece of dark orange card stock that would serve as a background for the lettering.
I practiced the lettering on scrap paper first, before doing it all on the ribbon panel with the same brush and white bleed proof ink. I also added shadowing to this one with the pentel touch pen.
For those unaware, I am a barista and this particular card would be going to my new manager as we open a new store. “Candellila” is a kind of coffee, and I knew he’d get the reference.
Once finished, I glued the ribbon panel on with tombow mono aqua glue.
For the final design I distressed the wood grain again and I cut out the coffee shape I needed from the piece of dark orange. Then I figured out placement, glued, and trimmed.
For this one I lettered with a pentel pocket brush pen. Because the ink didn’t cover the gold bits, I went back in with a Molotow Paint Pen to make the lettering more opaque.
I also added white highlights with a white molotow pen.
Once finished and all the card fronts were glued onto folded cards .. we’re done! I ended up going in and adding a lot more details and tweaks. I think my managers at work will love them! – Haley