I’m Claudette Clements and I’m excited to share a few projects I created using Teresa Collins Studio’s CLEAR ACETATE PAPER and BOLD LIFE paper collection. Since we are between holidays, I thought I’d create a few projects using a line that’s perfect for every day. The bold contrast of colors and patterns in the BOLD LIFE allowed me to create a few unique things to help me celebrate my friend’s birthday. She loves blue and animal print, so I knew I was on the right track here.
I decided to do a product review of the collection first so you can see just how wonderful it is. This video showcases the paper and a few of the add-on items for BOLD LIFE.
Project #1 – Clear Acetate Gift Bag
I needed a little gift bag for a small item I wanted to give my friend. Teresa Collins CLEAR ACETATE PAPER was the perfect base to start this project. I knew I wanted to use stamped tissue, so the clear bag was perfect to show it off. I started by using a punch board to create the base of the bag. Although I couldn’t punch through the clear acetate paper (it’s a wonderful, thick paper), the punch board marked the areas I needed to trim out with my scissors. The clear acetate paper scores nicely, so I was quickly on my way to creating a gift bag. Once the bag was cut and scored, I used red line tape to seal the bag in the back and on the bottom.
Next, I create a bag rim using a piece of the BRIGHT SIDE paper. I scored the paper to align with the sides of the clear acetate paper for a more finished look. Next, I added a strip of the gold washi along the top edge – love that part. I finished the bag by punching holes on both sides of the bag and adding gold cording for handles. The cute little bag needed a tag, so I found the perfect expression from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA PACK. I mounted it on a scrap of matching paper and punched a hole so I could hang it from the handles.
To create matching tissue, I used the flower stamps from the BEAUTIFUL stamp set and created a collage using basic black ink. I used a light hand to make sure I didn’t over stamp the images. I used Teresa Collins ColorBox pigment ink in Gold Shine and black hybrid ink - it didn’t run or smear. I love how it turned out.
Project #2 – Clear Acetate Card and matching envelope
I love to make cards, so this started with an A2 size (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) card base cut from the CLEAR ACETATE PAPER. On the front, I layered a piece of the BOLD LEPARD paper with a narrow strip of the blue side of the paper and some gold washi tape. I finished the front by matting the FIND YOUR FIRE sticker on a small scrap of the BOLD LEPARD paper and mounted it using sheet foam. I prefer to use sheet foam (found in the children’s isle in the craft store) over strips of foam because it creates a solid base for what I’m mounting on it. Strip foam tends to buckle in places where there’s no foam.
On the inside of the card, I added another piece of BOLD LEOPARD paper behind the paper I used on the front cover – this hides all the adhesive. I used another sticker of the same size and shape to cover the back of the sticker I used on the front. A third piece of BOLD LEOPARD paper was placed on the inside back to allow a place for message. I added the sentiment strip cut from the 12x12 paper to add more character. To finish the card, I added a piece of the BOLD COLLAGE paper to the back of the clear card. To make the matching envelope, I added a piece of the BOLD LEOPARD paper to the flap area and finished with a couple strips of washi tape.
Project #3 – Home Décor Frames
I wanted to make one more thing for my friend’s birthday gift, so I decided to create something beautiful for her office. The BOLD LIFE paper collection was so versatile, I was able to create a completely different project quickly and easily using these beautiful papers and die cut ephemera. I started by cutting three different sheets of background paper. I selected BOLD COLLAGE, BOLD LEOPARD, and BOLD BOWS. I cut them to fit inside the 5” x 7” frame. Next, I fussy cut flowers from the BRIGHT SIDE paper and added a die cut ephemera sentiment strip from the DIE CUT pack. Because each of the sentiment strips matched, it created a cohesive look to the trio of frames.
To finish off each frame, I added gold washi to the inside border of each frame. I think this part of her gift will be her favorite.
TERESA COLLINS STUDIOS PRODUCTS:
Complete collection BOLD LIFE: https://www.teresacollinsstudio.com/collections/bold-life
Clear Acetate Paper: https://www.teresacollinsstudio.com/products/clear-acetate-paper
Teresa Collins ColorBox Gold Shine Pigment Ink: No longer available
We R Memory Keepers - Gift Bag Punch
Ikea - Black Frame
MFT Hybrid Black Ink