Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

It's that time again - Graphic 45 is having an open audition for their 2016 design team.  I have waited all year for this call and am thrilled to be submitting my work in the hopes of making the team this year.   Graphic 45 has a wide assortment of pattern papers and embellishments in a variety of styles and colors and I love creating with the collections.

Graphic 45 has asked for 4 of my favorite projects so here there are.

1.  Spring Canvas using papers from Secret Garden, The Crafter's Workshop Stencil, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, chipboard and flowers

2.  Free to be Adventurous layout using papers from Typography, An Eerie Tale with Cricut cuts, Unity Stamps.
3.  Confidence is Sexy Card using Time to Flourish papers along with stamps from So Suzy stamps.

4.  For a tutorial, I worked with the Graphic 45 ATC Book Box and the Gilded Lily collection along with ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Ink.


Ink all edges of the box with Triumphant Red Ink using an art dauber.
You could ink the box directly with the ink pad, but since I wanted a softer look, I used a dauber.

Cut cardstock to fit the box, both exterior and interior.

Cut pattern paper slightly smaller than the cardstock.
Ink the edges of the pattern papers with Triumphant Red Ink and adhere to the cardstock.
Cut a second set of layers to fit the front of the box.

Cut cardstock and pattern paper to fit the spine.
Ink all with Triumphant Red Ink.  The ink coordinates beautifully with these papers.
Adhere "Gilded Lily" on top to reflect the title of a book.  It's just the right size!

For the front cover, fussy cut a 2nd layer of the woman and the flower.
Ink edges with Venetian Lace.  This provides some dimension between the layers.
Adhere the woman with Scrap Dots for a little dimension.
Form the flower to appear more realistic and also ink with Venetian Lace.
Adhere the flower with Scrap Dots.
For the interior, I cut pattern paper panels slightly smaller than the cardstock pieces.
I wanted to "age" the papers, so I inked over the panels with Venetian Lace.

Next, I cut panels to cover the edges of the box itself.
Then cut a panel to fit inside the box so when the box is empty you have a pretty page to look at.
Now that the box was done, it was time to create the tags.

Ink the included tags with Venetian Lace and Triumphant Red Ink.
I used the direct to paper technique as I wanted a harsher look to the tags.

Cut assorted papers to fit.
Cut apart the ladies and add to the tags.
The patterns on Graphic 45 papers are well thought out and you can use any combinations of papers to create your projects.
Using the coordinating stamps, stamp phrases for the front cover and on several sides of the tags using Venetian Lace, Triumphant Red and Photogenic Inks.  You could easily use these tags as a mini album!
And a look at the completed tags.

They fit perfectly in the box.

Thanks for stopping by today.




  1. Good luck with your audition, Steph! I will be cheering for you!

  2. We love your mixed media work and all your great projects! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. We are so honored you submitted for our Design Team. Happy Papercrafting, Charee and Joanna from Graphic 45