Technique Tuesday – Fussy Cutting

Hi Everyone, Chrissy here with another Technique Tuesday. Today I will be sharing with you the art of “Fussy Cutting” – also what fussy cutting means, what you can fussy cut and my preferred tools to use to fussy cut with.

Kaisercraft products used: Uncharted Waters Collection P2849 Hook x 2|P2850 Streak|P2851 Tide Pool|P2853 Sea Shore x 2|P2854 Pelagic|CT973 Collectables|CD313 Caramel Kaisercard|

When I first started Scrapbooking I hadn’t even heard of the term “fussy cutting” however I soon discovered I loved the idea of cutting out beautiful flowers and images from the gorgeous papers and it was a friend who then said to me – “you love your fussy cutting don’t you” and that is how I found out what it meant and my projects over the years have featured more & more fussy cutting. So Fussy Cutting is: Cutting out specific images from your paper. 

Here are a few images cut from the gorgeous Uncharted Waters papers.

I think the term “Fussy Cutting” originated from cutting material, this is what I found on Google:
“A fussy cut is a piece of fabric that’s been cut to target a specific area of a print, rather than cutting the yardage into random pieces”.

I am really drawn to beautiful floral papers, I love fussy cutting all the flowers then arranging them into clusters on my layouts – however, you don’t need pretty floral papers to be able to fussy cut, even with this beautiful “Uncharted Waters” collection there are many, many things to fussy cut. The shells and other sea themed images.

………even the ropes, (which then look 3D) anchors and shells from the “Sea Shore” paper. The corner netting image from the Hook paper which I have cut out twice, the second one slightly smaller and then layered it up on top of the first one to give some height and dimension (see image below)

….and for some extreme fussy cutting, how about this netting (below) from the “Streak” paper which I have then added to the bottom of my layout.

so yes, you can fussy cut anything!!! why not give it a go!!

There is not a set tool or scissors that you Should use to fussy cut, you can use what ever you feel comfortable using, I found very early on into my fussy cutting that I loved using one specific pair of small curved nail scissors which I still use today. (the ones on the right in below image) I do have about three other slightly different pairs of small scissors but these are just in case I loose my favourite pair as they have now been discontinued

Once all the fussy cutting has been done you can put your layout together. Another reason I love fussy cutting is that I find it very relaxing – and gives your projects that little extra lovely touch.

……..and you can use foam pads to give some height and dimension to your fussy cut elements

Thank you for popping by, I hope I have inspired you to do some fussy cutting on your projects, I look forward to seeing them in Kaiser Corner.

You can find all these beautiful Uncharted Waters products over on the Kaisercraft website

You can find the instructions for my layout here

Happy crafting & fussy cutting!!!

Chrissy Tingey xXx

Technique Tuesday – Clusters and Layers

Hello, Donna here with this week’s Technique Tuesday post. Today, I am showing you how to create a scrapbook layout with layers and clusters without adding too much bulk.

PDF instructions can be downloaded HERE or by clicking the main image above.

KAISERCRAFT PRODUCT USED: PEPPERMINT KISSES Collection: P2817  Santa & Co., P2819 Under The Tree, SK815 Sticker book, PP1075 Paper Pad, CT969 Collectables, CR215 Curios, FL656 Flourish Pack, KM132 Gold Shimmer, IT495 Scattered Stars, EM405 Doily, T315 Double-Sided Tape, T303 Foam Tape, T321 Acid-Free Craft Glue
OTHER: Molding Paste, Pink Embroidery Thread

Use SANTA & Co. (Reverse) as the background for this layout. Cut UNDER THE TREE, trimming the bottom and left side part and adhere to the background as seen in the image (set aside the leftover for later). Use Scattered Starts template and molding paste to add texture. Slightly fold the edges of UNDER THE TREE

Get another piece of SANTA & Co. paper and fussy cut the patterns. Do the same with the patterns from UNDER THE TREE paper left over from the previous one.

Adhere the fussy cut trees and some Collectables to the top left part. Then add a white doily and pink embroidery thread. Place the photo using foam tape for a bit of dimension. Start embellishing with stickers and border pieces from the paper pad.

Continue embellishing the layout up to the bottom part until you’re satisfied with the layers and clusters. For the final touch, add some splatter of gold using the Gold Shimmer Kaiser Mist. Then the layout is done!

And here is the finished layout

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Thanks for dropping by and I hope this inspired you to be creative today.

Happy crafting,

Technique Tuesday – Mixed Media Rusty Cogs

Hello Chrissy here with another Technique Tuesday. Today I am sharing with you how I created some Mixed Media cogs using the Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish pack Workshop, ink pads and paint. 

Workshop Collection: P2793 Tough|P2797 Gallant|P2799 Strapping|P2800 Handsome|P2801 Chivalrous|CT967 Workshop Collectables|FL654 Flourish Pack

Other: SB792 Chocolate Pearls|KC048 Mud Puddle Acrylic Paint|IP756 Ink Pad Gold Pigment|IP755 Ink Pad Silver Pigment|IP719 Black Mini Ink Pad|IP723 Vintage Mini Ink Pad|DD448 Cogs Panel Decorative Die|CD606 Navy Card Stock|KM129 Navy KAISERmist|KM132 Gold Shimmer KAISERmist

Other: Texture Paste|Crystal Lacquer

I started off by painting all the Wood Flourish Cogs in Mud Puddle paint, it doesn’t have to be precise, it is like an undercoat. Next I lightly dabbed on random bits of texture paste, then left to dry for a few mins. The next bit is fun, adding layers of ink using the Silver, Black & Vintage ink pads, lastly adding the Gold ink pad on top. 

I also die cut some cogs from the Navy Kaiser card and used the same process without the texture paste.

Now to create the rest of the layout, I started off by building up my base using navy card and a selection of the Workshop papers.

I LOVE stitching on my layouts, so added some extra interest by hand stitching along the length of some of the papers. Then started to build up my layout by adding layers around my photo.

I’ve added the cogs around my photo, adding foam pads to some to give height and dimension.

I have had a typewriter sat on my desk for a very long time and have never really used it, I decided to type some of the lovely sayings from the collection onto a strip of paper and added that to my layout. 

To finish off my layout I have added a few tiny metal embellishments and pearls to the centre of my cogs. I hope this has inspired you to have ago at Mixed Media cogs, this was my first time, it was fun so I will be doing it again very soon. 

xXx Happy crafting – Chrissy T xXx

You can download the pdf instructions here


Technique Tuesday – Inking Edges

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

This Let It Snow collection was right up my alley – not only is teal my absolute favourite colour, it also oozes sparkle, shine and shimmer. A perfect combination. And when I saw the papers and the silver stars, the photo of my daughter doing a make-up demo with star sequins was perfect.

Products used: P2802 Falling Snowflakes, P2804 Twinkle Star, P2806 Pine Forest, P2807 Shimmering, P2808 All is Calm, P2809 O’Christmas Tree (2 of these), CT968 Collectables, CR214 Curios, SK814 Sticker Book, Kaisercraft foam tape, IP745 Sea Breeze Ink Pad, IP746 Peacock Ink Pad, CS372 Paint Splatter Texture Stamp

Today, I am going to talk about inking the edges of your papers. An old scrapbooking technique, but a really useful and simple way to enhance your layouts. Whether you ink the edges in the same colour theme or mix and match the colours to the colours on your page, it all makes a lovely feature.

In my layout I have inked the edges of all my pieces of paper, collectables and the piece of fussy cut pine leaves. You can use your ink pad straight to the paper at a perpendicular angle and run up the edge, or you can use a dauber or a blending tool. I have gone with a blending tool (with changeable sponges so as not to mix your colours).

Hold your paper close to the edge you want to ink and hold your blending tool at an angle. The closer the gap to the paper (the flatter your blending tool), the wider your inked edge will be on the edge of the paper.

Inked edges make a lovely finishing edge to papers.

Here are some close-ups to my layout – the edges of the collectables are also lightly inked

Click here for the downloadable instructions.

Hope you enjoy this collection as much as I have.

The Best Painted Background with Terhi

Hello hello, Terhi here!
It’s time for another fun Technique Tuesday and I’m here to inspire you to use our amazing line of acrylic paints to your next craft project.

MAGENTA Collection: P2775 Fuchsia, P2779 Raspberry, P2781 Berry, P2782 Pink, P2783 Rouge
KC PRODUCTS: PP1071 Paper Pad, CT965 Collectables, SB794 Pearls Snow, Smooth Cardstock White, CR207 Curios. KC 001 Paint White, KC010 Paint Hot Pink.
OTHER: T320 Craft Glue, T302 Foam Dots, white gel pen.

I can tell you that one of the main reasons why I love using acrylic paint on my scrapbook layouts is how quick they are. For example this background took just about three minutes to make, and half of that time I was already washing my palette knife.

To create this background I took a white cardstock and the most lovely colour of hot pink acrylic paint, added couple drops of paint straight to the cardstock and spread it around with palette knife. If you don’t have palette knife, old key card or similar will do the job. Just spread it out and leave it. If you want, let it dry and add another colour.

Cardstock is so thick that for one or two layer of paint it doesn’t need any gesso to prepare it first. It’s already ready! If you want to use patterned paper from Kaisercraft, I’d spread a layer of clear gesso first, to avoid getting wrinkled paper.
To get the paint dry I prefer air drying as preparing the heat gun takes more time than actually using it, so it is very quick to dry anyway.

Another great and easy way to use the paints is splashing. As my layout is very pink, I mixed couple drops of water and couple drops of paint, then flicked it around the page with a small brush. The white balances the layout nicely.

Hope this inspires you today!
Before you go, DOWNLOAD the instructions HERE!
Terhi xx

Tech Tuesday – Creating backgrounds using Clear Stamps – Morning Dew

Hello Kaisercraft Fans!
It’s Lisa here today to share a technique, and some cards with you.
I have created two mixed media cards,
by creating my own backgrounds using the Clear Stamps.
I have also made some traditional cards for those who don’t like getting messy 🙂

I have used the gorgeous Morning Dew collection to create these cards.

PAPERS: MORNING DEW Collection: PP1069 Paper Pad
KC PRODUCTS:  CS354 Clear Stamp Set, CT963 Collectables, SK809 Sticker Book, CD501 Square Card Base, CD601 White Card Stock, Kaiser Mist Turquoise KM127, Ink Pads – IP745 Sea Breeze, IP755 Silver   
OTHER:Clear Gesso, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

For my first card, I have used the Clear Stamps,
and a watermark stamp pad to stamp images onto my card.
I have then used Clear embossing powder to make the images resist the Kaiser Mist I have used.

I have then used the same stamp, and multiple ink pads,
to stamp out and fussy cut the floral images out.
I have then layered these into the centre of my card.

I have then added some of the Collectables, Die-cut pieces and stickers to finish.
Very simple and yet very effective.

You can find the full instructions for this card HERE.

For my next mixed media card,
I have used the same Kaiser Mist in Turquoise,
mixed with some water to flow over my card base.

PAPERS: MORNING DEW Collection: PP1069 Paper Pad
KC PRODUCTS: CS354 Clear Stamp Set, CT963 Collectables, SK809 Sticker Book, CD501 Square Card Base, Kaiser Mist KM127 Turquoise, Ink Pads – IP757 Black, IP745 Sea Breeze, SB700 Silver Rhinestones, CD601 White Cardstock, Heat Gun.

I have then used the butterfly stamps from the Clear Stamp set,
and black ink, to stamp randomly over my card.

I have then used elements from the Collectables,
layered with some of the papers from the Paper Pad.

I have also stamped out some more butterflies, with Sea Breeze Ink,
to use on the centre of my card.
You can find the full instructions for this card HERE.

My next cards are free of mess and a bit more traditional.

PAPERS: MORNING DEW Collection: PP1069 Paper Pad
KC PRODUCTS:  CT963 Collectables, SK809 Sticker Book, CD501 Square Card Base

For this card, I have started by layering some of the gorgeous papers from the Paper Pad.
Oh those pebbles!

I have then used some floral stickers from the Sticker Book,
to add some pretty to my card.

I could not resist adding that gorgeous bird to the top corner.

You can find the full instructions for this card HERE.

For my last card,
I have started with some of the pretty papers from the Paper Pad.

PAPERS: MORNING DEW Collection: PP1069 Paper Pad.
KC PRODUCTS:  CT963 Collectables, SK809 Sticker Book, CD501 Square Card Base,
F632 Sage Paper Bloom

I have then layered some of the bracket die-cuts from the Paper Pad.

Some more layers of the papers,
and then I am ready to add some of the Collectables,
Stickers & a Paper Bloom

You can find the full instructions for this card HERE.

I hope that you like the mix of messy and traditional cards that I have created.
I really enjoyed working with this collection.

You can find the Morning Dew collection at your local stockist now,
or online at Kaisercraft.

Until next time!

Technique Tuesday – Feature Frames

Hello Kaisercraft fans!
It’s Technique Tuesday and it’s Lisa here today to share some inspiration with you!
I have a layout to share that I have created using the Antiquities Collection.

PAPERS: ANTIQUITIES Collection: P2740 One of a Kind, P2741 Limited Edition, P2743 Antique, P2744 Valuable, P2745 Treasured, P2746 Precious, P2747 Beloved
KC PRODUCTS: CT960 Collectables, SK807 Sticker Book, CS352 Clear Stamp, FL648 Flourish Pack, IT493 Distressed Dots Template, DD632 Ornate Layered Bracket Decorative Die, Kaisermists KM122 Yellow, KM129 Navy, Ink Pads IP757 Black & IP747 Denim, Paper Bloom F630 Iceberg, SB789 Pearls Chino.

The technique that I would like to share with you today,
is using different papers to frame your layout.
The Antiquities collection has some fabulous papers that are perfect for this.

To start I have used the ‘One of a Kind’ (reverse) as my base page.
I have added some mixed media using the ‘Distressed Dots’ Template.
I have also used the ‘Grunged Paint’ Texture Stamp and the Clear Stamp Set,
to stamp randomly over my page.

When framing my layout I like to use colours that contrast with my base paper.
The Antiquities Collections has a patterned paper, ‘Precious’, that already has a timber frame.
This was perfect for one level of my frame. For the inner frame I chose ‘Antique’ (reverse).

I have adhered the yellow frame to the base paper first.
I have then used foam tape to adhere the wood frame to the page.

Adding fussy cut flowers, from ‘Treasured’ to layer with the frames help add more depth to your page. I have used some in between the two frames and some on the outer frame.
I have then started to build up my page.

I have then used some of the ‘Collectables’ and fussy cut flowers from the papers to build up my layers. I have also used half of an ‘Ornate Layered Bracket’ Decorative Die.
I have then built up pieces of distressed patterned papers to matt my photo.

Some more collectables, Stickers and flowers to finish.
Then I have added some ‘Chino Pearls’ to the centre of my frame flowers.

I hope you like what I have created.
You can find the full instructions for this layout HERE.
I would LOVE to see how you use this technique on a project of yours,
so please share in our Facebook Group – Kaisercraft Corner.

You can find the Antiquities Collection in stock now at your local stockist or
online at Kaisercraft.

Technique Tuesday – Adding Dimension with Paisley Days

Hello all! It’s Lisa here today to share a technique with you.
I love to use patterns in the papers to create depth and dimension to a layout.
I have created this layout using the technique.

PAPERS: PAISLEY DAYS  Collection: P2732 Smiles, P2734 Soul, P2736 Groovy
KC PRODUCTS: CT959 Collectables, SK806 Sticker Book, DD636 Posy Circle Decorative Die, DD3331 Flower Cluster Decorative Die, IP755 Ink Pad Licorice.

This is quite a simple way of using the repeated pattern in a paper to create some dimension.
The gorgeous parquetry wood pattern of the Smiles paper from this month’s new Paisley Days collection is perfect for this technique.

I started by fussy cutting a diagonal shape from the wood paper to adhere to my base page. I have then fussy cut additional pieces from the wood pattern to use to add dimension.

I have inked the edges of my pieces to add even more depth to them. I have then matched up the pattern and used foam tape to raise them.

They also help to add a raised base for where my photo will sit. I am also able to use it to tuck in floral pieces to add to my layers.

Raising my photo base and pieces of wood pattern not only adds dimension but it gives you space to be able to add more layers with your embellishments.

I have used the Posy Circle & Floral Cluster Decorative Dies to cut die cuts from the patterned papers. I have added these, along with some fussy cut floral clusters raised with foam tape following the diagonal flow of my layout.

As you can see it works quite well. I am really happy with how it turned out.
You can find the full instructions for this layout HERE.

You can find the Paisley Days collection in stock now at your local stockist or online at

Until next time!