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Sunday, 18 February 2018
My first card features a Reindeer by Tim Holtz, a Movers & Shapers die. It's cut from a dark brown glitter paper, and if I ever use it again, I'm going to cover it with a coat of clear embossing powder! It sheds like nothing on earth!
I cut a selection of snowflakes from a sheet of white linen card, and then backed that with some light blue glitter paper. Then I decided to add the snowflake die cuts back, just coming in from the edges. The A5 card base was covered with some Christmas backing paper- which strangely enough also has reindeer on it- it was just the closest paper I had to the colour of the one behind the snowflakes.
The next one ended up with a bit of paper piecing. Simply because I used some of the silver glitter paper that can be coloured that I bought from Pink Frog Crafts and Cards, that I got at the NEC last year. It does colour fine, but I didn't realise the Promarkers would be a little slow to dry, and ended up with green fingerprints on the central snow section. Then I cut another white piece to go behind the reindeer, and a dark blue piece to go behind the trees.
The die is one of the Cheap from China dies.
I added a small acrylic gem to the centre of each snowflake. I covered the A5 card base with a silver snowflake patterned paper, then matted the picture on foam pads.
Thursday, 15 February 2018
I've long been meaning to have a go at a shaker card. Having seen them made in numerous crafting videos, I decided it looked pretty straightforward.
And it is, as long as you remember one simple detail- forward planning!
However, I think mine had gone off for a day trip somewhere, leaving me to fend for myself.
So, lets start. My base card was going to be an 8"x8" square, so I cut a separate sheet of Pearl White card to fit the front. That is one thing I do remember- always measure your card base first before cutting.
I've found the measurement given for card base packs seems to be the envelope dimensions, rather than the card, and it's annoying to go to assemble your card, only to find the front panel is bigger than the base.
So, that bit done, I then decided I wanted to matt my white pearl onto a red cardstock, so cut the red, then trimmed down the white pearl cardstock. See,stage 1 and I'm already tripping over myself. I used a Sizzix Heart Steel Rule die I've had for years to cut the centre heart out, after I'd marked the die position on the back of the card, along with corner to corner & side to side lines to make sure I got it as central as possible.
Next the foam tape to raise the cut out. I have some rolls of foam tape- Poundland, 2 rolls and about 10 sheets of mid sized foam tabs for quid- I took a strip and cut it into 3 lengths. Then as I laid it down, I snipped at intervals to allow it to bend around the shape. I thought using the tape I didn't have to worry about any gaps between foam pop dots letting the filling leak out.By the way, the embossing bag was there as I used it to wipe over the inside edge of the foam tape to stop the filler from sticking to it.
I cut a square from saved Embossing Folder packaging, and stuck that in place with DST.
Then I put the foam tape back, on top of the plastic this time.
So that was error number two so far- but I'm not done with them yet!
Now we are onto the backing for the shaker, and in my Peel off stash, I remembered some holographic peel off sheets. Trimmed some off the sheet, and used it to cover some spare white card.
Having a look in my stash, I sort out some tiny stars, some small and large hearts. All are those little bags of confetti for tables at parties. You can tell how long I've had some of them- that tiny hearts container used to hold camera film. Remember that?
Sprinkled some of each confetti into the opening. I can just imagine my face,had I still not realised about the plastic!
Peeled the backing tape off the top layer of the foam, and added a larger foam tab to the four corners of the backing piece, then lay it on top.
Turned it over, and this is when I realised the next mistake I'd made. I intended to stamp the two sentiments in the top left & bottom right corners.
But now these two layers were together, I wasn't going to be able to stamp there, it wasn't a level enough base.
I should have done the stamping after I'd cut out the heart, before I did anything else. So now we're onto Plan C. Or possibly D, I've lost track.
Finding a piece of the white pearl card, I stamped both sentiments, then trimmed down and matted onto the same red cardstock as the matt layer for the card, and mounted them with foam pads.
The inkpad was Memento Lady Bug, and I heat embossed it with WOW! Sparkling Poinsettia.
Matted it onto the red layer with foam tabs, that attached it all to the card base with DST.
As if the bling level wasn't high enough, I also added some acrylic hearts with Glossy Accents.
Hubby loved it, sat shaking it for a while, trying to separate some of the larger hearts that had wedged on top of one another. Said it was a bit like those kiddies games where you have to tilt and turn them to get little balls into indentations, lol.
I love you to the Moon & Back, Stampasaurus
Today Tomorrow, Inkylicious, available in 2 sizes, this is the larger one. The smaller one is about the same size as the one top left.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
So, what do i have for you this week? Well, I took myself out to town for a walk around yesterday, and popped into The Works, as you do. Snagged a couple of bargains,some Black acrylic paint, and some clear Banner stamps.
Made some Stampscapes cards, in the post below.
Then I was working on Beloved Hubbys Valentines card, and picked up one of my pairs of scissors, when I remembered something I saw on a TH video from Creativation, on some Tonic scissors.
He said as well as being non stick the pair of blades had one that was serrated, and one plain. So you could flip them over and either cut a tiny serrated edge, or a plain one. Now, rather like the other Tonic releases, these looked exactly like my X-Cut ones I've had for quite a few years. I kept meaning to check mine, as the main reason I rarely use them is I don't always like the serrated edge if I cut something out with them.
And guess what? Yep, mine too have the same pair of blades. Leaving me with two questions- how have I never noticed this? and How come EVERY single time I've used them, I've always picked them up the same way?
Not sure how well these pics will show it, but this way up you will get a smooth cut . I cut a piece off the card its lay on to show a smooth cut.
Serrated blade at the top, smooth one at the bottom.
This way up- serrated blade at the bottom- you get a serrated edge, hopefully you can see it on the cardstock.
So, apart from this exciting discovery, it convinces me even more that Tonic manufacture X-Cut.
And posted at the bottom so it won't appear on our FB feed, Beloved Hubbys card. I've never made a shaker card before, and I'll blog it in a few days, as it wasn't so much a learning curve, as a learning Ski slope, and I can't ski!
Speaking for most of us, I think.😏
Thursday, 8 February 2018
I have made about a dozen of these scenes, but will blog them in small batches,as it will be a photo heavy post!
Stampscapes Rubber stamps are exactly what they sound like- stamps that create scenes- landscapes/seascapes/skyscapes. This link goes to the makers US website- Kevin Nakagawa- and this next link goes to the UK supplier.
Visit Kevins website for loads of picture inspiration, and he has a massive list of You Tube videos on all aspects of scenic stamping.
The stamps blend together seamlessly, so masking isn't required, and they can be arranged and combined in an almost endless variety of scenes.
For all my scenes, they were first stamped out in Black Dye ink, and the colour added later, using the Colorbox stylus tools and dye based inks. Adirondacks, Distress, Marvy and Memento were all used to colour them. You could also use sponges or daubers, even brushes to add your colour, I bought the Stylus tool & tips as that's what I'd watched Kevin using.
Starting with the first picture, the top left card was stamped out using the following stamps:
144F, Cabin with Fence,
149F, Waterside Bluff, Right,
196F Pine Tree and
244E, Tree Cluster.
The cabin was stamped first, then directly below it the Waterside Bluff, R. This also comes in an opposite image, Waterside Bluff Left.
Following that, the Tall Pine on the left was added, then the 'Bushes' were stamped, using just the top portion of the Tree Cluster.
Although I said there was no need for masking, by using a torn piece of paper towel as a 'mask', then stamping the Tree Cluster with just an upper portion of the image above the top edge of the paper towel, treetops can become bushes, or tall trees made shorter, and appear to be growing out of the grass.
The colour is added in layers, starting with the lightest value of colour, then moving up to a mid tone, then finally your darkest tone. 3 colour values are often all that is needed.The water only used 2 blue shades, the sky, 3. Moving on to browns for the cabin and rocky edge of the Bluff line.
The second scene, top right, picture 1, shows how you can combine different images.
The stamps used here are:
359G, Snowy Creek, stamped out first. Although it's called Snowy Creek, it can just as easily become a creek surrounded by grass, simply by how it's coloured.
Next comes 144F, Cabin with Fence again. It becomes a totally different scene to the first one, just by changing out one stamp.
Next addition is 251C, Sedge Filler, which is stamped out on both banks, to turn it into a grassy meadow, rather than a snowy scene. There are a number of grass 'filler' stamps in the range, and really help to bring a scene to life.
Now the colour addition starts, and it is good to have some light- the white of the page- left in the sky, for a light source, and reflecting this on the ground/water in your scene.
Again, 3 values of blue were used in the sky and water. Then onto green for the grassy areas.
Then a slightly darker green was brought in,
Finally some meadow flowers added again with gel pens, then a final bit of stamping, right at the front,068D, Reeds Large.
OK, final scene in this post. The longer scene uses a stamp called 049G, Lakeside Cove lge.
but I made it look the way it does by using a slightly longer piece of card,and not centring the image, but stamping them side by side. The 'Northern Lights' were created by streaking in some light green and purple/pink in the sky, then building up some blue layers on top. That was also reflected in the water. Brown added to the rocks, and stars created with white gel pen.
All the images were done on glossy cardstock, but matte coated works just as well. When the scenes were dry, they were sprayed with Artist Fixative, which helps to bring back the colour, as it does fade a little on drying.
All these scenes are now posted on my Stampscapes Gallery page, and all the stamps used in each image are listed next to the photo.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Been doing some reorganising and tidying this week, and had a change around on the desk-behind-the-desk. I've probably just given myself more room to pile stuff, but it's the thought that counts.😁
There were Christmas cards made at the weekend, in the post below this one.
Speaking of new releases, did you see the new TH/Tonic Guillotine? Whilst the colour may be different, it is identical to my X-Cut one, which I've had for probably 10 or so years. Even down to the extension ruler which fits underneath. Leading me to wonder if Tonic & X-Cut are the same company?
Whatever, if the Tonic one is as reliable as this one, which cuts as well now as it did the day I bought it, it'll be a good purchase when you need one.
I also have a smaller X-Cut Guillotine, and that too looks identical to the small Tonic/TH one.
Beloved Hubby bought a music CD/DVD which arrived from France back last week. Just look at all these fab stamps that were on the envelope! Mind you, if that was genuinely the cost of the postage, and they are Euros and cents, that's almost £40 worth of stamps! Shan't complain about postage costs over here ever again.
Some playtime with Brusho's onto smooth watercolour cardstock earlier today. Ready for some images to be stamped on top.
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Two different cards, one square in blue, and one Easel fold in brown. The papers for both come from a pad I picked up in The Works last year,and is a slightly unusual format of 15cm x30cm. Which worked perfectly for the easel card!
The stamp is by Rubber Stampede, called Angel Chorus Collage. I doubt it's still available, as I can remember this was one of the first Christmas stamps I bought, and that would be close on 15 years ago.
OK, I'm officially shocked! Just went off to see if it was available, and turns out it is! A UK online retailer called Carysma has it, along with a whole load of other fabulous Rubber Stampede stamps!
The circular Happy Christmas stamp is by Circa Design, and comes as a set of three called Christmas Circles. The other two are Seasons Greetings and Happy New year.
So to start with the Blue one, I took a 6" square card base and covered with the paper. The Angel stamp was stamped onto a dark blue cardstock with gold encore Pigment ink, and heat embossed in gold. I trimmed it flush with the edges of the image, then cut some gold glitter cardstock the same size and matted them together, offset. The greeting was stamped in Archival Cobalt onto a matching sheet of blue paper from the pack, then die cut with a small hexagon die. This also was matted onto glitter card, then trimmed down and mounted with a foam tab.
Both pieces are trimmed down to the same size, and the vellum is torn down around the two angels.
Next I added Vintage Photo DI around the cardstock, then a little shading on the reverse of the vellum with Promarkers. That keeps it nice and subtle. It's such a detailed stamp, it needs the subtle treatment, it's easy to overpower the image- I had a couple of fails while doing this where just that happened. I'll show them at the end.😡
Next both pieces of vellum are attached to the relevant part of the cardstock image, and another light coating of Vintage Photo added over the top. You can add glue- either a liquid like Glossy Accents, or a snail type adhesive in small spots behind the shading.
The whole piece was matted onto an embossed gold cardstock, and mounted onto the Easel card base, which I'd covered with a Brown version of the same Christmas pad paper. A couple of Flourishes die cut from the gold card added to opposite corners, and a white Poinsettia made from a Spellbinders die topped it off. The same sentiment as the first card was stamped in Archival Cocoa, die cut with a circle die. I cut a second piece, this time with a scalloped die to mount it onto, then added to the card base with a foam pad.
These two were made last year with the stamp, this time using Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, and the same technique.
Both were easel cards.
On the left, I tried covering the image with double sided adhesive sheet and Glamourdust, funny thing is, in this picture it doesn't look too bad, but in reality, much of the detail of the stamp is lost, it just looks blurred to the naked eye.
On the right, I thought I'd try adding Gilding flake to the wings. Another fail. It looked terrible, so I went over it with a gold metallic marker, which just made it worse rather than better. I should have used some sheet golf leaf, rather than the loose stuff I think.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
A bit of crafting done over the last few days- this card, in the post below is Foiling without using a Laminator- just two widths of DST.
And speaking of foil, we popped into town at the weekend, and whilst there, a visit to The Works was called for. Where I found this:
Later on Saturday, we went up to Amelias Crafts at Studley, as they'd announced a 50% off Sale, in order to clear some space for new stuff from Creativation releases- mainly Tim's I'd imagine.
Well, it would have been rude not to!
Some cool Christmas stamps, which I need like a fish needs a bicycle.
And a couple of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous sets.Yet another Christmas set- Beloved Hubby liked the stags head, and the Sea themed one caught his eye, thanks to the octopus. He's rather fond of The Kraken Rum, lol.
So overall, a day of bargains, which can't be bad.
Oh, last week Magic Maggie asked about the proportions for mixing glitter & stencil paste.
I have to admit that it's not an exact science, I just added what I thought was enough. I'd guess it was around 3 teaspoons of paste to 1 or 1 1/2 of glitter. Ish. It's easy to see roughly how it'll look if you're mixing coloured Glitter into white or Translucent paste. Harder when it's say gold glitter into gold paste. So I'd try it first with a clear/white/translucent paste to get a feel for the mix. You want to maintain roughly the consistency of the paste- too dry will make it harder to spread over the stencil without having to keep reworking it to fill the spaces. Too much rework increases the likelihood of pushing the paste under the edges of the design. It's one reason I prefer the Sweet Poppy paste to Dreamweaver, I find the Dreamweaver to be a much stiffer paste to start with. The Sweet Poppy is much softer.