Saturday, August 29, 2015
Another technique new to me from this year's Stamp A Faire from PaperTrey Ink is the use of "thread nests". They are very cute and do look like little bird's nests. The best thread to use for this technique is thread right off the spool, because it curls so nicely. Here is a link to the videos that showcase the use of the thread nests:
There are two videos--the first shows how to make the thread nests. Thank you, Laura! and the second video showcases using twine on cards. Thank you, Danielle!
I used a combination of the techniques on the card above. What goes best with thread? Buttons! I used a different window card this time. There are three small window circles along the edge of the card. I filled the circle areas with thread nests and antique buttons.
The other side of the card features Anna Griffin paper, a Tim Holtz sewing room die, and a Paper Trey Ink button card die and stamp (I love this set of stamps and dies!)
I used rather heavy twine, and it was hard to lay down. I used glue dots beneath the buttons and a bit of Glossy Accents to hold down the twine, but this twine is hard to grab with the Glossy Accents. It took a lot of patience, and if I do give this card to someone (can't really be mailed because of the bulk) I will have to secure the twine better.
I am really enjoying the Stamp a Faire videos today!
I had laying on my desk some patterned papers from a Basic Grey / Hero Arts paper pack and I looked at them and thought, "These are just like what Betsy was talking about--a large, medium, and small print. I actually had used them in a previous project--that's why they were just laying loose. So I grabbed them and started thinking about my card.
Remember, I am trying to use my window dies, and for lack of a better thought, I decided to cover the front of the window card with these papers. I did just what Betsy said--I used a larger amount of the largest print, a middling amount of the middle size print, and a smaller amount of the smallest print. My card reflects the sizes of the prints from top down (or bottom up, if you prefer). And because the largest print was of funky looking birds, I also grabbed one of my favorite stamps--funky birds! This is a Magenta print, and I thought it would be perfect for my card. I stamped the image in Memories black ink, coloring with Copic markers and the new Kiryana (sp????) metallic markers. My image is so bright and colorful! After trimming and attaching the stamped image to the inside of the card (mounting on a background of bright yellow), I felt the card was a little plain. So for some drama, I added narrow strips of black cardstock. These strips really set off the sunshiny yellow and orange. I also stamped a Paper Smooches sentiment in black ink. Lastly I added a Tim Holtz tiny tag, stamped and set with a green eyelet. Oh, did I mention I really put some window plastic on the window. Covering the entire front of the card allowed me to do this easily. Who wouldn't want to receive such a bright and colorful card?! Here is a peek at the inside:
I didn't use my window dies for this challenge because they didn't really fit the offered patterns, so this card is a little smaller-A2 size to match the Paper Trey Ink patterned paper from the County Fair Make It Market kit I got last year. I love this stamp set! And this card would be perfect for a birthday card. Here is the pattern I used:
Of course, Melissa's card is all girly and feminine, and very beautiful (I love the pumpkins!) so you have to look closely to see that mine fits the pattern. You can see her card here:
All items on my card are from my kit, with the following exceptions: white cardstock, red cardstock, Colorbox chalk inks, colored pencil (to enhance the ink), and few dots of dimensional pearl paint. And doesn't this card look pretty next to my chalk painted Mason jars! (Not yet distressed, so I will post about them later.)
Hooray for summer, sunshine, and fun!
Now, of course, I have lots of cut out bits and pieces to make several wedding cards! Anybody planning one in the near future? I have your card ready!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Many of you may not know that I have started helping out at a children's church on Sundays. This was one of the first projects we did. The lesson was the story of Abraham, so we did some star projects. Also, the church has been holding sermons featuring the stained glass windows in the church, so this project was appropriate.
I used my Cricut Explore to cut the black design from cardstock. The star measures about 9" wide. We attached the die cut star to the sticky side of clear contac paper, then used bits of tissue paper to add color "stained glass" to the sticky side. The finished result really looks like stained glass from the front side. The project was easy and simple for the kids to do. I hope everybody had fun! I had seen this project on multiple websites, each with a little variation. My variation was using my Cricut Explore and a Cricut image to cut the design. I love having my subscription! I get tons of "free" images to use!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Last week I tried a technique that was showcased on the Hero Arts blog. Here is a link to the original post: http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/page/4/
But it is difficult for me to use the distress inks with the ink applicator these days due to neck and arm problems, so I decided to use daubers instead.
I first stamped a panel with a sentiment from Our Daily Bread (Thank you, Donna, for the loan of these stamps!) using Clearsnap fluid chalk ink.
I then masked the sentiment with a rectangle of Eclipse masking tape. (You could also use a post it note.)
I then stamped a Hero Arts large cling stamp pattern (I used large Lotus blossom) using white pigment ink and white embossing powder over the mask.
Keeping the mask in place, I then rubbed a liquid ink dauber over the embossing to color the background paper. Let dry, and then remove the mask and attach the panel to a notecard.
You can see in the picture above (the blue one) that my first attempt at this technique was not really successful. The background stamp I chose for this one was not bold enough. The technique works better with a bold print background stamp.
Here are the color combinations I liked best:
Lipstick Red chalk ink paired with Fired Brick Tim Holtz dauber.
Yellow Citrus chalk ink paired with Mustard Seed Tim Holtz dauber
Warm Green chalk ink paired with Peeled Paint Tim Holtz dauber
Thursday, April 23, 2015
This card pictured below is a new design for me, although the design is very popular. The unique thing about this card is that the structure can be cut with a Cricut. I downloaded a file shared by one of the owners of the Cricut Design Space Lover's Facebook page. The file cuts the card and the mats perfectly to fit an A2 size, and it is all done electronically. One 12" x 12" page will give you two card bases. The card folds flat for mailing, but opens up for display.
The little flamingos decorating the card probably look a little familiar to you! I cut them from the card design used in a previous post and turned them into single images to use on other cards. The card is designed so a lot of writing can be put on the last panel, but I narrowed it to a single strip so that I could add an extra flamingo.
Here is the link to the website from which I got this file: