Friday, 28 July 2017

Step By Step

Same card - closed. The hydrangea is from a StampIt
set, coloured with Perfect Pearls.

I have not made step cards for ages, but was recently inspired by Collette Mitrega's YouTube tutorial for a quick 1 Minute Step Card.
I love the speed of this process - but had a few OCD cringe moments - even though the front layer mostly covers Collette's residual fold line across the left-hand panel, I know it is there. The bigger-than-needed cut in the back panel also annoyed me. All this started me thinking about how I could streamline the 'measure-and-mark' process I had been taught for step cards.
My latest paper purchase gave me the push I needed. I bought 2 sheets of  Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper collection 'Mauve' and a matching Collectables pack plus 2 A4 sheets of matching lilac card. From each sheet of Kaisercraft paper I will get at least 5 cards, possibly 6. I reckon that is pretty good value.

I  wanted to use specific parts of the paper for a number of step cards. I also wanted to use my new Lawn Fawn Outside-In Stitched Rectangles die. This meant designing the steps around the paper panels.
The tools I used were a Martha Stewart Scoreboard, a cutting mat, a craft knife and my Tim Holtz ruler. (You can use a metal ruler).

Lots of my beloved 'fussy cutting' - yes I did cut around the
three central hydrangea blossoms.

I moved the butterfly to the lower front of the card
and added a finch as a hidden surprise.

Another card, using some Collectables, Stickles applied with a toothlick,
and a StampIt hydrangea stamp and Perfect Pearls.

I found that if I started with a standard A5 card base and put in partial score lines as a guide I could then cut to fit the panels and extend the score lines. In the diagram below, score lines are shown in black and the cutting line in orange. Can you tell yet that my Dad is a maths teacher and I am very much my father's duaghter??

Done first is the top score line. It is at the centre of the A5 card base - 4 1/4" from each end, and comes down about the width of what I want on the left-hand panel. Lay your intended panel on the card base as a guide.
Next are the lines that will start the step - one score line at either 1" or 1 1/8" from the left edge and coming up to about 1/4" short of where you think the cutting line will go, and a second line the same distance further across - at either 2" or 2 1/4" from the left edge of the card base.
The third score line is halfway between the second line and the right-hand edge of the card base.
Now use a tiny pencil mark to show the start and finish of the cutting line - the measurement down from the top edge of the card base will be the width of your intended  left-hand panel layer plus whatever border you want around it. (For example my panel is 2 5/8" wide so I lay my ruler on the 1" score line and mark the start of the cutting line 2 7/8" down from the top edge. Then I lay the ruler on the last score line and again mark a point 2 7/8" down from the top edge for the end of the cutting line.
Use craft knife and ruler to cut between the two pencil marks. Then return the card base to the scoreboard and re-score all score lines so they reach the cut line edge.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Another snail ...

Thanks Deidre for the inspiration for this card and Shirley (again) for the clouds:

Using your computer

Following up from introducing a group to using their computers as an aid to cardmaking, I thought I would do a step-by-step as I make a card for the latest CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.
We had just been looking at a fun card given to my son 2 months after his birthday.
I have a cute little Memory Box snail die I bought AGES ago and have never used. I wanted the idea that the snail had had to climb Everest on his way ..
I found a printable image of Everest and tweaked it a bit using PhotoScape.
Usng Word and setting the size of the image to 8cm wide I printed it and cut carefully around the mountain. This gave me two panels to use for masking - the mountain, and the surrounding sky.
Again in Word I typed the text I wanted into a text box, and printed it onto the card panel.
With the mountain mask in place I layered Distress Inks from dark to light down from the top of the panel - salty ocean and tumbled glass. I also used my brand new MFT cloud stencil (Thank you, Shirley!) to add some clouds lower down.
I removed the mountain mask and attached the sky mask, then used the cloud stencil again upside down for the mountain ridges using hickory smoke Distress Ink.
Added a trail of clear glittery stencil paste for the snail slime, a die-cut snail with gelly roll pen highlights, and voila!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CAS(E) this Frog!

CAS(E)ing again -here is this week's sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch!

Inspiration struck today - it was either make a card or do ... housework. I resisted for most of the day and got lots done, but the card just had to be made.

 The frog is coloured with watercolour pencils then topped with Spica glitter pens. Looks better IRL. Planning to smudge some glitter over the leaves.
One day later - maybe not quite as C or S but I like this better:
 I have added wood-grain folder embossing for a pond, and some stamped leaves. Still quite a bit of white space but to me the card looks more finished.
Feedback from the CAS gurus would be appreciated.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Last #224 - I promise

Ideas just keep coming for the CAS(E) this Sketch! #224. I could not resist trying just one more idea. Needless to say I am supposed to be packing my car for tomorrow's craft group so instead I am making cards.

I first did the card without the black strip (see below) but am much happier with this.

The card was certainly simple - printed the clefs, words and note onto white card, punched with a Carl square punch, roughed up the edges then distressed
with rusty hinge Distress ink. Mounted the notes, and added black pearls.

Also below is the sketch from the challenge .. just in case you have not seen it on my last few posts!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Better with blue

Forgive this second post - it seems I need a whole new post to put my updated lighthouse card onto the CAS(E) this Sketch! page.
For me the blue completely changes the look of the card - lifts it somehow.
 (Later - hence the edit - I have discovered that it IS possible to delete an inlinkz post - you just have to know where to look, and to have cookies enabled. I live and learn!)
The older post below tells how to recreate this card.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

New toy

Hello again. I am still loving the latest CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch - #224 

Here is the card that came to mind when I first saw the sketch - but I did not have the sunray stencil. Now I do ... well .. I NEEDED it didn't I?
no flash

Square of foam bought at least 10 yrs ago, and hoarded for the right moment, cut to the size and shape of a mini square ink pad. Distress inks - salty ocean and tumbled glass stamped with the foam square. Rays stencilled with Colour Burst  paste thru the Tim Holtz mini stencil (Set 5). Computer used to print the wording. Added Memory Box Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die-cut and some Memory Box seagulls.
Yes the waves are a strategically placed embellishment - covering where my inky little finger touched the card.

(Later) I decided to move this onto a blue card base - maybe less CAS but I like it better.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Still stencilling

This week's Less is More challenge is 'neopolitan'. I'm still having fun with the stencil paste and trying hard to stay with the CAS requirements.

Pink, cream and brown .. not colours I would normally work with, but here goes.

 Lindys Stamp Gang 'Pegleg Pete Purple' sprayed through the stencil onto watercolour paper. Allowed to dry, then stencil paste slightly offset over the sprayed areas. Wording stamped with Timber Brown StazOn onto cream ribbon (hoarded from a pyjama set wraping - I knew it would come in handy).
Add a frame and voila!
My large area of 'white space' is pink :)

Sunday, 4 June 2017

CAS(E)ing again

It seems my Mojo is back with a vengeance. Still playing with the sketch I featured in yesterday's post for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! - trying hard to get it cleaner and simpler, with more white space. I am also going to put this into the Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge where the theme is SMOOSH. If you want to join either of these, just click on the links.
Distress Oxide worn lipstick on craft sheet spritzed with water. Smooth white card smooshed into this, dried, then three circles die-cut from it. Stamps are from a very old set bought from BigW - maybe Prima? Balloon stamped and Uteed. Washi tape edge.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

CAS(E)ing a Sketch!

With flash.
Without flash.

 Still playing with the stencils, and loving them. I have flipped the sketch from portrait to landscape, and also mirrored the three offset 'squares' and turned them into circles.

The background is a second generation print of the stencil - after spraying Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist Pegleg Pete Purple through it for another project I flipped the wet stencil onto watercolour paper and pressed it down.

Once it was dry I put Colour Burst Snow White stencil paste through only three roses of the stencil (a Tim Holtz mini) and let that dry. A bit more stencil paste was smeared onto a scrap of watercolour paper for later die-cutting. Two circle masks were used to sponge Distress Oxide Wilted Violet around the roses. The outer two circles were spritzed with water so the Oxide effect would lighten these.
This week's challenge.

The wording was stamped onto a strip of acetate using purple StazOn. Memory Box die used to get the tiny shimmery hearts.
If you would like to play too, this is the sketch ...
And here is a link to the CAS(E) this Sketch! page.

Thursday, 1 June 2017


This week's Less is More challenge is 'shimmer'. Playing with stencil paste and hoping this fits the guidelines.

Colour Blast stencil paste applied through Tim Holtz Mini Stencil (set #25) and allowed to dry. Distress inks sponged to highlight roses and leaves (worn lipstick Oxide and bundled sage). Pearl powder brushed onto butterfly wingtips.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Stencil fun

Saturday I had the pleasure of being a student in a class at The Scrapbook Store in North Perth.Class booked on a whim .. some 'me time' ... much needed at the moment. This is my first play at home using the techniques we learned. One day I'll get a camera that shows colours correctly. There is a subtle lilac shimmer framing the flowers, and the flowers are shiny.

This second shot shows the shimmer, but the colours are now totally incorrect.

I have two more panels made at the same time .. I just need to turn them into cards. I love how rich the gold looks.

For the panel on the right I mixed shabby shutters Distress Ink refill with water and a little Perfect Pearls and sprayed the lower half of the panel with that. Lots more ideas forming on ways to use this technique!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Shaker card

We are going to be playing with shaker cards this Friday at the Social Capers gathering.

This is yesterday's 'quick' make (quick being that it did not take the whole day) (and it will be much quicker if I make it again) ...
I wanted a variety of leaves but only have one tiny Carl leaf punch, so I clear heat-embossed 1/3 of the autumn leaves paper strip I was punching from and Bronze Zing heat-embossed another 1/3 of the paper strip before punching. I also added gold micro beads to the shaky stuff.

The wording was computer-printed onto vellum before
die-cutting the leaf shape, and is edged with rusty hinge Distress ink.

The photo to the right shows better the sparkle on the copper leaves - sorry about the flash flare from the acetate.

The intention was a sympathy card that is not black and sombre - though my Second Thoughts wonder if a shaker card is appropriate ... at the time I was focused on the falling leaves aspect.

It was inspired by this card in the latest Creative Stamping (Issue 43)
(another mag I had to have because of the 'free' stamps) ...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A little birdie ..

Special card as requested by Mum for a visually impaired friend. The card is inspired by Creative Stamping (UK) Issue 41  but with lots of extra work to make it tactile as the friend can only distinguish dark and light.

The stamp set came with the magazine. I stamped the background flowers with Barn Door Distress ink and used orange and yellow Distress Embossing powders to some rough texture. The central panel was pierced on the smooth (back) side then turned over so the holes can be felt. The bird and flowers are coloured using Distress Markers scribbled on an acetate block and applied with a water brush. All layers mounted, again for the tactile aspect. The flowers were then painted over with Liquid Pearls. Rhinestones add the final textural element. How long did it take? Don't ask 😉 .

Friday, 21 April 2017

More Distress Oxides

Today was our once-a-month Friday Social Capers play day. Guided by an image from the same magazine I mentioned yesterday, I made this card.

Distress Oxide inks used are worn lipstick, fossilized amber and iced spruce. I love the way the colours stay true when overlapped. The inks were applied using an ink blending tool, then splashed with water and heat-set.

I am still deciding whether to bling it up with a few clear sequins ...

I can't wait until I get my hands on the rest of the colours in these new inks.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Distress Oxide Inks

This is my first play with the new Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I am absolutely thrilled with them! Apologies for the shadows - trying to show the gold around the panel edges.

 My camera is not doing justice to the iced spruce colour. In the photo below I have deepened the image to try to get the effect - it is actually a gorgeous soft greenish grey.

I pressed iced spruce and vintage photo inks a little bit apart onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and pressed smooth white cardstock onto the inks. Heated dry with the heat gun, and re-pressed to fill areas that needed more colour. Re-heated to dry, then splashed water droplets, heated again.

Used a Richard Garay embossing folder for the pine branch background (Lumberjack series - Pine Needles), then leaving the embossed card layer in the folder I sponged more iced spruce ink over the raised areas, then some fossilized amber where the sun might be hitting the tops of the branches.

I applied Rub’n Buff ‘Gold Leaf’ (remember this stuff ?) around the edges of the layer. Used StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the wording and dragonfly (from Creative Stamping Issue 41 – UK series) onto clear film, coloured behind the wings with Copic markers (orange and blue/green), cut out and adhered with Glossy Accents dimensional adhesive, then adhered layer onto black American Craft card base.