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Sunday, 3 July 2011

July 23rd - Working with Alcohol Inks

I dabbed alcohol inks over some self-adhesive cream textured card and covered the outside of a large matchbox. I applied the alcohol inks directly to the inner drawer and lined the drawer. I decorated the outside with a tag stamp (it has been decoupaged - says treasured memories). The letters are chipboard that have been painted with a pearlised paint and the overstamped. Just the right size for ATCs.

July 2nd - Ideas for Acetate

This month we have created a tag album with various ideas as to how to use acetate.
Left hand side - The Cover - This lettering has been printed on ink jet acetate. Note this has a textured side, if you do not want this side uppermost then remember to flip everything back to front, BEFORE printing. Instead of using brads on their own to attach acetate, punch out a relevant shape and put the brad through the shape before putting it through the acetate (ie gold bow). Right hand side - Create an apeture and sandwich acetate in the apeture. The design on the acetate is a peel-off and has been coloured on the right side use glaze pens. The Hello has been attached using the peel-off waste.
Pre-printed acetate. Left hand side - A black image on clear acetate. Coloured using glitter on the wrong side. Butterfly is a pre-printed silver image - coloured on the wrong side using a STRONG pro-marker colour. Right Hand side - Pre-printed images cut from a sheet of such images. Going from top to bottom they have been attached by (1) Fancy Photo Corners (2) Pricked and sewn onto a mat (3) Put through a sticker maker.
Left hand side - Clear acetate embossed using an embossing folder and stapled into position. Flower is stamped and embossed on heat resistant acetate. Flower centre was coloured with a promarker and then stuck on white pearlised card and cut out. Right Hand side - Images stamped on some thin and some thick acetate, using stazon and coloured by wiping stazon pad across wrong side. When dried, they were cut out and then heated using a heat tool, and moulded. Stuck on using glossy accents

Sunday, 12 June 2011

June 4th - Colouring with Promarkers

The cook and the cabinet were coloured using promarkers and used a combination of techniques for shading.   Using the same colour repeatedly but waiting between applications and using different colours on top of each other but not waiting between applications.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

May 7th 2011 - Paper Roses

A challenging card this month but everyone tackle the task well and created some beautiful cards to treasure.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

April 2nd 2011 - Another helping of Serviettes

Project card: Combination of a request of how to do a twisted easel card and to have another play with serviettes.

These minature works of art are serviettes stuck onto mini-canvas and then displayed on mini-easels.

March 27th 2011 - Mica Powder and Perfect Pearls

Mica powders were used on the background mats for these cards. Scrolls stamped in Perfect Medium and then dusted with a combination of different Perfect Pearls and then fixed using hairspray. The butterflies on the toppers were highlighted using a Perfect Medium pen and then dusted and fixed one with Crafters' Companion glitter spray and the other with hair spray.

March 5th 2011 - Trapeze Stencils

Since investing in a cuttlebug and some dies, it has re-awakened my enthusiasm for the original series of trapeze stencils, as I can now cut some more interesting frames - NEATLY!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

February 2011 - All that Glitters ... Part 1

When getting ready for this month's class tutorial, I had far too many ideas for one session, hence the Part 1. Will have to add Part 2 later in the year.

This time we will just concentrate on basic glittering - how to make it stick to your card. This month's project card illustrates several different ways you can add glitter to a card (1) using narrow DSST (down the sides of the heart backing paper (2)Using a quickie glue pen (around the edge of the brown striped paper) (3) Using glitter glue/stickles, around the edges of the pink/cake frame (4) Using glitter pens (like sakura) to highlight areas on the cake topper.

For the project ATC, Double sided adhesive sheet was used and careful remove of the top sheet, allowed the creation of the ray background.

If you are feeling creative, you can create an abstract pattern with the glitter and adhesive sheet.

With the quickie glue pen and glitter you can accent words - Paris on this ATC.

This card is one I created following craft club for a pink/red/white challenge on another forum - think I was influenced by craft club. Again used DSST and glitter down the sides of the backing paper. Used a quickie glue pen and glitter around the edges of the flowers in the main image. The centres of the three small flowers are glue dots covered glitter.

January 2011 - Paper Roses

As promised, slowly but surely, I am making some cards using some of the flowers we made during this session of the Stamping club.

The first set of flowers we made, were made using a Marianne Creatables die.

Here is the card I have made, using these small flowers as an embellishment.

More to follow using the other flowers we made.

In the meantime - here is a challenge card made for another forum - using a pattern supplied.

January 2011 - Skeleton Leaves

Skeleton leaves - most people seem to be at a lost with what to do with them.

They might use them in a bouquet.

Or just stick them on a piece of handmade or mulberry paper. This ATC was the project ATC for this month, the leaf was put through a sticker machine, stuck to the mulberry paper, and then glitter added.

For the project card, several leaves where stuck onto white card in a random and overlapping pattern - spray glue was used. The leaves needed to be pushed down firmly. Then spray glitter was used over the top and then the backing mat was cut out using a cuttlebug and nestability die.

You can of course use up several leaves by creating a flower.

In this card the leaf was used as a "label/tag". The paper used as a background was a textured handmade paper and the paper put around the frame was paper with things like brush bristles in it. The ants were a stamp, I have added some 3D paint to the bodies.

In this card some extra skeleton leaves were added to the skeleton leaf background paper. Tag and flowers are made using handmade paper. I found handmade paper and skeleton leaves went well together. Tiny buttons were used as the flower centres.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

November 6th 2010 - Using Craft Metal

Project ATC

Here we have used tin crafting metal/foil and used a paper pattern and embossing tools to emboss the metal with a decorated initial.

Project Card

Here we have embossed a medium weight crafting metal using an embossing folder. The image is more defined than if you were to use mirror/foiled card. It is also very tactile. The silver leaf has been cut out from light weight silver self-adhesive craft metal, using a nestability die.