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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Georgette Lace Square 2

I've enjoyed swaps where 2 people get the same supplies and are to use them to make a card. It's always fun to see how two cards using the same materials can be very different.  In this case, I used that idea myself.  A few days ago I made a card using these materials - Georgette Lace squares (Tattered Lace die) cut out of black paper, and focal made by fussy cutting the focal off another card.  It looked like this:

For more on that card, check the older blog post here. This time, as you can see, I made an easel card.  I added a bit more black mat around the border of the lace squares & mounted the larger square on a piece of white card stock.  I used ribbon instead of washi tape for embellishment.  I also added some Dazzles stickers around the smaller lace square on the inside of the card.  Flowers used inside the card were what was left over from the previous card (where I had cut some flowers from a 2nd card for the inside).  Instead of leaving the flowers in the grouping as they were, I cut the smaller one off and put the larger two up on foam tape (to hold my easel panel in place).  Same pretty focal & die cut - quite a different card.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Be Strong and Courageous!

Today's post is another Bible journaling piece.  As usual, for the spiritual message check out my other blog here.  Continue reading this post to learn the specifics of how I created it.

PAGE PREP: I started by preparing the page with thick white gesso from Art Basics - adding it in thin coats using a 1" foam sponge brush and drying with a heat embossing tool between coats.  (I used white gesso this time - instead of clear - because there was a map printed on the page that I didn't need and was covering it up to make space for my journaling. For more on general page prep, see Bible Art Journaling Tips on my other blog)  

WORDS & PICTURES: For this page I was able to use several stamps I had on hand - stamping them with black StazOn ink:
  • The text of Isaiah 40:31 and the eagle picture were stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs - "On Eagles Wings"
  • The text of Matthew 10:31 & the sparrow picture were also Our Daily Bread Designs - "He Watches Me"
  • The cat in the window & text of Romans 12:12 from Art Impressions - "Be Joyful Window".
  • The banners (used for "BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS!) were from Inky Antics - "Banners, Brackets & Borders"
  • The words "Important", "Rest in this" and "Praise Him" were from Inky Antics - "Memorable Messages"  (for some reason these stamps, and the one listed next, tended to stick to the page & not stamp quite as well as some of them so I had to use a Pitt pen to fill in some places. I got the feeling they might stamp better without the gesso - but then there could be bleed through depending on the ink used)
  • The words "Give Thanks" were from Inky Antics - "His Love Endures"
  • The text of Jeremiah 29:11 was from JustRite - "Cast All Your Cares" 
  • The words "BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS" were hand-written with a Pitt pen
  • After stamping the basic shapes on the page with StazOn, I stamped the pictures & banners again with VersaFine ink on post-it notes and cut around the shapes to create masks to protect the images while I added color to the background.
  • After the masks were in place, I took a Ranger round applicator with foam and pounced Broken China distress ink all over the page. 
  • When I removed the masks those protected images were still white and ready to have color added.  
COLORING THE IMAGES - I used my Scroll and Brush markers to color these images - with a water brush!  Here's what I did for each image:
  • Eagle - I added a bit of very dark brown along the front of the wings and pulled the color to the rest of the fore wings with a water brush. I then did something similar with the back half of the wings adding a medium brown along the front & pulling the color with the water brush.  Then I started to dry it with my embossing gun.  I discovered I needed to make sure there wasn't TOO much water or it would get blown all over the page.  I also discovered that I could mitigate the amount that got blown around by holding the heat gun farther from the page.  The colors I had were more reddish than I wanted, so I took a craft sheet and scribbled them on it - along with a touch of black.  Blending with my water brush and then applying to the image worked pretty well!  I kept working the wings until I was happy with them - then used the marker directly on the image to apply yellow for the beak and feet.
  • Sparrow - The flowers were colored directly with my markers, but I had learned from doing the eagle and colored the sparrow by scribbling colors on the craft sheet and using the water brush to create the color I wanted to use on the sparrow.  After layering color until I was happy, I used a bit of an apricot color on the sparrow's beak.
  • Cat in Window - Most of this picture was colored by scribbling the marker on the craft sheet & picking the color up with my water brush.  In a few instances I took the pen directly to the picture - like for the darker shade of burgundy in the flower pot & flowers.
  • Words & Banners - The words were colored in directly with the marker.  The banners were colored by adding a bit of color on the image and then drawing it out with my water brush - repeating this process until I had what I wanted. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Georgette Lace Square

Today's card started with a new die set & some "thank you" note cards I had on hand.  Sometimes I still buy boxed cards because they're relatively inexpensive and I don't always have time to create a card from scratch.  However, when I can, I like to do something a little different with them.  A couple of weeks ago I did that & didn't have time to get a picture, so I was glad to get a picture and talk about this transformation.   Here's what the original note cards looked like (very pretty as is, I think - lovely embossed & glittered image!):

The die set was "Georgette Squares" dies from Tattered Lace.  Since I'm in the middle of moving, I don't have access to a lot of my papers, so decided to use a plain black paper for my test die cuts.  I loved the way they contrasted with a plain white card base - and that note card would go so well!  

I fussy cut around the focal on the note card so I could add it to the center of my die cut.  Nice!

I wanted to offset the square die cut on the card front, but felt I should add some sort of wide border treatment below to set it off nicely.  I looked for ribbon, but most of my ribbon has already been packed.  Then I spotted the very thin Washi tape I had picked up on sale.  That would work!  I added a narrow black and gold stripe at the top and bottom of the card - and again just below the focal die cut.  Between the last two I added a couple of strips of black and white striped tape.  Not bad!

With the washi tape in place, I attached the black die cut directly to the card front & added the fussy cut focal with dimensional foam tape.

The inside was created with the same materials.  This time I used a couple of smaller dies in the set to create the die-cut piece you see below.  I used the washi tape from the card front to enhance the border around the die cut.  I fussy cut a few of the flowers from a second note card & added them - direct to the die cut this time (no dimensional tape).

I love the way the card turned out and this die set is SOOO versatile!!!!! It makes a great addition to my other cutting dies.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sweet Sleep

Today's creation is another Bible Journaling piece.  For more information on its meaning for me, check out my other blog.  Here I'll be discussing how I created the page. Here's what the whole page looks like:

Page Preparation: I started by coating the page with clear gesso (Art Basics) using my usual technique (Bible Journaling Basics).  

Picture: I stamped the picture (Janie's Girls Frames stamps from HOTP) using StazOn ink.  I stamped the picture again on a post-it note and cut around it to use for a mask to protect it when I added the background.  I colored the picture using my Scroll and Brush markers.

Lettering: Any stamping was done with StazOn ink and then gone over with a Pitt pen (Faber Castel).  I also used a Pitt pen for the rest of the lettering.  I stamped the word "Sweet" (Janie's Girls Frames - masking the "you are" part of the sentiment stamp). For the word "Sleep" with the closed eyelids I stamped just the "S" from the "Sweet" and then hand lettered the rest of that verse. For the verse from Psalms, I first printed it using a font I liked and placed it behind the page.  I then placed a light box behind both & traced the letters onto the page.

Background: The background was applied using a round sponge applicator (Ranger), taking care to protect the picture using the post-it note mask prepared earlier.  The blue was from a  "Chipped Sapphire" distress ink pad.  The yellow highlights were from a yellow dye ink called "Sunshine" (also from Ranger).  The yellow highlight on the Bible verse itself was a maker (Scroll & Brush).  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Daydreams Thank You

This thank you card started with an Artful Card Kit called "Daydreams" (HOTP).  The card is a basic center step card (see yesterday's post for where to go to learn how to make this type of card).  As you can probably see, I covered the center front with a green patterned paper from the kit.  I used the allover flower patterned piece for the sides & bottom edge.  The focal was glued in place with foam squares - as was the little flower (both were die cuts from the kit).  The sentiment was stamped on a another die cut & heat embossed.  When adding it, I made sure there was no adhesive under the part that extended past the center part of the card.

For the inside, I cut a piece of pink patterned paper a little smaller than the card & glued it in place.  I then cut two strips of the flower paper for borders & matted on black patterned paper that was cut just a bit wider.  The tag is another die cut - finished with a scrap of ribbon & stamped with a sentiment ("Your Special Day" by JustRite).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Honeysuckle Thank You

Some time ago I made several cards using elements from an Artful Card Kit called Honeysuckle (HOTP). To my mind, the focus was the bees & they were all gone so I had sort of abandoned this kit until I needed to make some masculine thank you cards yesterday and this kit called out to me again.  I made two more cards from this kit (still plenty of elements for more).  Here's my materials list:
  • "Honeysuckle" Artful Card Kit (HOTP)
  • "Antique Autumn Tags One" stamp (JustRite)
  • "Assorted Greetings" stamp (Stampendous)
  • "For All You Do" stamp (JustRite)
  • "Your Special Day" stamp (JustRite)
  • Butterfly stickers from my stash
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Onyx Black Versafine inkpad
  • Foam squares
  • ATG
 As you can probably tell from the picture above, my first card was a center step card.  (For instructions on how to make this type of card, check out my menu page "card bases from card blanks" and look under "Step Cards" to find "Center Step Cards".)   I covered the center portion with a patterned paper from the kit, and used the black dotted paper for the sides - including the sides of the front.  I added a remnant red border from the kit (I'd used the rest elsewhere) to sort of frame the bottom of the card.  The focal is a die cut from the kit.  I stamped the sentiment (from "assorted greetings") with black ink & heat embossed with clear embossing powder to be sure it didn't smear on the glossy surface.  Then I simply added it to the card front with foam squares for added dimension.

This next picture shows the inside of the card.  I used more of the black dotted paper to create borders & added a couple of die cuts from the kit for interest.  The sentiment was stamped ("For All You Do") onto a piece of artwork from the kit, cut out, and glued in place.

The second card is a standard horizontal card.  I started by covering the card front with some grey patterned paper from the kit (it's actually a border paper, but I didn't use the border part!).  The border you see here is one of the die cuts - as is the bunch of leaves.  The focal is a die cut from the set that is actually in 2 pieces.  On the gray honeycomb piece I stamped a sentiment ("Antique Autumn Tags One") and heat embossed with clear powder to keep it from smearing.  I glued the frame directly to the paper and added the gray sentiment piece on foam tape.  The butterfly was a sticker I had in my stash.  I attached it to a piece of white card stock, fussy cut around it, folded the wings up, and attached it by gluing JUST the body section in the center.
The inside of the card is pretty straight forward.  I made a border by cutting a piece of patterned paper & adding the rest of the honeysuckle border die cut (leftover from the front of the card).  The butterfly was another sticker, added the same way as I did on the card front.  I stamped ("Your Special Day") a die cut tag (from the kit), heat embossed the stamped sentiment, & added additional words with a black Pitt pen.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Golden Touch Thank Yous

The twist & pop card I showed yesterday was made using an Artful Card Kit from HOTP called "Golden Touch"  Today's cards are also made using pieces from that kit.  Here is a complete materials list:
  • "Golden Touch" Artful Card Kit from HOTP
  • Gold Mirri Board (Hunkydory) 
  • Beaded Circles dies (Spellbinders)
  • Fair Isle Pendants dies (Spellbinders)
  • 5" x 6 1/2" card blanks
  • Foam Squares
  • ATG
Card #1 Card Front: The picture above shows the front of the first card.  I covered the card front with a black patterned paper from the kit.  Next I cut a piece of gold Mirri board just bigger than the die cut I intended to use for the focal.  Now, not wanting to waste all that wonderful Mirri board that couldn't be seen behind the focal, I die cut & embossed the center ("Fair Isle" die) and saved the die cut piece for the inside of the card before matting the focal and attaching with foam squares.  I took a piece of the included border & edged it with a narrow strip of gold Mirri board for the border on the left side of the card.  The sentiment was one of the die cuts but I matted it with a piece of gold Mirri cut & embossed with a "beaded circles" die. I attached that with foam tape & my card front was complete.

Card #1 Inside:  After covering the inside panel with a piece of patterned paper from the kit, I used the piece of gold Mirri die cut I had made when creating the front of the card for the mat for my sentiment (another die cut from the kit). Since the sentiment was more narrow than tall, I decided it needed an additional touch.  I cut a piece of black patterned paper using another of the Fair Isle dies and cut it apart so I could create the look you see in the picture above.  I used another border die piece from the kit & another narrow strip of gold Mirri to create the border on the left.

Card #2 Front: This card is a gate-fold card.  To make a gate-fold card, don't fold along the center of the card, instead score your card so the two ends meet in the middle at that fold line.  The only other thing you need to be careful about is to make sure that when you attach elements to the card front they are only attached to one side or the other - not both!  In this case I cut patterned paper just a little smaller than each panel and glued in place so it had a narrow white border.  I then centered my focal on the card front but ONLY glued it to the left side of the card.  I added a sentiment - once again making sure it was attached ONLY to the left side of the card.

Card #2 Opening:  This picture shows the card partially open so you can see the gate-fold panels.

Card #2 Inside: After covering the inside panel with a piece of patterned paper cut just a tad smaller, I added my decorative elements.  The main piece is a sentiment die cut from the kit.  I matted this on a lighter pink paper (from the kit) that was die cut & embossed using a beaded oval die.  The butterfly in the bottom left corner was another die cut from the kit.  I folded the wings up and then attached it to the card making sure the adhesive was ONLY on the body of the butterfly (not the wings).