Friday, 13 February 2009
Happy birthday to my two stamping friends, Germaine and Beckie, who both were born on 23 February!
Our Stampers of England yahoogroup has a birthday database, so we make cards for our friends on their special day.
I went into the crafting room this past weekend to see what I could come up with, and I decided to play with the Cuttlebug again.
This was the first time I used the paisley embossing folder; I ran a textured white cardstock through the Cuttlebug. Then I painted some of the embossed cardstock with acrylics. I let them completely dry.
Then I distressed the painted embossed cardstock by laying them flat on the table (make sure it's covered), and I ran an ink pad over the top of the cardstock. You want to make sure that you are only catching the high points with the ink pad.
In addition to the above technique, I also used the acrylic paints inside my embossing folder and ran the cardstock/embossing folder through the Cuttlebug. Please remember to wash your embossing folder immediately after using acrylics, as they like to dry and become permanent. I allowed the cardstock to completely dry, and then I used the distressing technique outlined above.
As I was staring at these two-toned paisley prints, I kept thinking about denim and paisley pockets. I just couldn't get that image out of my head, so I made myself a little pocket template and used some denim paper and lots of different embellishments, and you can see the results.
The happy birthday stamp is an unmounted rubber stamp from Inkadinkado.
I've left the pocket open at the top so you can slip in a tag with a ribbon, or a piece of material that looks like a handkerchief, or a lollipop, or a special note, or whatever is flat enough to fit in the pocket. It could be fun!!
If you notice, there is a trim at the top of the pocket. You know how the 4.25 x 5.5 inch pieces of cardstock are just slightly bigger than the Cuttlebug embossing folders? Well, the trim was the leftover bit at the top that didn't emboss.
If you don't have blue jean paper, you can make your own by distressing a piece of blue cardstock and then use a marker to add in stitch lines.