Friday, 29 May 2009

Bright & Bold Notepad

One of my favorite paper crafting companies is BoBunny, and their creative people recently had some great teacher appreciation gifts on their blog.

If you scroll down BoBunny's blog, you will see where I got the idea for the notepads that I've made and displayed here.

The flowers are all from Stampin' Up rubber stamp sets. The images have been colored with Stampin' Up! ink pads and Copic Ciao markers. Then they were cut out, so they could be easily moved around and displayed. The bit of flourish is a clear stamp set by Amy Smyth and Inkadinkado.

I used my ProClick to bind the notepads, which are made from 12 x 12 pieces of black cardstock, which has been cut into quarters (6 x 6). White copy paper was then cut into squares. If you don't have a personal binding machine, buy notepads and adhere the cardstock and embellishments to them.

When making the notepads, I discovered that I didn't have stamps that were large enough to create the word 'notes.' I tried free-handing and using stencils, but alas, nothing looked right. In the end, I created a piece of faux notepaper and computer-generated the image, which I have posted below. You can save and use them in your own notepad project.

I have posted in two ways: 1) notepaper with the word 'note' and 2) notepaper only, so that you can stamp the word 'note' if you have large enough alphabet stamps.

Degree of difficulty on this project: super easy

Amount of time: Very time-consuming and fiddly; however, it gives your hands something to do if you are sitting in front of the television!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Buzzing Around

Here's another piece of artwork made for a Persnickety group art mingle with a bee theme.

I love this Close to My Heart bee stamp, so I was glad to have an excuse to use it! The card also has a circle stamp from Stampin' Up!, which I punched with my Creative Memories circle punch. You can tell that I am an equal opportunity spender! LOL!

I did two different backgrounds for this card -- one is simply stamped with the bee and black dye ink; the other uses the stamp and adds doodles. Sometimes, you need to take a photo of your artwork to really see which one works better. I think the doodle helps to add visual interest to the card, whereas the bee without doodle might be too plain. What does your eye tell you?

The monotone background was perfect for allowing my featured bee to pop off the page. First of all, I shaded the bee with Copic markers. Then I used a very old technique of embossing over the image with thick clear UTEE embossing powder. I actually do this alot because I love the way the VersaMark embossing ink and the UTEE powder actually change the color, tone, depth and texture of the stamped image. Hint: Cut out the bee AFTER you have heat set and embossed it.

Velvet ribbon in yellow and black gives a feel of the bees fuzzy body.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sweet Child ATC

This is an artist trading card that I made for the May art lottery with the stamping e-group, Persnickety.

The theme is "children." This is a Magenta Style Art stamp, which used to be part of four vintage faces. I took the rubber stamp off the wood mount and cut up the images so I could use the stamps individually.

The image is tinted with Copic Ciao markers.

I prefer to stamp my photo image stamps with StazOn black or brown ink onto silk or glossy white stamping paper. I have found that StazOn picks up much more detail in these realistic stamps. However, StazOn ink on glossy or silk paper will smear when using Copic markers. To get around this problem, I embossed the top of the image to seal it.

I will create a tutorial *eventually* to demonstrate this process:
  • Use a rubber brayer
  • Roll it on top of a VersaMark pad to liberally coat it
  • Roll the brayer over the image to cover it with VeraMark ink
  • Dust the image with fine clear embossing powder
  • Heat set
You can now use Copic markers to color the image. As they are alcohol based, they will be permanent -- unless you use the Copic blending pen to move, blend or "erase" the color. When tinting, I used markers directly onto the image, and I also used a spongy eye make up applicator to move and mix colors.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Making 3-inch Cards with Envelopes

Making square envelopes from scratch is actually quite easy after you've made a few. This particular tutorial demonstrates how to take a 12 by 12 inch piece of designer cardstock and turn it into:

  • Two 3-inch-square cards
  • Two matching 3 3/8-inch square envelopes

Pick your 12 by 12 inch cardstock.

Cut it into four 6-inch squares.

Set aside two of those squares to make two envelopes.

Take one 6-inch square and cut it into two 3-by-6-inch strips. Once folded in half, these are your 3-inch square cards. You will be layering and embellishing these cards to your heart's content!

Back to the envelopes . . .

If you have a Helix Craft Room Envelope Maker, you don't require the template. All you need to do is line up the 6-inch square of paper on Line 3 and score the four sides. You will cut the notches where the lines cross.

If you don't have a Helix Craft Room envelope maker, I have created a template that you can download and print. It is available by clicking here.

I have included two templates in the Adobe pdf file above. One includes the dimensions of the envelope and the other is blank. You can take the blank one and print it directly onto your cardstock, cut out the notches, trim off any black edges, and score on the lines (which will not show when the card is folded).

You can see a sample of the template below. This photo will not print to the correct size, so please use the pdf link above to acquire the template.

Once you print out the template, cut out the black notches and trim off the black edges. Now you can lay the template over your 6-inch square cardstock and trace the notches and then cut them out. It will become obvious how to fold the envelope once you’ve trimmed the notches.

I’ve used a corner rounder on the top flap to make it look neater.

You will need to glue down the other three flaps – just like folding a diaper. LOL! The Art Institute’s Art Glue works great for this or any strong double-sided tape.

You can use envelope glue (such as Lick and Stick) on the top flap. Or leave it without glue.

Here are other cards and envelopes that I made. They have yet to be embellished.