Nesting more dies for pretty frames again

I pulled out two more die sets to play with…. so here you go.. this is a frame made with 2 Gina Marie Designs dies sets. I personally nest and cut these at the same time using my We R Memory Keepers Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform on my Sizzix Big Shot… but you could cut each die one at a time if you wanted to.  

You will need at least one set of in and out or dual stitched dies to make these.. but you could just use a plain die  if you wanted a simple cut instead of two fancy ones.  Just pay attention to where the cut lines are on your dies.  I single stitched die would give you a simple inside to the frame but give you a stitched panel from the internal cut.. so you still get two usable pieces  🙂

 I’ll pop in  additional posts, as and when I have  fun cut combos to share  🙂


I will be compensated for purchases made through affiliate links on  this page

Well Hell… I didn’t know you could do THAT with a printer


I was playing around with some of my new  pens when I had a “moment”  ..it was one of those 3 am .. “I wonder what would happen if I….” moments that some of you have become used to on this blog.

If you have never tried this… you really should.  Some of you are so way beyond me in coloring skills and watercoloring.. so  this is more of a  technique project that an actual finished piece project. Obviously  to make a stunning piece you really need  to  take a bit more time  than I am going to on this video… but it will give you a good idea of what you can achieve.

The concept is the same as coloring with any other media..you still need to pay attention to your shadows and highlight placement.  But this is something  you can do no matter what your budget and get some really cool  pieces.   For these projects I am using Canson Mixed Media  paper pads, an Epson Eco Tank Printer and an H2o brush/fine art brush and plain tap water  and a  small artist brush.  Then you can, if you want add in additional  coloring media..such as pencils, inks, pens… to  take it up a notch.  I mainly use Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor.. but will also be adding in a few extra and will note what I use by each image in future posts.  I have a few more samples I will share in follow up posts when finished 🙂

No matter what your skill level, this is something cheap and fairly quick to do and even a total novice can achieve some cool  finished projects.

Ok..so here we go…. here’s a  video to show you just how quick and easy this technique can be.  No Fancy nails, no fancy set up… just a down home quicky video… probably complete with a running commentary background from my 4 year old “director”  ** By the time I got to finish up the video etc ….My mini-me is tucked up fast asleep..but I am sure he will show up in future videos. He has been in a few previously…. did I mention we don’t do serious? lol

You will get used to him appearing in these videos..at least the audio…he’s a bit of a ham and hijacks all of my projects lol.  We  REALLY don’t do serious…. 🙂

ok ..so video first followed by a bunch of quick samples.

tueswaters_wmd

 

 

 

This is an image I found on Digital Tuesday before I even knew digital stamp artists existed – digitaltuesday.blogspot.com

A quick splash of Chameleon Pens RD4 Crimson Red and voila..instant pop.

 

 

 

 

kk_watered_wmd

 

This is A KennyK Stamps Image… and one of my favorite characters to color Brianna Blaster

A splash of subtle color on this one, again with Chameleon Pens.

NU00 – Nude
BL3 – Sky Blue
PK3 – Bubble Gum

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this idea and decide to try it out, I would love to see what you do with it.  I’m going to play around with some color prints too ..just because I can..and I am curious to see how the colored ink reacts… so expect to see more  of this idea in future.

 

 

I will be compensated for purchases made through affiliate links on this page

Essential item – the Crafter’s Toothbrush

I just got a fab new  Gina Marie Die today, well two actually and  a few more on the way lol…. but that is a whole nother blog post.  Today I want to introduce you to this one particular die.   Ok, so what has that got to do with Crafter’s Toothbrushes I hear you mumble… and what the hell is a “Crafter’s Toothbrush” anyway!!  something crazy, new and expensive that I just have to add to my craftroom??

Never fear….we shall get there…. be patient grasshoppers.  This is more for the new crafter’s, but may be useful to some seasoned veterans who haven’t already discovered it.

The new die I  got today is this one  “LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET”

gmd_latticeI have to admit I did get a good giggle from the description… not only do I love Gina’s Designs and her prices are fabulous… but she’s honest to a fault lol.

“PLEASE NOTE!  The inner lattice panel is VERY tiny and petite.  That means you could need to shim or use a precision plate and that there will be LOTS of little pieces.  I like to be honest about my products.  It is a beautiful set and cuts great you just need to have knowledge to make it work best with your machine.”

Now we all have those dies that have  the most gorgeous designs,  but take forever to weed out the offcuts…   well you might…. LOL .. NOT ME haha.

I have the almighty Crafters Toothbrush.

Ok enough messing around…   a quickie video to show you all how quick and easy it is to clean up these  gorgeous intricate cuts. My regular Sizzix cutting plates are shall we say a tad worn and as warped as I am….so you wouldn’t really see much, so I skipped right to the clean up.

I ran my new dies through my Big shot on said old and warped plates… no shims needed, using 110lb card stock.  I  popped them  out of the Big Shot, now pay attention… this really helps.. DO NOT pop them out of the dies.  If they pop out anyway.. not a huge deal.. but it’s quicker if you keep them in the dies. Specially if you didn’t get a good, clean all over pressure cut the first time round.

Flip that baby over die side up  and here comes the Crafters Toothbrush … old, new, electronic, Colgate, mickey mouse .. who cares… grab a toothbrush and  brush the back side of your dies…and watch those tiny pieces pop right out.

(no audio needed unless you have a toothbrush fetish ..I recorded this last night while everyone was in bed ..so no voice overs) 

If you have a few reluctant ones…   you can used the  brush in an up and down motion to pop them out.  For those overly reluctant ones that didn’t get enough pressure, I find a quick re-run through my Big Shot will fix that right up… then flip and continue with your tooth brush.

When all of your weeding is done… pop the cut out of the die and there you go.. one clean die cut lacy piece..  nice n easy 🙂

Always keep a toothbrush in your tool  box…. 🙂

New Projects coming over the weekend with the new Gina Marie Designs dies  that just arrived in the mail 🙂

Whimsy Stamps Video Tutorials

I’m not quite sure how I got on the subscriber list for the newsletter, but I’m glad I did.  I sign up for a lot of things in the process of  getting info for various posts.. just part of the job LOL

But I got my newsletter today  and it has some great stuff in it, including a free image for subscribers AND links to some great video tutorials.  Since I am just starting to hand color, these will be really handy, even if I’m not using the same coloring media.

If you struggle with your coloring, check them out ….  even if you don’t hand color, check them out.  Lots of great project ideas in there too..

Whimsy You tube Channel Videos.

Christmas is coming up fast, check out this Video for

Special guest Andrea shows how to create a custom candle using our Lizzy Love collection Patty’s Party rubber stamp.


Creating a Custom Candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

playdoh
If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of use and abuse

 

 

Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago.  Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments.  What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too.  A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling  “trash” into treasure.

molds2

Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago.  These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them.  Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for  items that can be used.  You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that  will work.

 

Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything  untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing  mold designs.

PoPNow if you are a thrifty crafter, you may already know that plaster of Paris is damned
expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two.  Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores.  This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects.  It sets super quick and  then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes.  One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster.  That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL

 

 

The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer clay, which come in a  huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark.  OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads.  Fimo is one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.

 

anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL

 

mold_fill
All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess.  The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry.  The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.

 

 

These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or  other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist.  So this time,  I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL.  I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo.  If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.

 

War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!!  That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.


Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  –  Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.

 

 

Shaker card tutorial.

Ok.. this is the tutorial I have been wanting to build since I did my first shaker card with the new windows.  Oh how I LOVE these new shaker card windows.  You ladies who have already received yours…I know you are shouting “AMEN sister!”to that one LOL.

I can’t even remember how I got into this big search for a supplier ..I remember  looking a few times and thinking about it, then looking some more for settling on this particular supplier.  The first time we tried this in a card challenge…. oh what fun and games we had, all those layers and shakies sticking to everything.. but it was a lot of fun and definitely a great looking card…. once you got it right 🙂 .. anywho I digress.

So.. this tutorial is  based on 3 inch circular windows…. and at this point all of the instructions are going to assume that is what you are using.  Of course if you don’t have them… you will have to  modify the instructions and find an alternative method to achieve the same look.. but  at least you will get some ideas 🙂  and when you get sick of layers and stuff sticking to other stuff, or leaking out…  come back and see us and  we’ll point you in the right direction to buy some  :)p  Later when the Square and other shapes and sizes become available…. the concept of this tutorial will be the same, and the Free cut files will become available for purchasers of them too.

Ok, lets hop to it and get to the fun stuff..making something super cool.  Now part of this tutorial is going to be about this fun new style of shaker card I came up with… the  game card.  And again, the concept is the same for any style of shaker, the difference is in whether your card face has holes, or no holes in the design.

 Ok..what are you going to need…

Machine wise… well that is up to you. If you have a Cricut Explore,  there are  basic SVG files for you to download and import into Design Space.  If you have another die cutting machine that will import graphic files.. there will be Jpegs you can use.  If you have an old Cricut Expression… and it can cut a 3 inch circle in a  piece of card.. you have yourself a window base.

Now.. if you don’t happen to have any of those choices available.. never fear.  I have it on good authority from my ladies,that the Spellbinder standard circles Lrg & Sml sets work perfectly.

 

 

They are currently available on Amazon for $11.99 for the small and $11.44 for the large, if anyone else is like me and bought a totally different brand of circular dies that DO NOT fit lol.

**This link has affiliate code embedded and will produce revenue from sales generated.

For those of you who do not have a machine and do not want to purchase dies either.. never fear.. we have a method for you too … where there’s a will there is always a way..right !!

Ok.. now to the fun stuff.  First of all you need a design that will fit into the 3 inch circular space the window will cover.   Once you have that, you need to choose between a regular shaker card and a game card.  If you bought the windows through me, you already have the necessary “parts” for the game card, if you choose to make one.  Included in your packet was a small package of Ball Bearings.  If you got your windows elsewhere.. Walmart or Amazon or any number of places sell BB’s and ball bearings.

Rule of thumb I use for the game cards is:

Toddlers 2 balls
Youngsters 4-6 balls
Teens and Adults 6-10 balls
Nerds and Egotists 10+  balls

Ok.. now to the next decision;  overlay, or underlay….either method works, it just depends on what resources you have available and the  way you want to decorate your main card base.
tutorial_overlayIf you do not have a cutter and you don’t have dies.. you are pretty much going to be stuck with the overlay method, unless you want to cut your circle by hand… which you can of course if you want to.

Overlay just means that you are sitting the window on top of the finished piece..and you will need to find a way to hide the flange ( the lip that runs around the base of the window and you glue to the card.  If you do not have a die cutter to cut a circular frame, you could use something like a ruffled lace, or other embellishments to cover it up.

In this example I have a circular frame that I cut out… you can see the edge of the flange .. that is intentional so you can see it’s the overlay method.

tutorial_underlayUnderlay –  This is where you will feed the window through from behind, effectively masking the flange  with no added frames or embellishment needed, except for aesthetics.  If you want to emboss your surround, or do a design in print and cut, or have the center design extend beyond the confines of the window.. this is the easiest method to use.  **See examples at the bottom of the tutorial.

Ok,  so now you have your image and you have decided on overlay, or underlay.. now we get to decide on  shakies, or game card.  If you are going to build a regular shaker..  you are pretty much ready to start printing and cutting

tutorial_cutsThis image shows the pieces needed for both styles… overlay and underlay  AND both types.. standard, or game card.
Bottom left game card image layer
Top left game card padding layer.  The padding layer is just to give the holes depth, so the balls don’t slip out TOO easily. You can add more than two layers if you want to make it easier, specially on the game cards with 6 or more balls. That can be varied depending on the recipient. Top middle  This is the backing piece for  the game card, once the balls are inserted.. you will need something solid to keep them in.  You can either cut a separate piece to fit the front panels, or glue directly to the card base.  I prefer to cut a separate layer so that the shaker game is sealed and I can flip it over to position it, without trying to keep the balls from escaping. Remember to avoid getting glue on this back section where the holes are, specially if you are using tape runners to attach layers.. No one likes sticky balls.. right?
Bottom middle This is the  image background used for a regular shaker card using the overlay method.
Top right  a plain cut card for use with the underlay method.. if you plan to emboss or decorate with inks or stamps etc.
Bottom right is another overlay, this time however it already has a decorative Faux frame and border which was  cut on the Explore using the print and cut feature.  This was designed in a graphics program before being imported so I could have a text frame.

lastly….and lying around of course is a very simple circular frame which can be used to hide the flange of an overlay… or just to decorate the top of an underlay for effect.

Of course you can design simple cut files in Design space very easily..and now they have released the fill feature.. that makes for some fun and unique designs.  Now you do not have to center your window.. I just did for these designs, but bear in mind you will need to accommodate the flange when you move the circle cut out around your design and you don’t want it  showing between the edges of your layers if it’s too close to the edge.

Game card –  glue the two layers with holes together and line them up.  Attach your window, using the overlay or underlay method of choice.  If you are using the underlay method, don’t forget to add glue to the top and bottom of the flange so it sticks to both the image layer and the overlay. The overlay method also makes it easy to align the circle correctly, as the overlay should line up with the other two layers ….ok, now let it dry if you used a wet glue.  It’s very easy to get impatient with these and want to play with them and test them before they are ready… sticky balls,..sticky balls.. no one wants sticky balls.!!!  I should know…. I had to shake my first one for about 2 hours till they finally stopped sticking together inside my game….what can I say….I’m a Scottish Aries and patience is not on even my list of “non existent” virtues.

Ok so are we all good this far?   Feel free to ask questions on the message board, or in the comments section below.  You will need to be registered for either/both options… but we don’t bite : )

Don’t worry ..we are getting towards the end of  War n Peace -Crafter Edition

Ok .. so now you have waited patiently and your  glue has dried, you won’t  have to worry about sticky balls.   So flip your window over and assuming you cut big enough holes for the balls to sit in during the game.. you should be able to pop those balls right in from the back… much easier than trying to  pop them in and then glue the windows to the base… trust me…. these lil suckers…. if you drop  em on a non carpeted floor…. GONE !!! like magic.. Don’t worry about that one extra layer of card you have to cut.

I promise, it beats the alternative..I live in an apartment with wooden floors in the area I craft… let me rephrase that… UNEVEN wooden floors in the area I craft in.  I know somewhere in the vicinity of my crafting carts and my computer desk … there are at least 3 Escapees I haven’t found yet.  I have a pot of 6000 of these suckers…I can afford to have a few strays to hunt down later, most of you don’t ! LOL

Ok… so here are a few sample cards ..  in the coming week or ….so…. there will be some step by step projects for creating these cards from start to finish … Right from coloring the image, to completed cards.  Lots of pictures and videos for anyone who finds reading instructions hard to follow.

Again, if you have any questions.. hop on over to the message Board and we’ll  get you fixed up 🙂   We’d love to see your shaker cards too.. so if you make any.. come on over and show us your pics.

card_challenge_Laundry bear fishy_kisses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images used are :

Laundry Nanavic  This was a September Challenge Card over on the message board.

Bear
– Ornate background is a CUP cut file by Lizzie Mayne, Bear image is a stamp that is hand inked

Fishy
–  KennyK  isn’t she too adoreable, she was one of my my Bi  Weekly challenge submissions.

Upcoming shaker card step by step projects will feature images from KennyK, Bugaboo stamps and freedeariedollsdigistamps.  If you are a digi artist and would like to see your work featured in some of the Crafting Circle projects.. come find me on the message board and PM me a link to your site and portfolio 🙂

And stay tuned for an upcoming review of my new graphics tablet 🙂   I’m having a lot of fun with that.  For the price.. it’s pretty dang cool.

Beginner Guide ..Stuck on Sticky?

As a beginner one of my big questions was..”what do you stick everything with ?”

There are so many choices of glues and tapes and such to use.. what do you buy?? paper glue, rubber, glue, all purpose glue, glue dots, tape runners… the list is endless!  Everyone has their own preferences as to what they use on their projects… here are just a few of the things I use, and what I use them for.

 

 

Tombow Aqua –  Personally I find that this glue is too wet for card and paper ..unless you use a sponge applicator or your finger to spread it around thinly.  I find if I use the large applicator the card gets too wet and warps.  However I find it is fantastic for sticking on the nail bling that I bought at Amazon. If I have small pieces of card to add to a project, it is perfectly fine, I just don’t like to use it for  sticking large pieces to base cards unless I thin it out.

 

Elmers Tape Runner

 

 

Tape Runners  – Love this thing….I just wish they came in longer lengths, or bigger refill packs.  I know there are other brands that have longer lengths, I just haven’t tried them ..YET.  These tape runners are fantastic for sticking large background pieces and It’s a must have for any card maker.

 

 

 

 

Glue Dots

 

Glue Dots …I know a lot of people love these, but I can’t quite seem to get into these as much as the tape runner.  They definitely have their uses and I would always keep one handy, but for actual assembly…. for the most part I find them too thick and obvious and not so permanent as the tape runner. Maybe I need to find a lower profile dot or just use them on the smaller pieces of thick card.  Definitely a good thing to have on hand..but I wouldn’t use it for everything.

 

 

 

Double sided tape –  basically its a not so convenient tape runner.  Works the same it is just not as quick and easy to apply as a tape runner.

Rubber Cement – always a useful thing to have on hand.  You can pick this up in the local hardware store.  Very handy for sticking wood, rubber, and other heavier materials to your projects. Comes in handy for sticking unmounted rubber stamps to wood blocks too if you decide you want a permanent bond.  It stinks a bit and comes with a brush applicator that is over-sized for a lot of projects. It’s designed for use by plumbers really  not crafters..so just use your own applicator.  It’s definitely worth having tucked away for those moments when.. and we all have them… when you  decide to use something crazy on a project and then realize you have nothing in your box of tricks to stick it down with.

 

<p style=”text-align: center;”>

</p>

Beginners Guide to Dry Inking Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok.. list of what you need for this technique… brushes, ink pads, crayola markers or similar …. scrap paper to work on..and some patience 🙂

This is the easiest, most effective coloring technique … as a well known insurance advert likes to say “Even a caveman can do it”

.. hell my 3 year old does it. It’s a great technique for anyone…. beginner, or advanced. But specially good for those beginners who haven’t quite found their coloring mojo yet. Do not be scared of trying to color stamps, or ink your edges because you think you can’t… YOU can.

I am your classic example of “that crafter..” I can’t color, paint or draw worth a damned.. but I can do this!!

Before I get into this super complicated coloring technique << insert rolleyes for sarcasm here…. I am going to share with you some of my own project images. Just to show you what YOU can do…. it’s a great starter technique that will allow you to transition into a more detailed technique over time. Saying that…. this is a great technique all in it’s own, which lends itself to certain projects way better than the usual color in the lines style of coloring.

Now be aware that this is a brand new technique for me…and I just kind of fell into it totally by accident. I was actually trying to learn how to do the cool inked edges that a lot of our ladies do. Being the tangent head that I am.. I started with that and it just kind of took on a life of it’s own. I am loving this technique and the versatility of it. It makes even me go “WOW.. I did that!!! …ME !!!”

Ok so that said.. here are some of my personal images…


This is the first stage of an 11×17 sheet of card stock before the background was filled in. I wanted some unique paper for some card projects… and this technique lends itself perfectly to creating your own paper/card stock. These are just rubber stamp images from my personal stamp collection, colored with the dry brush technique.

 

 

 

 

 

Then a background was inked in, just because that is what I wanted for my project. Video link below was done using this image set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need a quick card… flat card in under 15 minutes ..stamp, ink, bling and go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card and envelope in a hurry… gotta be a stamp, emboss, ink , bling and go.

 

 

 

 

Ok.. so now you have a rough idea of what it’s all about… lets get to the serious business… Pay close attention as this is extremely serious stuff and one false move could render your project.. FRICKIN AWESOME !

I kid you not… once you try this and make a mistake, try to fix it and it just starts to breathe on it’s own.. you will often discover your ‘mistake’ was actually cool and you ended up with something better than you were planning to do.. as Bob Ross used to say… no such thing as a mistake, just happy little accidents.

Ok so the highly specialized list of items needed…

  • Card Stock.. cut, ripped, punched ..whatever you desire… to size and shape for your project
  • Scrap card… if you need to mask areas off to keep them clean for text etc later
  • Brushes… I have a set of artist brushes picked up at Michael’s for about $9 after a 50% coupon… these are actually my toddlers paint brush set lol. I have also used smaller artist brushes for finer work.. hell I used the old brush from the top of a mineral makeup. It’s kind of like an old badger hair shaving brush in shape and texture. Pretty much any brush other than the kids plastic bristle ones should work, so don’t be scared to grab old brushes and give them a try.
  • Ink pads.. I have dye ink pads for my toddler… these are cheap old ink pads from Michael’s.. as often as not, they are on sale. They are cheap, come in a range of colors and It’s no biggie if I spread my colors from one pad to another.. it just means I get new shades lol.  I love these ink pads !
  • Crayolas… yup I use Crayola washable markers.. at $2 a pack for the fat 10 pack, it doesn’t matter if my kid grabs my pens or I borrow his. It’s not like he drew on his coloring book with a set of Copic’s and made me cringe LOL. Crayola ink will dry up quicker than dye ink … so be prepared to get subtler shades and have to re-ink your brush more often… or just wet your brush down a bit. I draw on an acrylic block, then pick the ink up from that. If you want a lot of different colors, without a hefty price tag pick up a 30+ multi pack of the skinny ones.

Ok.. so .. did I miss anything .. oh yeah… obviously if your project requires images… you need some stamps.. rubber, clear, Digital… whatever floats your boat.

Dry Inking – Quickie example video.

And here we go…. nothing special, it was just a quick rush video to show some of the ladies the technique, I will try and add a better video later 🙂 There is no verbal commentary to this one as it was done in the wee hours of the morning while my boys were fast asleep… however there is music, so speakers down ladies and gents !!

It will appear upside down to you… sorry about that…. but it’s either you see it upside down, or spend 10 minutes trying to watch the brush work and not stare at my cleavage 🙂

Upside down or back to front.. the technique remains the focus of this video.. so it doesn’t really matter..for those who really need it right side up, may I suggest viewing on a tablet or phone and lock your screen rotation and then flip your device. soooo much easier on your blood pressure than trying to watch a 10 minute video on your head. The video cuts off before the project is finished… but the technique is the same all the way through and even the background is done the same way.. just with a bigger brush. I got a new software for desktop capture so stay tuned for more on screen videos showing projects and techniques..including digital coloring in a graphics program, working in Design Space .. and anything else I happen to be up to that might be of use.

 

and lastly.. a few more samples

This was a collaboration piece by myself and my 3 year old… he rocks the dry brush like a pro.

I inked the edges and did the Gelly Roll highlights on the fireworks.. which is kind of hard to see on this one.

He stamped the fireworks and the red ink in the center is all him. He hijacks my projects all the time.. but I love being able to share crafting with him…. so you won’t hear me complaining.

 

 

This is a KennyK digi image which I colored on the computer, printed out and then inked a flag on.. It’s a work in progress. The cop has some serious Gelly Roll Stardust bling going on for a touch of fun, white stars were glued on…and a rectangular scrap sheet was used to mask off the area I plan to put text when I am done. This piece is for a LEO friend of the family and will probably have some humorous verbage along the lines of .. “No ladies you can’t pay in dollar bills… this is a speeding ticket, not an autograph”.

The photo’s really don’t do this piece justice. If you try this technique you will see just how much fun it is and how easy it is to create unique pieces for all sorts of cool projects.

 

..another KennyK piece… can you tell I love his style.. haha


This piece is actually one of my submission for one of the July super Card Challenges currently going on. This is Capt. Locke part of KennyK’s Steampunk collection. This is an over-sized card.. you can read more about the techniques used and see progress pictures over on the message board. Sorry you have to be a member to view this.. so come on over and sign up.. we’re mostly house trained over there 🙂

In a nutshell.. large base card made from an 11×17 card stock done in 3/4 fold style.

Background card was dry inked.. card stock was ripped into pieces that were then embossed and ..dry inked. and then Capt. Locke.. bless her heart is the major player on this piece. She was colored in a graphics program and then imported to Design space and a print and cut on the main outline was done… she was printed 6 times and then each layer was hand cut to remove sections for the layers. She is a 6 layer, pyramid style topper and stands about half an inch off the base card at her highest point.

*** FOOT NOTE  Do not throw away your  scrap paper you use underneath when inking edges and drying ink off brush.  It makes awesome backgrounds for cards.   The card in  the image at the top of the page was made using my scrap paper .. it can make a great vintage/rustic style background.  I usually throw down an 11×17 sheet of card stock  as a protector sheet on my desk. 

 

Beginners Guide to Embossing with Folders

This is a totally different technique to embossing with powders as seen in Nanadonna’s Tutorial.

 

Sizzix Machines


Embossing with folders usually requires a machine such as Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, Big shot or similar.

There are lots of machines on the market and we will link to some of them at the end of this post. Choosing a machine comes down to budget and personal preference based on your crafting needs.

Embossing machines use what are referred to as embossing folders to create a raised design on your card stock or materials.

Embossing folders consist of two sides….a negative and a positive image and your card stock goes in the middle.  The plastic texture plates are hinged to take the guess work out of matching the two plates.  The folder is then sandwiched between the machines plates and inserted into the  machine… crank the handle and voila, beautifully embossed card is now yours to play with.  You can emboss directly onto your card blanks, or on to sheets of card which can then be applied to your base.  There are lots of examples of projects using embossing folders in our Message Board and on the galleries.

 

Here are some examples:

11182145_851772374889214_3142045438336748816_n

Embossed Card Samples

 

This is a selection of  card stock that has been embossed using  the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  This machine uses A2 size folders and is great starter machine for someone on a budget or just testing the waters.  My 3 year old loves to help  emboss with this, and it’s manual crank….so safe for little fingers.  so far we have only tried to emboss one alien figure LOL

 

 

 

 

celebrate_card2

Embossed and decorated Card Sample

 

 

This is a card with an embossed greeting that has been embellished with a Gelly Roll Stardust clear gel pen for  some extra bling. You can learn how to do the  dry inking effect HERE

 

 

 

 

 

11078076_851772471555871_3971113126200491947_n

Embossed and decorated Card Sample

 

 

 

Again, more examples of  embossing  done using an embossing folder and Gelly Roll Stardust pens. These particular folders are the Dandylion folder from Darice and in the background is the Daisy folder, also from Darice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embossing folders range in price  depending on the brand and the size.  Make sure you check the maximum size  capabilities for your particular machine.  The Texture Embossing Boutique is a budget machine intended only for embossing and it only takes the A2 size and border folders.

If you want to be able to use dies too, you should consider looking at something like a Sizzix Big Shot, or  Big Kick ….or if you have the budget for it and need larger capabilities.. check out the Big Shot Pro with an impressive 13 inch capacity and a price tag to match.

The range of dies available is immense..so take into consideration what you want to do now AND what you think you might want to do in the future when selecting a machine.  I just ordered a Big Shot  because I want to be able to die cut some of the fancier card templates and got a great deal on some Sizzix dies a few weeks ago…which you can read about HERE

Links:
Sizzix Die Cutting & Embossing Machines
Darice Embossing folders
Sizzix Embossing supplies