It’s been a while since I made one of these… and I have a few new variations in mind, I just haven’t had time to do them yet. This is one I made for the Unity Stamps Facebook Group challenge which is currently ‘watercolors’. Unity (Show and Tell) using Warm inside
The circular frame is made using a Gina Marie Designs Die “Mini Heart Lace die set”
These are the 3 inch circular windows, 1/4 inch deep and the balls are approx 5 mm. No foam padding needed as they are already deep enough, just fill and glue.. or glue and fill.. depending on what kind of shaker you are making.
This card was so much fun to make, most people have heard of Rick St Dennis and are well aware of his “darker” images.. the witches, the zombies the skulls and all the interesting things he has in his Etsy Store.
But something I noticed recently while chatting with people was, that they had no idea that Rick also has a more “mainstream” store too. Let’s face it Rick’s never going to be accused of producing “cutesie” images, but these are much softer subjects.. with his distinctive style & flare still apparent.
I wanted to go ahead and show you one of these images today, as part of the new Crafty Awesomeness Challenge Inspiration Team. I had so much fun picking out this image… I managed to narrow my selection down to 6 images and that was a challenge all in it’s own I tellya. Then I narrowed it down to two…. and finally decided on this one.
This image is so versatile… looks great all on its own or with all the extras… so it’s an image that can suit any style of card making. My original plan was to make a CAS with a humorous poem about a drunken Mrs Claus, but I think I’ll save that for another time 🙂
Anyway.. here she is .. this is Ricks St Dennis – North Pole Ho Down
Card Base – Craft Smith Red Collection from Michaels, it has a slight texture to it.
Background was stamped with a variety of Christmas stamps from clear cling collections using Ranger Archival Ink
I’m super excited… the packages I sent out have all arrived… and in perfect shape too. I was worried about how to package these for their Epic voyage through the USPS system.
4 of our message board ladies have their packets already. I am really looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Everyone seems to be using different techniques, which is awesome as it shows the versatility of this project regardless of what machines and tools you have at your disposal.
Some of the ladies are using spellbinder circular dies for the cut out and to frame the window and hide the flange, I used my Cricut Explore and made cut files… for those of you using other machines and software, I am sure the basic cut templates will be a breeze for you. It’s very simple really… you need a 3 inch hole LOL.
Now most of the time these are used to create what is referred to as a shaker card. In basic terms.. it’s a snow globe style card. Me being me.. of course I have to be different and I decided to make something different… GAME CARDS !!! and these are soo much fun. I have never seen this done before and it just came to me one night… so apologies to anyone who is shouting “.. oh but I saw this done years ago…”
These are such cool cards for kids and adults.. even my toddler loves these.
My personal rule of thumb for these game cards is
Toddlers – 2 balls Youngsters – 4 balls Teens and the inept adult – 6 balls Nerds and Egotists – 10+ balls
Here are a few of my latest cards… 2 game cards and a regular shaker.
Ok quick technique tips:
I have it on good authority that these dies work perfectly with these 3 inch windows for cutting out the hole on underlay templates AND for cutting out circular frames if you choose the overlay method.
Brief explanation of overlay V underlay. Different techniques suit different people and projects.. so just pick the one that works for you 🙂 The underlay is great of you want to emboss the surrounding area as seen in the snowman shaker.
Image one shows the cut pieces I made on my Cricut Explore for both methods.
Image 2 you can see the edge of the flange showing beneath the circular frame… that is the overlay method… the windows sits on top of the main piece and design.
Image 3 is the underlay method, where the window flange is beneath the main card and doesn’t need a frame to hide it at the top, however it will need a backing sheet with the image on it..so this would be at least 2 layers of card/paper.
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.