Tuesday, August 9

Hot Tip Tuesday

Upcycling and recycling are popular in the papercraft world. Not many of us can resist re-using the beautiful ribbons from chocolate boxes, re-purposing the acetate from packaging or harvesting the chipboard backing from notebooks. Another great source for upcycled elements are the fabulous gift bags that are available in most stores. They come in a huge range of colours and finishes including metallics, embossed, glossy and glittered. Open the bag by unfolding the bottom section and you have enough paper for backgrounds, paper strips or die cuts.

Sunday, August 7

Layering Images

Fussy cutting and layering parts of an image to create a 3D effect is a great way to add extra dimension to your cards. You can use as many layers as you like to build up the image, sandwiching them with foam tape or silicone glue to lift each section. Paper tole artists create amazing works of art using this process, completing the project with a shiny layer of varnish to protect the surface and intensify the colours.

I'm keeping things super simple by using just two pre-coloured images. One will form the base and the other will be selectively cut to create the dimension.

I'm going to start by adding some background colour to my base image using alcohol markers (B02, B01, B00, B000 and B0000). The first layer, which is the darker of the blues, will be concentrated toward the bottom of the image and under the flowers and leaves. As you can see from the image below, I'm colouring in horizontal sections that taper to rough points at either end to simulate little wavelets.

Bring in the next shade of blue and work over the first layer. You don't want to actually blend the colours together, just soften the edges slightly, and continue to work in horizontal sections.

Work through all the blues until you are at the lightest colour. Fill in any remaining space with the lightest shade of blue.

Now it's time to harvest sections of the second image. You want to choose petals that are at the front of the flower rather than the back.

I have a friend who creates beautiful paper tole images and one of the tips she shared with me is to colour the very edges of the pieces you fussy cut. This hides the stark white of the paper and helps each piece blend with the base image. Make sure you work from the back of the piece so the ink doesn't run into the image.

Use a ball tool on a piece of foam to give a little extra shape to the piece you're placing. Add some glue or foam tape and secure the piece onto the base image.

I cut out the large lily pad and secured it to the base with a combination of foam tape, at the bottom of the image, and glue, at the back of the image. This means that the bottom of the leaf stands up off the background while the back of the image is flush, adding to the illusion of depth.

Rather than trying to cut each individual petal on the large flowers, I cut the entire shape and slit down the sides of the petals. Some foam tape in the bowl of each petal will give the dimension I'm looking for.


Friday, August 5

Sweet Baby

Deanne has created an adorable monochrome card with the baby koala from the new Big Love set of digital images. She paired the fuzzy little fellow with a huge, polka dot bow for a really dramatic effect!

Wednesday, August 3

Little Cutie

The huggable little wombat from the Big Love set is perfect for a baby card... just add a candy coloured background, a border of sweet love hearts and a cute little button and bow. I also threw in some chocolate coloured cardstock and wood panelled paper with hints of pink through the pattern to complete my project.


Tuesday, August 2

July Winners

Congratulations to the July Challenge Winners!
Suzanne, Yvonne G. and Teresa H.
You are the randomly chosen winners of last month's challenge.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $20.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at beccy@beccysplace.com to claim your prize.

Monday, August 1

New In Store

New images for August!

Big Love
digital stamps

Hello Lovely
digital stamps

August Challenge

Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of August 2022 (AEST).

To keep things interesting, I'll be adding an additional optional element to the monthly challenges.
This month it's all about colour!

As always, keep in mind that the additional challenge is just an optional extra.

  • Entries that don't meet the conditions will be deleted from the challenge.
  • Your project must be created during the month of August 2022 and entered into the challenge during the active challenge period. Due to an automated system, late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Each month I will include a re-mastered digital image from my library of freebies as well as a bonus challenge, such as a card sketch, bingo grid, etc. You DO NOT have to use the image or bonus challenge on your project, but you MUST use a Beccy's Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for entry.
  • You can enter as many times as you like and you can submit your card to any other challenge you wish.
  • At the end of the month three different random winners will be chosen to receive a $20.00AU store credit for any digital stamps at Beccy's Place. To redeem the store credit, winners must have a Beccy's Place customer account. (Please note, you do not need an account to enter the challenge. It is acceptable to create an account in the event that you win. Accounts can be closed at any time.)
  • Store credit won during any Beccy's Place challenge is only redeemable for digital stamps.
  • Entries can be uploaded to the challenge from any hosted site including blogs, online galleries, Google photos, etc. If you do not have access to a hosted site, please feel free to email your photos to me and I will add them from the Beccy's Place Guest blog.
  • Beccy's Place designers may enter the monthly challenge but are not eligible to win prizes.

Saturday, July 30

Hocus Pocus

I really enjoyed colouring this big old toad, it was a fun challenge to transition between the green and yellow and also add the red glow emanating from the stone around his neck. After I'd finished colouring, I went back with a blending marker (0) and removed some of the colour from his "warts", just to make them stand out a little more... after all, what's a magical toad without a few warts?


Thursday, July 28

Selected, retired digital stamps at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours.
No rainchecks. No repeats.

Soccer Set
digital stamps

Tuesday, July 26

Holy Cow!

Judy has created two fun cards using the new Howdy Girl set of digital stamps. Her first card, in shades of pink and brown, is embellished with sweet little flowers, striped twine and fancy punched edges that add a lacy, feminine touch to the card.

Her second card has a mix of black and white patterned papers, including a fabulous cow-pattern that works perfectly with the image she coloured. And what works better with black and white than a splash of red to really make things pop!

Sunday, July 24

Tutorial - Telescoping Cards

Telescoping cards consist of a series of progressively larger shapes that pivot to form a single card. Although generally comprised of three sections, you can have as many as you like and you can make them whatever shape you desire.

1. The first thing you'll need to do is choose your shapes. I'm using circle dies - three with a stitched edge that will become image panels, and three with scalloped edges that will be the backing for each image panel. The scalloped dies are all larger than the stitched ones so that when they nest together you can see very little, if any, of the stitched edged dies. (NOTE: You can achieve the same results with nesting shapes cut on an electronic cutter or with a hand cutter)

2. Cut three image panels from white cardstock and three backing panels from coloured card. Stamp and colour the image panels as desired. I used the characters from the Howdy Girl set of stamps and coloured with alcohol markers.

3. Use glue or tape to adhere the images to each of the backing panels. You can make this card from single layers of cardstock, but having the additional layer gives extra strength and support (and also hides the ink that tends to leak through when colouring with alcohol markers.)

4. The panels are going to end up in the configuration shown below. Each section will be joined to the next with a brad so that it can pivot in place. The smallest panel will sit over the middle panel, which in turn, will sit over the largest panel. When folded together, only the top image will show.

5. OPTIONAL: Telescoping cards are designed to hang so you'll need to punch a small hole in the centre top of the smallest panel. You can thread some ribbon or twine through the hole once you've joined the other pieces.

7. You'll need two brads (split pins) and a piercing tool to join the panels together. Start by poking a hole through the backing card at the centre, bottom of the smallest panel.

8. The hole you just pierced needs to line up with the hole you're going to pierce at the top of the middle sized panel. Remember that this is a pivot point, meaning the small panel will swing around on the brad you place through the hole.

9. Keep the middle panel the right way up, then place the small panel upside down over the top. Remember, this is because the panels will pivot around the brad.

10. Line up the small panel so that it's in the centre of the second panel. You should see very little, if any, of the image panel below. Even though one is upside down, the two pieces should be as parallel  as possible - you want all the holes to be at either the centre top or centre bottom of each panel.

11. Using the hole in the smaller panel as a guide, pierce through the middle sized panel. The hole should end up in the centre, top of the white cardstock.

12. Pierce a hole at the bottom, centre of the middle-sized panel, through the backing cardstock. Repeat the same process to place the hole in the largest panel. Remember that the hole at the bottom of the middle-sized panel will line up with the hole you pierce in the top of the largest panel.

13. Push one of the brads through the front of the small panel then through the front, top of the second panel. Open and flatten the pins to set the brad in place.

14. Place the second brad through the front, bottom of the middle-sized panel, then through the top of the largest panel. Open and flatten the pins to set the brad in place.

15. Embellishments are best added to the smallest panel of the card, which is also the front section. Given that the cardstock has to slide open and closed, any raised embellishments are likely to either catch on the cardstock or be flicked off over time. I simply added some small cardstock flowers and little sticker gems to the front for interest, as well as a piece of twine to hang the completed card.