Wednesday, June 19

Bright and Colourful

I've used the whole crew from the new Paw Prints digital stamp set to create a bright and colourful birthday card for one of my little nephews. The scattering of sequins give a little bit of sparkle and shine to the finished project.


Monday, June 17

Carla's Creative Space

We're headed over to Carla's place for some creative inspiration using the new Eucalyptus set of digital stamps. Carla has created two cards today - one for a special man in her life and the second for a lovely friend.

Saturday, June 15

Everything Papercraft - Kaleidoscope Cards

Kaleidoscope cards are made using techniques that create a fabulous visual pattern similar to those you might see in a kaleidoscope. The goal is to create a repetitive pattern centred around a fixed point, generally with lots of different colours and designs, although a monochromatic palette would also be very effective.

Kaleidoscope cards can be created in many different ways, such as teabag folding, paper piecing, multiple embellishments or repetition of stamped images. Have a play with whatever items you have at your disposal. You’re really only limited by your imagination.

Help yourself to the two examples above.
They can be printed just like a standard digital image and used on the front of a card.

Thursday, June 13

Tutorial: X-Fold Cards

I have a fabulous X-Fold card tutorial to share with you today that I think would be best used as a little photo book or special birthday or Christmas card. It has lots of little spaces to hold embellishments, pictures, sentiments or stamped images. The addition of a ribbon means it can be tied closed or held open for display.

1. Start with four pieces of card stock measuring 4" x 4". For a larger or smaller card, simply adjust the size of your squares.

2. Score one piece of card stock at 2", turn it 90 degrees and score again at 2" so that you have four even sections (see the photos below and the template above).

3. Score a diagonal line in one of the four sections - it doesn't matter which one. Start from the top outer corner and score toward the centre of the card stock as shown below. In the diagonally opposite corner, you will be creating a tab to hold adhesive. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut through the score line until you reach the centre of the card stock. Use a pencil to draw in a simple tab that's about 1/4" wide, then trim away the excess card stock.

4. With the tab piece on the desk, fold along the diagonal score line until the card stock is flat.

5. Apply adhesive to the tab section then fold it over to secure it to the piece below. This will form a three sided box.

6. Now fold along the diagonal score line again, this time in the opposite direction so the fold is between the other pieces of card stock. See the photos below.

7. Repeat steps 2 - 6 for the other three pieces of card stock so that you have four, three-sided boxes.

8. Using glue or strong double-sided tape, adhere two of the boxes together so that the diagonal score lines are flat on the bottom.

9. Secure the third box to the second box in the same way, making sure the diagonal score line is on the bottom.

10. Secure the fourth box to the third, again keeping the diagonal score line on the bottom of the card. DO NOT adhere the fourth box to the first or you won't be able to open and close your card.

You should be able to fold the card in on itself...

11. Collect the embellishments, images and patterned papers you'd like to add to your card as well as a piece of ribbon about 16" long.

12. Add a strip of double-sided tape horizontally to the centre front and back of the card. There is no need to add the tape over the "spine" where all the folds meet.

13. Secure the ribbon around the card with the loose ends on the opening side.

14. The ribbon can be tied to hold the card closed or open for display.

15. Add your papers, sentiments and embellishments to the different sections of your card. Don't forget a front and back cover too!

Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.

Stamps: Paw Prints

Tuesday, June 11

Hot Tip Tuesday

Every now and then I feel inspired to create an off the page project like an altered book or canvas, and most time I like to add words to my creation. It's often the case that the chipboard letters I have in my stash are missing a letter or two that I need to complete my title. Instead of rushing out and purchasing yet another packet (and ending up with two hundred letter X's) I will attempt to construct the letter I need using what remains in the packet. In the photos below, I've shared my technique for creating an "e" from pieces of other letters that always seem to be in excess...

I firstly construct the "bones" of the letter -  in this case I've used a "c" and part of a lower case "q", which I was able to cut with a sturdy pair of scissors. The letters are glued to the canvas and allowed to dry thoroughly.

Next, I apply texture paste over the joins. I use a palette knife to get a nice flat surface.

Shaping tools are useful to push and shape the texture paste around my new letter.

After allowing everything to dry thoroughly, I give the letter a light sand to remove any rough spots. Once the gesso, paint and mediums are applied, you won't see any difference between my newly created letter and all the other letters on the project.

Sunday, June 9

Dog-Gone Cute

We're back at Deanne's place today where she's sharing her collection of cute cards featuring the fuzz-balls from the new Paw Prints digital stamp set. Deanne has created three uplifting cards complete with happy sentiments and dewy-eyed dogs. The patterned papers she used have a fabulous masculine vibe, but could be used for just about anyone.

Deanne has kindly included a colouring guide for each of her three projects.

Don't you just love the dog themed paper on the card above?! The little bit of glitter on those bones and paw prints add the perfect amount of sparkle to the project... and just get a load of those eyes! Oh my!