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

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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.


Friday, July 22

Magic In The Air

Kathy has been hard at work creating some truly magical cards with the new Hocus Pocus set of digital stamps. Her first card features a tree stump that has become home to one comfy old toad! Kathy coloured the eyes separately to give them more dimension and make them the focal point of the design... and check out that swirling pipe smoke!

Kathy's second creation is a circle easel card decorated with a very wise, slightly grumpy, owl! She used one of the sentiments from the set to make an anchor for the card front, which means it will also be seen when the card is open for display.

Wednesday, July 20

From The Owlery

I decided on a simple hexagonal card base for my little owl, cut from purple cardstock to match his hat. I also printed the sentiment purple and added matching rhinestones to the panel for a little bit of sparkle. The charm hanging from the end of his hat was coloured with a silver pen.


Monday, July 18

Over The Back Fence

Can't you just imagine these ladies meeting each morning for a cup of tea and a natter over the back fence? Carla has created fun scenes for the cows from the new Howdy Girl set of stamps, including a high hedge that acts as a meeting place for these fine ladies!

Saturday, July 16

Everything Papercraft - Hidden Elements

Hidden elements are literally items that are not visible when you first view a project. Little tags with names and dates that slide down behind a photograph on a scrapbook page, or perhaps a cute image or touching sentiment that is revealed only when part of a card is unfolded. View Finder cards, Secret Message cards, Venetian Blind cards and Wiper cards are all examples of great card folds that hide a little secret. Hidden elements add an interactive, playful ingredient to paper craft projects as well as offering other “spaces” for information or decoration.

Thursday, July 14

Days of Magic

Judy has coloured and fussy cut two of the images from the Hocus Pocus set of digital stamps to create these two magical cards. She layered the images over spectacular patterned paper backgrounds to create eerily beautiful scenes that would be perfect for lovers of fantasy and science fiction.

Tuesday, July 12

Hot Tip Tuesday

Got Sticky Bits???
As papercrafters, we inevitably end up with sticky patches on cardstock from excess glue, tape, mediums or even mystery sources! For some adhesives you can simply pick or roll the dry adhesive off with your fingers, taking care not to tear the paper. You can also purchase adhesive erasers and solvents that will take off the sticky residue, and some people even pat Scotch tape over the affected area in an attempt to lift some of the tackiness. Another simple solution is to rub over the sticky area with an embossing buddy, dust it lightly with some cornflour or even sprinkle some ultra-fine embossing powder over the top and then brush the excess away. The idea is that the fine powder will stick to the adhesive removing the tacky feel.