TISSUE AND TP TECHNIQUES

OK DON’T LAUGH….Yes, the TP does mean toilet paper …I OWE THIS WHOLE BLOG to one of my best craft buddies..JANIS BLEVINS so whenever I refer to her I am going to coin a new term..BCBF…that stands for BEST CRAFT BUDDY FOREVER..ok Goggle mark it down I created that term.   Janis and I have never met in person  ( someday) but we met thru a mutual friend who is no long with us…in sharing memories and crafts..I know I feel like she is with us and turns out Janis is always very supportive both of my blog and a very creative artist in her own right.. So she shared these two video’s from YOU TUBE with me and while I think they may be a little long…I loved both techniques… I am also sharing JANIS’S SHADOW BOX CARD…she made Dawn version but in her enthusiasm she scored it incorrectly..ie at the wrong sides… however, undaunted and unwilling to trash it she dug out some of our mutual dollar bin buys from Michaels and they worked perfectly with this shape and I also have several long skinny stamps that would work well with this too… check it out….

Janis Blevins shadow box

Janis Blevins shadow box

Don’t you just love it… I do cause I am all about creating something different….I am a RUNS WITH SCISSORS…kinda girl… so this I think is great and she fussy cut those tiny butterfly and bird and they make such a cute accent…and if the card ran the other way they wouldn’t show up nearly as well… so GREAT SAVE JANIS…and remember when making art THERE ARE NO MISTAKES ONLY HAPPY ACCIDENTS…not sure who said that but its true….Ok..

We have all probably done the crumpled per-decorated tissue paper thing AND then I ironed it onto butcher paper the waxy side after the crumpling and then used it on the card as background usually …it is hard to stamp on tissue but using the white and then crumpling it then uncrumpling it and glueing it to white back ground ..THAT For me was new idea…and looks like a lot of fun…so here is the YOU TUBE LINK..  TISSUE PAPER ART.

kh fish

kh fish

I use the new ombre pad from Hero Art…on the fish…love it…

astoria tissue art

astoria tissue art

pens tissue paper art

pens tissue paper art

I love this last one with the brushes…. its really hard to tell that these are on crumpled tissue but they are and they do have lots of texture…you gotta try it…

NOW I laughed at the beginning of this video cause she is trying to explain how she came up with the toilet paper idea and I can tell you that I get a lot of things accidentally left on my desk cause I stop to do something and lay things down….lol  but I am pretty sure I have never left TP on my desk..so she is really creative as far as I am concerned… This video is rather long but she does give you all the ins and out of doing this so its worth it. Here is the YOUTUBE link to TOILET PAPER EMBOSSING..not something I have ever tried but after watching this video I wondered..hummmm can you add water color to this might have to try that just to see but it might get too wet and and and …there could be lots of downfalls so first I will try the recipe/techique as shown…have a hard time both with recipes and techniques…I always seem to have a little something I want to add …sometimes good sometimes not so good…

Ok I tried to show this but I just can’t…however if you have done any of the 3D embossing with the newer templates its a lot like that…you will just have to look at her video to see more of what it looks like … I used what TP I had and it happens to be KIRKLAND which is from Costco..OTHER than being 2 ply nothing special…. this could be really fun if you had some of that quirky TP you know the money one…or I am sure there are others…there is a funky store in our mall that sells all kind of weird stuff I can’t think of the name of it but I may go in there and see what I can find….or I may check on AMAZON…but if the paper is preprinted then the embossing is not going to show up very much so ok enough musing…just go check out her video and give this a try its pretty cool

I do love the tissue art which can also be done with fancy napkins …but you must separate them down to just one sheet …they are usually 2-3..layers… very fragile when its only one and you can also use sticky back labels to stick it on like the 2 x4 mail labels…easier than putting down the glue stick and making sure you got all the edges….

ladybug napkin

ladybug napkin

shopping chick napkin

shopping chick napkin

both of these were pretty easy as they were those little packets that go in your purse…but this fall /autumn one is from a square napkin so it  was 3 layers and harder to separate…

fall napkin

fall napkin

I liked this one so much that I decided to stop the blog a second well maybe little longer and go make a triptych  out of them …so what do you  think…

fall y'all

fall y’all.. I punched out the leaves and mounted them with foam tap… doing it again I’d probably layer it on a piece of green then mount on purple…

I also did this one of the moon and bamboo….love it…this was done on the tissue and only the moon was colored …moon mail

 

Ok I just love it… going to do more of these….like using the bamboo embossing template for the background…or base of the card…

moon mail 2

The base card is some green tea paper I have and the color is not coming thru on the computer but its very asian…and yes, I stuck it on their crooked on purpose… I don’t like this that are straight all the time….

EYE CANDY.. Our next road trip is over  to the Olympics and the Hoh rain forest and some of the beaches on the far west coast of WA… this is a lovely video…OLYMPICS..take a peek and when I get back from road trip I will post some stills

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…kath

 

FOAM AND FOIL

Oh hello hello hello...I am SO EXCITED….I know I told you before about writing with a certain glue (DUO) and using foil after it dried…WELL I found another way to use the foil…. this is the card that we made at the class I took at IMPRESS…it was a die cut of the deer head then we stuck it to our card AND THEN applied the foil…JUST FABULOUS…

foam foil deer head

foam foil deer head

Yes, there sorta crinkles that show up much more in the photo then on the actual head…also the large dot was foil…now here are my balloon cards…

Mom's 90th card using foam and foil..

Mom’s 90th card using foam and foil..

ok scanning doesn’t do them justice so I am going to photo them and drag them in…

foil and foam birthday balloon card...side step

foil and foam birthday balloon card…side step

ok that is much better you can see the brightness of the foil at least on one of them…lol… the one on the left has gold ballon on left panel and multicolor balloons on the right… I just love this and this is an old card pattern that we got from SCS…. BUT now they have it in a die with lots of extra dies for embellishment…it cuts the balloons and scores where to fold the card then give you several seperate balloon dies to cut and glue on to the card…you pretty much need to to this as while it cuts the top of the balloon so to give you a place to stick it that is really what it is is just a place marker as there is no bottom to the balloon so it just looks like a hump but you can choose to add different embellishments just cover up the bumps with your own embellishments…hearts….stars….cupcakes…even photos… I did a blog long ago on  and if you type SCS SIDE STEP  in the search box it will tell you what that blog was and you can click on it an go see it… by manual fashion it was several cuts and score lines  BUT AMAZON NOW HAS this complete card for use with your die cutting machine from it has a die for the complete card plus embellishments  SIZZIX BALLOON STEP UP for about $22 I think…anyway you decide you don’t need this to make the foam balloons..if you have dies or punches etc… you could also do candles fun to put a lot on the card on the 3 side steps and maybe your wish or note on the front… I wrote my notes on the back panel…

back balloon card

back balloon card

back foil card

back foil card

this was the back of my Mom’s card and I wrote with a gold pen that doesn’t show up too well on scan….then I punched out the balloons cause the one on the left is the one where I got clear piece of foil tape stuck on it and ended up ripping all the sticky off trying to remove it…:( so just covered it with a punched out balloon out of card stock…then I used all the little foam bits that came out of the letters as confetti and stuck them down then added the foil but its hard to tell here…

IMPORTANT TIPS

1) do not use the foil on the foam if there is a blank space in the foil and you haven’t covered the foam…ie if you are j ust filling in and most of image is covered its ok as there is only sticky where you are filling in…but I accidently got a huge piece of the clear ( when the foil is used up) stuck on one of mom’s ballons and trying to get it off took all the sticky with it…:(….so I just cut out same size balloon and glued it on top of the damaged piece which was on the back… the words were easier here because I stuck them first on the outline that comes in the set much easier to work with once they are stuck down… still the word birthday is hard as the letters are wobbly to begin with and now you have to try to get them on straight wobbly ..does that make sense…still I liked it…so other words that you have that may have outline background will also work easier…or stick them onto the card then apply the foil… that will also work just fine…

 

2) It is always going to work easier if you adhere one side of the image/word etc to your card page etc…BEFORE you try to apply the foil… THEN REFER TO TIP 1…IE don’t let a used up piece of foil ( i.e. the foil is gone and now you just have clear acetate) STICK to you image/word etc or it will remove all the sticky and you must start over i.e. new piece of foam or colored paper to cover it up…:( learn from my errors…

Now my cards were done using die cuts…however you might be able to also use punches with some success… don’t try something that is too intricate… a more solid image would work best….the foam is not hard to punch thru but put your piece of foam in the punch with the none shiny side up… the blades in punch will grab the matte paper better than the foam one if your desperate and having trouble but really want to punch out this image try laying a piece of text weight paper in the punch so it punches thru that first then foam…or worst cast cut off a small piece of foam that will fit your image and stick it to a piece of text  weight paper then punch again with text paper facing up so that it cuts that before it hits the sticky… YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A RULE OF DON’T cut stucky stuff with you punch…lol… lastly be aware that if you are pushing with all your might on your punch maybe you should stop as it may break it… i.e. DON’T DO THE STEP ON IT TRICK…that may work with card stock but here I think it would be the end of your punch…

CARD DIE FROM AMAZON

Just so you know cursive words are harder to do than box letters …and doing a word where the letters are not connected ….VERY TEDIOUS…not my cup of tea…I want the whole word not letters but letters are possible and probably not that bad if you get them stuck down on card before you attempt to put the foil on…

All of the above warnings… I still really love this stuff…. I know I showed you how to use the glue and write with it to apply the foil after the glue ( DUO ) was dry …but this is even more fun and you can order the DECO FOIL by delta in two sheet packs from either AMAZON or IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS...AMAZON IS LITTLE CHEAPER AND THEY HAVE PRIME MAILING IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THAT. I think I told you before that AMAZON also has the foil in sheets in tubes or in small plastic jars under nail art…I don’t pretend to understand that but there must be a way to use the foil on you nails as well…its cheaper but the strips are only about 1 ½ inch wide but quite long…rolled up in little jar..again available Prime I think but maybe not…When I was at IMPRESS for the class that demo’d this they were out of foam but its back in stock now however I don’t know about the foil..if they have it it may only be silver and gold… you might also find it MICHAEL’S or you might find the spot where its supposed to be but they are out…anyway just other places to check…

EYE CANDY.. BOY IS THIS EVER EYE CANDY…. its from the blog by PAPER AND INK ARTS...and this woman does amazing mail … I must see how to get on her mailing list…lol…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY...wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

ps… there are actually several side step or step up card dies… but look carefully some are just the embellishments separate and some are complete card with embellishment. IN addition to the balloons I saw flowers and one with hearts…since the base is the same for all if you can find embellishments separate then you could go with that rather then buying all 3 complete sets…just saying…

SCS FLAP FOLD

YEP…STILL HERE…just running behind as seems to be my usual…in fact I have always thought that the statement” If it wasn’t for last minute I would never get anything done” was specifically directed at me…not that it bothers me…just letting you know..actually we were on the road and down on the Oregon coast to my favorite beach BANDON, OR…here are just a few of my favorite pics from that road trip…of course no road trip would be complete without a quick stop at Rainier…as you can see lots less snow than usual but still standing tall and looking beautiful..

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then on to……

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as you can see my calligraphy in the sand is not SUZIE BERINGER’S…I need more practice and although I had fork in the room i forgot it and had to make do with just a stick but it was ok…

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background that quirky little one in the foreground is called WITCH’S HAT…just love all these sea stacks.

Bandon Or

Brandon Or…day break

great caves to explore in the stacks

great caves to explore in the stacks

and this is why ……

mary ann radamacher quote...that I have loved for years.

mary ann radamacher quote…that I have loved for years.

ok enough road trip on to the card…

SCS FLAP FOLD CARD.. Again another cute simple fold that just makes your card stand out a little from those store bought cards…and its a great chance to use some embellishments that you die cut or I am great a picking up what use to be dollar bin stuff at Michaels and is not $1.50 BIN stuff… and using that…so here are a few of my samples.

 

SCS FLAP FOLD...

SCS FLAP FOLD…

You will notice that they once again used the small circle to hold the card closed….You could use a belly band if you don’t want to use the circle or you could use a any shape that works for your design… just use foam tape to lift it up so it the flap can tuck into it…

for the cupcake at the top..oh boy oh boy …I get to use an image that will sit on a wobble spring… you can never have too many google eyes or wobble springs…lol…. I gonna try with a MINION …face… let me know what you think…

minion face...

minion face…I love him but was not able to use wobble spring cause the face was too big and it wouldn’t go thru the cut out…:( but still I like it…

wobble spring but with smaller image...actually embellishment from the Michael's 1$ bin..

wobble spring but with smaller image…actually embellishment from the Michael’s 1$ bin..

First TIP: be sure that your make your circle in the card base with just plain edges or it will be more difficult to get the card open…ie don’t use the scallop circle to cut the base card…works fine as they have it here.

Notice again that we are using that little image in this case circles to hold the flap closed… to do this you must ( well maybe not must but works best) if you mount it with foam tape/dots etc….

OK that’s it for this post… go out there and make something…oh by the way you may notice that DAWN has started posting the measurements and scoring on the page with image and the video… I LOVE THIS…it was difficult to go get the measurements from the video cause I was never prepared to write them down the first time I watched it…so now they are on the page one…SO WHAT I DO…is print out that page just so I know the name of the card style and now I will have the measurements also without writing them by hand also easier to share if you want to send a copy to a friend along with the way to access it you can just copy page one…DO BE SURE YOU SET YOUR PRINTER TO ONLY GET PAGE ONE AND MAYBE 2 or you will get all the comments and that can go for pages…yeah I have done it…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

stay tuned for another exciting road trip around the middle of August…WA at its best…