CARDS (FOLD THE NIGHT AWAY)

Double panel gate fold card from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

YOU can see written directions for this one as well as video if you go to SCS and click on tutorials and then search for DOUBLE PANEL GATE FOLD. Its a simple gate fold then panels are added to front of each gate and only glued one side each…I did like this and its relatively simple and you can use some of the scrap paper which may be piling up around you like snow…at least it is at my house.

This is another of my favorites.. I have used it so many times… I got the original pattern from Impress Rubber stamps which at the time had a store in the Bellvue square mall.  They still have a great store now down in Tukwilla WA.  Any way you can also see a video of it on YOu Tube with Dawn called the CORNER FOLD POP UP…. Its very similar to another corner fold that is way more complicated and so if you watch that one and want to have a cut out on the front you can do that just by cutting out the front and then putting your image up against that cut out on the inside and adhering it …. I think this is the easy one and I have used it many times and in fact first posted it here in 2017..but I am sharing the images and the pattern

one of the reasons I like this so much is because it will stand creating a corner with your images inside.. I have used this design a couple of times to display a mini calendar on one side and either stamp images or even photos which I felt the person I sent to would enjoy.  You can obtain the little calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS 

IN fact that is the only place I have ever been able to buy them and they do come in a couple of sizes and you can make your card smaller if you change the original paper from 8x 8 to 6×6 square… otherwise its the same and you will go from a 4″ open square to a 3″ open …

This one is also a favorite and very easy …its called a twisted diagonal fold. and it creates two pockets if you want to use them as pockets…they will hold a gift card if you are wanting to send a gift or just little messages.   The one below I only used small messages and pad of paper I found on sale that was full of black and white images… which I love and then added bits of red for a pop of eye candy. Again the link to video is from SCS…TWISTED FOLD 

I am sure there is You tube video but it is basically 4 ¼ x 11 then score diagonally from top right to bottom left… fold along the score line and rub your bone folder along it to make it lie flat… then fold the two ends together so that you have now have a card that opens.  For the insert papers or decorator papers I simple cut a sheet of 4 x 10 ¾ then again the diagonal fold top right to bottom left and then fold in half and then go back and cut the triangles that you have created out and use them as you want … I only put them on the front flaps outside and inside because I think to do all of it , it gets way too busy… but your choice. Actually looking back at my photo I did use it on there front two different triangles but I still think its a bit busy..

Those are just  few of the folds that I like … as I have said many times I am all about quick and dirty….I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the cards I want to do more and new ones all the time so they have to be quick…lol

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

 

ERASISTIBLE STAMPING

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS.

WHAT you ask is the ERASISTIBLE STAMP EXCHANGE…well back in a the mid 80’s a few of my friends ELIZABETH WALSH and LORNA HUTSELL shared with me the idea of carving my own rubber stamps out of the white plastic drafting erasers,,actually I am sure i tried few different kinds of erasers but we found that the white plastic ones carved the best and held up the best ie they didn’t crumble when used repeatedly.. I believe that it was Elizabeth that started the exchange and as I remember we would carve our images and stamp them on 3×5 or maybe it was 4×6 cards and make 10 or 11 ( the 11th one was for ourselves to remember what we had exchanged) then we would send them Elizabeth and she would sort them out and return to us 10 different cards, one each from the participants.  It was great fun seeing all the different designs that others carved and the cards were fun to look through.  I know that I started a large paper scrap book and started mounting the cards in them so that I would have them readily available to look at and inspire me for my next weeks carving..at least I think we did it once a week… I should know because when Elizabeth decide that she had done this long enough she allowed me to continue the EXCHANGE so now the cards came to me instead of Elizabeth.

It was a simple process to carve the stamps merely trace your image onto a piece of tracing paper then lay that on the eraser then rub it with a bone folder and viola you transferred the image onto the stamp then you only needed to carve it. For that we used the linoleum carving blade and removed the pieces of the eraser that were not part of the image .. We carved all kinds of things people , images of animals, logo images, letters , numbers just about anything we could think of and my dear late friend LORNA HUTSELL carved and image of me and sent it to me… we also carved on both sides of the eraser to maximize them.  Sometimes the things went together like a ball and bat but sometimes not just depending on the size of our image… I teased Lorna because the image she carved of me was on the back side of a toilet bowl she had carved,, hummm..Lorna and I got so into this the we started making small bound calendars with only carved images. We typically only made about 10 or so and they were then shared so like 5 each and given to special friends, and of course one for each of us… at first I think we each did 10 with our own carvings then we started making a theme and each carved 6 months of images so half and half…

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

pages of the exchanged cards some Lorna’s some others

This was Lorna and the infamous YARD BIRDS from the Yarbird store in Chehalis/Centraila…and rather than Floridian I had become the FLORIDIDAIN..

some of my favs and some out of the post card exchange.. this its her carving of my head which we used to sign our calendared there is one of her too…if I can find it..

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

Lorna’s Bun’s she had such fun with them..and always a delight to my mail box

this was due to our trip to the Stamp show in Pullaup and i forget the year but they had just come out with foil that you press onto your stamped images if you had run then through a copier with carbon…ie you had to stamp image then copy it at like a Kinkos to get the carbon then iron the foil onto the image…the demo guy had used an image of a rooster and ironed one every color or foil that they had….when we saw it we both cracked up and she later reminded me of the cartoon rooster which made me laugh all over again..it was a poor choice on his part but hey I am sure she sold some foil..

the above are a few pages from our calligraphy group (NIB N’ INKS aka south sound calligrapers)  you will note that the bottom right carving is by SUE NAN DOUGLAS who because hand carving has such a unique look went on to market some of her designs to readymade stamp companies.. hand carving was hot and can be again if you have images that you want and they aren’t out there give it a try …

You can buy the plastic white eraser from Amazon and in a larger square but still the ½ thick so you can hold it and not ink your fingers and you can also carve on the other side..Amazon link to white vinyl erasers by Alvin

you can look for the tools on Amazon too.

Lastly I would recommend that you consider the book as it has lots of tips and hints on how to do this and most important is don’t undercut your image ..alway cut away from the image to the outside.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY wire headed cyber toad aka kath