SCS DRUNKEN ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE

DEAR PEEPS….

Hope this finds you laying around to stuffed with Turkey to do more than read and look…lol and also hope that you and your familiies and extended families had a delightful THANKSGIVING…

SCS ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE….I left out the word drunken because I am not sure it applies..but I do like the idea and I like the fact that she uses a spray bottle but opens it and drops the alcohol( guess that’s where the drunken comes from) onto the paper..but you should know that not all reds , blues and yellows, blend together to make good colors and I really didn’t like the addition of the turquoise to her sample… lI thought that the red or in her case the magenta and the yellow ….were stunning and certainly made me think of the Pacific Northwest this time of year…

HINT..in most cases the rule for blending colors is no more than 3 or you get mud… BUT  in this case I think that the red/magenta and yellow work best.  However, you could also try doing the base color yellow then when dry apply the red over part of the card and let it dry then go back and apply the blue over the yellow that is still showing but not over the red…

3 color alcohol /acrylic technique…too much in my opinion..

This is interesting but in my opinion just too much..now its also possible that this looks way better and way different in real life than it photographed… so experiment and play my favorite two words…

Another thing I would try is to actually spray the alcohol on the card maybe from different directions with each layer… the spray will I think make it a bit more streaky…but this is interesting background…

REMINDER….you drop/spray the alcohol onto the color while its WET…then let it dry before adding a second  or third coat…each time drop/spay when the color/layer is wet then let dry totally before moving to next layer…

 

HINT 2…Because you need to let this air dry naturally I would suggest you precut several pieces of card stock and work on all of them at one time… then go away let them dry and come back for stage two….each time you have to let it dry naturally or AIR DRY no heat tool as she suggested it would make the paint bubble…

Alchol acrylic technique from SPLLITCOAST STAMPERS

With the unicorn above I think she used the WHITE acrylic over the top for her last layer but I am just guessing….again not my favorite effect looks a little too busy to suit me …I often have to remind myself that LESS IS MORE…

THE ONE WITH THE TREES IS MY FAVORITE…. it so looks like a fall background and its possible that on that one she did as I suggested you try putting the colors on over a solid background BUT not over each other so much… IE THE RED LOOKS LIKE it might be over the yellow but not over the green and the same with the green over the yellow but not over the red except in a few places…. remember it is all about play so explore and if you think when its dry that you don’t like it ….BEFORE YOU THROW IT AWAY…look and see if there are areas that you do like and cut them out or punch them out etc…before you toss…. look at carefully to see what might be saved…

HINT 3….because I also do calligraphy I bought a small set of  HIGH FLOW GOLDEN ACRYLICS……these are just what it says very fluid so you probably won’t need to add the water just put some on a plate and paint away….of course they re available in a 1 oz set of ten..from AMAZON for about $34 .  They work great in calligraphy pens as well as making art with them… so put them on your christmas wish list or play some christmas music and order them today…lol don’t forget the water color paper but you may find that locally at either a Michael’s, JO ANN’S OR HOBBY LOBBY…and you might be able to use your coupon… but I doubt you will find the HIGH FLOW SET.……the cheap acrylics will work just fine for this technique… I am only suggesting the HIGH FLOW..for those of my readers who might also be calligraphers and would want to use the colors to letter with as well as making art…

My favorite

These three are definitely my favorites for a lovely fall background…. enjoy

 

EYE CANDY…as you know I am in Florida and I recently saw this on FB and because I know I have friends out there that don’t use FB ….i found this video of STARFISH WALKING. CHECK IT OUT …its very interesting … when I was in college on the east coast of Florida we had a medium size fish tank and we had baby starfish that we brought from the ocean into the tank so we got to watch them climbing the sides of tank as well as walking around…but this nice big one so you can really see how the move .

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

 

 

 

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST CHRISTMAS

Greetings ya’ll its FALL and by the time you see this i will be in Florida and the only resemblance to fall will be that IRMA took out a lot of trees, bushes, flowers, etc and everyone is in the clean up mode and piling the debris along the sides of roads in hopes that the city and county will pick it up and haul it off to someplace where there will giant piles of botanical debris and the when the weather permits it will get burned…or perhaps chopped up to become mulch. I am not making light of IRMA she and MARIA have done serious damage to Places like Puerto Rico and they has been much loss of life…Our area of FL had lots of water damage …long lines for food /water and long waits for power to come back on but not the damage that other places have seen. On top of all that they have had sweltering heat and humidity. But we have had almost a week of FALL WEATHER….very dry and sunny and warm during the day but nice and cool during the night …my idea of cool is down in the 50s…and it has been but now moving up to 69s at night but still dry so no humidity… YES…

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST is a great technique type of card and also she is using the technique of sponging ink .  Now I have a friend who might prefer to remain nameless (Stephanie)..who hates to get her hands dirty…this always tickles me as she is a motorcycle mama…so you would think a little ink or glue on her hands would not be a problem but it is…so if you also hate getting glue or ink on your fingers then try using this sponges cut in wedges and then hold them with what I call butterfly clips or what office supply people call binder clips …they come in all sizes and even in colors but if you use one of them to hold your sponge then it will keep you fingers clean and free of ink..

If you haven’t don’t much embossing with the heat tool there a few tings I”d like to mention… I think it works best and easiest to use a solid image IF YOU SPONGING AROUND IT….its not a rule but it will make the sponging easier if you don’t have to worry about getting ink inside the image…..with the solid image you can’t just use a tissue to wipe off the ink that may get on the image ….basically the embossing acts as a resist g…and this card and these stamps certainly show off that aspect very well… it makes the town and the characters look as if they either are lit up or that moonlight is shining on them…just gives your card a more dimensional look…

Sponging over embossed images by Dawn

If you also have little experience with SPONGING then be sure to watch this video as she gives you really good lesson on how to do it… and most important is to note that you start off the paper…also dense ponies don’t work as well as the open airy kind…at least that is both STAMPING UP and my opinion….you can use those ready made sponge things but its easier to use do and you have more control with the open airy kinda yellow ones …you can buy them from SU of course but also from places like Walmart in the car wash area or over in the paint section..it doesn’t matter what color they are as long as they are the open airy looking sponges…

THE WATERMARK pad works great to stamp with then depending on your weather quickly sprinkle on the embossing powder ….you can also use a white pigment pad to stamp and if you use white pigment then you could use clear if you didn’t have white…

More sponged ideas..its great as background too.

Sponged background

Another sponged background

Dawn’s Sponged background

 EYE CANDY…this link will take you a true paper artist or maybe I should call  him a paper engineer….its a short video but I think it may have taken him hours or days to create these pieces……PAPER GEAR ART….enjoy

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

EXTRA ….since I posted the piece on the CORNER FOLD and suggested you make a calendar…here is SCS EASEL CALENDAR CARD..it is really cute as well and while they give you a web site where you can go and print up tiny calendar PAGES..then adhere them together to make a complete calendar…my suggestion is to make the card and order the calendars from IIMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS…AS I mentioned in the previous blog…they have three sizes of mini calendars all of them will fit on this card but the smallest rectangle will either need more embellishment or for you to downsize the card…I am ordering some more calendars myself….

ENJOY..

 

CORNER FOLD CARD

GREETINGS AND HOWDY YALL

IN APRIL of 2016 I posted DAWN’S VIDEO LINK to this little card… I had posted it before that and The pattern that I am sharing here actually came several years ago from Impress Rubber Stamps when they still had a store in BELLEVUE Square….They gave away the pattern for free….and as you can see its incredibly simple but as I said its good for so many ideas…and this time I am also letting you know that it works as a mini desk calendar where it can stand on someones desk or counter with one of this two little mini page a month calendars…

mini calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS top one is about 1 ½ in x ¾ inches square and the bottom one is like about 3 ” x  1 ½ inches… and now they found on my request the older version which was about 1 ½ ”  SQUARE…. I always love the little square ones but they kinda disappeared and so when I asked they come up with them so I think you can get them there.

DAWN’S IMAGE

So decorate your standing corner and then add your little calendar…you can decorate with embellishments , punched or die cut images or even a favorite photo…or one my favorites is to use canceled postage stamps…when I get cool postage in the mail I save it to make my cards /calendars etc…you can soak them off the paper even the newer sticky ones or just use them like a collage..or you can just make this a card as Dawn has done..

I know there is not much to this but think you will enjoy making these and IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS does sell the tiny calendars and this year they also have some that are about 1 1/2 inch square.

This is short but I am heading to HALIFAX soon and I wanted to get one more blog lined up before I left…I hope to create some travel blogs and especially with photos of the Bay of FUNDI…which can have a 30 ft tide….yikes what fun…a 30ft tide in Florida would cover coast to coast underwater….I listen to lots of books on AUDIBLE and just in case you have a any interest in tides …AUDIBLE has a book called TIDES ….that is really interesting…it starts by talking about FUNDI and the thousands of SANDPIPERS that swoop in to feed on the muck when the tide is out….I hope to get photos of that and share them with you but while its not a book I might have read ….listening to it was fantastic. It’s TIDES..THE SECRET SCIENCE OF THE OCEAN..AND some other books I highly recommend are THE BOYS IN THE BOAT ..About the 1936 Olympics and the rowing team from university of WA….again fantastic story…..and JOYLAND by STEPHAN KING…nope not horror at all its actually a love story/coming of age and the narrator is fantastic…ahhh the english major in me is coming out… I will quit for now… but how about some

EYE CANDY….this is a short technique on how to create water color background for stamping or lettering… I love this and while it looks messy my suggestion is to tape your paper to a piece of Masonite or FOAMCOR board and then work over a plastic tablecloth or near your sink…this made me think of my making mud pies days.. sometimes we just need to be a big messy….Michael’s sells the hand held small spritz bottle for about 4.99 and its a great one as it has a trigger… some control of the amount of water…

WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND TECHNIQUE

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

 

DAWN’S DOUBLE GATE FOLD

GREETINGS PEEPS 

This card will work best if you have not too heavy card stock ..it will also work a duplex type of card stock but then if you want to put a message inside either of the openings you may need to layer a solid piece of card stock so that you can stamp or write one it. I do like the fact that it opens twice any little twist  on a card is positive if creates a smile on the person who receives it.  I also like that its pretty simple and that you only have to measure each triangle and score at the 5 inch mark to make it work…Now it is probably going to be a bit bulky to mail so you may need a slightly larger envelope and also you will probably need extra postage. Still I think its worth the effort…. and I also like the fact that it has a belly band to hold it closed and that you decorate the belly band to give the front of our card a nice look. So here is Dawn’s and she had duplex paper that was solid on one side and printed on the other but because it was dark she still need to put a layer inside to stamp/write on.

Dbl gate fold by Dawn

So give this one a try and in fact you can fold some ahead of time and then have them available to decorate and mail.

DAWN’S DOUBLE GATE FOLD

DOUBLE GATE FOLD ALL OPEN

 

MY FISH DBL GATE FOLD

same fold just different ….sent this to my BFF who has been suffering some annoying health issues…

EYE CANDY…THE REAL VENICEIn 2013 we went to venice and I only had two days and have been dying to get back …. this is a wonderful article with pictures that show you just what a terrific city it is…. so sit back and do a little “arm chair ” travel to one of the most wonderful and romantic cities in Italy… BUON GIORNO  .GOOD DAY… PS they also had an incredible pen/calligraphy/murano glass stores in ST Marks square…well off the square but there….and the images below or me drooling and shopping…

me in calligraphy store in St Marks square oh how do I decide

power shopping ….and sensory overload and me helping someone else decide

note shopping bag….lol look at that face does that say success or what… lolA

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

Dawn’s Move Me card and TRI FOLD CARD

GREETINGS

AT first glance this looks like a card with a window shade …and an image behind it… not so…. this is the most amazing card…and YES i went directly from the video to the shopping to order this bundle ….You will have to watch it to appreciate it…

YOU MOVE ME VIDEO

OK are you amazed…definitely SHOCK AND AWE.This is just such an incredible idea and while I think both the butterfly and the hummer are terrific images but I can only hope that they do this with some other images as well …like balloons or boats or the birds..airplanes … ok I’ll try to calm down… but I am excited about this  bundle and in addition I will post another of Dawn’s cards which is also using this butterfly die as an overlay over a solid image of a butterfly..this is a die cut that comes with the set and gives you both a solid image and the cut out image… 

aren’t they just amazing.. I will try to show you an additional card that also uses this butterfly and it uses the butterfly as a closure to hold the card closed… its the                    LIVE LOVE LAUGH TRI FOLD This is a rather simple card but the fact that she used the butterfly to hold the flap on the front closed…is really unique.  In any case I think you may find lots of ways to use the dies in this set.

 

BUTTERFLY CLOSURE OPEN

BUTTERFLY CLOSURE .. then when closed the left side of the card tucks lightly under the piece of butterfly that is cut out…. creating a very unique card.

It’s not to easy to see but if you look closely at the photo above and of course watch the video you will see that she only cuts out part of the butterfly so that part is available to lift up and tuck the other side of the card under it… As I said you will probably find lots of other things /images /dies that can also be used this way…the coffee cup die….the small animals the bear , lion and elephant all of those also could be used as a CLOSURE.

In addition it doesn’t really have to be a die that you cut out half way and then tuck the other side of the card under….it could be an image that you punched out and then only glue half of it onto the card leave the other half unglued and you can also tuck the left side of the card under it…. it makes for a nice effect on the card so look at your dies, your punches and even some embellishments might work for this TRI FOLD CARD.  Of course I am drawn to this card because I am ALWAYS drawn to card that doesn’t just open like any store-bought card…. I always want the unique or special effect to my cards…the real joke to this is that and I can’t believe I am sharing this but the truth is once I have made the card and sent it out my recipient….if they text me or call me to tell me how much they loved the card I usually have to admit to them that I have no idea what I sent…. now this is both embarrassing as well as kinda hurtful to my friend as it kinda implies that I don’t really care I just sent a card…. nothing to could be farther from the truth…I actually work hard on trying to come up with a design that think my friend will both like and appreciate. However, once its in the mail…I am on to the next creation and lately I have been spending more time working on my lettering …I have been neglecting it and I really want to improve my scripts and use my design ideas to create better lettering.

So thats all for this post… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

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

 

 

 

FRENCHIE’S BOX IN A Z FOLD..

FRENCHIE’S BOX IN A Z FOLD …..WELL we had made this Z FOLD  with a couple of different twist to it but this is really cute also as it has sorta pop ups coming out of the box… Plus its Frenchie and you know how I just love her accent and also her laid back method of making art.  She so goes with the flow… she does a birthday one and then a christmas one….so this is a popcorn video..its 25 minutes long but its worth every minute.

Z BASE IS 4 ¼ X 11 THE BOX PART IS CUT 2 1/8  X 11..YOU SCORE BOTH OF THEM AT 2 ¾  AND 5 ½ .

This is her vision of the birthday box one…and it is taken form over head so that you can see how the layers go in inside the box.

Frenchie’s bday box z card

then here are the images of her xmas one or winter one.

I really like that she suggests that you put a piece of clear plastic in the back panel cause it will give it a bit more depth and give you something to attach your pieces too. As I said its a long video but she does a good job and has lots of good suggestions and I like that for the winter /snowman one she basically designs it as she goes… she made all her pieces first and then had them ready to assemble .

Well since the video is long …I am going to keep this short… but check out Frenchie and enjoy the video..You Tube has several different videos on this same card and each is just a bit different…

SCS TIE DYE TECHNIQUE

Quote

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL

I love the idea of repurposing almost anything and I am a BABY BOOMER ergo a child or the 60’s so tie dye is in my blood….

In addition to the look of this…I love the fact that this has TEXTURE…so when she says don’t smooth it out …DON’T….I still have a grocery brown paper bag full of wadded up tissue paper that you can iron onto freezer paper or  butcher paper so that you can not only actually use the tissue paper but it has great texture…but I digress…this just looks like a fun project and a great way to create interesting background.

 SCS TIE DIE TECHNIQUE  here is the link ….watch it and go create…

SCS TIE DYE TECHNIQUE

 

 

HINT:  I am sure some of you are going to say well I don’t know what colors to put together…or I don’t have any stampin up ink pads…no worries just stick die based inks not pigment ( probably just cause it would take forever to dry ) and then some of those ombré stamp pads already chose the colors for you and if you don’t have any of those I am sure you have some of the older rainbow pads the ones that you slide together to use and unslide to close up so they didn’t bleed together….and it you Don’t have any of either of these…..YOU NEED TO DO SOME SHOPPING..LOL…

Tsukineko
Kaleidacolor

Hero Arts
Ombré pads.

Both of these are probably, sometimes, maybe , available at Joanne’s or Michael’s but they are also available at local stamp stores and defininately at AMAZON…

  • HINT: she doesn’t actually say but implies that you only want to use three that’s COLORS or it may get muddy looking unless you want to make it a rainbow effect but again…( i taught 1st grade for many years so I believe in repetitation ) don’t try to cover all the space…leave some white space between rows…it will look better …TRUST ME…lol…ok there you have it ….so lets see a run on coffee filters at the grocery…oh and UNSENTED BABY WHIPES ALSO.

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

 

 


 

FRENCHIE’S MULTI PANEL FOLD CARD…

GREETINGS YA’LL… 

I am going back to FRENCHIE ….I loved this simple yet elegant card…and the fact that it will stand up…BUT..I HAVE FRIENDS who will tell you that I can never make a recipe just as its written I have to tweak it bit.. and so when I looked at this card rather than it standing you could add a bit of a ribbon on the front panel and then make it hang…so then it would run vertical rather than horizontal….. of course your papers and stamping would need to run that way as well…. just a thought…

I confess after listen to her I got hooked on that accent and had to discover what it was…turns out she is French canadian but she has lived in US for over 25 years… and currently is in TEXAS…I also got hooked on her card videos… I had just stumbled on the first one I told you about which was the peek a boo but then I found this one on the pop laurel and last this accordion one…so now I am subscribed to her site I am sure since they are both Stamping Up Reps that there will be over lap but again due to the fact that in this one she also makes a mistake on the video and then just goes with it ….no biggie and in the end I agree with her that it was what I like to call a serendipity moment and the accident looks better than that original…lol… so give this one a look see and and think you will like it too..

FRENCHIE’S MULTI PANEL ….If you know how to screen shot while you are watching you can do that to get the cuts and scores..if not think I got them on the screenshots I took of her videos…

Frenchie’s multi panel

 

Frenchie’s multi panel open

Here’s the measurements screen shot… both the cut of the base card and the scoring..

Ok she didn’t show what the sizes of the designer paper panels were …well she told us two of them and based on the sizes of the base panels they are as follows…

1 ¼ x 5 ¼,

2 ¼ x 5 ¼ and then last panel is

2 ¾ x 5 ¼.

Ok your gonna love to hear when she makes a mistake  in this video she goes UH OH…. it was just too funny and yet she wastes no time just tells you you can’t pull that tape off so go with the flow…. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT…

And with the end of the video the last shot is it folded and that’s my serendipity moment cause I do like it better than the first card she did ….

Ok that’s it for this post...AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY....wire headed cyber toad…aka …kath

UPDATED UPDATED RE POST OF DAWN’S PEEK A BOO SLIDER AND France’s Video

UPDATE,UPDATE.no I have not suddenly developed a stutter…I had to share this video on a similar card this one done by some FRANCE MARTIN…(if you hated this card the first two times then feel free to skip this blog…but in addition to Frenchie’s video there is also a 2008 VIDEO by DAWN of the same basic card with different layout…YES , OK I REALLY LIKE THIS IDEA…)..first I am not sure what her accent is but it tickled me to listen to her…and the best is that ⅔ of the way thru the video she acknowledged that she made a mistake when she was cutting but she goes right ahead and works with it….THAT GETS BIG POINTS FROM ME…so often folks in classes I have been in or taught have thrown a mistake away…..no need most of the time you can make a recovery and sometimes discover that you like that recovery better….

FRENCHIE’S VIDEO OF PEEK A BOO WHICH IS SQUARE…now because it is square you will pay more for postage….enjoy the video and at the end of the video by France you have a link to her web site and she says she has all the measurements and the pattern for her version of this card….and then if you can stand it watch the older version of the card by Dawn…DAWN’S EARLY PEEK A BOO.

France’s peek a boo square card

Dawn’s 2008 version of the Peek a boo card

If you think I have gone over board with this …then check out the many videos on YOU TUBE..of this same type of card and the various versions…. lmao

UPDATE ...ok back in march I made several of these and thought they were not that difficult well here it is JUNE and it took me 20 minutes , watching the video twice , making screen shots before I could put one together again…sooo I thought that posting it again with the updated screen shots might help others who in frustration tore up the one they tried and got up and took a break…come on admit it… anyway ..hope this extra photo’s help….

 

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS…  

I saw this card and of course ai had to go figure out how it worked….I think because it was   similar to the double peek a boo she didn’t give any of the measurements EXCEPT IN THE VIDEO….so I will list them below because while this looks a little complicated its not that difficult.  DAWN’S PEEK A BOO SLIDER

Dawn’s Peek a boo one opening SLIDER

SO the way this works is that when its closed you see one message and when you open it you will see a second message slide into the Opening…Her opening is made using a 2″  circle punch….the rest of the measurement are as follows…

BASE CARD …..4 ¼ x 8 ½  SCORED @ 4 ¼ 

FRONT OF CARD….4 ¼ X 5 ½ SAME COLOR AS THE BASE CARD 

BACK OF CARD (WHITE) 4 ¼ 5 ¾ …SCORED along 5 ¾ inch at 5 ½ 

WHITE SLIDER PIECE CUT @ 3 x 4 ¼….SCORED ALONG 3 inch at 2 3/4

2 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH…you could use some other shape but it needs to be no bigger than the 2′ size or it won’t fit  the card…ie unless you are an engineer don’t re invent the wheel… lol

This is what the two pieces should look like after you adhere the white to your color card stock

so this is how you stick them together BUT  they get assembled with top one reversed ..

a picture of how and where you punch the 2″ max hole in the card…

This is the piece that goes on the top but she is punching it upside down from the back side….so turn it toward you and it becomes the pink front of the card with a hole in it and you use that hole layers on top of the folded base to see where you will punch the next two holes… yep there are 3 punched holes… 

how the card should look just before final assembly..

ok looking down on the card she has the piece for the front adhered to inside top fold of the base card…you can see the small slider on the end of it…the her hand is almost touching the large white piece that becomes the back of the card…..sorry its blurry but I was having to stop it to take screen shot each time…

I hope that this helps ya’ll assemble them.. and this time I made several up but not stamped and and not completely assembled… and then paper clipped them together and put then in with my print out of these images…. I still love this card I must or I wouldn’t have worked so hard to make it easier for all of us…. hope you don’t feel cheated and if you threw up your hands and didn’t make this one…give it try now…

here are ll the photos on a shingle sheet if you want to print it.

None of the above is going to make any sense until you watch the video but I figured you could copy and past these measurements on a page and print them out so that you have them rather than having to watch the video each time you want to make this card.  HUGE HINT:   I would strongly suggest that you make up a dummy of this card so and put it in a sheet protector with the measurements so that you can refer to it make  more… don’t put it completely together but do adhere the white SLIDER  and the white BACK so that you can see how it does go together. Yeah I did that but I left it in FLORIDA….LMAO

As I said this looks harder than it really is … I made both of these in less than an hour..

kh how old peekaboo

You can’t tell form this photo but the dinosaur circle is on a wobble spring… LOVE IT..and nt washi tape is newsprint image… my how old stamp is on a block of wood so it is really hard to get it aligned….but I love that stamp…so I used it anyway…. I may end up removing it from the block of wood and using it on the clear blocks so that I can see it better…HOW DOES SHE DO THAT YOU ASK…I will post that info at the bottom of this blog. I HAVE NOW nuked the block stamp HOW OLD and removed the image so I put it on a clear block and put where I want it… see note below on how to remove stamp.

bird how old peekaboo kh

For this card…..I had this long stamp of the chick with the cake with all the candles and when I punched it out and I just kinda chopped off his legs but  He is ok…. then the cover was pice of card stock that was preprinted and left over from some valentine stuff.  I was able to center the HOW OLD a little better but still not perfect…however, I am not a perfectionist and it is legible and most people will get what it says right away..

You will notice that I did not put borders around my circle cuts…..ie the LAZY STAMPER HERE…I didn’t have the next size punch so I would have had to go and die cut them and I was just too lazy to do that…

Both of the my cards has the same message stamped inside on the slider part so it looks like this….

kh peek boo inside

You will also note that I didn’t use balloons to decorate the outside… I have the balloon punch which punches out two different size balloons but again I just liked using my how old stamp and the dinosaur…..I also have a cute big ugly looking bird that I plan to use with the message stamp saying DO I SMELL CAKE…that would go on the slider part.

So ALWAYS WATCH THE VIDEO…then I recommend you cut the pieces I noted above or even cut them first and then watch the video then assemble your dummy using paper /cardtock that you don’t really like so that you have it to refer to without going back to the video each time. My computer is on the other side of the room from my desk so its not convenient to go back and forth …..in fact i am not sure they make a des big enough for me to work with all the stuff I want at my finger tips…lol….I end up working about 10 sq inches ……I don’t recommend that as it is often how ink etc gets where it doesn’t belong or smeared… but it always seems to be what happens …. the muse is running I try to go with the flow….

REMOVING A STAMP FROM A WOOD BLOCK…..basically put your wood block in the microwave with the rubber facing up and nuke it for about 5-10 seconds… then it should just peal right off the wood block…it doesn’t seem to harm the rubber although over time it may dry it out more.  I would start with 5 seconds first as you are just loosening the glue …but if its a really large image you may want to do 10 seconds… you can always go back and do a few more seconds if necessary…. REMEMBER ITS SECONDS ….not minutes….so figure out your microwave first…with water or something so you know how to set it….I have a built in micro so its about 1100 watts…if you have a small one it may take a few more seconds due to your power being lower…

ADHERING THE REMOVED STAMP ….I use the zig two way glue pen applied to the back of the rubber/cushion THIS usually allows it to stick to the block.. however you can always put some double stick tape on the back of stamp and stick it to the clear block that way… 

STORAGE…you can purchase the stamp cases empty from DAWN or any stamping up dealer ..I just stamp the image on a sheet of paper that will slip inside the front cover the plastic box and put them in there… I try to keep them in like kind of boxes… birthday together etc… 

My friend JANIS…came across a garage sale, I think of a whole bunch of clear mount STAMPING UP stuff being sold and she bought it all… lol…. She is my number one BLOG FAN as she frequently makes up the card as soon as I post it and then tweeks it a little and sends me images of her take on the card…. FOR THAT I AM TRULY GRATEFUL…

I am also grateful for my wonderful HUSBAND OF 46 YEARS who makes all of this possible. He is very supportive and always reads my blog…Love him bunches.

Well that’s about all from here and as TOM BODETT would say AS ALWAYS tTHANKS FOR STOPPIN BY and “we’ll leave the LIGHT ON FOR YA”…wire headed cyber toad aka kath HOPIN THIS SHINED A LITTLE MORE LIGHT ON THE HOW TO…hugs kath

 

 

MINI EASTER BASKETS

DAWN’S EASTER/PICNIC BASKET This basket is very cute but also VERY LABOR INTENSIVE..lol … so you might guess that just maybe I had one that was WAY easier and also if you include the brads and pre/punch you could in fact mail it or leave it together and use one of prepaid mini flat rate boxes …it might be a wee big squished but still lots of fun for who ever you send it to…

Dawn’s easter/picnic basket.

Now here is the pattern for mine with the measurements… its slightly larger then hers but you could adjust the size easily.  I made a smaller one using the following sizes…

kath’s mini basket

cut 1….6×5

score on the 6″ size at 2 ” and 4″

then rotate and score on the 5″ side at 1 ½ ” and at 4 ½ “.. then fold and attach with brads on each side and don’t forget your handle which works best at ¾ ” x  7 ½ …use the brad to also hold the handle…

Ok that’s not much but its getting awful close to easter so wanted to get this out there..

HINT: if you use duplex paper both sides of the basket will be attractive…Or you could use white and stamp on it before you put it together….If you are sending/giving more than one to a household then you can reverse the basket so that you have two different ones…

HINT:2 If you need to mail this you can make a copy of this pattern and include it with the mailing so that the parent ( if you are sending to children ) or the adult can see how to put it together .. then you can use the cushion envelope to mail and put hand cancel on it and maybe add baggie of jelly beans or some other no melting type of candy depending on where you are mailing it…

You can also use stamps and die cuts to embellish it or bunny brads etc…

EYE CANDY….3D FLOWER POP OUT… I think might have posted this some time ago as My friend JANIS BLEVINS sent me the directions and I had to try it.. this one is a bit updated as they are drawing more on the papers so that they look even more like flowers…It doesn’t tell you a size , though it might if you went to her web site..but I used 3×3 squares and it worked just fine….somewhere …I found a stack of multi colored squares that I used for the flowers so they were all solid colors but multi colors.  You CAN NOT use post it notes the sticky is not in the right places….you will end up with a mess YOU DO NEED 7 pieces for 7 flowers and I am going to post a second link the makes the same flower but this one cut to a point rather than rounded…. so different looking flower.

DIY flower pop up/out

 

I would suggest you cut lots of 3 inch squares and then you can sit and fold them in front of the tv at night store them with the image in a sheet protector and you can when you get tired of folding start cutting and decorating…. watch video carefully so you can see where to cut or you will have just loose petals….how does she know this you ask…well guess I cut off the wrong end…lol…..in any case it makes a really spectacular card that will impress the hardest to impress… this is a bit time consuming but as I said I just made a stack of papers and folded and cut them and then began decorating all in front of tv…then tucked them away for future use….

Posted this AS MARTHA’S 3 D FLOWER CARD…in MAY OF 2015..IF you go to the blog and in the search box type in MARTHA’S 3 D FLOWER CARD…it will link you to that site and then you can go see her video… they are all the same…

my multi colored flowers but I needed to decorate the inside…lazy stamper..

Here is the second link…Pointed pop out card this is the same card just with pointed petals rather than rounded….

HINT:3… most import is how you paste them together so watch that part of the video and and then put a sample together and  I would use removable tape or the two way glue so that you can gently put the stack apart to reming your self how to assemble… or bookmark the you tube…ALSO DON’T RECOMMEND ASSEMBLY IN FRONT OF TV…too distracting and suddenly your bouquet looks like its been run over by freight train…lol

great card for mother’s day also…

OK THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK...AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka KATH