Ok …first let me apologize for all the errors lately and for forgetting all the things I said I was going to attach.. my excuse ( and I know that’s what it is) my Mom’s apt complex had decided to do a renovation…they tore out all windows in complete building and since two in each apt were bay windows this meant tearing out the whole wall. Now just this would be hard enough for any 88 yr old but Mom has some dimensia so it has made it that much harder… and its warm here and we need to take her out of apt at 8 am every morning and not return till around 4pm each day….add in a dog that must go to the kennel for the day and then also be picked up each day and now you have it… It has been a long two weeks but we think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So forgive me and know that I will try to do better.
DAWN’S FRAMELITS SHAKER CARDS….and some of mine…lol
Ok if you are like me… by now you have so many dies you don’t even know which ones you do have and that’s not because you have too many ( I would never say that ) its because some of them are so similar that when you see them you go hummm do I have that or not…. and if its on sale …byzinga if you lucky you didn’t just buy the one you already have… ( I am a huge BIG BANG THEORY fan… and sometimes I feel a lot like Sheldon and sometimes more like Leonard…lol) Any way I do like making shaker cards and I LOVED HER IDEA OF USING YOUR FRINGE SCISSORS to make confetti and you can make it in a color that works with your cards… I also think that maybe the fringe confetti is enough and you don’t need the sequins..( not a fan) however I do have some store bought confetti easter eggs so that will be fun… not too many though or it gets stuck and doesn’t SHAKE AROUND…
ABOUT THE DIE ….Also I think her polaroid framelit is cute…but I as I said I have a ton of dies and I think I can create with any of the square dies and other shapes just as easy in fact easier since I can cut the margins around the cut out a little larger making it easier to put that foam tape on in fact I prefer to use the roll foam tape and spilt it down the center to use her’s works just fine and if in fact you do have the pop dots and have some margins to use then go for it but if you don’t have that available then its probably cheaper to buy the roll and cut the strips to size….
I will confess that in my rush to make these templates I cut this circle one pretty tight…ie not much margin to use to put the foam tape on….
ABOUT THE CLEAR WINDOW….You can recycle some of the clear acetate that comes on the die packages or other packages… I do …but I also have clear acetate sheets that I buy from any office supply store and you can cut them up and use them….in the past I have found acetate folders in back to school stuff in a variety of colors so you could use those too but dark colors will not let you see what’s inside as well…ALSO AND THIS IS A HUGE HINT…. YOU DO NOT HAVE CUT YOUR ACETATE the same shape as your window opening… i.e. and round window can use a square of acetate ...NO ONE WILL SEE THAT AND ITS WAY EASIER TO CUT SQUARES OR RETANGLES THEN CIRCLES AND FUNKY SHAPES… you’re welcome… that’s one of those slap your head kind of things… and I know that because I use to make shaker cards using foam core board and that was a lot harder to cut in shapes… when they pointed out that you could cut the window opening in a square and then layer a smaller opening over the square in any shape you wanted …yeah it was a smack your head moment..
ABOUT THE INSERT GREETING….She doesn’t mention it but if you don’t adhere that insert card with the greeting down 100% your confetti and sequins etc are going to slide under it !! TRUE…so couple of options are don’t put your greeting on an insert just stamp directly on the backing for the shaker if you feel that you must put it on an INSERT…then do stick it down TIGHT..ie all the way around and whatever you do I don’t use pop dots to lift it and it will really mess up the shaking effect…
ABOUT THE WINDOW OPENINGS…. Here are just 4 that I came up with right away but there are lots more you could use the postage dies or the heart dies or the oval dies…. I would cut your shaker backing card approx 3 ¾ x 5 AT THE MAXIMUM…then make sure you leave about ½ inch margin around the sides of your window opening… this will allow plenty of room to put the foam tape on so that the confetti stays inside...DO FOLLOW HER INSTRUTIONS TO LEAVE NO GAPS…otherwise if you mail the card your friend might find a pile of confetti in the bottom of the envelope….lol….also this card is for sure going to need the extra postage…so just use so you don’t get it back… I think its 80cents now for a card with a bump or too much thickness to go thru the canceling machine which is lot like a breast exam…its gonna smash the crud out of your card…lol so better to just put the extra stamp and get it hand canceled of course I can’t guarantee that PO won’t still run it thru the machine but they aren’t supposed to.
ABOUT THE CONFETTI.… as well as using the fringe scissors you can also use a bunch of your little punches for confetti…and for that I need to do something to stay awake for the TV program that I am supposed to be watching… take assorted colors of scraps and bowl and sit there with your fringe scissors and cut up lots of different colors of confetti into ONE bowl so that you now have rainbow confetti to use rather than all one color…. you can do the same with your little punches… I have a wee tiny balloon punch and punching them while watching tv and in all colors plain and decorated paper gives a nice feel to the confetti ..when your done you can store it small zippy bags or you can use the bead containers that stack and store it in them….
MY FINAL NOTE IS LESS IS MORE.... I love Dawn’s cards but sometimes I do feel they get so busy that you can’t see what you wanted to be the focus in this case the shaker effect there is just so much going on on the front of the card that to me you loose the impact of having confetti in there there. I will also add that I have used sand in shaker card and I would suggest that even if your foam tape is tight a small layer of the glue around the inside and be sure to let it dry is another layer of protection to keep that sand inside…
OK that’s it…GO FORTH AND MAKE SOMETHING…
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath
EYE CANDY…I think a lot of you are interested in ZENTANGLES so I am sending along this e mail from PAPER AND INK ARTS...you may recognize that name as my favorite calligraphy and art supplier. They now have their own blog and newsletter which they send out Monthly…this month there was both an article on Calligraphy/Calligrapher as well as an article on printing …. now that is printing with machines not your hand…lol…. and if you read the article you will see then at the bottom some wonderful ZENTANGLES which this person then had made into small times I assume to use as coasters… THEY ARE INCREDIBLE and the printed tiles are incredible too… so the info is there if you are interested in contacting them and having some of your art work printed. Let me know if you do, meanwhile enjoy. and GO MAKE SOMETHING
PAPER AND INK BLOGbelow the calligraphy article…is the article on printing on tiles
MY EXCUSES FOR POOR BLOG EFFORTS Ok …first let me apologize for all the errors lately and for forgetting all the things I said I was going to attach.. my excuse ( and I know that’s what it is) my Mom’s apt complex had decided to do a renovation…they tore out all windows in complete building and since two in each apt were bay windows this meant tearing out the whole wall. Now just this would be hard enough for any 88 yr old but Mom has some dimensia so it has made it that much harder… and its warm here and we need to take her out of apt at 8 am every morning and not return till around 4pm each day….add in a dog that must go to the kennel for the day and then also be picked up each day and now you have it… It has been a long two weeks but we think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So forgive me and know that I will try to do better.
HERE’S THE NOTE I SEND WITH THE TEE PEE CARDS
I Printed these on business cards to stick into the envelope.