Saturday, 28 March 2015

Covering a Note Pad

Supplies Needed:

  • Always Artichoke cardstock 8 1/8 by 11"  Scored at 5 1/2 and 5 1/4"
  • Note Pad
  • Always Artichoke cardstock 5 by 4 1/2 for cover of note pad Scored at 2 1/2 and 2 1/4 on the short side.
  • Scallop border punch
  • Whisper White cardstock 4 3/4 by 1 5/8"
  • DSP 4 5/8 by 1 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock  8 by 5 1/4"
  • DSP 7 3/4 by 5"
  • Always Artichoke 6 1/2 by 3 3/4"
  • Whisper White (image panel) 6 1/4 by 3 5/8"
  • Always Artichoke 1 1/2  by 1 7/8"
  • Whisper White 1 3/8 by 1 5/8"   for sentiment
  • Always Arichoke 3 by 4 for bow.
  • Rhinesones
  • Mossy Meadow ribbon 24"
  • 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon.
  • Dimensionals
  • Glue dots
  • Aqua painter
  • Bone folder  
  • Simply Scored
  • Bow Builder punch
  • Ink Pads:  Memento , Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific PointAlways Artichoke.
  • Mossy Meadow marker
The Outside Cover:
  1. Cut 1/4" off bottom of Always Artichoke cardstock so that your piece measures 8 1/8 by 11
  2. Score at 5 1/4 and 5 1/2".  Crease folds.

The Note Pad:

  1. Take the 5 by 4 1/2 piece of Always Artichoke and score it at 2 1/2 and 1 1/4" on the short side.  Crease folds with bone folder.
2.  Using the scallop border punch, punch one of the ends of this piece.

3.  Adhere the 1 7/8 by 1 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock to the 4 5/8 by 1" DSP, and adhere both to the Scalloped side of the piece for the top of the note pad.

4.  Turn the piece over, and apply adhesive to the other half and the area between the score lines.  Do not apply adhesive to the scalloped end.

5.  Now attach this piece with the scalloped end on the front, and the glued end on the back.

Attaching the Note Pad to the Cover:

1.  Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the back of the note pad.

2.  Turn over and adhere to the right side of the outside cover, centering it and staying away from the fold lines.

Decorating the Outside:
1.  Adhere the 4 3/4 by 7 1/2" Whisper White cardstock to the 7 1/2 by 5 5/8" DSP.  Attach both to the outside cover.

2. Stamp the 3 5/8 by 6 1/4" Whisper White image panel using the Buttefly Basics stamp set.

3.  Colour using medium of choice.  Aqua painter and ink pads used here.  Mat the art piece with a 6 1/2 by 3 3/4" piece of Always Artichoke.

Dying the Ribbon:
1.  Using an always Artichoke or Mossy Meadow marker, color the 1/8"  Old Olive taffeta ribbon.

2. Blend with an Aqua painter, and let dry.

3.  Attach to the top of the art piece.

4. Place the 24" of Mossy Meadow ribbon equally around the card.

 8.  Add dimensionals to the back of the top and bottom of the art piece, and above and below where the ribbon will slide underneath.

9.  Flip art piece over and attach to the note pad cover.

Making the Bow
 Make a bow using the Bow Builder punch, put a large rhinestone in the center and adhere to the middle of the altered ribbon using a glue dot.

Punch twice

Place a rhinestone in the center and adhere to the top of the note pad over the taffeta ribbon.

The Sentiment:

1.  Stamp the sentiment on the 1 3/8 by 1 5/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Basic black ink. and mat with the 1 1/2 by 1 7/8" piece of Always Artichoke.

2.  Attach to the lower middle of the art piece.

Add bow.

You are now finished.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Brokeh Background Technique

Supplies Needed:
.3 different colours of reinkers, ink pads, or watercolours (In the above card I used Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and coastal Cabana)
.3 brushes, one for each colour
.wide paint brush
.paint dish
.White ink pad
.Ink dauber
.protective cover for table
.paper towel
.removable tape to tape water paper down (Washi, painters)
.Watercolour paper 5 1/2 by 4 1/4"
.Template with desired shape (made with thinlets or spellbinders - circles, hearts, stars etc) and the Big shot using acetate or Window sheet.

Making the Acetate Sheet Template:
  1. Take a window sheet or acetate sheet, and cut it to 6 by 6"
  2. Using desired shape of thinlets or spellbinder, die cut 8 or 9 shapes into the acetate.

Step 1:
  1. Tape watercolour paper down firmly onto your protective surface.

I used retired Wasabi tape, but you can use painters tape, or post it note tape.

  1. Prepare your reinkers (10 drops reinkers to a few drops of water).  Stir well

  1. With the wide brush, wet the water paper down well

  1. With  paint brush 1, pick up colour 1 and drop onto wet paper.  Then with brush 2 pick up colour 2 and drop onto wet paper; with brush 3 pick up 3rd colour.  Work fast.  Make sure there are no white spots.  If water pools at the edges, dab lightly with a paper towel.  If the colour is too strong in some areas, dab with a paper towel.

  1. Set aside to dry, or dry with heating tool.

  1. When dry (and it needs to be very dry or else the colour will come off on the white ink dauber) place the template made over the dry watercolour paper and tape down with Washabi tape.

  1. Using a paint dauber and Whisper White ink, apply ink through the different sizes of circles.  Apply the ink lightly in some areas, and darker in other areas.  Move the stencil to a new area of the paper and ink some more circles.  Fill in vacant spots with the dauber itself.

     Cut the paper to the desired size:  5 by 3 3/4

    Mat with a coordinating colour.  Add ribbon or other embellishments and attach to card base.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Build a Bouquet - the Daisy - A Tutorial

The daisy flower was the hardest one of the flowers to make (in my opinion anyway), so I thought I would make a step by step tutorial of the process I went through.

The kit makes 5

Supplies Needed:

For each daisy you will need:

  •  4 white petal strips
  •  1 medium button flower center
  •   Mossy green stem
  •   Foral tape

You will also need 2 square yellow pieces of tissue paper, 2 leaves, needle nose pliers, and a hot glue gun.

I did not purchase the stamp set that goes along with the kit, so I used stamps from "Flower Shot", and stamped all the white petal strips with Hello Honey at the bottom end.  The leaves were stamped with Mossy Green ink.

1.  With the  needle nose pliers, bend the tip of the floral wire over onto itself.

And then bend it forward  so that the button can sit on it.

Add glue to this "ledge" and attach the button to it.

Add a small dab of glue to the middle of one of the yellow squares and adhere the yellow squares together.

Add glue to the top of the button, add the yellow squares to the top of the button and wrap it around the button.

Twist it tightly around the bottom of the button around the floral wire

Add a dab of glue to the bottom of the wrong side of the white petal strip

Attach to the bottom of the covered button and begin to wind the strip around its base, applying glue as necessary.

When adding the second strip, start at another part of the attached strip in order to offset the petals more.

Follow this step for the other 2 strips.

Here all 4 strips are applied.

Adhere a piece of floral tape to the base of the flower and wind it around the base and down the stem.  Apply glue as needed.

With a bone folder, gently fold the petals back and down until you are happy with the appearance of the daisy.

Glue the leaves to the stem


Here are all 5 flowers:

Close up of one flower: