Thursday, 29 March 2012

Customise a Shopping List Pad by Deborah

I bought a pack of 5 shopping list pads at my local 99p shop with the aim of customising the covers to make stocking fillers for this Christmas.

I simply cut lightweight card to size, decorated it and stuck it to the existing cover. I used electrical and parcel tape to cover the black tape at the top.

Left: Stamps from Lynne Perrella 004. I inked the stamps using a layer Adirondack Pitch Black dye ink followed by Adirondack Cranberry. I coloured over the top with Barn Door, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans and Antique Linen Distress Stains.  I used the Pitch Black again with the script stamp.

Centre: This was inspired by the sort of pattern you see in Paperchase. I coloured the card with Antique Linen Distress Stain and stamped the Prima Songbird in Versafine Spanish Moss.

:  When I make background papers with stencils and paint or ink I like to flip the stencil over and stamp again for a reverse effect. I keep pressing the stencil down randomly until all the ink is used up and then re-spray where there are any gaps.  You never know quite what you are going to end up with.  I used That Special Touch Leaves mask with Eco Green Butternut and Eggplant acrylic paints. The bird and circle are Sizzix dies.


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Wonderland by Paula Tidman

A little bit of Alice in Wonderland today. Well no Alice actually!

I’ve used the gorgeous Indigoblu Alice II stamps to make this heart hanging. I painted a large MDF heart with two layers ice blue Fresco Finish Paint and zapped with a heat gun between coats.

Then I used a couple of stencils including Crafter's Workshop Chickenwire to layer up my background using Fresco finish paint in haystack, butternut and beach hut and finishing with a light wash of ice blue again.

Then I stamped a clock in Memento London Fog Ink to finish the background effect. Finally stamping the figures and text in black Archival Ink randomly and painting with inktense pencils, then rubbing on some white gilding paste along the edges. I cut a piece of thick wire and twisted to finish my hanging.


Monday, 26 March 2012

The Ladies Cycling Team by Deborah

My first thought on seeing Kanban’s London stamp plate was, this is a set of great accent stamps for anyone scrapping the London 2012 Olympics, or a visit to London this year. As I am neither a scrapper nor remotely interested in sport, my second thought was, so how can I use them? Well, mixing them in with other stamps available at That’s Crafty!, I invented my own vintage Olympic cycling event in a diorama...

I took a large (Cook’s Matches) and drew round it on a piece of cereal packet cardboard, then measured around ¼" inside my drawn rectangle to form my cutting line for the opening. I completed the frame by measuring around 1¼” either side of the rectangle, ¾” at the bottom and 1¾” at the top. I shaped the top with a Tim Holtz on the Edge die and cut out the opening carefully with a scalpel.
I printed a vintage map of London I found on the Internet to cover the frame, inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and an inking tool, then going over the very edge with a Henna ProMarker. I lined the inside of the matchbox with squared paper and added some sky with Faded Jeans and Antique Linen Distress Stains.

Then I stamped various images onto lightweight white cardstock using Adirondack Espresso Dye Ink and Memento Paris Dusk and coloured them with Antique Linen Distress Stain and Tea Green and Mustard ProMarkers.

The clock face, London and Big Ben are from the Kanban London plate; the lady cyclists and the buildings are from Character Constructions’ Mannequin Café Plate 15 and Queen of Tarts Plate 10; the cogs are from Kanban’s Jasper stamp set.

When I cut out the images for inside the matchbox, I added a ¼” tab at the bottom, and stuck on some thin double-sided tape, so they could stand up. The matchbox is simply taped to the back of the frame. I taped a small matchbox underneath so that the diorama stands up. If you wish you can neaten the back with paint and/or patterned paper.
Finally I added the metal game spinner and cog which are, of course, Tim Holtz Idea-ology.


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Origami-Inspired Flowerpot Cards

These fantastic flowerpot cards were made by Susan Niner Janes, the very talented lady who designed the HOTP Flowerpot Pockets Template that was used to make them (Susan also designed the extremely popular A Cuppa template too). She also used some Card Candi and twine on the cards and you can see more of the cards over on Susan's blog here.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Dismembering Dorris by Deborah

When Laura sent me the Dylusions Doolally Doriss stamp plate, I immediately stamped all 11 stamps with Adirondack Pitch Black dye ink onto the inside of manila envelope they arrived in - and then set to with my scissors.

I separated the large toadstool from its stalk, and Dorris’s neck, collar and legs from her torso. Her head was already a separate stamp. The toadstool became a skirt and the jester-style collar a hat. I also stamped another neck (without the collar) and the bodice from Kanban’s fabulous Jasper steampunk stamp set.
Once I was happy that all the reassembled elements worked together I coloured them with Promarkers.
For the base of the card, I used some moss green cardstock that’s been kicking around for ages - and for the mattes I turned to my stash of inked and painted papers. The one immediately behind Dorriss is a piece of lightweight card run through an embossing folder (Cuttlebug, I think) and inked over with Cranberry and Lettuce Adirondack dye inks. The orange matte behind that is copy paper sprayed with dye inks.
Once I had glued the various bits of Dorris onto the card, I added a handful of the smaller toadstools at her feet for balance.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Flower in a Bottle by Alan Scott

This card was made using my now fav set of stamps by Graphic 45 called ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2’. I wanted to make a simple male themed card that included a flower in it. This is the result, l hope that you like what you see and it might inspire you to try to make something similar yourself when your next in the market for a male themed card.


1 7ins x 8ins card (I used a dark copper coloured card here - you can overlay black card stock with paper to get the desired result)
Set of Graphic 45 Stamps - Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2
1 8ins x 8ins brown wrapping paper
8ins length of dark brown lace
8ins coloured ribbon
Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad
Bottle of Glossy Accents
Stamp sets with butterfly and flower images
Text embossing folder with Birthday as the text
Distressing tool - I have used the Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Paper Distresser
4ins x 7ins white card stock
1 Victorian Velvet Distress Marker
Normal crafty stash ie: glue, blending tool/padswatercolouring brushes, glitter pen/gold pen

As I was stamping in layers, it gave me the chance to test out my new toy - the Fiskars Easy Stamp Press. For those who find holding a smaller stamping block difficult, then this is a great crafting tool, that will enable you to get great results and enjoyment again, from stamping. It comes in 2 sizes and you can use stamps up to 5ins x 7ins with the larger size.


I embossed the brown paper and then I tore the paper down both edges, trying to keep a straight line but I didn't want to be precise about it. This was then secured into the middle of the card front. Please take care when your handling brown wrapping paper after it has been distressed, as it can become very fragile and can tear where you don't want it to. So I suggest using a wet glue for this and not a tape runner.

Stamp the bottle from the Graphic 45 stamp set using the Vintage Photo Ink Pad. Before I cleaned my stamp, I took some scrap paper and stamped out another image. This will now become my mask for later use. Out of the bottle labels, I picked out the one I wanted and placed onto my Fiskars Easy Stamp Press. I was able to hover over my bottle image and then make sure I was able to over stamp and be within the bottle shape.

Taking the ‘mask’ that I had cut out, I placed it on top of the bottle image. I wanted this to be in place, as l was going to stamp the flower next. It only needs to be seen to be coming out of the top of the bottle. Again with the aid of the Fiskars, I was able to look above and place the stamp in the right position. Taking my Victorian Velvet marker, I just scribbled it onto a white tile. Then using the water brush, I coloured the bottle in, just highlighting it to give some depth.The same was done using the Vintage Photo on the bottle label. A simple butterfly stamp was used to give the image some balance. The stamped image was then given a blast with my heat gun to dry and fix. Then taking my glitter roll and gold pen, I highlighted the flowers and butterfly. Being careful not to go over the top, I just wanted to enhance the image. When I was happy that the image was dry and all the embellishment had been done, I filled in the stamped bottle with Glossy Accents. The idea was to make the bottle look real and 3 dimensional. This was then placed to one side and allowed to air dry.

This gave me the opportunity to secure the lace and ribbon onto the card. If you don't have a dark brown lace then you can use your alcohol pens or Distress ink to colour it. When the Glossy Accents had dried, taking my distressing tool, l attacked the edges of the stamped image, after it had been trimmed down to size. When l was happy, taking the Vintage Photo Distressing Ink and my blending tool, I distressed all the edges, not being to careful and brought the edges into the middle very lightly.

To me, a pure white centre when you have distressed the edges and you're going for a aged feel, does not look right. I just wanted to tone down the white and there is actually not a lot of colour.When l was happy with the result, I secured the topper onto my card.

There you have it, a card for a male that has a pink ribbon, a flower and a butterfly on it. Saying that, this card can be given to anyone, I just wanted to show that you don’t have to just use plain colours when making a male themed card - throw convention out of the window and go for it!

Any problems or questions drop me a line and I will do my best to help out asap.
Thanks for reading and I hope it inspires you to try something similar next time you're thinking about making a Male Themed Card.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day Card by Mandy C

I started with a 5.5ins square scalloped card and cut a 5ins square of background paper. I stamped the large stamp from the Crafty Individuals Stamp - Crafty Elements - CI328 randomly over the background paper with a StazOn Solvent Ink Pad in Stone Gray. With black Archival ink, I stamped the sewing machine (from the same stamp set) at the bottom of the page. I attached a 1950’s lady (I took mine from the front of an old pattern and attached my Mum’s head) and stamped the button and needle pack (2) onto plain paper, which I then cut out and coloured with watercolours and arranged on the card.

I’ve used computer generated text, which I've cut out and coloured with a Cats Eye Fluid Chalk Ink Pad in yellow ochre. Before I attached the background to the base card, I stamped some script in grey ink (Kaisercraft Clear Stamp – Script) and a retro pattern stamp with a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Pine Needles. I then used a water brush on the Distress ink to get a bit of colour onto the background. I used Pine Needles as it went with the image I used. 

I edged around the base card and background paper with a charcoal Cats Eye Fluid Chalk ink pad, then attached the background to the base and drew two wiggly lines around the edge of the card to ‘frame’ it.


Friday, 16 March 2012

Coin Envelope Mini Book by Deborah

I found the instructions for this mini book on Julie Fei-Fan Balzers’s blog:
Julie is the lady who designs so many of those fabulous Crafter’s Worskhop Templates that are all the rage at the moment. So what better way to decorate my mini book, than to use the papers I had made using some of their templates (or stencils) and various inks, Adirondack Color Wash Sprays and Paint Dabbers, Eco Green and Fresco Finish Paints.
I bought my coin envelopes from a 99p shop but they are also available quite cheaply at many high street stationers.
I used a strong glue stick to stick my papers down and edged each page with Pitch Black Adirondack Dye Ink for definition - and to hide any manila envelope edges.
Once I had covered all the pages I started adding die cuts, scraps, stamped images and bits and pieces from my ‘keep to use sometime’ box. Then I created my tags to go inside each page opening - inking, spraying, stamping and gluing scraps. I coloured the string roughly with Distress Stains.

For me, this mini book was about using up scraps and there was no theme or purpose in mind other than that but the possibilities are endless.


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Old Curiosity Shoppe Card by Alan Scott


This card was made using stamps from Graphic 45 called Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2. They feature wonderful Victorian/Steam Punk style Images. The bottles can be over stamped with various wording, so one stamp can lead to 5 or 6 different Images.


1 Set of the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 21 sheet of A4 white card
1 6ins x 5ins semi gloss card. The card must be able to take a water colouring medium and  be moved on the paper to mix and shade
1 black ink pad  (At the moment I'm hooked on Adirondack)
Selection of AquaMarkers or what ever watercolouring pens/pencils that you have in your crafty stock
Baby wipes
Plain brown wrapping paper
Silver foil (I used the top from a milk carton)
A Happy Birthday stamp
As a crafter l throw nothing away, so I had a wooden peg that I removed from a card I received. All I did was age it using the Walnut Stain Ink
Spellbinders Label Cutting Die
Backing sheet - I had some fake snake skin style paper that fitted in perfectly
Normal crafty items: glue, scissors, craft knife, metal edged ruler, craft mat etc.


First l took my brown paper and then crumpled it up. Then carefully unfolding it, l secured on to the white A4 card stock. Then using the Walnut Stain, l carefully rubbed over the brown paper to highlight the folds and creases.

The bottles were first inked and then separately embossed with the clear embossing powder. I did each one separate so that l could get a good clean embossed image. After they had been embossed, I re stamped the bottles with the wording stamps. Again, I did this so l got a clean embossed image. I used a low heat on my heat gun as I knew I was going to do a lot of embossing and did not want to warp the card too much.

When all the embossing was done, I took my watercolouring pens and started to colour in the images. As the card was a semi gloss, l could move the colour from the pens around and mix in the colouring, giving a very nice blend. If there was too much water on the card, I controlled the flow using a baby wipe.Using a black and watering it down, I was able to give the bottles shadow at the base. This anchored the images into place. When each bottle had been coloured I gave it a blast with my heat gun just to ‘fix’it.

When l was happy with the result, I used my Spellbinders die and cut the shape out. Then using the Walnut Stain l gave the edges a light staining.

All that was left with the images was to build up the card, making sure each layer was in the right position. For this, l used a photographic style glue which did give me some freedom of movement.

Now then the bottle top. Using my Alcohol ink and blender l re-colored the silver into a silver/bronze coloured surface. Then after l had drawn around the die, I stamped the phrase ‘Happy Birthday’. As it was a metal, this ink is the best due to the nature of the surface of the material. I then cut the die out using my Grand Caliber. Using the wooden peg, I clipped it onto the die. Then using a strong clear glue, I built up a small mound of the glue so that when it was placed onto the card, it would be level with the peg when secured onto the card.

There you have it - a card that can be given to any member of friend of the family.Hope you like it and if you have any questions, please ask away.


Friday, 9 March 2012

Sew Easy by Paula Tidman

A little sewing themed project from me today. Whilst rummaging around in my crafting drawers, I found a small wooden frame and canvas which I painted in burgundy mat emulsion, then a thin layer of white PVA glue which I left to semi-dry. I then added a top coat of pale pink matt emulsion and voila, it leaves a lovely crackle effect when dry. The same effect can be achieved with the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints in Very Berry and Vintage Lace and the Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze. I buffed it with Distress Inks in Mahogany and Vintage Photo, finally adding some spray varnish.

The central image the B Line Designs Sewing Cube set, which I stamped, masked and painted with Distress Inks. I added some die cut letters which were painted and distressed with Mahogany and Vintage Photo again. I used a brown marker to add the running stitches, then coated with Glossy Accents, finally adding a wooden dress form with a bow and a vintage pair of scissors embellishment.


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Let’s Meet for Coffee by Deborah

There is a trend right now for ‘less is more’ when it comes to card making. Clean cards are not my forte. However, I thought I would give it a go. It’s a lot harder than it looks but well worth persevering.
First, I stamped my image - from Character Constructions Mannequin Café Plate 15 onto the card blank using Adirondack Pitch Black Dye Ink.
Then, on separate piece of paper, I sprayed brown ink – Adirondack Espresso Colour Wash Spray would be perfect - through the Crafter’s Workshop Mini Ringlets Template to make a sea of coffee. Once it was dry, I cut a strip and glued it to the card.
I stamped the cup part of the stamp again, on the same card stock as my card blank, and cut it out, then glued it in place.
I finished by stamping a sentiment. This one was all I had that fit. Fancy a Cuppa from HOTP Fancy A Cuppa Stamp Sheet would work a treat.


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Encourage Your Hopes Tag by Mandy C

Here is a giant tag that I've made, I am loving these big tags! Cut a tag out of card 9 x 17.5cm and cover the tag with an old book page. Use paint to randomly cover the tag. I’ve used Jenni Bowlin Dabbers (you could also use Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers) and a little bit of Distress Stain in Picket Fence. Once dry, I used the Queen Kat Designs stamp Boyz Scroll on the bottom of the tag, which I then coloured with a turquoise watercolour pencil. I used a Tim Holtz bitty stamp at the top of the tag and a Tim Holtz sentiment. I stamped the ‘be yourself’ fairy onto the tag but it didn’t stand out enough for me, so I then stamped onto plain card and coloured again with watercolour pencils, cut out and glued the fairy down. I used Tim Holtz Spills and Splatters stamp randomly and then edged the tag with Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan. 

Lastly, I highlighted the stamped images with a white gel pen. All images are stamped with Archival Black Ink.

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