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Christmas 2017

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Another Holiday Week

This particular week was supposed to have been at the end of November last year, I had all sorts of Xmas make plans, however couldn’t take it then so here I am. Now I did debate getting a start on Xmas 2018 but then thought better of it. I am though keeping on with my intent to use up crafty stash rather than keeping it for special.

Have paired these as the backing sheet and acetate are from one A4 sheet of each, So 1 A5 and a DL card from an A4 sheet. I do like acetate 🙂

On the first one everything is under the acetate dome apart from the pink frame and the three butterflies at bottom right. On the second only the sentiment is on the outside. Not clear but image on second has several decoupage layers.

The ‘shared’ part on these two is the oval topper. The oval frame on card two came with the image on card one but I didn’t like it on first card so then created a card around it. The first card is a HD base card folded and cut to shape with the topper added and a sentiment. On the second one I used an image from a little book inside oval frame, I thought it went well with the other bits that were lying around on my desk.

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Moved on from the two card from one idea LOL. All of the fiddly bits are from two cuts of a HD Moonstone die.

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This one I am not convinced is complete but haven’t come up with any thoughts that I like so for now staying as it is.

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Another play with an acetate wrap, HD do some lovely foiled acetates. Some of the fun is working out how to ‘hide’ the workings. In this case its the simple adding of acetate to image before mounting onto card base. I have found I have more control if I put the red liner tape on the card rather than the acetate. I also managed to use up a left over topper, the hanging basket is the card stock and table is from a totally different HD set but match well.

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You may have noticed the pink with white spots in a previous image, this is the ‘leftover’ part of the card. Fairly simple addition of a matching topper and embellishments.

And finally ……

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A stepper card. I was going to do a DL triptic but decided to be a bit more adventurous . The central flowers on bottom are bought but I have coloured them, the remainder are made using flowers punches and scraps of HD.

That’s it from me for now, a couple of days still to do ………………….

3D embossing folders

Well happy new year everyone! A little bit late I know but never mind! Since the Christmas makeathon and the new goodies that came with the Christmas Fairies my craft zone has had yet another reorganisation, but should now be good to go 🙂

One of the first makes of the year has been the following card which I made for my Mother’s birthday and also entered in January ‘s Inkettes challenge on Facebook (which I won, yay)

This was made using one of Sheena’ s 3D embossing folders,

Final Holiday Day Craftiness

As the title suggests I have had a week off this week so have done some crafting. These are todays makes.

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A5  –  I did the decoupage for this yesterday so it was quick to finish today.

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DL  –  Left over pieces with the new HD Confetti adorable scorable as a base. The toppers are from a HD topper pad.

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7″ * 5*  –  HD little Book Decoupage with an acetate dome to protect it.

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6″ * 6″  –  Making use of the left over decoupage, I find it hard to just throw scraps away.

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7″ * 7″  –  A card for the men, all HunkyDory. A backing paper from an older kit found in scraps box. A cut down little book page and a small topper.

As you can tell all made from stuff on my desk without much addition.

Xmas All Gone

Well Xmas has all been put away for another year.

While tidying away Xmas I came across a couple of toppers that I made at least a year ago so thought I had better turn them into cards.

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I do remember that they are part of concept cards from HunkyDory that I played about with. The die cut fancy frame is by tonic, other than that it is just layering.

Then I started on a card for a birthday, have made at least two I might send her plus a couple more to continue with my resolution to use up a kit once started.

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8 * 8 – All hunkydory, the recipient had recently acquired a cat so was taking that as my starting point.

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7 * 7 – Mostly hunkydory with another tonic die and some punched flowers. Not sure how clear the decoupage is.

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7 * 5 – simple layering and decoupage.

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7 * 7 – As simple as it gets lol

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A5ish – A bit more work involved here. A base of a Hunkydory card, the bottom ribbon has been cut from top of card. I have raised bottom image and put its decoupage layer stepped forward to give the 3D effect. The vase of flowers topper is from a different HD set but as always the colours work. The strip across the top is the new confetti adorable scorable.

I still have enough kit left to make 2/3 more cards minimum.

 

Messing About

Didn’t go into ‘The Room’ with any purpose so just faffed.

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While faffing I came across a die I forgot I had. It is not quite A6 size so made use of one of the HD Moonstone dies for the extra borders. Just one cut frame has been used on both cards. Cut one of the found die in silver and one in white and backed with the apposing colour, simples :), mounted onto a back card base.

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More faffage from the scraps box. Firstly a Cut Emboss and C folder. This was the one I cut just to test the folder and has popped up when in the scraps box for about a year, thought I would make the effort and use. The backing is an HD little book page, I have cut the butterflies so I could raise them, I should of done the one on the right as well so may still cut one out to put on top. Secondly a Xmas topper also in scraps box for a year, backed with black and kraft card layers. Some Xmas ribbon bought about 2years ago in after Xmas sales at 1/2 price. Again both on black base cards.

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And final ‘tidying up’ faffage’. Started with the silver frame (the off cut from HD Moonstone die cut used in first two cards)  A HD Little book image that was again in scrap box turned into a shaker card. Kraft card base layer (also from scrap box) inked on edges. Sequins used for the shaker bits come from The Range at £1 for a large supply and come in various colour combinations.

About to go to the room again with no real plan in mind 🙂

A Little Bit Spooky!

Hi folks,

So today I have spent my time creating a halloween card for a crafty challenge. As I do not have any halloween real stamps, I have used the digital images from Issue 9 of Crafters Companion magazine (Autumn 2016) as there were some Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead Digi-stamps on it as well as some other halloweeny type images and papers. I know some people have cd’s sitting at home feeling unloved because they belong to messy crafters so I am posting a guide for this one to show that even messy people can find joy in a digital image 🙂

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This is the finished card front and what we are working towards. As normal, the sparkle pen used on the spider and the skulls does not show on the photo, but it is there!

The first step in any computer crafting that will result in  a physical card, is to know your printer!! It is incredibly disappointing to create something that you are really happy with only to discover that you cannot print it.

The second is to decide what software to use. Depending on the disc you have, there may well be an embedded program that will mean you can resize and print directly from the disc. This is great if all you want to do is click and print to the preset sizes and build a project that way.; for what I have done here however, an actual graphics program is useful as some of the techniques I have used cannot be done on a program that is only designed to print out the image it sees.

I have used Serif (as this is my go to program) however you can also use My Craft Studio Elite to achieve the same results; the ‘Docrafts’ program does not have the right tools for what I have done here and if you are working with ‘word’ you will need to fussy cut the background cobwebs and stick them on…. probably not worth it….

Build your scene:

You will need to decide which elements you are going to want to use; I usually give myself a reasonable selection and then narrow them down further depending on how I like them when grouped with the other elements. You will need to import your chosen images into your graphics program. If you are not using Serif, please skip this next bit!

For Serif users, the quickest way to import your images is to do it from the ‘add photo’ tab at the left hand side of the program. When you click the ‘add’ button you will be taken to your current computer files; locate the disc you are using from the list on the left had side of the window which will have popped up, click on it and then click through the folders on the disc until you get to the image that you want. Either double-click the image (which will import it straight away) or single click the image and then click ‘choose’ in the bottom right hand corner of the file window. Your image will now be imported into the photo section of the program and you will be able to manipulate it to your hearts content. On a side note, you can also move images from the photo section into either ‘backgrounds’ or ‘materials’ by first dragging it out to the work space and then dragging it back in to the section you want it to appear in. The reason for doing so is so that it will then behave as a ‘background’/’material’ rather than as a photo.

If you are using My Craft Studio, then the files on your computer will already show on the left hand side of the program without needing a separate window; so just work your way through these files to the disc and then to the images that you want; you should then be able to double-click or drag them to use.

Once you have your images you are ready to scene build 🙂

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My initial scene build

So what have I got?

  • Background paper
  • 7 digi images

The background is a paper from the disc. As you can see, it is a more vibrant colour on my screen than the printout; this is where knowing what your printer will actually give you comes in handy. It is also worth a note about what you intend to print on. You will need to think about what you hope to do with the image once you have printed it which will then dictate what type of paper/card you will need.

For this project, I need something that will take heat embossing, distress inks, glue (for glitter) and also work well with my alcohol markers. Paper is too flimsy for heat embossing and glue and my general use ‘light card’ is not great for alcohol inks. I have therefore used the ‘My Craft Studio’ super smooth card as this will do all of the above; however what it wont do is go through my printer at A4 size. Fortunately, this is for an 8×8 card and my printer will take the card if it is cut down to 8×8 size, but again this is something you will want to sort out before you start creating to avoid angst later on 😉

A lot of digital images include white space, by which I mean that they are an image drawn onto a square/rectangle piece of digital paper. This means that if you layer them together you will have random white corners of this ‘paper’ blocking out parts of your other images; it also means that for images like the cobweb, you will have white spaces in-between the web lines rather than than the background you have chosen. This is where using a graphics program comes in handy. In Serif you can use the ‘cutout studio’ function to remove the white space. Some images will do this really well because they have been digitally created which means that the program will recognise all of the lines, for others the program isn’t quite so sure about which lines are which so you will need to help it a little. In MCS the corresponding tool is the scissor function; it will not recognise lines the way that the cutout studio does but you will still be able to use to eliminate white space.

My Build

  • Drag in the background and then lock the layer so that you can’t move it by accident!
  • Place the first cobweb
  • Copy and paste the cobweb another two times
  • Rotate, resize and switch the second two cobwebs as desired and layer onto backgounrd
  • Play around with the line depth and transparency of the cobwebs – the large cobweb at the bottom is a lot more faded than the other two
  • Layer on your other images, resizing as appropriate – this is an important part of the build; although the mummy, the spider and the two sentiments are printed separately to the rest they need to be included at this point to make sure that the sizes are correct

Once you are happy, you will need to remove the items that are not being included in the background print, however do not make the mistake of deleting them as you will then no longer have the images at the right size for your project. Just move them to the side of the print area. Both Serif and MCS have a scale to the bottom right hand of the program which you can use to zoom in or out of the print space; I find it useful to zoom out before moving my images off of the print space.

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Background print

This is the initial print-off, ready for me to play with!

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Glitzed up version; which is substantially more exciting than the original print

So what did I do?

  1. Stamped and heat embossed the latin words stamp several times
  2. Added distress ink – I tend to do this a lot with my printed backgrounds because they are not as vibrant when printed out as I would like so i tend to use a matching ink to warm it all up. For this project I have used Barn Door and Black Soot
  3. Coloured the ‘what lies beneath’ digi-stamp – you may have noticed that the black parts of the print-off were not particularly black, so I have gone over all of the solid black sections with ‘True Black’ and used DP4 for the lighter dark shadow areas. I shall puta full colour list at the bottom.
  4. Glittered the cobwebs – only some sections and in two different colours just to be interesting….
  5. Matted the background onto black card

The Elements

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All of these  have been fussy-cut; when choosing to do elements like this take a moment to consider how easy they will be to cut out… or not…

The Spider, Mummy and ‘Happy Halloween’ have all been coloured with SN; what you can’t see on the photo is that the Mummy also has red glitter eyes and both the spider and the happy halloween have some heat embossing on them.

On the Happy Halloween I have also used a red fine liner to go around some of the words to make them pop; them the whole has been ‘torn’ against a deckle edge ruler.

To finish

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If we take a last look at the finished piece, I have shaped the elements before sticking them on (pinflair 3d glue) then added some Nuvo drops both as actual drops, but also along some of the edges of the card to mimic blood (urgh!).

Disclaimers (hehe)

The light caught against some of the shinier bits of the card so the finish photo is actually a little brighter than the real thing; the background photo from earlier is a better colour match. This photo also doesn’t show the height on some of the elements, in particular the spiders legs which I have curved right up and over.

Really observant people may have noticed that my Mummy suddenly has a couple of blood splotches on his bandages; this was an accident as my finger tips appear to have picked up some distress ink from nowhere and dumped it on my Mummy 😡

I hope you all like this one; I did 😉

Spectrum Noir Colours:

  • EB1,2 & 7 – Mummy and all bones
  • DP4,3 PV1 – Spider and all ‘torn’ paper and shadows
  • True Black – Deep Shadows

Handmade Cards for every occasion

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