Didn’t go into ‘The Room’ with any purpose so just faffed.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
So what have I got?
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.
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.
This is the initial print-off, ready for me to play with!
So what did I do?
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.
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!).
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:
Hello to all! I have been on holiday from work this week so I have been spending some quality crafting time (despite the bad weather) with various bits and bobs. While most of what I have been doing has just been playing, I was inspired by a fellow crafter to create a project that was a little more ambitious than a single card front; et voila!
The top picture is of the card closed, it then opens out into an extended concertina card as pictured below
The majority of the elements are from Sheena Douglass’ Time Traveller range, but I have added in a couple of extra bits 😉
From the new ‘Call of The Wild’ Range by Sheena Douglass
This is the image stamped; heat embossed and then fussy cut (as I do not yet have the matching die) I have then coloured it using distress inks and a little bit of spectrum sparkle with a finishing touch of Twinkling H2O for the white bits of the feathers. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the torn edges on both this and all of the other torn edges in this piece are created using a deckle edge tearing ruler.
Section one is the time machine balloon die which is again coloured with spectrum sparkle and distress inks, however I have also used a little gilding wax. I will list all of the colours etc at the bottom of the post.
For Section Two I have used a patterned paper as my base and then added in some chain stamps (For the love of stamps) and a compass die (Tonic). The rest is still the Time Traveller range. I wanted to make the cogs and the ‘Thingamabob’ a little more interesting so I have used a combination of embossing powders and gilding wax to create different looks; I have also used some Frantage embossing powder (this is a thicker powder) which has given the mottled effect on the ‘Thingamabob’. As I was covering most of this is embossing powder I didn’t put much effort into colouring it; it is mostly a distress ink wash although I have used pencils to colour the fin and the umbrella.
Section Three is a pocket with a blank tag for a personal message; the quill and inkpot are also Sheena Stamps but from the 2016 Christmas range.
Section Four is very similar to Section two; again I have used a patterned base card and then embellished it; the clocks and cogs are embossed the same way as in section two, with the pocket watch face being coloured with distress ink.
Section Five is what the whole project was based on!
I coloured this Time Traveller lady several months ago now but couldn’t decide how to place her. Hopefully, this project will have done justice to the beauty of this stamp 🙂
Time Traveller Range:
Call of the Wild Range – Dare to Dream Stamp Set
For the Love of Stamps – Time to Celebrate Stamp Set
If you have been paying attention this is not the first 2017 Xmas Crafting but heyho.
Starting with 4 quick cards. Image created in Serif (was actually printing inserts but also had a little play) All four images printed on one A4 MQC stock and cut to size so that matt layer is also only one A4 sheet of hd card stock. Not clear in photo but I have treated them all slightly differently in terms of where I have added glitter.
8″ * 8″ – This one started with an image from HD Xmas little book. It is a nice image but not my style so I challenge myself to use. I cut out the centre image leaving a frame that I have added to an acetate ‘box’. Under I have added a die cut halo and put over the base images, decoupage the inward image from the previously cut out frame ( hope this makes sense). The die cut frames are part of the HD Moonstone range, these particular ones are designed to go with the Little books. The Merry Xmas die is from tonic , part of their bottle wrap inserts.
6″ * 6″ – I also had the topper set etc of the same image so carried on with my challenge to myself. This one is simply using the cut off of the blue HD used on previous card, a linen gold mat plus the topper.
(photo not good, sorry) 7″ * 5″ – Made a bit more effort on this one. Circular topper with a tonic circular die added. The second topper has been created using a different tonic die set. The patterned matt layer is the one deigned by HD to go with this topper set. Gold base, which had the circular topper cut out of it, and the two flashes are some gold glitter wash tape.
Both DL – 1st one is the image from HD card stock (the remaining piece is blue with stars and therefore can easily be used separate from this image ). Added a strip of the gold wash tape and a sentiment. 2nd one is a topper matted onto black. The strip is an offcuts mounted onto a dark purple offcut finished of with a sentiment.
That used up all the images ……
8″ * 8′ Kraft card – There was a piece of card stock left over. I have put gilding wax on edge of card. Black base matt with the card on top. A different image from the Little Book matted onto a HD mirri matt. Gold ribbon with bow plus Xmas sentiment.
In between I also got carried away and sorted my off cuts into colour groups, and threw many bits away as even I do not know why I kept white copy paper off cuts. They are now in poly pockets stored with card stock in the same colour groups. The theory is that I will use up the bits before getting annoyed looking through bits box and just cutting up a new piece of card.
Well plan A went out the window fairly quickly.
You may have noticed that I do have a thing for HunkyDory and I particularly like the Twilight range. Now I was good and avoided the Twilight Sunset range but couldn’t be so strong for the Twilight Forest range.
And here it is the ultimate pack ( toppers, card, lanterns, inserts and little book), with the black mirri and foiled acetate.
I did try to distract myself but taking myself oft to craft.
Two cards that started out as birthday cards for a friends 6year old.
Neither ended up as they were intended on the day and were finished later. Rocker card is now for Xmas and the one with cars as a Well Done card.
Then I set myself a one hour challenge.
Managed 5 simple Xmas cards. Mainly just an image added to a card with simple embellishments.
Still ended up buying the HunkyDory. LOL
Carrying on the challenge, I have three new entries which are also all going into my Christmas stash!
So this one is using a Phil Martin stamp which is the phone and the text message icons; I’ve then added in some christmassy stuff to make it a little more seasonal. The ‘Noel’ is from an Indigo Blu set which I got right at the beginning of my crafty habit and is still one of my favourite sets.
This happy little penguin is from Whimsy Stamps; on this one I have coloured it with pencils but I may well do several of him in different mediums because he is so cute…
And Finally, this is one where I had no idea at all where I was going with it until I did; the snowflakes are a Honey Doo Stamp set from last year which I have heat embossed with a Wow! diamond sparkles. This is the first time out for this embossing powder and I have to say I am impressed! As is often the case, the photo does not due justice to the level of sparkle on this card and having also used Papermania’s Snowflake embossing powder my experience is that this one gives better image coverage with a more even sparkle – however this may just be luck of the draw. I have used distress inks to give the snowflakes some definition, however I then felt that the bottom left corner was looking a bit empty so I added this cute little stamp. I had a horrible moment after stamping when I realised that I had stamped in versafine instead of momento; the card I used here would not work well with watercolours so I decided to use my alcohol markers as planned and hope for the best. I think I have gotten away with it… (hurrah). I have also extended the ground line of the stamp out to the edge of the card so that the image wasn’t floating so much. The ‘Merry Christmas’ is from the same set as the ‘Noel’.
I hope you all like my fun stuff, I certainly enjoyed making it 🙂 – Keep it Crafty!