Card Captain Day 4 – Technique Day

Hello there,

I’m back with Day 4 of being Card Captain.  Sorry it’s a little later than intended, however, as you know life tends to spoil plans when you least expect it.

Thursday’s card is a digital compilation of a couple of photos, one a landscape orientation and the other portrait orientation.  Both of sunsets in Cooma and I think even in different years but both around June, which is winter for us.

I simply could not resist the colours, so when I was “rummaging” in my computer files to find a technique and found these, I thought doing a digital card with these photos would be a great idea.  But how to overcome the fact they are different orientation.  Then I remembered that I also had to include a Michael Strong Stamp so it could not be completely digital, and of course a flower was the perfect choice because it would cover the “empty” space between the photos.

Step by step (as best as I can):

    1. Pick two photos that complement each other – one landscape and one portrait orientation
    2. Open your application – in my case Microsoft Publisher – copy and paste the photos, you will need to resize as you go depending on the sizes of your photos and where you wish to use the finished image, and place them beside each other, and yes, you will be making one image out of the two photos.
    3. To work with the images as one you will want to join them as I did, once you have the arrangement you want them in and making sure you have the correct size you want for your card (when you have the 2 photos together) you need to group them.
    4. Just click on one, and holding the shift key down, click each of the others in turn, once highlighted, right click on one of the images which will give you a drop down menu and click “Group”, now that you have them grouped you can copy and paste as many times as you like – I have attached a copy of the sketch to give you a better idea.  The original sketch  was too pale to see properly, so I went back and tried to draw the outlines to make it more visible.
    5. One tip here: when you group the images you need to “ungroup” by doing step 4 – only this time you highlight the one image and right click to “Ungroup”.  Just be careful, sometimes the individual images may move and you might need to re-adjust them and to do that you will need to “Ungroup” them.  But once done you don’t have the same painstaking job again.  Especially if you have saved in a workable file.
    6. For a card you will only need one “grouped” image but for a scrapbook page you might like to simply enlarge the one image, you need to be careful how large because the one image could be “fuzzy” so you might need to paste 4 for a 12″x12″ size scrapbook page.
    7. Once you have the image you want simply print and trim to the size of your card, add an embellishment such as a flower, add a sentiment and ta dah! Your card is made and ready to use.
Technique – Thursday 10 May 2018
Good Vibes!
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Wednesday card – Day 3

Hello again, well here we are Wednesday and Day 3 of cards.  Another simple card using Michael Strong fan stamped several times and  “fussy cut” then spaced to fit along the patterned paper to give a decorative border.  I attached the three main fans to the back of the patterned paper first, then attached the two lighter coloured fans behind.  Added double sided tape to ensure it stayed together, then attached to the lighter card before attaching all to the card blank.  Not complex but effective.  Until tomorrow…

Cherish the moment

Tuesday – Day 2

Here is my Tuesday card, another simple card.  A background of die cut dots over a piece of coloured card approximately 4″ x 3-3/4″  to give the lovely effect with the “flowers”.   The card blank is the normal size Australian paper size A5.  I stamped and fussy cut Michael Strong flower stamp.

All that is needed is to add a sentiment when I’m ready to use it for whatever occasion.  Hope you like this cute little creation.

Thank you for looking and following.

 

Card Captain this week – card 1

This is a simple little card approximately 5” x 3-1/4” (finished).  A piece of patterned paper from which I had pinched some flowers with a new punch I had just had delivered.  Then added some Creative Memories Washi tape instead of ribbon.  Stamped and “fussy” cut the butterflies and added using foam adhesive for more dimension.  Stamped the sentiment and card done.

So, enjoy.  Why not share your version?

Card 1 – May 2018

 

Day 4 of Card Captain week

Hello again,

Today you not only get a card but a video as well.

Being Thursday, that means technique day.  I have a slightly more complex card for you.  It takes a bit more work, measuring, cutting, stamping, colouring and of course putting it all together.  And I’m not ashamed to say I had to watch it several times and even as I was making the card in order to get it right.

But I loved the card when I saw Dawn Griffith’s video, so downloaded the instructions and made it while on holiday, as you do.

The instructions are provided in the video as you watch, so pause it write down the instructions and go again.  The written instructions include the paper colours, measurements but not the actual cutting you need to do to get the “flip”.  The “ingredients” Dawn used are Stampin’ Up products but I didn’t have any Stampin’ Up papers or stamps so I used Michael Strong Stamps whatever papers and other stamps I had to hand.  I have included the cutting measurements here:

You will need 2 pieces of different coloured card stock and 1 sheet of white. You will of course need your adhesives whether double-sided tape or tape runner or glue whichever is your preference.

Card blank – 5 1/2″ x 8 ½”

Cutting:

White cardstock:

  • cut 2 at 2 1/2″ x 2 ½” and
  • cut 1 at 3 3/4” x 5”

The second colour card stock:

  • cut 2 at 2 3/4” x 2 3/4” and
  • cut 1 at 4” x 5 1/4”

At this point it is best to watch the video – I watched it so many times, I lost count.

When you watch the video have paper and pencil to write down the blank card cutting measurements.

I have attempted to give you the cutting instructions here but it will help you understand better by watching the video.

  1. Using your scoring board or cutter with scorer place the 8 1/2″ side across the top and score at 4 1/4″;
  2. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 2 1/2″ and cut down to 4 7/8″;
  3. Turn so the 5 1/2″ side is across the top.
  4. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 3″ and cut up to the 5/8″ .

Once all the cutting is done fold the blank in half (remember you scored at 4 1/4″).  Then take the top right corner (on the opening side) of the square you have just cut and fold down toward the centre, making sure that the fold of the square is even.  Using a bone scorer helps to make sure the crease stays in place.  Watch the video again if you need to.

Now that all the cutting and folding is done, time to do your stamping and colouring which are up to personal choice.  I used the Michael Strong mini flower and large and small tulips.  Other stamps I had to hand for leaves etc.

Well, having given you the technique, it is time to show you my card, I have taken 3 photos of it to show all angles of the finished card.

I hope you enjoy the card and video as much as I have making the card.  I’m not sure which is more difficult getting the card done or writing all this up! lol.  Have fun, I will show you the first three cards for this week later, but as you get 3 photos this time plus a video I think it is enough to keep you going for a while.  Enjoy!  Till next time.

Day 4 Front of card
Day 4 Centre of card
Day 4 Inside back of card front

 

Card 5 – Friday 20 January 2017

Final day of the working week and the final day of making cards, I had intended to make a couple more tomorrow and Sunday but I have a workshop tomorrow and not sure if I can fit one in.  We’ll see….
Anyway for my last card of the week, I just had to make a coffee related card because just like some of you, I love my coffee and I could not let this week go without a “coffee fix” so enjoy!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you got some inspiration from the cards this week.  It was a pleasure to make these cards this week.
Until next time…..
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Card of the day – Technique Thursday – Michael Strong Stamps Group

Hi everyone,

Have you been waiting with “bated breath”?  Today being Thursday, it’s time to share a technique, well I think this card will be appropriate as it has three techniques:

1st – find patterned paper or as in this case a photo of a postcard cut to size and attached to a piece of white card 10.5cm x 14.8cm (approx.)  Watercolour paper is best if using more watercolour pencils than I have.  I normally don’t give sizes because it depends on personal choice how big or small you make it.

Once cut to size, attach the photo/patterned paper where you’ve decided you want it, leaving room to stamp an image or as in this case use a border embossing folder (technique 2).

Next (technique 2) – I used a border embossing folder to fill the space, which was then painted with watercolour pencils and alcohol pens to give extra colour.

The watercolour pencils were used in an unusual way – you wet your brush and then apply to the colour pencil you want to use, you can apply direct to your project or you can build up a supply on a plastic sheet or placemat and then apply to your project.  Or simply colour in as you would with a normal colour pencil and wet the brush just enough to smooth the colouring but not too wet.

The alcohol pens used for the lighter flowers and leaves – use the brush end of the alcohol pens, brushing with the brush on its side (not tip down) so that raised embossing grabs the colour from the brush.

Then technique 3 – I stamped the dragonfly stamp 4 times onto patterned paper (saves painting them) and glued 2 toger and worked out where I wanted to place them and attached with mounting foam (small pre-cut squares).  The patterned paper used for the dragonflies is the same as the “mat”.

Finally, I decided I wanted to put a sentiment on as well, and having gone through the few I have, found one I thought was appropriate and stamped on smooth side of watercolour paper off cut and edged with black and attached with mounting foam.

So, ingredients:

  • card blank – brown cardstock
  • photo or patterned paper – for feature
  • patterned paper – for mat
  • white card but watercolour paper is better if using more watercolour pencils
  • watercolour pencils
  • alcohol or copic or similar pens

as well as the usual scissors, cutter/trimmer, mounting foam (sentiment), double sided adhesive tape, glossy accents or glue (for dragonflies).

I think I’ve covered everything but as always if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

For those interested the “frugalcrafter” has a few videos on watercolour pencils and there are others as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pR1d2QM9MlashFgTbJQlw

 Well, there you have the first Technique Thursday for 2017.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and I’ll see you tomorrow.  Cheers for now.

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