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
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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.

 

Backgrounds and Art Journaling

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to catch-up on a technique which I promised some friends on my online groups that I would share here.  They have been waiting a couple of weeks so I thought it was time to get down and dirty, well I won’t but Kim Dellow does.  Now, Kim’s technique is a little different from the method I actually used in making some of my backgrounds – which raised the query about my technique.  My technique, came from a combination of Kim’s videos and a course I was doing called “Coloring made meaningful” on “Determined to Shine“.  I sort of “blended” the two techniques to fit my purposes at the time.

What you will need:

  • a plastic craft sheet or workspace you don’t mind getting dirty/messy,
  • acrylic paint – choose two to three colours which blend/go well together,
  • an old credit card (cc) or similar item to spread the paint, you can use a palet knife if you prefer;
  • stencils, stamps to make different shapes, effects
  • of course watercolour papers (A4 or A5 or A6 I’m using Australian paper sizes or what they call International) – normal “copy” paper is too thin and will be unusable after one coat.
  • I used a “brick” stencil, a “honeycomb” stencil and one other stencil with flowers, and a couple of Michael Strong Stamps.

Method: (this is the messy bit):

Place a piece of your watercolour paper on your plastic mat, put a reasonable dollop of each colour, not too close to each other on your paper, then using the cc begin spreading the colours so they mix as you spread.  Once you have a reasonable coverage and the mix you like, place your stencil on top and go over it with your cc/palet knife, to push the stencil in, to give some dimension.  Slowly pull stencil off and wash stencil before paint dries on it.  Stamp – if you wish, for the effect you want, again washing stamp as soon as you’re done.

Also, you can place a piece of paper over the top while you still have the stencil in place and again using your cc or palet knife to “impress” the top piece of paper, essentially using Kim’s technique of closing two “pages” together and pull apart to give a background effect on both pages (videos).

Once you have the backgrounds done, let them dry and you can use as a base for scrapbooking or even making cards.  I used one for a card and the other as a scrapbook page. (see below)

I got about three or four backgrounds, some may  look a bit thick and colourless but the final effects look good, to me anyway.  Admittedly when I first saw the videos and began my “Coloring made useful” course I thought the process would be too difficult and messy, but it was more fun than anything, even for someone like me who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty – I had paint even on my elbows! lol.

So here are two videos by Kim Dellow:

Here is the card and scrapbook page that I specifically set out to do:

“Smile” card made for a swap
Scrapbook page made for “Coloring made useful”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are two examples I haven’t used for anything yet, the one on the left is clearly using the honeycomb and flower stencil, the one on the right is using the brick stencil, but the paint is a little thick to get a clear look but still usable as a background, these are untrimmed:


 

I hope you enjoy the technique and give it a go, you are welcome to try it and attach your example to your comments.

Thank you for looking.  Until next time…. cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

Black and White blog hop

Hi everyone,

Today is unusual for me, I am actually taking part in the Michael Strong Black and White Blog Hop.   With the “Black and White” theme and at least one of Michael’s stamps on the card, what better stamps to use than – Penguins.  I and some other members were fortunate to be gifted these stamps by Michael and what better way to show them off.

Hopefully you will have arrived here from Herma Fitche’s blog and would have seen all her beautiful work.

Penguins are a perfect subject for a black and white theme!  I have some placemats which have the “Antarctica” theme, with ice peaks and penguins of course, so I decided one would make a great backdrop for Michael’s wonderful new Penguin stamps.  Of course, I could only use one and because there was a “party” of penguins on one of the placemats that is the one I chose to print and re-size to fit the card.  I then stamped the penguins onto white cardstock, cut them out and using foam mounts added them to the card.  So, I hope you like my card.

Please leave comments on all the blogs you visit and if you would like the chance to win some blog candy, also leave comments on Michael’s blog, which you can access through this link where you can also see Michael’s beautiful stamps.

So, here are my “Penguins” which I affectionately call Pingu – I picked that up from the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch NZ:

Now it is time to  visit Dorly Weitzen’s blog and see all her beautiful work.

Just a quick note that if you have “lost your way” through the blog hop you can start again at Hetty’s blog.

Have fun visiting all the blogs and don’t forget to leave comments on all you visit.  Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy.

More flip cards for you…

Hello,

Today’s post started out as just a short post to give you my friend Laura’s take on the Flip Card I shared with you on Thursday – technique day.  Laura is a friend from the Michael Strong Yahoo Group, and together with her friend Lynette, they made their own versions.  You will have to go onto Laura’s blog https://holmadelaura.blogspot.com.au to check out their versions and more information.  I was delighted to see someone else give it a go, I love both their cards and I particularly love the hibiscus stamp on Lynette’s.

I would also like to thank Laura for referring back to my blog and the information I provided for Technique Thursday.

Laura and Lynette live in America, but in 2014 Laura and husband, Don came to Australia and I was pleasantly surprised when they made the effort to come and visit us.  We live off the beaten tourist track unless you go skiing in the winter or possible bushwalking in the summer.  Most people visit the capital cities and don’t even make it to the National Capital – Canberra – about 110kms from us.  But Laura and Don came down and spent the day with us, and we really packed a lot into that day.  We met them in the morning, had coffee and then took a day trip to Thredbo, did some walking around, and after lunch made our way back to finish the day at one of the popular hotel bistros for dinner.  It was a fun day and I only wish we’d had more time together.  This is just by way of background as to our ‘connection’ and how friendships can start online and develop into genuine friendship.

Anyway, go to Laura’s blog and see all the lovely work she has been doing and also give Laura and Lynette feedback on their lovely cards.  Thank you for visiting and I’ll be back with more later.

First three cards of the week.

Hello there,

I promised that I would show you the first three cards of my week as Card Captain last week so here they are.  These were made while on holidays in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.  The order is Wednesday – Just a little NOTE; Tuesday – Be YOU; Monday – blue and white snowflakes.  They are my own designs and not part of any swaps or challenges.  So,  enjoy and thank you for visiting.

Day 5 Penguin framed!

Hello everyone,
I didn’t realise how many cards I had made on holiday and since coming home.   It was encouraging to see just how many I had made.  Some I cannot show as Card Captain because they do not have Michael Strong stamps on them but will show them here on my blog over the coming weeks.
Well, here we are at the end of another week of cards.  The instructions for Day 5 card are shown below.   I was going to use this as Thursday’s technique but thought it was not really very technical.
As of today I am starting study again so I may not be so productive with cards but I’ll be back later in the year to share another week of cards.
Here are the instructions:
The frame is made with a 6″x 6″ piece of patterned paper.  I used a sheet from a 6×6″ pad.  You need to have paper that is sturdy but foldable.
I stamped the smaller of Michael’s penguins onto white cardstock to give a “picture” effect and then used some Ranger Distress ink “Stormy Sky” to “distress” the frame, the “picture” and the patterned background as well as the card blank before assembling the card.  Only double sided tape was used for assembly, but for the frame I used just a couple of  pieces of mounting foam, because it was made as a sample which could be taken apart to see how the fold works.
Now:  With the paper face up square in front of you, fold bottom up to meet the top edge, bone score to make the crease sharp, then open up and fold from left to right and crease.
Next fold each side into the centre starting from left into the centre, open and repeat on right, turn paper so you can repeat.  You should have folds showing small squares.  When you fold the sides to the centre it should look like a little  cupboard.  Your paper when opened up should look like a sheet of little boxes.
Then open and turn paper face down and fold from bottom left corner to the top right corner – giving a triangle and crease, and repeat the other way.
To save having to read my chaotic explanation which would also take twice as long, I have attached the PDF copy of the original article AccordionBookInABox .  There is also a video on YouTube here.
What I have done is simply use one of the six frames in the article, so it is totally up to you whether you make the actual little accordion album and the box it goes into, or simply make one.  Another way you can use, is perhaps make 4 and use on a card if you use smaller squares or use the 6″ x 6″ squares and include on your scrapbook page, you can make two or three perhaps for a scrapbook page depending on your photos.
So there you have it, the Framed Penguin card.  You also have all the instructions to make your own.  Let me know if you make one,  or show on my Crafty Things page on Facebook.
Have fun and thank you for visiting.   Cheerio until next time.