Monday, December 09, 2013
This was a simple card. I had a bunch of pointsettia die cuts from red tissue paper, and found this vintage looking printed card stock. I made a small top fold card from it - I think the end dimensions are 3"x4". I then embossed the Merry Christmas across the bottom, to the right side of the card. I then used mini glue dots to adhere layers of the poinsettia die cuts. I then used a toothpick to add small dots of yellow to the centers of the flower layers.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
I made a set of Snoopy-related tags lately. What I did was copy, size, and reverse some images on the computer and print them off on a laser printer. I transferred them onto white card stock using a blender pen. I then used water colour pencils to add colour to the images, with a water brush to blend the colours.
I just bought the water bushes - two sets. One is a kid's set that had three sizes for $4.99. The other is from Sakura Koi, for $3.99 each (on sale at Curry's - normally over $7 each). They both work well - they have a water reservoir to hold clean water, and you just squeeze to release moisture to the brush tip. To clean in between colours, I just wipe on a cloth or paper towel. They worked really well and I am happy with both sets.
Regardless, I painted colour onto the images, then cut them out. I cut out top fold over cards in red, and a mat in green check and layered them all to make the card. I added a double stick tape to the back for adding to packages. I stamped the sentiment over the white card stock.
For Snoopy, I used a craft knife to cut a slit around his paws and added a gift shaped piece of confetti for him to hold, gluing it on with a mini glue dot.
For the tags, I transferred the images directly onto the tags and coloured them again with the water colour pencils and water brush, and printed the images out on a laser printer and transferred them across the top.
I am quite happy with them, and my new brushes. I quite like how the white water colour pencil shows up on the tag.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
I had some leftover crackled snowflakes that I did not use, from when I made another set of snowflake tags, so I came up with this idea. Again, I made some die cut deer from aluminum tape, that I inked in caramel alcohol inks. I crackled them, and added a layer of dimensional glue (I did not add another layer of ink after crackling, so the cracks are very subtle).
While that was all drying, I took the large shipping labels, and added a swath of pearl paint down the middle and stamped the tag with clear embossing clear after it dried, and embossed in clear powder. There is a subtle flurry of snowflakes now across the front. I then inked the card with Distress inks, in shades of blues.
After everything dried, I layered the cut elements over the tag front.