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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Glitter, tissue and glue..Oh My!

Here is a very easy but messy technique that produces beautiful results! Materials that you need are Acetate 2 or 3 Re-inkers Tissue paper Diamond Glaze or similar glue Optional but recommended-Disposable Gloves Stamp of your choice Staz-on Glitter 1. (Optional) Stamp your image on your acetate and make sure it is dry before you move to the next step. If you want to stamp your image later...skip to step 2. This is a technique you can do to an entire sheet of acetate or on a piece to do one card. If your going to get messy...you might want to do an entire sheet and have extra for another card(s). 2. Flip your image over and put small globes of glue on the back all over the back and spread the glue around until the back is covered. 3. Drop drops of re-inkers on top of the glue. I would not use no more then 2 or 3 colors. You will notice as you drop the ink it will begin to spread out. Putting the drops too close together may or may not produce a color that you want. 4. This is where the gloves come in handy!!! Take your finger and spread the ink around to either cover the entire back or only in areas that you want color. If you are using more than one color, be careful not to make the colors look muddy. You do not have to color the entire back with color. 5. Sprinkle glitter- covering the entire back or in sections that you want- knock anything loose. I chose to cover the entire back. 6. Layer a piece of tissue paper on top and pat down making sure all the tissue becomes "wet" with the glittery colored glue. You want to make sure you press down to get all the bubbles out. 7. Here is the hardest part........WAITING! You have to make sure you let it dry before you use the image on your card or if you skipped step 1...you have to make sure it is dry before you turn it over to stamp your image. I made this card for a friend who was a bit under the weather. I choose to cut my image out and mount it on a card. This image is from Impression Obsession-Iris & Tulip Set.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

RAK Image

ARRRRRRRR The Biggest Loser's LAST Show is on!!! I will miss that show so much!!! So I am posting a quick card that I made. The image was RAK'd to me and I had some fun with it. I think this little lady is so cute! I 3-D'd her glasses and her floaty. I used a stamp for the palm trees that is very old. I have no idea where it came from. The clouds were made using paper towel as a template. All the ink is from Stamping Up. I made this for a girlfriend for her birthday. I think she will get a kick out if!!
This is the outside of the card. There is a window so you get a peak of the inside of the card This is the inside of the card.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Image Rak

Can you see the Fairy fluttering by the roses? Her name is Mini Lark from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design and I think she is perfect for living amongst the flowers! She is colored with markers, painted with Shimmerz and popped up with dimensionals. If you click on the card to open up larger, you can see how much she shimmerz. The RAK'd Rose image was also colored with Stamping Up markers and pink stickles was layered on top. I used the Stamping Up punch to cut the green corner and glued tiny green bling to it to dress it up a bit. It was a very quick card but perfect for any occasion!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Image Rak

Here is a quick card I made from an image that was RAK'd to me. I think it came out fun and cute. The background paper is all one piece. The circle area was embossed with my Cuttlebug and one of the Cuttlebug Frills embossing borders. I used diamond stickler around the border of the Margarita glass. Image was colored with markers similar to Copic.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Faux Leather Additonal Cards

This is just a quick post. I wanted to show you a couple of cards I did awhile ago using the same Faux Leather Technique. Apparently, I like the color blue as these cards were not done at the same time!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day (NSD)

Every year on the first Saturday in May, Scrapbookers have their own holiday. It is National Scrapbooking Day. I did a bit of research to see when it first begin. National Scrapbook Day was started in 1994 by Creative Memories, the very well-known scrapbooking company. Scrappers from all over the world celebrate their passion on this day scrapbooking with friends, at crops or alone. Also, I noticed there are many companies celebrating this day with some great sales! Why do I Scrapbook? I have invested a lot of money and time in my memories...I want to remember every moment...scrapbooking allows the story behind my photos to be told....every memorable detail to be included. Future generations will not be clueless. Physically I won't always be here...but with my albums, I will. How did I begin? I give that credit to my baby sister Brenda... I got a phone call one day begging me to go to a "scrapbook" party that afternoon...I had no idea what a "scrapbook" party was and it did not sound interesting at all. Brenda said "I just need one more body or she will not do it!!"...I finally could not resist her. (Little did I know she used the same line on a few others!). I told her "I will go but I am not buying anything!"...as she hung up I heard her say "it will cost you $10 but you get a pair of scissors...". Grrrrrrr....I knew it would cost me in the long run...but I had no idea....it was just the beginning... I have been scrapbooking now since early 1990 and card making since 2005. I have an eclectic style when I scrapbook. Always looking for something new. Exploring new techniques. I hope all you Scrappers did not let the day go without creating one or two layouts. I scrapped alone but I did join in with a couple of yahoo groups and worked on some challenges. Here are some pages that I scrapped today.
I hope you enjoyed this year's National Scrapbooking Day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Faux Leather Tutorial

A few years ago I learned how to make faux leather. For my first tutorial, I thought this would be good one because it is an easy technique and it is quick to make. You only need 4 items *One piece of brown Foam Sheet that you can buy in a childs craft section *Embossing heat gun *Staz-on black ink *One stamp of your choice. Make sure you have your stamp ready to grab and the top of your ink loosened a bit because later on your going to have to grab them quick. Start by taking your embossing gun and heating one corner of the foam, making sure you heat an area a little bigger then your stamp. Keep the embossing gun moving and you will begin to see the foam turn shiny and start to curl up. It probably will take about 20 seconds or less. When the foam begins to really curl up, take your foam and flip it over. Now heat the other side and it will start to curl up again but quicker than the first side. When your foam has curled and heated, flip it over for the last time and continue heating. This is where you discover if you can do two things at once!! While you are heating the foam to keep it hot, quickly ink up your stamp with the staz-on with your other hand. Now before the foam cools, shut off your embossing heat gun and press your stamp down onto the foam and hold it there for a few seconds. Make sure you do not stamp very close to the edge...leave a bit of room. This is what your image looks like when you are done! It looks like an image was burned into leather. Now take your scissors and make a very small cut to give you a spot to start tearing around the image. You can cut the image out but tearing around the image makes it look more like leather. You are done! Your image is now ready to attach to your card. I used Zots to hold it onto the cardstock. I hope you were able to follow along OK but if you have any questions...please feel free to ask!!