Monday, November 16, 2009

Jean's Junk Drawer #4 Snow Globe Cards

With winter approaching, it's the perfect time to make snow globes for the front of holiday/ winter cards.

Materials Needed
Ornament Stamp
Black Ink
Blue and white cardstock
Snowflake Patterned Paper
Large Glitter Snow Flakes
A Snap-together name badge type button. (One part is the plastic dome. The other is the plastic pin back piece. Places like Hobby Lobby and Oriental Trading carry them.)
Spray Adhesive and Diamond Glaze
Markers, Colored Pencils and Chalk
Silver Cording and White Ribbon

First stamp the ornament on white cardstock. Color with markers/ pencils. Using a pom pom. apply a blue chalk to create the background color.

Make a pile of glitter flakes in the center of the ornament. (This prevents glitter getting in the glue from the dome.)

Put a clear drying glue or Diamond Glaze around the edge of the plastic badge. Then lay the badge over the colored ornament. Set it aside to dry for about 10 minutes.

Then cut out the ornament. Add a bow at the top made from silver cording.

There's one more glittering touch to add. Use a light spray adhesive on the white ribbon. While sticky, apply a fine iridescent glitter.

I used a little 3D Foam tape to attach my snow globe ornament to the front of the card. Between the large flakes and glitter on the ribbon it's a beautiful, sparkling, holiday card!

Suggestion of the week: Put two globes together with a cord in between to make a hanging ornament.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Working in Layers

How Jennifer made the Buck/Deer look 3-D
Jennifer has had a lot of requests to show how she did the buck on this Birthday card, and had been gracious enough to share with us how she made this stunning card.

Here are the directions in her words.
Paper Solid: Cream- Archivers, Blue-Stampin' up
Paper Patterned: Making Memories "Just Chill in"
Ribbon: May Arts Tools: Prisma Colored Pencils, E57 Copic, Cricut-Accent Essentials Cartridge, Fiskars border punch, Brown StazOn and VersaColor Pinecone #171

I cut down the blue paper to A2 size. I cut down the plaid paper to be slightly smaller than the A2 card so when Its mounted to the blue paper you can see just a little of the blue border. I used the Cricut to make the plaque that is mounted behind the deer, using the Accent Essentials Cartridge Acct#48 at 4". I used my Copic to edge the plaque before I glued it down (I did not want to see the white of the paper). I also edged the small border that is on top of the sentiment block with the Copic. I printed the "Happy Birthday Dad" on my computer, the font is called Haettenschweiler. I edged this block in the VersaColor just to add some depth. I glued the border tot he edge of the sentiment block, added pop-dots and mounted it on the card under the deer. Added the woodgrain ribbon tied in a knot to the spine of the card.

Here's how she did the Deer:
He is stamped 6 times on cream paper using brown Stazon. I colored all 6 of them the same using Prisma Colored Pencils. (There are an extra 2 on this sheet-the top corners. I was experimenting with how I wanted to color him.)

Next you need to cut out all 6 deer. I first cut out his nose, then the next layer is the nose, eyes and jawline. And so on and so forth, using up all 6 stamped images.

I used SU Dimensionals to put between the layers so they would "pop" off of each other.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jean's Junk Drawer #3 Metal ATC's

A long time ago I read about making ATC's cut out of metal. Being adventurous, I rushed right out to our local hardware store and bought a roll of metal sheeting. It is very inexpensive and there is enough to share with every stamper in your neighborhood. I figured there would be a day where I would have "extra time" to experiment with the metal. It's been on my shelf for over a year.

Recently, "Metal" was the theme for one of my monthly ATC swaps- using something metal needs to be somewhere on the ATC . Since I already had the metal on hand, I took it a step further and used it to make the base of the ATC.

Materials needed:
Metal ATC
Alcohol Inks
Blending solution
Transparencies or rubber stamps
Dull scissors (Relieves sharp edges)
Chipboard Pattern of ATC
Metal Edging Tape
Spray adhesive
Using the chipboard pattern and dull scissors, cut the metal to size. This is a thin metal so is fairly easy to cut.

Dab a few colors of alcohol inks along with the blending solution on a piece of felt. Color the complete ATC. (It will dry in a matter of seconds.) I tried to keep the colors light so my transparencies would show up better.
Next spray the transparency with an adhesive to lay over the ATC. Trim any edges. For extra security use a thin metal looking edging tape around the whole piece. All that's left are a few embellishments and it's finished!

Another option is to secure the transparency with eyelets or brads. I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch my eyelets.
Transparencies are just one of the many looks for metal ATC's. Stamping directly on the ATC gives a wonderful effect. Just use an ink like StazOn for the best coverage. The metal can also be painted, cut into any shape or embossed. The possibilities are endless!
Suggestion of the week: If you own a Melting Pot, the edges of your metal can be dipped in UTEE.