TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mini Christmas Squash book

Hello!  Well I visited my LSS and was inspired again for Christmas by buying alot more of the Graphic 45 St. Nicholas collection.  On one of the shelves was a fun fold card that I knew I had not attempted.  The girl behind the counter had no idea what it was called so I snapped a picture and decided to hunt it out once I got home.  Well the style was called a Squash book.  Continuing my Christmas theme and my use of Graphic 45 papers as well as my love for fun folds I decided to give this a try.
Above is the example that I snapped in the store and it was made with the Door County Line of papers exclusive of the Door County Rubber Stamp Store.  Anyway I searched the Internet and Pinterest trying to find this type of card and came up with numerous video's for the Squash book but all of the ones I saw was using 3 pieces of paper.  When the book was finished the inside squares measured 4 x 4.  Well I knew the one I saw was a 3x3 so I searched that and also came up with tutorials where you used 3 pieces of paper.  In my mind that's ridiculous since your pages were 3x3 you could just score and cut a 12 x 12 sheet.  so that's what I did.  One 12x12 sheet of cardstock scored at 3, 6, and 9 rotate and score again at 3, 6, and 9.  Then 1st row cut off the last 2 squares, 2nd row cut off last square, 3rd row cut off 1st square and 4th row cut off first 2 squares.  Should look like this:
Now fold top left corner to the center and the bottom right corner to the same center.  Crease well.  Should look like this:
Open again and take the top left corner and fold it to the bottom right corner making the paper completely folded in half.   Like this:
Now go back and crease all the fold lines.  Making sure they are well creased.  It should look like this.....yes I changed papers because those pinkish ones are for my granddaughter and she wanted to fold them.  We had a couple folding issues and had to start over.
Now accordion fold pushing triangles into place.  Easier to do than explain but end results should look like this:
And when completely folded it's a little 3x3 squash book.  On the outside squares seen on far left and far right is where we will be putting the 4x4 covers.
Cut 2 squares 5.5 x 5.5  from DSP of Choice and cover 2 cardboard squares that measure 4x4.  This will be the front and the back covers.  Cut 10 Squares of DSP measuring 2 3/4  x 2 3/4.  6 of these will be cut in half diagonally.  Attach each to the inside squares and embellish.  Easy Peasy!!  I know a couple ladies that just might dive in and give this a try.
Here's my first one and of course its with more scraps of my Graphic 45 papers but I'll probably use up some of my Recollection papers too on another one.

And of course here's the one my granddaughter and I made for Fathers Day.  She like it better when I'm doing the same one so the one I made went to my Husband from our youngest son.  The Graphic 45 Sport Collection worked real well with this.




   This was mine to my hubby.











   

Here's Tori's for her dad.








As I said the Graphic 45 papers worked wonderfully.  Love using scraps!  Well that's it for today.  Going to try making another with Recollection papers.  A more bright colored one!

Til later..................................
HAPPY CARDING!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Easel Card with a Twist

I missed a friends Birthday and I wanted to do something different.  Seeing that I am on a fancy fold kick I decided to do an easel card but with a twist.  The main card base is 4.25" wide and 6" tall.  By the time I finish adding extra pieces and embellishments the card will end up being roughly 6" x 6".  I'm using my favorite paper line Graphic 45 and this time I'll be using 1 sheet from the Children's Hour Collection.  The base of the card is made with a 12 x12 sheet of Pink Shimmer paper.
Start with a piece of card stock (in this case pink shimmer) and cut 4.25 x 12.  Score on the 12" side at 6 and at 9.  Fold in half and then make at mountain fold of the 9" score line.  This is the easel base.  Cut another piece of the pink shimmer 4.25" x 6"  This will eventually be glued on the lower half of the front of the easel base when completely embellished.  Pieces glued on the bottom of the 4.25 x 6 are actually 6" wide therefore now making your card wider when completed.  After all the papers and embellies were attached to the 4.25 x 6 pink shimmer it was attached to the main base.
I was going for a Shabby Chic look so I added lace, doily's, sequins, buttons and a little shimmer from my Wink of Stella pen.
I think it's pretty cute and I can't wait for her to get it.  Now to ship it out to Spokane!  Oooppps............hope she doesn't read this post.

Time to find another fun fold!
HAPPY CARDING til then!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little Christmas Shutter

Hello!!!  After a trip to relax I'm back with energy to make a few cards.  Only 1 got done while I was away.  Goodness I was sure taking it easy!  LOL  This card I did whip together with a few scraps from my Graphic 45 stash.  This is exactly like the Friendship Shutter card I did earlier which can be seen here if you want more info on this card.  More Christmas Shutter card examples will be posted later as I have a ton of scraps and this goes together so quickly.


Well I'm off to whip up a few more cards in between watching the Grandkids.  Hope I can crank some out!
Til then................................
HAPPY CARDING!





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fancy Gatefold Christmas

Hello!  I am getting ready to be computerless (is that a word?) for the next 10 days so I'm trying to get my post up before the computer goes down.  I had been busy working on a Gatefold card that went a bit wild.  I saw the original on a Graphic 45 post and thought since I have alot of Graphic 45 scraps I'm going to give it a whirl.  This card measures 5.5" x 7"  an odd size yes and if I was more careful it should have only been a 5 x 7.  I'll explain that later. 


On the left is the card closed with a "Belly Band" to keep it from opening.  This just slides off the side.  In the second photo you can see a tab on the right side extending beyond the side of the card.  This is where I made my mistake and caused the card to be a 5.5 x 7.  I love the look though and decided that it would be a hand delivered card so it was OK.
     
A word of warning....................these are addicting!  You stop....think your finished.....walk away...come back and you start adding little doodads here and there.  LOL
I made card kits for my group which met up last night.  Each kit had a different combination of papers.  All embellishments were the same but not all used them.  Here are a few of the ones made last night.  First picture is of them open and then what they look like closed.  First up mine.

                                                                                         And now here are two more

and 2 more


They all look so different and everyone there agreed that its addicting!  I am sure to make more as special gifts over Christmas.  I think these would look great as a display on a side table or mantle.  There are no real directions.  Your base card is 10 x 7.  Made into a gate fold by scoring at 2.5 and 7.5.  The added square which is added to the right front panel of the gate is a 4.75 x 4.75.  You can see how it is only glued to the right side when the card is opened.  The bottom front piece is a 2.25 x 4.75 piece and it too is attached only to the right side.  This card is all about the layering.  Pull out papers and just start covering every inch!  Walk away and come back to add more.  It really is quite fun.  People will be impressed by what you can do with layers.
Going to go but some New Graphic 45 papers and build one with more of a theme.   Hmmmmmm  wonder what that will look like??

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING

Shadowbox Die Card

During one of our ladies gathering for card making one of the ladies brought some dies from Scrapbooking Made Simplethat she bought awhile ago to create Shadow box cards.  The Shadow Box's are awesome but the die to make the box requires a larger machine than the typical Big Shot.  The decorative pieces would easily go through any machine (Big Shot, Big Kick, Cuttlebug) so we decided to first try those out.  For the Shadowbox base card die you would need either the Spellbinders Platinum, Sizzix Big Shot Pro or the Fun Stampers Journey machine.

The finished size of this card is

The frame and the flowers are 2 separate dies.  Very delicate and you must be very careful laying them onto the cardstock to get them on straight.  The one on the far right I used liquid glue to adhere it to the base.  A bit messy and you must work in very small spaces and work quickly so glue doesn't dry.  It turned out OK but there were some places that a bit of glue seeped through.  So we then decided to try a Xyron machine on the far left one.  This left alot of sticky in the open spaces.  I tried to rub it off but it wasn't really working.  So I decided to try the next one (center).  With this one I tried to remove the sticky before removing it from the Xyron backing.  That didn't work either.  So not wanting to throw out the 2 cards (left one and center one) I instead sprinkled glitter on the front and it now has sporadic glitter on the card.  Passable but not really to my liking.  I think I would go back to the liquid glue and just be more careful if I am to do this again.
One of the ladies has a larger machine and cut out the box bases for us.  We did not have time or supplies to finish the boxes so that has to be left for a different post.  We all think that we will be doing some sort of Halloween Shadowbox.  We will see.'

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue Christmas Tri-Shutter Card

Time for another Christmas Card.  I want to be able to get as many Christmas Cards done before I head up to my summer cottage.  We don't have Internet there so there won't be very many post over the summer except for when I come home periodically to take care of home business.
I found another version of the Tri-Shutter card on Pinterest.  Now I didn't search deeply but the first few cards I found no one included directions for the base.  It didn't take long to figure this one out.  It is a full front panel Tri-Shutter Card.
Hmmmm...can barely see the bling I added to the dots.  Oh well I know they are there.I deliberately try to use nontraditional color combinations.  So many times people are too obsessed with things matching and can't seem to envision mixing things up.  One of the colors of the dots is blue and then there is a bit of blue with the snowman and the strip on the right panel.  Do the blues match absolutely not but it doesn't matter.  Its still a happy card.

Dimensions are as follows:

(1) 12" x 6" solid cardstock

With long side at top of scoreboard score at 4" and 8"
Then place short end at top of trimmer and line up to 1" mark cut between the 6" and 10" marking of the cutting blade.  Repeat on opposite side.

As for the DSP....I would use your imagination.  I used a 6x12 sheet of DSP and cut it to fit the various sections.  All my sections had the same background but that is not necessary.  Be creative!  I think I might make another sample as a kit for ladies group.  We all need to build up our Christmas stash.

Til next time..................
HAPPY CARDING!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lovely as a Tree Dryer Sheet Technique

With Christmas still on my mind I decided to post another Christmas card.  This one I C.A.S.E.D from a relatively new friend of mine.  Though she lives about 1750 miles away we have been sharing alot via "Snail Mail".  Yes "Snail Mail"!  It has been so much fun receiving little surprises every now and then.  We e-mail when we can and share family stories and of course our craft shopping obsessions LOL.  Anyway she sent me the most beautiful card that she had done with a ladies group she is in and when my ladies saw it they HAD to make it.  Of course me being me I waited until the last minute to put together the kits and of course I could not find my rectangle dies anywhere so I had to substitute.  But it still turned out awesome.
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the dryer sheet technique.  Its been done numerous times on YouTube and with the  Lovely as a Tree stamp by Stampin Up.  But the way my friend brought everything together is a way I had not seen.  So here it is:

On all of different samples of this technique I had never seen it with color.  But she had added the hills and blue hues of the snow and sky and yellow of the moon or sun which ever you feel it is.  Ok mine was really yellow.  Grabbed the wrong shade and OOPS.  But I'll just pretend its a really sunny day!
Technically there are 4 layers to this card. 5 if you count the base.  Anyway you would stamp and shade your scene first. (layer 1) then spray adhesive a used dryer sheet and lay that on top of your stamped sheet (layer 2) Smooth it out and no it doesn't have to be wrinkle free it will still look great.  Trim excess dryer sheet even with card stock.   We then re-sprayed the top of the now dryer sheet covered image.  Sprinkle glitter over the top.  It does not matter which brand you use just be aware that if it is one that carries a pinkish hue to it your scene will look pinkish.  I used a paint brush to brush off excess glitter.  Really helps.  To assemble the card cut a piece of card stock and some foam sheet about 1/4" larger than your image sheet, then on right side place your die and cut.  Do each piece 1 at a time. (or it won't go through machine ask me how I know LOL)  Using a foam layer (layer 3) on top of the image layer gives you a real nice window effect.  Then place die cutted cardstock (layer 4) on top.  All of this then can be glued down to a card base which would be a 1/4" larger than your finished layers.  
We were not very precise with our measurements because we all have envelope makers and decided we would just make special envelopes for this card but I'm sure you can do this same design with a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card.
We used Tim Holtz holiday sentiment dies for the left side of the card.  We were not sure if the original card was a stamped sentiment or a digi one but we did not have anything that fit so we used dies.

I'm sorry....I know this is long and probably confusing but if you have time to play I would give this a try.  Now That I figured it out it's a breeze.

Later.............................
HAPPY CARDING