Tag Archive | Embossing

A Washi Tape Card

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This card was done super quick (and I mean like in about 20mins). It was for my Nieces birthday even though it turned out far more Masculine than I intended for it to.

I have been playing with decorated masking tapes and washi tape cards lately using my score board to get the lines needed to cover over. Though you can tell I was in a hurry as one of my lines is still wonky even with a guide.

I used my envelope guide and did my lines 3/4″ appart 3 on each corner then added the washi tape over the lines. Pretty simple but effective and something I will try again the next time I need a masculine card.

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A Travel inspired card with a twist

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This was made for a friend who loves the colour pink and has always wanted to travel.

I used a combination of Tim Holtz Air Travel and Mpress stamps. Some ranger adirondak and jenni bowlin paint dabbers, a background technique I will share a tutorial on next month (I am completely swamped this month with some artworks for a local art comp), some gold embossing powder.

The brad was one I had in my Stash that I covered in Malted Milk Paint Dabber, and the Quote stamp I think is a scrappy cat one.

I was really happy with how unique this card turned out I so hope she will love it and it will remind her to never stop reaching for her Dreams.

150th Post 12 tags of 2013 April

Can you believe it just about a year and a half ago I started this blog spurred on by what was the final 12 tags of Christmas 2011.

It felt like any other post would not quite fit this rather special occasion. After all it started with 12 tags and so my 150th post (and believe me I have been putting off posting some other projects to make it so) is my Mixed Media Journal Pages for april as always based on the Maestro Tim Holtz’s Tag

Now as usual I was missing a rather major component of this tag this month. No distress paints as yet. However I had an idea and it all started with the dragonfly.

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The dragonfly was actually done in stages the first being the wire wings. I used the Tattered Angels Dragonfly stamp and made wire frames using the cover piece that is printed and wire, when I was happy with my wire work (it was never going to be an exact match) I then covered the frames in fantasy film (there are different types of this the one I used is sort of like a cellophane that you crinkle to get pretty shimmery effects).
You then heat it the more you heat it the less the shimmer shows but the more you get some cool melted spots and holes. I did quite a few layers wrapped around and around to get mine to look like they do.

Then I beaded the body with swarovski beads (from ebay before you go but she is a on a budget I lucked out and got them very cheaply). Then attatched it with yet more wire to the wings ( you twist them all together then wire the beads over the center).

I then decided to try stamping each wing with the dragonfly stamp I think it turned out pretty well (though I would suggest doing this before you put your dragonfly together).

I then stamped the body on a small piece of Manila cs and fussy cut it. I tried it plain but was not feeling it so added in the watch parts for my cogs and gears steam punk style element and that is how I got my funky dragon fly.

After I had been working on my background a bit and when I had used some expresso paint dabber on the watch parts I also ran it over the dragonfly for more of a distressed grungy look. I also rubbed over a little crushed soft charcoal.

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the dragonfly really was the inspiration for my page. I saw Tim’s and have done the acetate type thing before and being me was like how can I make mine a bit different. I have been working with Fantasy film making butterflies for my Happiness Jar Decorating Kits (will do a blog about the kits soon) and was like Bingo.

Here is the page:

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I did distress stains on Ranger Manila cs. For the background and also inked over it with a mix of tea dye, vintage photo and walnut stain (the holy trinity for a true aged distress look). I also rubbed over some crushed soft willow charcoal (it is so hard to explain what it does but it really adds another element to your distress)

Added in the tissue tape Nostaligic and inked over it with tea dye just to tone it in a little.

Then I will be honest I got stuck. I had no real idea about what I wanted to do next. I had my dragonfly stamped where I wanted it. The background pages done, the Journaling book pages inked so it all toned together but not a clue as to what I even wanted to do next so I left it alone for almost a week.

Tonight the damn burst and my mojo was in full swing as I pulled out some stamps ( two sets Air Travel and Urban Tapestry)

I used the big map stamp all over my background inked with picket fence distress stain. I really love how this looked over the background.

I then used my favorite brilliance ink Coffee Bean (I really need to get a re-inker for mine I use it so much) and used the ticket stamp and stamped bits of it over the page.

I then did the same with the Ink splatter stamp.

Used the compass stamp and embossed it in gold. Liked it so much I used the ink splatter stamp in some spots and embossed them in gold as well.

Added in the quote stamp which did not stamp perfectly but I kinda like that it didn’t it fits the whole grungy vintage vibe.

Added in the corner flourishes in black from yet another set of Tim Stamps (not sure of the name they are clear acrylic ones from ages ago).

Then thought about what else I could do. Went to my Tim/Ranger embellishment box and found some Alpha cards and thought ooooh so cut out the letters for April, inked them in tea dye and that is it.

Aprils Mixed Media Journal pages broken down and completed.

I have been having so much fun doing Mixed Media Journaling for the tags this year. Not only am I getting to play with the new techniques that we get each month (or improvising when I do not have the stuff to use) but I get to stretch my mixed media skills and I really love just getting to fool around and play.

If you haven’t guessed it yet I am a crazy fly by the seat of my pants crafter it is very rare for me to plan what I am doing I just tend to flow and hope I get something good out of it.

Have to say I am so pleased with how these pages turned out. It was so much fun to go from a pristine shimmery dragonfly to a steampunk grungy vintage type one still with some of the irradecence.

And so we come to the end of this amazing Milestone. For anyone who has been taking my creative journey with me I appreciate you visiting.

I love hearing your comments on my work and enjoy being inspired by you all.

Lots of Hugs

Amanda

A Different sort of Valentines Card

This card was a great challenge from Ann on Jellybean Scrappers. It was to create a card with embossing and metal on it.

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The most time consuming part other than trying to get the pewter stain into all the nooks and crannys (TIP stain first then emboss) was glittering the crack. Glue Gloss and a bit of patience are required.

Then it was a sizzix heart die cut out of black cs covered in copper tape and a wee quickutz cupid and viola a card 🙂

Its a Blog Hop Box-a-lope

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First off you should be hopping here from Daisy’s amazing blog

Welcome to my Box-a-lope tutorial I know there are a few of these already online though I just played with my scoreboard to get mine. It may look a little daunting in terms of steps but it really is very simple and I like to make things as easy as possible for each person so that all skill levels can accomplish my tutorials easily.

The best bit about this project its a one sheet of CS one so its great for stretching the budget, cards that are a little to big for a normal envelope or to sneak a few goodies in with your card.

step 1. Using your Martha Stewart score board with the envelope maker in place or a ruler and a pencil. Score your lines on the diagnal at 4.5″ and 5″

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turn and do this on all four sides your CS should have score or pencil lines to look like the ones in this pic

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Step 2: Cut down your corners on what all sides (I always cut the top two flaps off but you can tuck them in if you prefer it really is up to you) Make sure the two you are leaving to create tabs with you cut a small piece out of the end as pictured this will help it sit better.

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Note you can turn your cut off bits into photo corners for other projects very simply the following pics show you how easy it is

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ok back to our box-a-lope

Step 3 Turn your box-a-lope over and decorate your front panel this will make it easier if you want to stamp, emboss or ink your box rather than when it is already made up. You will notice I accidentally did my box sideways which was a decorating error on my part you do not need to do this you can have your box with the flap at the top it is totally up to you.

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Step 4 Add tape as shown to one of the side panels, the whole of your bottom panel and the outside of the little tabs

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Step 5: Stick the tabs to the outer bits of your box-a-lope

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step 6: Stick your side panels to each other being careful to keep the shape (if you have a book or thin box the right size use that to help)

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step 7: Stick the bottom fold over bit panel (I cut a rounded shape into the end of mine you do not have to I just like how it looks better and yes a corner rounder is on my wish list)over the side panels.

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Step 8: Add adhesive to your top panel, fill your box-a-lope with goodies and viola your done 🙂
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As a special give away for this blog hop I am giving the above box-a-lope stuffed full of goodies from my etsy store and some other stash away to one lucky commenter so comment on this post for your chance to win.

It is now time for you to hop on over to Ashley’s awesome blog

A steampunk Halloween Box

Yes another Cybercrop Challenge. This we 2″ square box was my starting point it was a halloween themed mini otp challenge

I created this box and made a flower using Donna Salazar’s Rose Creations Dies (yep one of my fav things to enter my stash this year)

Then after I had embossed the box and added the flower and watch parts I had an idea how awesome would a flower look with watch parts in its center so that is what I did. I have to say I love how this turned out though embossing the box was the hardest part.

Here are two views of my Steampunk Halloween Box

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Let the October Catch up Begin

With some spooky halloween ATC’s for a swap at Jellybean Scrappers.

It is funny I love these but the pics do not do the justice then I also saw some of the amazing and sophisticated ones others did and was like hmm mine feel a bit amature then I remember I also do not have the hugest stash and I always make the most of what I have plus. I really am happy with how unique these are and they took so much work and I enjoyed making them all so much.

Take special note of the ‘dirt’ it took a lot of effort, an expresso paint dabber, some plastic and a craft knife to scrape the paint off the plastic but I really love how it turned out.

The first is aptly titled ‘Trick or Treat’ and I love that I got to use my wee 1″ paper bag die

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The Second I used the Tim Holtz Foil tape technique and grunged up the CB cut and emboss grave titled “Alas Poor Yorick” (cutting that skull in half was a beep totally worth it however any scrapping companies out there seriously some half skulls ie just the front would rock)

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and the last one I have to say I really wanted the arm to look zombie like so went totally ott with the alco inks (like I did on all the skeleton bits). I also used a Vintaj embossing folder I have with some cheap thin tags I got from a local discount store. Alcohol inks and Triple thick. The background is painted with distress re inkers. And this one has a really neat trick to it

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and without the pendant thats right the spooky tree tag can be taken off and worn or used on something else.

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and thats the Halloween ATC’s it was such fun playing with less pretty darker things for a change.