Posted on September 27, 2016 by creativeunblock
In a previous post, I showed a book made using a coaster and the Cinch easy binding machine from We R Memory Keepers.
Here’s a different style made using the Zutter Bind-it-all:
I first covered chipboard with a pretty wrapping paper from the Paper Source, making pretty front and back covers.
Here are some inside pages:
I LOVE adding envelopes to these books.
I use this book for samples — here some samples made playing with (then) new inks:
Here’s another book, made using lots of envelopes:
And the cover of that book:
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Posted on September 22, 2016 by creativeunblock
I love making little books for various occasions — some I keep, many I give away. But I also love taking the easy way, which I found using two machines: the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers and the Zutter Bind-it-all. Both are good and easy to use.
Here are some projects:
First, this one was made using the Cinch and coasters I picked up for $1!
Here’s a look at the inside and a close-up of the cover:
(I used a lot of scraps to make the inside pages — yay for using scraps!)
Stay tuned for a Zutter-bound book!
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Posted on September 17, 2016 by creativeunblock
I think we all know by now that I am crazy about using up my scraps. And that my desk is usually a big fat mess of scraps and tools and ephemera.
Every so often I clean it off. I gather my little pile and challenge myself to use up at least half of it. (The rest I give to a friend or donate to a women’s shelter for art projects.)
Check it out:
This silhouette image (from Technique Tuesday) always makes me smile. Such exuberance! The speckled background is a leftover piece from another, long forgotten play time with color misting. The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts.
Another leftover background … I believe it was made using alcohol inks. Images from Hero Arts.
Note: Just because these images are discontinued, don’t be discouraged! Substitute a similar image from your own stash!
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Posted on August 26, 2016 by creativeunblock
I’ve always loved this big, bold, beautiful floral from Stampendous! And it makes an easy, fast card:
It’s just perfect for watercoloring. The image was stamped on Ranger Specialty Watercolor paper (love it because one side is smooth, great for stamping, but it still holds up to watercolor!) in VersaMark ink, then embossed with black powder. (By the way, before stamping with VersaMark, I used I used my ScraPerfect Perfect Embossing Pouch to eliminate static and stray powder), and Zig Kuretake Clean Color Watercolor markers for coloring. And of course, a dash of clear Wink of Stella … why not?
After it dried, the panel was trimmed, edged with a black permanent marker, and mounted on a moss green folded card. The sentiment (Technique Tuesday) and stamped in VersaFine black on piece of white scrap, edged in black, then mounted with foam tape. The sequins are from Doodlebug Design.
Here’s to a great weekend!
Filed under: Flower cards, heat embossing, inks, Techniques, watercolor | Tagged: birthday, Doodlebug Designs, flowers, Ranger, ScraPerfect, Stampendous, Technique Tuesday, watercolor, watercolor techniques, Zig markers | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 25, 2016 by creativeunblock
Two more leftover pieces that finally found homes:
Fast and simple!
And this one:
The backgrounds on the stamped pieces were brayered and the larger background is the same as in the last post. The images (Stampendous!) were black embossed.
Now these can go off to someone’s mailbox!
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Posted on August 23, 2016 by creativeunblock
Time to clean the desk again … and use up some of those images and papers that seem to reproduce with wild abandon on my desk.
You’ll all recognize Tim Holtz’s Crazy Birds … well, this one is from a mini set. I love the smaller size — perfect for a 4Bar card (about 4 7/8 x 3 1/2, when folded). The background was made by spritzing Heidi Swapp sprays (mustard, chartreuse and sweet cherry). Layered, glued, added some Lawn Fawn sequins, and that’s a wrap! Oh, and a liberal dose of clear Wink of Stella on the bird. Bam!
These frolicking girls (by Crafty Individuals/Magenta) have always tickled me. This was stamped a while ago on some leftover card stock that was colored using Faber-Castell Gelatos. The card stock, as you can see, is very textured, so the girls didn’t stamp as smoothly as I wanted. But a part of me is okay with the sketchy look. The paper is an old scrap from Paper Source.
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Posted on August 9, 2016 by creativeunblock
Who can resist a card that is fast and easy to make, and uses up some scraps? Heck, not me.
Stamp set is Hero Arts Color Layering Bird CL866. For the blue flowers in the background, I stamped the first layer with Hero Arts’ Unicorn white pigment ink, then over-stamped with ColorBox Stephanie Barnard blueberry blue die ink.
Tip: When I stamped the blue layer on top of the white, the stamp picked up a bit of the white pigment. To prevent the white from contaminating my pretty blue pad, I off-stamped it before re-inking with the blue. I started off-stamping on scrap paper, then saw how pretty it looked, so went for scrap card stock and created some tags:
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Filed under: Fast & Easy, Flower cards, inks, Random Cards, Techniques | Tagged: birds, ColorBox, fast & easy, flowers, Hero Arts, ink techniques, inks, layering, layering stamps, scraps, Stephanie Barnard, using scraps | Leave a comment »