Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Club Scrap Blog Hop for July: Vintage Botany

Hello again.  Time for the monthly Blog Hop and this month is a true winner.  Some months it is all about the stamps for me, like last month, and other months, well the paper just steals the show.  Before we start, some housekeeping.  You should have arrived from Jennifer.  Or to start at the beginning,  Click Here.

Ok, lets look at what I made, and then I will tell you about it.

An Album.
The back:
Close up of the closure.

This album is unique in that it opens long ways.
There are many instructions for making albums,  I will link the sources I used and share the details that make this unique.  But , the important thing is where did the inspiration come from.  The title of my blog is a hint that every thing I make is a "little bit" of this and that.  

So lets talk about the design process first.  

I had my first inspiration while walking through a craft show and seeing Tim Holtz demoing the distress crayons.  I have those, and try as might,  they never do what I want.  Well, maybe he could help overcome this deficit.  So I listened and I talked to him, and AhAh, I needed something to seal my paper so the color would move.  OK, good salesman  he is, and off I went to fine a shiny new hair of Collage Medium.  

Next piece of inspiration came from Karen, with this:  2016-atc-wallet, Mmmm, what could I do with this, I don't do ATC but love the look, the almost box like shape, mmmmmmm.

Then I read the name of this months kit:  Vintage Botany.  Immediately I thought of Vintage Seed Packets, Boxes for tools, The "look" and the color.  An idea started to form.  An album but as a Seed Collection Wallet, or folder of some type.  I remember from my days in the Emergency Department, we used these little paper folders to collect debris, hair, etc.  Would something like that work?

I received an email with a video blurb from Einat Kessler, File Folder Minii Album.  In this posting she used a folder system for her travel portfolio /suitcase.  And the concept developed.  

So lets look at the details. 

I started with the file folders.  

Easy!!  Take a 12X 12 paper and on one edge make a mark at 4" and 8", scoot down and make the same 2 marks ago.  Turn Paper and make 2 sets of marks at 3" and 9".  Draw lines to connect the dots.
Cut out the corners.  Now you have 4 flaps with a 4X6 inch center.

Score on the pencil line and 1/8" away twice.  Repeat this for all 4 sides of the box.  

Cover the inside of each of the flaps and center with paper.  Turn over and cover the outside four flaps, leaving center clear.  

Repeat this for 2 folder systems.  OK, recaps.  You have 2 pages, cut out as shown and scored and both covered on both sides, but the outside center box is bare.  With me.  

OK, now we make the spines.  Get out that grid ruler and measure your center box.  It should be 4X6 from first score line to score line on opposite side,  if not, just adjust the measures.  

So, mine was 4x6,  I decided to give a 1/4 inch ease around so, 3.5 X 5.5 plus one inch  on the edge for the spine, so was my starting measure 3.5 X 6.5  I cut 3 papers, this side.  Scored the first one, one inch from edge, then next 1.5 and the last  2.

Here they are scored.  For the first set I scored on the long side.  

Stack and staple them together.  This is attached to the center panel, I place my close to the right edge and centered top to bottom.  

For the second step, I repeated, this step, but wanted the spines to be at the top and open down.  Measured as before, only now it is 3.5 " X how far down the page the first will go + 1".. I only wanted it to cover 1/2 of the 5.5 inches, so my paper was 3.5 X 5" scored the same 1", 1.5 " and 2".  This will go to top of page

All that was left was to cover the spines, adding folders, papers, envelops in various configurations to create the "guts".  There are many blogs and ideas out there to make these into an album.  I just started covering and adding.  Here are a few of what I did.

Ok onto the the album cover.  I used Karens Video and directions but changed out the measurements.  

My folders are roughly 4.25 X 6.25 when full and closed.  (they bloom a little)..So I wanted a 1/2 inch all around.  So I cut 2 chipboard pieces 4.75 X 7.75.  I needed the spines.  The bottom spine was 1.75 the top spine 2.25. All were 4.25 inches long.   This gives a room for the top to fold over and make a box.  The front piece is 4.75 X 3.5 and cut out the corners.  Assemble per Karens video.  The one difference was that I needed to splice 2 12X12 pages together as my project was closer to 23" long with turn over.  I did this with score tape.  In hind site, I should have just bought some Kraft wrapping paper, next time.  

Ok Album finished.  inside and out.  (file folders not added).  Coated the entire thing with Collage Medium and decoupaged the  Seed Packet images that I had printed off the internet at 300dpi.  I created the :"Seeds for thought" tag, in Photoshop using the fonts suggested for this kit and decoupage this to the flap.  Then I just needed patience to let it all dry. And don't rush this, it must be  thoroughly dry.  

Next step was to color and enhance the cover with Distress crayons.  The nice thing is if you don't like it, just wipe off and start again.  The Collage Medium is a great product.  Lastly I  Stenciled the above the saying with paste and the stencil included in the Kit.  When I scraped off the past in areas I did not want it, the crayon was removed.  I liked it and left tin.  Then let it dry and then colored with the crayons some more.  Final step was to add some distress ink to the edges.  

Now, all that was needed was a handle, which I made from twine and added my signature and date on the bottom.  Once finished, I used the scraps and leftovers to make the tags.  Had I done this first I would have run out of paper.  

I did use a velcro dot to hold my folders closed and then adhered them into their place on the inside. 

This is hard to capture as there is layer upon layer of lovelies.  But the best view is this.

Well that is all folks, thank you for stopping by.  Your next stop is; Cheryl.

Happy Crafting,


Friday, July 21, 2017

Foiling Continued

My last post for the blog hop explored many foiling techniques and I mentioned there was one I needed to play with more before sharing.  Well I did and I would like to share those final techniques in this post.  There are many more things that can be done with foiling, but I am focusing on general techniques and then we can explore in future post how to incorporate these into your projects.  Lets start with a photo or two.

This technique combines foil, glitter and die cuts.  Are you ready.

Lets us look at what we need first:
A die of some type.  In the examples I used a die from Hero Arts, .butterfly-confetti, Tim Holtz, paper-cut-bird- but any die will work with the technique, even single dies as we will see later.

Need a sheet of 2 sided adhesive;  Here is what I learned about this.  The first time I tried this, I did not have any sheets, just tape.  So I covered my paper with the wide taper.  But the line show.  I left it on my desk and worked around it, and the longer it sat and was moved or covered by "things" the more obvious the line became.  So I bought the sheets and repeated with stellar success.

The third and most important part is the backing sheet from "something".  I used the backing from a magnet sheet for my first try, then I moved to just using the backing from the sheet of double sided tape.  All that is left is glitter, foil and imagination.


I started out by die cutting the backing sheet.
applied the 2 sided tape to my card stock, removed the backing sheet and laid this over the sticky surface.  Burnished down with another piece of the backing sheet.. DONT TOUCH the sticky.

added white glitter or glitter of your choice, I used Elizabeth Craft, Warm Diamond Microfine.  and burnish in.

Carefully remove the mask.  This is the hardest part, just be patient and if you don't rip it, you can reuse.

OK, for the first example I started with the bird.

Be stingy with laying down the glitter and burnish it in as you go, don't remove the excess yet.

All that is left is to lay down foil, rub in hard and remove the sheet, repeat with different colors until all finished.  Then brush away the rest of the bird glitter, and add more white glitter the the whole card, burnish in, and finish your card.  Easy!!!

Lets look at the rest:
With this card no Foil.  I just used different colors of glitter and filled in the die cuts.  If you double click you can get a picketer and see how the mask is with the glitter. In this example.  I did not remove the mask first, just filled in the holes, burnished down, then removed mask and added white glitter.   I thought this was just too busy so. . . . . . . .

after removing the backing paper, I placed individual die cuts onto the sticky surface.  Added white glitter to the background and then removed the mask.

Then I applied foil to the butterflies.  See those "smudge dots" they were an accident.  Where I put my finger to hold down the foil while I burnished, left these dots.  I liked them so when I was done went back and added more.  This is why you have to use glitter after finishing.  The sticky surface is still slightly tacky when done.  That final glitter fixes that.  Also after cutting this down to size, the sides will be tacky.  I just dipped them in glitter and burnished but baby powder would work too.

All that was left was to make the cards.

All were matted with a gold paper that matched the butterfly tags in this month's Club Scrap Kit, Vintage Botany.  The butterfly cards were placed on A2 card bases.  The bird was matted in addition to the gold with the purple paper from this months kits and then onto a white card base.  Ribbon also came from Vintage Botany.

Thank you for visiting,
Let me know if you have any questions,
until next time,
Happy Crafting,

Club Scrap
Vintage Botany Deluxe Kit

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Pattern Play

Time for another blog hop!! Are you excited.  You should have arrived here from: Jennifer or if you want to go to the beginning, Click Here.

OK the kit for the month is Pattern Play.  To be honest I never got beyond the stamps.  They are fabulous and for the techniques I am going to share, they can't be beat!!

To continue our exploration of foiling, I tried several different methods and would like to share them with you.  This is where we move foiling away from the laminator onto the stamp table.  Are you ready.  Well here is just a glimpse of what is to come!!!

I tried 3 different glues and am going to share some surprising results.

Take glue and apply to stamp.  I used 3 different glues.  The first I tried was this one:

The second was Indie Glue: this one came with a gilding flake kit I bought years ago and

Mount It by Club Scrap.  Surprise!!  The same glue we use for our unmounted stamp is an amazing technique products.

For the Indie Glue and Mount it, I squeezed it onto a acrylic block and used a sponge applicator to apply to the stamp.  You have to work fast with all of them or you will glue your stamp to the paper.

Stamped it onto the paper.  I did this with several stamps and the 3 glues.  Let them dry and took care to clean my stamps well when finished.

For the foiled cards, I just placed the foil, shiny or colored side up and burnished with a bone folder.

I decided to play with my gilding flakes while I was at it and for several of the cards gilded them.  Did not photo this part as I was covered in flakes and glue and did not want to decorate my camera!!

That is all there is to it!!  Now lets look at the results.

These were the Nuvo Glue.  Very sketchy but nice.

This is the only Indie the worked out.  After several failures, I threw the bottle of glue out too!!

The biggest surprise was how well the Mount IT worked.

While still a bit sketchy, they are more solid, and the shine is marvelous!!  This worked so well, I inked up the stamps again with Mount It and using Gilding flakes, created this assortment.

Gorgeous !!! In person they are rich and with texture and interest.

So I needed to make these into cards:  I have a total of 12 fronts and chose only a few to finish.

For the mats: I tried several options.

Put down score tape around edges and placed the foil down and burnished.
Not my favorite technique as you can see the edges of the tape.

with card placed on top, not so noticeable.

Then, I repeated the same with wider taper and 
Added gilding flakes.  The rest of the cards I just cut gold mats:


More pics:

No sentiments.  These will be collected into a set and will be given as a notecard set.  Letting the owner write and use them for whatever need they may have, thank you, get well, etc.  

That is all there is to foiling folks.  There is one more technique I tried for this post, but it failed.  I need to work on it and will share in a future blog post.  After this we should be foiling masters!!

Your next stop on the hop is:  Cheryl

Happy Crafting,

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