Friday, March 24, 2017

Club Scrap: Artist Team Challenge: Digi Delight.

Ok are you ready for the Team Challenge.  This month the challenge was to use the Digital images  to create digital/hybrid projects.  Digital can be challenging or fun, it is a different way to craft.  I came to crafting through Digital Scrapbooking.  Then moved into Digital Art Journaling.  I still created a lot of my sentiments in photoshop, print and use on my cards, solves that issue of "not right stamping".  I did not want to overwhelm you with the techie part, so my goal was to show you  a trick or maybe something new that might  get you to think about the digital files in a different way.

This was not an easy task as I have never written a tutorial for this type of project.  So I tried to keep it simple.  Let me know what you think or if you have any questions., just sent me a note.    But first, you should have arrived from Jennifer and if you got lost, Click here.

First off, I am using Photoshop for this project.  I am also using the latest release,  your screen might not look the same if you are using an older version, or a different Photoshop Program than this.  But the principal is the same.  I have been using this Program for many years and while it changes  with every release, the basics are constant.

Card 1:  This will demonstrate the basic technique, hang in there.
These were made with the same images but one is layered and the other flat.  
I started by creating the background.

One of the issues with using files, that if you try to enlarge them they can Pixilate, have jagged borders.  One way to avoid this is to create a stamp from the image, and then alter the "stamp".
Located the Image that I wanted and using the lasso tool, outlined the image.  I captured part of the background.  You can't see it in the photo but this little bit of background gives the paper texture and depth, taking away that "photo look".  Next, I opened another file, white page and dragged this image onto the paper.  It is very light and needed to be darkened.  There are many ways to do this, but the easiest is to click on the image bar and use the adjustment and brightness and contrast tools.
Under the image tab is the adjustment tool.  Below this is the Auto Contrast.  Screen One is the Level and the second shot is Contrast .  
Placed the output level clear to the right at 255 and far left to 0

 Use this to darken it further.  
Here is the comparison, right is untouched, left is the darkened image.  You  could also use the layers to add more layers and use the darken mode to do this, but you have to flatten the image and sometimes there is a bit of distortion.  This is a simple 2 step process.   It is still blue, but so dark it really doesn't matter.

Now we need to turn into a stamp.  Under the edit tab, is the "Define Brush Present, click this.
This widow opens, Name your brush and you just created a "stamp".   That number indicates the size.  You just increase the number in the brush tool to make bigger or smaller.  

Ok, we are almost done!!

On the blog, when a kit is released is a file with very important information.  Also the fonts used are in this posting.  They are a click away and load right into Photoshop.  
Open this file in Photoshop.  Then using the color picker, place the eye dropper on whatever color you want, or choose a color of your choice.    I chose the bottom blue color.  Make this your selection.

Go to the brush tool, select the brush, set you color and stamp away.  

I printed this out and used it for the backing for the first example, matted it on blue and added a ribbon.  For my Hybrid part, I created the Sentiment tag.  

Tag was created using the Rectangle tool, creating my boxes and then typed in my text. 

The outer box is black, Happy Birthday and the inner box is in the same blue as the Shoes.  
I printed this out on white card stock.  The Black and blue tag was printed on my ink jet printer.  A second black box (on top) was printed with my Laser printer.  

I ran the black box through my Minc with Gold foil, cut along the lighter blue line and matted these.
Both of these layers were popped up on fun foam.  I used the crystal pen in blue (included in the kit) to add hash marks to the light blue line to add that "hand touch".

For the second card, I copied the Background onto a smaller (5X7 canvas), pulled the rectangle into the file, centering it and then printed on my ink jet printer  All that was needed was to add ribbon, embellishment, mat and place on a card base.  I did cut this down to the A2 size.  

Whew!!! that was involved.  but the good news, I used all the same techniques to create the other 2 cards.  So, you get a reprieve from my tutorial, enjoy some eye candy.

Card 2

Simple and elegant.  Used the darker blue "ink" on the chip, same rectangle box, same stamp making technique and lastly a Dutch Proverb makes a simple elegant and perfect card.  This one is matted and no foiling was used in the creation of this project.  I flipped the "shoe" by checking a box in the brush tool selection tab.  (This is my favorite).

Card 3:

Again, created the "stamp", made my alignment, stamped in black ink and printed on my Laser printer.  Just lassoed the Sentiment pulled it onto the paper and printed .
This is how it was printed.  I have an additional sentiment,  Never sure when I might need one, and why waste paper.  I just cut these out and keep a folder in my foil supply drawer.  

Cut down to size, foiled the sentiment in gold and the card in Blue, mounted on a blue cardstock, finished. 
This photo shows the shine a bit better.

Well that is all from me today.  Your next stop is Cheryl.  

Happy Crafting 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Card Challenge Time: Freshly Made Sketches

Time for my challenge card.  I have to say these are rough for me to do.  I am a free spirit when I craft and have a hard time conforming.  I must have looked at a dozen sites before one spoke to me.  I  always seems to have an idea and then go looking for the challenge that matches it.  I need to find a simpler way I am thinking.  Oh well, the card is cute and matches the challenge perfectly.

The Sketch

This card is straight forward.  I used the papers from Club Scrap March Kit, Delft.  Fussy cut the papers for the "ribbons" and a printed paper for the the mat.  All of this was arranged on a 5X7 white card base.  

This is the paper that I was trying to find a use for.  I used the stencil on white 120 card stock, and brushed over a layer of Nuvo Mousse.  This is a new product for me and well, I'm not sure about it.  I am a great fan of Inca Gold and this is similar, fluffier, but harder to control.  I need to play some more.

Nuvo Mousse

The rest of the card is straight forward: Stamped and copic colored the images, then fussy cut.  Added a sentiment and a few sequins.  Finished!  Not bad.  

That is it for me!!  Stop over to Freshly Made Sketches and see all the other cards made from this Sketch.  Be sure and visit  Club Scrap and check out the latest Kit:  Delft, March 2017.

Until next time, 
Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Interactive Cards: A Windmill Tutorial

I am back!!!  February was a rough month.  I had just finished the inside of my interactive card and was feeling the "happy dance".. Headed off to work, thinking the weekend would see me finishing it and publishing soon.  Well life can change in a moment, while walking down the hall and thinking about life, I felt and "heard" a pop in my knee and I was down for the count.  I understand pain, but to experience that white hot searing pain of acute injury and the awareness that walking was impossible was a new experience.  Good thing I work in a medical facility, wheel chairs are easily acquired.  I was whisked off to ED, MRI, Ortho, and medicated before the reality hit that it was going to be a long way to the top of those stairs and my craft room.  Well, my saga continues but with help I can get upstairs and when finished, with help can get back down the stairs.  So, on my return to the craft room, What did I make?  A Windmill!!!

Cute isn't it?  Wonder how that will fit into a card.   I made a movie.

Ok, lets see how to make this:  The principle is on a box idea.  We are familiar with these, the exploding box,  box card, and Karen Burniston's Flower Pot Pop Up.  I just made a closed box and used a triangle as the element.

There is a Windmill Stamp in the Club Scrap March Kit Delft.  I used this for inspiration.  First started out by measuring the stamp.  I determined that the base is slightly narrower than the height.  I began here.
The windmill stamp is on the right 

I drew out several different sizes of triangles to get the exact size, keeping in mind that I did not want a giant card, 5X7 was goal and I needed room for the blades.  Then I made a model and adjusted the blades and figured out the construction.

Ended up with an equilateral triangle with base of 2" and height of 2.5".  At this point it is important that the triangle be perfect.  All the angles must be exact.

We could go into the geometry of this whole exercise, but in reality, just use a ruler and draw 2 lines.  I used a t-square to keep everything straight.  one line is 2"  (the base) and crossed by line that is 2.5" (the height) and connect the lines.  Then I drew tabs onto one side and the bottom.

Next I placed this on a folded piece of paper and created this:

Not the easiest to see, but the triangle pattern in first picture is represented on the left, creases are where the lines were drawn.  The triangle to the left is another whole triangle, tabs are shown.

This is converted to the full pattern.  Dotted lines are the fold lines.  This was carefully cut and scored.  The Inked embellishments were added, while flat and the windows cut out.  The blades were added on before the closing up the "box".   I used an xacto knife to cut out the "windows" and glued yellow paper behind the holes.  Inked up the panes and added a white gel pen outline to indicate frames around the windows and door.  A brad holds the blades.  

Blades were also inked to add dimension.  

I created the card base the same as in all my other cards.  Cutting the base and adding the backing papers to the inside, leaving space along the gutter (the center fold).  The Center fold on the front of the windmill must line up with the gutter.  I added the glue to one tab and with the windmill open attached that side down.  Then flattened everything, removed the strip from the second tab, folded the card, perfect.

Next I needed to adjust the blades.
I had made the blades too long and nothing seemed to keep them in my card, so I just trimmed them down until they stayed within the card.  


That is it, the inside of the card is nearly done.  I just needed to add some additional focal points.  

I always keep my failed backgrounds, you never know when you might need them!!!

Using a tulip die, I cut tulips from the backgrounds above, you wouldn't know, but the green is leaves and the yellow/pink are the flowers.  Stamped a the shoe, colored with copics, added a sentiment.  The other side was left blank for a message to be written .

The front is simple and complements the inside.  I try to keep the front simple.  
I I fussy cut one of the papers in the kit, added a ribbon , the embellishment and a sentiment.  

Well this seems long and involved.  But it isn't.  Getting the pattern made was the hard part.  Remember when making popups, the gutter or center is where "most of the action is" and both sides must be symmetrical.  If all things are equal and it is foldable, it will work.  Just experiment.  

I will post February Interactive card soon.  In retrospect, this mechanism needed to come first. The Succulent Card relies on Parallelogram and is more complicated.  In the scheme of things, this is a very simple pop up.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Club Scrap Team Challenge: Batiks

Can you believe we are nearly at the end of January.  When I put my finishing touches on this set of card and started photographing, I nearly panicked  thinking Valentines Cards need mailed!!! But I need to make them, oh well and so it goes.  This month's challenge was to use a technique that had the impression of Batik.  This is easy for me.  If you look over my blog's history, you will see that this is my fail proof background technique.  But I need to to change it up a bit so I could show you something new.  Are you ready?  Well first lets make sure you have the links for the hop.  You should have arrived here from Jennifer.  To start at the beginning:  CLICK HERE.   Your stop after mine is Cheryl.

Lets start with the first group:
Stunning you say!!!  Well I started out with a stack of backgrounds, seems I really like blue, green and purple because that was the only ones I liked.  Since they are so "matched" I think I will turn them into a set and give as a gift.  They were made the same way generally.

From my dragonfly pop up card, 2 blog posting back, I had several cutouts of the stamped dragonfly.  They made the perfect stencil.

I cut them apart, put them in my Club Scrap Pizza Box and sprayed them with adhesive spray.  What I learned was don't leave them too long, spray, apply, emboss and get them off the background or they will be permanently adhered.

Next I arranged them on my papers and using an ink blending tool, embossing ink, covered the inside of the stencil.  Moving from the outside in.

Closer view:  I prefer the Ranger Embossing ink for this technique.  One I have the reinker, makes it easier to get the goo where I want it and enough goo to do the job.  Second it is a bit more sticky than other embossing ink.  I prefer the other ink when I am not applying to a stencil.  3rd, it seems to allow the ink to move under the embossing.  When I use Versamark for example, it is often solid.  This is a batik like technique so I needed the bleed.

The top dragonfly shows that bleed the best.  Next I sprayed inks or stains onto my craft sheet and dipped the paper into the inks.  I used Broken China, Twisted Citron, Fresh Violets for my inks.

On tip that I often miss mentioning, is an important one.   When I make my first pass through the ink, I stop and heat set it.  Then dip into the ink again, heat set.  Add any additional color and dip again. Many times I hear that "I just get mud", these inks are water reactive, so if you heat between dips, the color remains clear.  Once dry I spray with water to distress.  That is it!

The next step is to get rid of the embossing powder.  I have been using my Minc   Put a piece white copy paper around the card, and run through the Minc on a setting of 4.  Takes only one pass to clean up the embossing.

The clear on the white paper is the removed embossing powder.  Quick and easy!!

For the next background I tried something different.  I used Distress Micro glaze.  Instead of using the dauber, I just covered the inside of the stencil with the micro glaze, being careful to not add too much.  The first 2 were on water color paper, for this one, I used plain white card stock.

This looks different, more splotchy and the images are not as defined.  The paper curls but I like it and it adds interest.

To finish up, I added my die cut words that were cut from Heidi Swapp glitter tape or stamped in black ink.  Added some sequins to complete 3 cards that are clean and simple and will be easily mailed.

Lets look at them up close!
This is the one that I stamped.

Final card is more of the same, but I inked the background rather than dipping it into the ink.  

Started out the same,  Stamped in Versamark on Watercolor paper.  Heat embossed in clear.

Sprayed with water and ran through the Minc.  Easy!!

Next I added a ribbon, sentiment, trimmed the corners and mounted it on an A2 Pink Card base.  A few sequins, finished.  Simple and easy but not ordinary.  

That is it for this hop, stayed tuned for next months kit and another interactive pop up card,  Remember to hop along to Cheryl's Blog.just  Click Here

Happy Crafting.