4/19/14

Birthday Triangles

Yep, it’s another triangle die. This time it’s  a Cover Up die from My Favorite Things and the triangles are a bit larger.

The colors on the first card were added by layering strips of card stock behind the die - that’s the easiest way to do it. Pay no attention to that tiny bit of turquoise covering up a bit of the purple. I didn’t notice it until I took the photo, and there’s no way to fix it now. So, let’s just pretend I meant to do that :-)

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The colors on this card were made by cutting the die from different colors and adding the individual triangles back into the die. Still pretty easy, but a little more time consuming. I love the effect, though, and since all of the triangles are the same size I have more left for another card or four.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set and I colored the letters using a Copic marker that matches the yellow card stock.

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I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but one thing I love about the MFT Cover Up dies is the fact that they are 4” x 5-1/4” instead of 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. They are easier to add to a card front and leave a little border around the outside of the die. Sometimes I have trouble putting a full size die cut on a card front without getting it crooked and they don’t all have enough solid area around the edges to allow trimming. I know, I could make the card larger, but I prefer the A2 card size.

4/17/14

Hello, Hi, Hey You, Howdy, Hi There, What’s Up?

I though I’d take a little break from the birthday card posts and show you a couple of other sponged pieces. These were actually done before the birthday cards that I posted previously. These turned out so well, it made me want to do more, which is where the birthday cards came in.

I love this Hero Arts stamp and thought the square-ish format (ok, so it’s actually a rectangle) would be perfect for using Distress Inks with the new Mini Ink Blending Tool. Those little round spongy things are SO much easier to use than the old rectangle ones - they made it so easy to get the ink exactly where I wanted it on these cards.

I embossed the design with white embossing powder and just used 3 colors for sponging - Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Salty Ocean. Add a few sequins or gems, layer them up on some card stock and they’re done.

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It’s back to the birthday cards soon :-)

4/14/14

A Little More DIY Enamel Dot Info

Since I couldn’t find any beads smaller than the ones I already have, I decided to cut the Perler beads in half and see how small they would end up. But first, a word of caution. If you decide to try this, don’t do what I did and hold the beads in your fingers and use really sharp, short scissors to cut them. Why, you ask? I’ll show you why (don’t look if you’re queasy about a tiny bit of blood)…

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Yep. See that wonderful V-shaped cut? That’s what you get when the super sharp tips of the scissors cut into the soft flesh of your palm because you are paying more attention to the bead than you are to your hands. It’s deeper than it looks, and yes, I said some very offensive words. I said them very loudly, too. Sigh. So, don’t do that. Instead, do this:

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Hold those tiny little beads in a pair of pliers, away from your hands. I used needle nose pliers, but that’s just what I grabbed first. Any pliers would work, or maybe even some reverse tweezers - the kind that you squeeze to open - if you don’t have pliers.

You will end up with a bunch of smaller beads, some perfectly halved and others a little wonky. Just be sure to place them on your craft sheet/parchment paper with the flat factory edge down and they’ll be fine.

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For all of that work, they didn’t turn out that much smaller! They still took 25 minutes to completely melt, too. The good part is that they match the others perfectly. I’m not sure it was worth it, but I have quite a few of them now so I may not be cutting any more of them for a while.

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This may or may not be the end of my DIY E.D. series, but it is on hiatus for a while. Back to card making. With children’s safety scissors.

More Birthday Cards

Jennifer McGuire had a video featuring ironed off embossing and sponging a while back, and although I skipped the ironing off part, I did emboss and sponge.

I stamped the backgrounds (all Hero Arts) with Versamark ink and sponged the color on with Distress Inks. I only used 4 colors of Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Wild Honey. The purple and green comes from where the colors overlap, creating a new color. This time I was careful to choose colors that would create a pretty color instead of mud brown!

Yes, I got lazy and used the same die and sentiment as I used on the previous cards, but that whole embossing and sponging thing is hard work. Whew! So, I took the easy way out. It wasn’t all THAT easy, actually. I stamped quite a few of the sentiment pieces and ended up with just enough for these cards. There was either cat fur stuck to the stamp which left smudgy lines, or I stamped it wonky, or it didn’t stamp solidly….sigh. Yes, Leslie, stamping is HARD! But it’s fun, so that makes up for it - most of the time, at least.

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Here we have some of my lovely homemade enamel dots! The placement is a little awkward, I know, and I may add a few more here and there. I was surprised at how well the colors matched the background. The card was done a week or so before I made the enamel dots.

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Close up of one of the enamel dots. I love these little guys, I just can’t stop making them!

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Thanks for stopping by and I have yet more birthday cards to show you later in the week, so don’t stay away too long.