Technique Tuesday #40

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: COLLAGE BACKGROUND

For this technique, you will need plenty of torn scrap papers in different colors/patterns. This is a great way to use up the scraps of patterned papers and card stock that we have left over from crafting.

 

You will need: piece of copy paper, coordinating patterned paper/card stock torn into small {1″ – 1 1/2″} pieces, adhesive. ∗Please note: a dry adhesive such as glue stick, tape runner or double sided tape works best for this technique. You can cover sections of the copy paper with the adhesive and not worry about it drying out as you work. Of course, if liquid glue is what you have on hand, feel free to use that.

 

Depending on what you are using your collage background for will determine the size of the piece of copy paper base panel you will use. If making multiple projects, you could use a full sheet. If just making one card, a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece would be sufficient {this is what I did for this example}.

Beginning in the center of the copy paper panel, apply the adhesive {you can just go section by section or cover the whole piece}. Start placing the torn pieces of paper onto the adhesive, overlapping to make sure none of the base is showing. Don’t worry about going over the edges of the panel ~ they can be trimmed off later. Once the entire panel is covered, trim the excess off the edges.

    

 

 

Your collage background is now ready to be cut into shapes or strips to use for your project. I matted mine onto some black card stock before adding to a white card base. An image and greeting were stamped and heat embossed before layering on some orange card stock. This was then added to the card front with foam adhesive over a length of lace. A few rhinestones complete the card.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Homemade Stamp Cleaner

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Quite a while back, I had included part of this post in another post about stamp cleaning. But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share the information again with all you stampers or potential stampers out there!

Thoroughly cleaning the ink from your acrylic and rubber stamps immediately after using them will make sure that your stamps remain in good condition and continue to make clear, crisp images. There are many brands of stamp cleaners ~ Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts, Tsukineko, Recollections{Michael’s}, Stampendous, Grandma’s Secret, ScraPerfect, Simon Says Stamp and more. But I like to make my own stamp cleaner. Not only is it so much cheaper than store bought but it conditions the stamps and keeps them from drying out and cracking. Also, it’s very easy.

∗Please note: before we continue with the tutorial, I want to say that it is not my intention to be critical of any brand names of stamp cleaners or the companies that sell them. I am just providing an alternative for you in case you would like to try making your own. Plus, the savings from making your own are substantial which leaves more money to spend on other fun goodies! 🙂

 

You will need: bottled or distilled water, Johnson’s Baby Wash, glycerin, a spray bottle, measuring cup/spoon {optional}. * A bottle with a fine and gentle mister works better than one that sprays hard.

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In a small spray bottle, combine 1 cup of bottled or distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s Baby Wash{for cleaning} and 1 tablespoon of glycerin{for conditioning}. Slowly rock the bottle back and forth to combine and prevent foam. Or, you can mix the ingredients in a measuring cup, stir slowly and pour into the spray bottle. Before using, just give 2 or 3 gentle shakes to combine. *Please note: these amounts can be adjusted depending on the size of the spray bottle you use. I mixed half of this recipe as I use a 4 oz. spray bottle.

Spray some stamp cleaner onto a scrubber mat that has a pile texture.  The one I use is the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub. This cleans the stamp on one side and dries it on the other. But you can also use the kitchen scrubby pads or microfiber cloths. Just rub the stamp onto the pad or cloth misted with the cleaner and then onto another similar but dry cleaning pad or cloth.

*No matter how you clean your stamps, it is always a good idea to always let the stamp air dry before putting it back in its designated storage container.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #3

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Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

What could be more special to a bird lover than this gift which is a jar filled with bird seed then topped with a nest complete with a tiny bird? It’s very simple to make and is a unique gift for anyone who loves birds, the outdoors and nature.

You will need: a mason jar with the lid {be sure that it is completely clean and dry inside}, ribbon, bird seed, bird nest, crinkle paper or Spanish moss, twigs, mushroom bird, tag, adhesive, twine.

∗Please note: I bought the little birds at Michaels. Remember, watch for their weekly coupons!

 

 

Wrap the outside edge of the lid with ribbon by overlapping the ends slightly and adhering. Then, with another length of the same ribbon, tie a small bow and adhere to cover the ribbon end. ∗Please note: I found this method easier than tying the bow from the same length of ribbon when wrapping the lid ~ I had a hard time getting the bow to stay straight.

 

 

Fill the mason jar with bird seed and screw on the lid.

Glue the nest to the top of the lid. Then add crinkle paper/Spanish moss, twigs, bird and tag. The tag can be a purchased on or handmade. I used a chickadee stamp on my tag and added a couple of gems before tying it on with twine.

 

An assortment of these jars will be available in The Carstairs Artisan Market this Christmas. There will be a blog post letting everyone know when the winter/Christmas items are available. Stay tuned!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #29

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Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tip is how to make die cut images easier to remove. It seems the paper crafting industry is offering more and more beautiful and detailed dies. These add an extra “wow” to a design that I really like. However, I’ve found that sometimes removing the die cut images from the more intricate dies without them tearing can be a bit difficult. What I have found that works great is to first layer either a dryer sheet or a piece of waxed paper between the cut edge of the die and the cardstock. This will prevent your die cut image from sticking to the die when you are trying to remove it. You still have to be careful and slowly remove it but it does come out much easier and with less chance of being damaged by the pulling.

A few handy tools to have keep on hand when die cutting are:

∗ Paper Piercer ~ this works very well for starting the release of the image from the die and also for poking out any tiny pieces left behind from the design.

∗ Nail Brush or Makeup Brush ~ useful for cleaning off the dies and die cutting plates. You can also brush all the little paper fragments right off your desk into the trash can.

∗ Low Tack Tape or Washi Tape ~ to prevent the die/dies from shifting on the card stock when running through the die cutting machine, tape the die/dies to the card stock.

∗ Die Brush Set ~ this includes a handled rolling brush and a foam pad. By rolling the brush over the back side of the die {while the paper is still in it after cutting}, this easily removes the small cut pieces from the die. I have never used one of these but it looks like they work very well.

∗Please note: try to keep one cutting plate just for die cutting. Because of the sharp cutting edges on the dies, the plate will get scratched. By using a designated plate, this will prevent your other plates from being scratched.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tag #13

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∗Please note: My apologies for this post being a day late!

 

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tag”!  These posts feature how to create different styles of tags that can be used for the usual purpose ~ gifts. But tags can also be added to scrapbook layouts, cards, albums and journals. I hope that you will join me and enjoy creating some tags 🙂  I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tutorial  and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: Have a Wicked Halloween

 

Today’s tag is created by adding patterned paper and a stamped greeting to a tag base. Tie this tag onto a little Halloween treat for someone or even use it as the focal point of a card front.

 

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, corner punch {optional}, greeting stamp/ink, ink/inking sponge, adhesive, ribbon/twine, embellishments.

 

∗Please note: you may click on the link below for a printable project sheet.

#1} Cut the card stock to the size you want the tag to be. I cut this one to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

#2} Stamp the greeting at the bottom. You can heat emboss it if you want to which will require an powder tool, embossing powder and heat tool.

 

#3} Punch the bottom 2 corners if desired.

#4} Cut the patterned paper to the same width as the tag base and as high as it needs to be from the top of the stamped greeting.

 

#5} Sponge around the edges of the tag, including the patterned paper.

#6} Punch a hole at the top and add the ribbon/twine. A piece of twill ribbon, a piece of narrow satin ribbon and some lace were added before tying them together with a length of coordinating baker’s twine.

#7} Add any embellishments. I used a few black rhinestones and little die cut bat popped up on foam adhesive. Then added some Wink of Stella glitter to the stars on the patterned paper.

 

Have a Wicked Halloween tag printable project sheet

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tutorial #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today I am sharing how to make pretty layered paper flowers using the faux suede paper technique. These flowers are a pretty addition to any paper crafting project ~ cards, tags, scrapbooks, etc. Color coordinate the papers and brad to create an embellishment that will be the finishing touch to your project.

 

You will need: card stock {2 colors}, flower punch or die, bone folder, paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, brad.

Punch or die cut four flowers {2 from each color}. ∗Please note: four flowers make a good sized finished flower. However, for a card perhaps just using two flowers might be better as it would add less bulk for mailing.

 

 

 

Now we need to separate each flower into two layers. This is done by working the petals with the bone folder to separate the fibers. With the paper between the bone folder and your thumb, gently pull the paper through. Do this a couple of times to each petal then turn it over and repeat on the other side. This will be breaking down the fibers to allow the layers to pull apart. You should start to see the edges separating. Now it’s time to slowly and carefully pull the layers apart into the two layers. You will see the inside of the flower layers are a bit fuzzy ~ this is the faux suede paper technique. Repeat this step for the remaining three flowers and you will end up with 8 flowers.

  

 

 

 

With the “suede” side of the flower facing up, crumple each flower into a tight ball.

 

 

 

Now, uncrumple each ball and flatten just a bit making sure the fuzzy side is facing up. Layer the alternating colored flowers on top of each other. Using a paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, make a hole in the center through all eight layers. Push the brad through the hole and flatten the prongs on the back side. Fluff up the petals a bit and there you have a pretty paper flower to add to a project.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #39

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: SPONGING A SUNSET SKY

 

Since it’s time to start creating some Halloween cards, I decided to use a Halloween die set that I thought would look perfect against the sky at late sunset.

 

You will need: card stock panel, assorted inks {I used Autumn Terracotta, Crushed Curry and Smoky Plum}, a wedge of sponge for each ink color, post-it note, circle punch/die, scrap sheet of paper {to protect your work surface}.

 

Lay the card stock panel on the scrap sheet of paper. Cut a circle from the post-it note. This is a mask for the moon. Make sure that at least half of the “sticky” is part of the circle. Place it on the panel where you want the moon to be.

 

 

 

 

Pressing down the edges of the mask and starting off the card stock panel, start sponging in a circular motion from the top down. I did the purple shade for the top third,  the yellow shade in the middle and the orange shade on the bottom third. Be sure to really blend the colors so that there is no definite lines between the colors. Remove the moon mask.

  

 

 

 

Place the hole in the post-it note over the moon and very lightly sponge just the tiniest bit of yellow. This is so it isn’t such a stark white.

   

 

 

The “sunset” panel is now ready to use on your project. I matted mine on a piece of black card stock before adhering to the card base. Then added the die cut pieces, a layered greeting and a couple of embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net