Technique Tuesday #10

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: DIMENSIONAL EMBELLISHMENTS.

You can buy all sorts of chipboard embellishments from many stores and online to add to your paper crafting projects. But what about making your own with some basic supplies that you may already have?

You will need: card stock, dies, die cutting machine, glue and tweezers {this makes stacking and gluing the pieces together easier, especially if they are an intricate design}.

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Run the card stock and die through the die cutting machine several times. Cut and stack them together until you get the desired thickness. Depending on the thickness of your card stock and how thick you want your finished piece to be will determine how many layers you use. For this example, I used the My Favorite Things “Scrolled Flourish” die cut and Michael’s Recollections 110 lb. card stock, which is very thick, so it only took 4 layers to get a nice thickness. Not too thick and not too thin.

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Glue the die cuts together. Because this is an intricate shape, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen from Stampin’ Up! {Item #138309}. For larger pieces, you could use a regular liquid glue or even tape runner.

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Here are a few examples of layered die cuts. I left the one flourish plain white and heat embossed the other with silver embossing powder to give it a metal look. The heart has a shimmery layer of Wink of Stella, the cloud is left plain and the top layer only of the bear is stamped and heat embossed. *Please note: a top layer of patterned paper could also be added and would be a very pretty addition to any project 🙂

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Hints:

*Punches may also be used for creating the shapes for dimensional embellishments.

 

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

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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Technique Tuesday #9

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: FAUX METAL CARDSTOCK.

Craft stores do carry metal looking cardstock but I thought it might be fun to try and make it. I used two different methods.

For method #1 ~ Embossing Powder ~ you will need: cardstock, Versamark ink pad, embossing powder, a heat tool and an embossing folder{optional}.

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1}Cover the piece of cardstock completely with Versamark ink. You can see where the ink has been applied. 2}Sprinkle the entire surface with embossing powder. For the example, I used silver but you could also do gold, copper or pewter.

 

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3}Heat with the heat tool.                    4}Run it through an embossing folder.

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For method #2 ~ Aluminum Foil ~ you will need: cardstock, tape runner or other adhesive, heavy duty aluminum foil and an embossing folder{optional}.

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1}Cover the piece of cardstock with tape runner or other adhesive {tape runner is the easiest but you could use double sided tape or even liquid glue. Just be sure to let liquid glue dry completely before embossing}. Place the aluminum foil onto adhesive. I found that it works best if you start with one top corner and meet up with the other top corner then slowly lay the rest down to adhere.

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4}Run it through an embossing folder.

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Hints:

*If using the aluminum foil method, you can decide whether you want the finished piece to be shiny or a bit dull. This will determine which side of the aluminum foil will be facing up.

 

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

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

Hi everyone!

It’s that time again ~ Stampin’ Up! is ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the Annual and the Occasions catalogues. Retiring products will only be available from April 18, 2016 until May 31, 2016 or while supplies last.

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Please the link below to check out all the retiring items.

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=110700

If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #8

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: MARBLING CARDSTOCK WITH SHAVING CREAM & COLORING.

*Please note: this is a bit of a longer post with quite a few pictures.

I recently read an article about creating marbled paper. This involved swirling shaving cream with a color of some sort ~ reinkers, paint or even food coloring. It seemed either too complicated or too good to be true. But I wanted to give it a try and I’m happy to report that marbling paper with shaving cream is indeed so easy and you end up with a unique background paper for your projects.

You will need: shaving cream {just buy the inexpensive brand ~ no need for anything fancy here but be sure that it is the white foam type not the gel}, coloring of your choice, plate or pan for mixing, a toothpick or wooden skewer, spatula, ruler, white cardstock, waxed paper or parchment paper to lay the paper on for scraping, rubber gloves {optional but a good idea unless you want stained fingers, oops!}.

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Spray the shaving cream onto your container. Then use the spatula to smooth the shaving cream a bit, creating a flat surface bigger than your cardstock.

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Put drops of coloring all over the shaving cream ~ use as many colors as you like! Use the toothpick to marble the ink by simply drawing random designs all over the shaving cream and coloring. Don’t over mix ~ you want to keep that nice swirly pattern.

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Press the paper down onto the shaving cream. You don’t want the paper to sit for long as it will start to get too wet.

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Gently lift the paper off the shaving cream from one corner. It should look like this.

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Now it’s time to scrape off the shaving cream either into the sink or garbage can. Use the ruler and starting at one corner, scrape off the shaving cream in one sweeping motion to reveal the pretty design. You can keep repeating this process until the colors get too mixed. Now you just need to let the pieces dry before using them on your projects.

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The blue/yellow combination was done with paints, the purple with a reinker and the pink, purple and yellow was done food coloring. Honestly, I really couldn’t see a difference in the final product with whichever coloring was used. The only thing I did notice is that it takes a little longer to swirl the paint colors because they are so much thicker.

Hints:

*I also tried using this technique with letterpress paper and the results were fantastic!

*To marble the flap on an envelope, just put a piece of light tack tape on the front of the envelope along the flap fold, do this technique and then peel off the tape. How nice to have a pretty envelope flap and then open it up to find a matching card inside! I did find the flap was a little wrinkled after it dried but a light ironing smoothed it out.

*Don’t rinse the paper with water as it will lighten the ink {unless you do want it lighter}.

*If you find the paper starts to curl as it dries, don’t worry. Just place a book or something flat and heavy on it and this should help. It will end up lying flat when it’s adhered to your project anyway.

*You could also dry emboss the marbled paper after it’s dry.

*This could even be a fun craft idea to do with the kids 🙂

 

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

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Think Pink!

Hi everyone!

It seems these days that breast cancer is unfortunately touching so many lives and just about everyone knows of someone who is battling or has battled this disease. So I thought I would share some encouragement cards in “pink” that just might end up being a bright spot in someone’s day. These will available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs.

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Are Changing

Hi everyone!

The Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals {which are each Tuesday},  began to help reduce overstocked inventory. As the excess inventory has decreased, the variety of available products for the Weekly Deals has reduced.  So, SU is replacing Weekly Deals with a less frequent but better promotion called Special Offers which will occur every few months as inventory allows. The last sets of Weekly Deals will be April 5-18.

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If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net