Tuesday’s Tip #18

Hi everyone!

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 I want to share with you ink blending on a budget. There are many techniques that require ink blending ~ blended backgrounds, inking through stencils, edge distressing, etc. Therefore, ink blending tools are required. But if you want to try these techniques without investing in the tools, such as sponge daubers, you might want to try this. Cut up a sponge into small wedges or use the wedge shaped makeup sponges with binder/craft clips as the handles. These can be purchased very inexpensively and in some dollar stores. You will be able to apply these techniques to your projects without getting your fingers inky. And by saving some money, you will be able to have a separate inking sponge for each color in your ink collection. A plastic lidded container {with dividers is helpful} is a great way to store the sponges. I hope this little tip helps 🙂

Please note: I have shown two different types of makeup sponges {both work equally well} and there are many more brands. The difference I have found between makeup sponges and a regular sponge is the that the makeup sponges are not as firm as a regular sponge. You could experiment with both and see which you prefer.

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tag #2

Hi everyone!

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 and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: Appreciation

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You will need: card stock, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, SU Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, stamps, ink, adhesive, liquid pearls/rhinestones/pearls, ribbon/twine. *Optional: powder tool, clear embossing powder, heat tool {you don’t have to heat emboss the images if you don’t want to}. Please note: do not feel that it is neccesary to use the SU Chalk Talk Framelits Dies used in this example. Any tag shape can be cut with punches, dies, a Cricut or by hand. And any stamp set can be used. I am just showing you the way I created this tag.

  1. Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. Start with a piece of cardstock that you know will be big enough for the tag you are creating. Please note: It’s up to you how you do the tag ~ you can cut it out first and then do the stamping. Or stamp first and then cut it out {this is how I did mine}.
  3. The stamped image is clear heat embossed and then the tag is lightly sponged around the edges with matching ink.
  4. A stem of leaves and some punched flowers are added to the bottom with glue dots.
  5. Each flower gets a coat of Wink of Stella glitter brush and a small white flower center.
  6. Tie a bow and attach a threaded button to the center before adhering to the tag.
  7. I added this tag to a card front with foam pop dots.

 

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appreciation-tag-pdf

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Chalk Talk Framelits Dies {item #129983 ~ clearance rack}
  • Flourishing Phrases Wood-Mount Stamp Set {item #141531 ~ page 49}

 

If you reside in Canada and do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. If you live outside of Canada, you may go to the Stampin’ Up! website to locate a demonstrator near you.

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

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tiny Treat Bag

Hi everyone!

There are a few different treat bag dies on the market these days. But since I don’t own any of them, I made one without. Creating this treat bag would have been faster with the die I’m sure. But it came together quickly and I’m still pleased with the way it turned out. Maybe you might want to give it a try as well! Treat bags can be used for many occasions ~ birthday parties, wedding/baby shower favors, kids class gift exchanges and more. They can be left either as plain or as dressed up as you want 🙂

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tiny-treat-bag-pdf

 

You will need: a 5 3/4″  x 8″ sheet of card stock or patterned paper, scoring board, bone folder, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, adhesive. *Additional supplies may include card stock/patterned paper and whatever stamps/embellishments/extras needed to complete the intended design.

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture above for a PDF of these instructions.

 

Score the paper 1/2″ up from the bottom of the 8″ side. Then score it at 2-1/8″ on both of the 5 3/4″ sides.

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Fold on the score lines and crease with a bone folder.

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Along the bottom, cut off each bottom edge between the score lines. Slightly angle cut the corners of the bottom flap {this makes a cleaner looking fold}.

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Cut along the top edge with decorative scissors or a border die {optional}.Please note:  I used a small saucer and pencil to trace a curved line. Then with decorative scissors, cut along the traced line so that the front is just a bit lower than the back.

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Apply adhesive along the inside edge of one of the side panels and on the inside of the bottom flap.

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Fold over panel without adhesive and then fold over the panel with adhesive to adhere before folding up the bottom flap. Go over each fold with the bone folder to ensure nice crisp folds. There is your treat bag ~ now it’s time to decorate!

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Hints:

*Two holes could be punched at the top and ribbon or yarn threaded through for handles or to tie it shut.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #29

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, Tuesday’s Tip and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: FAUX STITCHING LINES.

Stitching lines is a very popular look in paper crafting these days. Today I want to share with you how to create faux stitching lines on card stock using a tracing wheel. These can be found in the sewing section of fabric/craft stores and are inexpensive. Typically, a tracing wheel is used in sewing to mark lines on fabric to ensure straight stitching.

 

You will need: card stock, tracing wheel, ruler, self healing mat or old magazine/note book {this is to achieve a good impression from the tracing wheel onto the card stock}. *Additional supplies may include adhesive and whatever embellishments/extras needed to complete the intended design.

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Please note: It is a good idea to practice on card stock scraps to get an idea of the pressure needed to use with a tracing wheel before taking it to the specifically cut or a more expensive card stock.

Place the edge of the ruler where you want the faux stitching line to be. Starting on the mat and off of the card stock, firmly roll the tracing wheel along the rulers edge extending past the card stock. Important: without lifting the tracing wheel, roll it back along the edge again onto the mat. By not lifting the tracing wheel off of the card stock, this ensures that the marks end up in the same spot when you roll over them again.

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This is how I used my faux stiched card stock.

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Hints:

*Faux stitching lines could go all the way around a card stock panel like a frame.

*Go over straight lines on patterned paper for some added interest.

 

 

 

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

 

“Welcome Spring” Stitchery

Hi everyone!

I know that spring seems like a long time away but it doesn’t hurt to dream about it during this cold and snowy weather!  This framed stitchery is a simple design with a watering can and flowers stitched on quilted muslin. I left this stitchery as is but it could be aged with a coffee/vanilla/cinnamon stain. The stitched area measures 5″ x 7″. I’ve had this pattern for years now and finally got around to stitching it. Thank you to Cedarberry Stitches for the free pattern. {I’m not sure if the free pattern is still available online. But if anyone is interested in stitching this design, contact me and I will email the pattern}.

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Tuesday’s Tag #1

Hi everyone!

Now that we are into a new year, I thought I would change things up a bit for you. Instead of each Tuesday being either “Technique Tuesday” or “Tuesday’s Tip”, one of these will be every other week with a “Tuesday’s Tag” post in between. There will be 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 🙂

Today’s tag: Birthday Cupcake

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You will need: card stock {a light color for stamping and a darker color for matting}, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, SU Ornate Tag Topper/ Tree Builder Punch, stamps, ink, adhesive, liquid pearls/rhinestones/pearls, ribbon/twine. *Optional: powder tool, clear embossing powder, heat tool {you don’t have to heat emboss the images if you don’t want to}. Please note: do not feel that it is neccesary to use the SU tag punch/stamp set/tree builder punch used in this example. Tags/cupcakes can be cut with punches, dies, a Cricut or by hand. And any birthday stamp set can be used. I am just showing you the way I created this tag.

  1. Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. Cut the white card stock to 1 7/8″ x 4 1/2″.
  3. Cut the colored card stock to 2″ x 4 5/8″.
  4. Punch both pieces of card stock with tag punch. *Turn the punch over to be sure the smaller white piece is centered in the punch.
  5. Stamp sentiments/heat emboss with clear embossing powder on the white card stock.
  6. Stamp cupcake base/cupcake top/candle on scraps of card stock and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  7. Punch or cut out.
  8. Assemble cupcake on tag. I adhered the cupcake base right to the tag and used pop dots for the cupcake top/candle for a bit of added dimension.
  9. Apply adhesive to the back of the stamped tag and attach it to the colored tag leaving an equal border of space all the way around. Please note: “to/from” may be stamped on the back of the tag.
  10. Thread ribbon/twine through the hole for the hanger.
  11. Add “sprinkles” with liquid pearls. Let dry thoroughly.
  12. The tag is now ready to be attached to a birthday gift bag or package 🙂

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birthday-cupcake-pdf

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used {for anyone that is interested}:

  • Ornate Tag Topper Punch {item #137416 ~ clearance rack} Please note: there is also a Scalloped Tag Topper Punch {item #133324 ~ page 186}
  • Sprinkles Of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set {item #139971 ~ page 106}    
  • Tree Builder Punch {item #138295 ~ page 188}
  • Pool Party card stock {item #122924 ~ page 171}
  • Blushing Bride card stock {item #131198 ~ page 171}
  • Embossing Buddy {item #103083 ~ page 181}
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder {item #109130 ~ page 181}

If you reside in Canada and do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. If you live outside of Canada, you may go to the Stampin’ Up! website to locate a demonstrator near you.

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

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Fancy Fold Friday #8

Happy Friday everyone!

Fancy Fold Friday posts are posted on the first Friday of each month and are about making a wide variety of card styles just by varying the way that the paper is folded. Knowing how to fold cards from a single sheet of cardstock is a useful technique to learn. Many different styles of handmade cards can be created from standard sizes of paper and card stock ~ typically 8 1/2″ x 11″ {letter size}. The various methods of card folding each provide different design opportunities. Very unique looks can be achieved simply by changing the fold or orientation of your card and special folds are a great way to create eye catching cards!

This week: ACCORDIAN FOLD {with a top flap}.

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This card has a lot of layers and it does take a bit more time than some of the other card folds we have done so far, but it is well worth but the extra work.

You will need {to make the card base}: card stock, scoring board, bone folder, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, adhesive. *Additional supplies may include card stock/patterned paper and whatever embellishments/extras needed to complete the intended design.

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Cut the sheet of card stock to measure 4 1/4″ x 11″ {main portion of the card base}. Score at 2 3/4″ and at 5 1/2″.

Cut a 2 1/2″ x 8″ of card stock as {top flap of the card base}. Score at 4″.

Using a bone folder, crease the score lines as shown.

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Now it’s time to put the card together and decorate.

 

Choose a coordinating color of card stock for the patterned paper.

Cut 2 @ 2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ and 1 @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ {main portion of the card base}.

Cut 3 @ 2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ {for the top flap of the card base}.

 

From the assorted cordinating patterned papers:

Cut 2 @ 2 1/2″ x 4″ and 1 @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ {main portion of the card base}.

Cut 3 @ 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ {for the top flap of the card base}.

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Layer the assorted cordinating patterned papers to the card stock mats.

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Adhere the matted patterned papers to the card base as shown and decorate as you wish. I added a stamped sentiment, some punched flowers, a heart shaped brad/thick bakers twine {for tying it shut, which is optional}, some rhinestones and a white inside panel for a personalized message. Much more could be added though as far as embellishments if desired.

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Please note: because this card has so many layers and added embellishments, it will cost a bit more for postage if it is to be mailed. Depending on how the thick with embellishments the finished card turns out, a bubble envelope would be a good choice for mailing to protect it.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this months Fancy Fold!

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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