Tuesday’s Tip #25

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.

If you have ever purchased dies or framelits that come adhered to a backing sheet, then you know how tricky they can be to remove with out damaging them. Some dies are very delicate and will bend easily if pulled too hard. They really stick to that adhesive!! Today I want to share with you how to safely get them off of the adhesive strips just by using a heat tool.

Pre-heat the heat tool. Then, holding the heat tool a few inches away from the dies, move it around for 10 seconds or so. This will loosen the “sticky” making the dies easy to remove. ∗Please note: be very careful when first attempting to remove the dies. If they are too hot, wait a few seconds for them to cool and try again.

 

 

 

If you are interested, check out this post for storing dies. I have found storing the dies on magnetic sheets inside their plastic packaging to be very handy and am transitioning them all to this method. Feel free to share if you have any die storage tips!

https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/tuesdays-tip-17-2/

 

 

 

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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Technique Tuesday #35

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: RIBBON BACKGROUND

This is another fun technique that creates a unique background with a product we typically associate with bows ~ ribbon! By stacking different colors and widths of ribbon, you can really add some fun interest to your paper crafting project. This is also a great way to use up little bits of ribbon such as the snipped ends of bows and knots. Now those leftover pieces won’t go to waste and that’s a good thing! 🙂

 

You will need: card stock panel, ribbon, adhesive {tape runner or double sided tape work well for this technique}, cutting tool of choice.

 

You can either cover an entire panel with ribbon as your background or just do a small portion that will peek through an opening, which is how I did mine. I laid the die for the opening onto the panel and made some pencil marks so I knew how far the ribbon had to go.

 

 

 

Simply layer your ribbon strips onto the card stock panel in the order you like. ∗Please note: I drew a faint pencil line in the middle of the card stock panel for the first piece of ribbon to match up with. This helps to keep everything straight.

I tried the adhesive two ways: #1}covering the card stock panel with lines of tape runner and #2}adding the tape runner to each piece of ribbon individually, which is the way I preferred. But you do whichever method works best for you.

 

 

Once all the ribbon is adhered, trim off any excess from around the edges {if there is any} and the ribbon background panel is ready for a project!

I used the Cool Treats stamp set/Frozen Treats thinlet dies for this card. They are fun products to use for any paper crafting project, especially during the summer 🙂 On the ice cream cone, a bit of Wink of Stella was added to the ice cream scoop for shimmer and some Glossy Accents to the cherry for shine. I popped it up on dimensional adhesive and adhered it to the ribbon panel inside the cut out window. A embossed layered sentiment plus a few enamel shapes and the card is done!

 

∗Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Cool Treats stamp set {photopolymer} {item #142982 ~ page 82 annual catalogue}
  • Frozen Treats Framelits Dies  {item #142756 ~ page 213 annual catalogue}  
  • Pool Party card stock {item # 122924 ~ page 186 annual catalogue}
  • Enamel Shapes {Subtles}  {item  #141679 ~ page 196 annul catalogue}

 

If you enjoyed this project and would like to see more created with this stamp set/dies, please leave a comment at the end of this post or send me an email and we’ll make some more! 🙂

 

 

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

 

Fancy Fold Friday #13

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: CASCADE FOLD.

 

This is a simple card fold that makes good use of coordinating patterned paper for decorating. Since Father’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks, that is the theme of this card design.

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

 

Cut one piece of card stock to measure 6″ x 12″.

Starting at the left hand side with the card stock longways on the scoring board, score at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″.

 

 

 

Fold on the score lines as follows: mountain, valley, valley, mountain. Crease the folds with the bone folder.

 

 

 

Measure and make a pencil mark 2″ down from the top left corner of the card base. Draw a line from the pencil mark to the top of the 4″ score line. On the right side measure and make a pencil mark 2″ down from the top right corner of the card base. Draw a line from the pencil mark to the top of the 8″ score line.

 

 

 

Using your cutting tool of choice, cut along the lines. ∗Please note: save the cut off triangles to use as templates for the patterned paper pieces.

Fold the card base and crease each fold again. Now it’s time to decorate!

 

 

From the patterned paper cut:

*A piece that measures 5 3/4″x 3 3/4″. This is for the large inside space that you see when the card opens.

*4 pieces that measure 1 3/4″ wide by 6″ long. Now is when the cut off triangles are helpful for getting the correct angles when you cut them to the correct length. Lay the patterned paper on the flaps so that there is equal space on the left/right/bottom. ∗Please note: refer to the very first picture of the completed card to see what I mean. Lay the cut off triangles on the patterned paper at the top and trace along the angled line to mark for cutting. If they are still to long after cutting, you can always trim a bit more off.

 

 

 

I used patterned paper only on the areas that can be seen when the card is folded. You can add some to the other 2 inside panels if you want to. A blank piece of card stock was added for a hand written message.

 

 

 

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it before using a die cut to cut it out. Then matted it onto a larger layer of card stock that matches the card base before adhering it to the left side. ∗Please note: only adhere to one front side or the card won’t open. A few enamel shapes and it’s all finished. What do you think? More embellishments could be added and it would look awesome! 🙂

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this months Fancy Fold!

 

 

 
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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #24

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 how to get your clear mount stamps to stick to acrylic blocks properly again. Over time as we work with stamps and blocks, oil from our hands and dust may build up a bit on both the stamps and blocks which causes the stamps to not stick. It is so frustrating to ink up a stamp and just as you take it to your paper it falls off more than likely ruining that side of the paper. A little bit of cleaning and the problem is solved!

First, try washing both the block and the stamp in warm soapy water. Be sure it is a mild soap like Dawn or Ivory dish soap. Rinse well and gently pat dry preferably with a microfiber cloth to avoid lint. If your stamp is still not sticking properly to the block, on to the next step ~ isopropyl alcohol. This can be done with bottled isopropyl alcohol and cotton balls or individually wrapped swabs. Clean the back of the stamp and the block. Let dry thoroughly and check out how well your stamp sticks now!

∗Please note: whichever method you use for cleaning the stamps and blocks, be sure to let the stamps dry very thoroughly before putting them back into their packaging.

 

 

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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Tuesday’s Tip #23

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 how using the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pierce Mat {item # 126199 ~ page 183} will help to achieve better stamped images when using photopolymer {clear see-through} stamps. Quite often when stamping with photopolymer stamps, the image doesn’t stamp completely solid because there is no “give” to them like rubber/foam backed stamps. But by laying the paper to be stamped on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat and then stamping, you will get a smooth complete image. This is because there is now a little bit of cushion underneath. ∗Please note: if you are stamping an image that goes off the edges of the card stock, a scrap piece of paper laid on the mat will keep ink from getting on the mat. Or, if that doesn’t bother you, one side of the mat could be for piercing and the other for stamping.

Pictured below: the left image is without stamping on the mat and the right image is with the mat. It does make a bit difference to the quality of the stamped image. No matter the type of stamp you use, I recommend always giving the inked stamp a few seconds of pressure on the paper to nicely transfer the image.

 

 

 

∗Please note: If you do not have a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, you can also use a mouse pad or even a magazine/catalogue. So, you can not only do paper piercing with this product, it will also help you with your stamping! It’s always nice to get multiple uses from one product 🙂

 

 

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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The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #34

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: SCENTED EMBOSSING POWDER.

Heat embossing is a fast and easy way to add some dimension to stamped images. Scented embossing powders are great for adding just a bit of fragrance to your cards or tags. A variety of fragrances can be achieved by using basic ingredients found in the kitchen. For example, Kool-Aid, sugar free jello powder, spices, instant coffee powder and even baby powder! The scent does wear off over time but this is a fun surprise for a card or tag. This would be a fun thing to do with the kids as they could make their own scratch and sniff stickers 🙂    *Please note: whatever you add, be sure that it is sugar free as anything that contains sugar will cause the embossing powder to caramelize or even burn.

 

You will need: clear embossing powder, a fragrance ingredient, lidded container, powder tool, VersaMark /colored ink pad or an embossing pen, heat tool, stamp or patterned paper.

 

Mix the clear embossing powder and fragrance ingredient in the lidded container and shake very thoroughly to combine. ∗Please note: I found that 2 parts embossing powder to 1 part fragrance ingredient worked well. But you can experiment and find out which way works best for you.

There are a few ways to do this ~ #1} stamp image with colored/VersaMark ink on card stock  or  #2} swipe VersaMark ink over a die cut/punched shape  or  #3}outline or color images on patterned paper with an embossing pen. ∗Please note: be sure to use a powder tool over any area to be embossed using method #1 or #3.

Sprinkle on scented embossing powder and shake off excess powder.

Heat set.

 

 

Here is an example of patterned paper that could be used. This paper came with some of the fruits already embossed for shine but they as well as the plain ones could be embossed with the scented embossing powder.

 

Enjoy the yummy smell this technique will add to your projects!

 

 

Hints:

*Store in a tightly lidded container to preserve the smell.

*Because the scent does wear off after a while, it is a good idea to leave the embossing to right before giving the card to the recipient. If the card is to be mailed, put the addressed/ stamped envelope into a clear plastic envelope. This may help to contain some of the scent while it’s on the way in the mail.

*If you want to use ground coffee, be sure to use Ultra Thick Embossing powder. Regular fine embossing powder will not hold the coffee grounds as well.

 

 
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

Fancy Fold Friday #12

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: PINWHEEL FOLD.

This card fold looks a bit tricky but I assure you it’s not. How fun for the recipient to slip off the belly band and find a special message inside 🙂

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

 

 

Cut the patterned paper to 8″ square. Decide which side of the paper you want for the inside of the card which will also be the narrow outside strips that form the pinwheel design. This is the side you want facing up for the next step.

On the envelope punch board, place the left corner on the 3 3/8″ mark and score. ∗Please note: Do not punch. Turn the paper and repeat this on the remaining three sides. As you are scoring, you will notice that the score lines intersect or cross each other.

   

 

 

 

Where the score lines crossed each other, cut out the triangles as shown. This is now what it should look like with the four triangles removed.

 

 

 

Flip the paper over and place it on the scoring board. Score at 1″ from the top of the paper to the point of the triangle. Turn the paper and repeat this on the remaining three sides.

 

 

 

Fold the score 1″ score lines and crease the bone folder.

 

 

 

Add a panel to the inside for the sentiment or hand written message. I just added a 4 1/8″ square piece of white card stock but this piece could be cut to 4″ square and matted with a coordinating card stock cut to 4 1/8″ square.

 

 

 

To fold the card: left flap, top flap, right flap then tuck under the last fold to secure.

   

 

 

 

I then created a 1″ belly band and added a die cut sentiment/embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this months Fancy Fold!

 

 

 
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Erin

The Country Touch

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