Tuesday’s Tip #27

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’s tip is how to get multiple colors on one stamped image. This involves applying several colors onto the stamp before stamping. The easiest way to do this is by using colored markers. Simply color the different areas of the stamp in the chosen colors. Because coloring a stamp with different markers rather than one ink pad takes more time, be sure to breathe heavily or “huff” on the stamp to moisten and re-activate the ink before stamping on the card stock. You can heat emboss with this technique as well. Just be sure to have the embossing powder ready to apply immediately after stamping as the ink will dry quicker with this method.

   

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #38

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Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday which also includes a card making tutorial. 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: WOOD GRAIN PLANKS

 

 

With the fall season coming up, I thought I would share a rustic “autumn greetings” card with you today. This card resembles a barn door and is simple to create using a wood grain background stamp.

You will need: cream/Crumb Cake card stock, wood grain background stamp, greeting stamp, Chocolate Chip ink, inking sponge, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, cutting tool of choice, paper piercer/mat, adhesive, tiny leaves, twine, button, brad, enamel dots. Optional {if you want to heat emboss the greeting}: powder tool, embossing powder, heat tool. ∗Please note: the leaves I used were from a package of fall confetti from the dollar store.

 

 

#1} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Ink up the wood grain back ground stamp with Chocolate Chip ink and lay the card stock on top. Be sure to apply pressure with your fingers over the entire stamp to get a nice stamped image.

 

 

#3} With the scoring board/scoring tool, score on the lines of the wood grain panel. Sponge the edges if desired. Sponging gives it a more rustic look.

#4} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ and stamp the wood grain again. Cut on the lines to make separate “planks”. Sponge the edges if desired.

 

 

#5} Adhere 3 planks to the front of the panel as shown.

 

 

#6} Add an enamel dot to the end of each horizontal plank to look like nails. Pierce a hole in the center of the top horizontal plank and add a brad. Adhere the panel to the front of the card base.

#7} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 2″ x 3″ and stamp the greeting. Heat emboss if desired. Pierce a hole in each corner, thread through the twine and knot on the front as shown. Add leaves and a button with a twine bow below the greeting. The sign is now ready to hang. Add a few foam dots to the back and place the twine hanger over the brad. We’ve now made our first fall project! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #37

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: TEXTURED TOILET PAPER

Yes, toilet paper! It’s paper right? So why not add texture to it by running it through an embossing folder! It’s then ready to use just like card stock with one exception ~ it’s so soft!

 

You will need: toilet paper {Cottonelle works the best but any brand can be used}, fine mist spray bottle, water, embossing folder, die cutting/embossing machine, craft mat or something to protect your work surface from the water.

 

 

 

Begin by separating the toilet paper layers if it is more than 1-ply. Stack them on top of each other ~ about 5-6 layers works well. Gently mist the stack on both sides. You just want it slightly dampened not soaking wet.

 

 

 

Carefully lift the stack of layers and place in an embossing folder. Run through the embossing machine.

 

 

Let dry completely. Once dry, the layers stick together and it is very flexible for paper crafting projects.

   

 

 

Hints:

∗A few drops of re-inker can be added to the misting bottle if you want some subtle color on the embossed toilet paper. Or spray with water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder for some shimmer and shine.

∗Embossed toilet paper tears easily and gives a nice soft torn edge

∗Cut out shapes with dies.

 

 

 

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

Tuesday’s Tip #26

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’s tip is about creating self adhesive die cuts. Some die cut images are so detailed that adhering them to a project can be a bit difficult. By making your intricate die cuts self adhesive, you will save a lot of time and the frustration of getting liquid glue everywhere but on the die cut.

You will need: card stock, double sided tape/adhesive sheet, bone folder, die, die cutting machine.

Cut a piece of card stock just a wee bit larger than the die. Cover the back of the card stock with double sided tape or adhesive sheet. When using double sided tape, take care to not overlap the edges of the tape. Just butt them up against each other. This makes peeling the backing off much easier. Once the adhesive is applied, use the bone folder to rub the backing ensuring good adhesion. ∗Please note: for this example, I am using double sided tape as I am out of adhesive sheets but this works just fine.

 

 

 

Place the die on the top side of the card stock and run through the die cutting machine. When you are ready to use the die cut shape, carefully peel off the backing and your die cut is ready to use.

 

 

 

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

Technique Tuesday #36

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: DRY EMBOSSED MULTI COLOR BACKGROUND

Today I want to share how to create a fun and colorful background just perfect for birthday cards 🙂

 

You will need: assorted colors of card stock, copy paper {for layering the card stock}, adhesive, embossing folder, die cutting machine {for the embossing}.

 

 

 

Since I wanted the embossed background piece to be just a tiny bit smaller than the card front, I cut the copy paper to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. This will allow for a 1/8″ border around the background panel on a A2 size card. The card stock strips were cut to 1 1/16″ x 4 1/4″ {the little bit of extra length gets cut off}.

The adhesive can be applied to either the card stock strips or to the copy paper. Either way works fine. It doesn’t matter if you start with the top or the bottom strip ~ just be sure to get it very straight. Continue placing the remaining strips right up against each other with no gaps or overlay. Turn over and trip the excess card stock ends.

 

 

 

Place the layered panel in the embossing folder and run it through the die cutting machine. It’s now ready to turn into a 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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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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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