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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Tuesday’s Tip #29

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 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

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

Tuesday’s Tip #28

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 make fringed ribbon. A length of ribbon adhered to a project looks pretty but how about altering it just a bit to add some more dimension and fun!

 

This look came about by accident I have to say. I had an older piece of grosgrain ribbon which I had cut in half lengthwise for a project. When I went to use the other half, over time in the ribbon jar, it has started to fray. So, I decided to see what it would look like if the whole length looked like that and I quite liked the little fringe along the edge! 🙂

 

Cut the required length of ribbon. Cut off the desired amount.

   

 

 

 

At one end, grab some of the threads and “peel” them off the whole length. Repeat until the fringe looks the way to want it to ~ it can be as wide as you choose.

 

 

The fringed ribbon is now ready to add to your project.

 

 

 

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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See you next Tuesday!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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.

   

 

 

 

 

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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See you next Tuesday!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #38

Hi everyone!

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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See you next Tuesday!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net