Tuesday’s Tip #36

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

Today I want to share some different methods for applying glitter to projects. Adding some sparkle to cards, tags and other paper crafting items can be the finishing touch!

#1} Wink of Stella ~ it looks like a marker but has a soft nylon brush tip that lets you apply a thin layer of glitter. It can be applied over lettering, a stamped image or to just add some sparkly highlights. But best of all, it allows you to add sparkle and shimmer without the mess of normal powdered glitter. And it doesn’t rub off your project.

#2} Perfect Pearls ~ a powder that when applied to a project gives such a pretty shimmer and there are many colors available to coordinate with any project. It can also be mixed with water in a small mister bottle to make shimmer spray. Be sure to hold the bottle at least 12″ above the papers surface for a nice even coating. You can even spray through a stencil to create a unique background.

#3} Stickles ~ is a glitter glue that comes in dozens of colors. The fine tip bottle makes it easy to trace lines or other designs. It does take a bit of time to dry though.

#4} Powdered glitter ~ this can be applied with glue for smaller areas or with double sided tape to make stripes. To cut down on the glitter sticking where you don’t want it, run a powder tool over the surface of the paper first to eliminate static. A Swiffer cloth works great for wiping up spilled glitter.

Any of these methods can turn plain embellishments into sparkling pretties! For example, add a bit of glue to a button/brad then dust with glitter or apply some Stickles. On die cut/punched pieces, color with a Wink of Stella marker or lightly brush on some Perfect Pearls.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #43

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

This week’s technique: STAMPING WITH PERFECT PEARLS.

Perfect Pearls is a pigment powder that when applied to a project gives such a pretty shimmer. They come in a rainbow of colors and are reasonably priced as well. Today’s technique shows simple stamping with Perfect Pearls powder.

 

#1}  Stamp the images on card stock with VersaMark ink. I used a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of card stock as this was going to be the front panel on a card.

  

 

 

 

#2} Then with a small paintbrush, immediately gently brush the powder over the still sticky ink. A little goes a long way. Once the entire surface is covered with Perfect Pearls powder, tap the remaining excess back into the jar.

 

 

 

#3} After drying for 5 minutes or so, softly wipe any stray bits of powder away with a soft cloth. Microfibre cloths or Swiffer cloths work great for this. The stamped panel is now ready for a project. It really is very shimmery. I wish it showed a bit better in the photo.

   

 

∗Hint: you could do this technique on an entire sheet of card stock and then cut it up as you need it for your projects. It’s always nice to have things done ahead of time!

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Create a Rectangle With a Square Die

Hi everyone!

Have you ever wanted to die cut a rectangle piece of paper or card stock but only have a square die? Today I want to share with you how to cut out a rectangle with a square die.

 

∗Please note: Because I use a Cuttlebug, this is the order that I place everything {the sandwich} to run through. If you use a Big Shot, I would think the order would be pretty much the same.

 

Place a B plate over the A {base} plate. Follow with a piece of card stock. Place the square die on top of the cardstock. When placing the C plate over the die, make sure you do not cover the portion of the die on the fourth side {bottom}, as shown. There should only be 3 sides of the die covered. Notice how the die is not covered on the 4th side by the C plate.

 

 

Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Remove the die and now the card stock should look like this. Only 3 sides of the die were cut because pressure was not applied to the fourth side.

 

 

Next, place the die over the first cut shape so that it overlaps the cut by 1/4″ or so. Sometimes you can feel that the cut lines are lined up with the cutting edges of the die which makes this easy. But if you can’t feel this, turn over the die to line up the cut lines and make 2 little tick marks at the bottom corners of the card stock. This will help to ensure the die is lined up properly with the first cut to do the second cut. ∗Hint: a piece of low tack/washi tape really helps to prevent the die from shifting.

  

 

 

Place the C plate over the die but not over the top portion of the die. You can see in the photo where the top of the die is not covered by the C plate. Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Now you’ve got a die cut rectangle! It might take a few minutes longer but it works 🙂

   

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #35

Happy first day of May everyone!

A scoring board is a really useful tool for card making and other paper crafting projects. Not only does it make folding much easier but scoring card stock prior to folding can help prevent cracking. Sometimes when scoring thicker card stock though it’s easy for the stylus to jump out of the track leaving an unsightly mark.

Or sometimes the stylus does not glide smoothly on the card stock. A quick and easy solution to both of these problems is to crumple up a piece of waxed paper and rub it on the surface of the card stock. This helps the stylus to run smoothly down the card stock resulting in a nice score line. This also helps if score lines are being added as a texture to card stock.

  

 

 

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

Tuesday’s Tip #34

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 how to double stamp to ensure crisp images on water color paper for water coloring. Water color paper has a bit of a texture compared to regular smooth card stock which can result in images that aren’t as clear as they should be. Double stamping helps with this. ∗Please note: you will need a stamp positioning tool for this.

#1} Ink up the stamp with ink and stamp image on the water color paper but don’t lift the stamp yet. ∗Please note: be sure to use an archival or permanent ink when water coloring as the colors will not bleed or run with this type of ink.

#2} While the stamp is still in contact with the paper, place the positioning tool onto the left corner of the stamp {acrylic block or wood base}.

 

#3} While keeping the tool in place, lift and re-ink the stamp and stamp again making sure to line up the stamp in the corner of the stamp positioner. Hold the stamp down for a few seconds to allow the ink to soak in to the paper. Repeat if needed. You should now have a nice crisp outline image all ready for water coloring. If you choose to heat emboss your image, wipe a powder tool across the paper before stamping, add embossing powder and heat set.

 

 

 

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 #42

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: STENCILED BACKGROUND

 

There are a lot of fun ways to use stencils on cards. As solid images, borders or backgrounds. Today I am creating a stenciled background for a baby card. I thought it might be a nice change from using a patterned paper background.

You will need: card stock, stencil, sponging tool or a piece of sponge, ink, scrap paper, cutting board/low tack tape {optional for working on}. *Please note: a makeup sponge works great and they can be purchased inexpensively from the dollar store.

The piece of card stock used for stenciling can be the size needed or you can use a bigger piece and cut it down afterwards. I cut mine to 4″ x 5 1/4″. This will be matted on a slightly larger piece of colored card stock.

*Please note: If desired, the panel can be taped to the cutting board but this step is optional. It might hold the card stock more securely while stenciling.

Lay the card stock on top of the scrap paper. This will prevent any ink that goes off of the edges of the stencil from getting on your work surface. Place the stencil over the card stock where you want it. Either tape it down or hold securely. Dab the sponge onto the ink pad lightly and begin “pouncing” the ink over the stencil. It’s best to start light. Remember, you can always add more ink but you can’t take it off. I found that pouncing the ink prevented seepage under the stencil.

  

 

 

 

When you have the desired areas of the stencil covered, carefully lift off the stencil. Because the ink is put on lightly, it should be pretty much dry with no worries of smearing. But it’s best to be careful anyway. If you want the image darker and more solid, place the stencil back down and go over it again. There you go! You have a stenciled background.

 

 

 

Hint:

*To add a bit more color, you could always sponge around the edges of the panel. This might be a nice touch for a vintage looking 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 #33

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 how to custom color rhinestones and pearls with a Sharpie marker. These little embellishments add such detail to a project but sometimes white, cream or clear just won’t do. Did you know that you can color them any color you want just by using a permanent marker?  If you have Copic markers or Sharpies, use these to color white/cream pearls and clear rhinestones to coordinate with your project. ∗Please note: permanent markers must be used or the color will rub off.

You can color the rhinestones/pearls while still on their backing sheet or after they’ve been placed on the project. I actually prefer to color them on the backing sheet and let them dry thoroughly before applying. This prevents color from accidentally going where it shouldn’t. Sometimes a second coat is required for dark colors like black. One coat of black might just look like grey once it’s dry. So, if a true black is what you’re going for, give it a quick second coat.

 

 

 

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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