Friday, 28 July 2017

Step By Step

Same card - closed. The hydrangea is from a StampIt
set, coloured with Perfect Pearls.

I have not made step cards for ages, but was recently inspired by Collette Mitrega's YouTube tutorial for a quick 1 Minute Step Card.
I love the speed of this process - but had a few OCD cringe moments - even though the front layer mostly covers Collette's residual fold line across the left-hand panel, I know it is there. The bigger-than-needed cut in the back panel also annoyed me. All this started me thinking about how I could streamline the 'measure-and-mark' process I had been taught for step cards.
My latest paper purchase gave me the push I needed. I bought 2 sheets of  Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper collection 'Mauve' and a matching Collectables pack plus 2 A4 sheets of matching lilac card. From each sheet of Kaisercraft paper I will get at least 5 cards, possibly 6. I reckon that is pretty good value.

I  wanted to use specific parts of the paper for a number of step cards. I also wanted to use my new Lawn Fawn Outside-In Stitched Rectangles die. This meant designing the steps around the paper panels.
The tools I used were a Martha Stewart Scoreboard, a cutting mat, a craft knife and my Tim Holtz ruler. (You can use a metal ruler).

Lots of my beloved 'fussy cutting' - yes I did cut around the
three central hydrangea blossoms.

I moved the butterfly to the lower front of the card
and added a finch as a hidden surprise.

Another card, using some Collectables, Stickles applied with a toothlick,
and a StampIt hydrangea stamp and Perfect Pearls.

I found that if I started with a standard A5 card base and put in partial score lines as a guide I could then cut to fit the panels and extend the score lines. In the diagram below, score lines are shown in black and the cutting line in orange. Can you tell yet that my Dad is a maths teacher and I am very much my father's duaghter??

Done first is the top score line. It is at the centre of the A5 card base - 4 1/4" from each end, and comes down about the width of what I want on the left-hand panel. Lay your intended panel on the card base as a guide.
Next are the lines that will start the step - one score line at either 1" or 1 1/8" from the left edge and coming up to about 1/4" short of where you think the cutting line will go, and a second line the same distance further across - at either 2" or 2 1/4" from the left edge of the card base.
The third score line is halfway between the second line and the right-hand edge of the card base.
Now use a tiny pencil mark to show the start and finish of the cutting line - the measurement down from the top edge of the card base will be the width of your intended  left-hand panel layer plus whatever border you want around it. (For example my panel is 2 5/8" wide so I lay my ruler on the 1" score line and mark the start of the cutting line 2 7/8" down from the top edge. Then I lay the ruler on the last score line and again mark a point 2 7/8" down from the top edge for the end of the cutting line.
Use craft knife and ruler to cut between the two pencil marks. Then return the card base to the scoreboard and re-score all score lines so they reach the cut line edge.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Another snail ...

Thanks Deidre for the inspiration for this card and Shirley (again) for the clouds:

Using your computer

Following up from introducing a group to using their computers as an aid to cardmaking, I thought I would do a step-by-step as I make a card for the latest CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.
We had just been looking at a fun card given to my son 2 months after his birthday.
I have a cute little Memory Box snail die I bought AGES ago and have never used. I wanted the idea that the snail had had to climb Everest on his way ..
I found a printable image of Everest and tweaked it a bit using PhotoScape.
Usng Word and setting the size of the image to 8cm wide I printed it and cut carefully around the mountain. This gave me two panels to use for masking - the mountain, and the surrounding sky.
Again in Word I typed the text I wanted into a text box, and printed it onto the card panel.
With the mountain mask in place I layered Distress Inks from dark to light down from the top of the panel - salty ocean and tumbled glass. I also used my brand new MFT cloud stencil (Thank you, Shirley!) to add some clouds lower down.
I removed the mountain mask and attached the sky mask, then used the cloud stencil again upside down for the mountain ridges using hickory smoke Distress Ink.
Added a trail of clear glittery stencil paste for the snail slime, a die-cut snail with gelly roll pen highlights, and voila!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CAS(E) this Frog!

CAS(E)ing again -here is this week's sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch!

Inspiration struck today - it was either make a card or do ... housework. I resisted for most of the day and got lots done, but the card just had to be made.

 The frog is coloured with watercolour pencils then topped with Spica glitter pens. Looks better IRL. Planning to smudge some glitter over the leaves.
One day later - maybe not quite as C or S but I like this better:
 I have added wood-grain folder embossing for a pond, and some stamped leaves. Still quite a bit of white space but to me the card looks more finished.
Feedback from the CAS gurus would be appreciated.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Last #224 - I promise

Ideas just keep coming for the CAS(E) this Sketch! #224. I could not resist trying just one more idea. Needless to say I am supposed to be packing my car for tomorrow's craft group so instead I am making cards.

I first did the card without the black strip (see below) but am much happier with this.

The card was certainly simple - printed the clefs, words and note onto white card, punched with a Carl square punch, roughed up the edges then distressed
with rusty hinge Distress ink. Mounted the notes, and added black pearls.

Also below is the sketch from the challenge .. just in case you have not seen it on my last few posts!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Better with blue

Forgive this second post - it seems I need a whole new post to put my updated lighthouse card onto the CAS(E) this Sketch! page.
For me the blue completely changes the look of the card - lifts it somehow.
 (Later - hence the edit - I have discovered that it IS possible to delete an inlinkz post - you just have to know where to look, and to have cookies enabled. I live and learn!)
The older post below tells how to recreate this card.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

New toy

Hello again. I am still loving the latest CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch - #224 

Here is the card that came to mind when I first saw the sketch - but I did not have the sunray stencil. Now I do ... well .. I NEEDED it didn't I?
no flash

Square of foam bought at least 10 yrs ago, and hoarded for the right moment, cut to the size and shape of a mini square ink pad. Distress inks - salty ocean and tumbled glass stamped with the foam square. Rays stencilled with Colour Burst  paste thru the Tim Holtz mini stencil (Set 5). Computer used to print the wording. Added Memory Box Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die-cut and some Memory Box seagulls.
Yes the waves are a strategically placed embellishment - covering where my inky little finger touched the card.

(Later) I decided to move this onto a blue card base - maybe less CAS but I like it better.