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It’s in a Book!

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Happy Monday!

As the weather turns cooler, I am spending more of my time inside.  Which leads me to my two favourite activities, crafting and reading!  Today we are creating something a bit different…..here’s a hint…It’s in a Book!

If you guessed bookmark, you’re right!  I love to be able to add special elements to my cards that double as gifts.  I have added other things like necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, etc. into my cards that the recipient can remove and use.  I think it is a very unique way to actually gift give.

We are back to school in my house and the birthday invites are starting to come in and I am beginning to think about teacher gifts, etc. I thought this was a good way to bump up my emergency gift cupboard.

There are three bookmark sizes we will be using today, 2″x6″, 2″x7″ and 2.5″x8.5″,

The first one we will make is actually a card with a removable bookmark.  The card size is a standard A2 size card and the bookmark size is 2.5″ x 8.5″.  This is a great size if you want to ensure maximum paper usage.

I dug through my stamp inventory and found a TON of images that would work perfectly.  Any smaller image is going to work great if you want it to have a focal point.  Although, you can use background stamps as well for a more abstract look.  I pulled out some Taylored Expressions and Lawn Fawn images.

I like to plan my layouts by roughly stamping my ideas onto a scrap piece of paper to see how they will look and it helps me if I am doing complex stamping that require masks.  Once I like an idea, I can then go ahead and stamp them out onto the cardstock.  I will then save that scrap layout piece for future reference.  Currently, I am saving these with the stamp set….but, I think I might either create an idea book or perhaps a digital binder to save space….it’s a work in progress. Lol!

Side note: I have been having some technical issues with my videos, so as of right now my video for this blog isn’t up.  However, I will post a link here as soon as it is available.  If you subscribe to my channel you will get a notification once it is live!

I want to start on the bookmark first.  I score the bookmark at 4 1/4″.  The bookmark will be woven into the card front…but we will get to that in a bit.  I then stamp the owl and coordinating sentiment from Taylored Expressions Punny Notes stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and set it aside to ensure it dries completely before Copic colouring.

I then move onto the card panel.  I found a tiny book stamp from the Teacher Lady stamp set from Ellen Hudson and used that to create a custom stamped background using  Distress Ink on some yellow cardstock.  To help me create an evenly spaced stamped background I like to use a T- square ruler.  I then cut that panel with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die to add a bit of interest.  I attached this panel to a standard A2 size card panel.

I did simple colouring of the owl in the following Copic colours:  Y15, Y17, YR18 and because the Copic bled through a bit I backed the bookmark onto some coordinating coloured cardstock.  I wanted the bookmark to hold up well so I then ran it through my laminator and attached some thin magnets onto the inside fold.  This will help hold the bookmark in place on the page.  You will want to burnish that fold and you may want to even place something heavy onto of it overnight to really reinforce the fold and to ensure it will lay flatter on the card.  It will lay down nicely the more it is used in a book, so if it pops open a bit, don’t worry!

Now we need to create slits in our card base to weave the bookmark through.  *Measure the size of your bookmark again if you have laminated and backed onto cardstock.  You will want to create slits a few millimetres longer than the width of your bookmark so it slides nicely.  I cut two slits horizontally and parallel to each other in the centre of my card.  Although, you could offset it to onside or another.  To create the slits in the card you can use a straight edge and a craft knife or a Fiskars Surecut Trimmer.

Once your cuts have been made you will insert the back flap of the bookmark into the front of the card’s top slit and then back out towards the front of the card through the bottom slit.  You should be able to connect the magnets together.  If you want you can add a sentiment onto the inside of your card and then write a note to the recipient letting them know of the surprise gift with the card.

My next bookmarks are super simple.  I pulled out my Lawn Fawn Year Nine (Taco) Stamp Set and the Smart Cookie stamp set.  Check your Lawn Fawn stash as their images are perfect for bookmarks!

For the Taco stamp set I used the 2″ x 7″ bookmarked and the “let’s taco ’bout” sentiment and the taco stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Copic coloured (E34, E35, Y23, YR02, R08, YG17).  I wanted the full sentiment to read “let’s taco ’bout  Books”.  I didn’t have a ready made “book” sentiment that I could easily use…so, I pulled out an alphabet stamp set and created the “BOOKS” sentiment with that.  I stamped it vertically with Distress Ink and I like how it filled the bookmark.  Again, I layered this onto some coordinating coloured cardstock and laminated.

I did pretty much the same thing with the Smart Cookie stamp.  Using another smaller image from the Teacher Lady stamp set  and my T-ruler and creating a custom stamped background.  I then found some scalloped rectangle dies and layered the image onto coloured cardstock and backed the entire bookmark onto black cardstock and laminated.  This time I added some Nuvo Shimmer Pen onto the cookie before laminating to add some sparkle!

My final bookmark is a shaker bookmark.  It is somewhat similar to the first one that you can add it to a card.

I found used my square stitched dies and some images from the Loads of Fun stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  I found a cute sentiment from the Bedtime Stories stamp set from Clearly Besotted that says “If you have time to clean you are not reading enough”.  I did some masking on this one to give the effect that the laundry soaps were infant of the basket and some simple Copic colouring.  I layered the stamped images onto grey and black cardstock.

To create the shaker I am using a clear heavy weight sheet protectors (I got mine from staples) and my We R Memory Keepers photo FUSE tool.  I have to admit I haven’t used this in a while so I had to relearn how to use it and which tips work best.

I place my square image into the protector and then trimmed it leaving enough material to fuse together around the edges and taking into account that I also wanted to add sequins, etc. inside.  I sealed the bottom and sides leaving the top open.  I then added some Picket Fence Spiked Ocean Water sequins and some Studio Katia bubbles and then sealed the top and carefully trimmed up any excess material from the edges being careful not to trim too close that I reopen the seal.

Now we need to create the element that will hold the bookmark to the page.  I cut a piece of cardstock that measured 5 1/2″ square and cut on the diagonal to create triangles.  I then used my scoreboard to score at 2 3/4″, turned and flipped the triangle and scored again at 2 3/4″.  This basically fold the tips of the longer edges of the triangles in to create a smaller square.  I then used Scor-tape and adhered the flaps down onto the top left corner of the back of the shaker piece with the opening of the square element piece being on the lower right hand corner.  (Sorry, I know this is confusing…the video will help!)

Now when you flip it over to the front you should be able to slide the bookmark onto the top right hand corner of a page of a book.  The one thing I didn’t do, but will do for next time is laminate the element piece that holds the bookmark onto the page.  I think it would hold up better that way.

If you want, you can then add this shaker bookmark onto a card front.  Keep in mind though when you create your slits they will need to be on a diagonal with the slits closer together.  For this bookmark I would need to make my slits angle from the top left down to the lower right of the card.

I hope that today’s blog has inspired you to look at your stamps in a way that you can create fun bookmark cards or quick and easy bookmarks.  I know I will be creating a ton of these to go in Christmas cards for my kids’ friends as well as Valentine cards and I have a few special jewellery items that I will be giving as gifts for birthdays that will be fun to incorporate this way.

May your week be full of crafting!

~Chala

I Can’t Help Foiling in Love!

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Hey There!  Today’s card is embracing the Random Act of Cardness Facebook Challenge word “foil”!  I can’t help foiling in love with foil!  I have been enjoying the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill so much that I wanted to share another card with you!

The Foil Quill can be used for a variety of different projects (not just cards) and it comes in a few different varieties.  There are the foil tip pens which you can buy in the bold, standard and fine tip as well as the calligraphy pen.  However, today I am going to be showing you the All in One Kit for an electronic die cutting machine like either the Silhouette or Cricut machine. I also have some FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY news!  One lucky blog follower will win their very own We R Memory Keepers All in One Foil Quill set for their electronic die cutting machine!  This is a prize value of $147.00 dollars!  WOW!  All you have to do is comment below and let us know what is the first thing you would make with the Foil Quill All in One set if you won!  The winner will be chosen randomly by the close of business on Friday, August 14, 2020 and will be announced over at the Facebook Challenge Page!

Now, let’s get to today’s card.  This one is fairly simple but has such an elegant look.  I will be using the Silhouette machine and Silhouette Design Studio (Business Edition) to create today’s card.  If you need a more detailed version of how this card was made I encourage you to head over to watch the YouTube video here:

I started off ink blending a standard A2 size card panel with one of my favourite Distress Ink combinations:  Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves.  You can use either the regular Distress Inks like I did or the Distress Oxide inks.

I then chose and elegant dandelion image and created a custom sentiment that says “Make a Wish”.  The wonderful thing about the Silhouette Design Studio is you can totally create your own design or choose one from the Design Store.  There is always a free file of the week and the images are a fairly reasonable price point.

There is a bit of fine tuning that you need to do with the image.  You will have to select the images and change the setting from cut to sketch and then choose your sketch lines.  I recommend you watch the video as I show this process as well as link to my Beginner Video that I made going into greater detail of how best to choose your settings.

Once you have your settings selected you can then get your project ready to foil.  Now, I again I embraced a few “learning opportunities”  (aka: mistakes”) and I feel it is important to share them with you in hopes that it helps you with your project.

I am using the We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Mat and I have to say I really like it!  If you are just using the regular adhesive mat you have to put down some scrap paper then tape your project to the scrap paper and then tape your foil over top.  If you do not do this and simply apply the foil straight onto the adhesive mat you the foil will come off onto the mat and you will ruin it (This surprisingly was not the mistake I made).

Silhouette has also come out with a new version of their adhesive mat which I like much better than the old one.  They have smaller grid lines and have made the mat so that there are arrows on both the top and bottom of the mat allowing you to feed the mat in either way.  This will extend the life of your mat as well.

With that said, you will want to place the magnetic mat onto the adhesive mat.  The magnetic mat comes with 4 magnets.  Two short ones and two long ones.  I had originally planned to do a foil border around my card so I did not end up using them this time.  However, I think they will be very handy on future projects.

Once my magnetic mat was adhered to the adhesive mat I placed my panel down (this is where my mistake came in).  I place my project so that it was not lined up with the top left side.  Rather, I chose to place it one inch to the right and once in down.  I used a small amount of Thermo Web Purple Tape on the corners to hold it in place and then layer the foil over top.  Again, using a small amount of the purple tape I began adhering the edges of the foil down ensuring that it was laying tight and smooth.  Then I loaded the mats into the machine.

Now I can go back to my computer.  Here is my mistake.  On the design window of Silhouette Studio I forgot to move my project down one inch and over one inch.  So, when I sent my project to the machine it was not foiling in the correct area.  I quickly stopped it and removed it from the machine.  I could see that it was going to foil beautifully (YAY!).  However, I now could not use this panel (BOO!).  I will trim off the little bit of foiling and save this for another card (YAY!).  This means I had to redo my ink blending panel (BOO! sort of….I find ink blending therapeutic).

After I had the new panel completed I repeated the process of securing it to the magnetic mat (ensuring everything was smooth) and then I changed the position of the project within the program.  I double check my settings and sent it to the machine.  SUCESS!

The process took a while as I chose to have it do two passes just to be sure everything foiled nicely.  I was not disappointment.  Once the project was complete, I removed the mat from the machine and then removed the foil from the project.  Again, the outcome was stunning!!  As I said before, I originally planned to have a foil border around it, but I really liked it without it so opted not to send it through again (I could have done it all at once, but wanted to see what it looked like first – glad I did that!).

I trimmed 1/8″ off each side and then adhered the panel to a standard A2 size side folding white card base.  You could add gems or other embellishments if you want, but I really liked the simplicity of this card.

I really want to try doing this technique overtop of watercolour, as well as playing around to see if I can foil with alcohol inks and the Yupo Paper.  Stay tuned for a future post to see how this turned out!

I hope that you are inspired to add some foil to your cards!   If you don’t have an electronic die cutting machine you can always use the freestyle pens!  There are a ton of amazing foil colours to choose from and you can check out some of them here.

Remember to comment below for your chance to win the amazing We R Memory Keepers All in One Foil Quill  set for your electronic cutting machine!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing week!

~Chala

Snow Simple!

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Happy Sunday Crafters!

I feel like we just finally are getting into summer weather and here we are talking about Christmas again!?  Lol!  Today I am playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge and Christmas in July theme by showing  you a card that is “snow simple!”

I really want to show you how you can take a stamp set that you already have and make it feel like a Christmas/Winter card just by adding a bit of snow.

I will be using Lawn Fawn’s stamp set Fairy Friends however, another super cute set that you could use is the Frosty Fairy Friends.  I will be doing some ink blending and masking.

When I am creating a scene card I like to plan out on scrap paper where everything is going to go.  Basically, I stamp everything out and then plan my masking and in what order I need to stamp everything.  This saves me from making too many mistakes and ruining my good cardstock.

Once I have everything planned out I can go ahead and stamp the images that I want to appear in front first with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I will then stamp the images again onto a Gina K Masking Magic sheet.  I fussy cut out the images with my Cutter Bee Scissors and apply the masks overtop of the images.

I then ink blend with my foam ink blending tool in the colour Chipped Sapphire adding a nice dark solid layering of the ink to the background.  I then use my small Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush and blend Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White Ink around the light and fairy house to give the effect of light reflection.  I also take advantage of the circular shape of the foam blending tool and make a circular impression around the actual light in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  Adding this yellow colour gives another dimension to the glowing light feel.

I can then remove the masking paper with my Tim Holtz Craft Pick and colour the images with my Copic Markers.

To make this stamp set feel more “Wintery” or “Christmas” like I begin sketching out where I want the little piles of snow to be with a white gel pen and then I go over these areas with white acrylic paint with a  fine paint brush and also add a few dots here and there to look like falling snow.

Now, you can totally leave your card just like this.  However, I took it a step further (because this girl likes a bit of sparkle on her cards) and I pulled out my laminator and some glitter embossing powder as well as some little iridescent stars that I sometimes use in my shaker cards.     I could have also actually made this a shaker card…but, I was feeling lazy and I also wanted the look of the snow falling without having to shake the card.

I let my laminator heat up and then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder and iridescent stars in-between the laminator sheet and ran it through.  Using white heat embossing will also work depending on white kind of look you want.  I suggest you do a few test pieces to see how your embossing powders react as well as play around with how much powder to use.

I die cut an oval in another card panel piece and adhered the snowy laminated piece to the back with Be Creative Score-Tape, trimmed off the excess laminating piece.

I then did a bit of stamp surgery using my Cutter Bee Scissors and altered one of the sentiment stamps so that I could just use the word “fairy”.  I then stamped “fairy” and “Christmas” on the lower right hand side of the oval card panel.  I then adhered this panel onto the stamped card piece using one layer of foam tape.  I think maybe two layers would have been better for more dimension.  The last thing to do was then to adhere all of this onto a side folding card, again I used the Be Creative Score-Tape for this.

I really wish that you could see this card in person as when you move it back and forth in the light the look of the snow between the laminated sheet is quite stunning against that ink blended background.

I hope this card has inspired you to look at the stamps sets you have and to see how simple it is to transform them into Winter/Christmas themed cards by adding a little snow.

Hoping you stay cool this week and I look forward to seeing what you create that is “snow” themed by posting your photos on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Take care!

~Chala