Triple Layer Cards

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

I have two cards to show you the triple layer technique that I learnt from Karen Williamson, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator based in Tauranga, NZ. It is so fast and the results speak for themselves.
For the sample below, I layered 3 pieces of whisper white card, centering the smallest on top of the middle and the middle on top of the largest. I used repositionable adhesive to hold them in place and then stamped randomly over the layers. I took the layers apart and matted them onto basic black card. The bottom (largest) layer goes directly onto your folded A5 card.

This next card I made for Father's Day. The tag with "DAD" on it, is made by colouring in the last letters of the Happy Father's Day stamp from the teeny tiny sentiments stamp set.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to position the last D next to the DA.

Since I made these cards a couple of weeks ago, I have seen this simple technique popping up everywhere. I hope you will be inspired to try it out if you haven't already!
Happy Crafting from Rhonda



White Craft Ink

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Using white ink:
Mostly when I want to use white on a card, I will use white embossing powder and heat emboss my image but sometimes I do use the whisper white craft ink. It does show up nicely on dark card. It is quick and easy to do, however the main thing is that you need to leave it for ages to dry before you touch it, otherwise it smudges. I made a lot of these reindeer cards last Christmas (and the one before) and I left them to dry for two days!

This next card is made by my wonderful and talented downline Bev Poultney. She has used the whisper white craft ink and sponged it through some paper doilies to create this stunning look of lace. The tea cup also looks great when you see it for real (not just in a photo) as it is stamped on glossy cardstock.

Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White craft ink is a pigment ink not a dye-based ink (like the other stamp pads) and that is why it dries differently. It is also permanent when it is completely dry, unlike the other inks which can smear and run if they get wet. I have also used the white craft ink on fabric with good result but it is something to experiement with as some fabrics it shows up better than others.
If you don't have the patience to use this ink and let it dry, then maybe you could invest in a spray on sealer, (which you can buy from a craft store). I have used a sealer before on cards made with white craft ink and it means you can use your card instantly.

From Rhonda


More Ideas with the Owl Builder Punch

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

I was promoting builder punches (and in particular the owl punch) at the SENZ show last month. I am going to show you some of the projects this week.
Folded Flower - You can use the body of the owl to create a big flower. It is very simple. 1.) You need to punch 7 owls for the petals using double sided paper. 2.) Fold owl body in half and cut off feet. Then cut down, following the line of the ears to the centre fold line. See pen mark for where to cut on example 2a. in photo. You are just cutting a small wedge out of the top. 3.) Unfold and then fold the sides in. 4.) Fold in from the rounded bottom edge. start the fold at the centre line and take it on an angle about half way up the punched shape. Do the same on the opposite side. Adhere 7 of these folded shapes onto a circle and your flower is complete.

Get Well Chick - You may remember seeing this cute little chick on my website before. I saw an umbrella card similar to this online (and can't find it again to acknowledge the orginal designer) but it had a penguin made with the owl punch. I decided to use a chicken as unlike ducks and penguins, chickens don't generally like the water. I wrote a greeting inside that reads, "heard you were a little under the weather - hope you feel better soon."

Animal Notepads - These were some of the projects that Rachael and I had either taught or had on display at SENZ including the animal notepads which both use the owl punch. For the sheep, it is the face and for the frog, it is the body. The tall box to the right has a rose on top created with the owl punch for it's petals.

3D Rose - A close up of the rose on top of my box. I learnt how to make this from a demonstrator called Valita. There is a video link on her website

Birthday Girl - The girl in this card has her hair made from the body of owl punch and the lacy swing top is made from the "vest" of the owl punch. I designed this card is for my niece's 13th birthday next weekend.



Wheel Stamps

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Monday, 06 August 2012

Back in May, I was asked to showcase wheel stamps at the product playground at our Stampin' Up! convention in Australia.
I love using the wheels as they are so affordable and you can do so much with them. Today I am going to show you some of what I did for the convention.

Jumbo Wheels
With this simple layout, you can whip up card in under 10 minutes. It uses the Wedding Words jumbo wheel stamp and the soon to be retired heart to heart punch.

The Wedding Words has so much possibility, just check out these embellishments made by selecting portions of the stamp to colour and use.

Standard Wheels
Two very different cards made with the soon to be retired Funky Forest standard wheel stamp. The card on the left has some of the trees stamped in regal rose and fussy cut to make a flower.

Builder Wheels
Bulder wheels, as with all the wheel stamps can be fitted with an ink cartridge for endless stamping. Wheels are wonderful for making your own wrapping paper. You can make a card to match and in this case I picked out some letters from the Happy B'Day builder wheel to spell PARTY. The other stamps used in this card are from the Happiest Birthday Wishes which are only available to Hostesses until the end of the month.

Island Cafe Card
This card is made using the take a sip std wheel, awning builder wheel and pennant builder wheel. I used the swiss dots and stripes embossing folders and some punches but the only stamps used were wheel stamps!



Playing with Punches

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My favourite thing to do when making cards is a bit of punch art.
I love it when the little pieces come together to create something new. Such fun!

Wow Dog Card
So I have been playing with my punches this past week and came up with this little dog. It is meant to be a Westie as that is the dog that I hope to have one day. Please leave a comment if you like this card.

New Zealand Fantail
This card I created for my daughter who is currently in Canada. I wanted her to have a taste of home and used green and blue and a wintery feel to it. We miss her but she really is too busy working at a summer camp (and enjoying the great weather) to have time to miss us... Even though we have a few fantails regularly visit our garden, I had to look up photos of this bird to see it's exact colouring.

Golliwog Shopping List
I made this covered notepad with a magnetic back to go on the fridge. This one is for my Mum, who has a couple of  golliwogs and hand made teddy bears on her bookshelf. My son didn't know what it was. Shows your age doesn't it! I stamped 'Remember' on as it is for notes to remember to buy etc but it also takes you down memory lane... Who else remembers Enid Blyton "Noddy" books?

I used a 4.4cm scallop circle for the golliwogs head and inserted it inside a 4.4cm circle to remove some of the scallops. Body is a white extra large oval, vest is a daffodil delight full heart, arms are word windows, pants are hand cut as is the jacket but I did trace around the arms and body so I had a shape to base my jacket on. Feet are from the heart to heart punch. The bow tie is the heart from the owl punch and the circles used are either from the owl punch or cup cake punch.
the mouth is a 1.9cm circle double punched and then rounded at the sides.
Below is the back view of the golliwog (before I adhered it to the card) and you can see the punches I have used as the base.

Thanks for looking from Rhonda



On Board Journals

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Dream Journal:
I was recently at a Stampin Up! team training day where we had an entertaining and informative speaker, Jo Donson.
She encouraged us to get a pin board and start collecting and displaying things that we like and things that inspire us. It can be your dreams, it can be your favourite colours etc but basically it is all about you and it is a tool for discovering who you are and what makes you tick. I decided to put my collection (of things about me) in a journal so here is the one I created using the On Board Journal book from Stampin' Up!

Maltese Cross Journal
This journal I created for the Woman's Weekly craft book which was published last Christmas. I am showing it here with permission. It is a simple punch art made with punches from the blossom petal builder punch and a circle punch.

The black punched shapes are laid out in a cross shape and then strips of metallic silver card are laid over top. The flower is made from 8 petals glued onto a 3/4" circle shape with an antique brad inserted in the middle. Super quick and easy with a modern feel to it.

To create a nice smooth cover that fits around the holes of the spiral binding, I placed my cardstock next to the journal cover and put pencil marks where the holes needed to be punched. (You also need to measure how far in each hole needs to be punched and if you are using the hole punch on a crop-o-dile, set the depth guide to this measurement). I then made one cut from the edge of the card up to the hole. I used a bamboo skewer to help push the card into place as I glued each piece down around the spirals. When it was smoothed flat and adhered firmly, it was very hard to even see the cut lines.
My dream journal, however, was done with the retired spiral punch and the holes aren't as tidy.

Happy creating from Rhonda


Pretty Paper Bags

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pretty Packaging
Brown paper bags are a great way to enclose a gift that may be an unusual shape. We were shown some different wrappings and packaging ideas at convention and so today I am going to share a couple with you.

Fan Fold Top
Start with a tall brown paper bag and concentina fold to about half way down the bag. Then bring the right and left sides together so that they meet in the middle and form a fan. Attach in place with a little glue.

Acetate Window
I used the framelit labels dies to cut a window through just one layer of the paper bag. I inserted a narrow clear plate inside the bag and my framelit and standard clear plate went on top of the bag and then it was all put through the big shot to cut out just the front of the paper bag. Decorate as desired.
NB If you don't have a narrow clear plate, a glass and joinery place can easily cut one of your regular ones in half for you.

The top of the paper bag is also cut with the framelits label die. The acetate window has been stamped with black Staz On ink.

I hope this inspires you to give brown paper bags a second look!

From Rhonda


Class projects

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Friday, 29 June 2012

At my class last week we made some projects that incorporated a variety of techniques. The first was a card I taught recently to other demonstrators at our team training in Auckland. It focuses on using your punched card as a stencil to sponge through. It also has a ribbon feature at the top which was shown to us at the Convention in Australia. This is a great way to use up small scraps of ribbon. Take a 20cm length of ribbon and lay all your short pieces of scraps across this longer piece. Bring the two ends of the longer piece together and tie a knot around the scrap pieces. Then adhere the ends of the longer piece to your card. All the scrap pieces will hang down from the know in the middle. On my card below the black satin ribbon is the 20cm piece.

This second card uses a double embossing technique. First I made a cardboard template to go on top of my swiss dots embossing folder so that when I embossed the card, the middle section of the card would not have any dots. Then I used my framelits labels die upside down so instead of cutting a shape it embossed a shape into the card.





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