Crazy for Punch Art

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Friday, 07 June 2013

I hope you are not sick of my punch art samples yet but I have been making some to put up on my pinterest page. You can check me out on pinterest. My user name is rhondalyn022

It can be a time comsuming addiction... so many great ideas all in one place.
Anyway here are my offerings this week-

I have made this bunny before in blue and pink for baby cards but this time decided to go more natural. He is made with the blossom petal builder punch, full heart and the extra large oval. The flowers are also from the blossom petal builder punch. As I have said on my last post, it is only available for another couple of weeks as it is on the retiring list.

My other sample is another card candy idea.
Again, I have made one of two of these before in different colours and sizes for my birdhouse circle journal but putting them all together like this makes a special gift for a scrapbooker or cardmaker, don't you think?

Happy Crafting from Rhonda



Scallop Trim border punch

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

I have been playing around with the scallop trim border punch and have made all sorts of lacy borders by punching both sides of a long and thin strip of card. Then I tried threading ribbon through the holes and was very pleased with how it turned out. The only thing is that you do have to be very accurate about lining up the punch to achieve this look. I found someone else on line who did the same thing as me but she used 3 separate strips which is much easier and you are less likely to make mistakes. Her name is Linda Fisher and you can find her at lindas-stampinloft.blogspot

This card above I was planning to teach at a class. It features a punch art teapot by Ellen Kempler. This cute teapot punch art uses the blossom petal builder punch; - The largest leaf with scallop top and second smallest leaf. I designed a tea cup to match using the second largest leaf. Unfortunately this punch will soon be retired by Stampin' Up! so I didn't end up teaching it. However the punch will still be available for a few more weeks yet so if you want it, email me asap and I will order one for you.

Cutting guide above shows you the pieces used. Discard those pieces with an x beside them.

Below is a tag with the tea set punch art once more, and an example of the lacy type border that you get when using the scallop trim border punch on both sides of a really narrow strip of card.

Below is the second card I made with the ribbon border and this is what I ended up teaching.

Lastly I have been making up embellishment sets to give away. Here's one of my favourites, using mostly cherry cobbler cardstock.



Punch Art Koala

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I decided to do an extra post this week so that I could show you the card I made for my room mate at the Stampin' Up! convention in Australia. I am heading off next tuesday and am so looking forward to it.

Also my card fitted in well with the JUST ADD INK #165 challenge this week which was to just add woodgrain...

It was fairly easy to make using the following punches: ears - blossom petal builder & 2.2cm scallop circle, face - ornament, nose - word window, body - 1/2 of a 6.4cm circle, arms and legs - piece punched from 6.4cm circle and then inserted into blossom punch to form paws.

Inside of the card has gum leaves made from the retired leaves die and a gumnut made from pieces of the mitten and stocking punch.



Gold marker pen

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Friday, 10 May 2013

I have two cards for you this week that use the gold dazzle marker pen. It is one of those must-haves (along with the silver pen) as they add a touch extra to cards and are so affordable.

Thanks Card
This was made for me as a swap by a Hamilton demonstrator about 3 to 4 years ago. She has used a ton of different techniques to make a really stunning card. Note the gold pen around the edges.

Hi Beautiful!
I made this "make up set" punch art for a 14 year old girl's birthday. The gold marker was perfect for adding a fine edge around all the black containers and for highlights on the lipstick container.



New Ideas with Embossing Folders

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013

I was making some more punch art cards to show you this week and I wanted a large dotty background for my first card. As I don't have a large dotty background stamp, I decided to use my perfect polka dots embossing folder instead. I have seen this done before to emboss colour onto card but I didn't want any embossing, just the image only.
And it turned out great. Keep reading for steps on how to do this easy technique...

Sweet Friend Card
Beehive made from word window punch and bird wing.
Bee made from blossom petal builder punch (smallest petal) and itty bitty circle. Wings are the small heart cut in half.

Clucky Hen Card
This punch art was made from the bird punch for the head and wing and an extra large oval for the body.
The background for this card is an inked honeycomb embossing folder which has then been "stamped" or pressed onto white card.

Thanks So Much Card
This is one more sample of using an embossing folder like a stamp.

Here are the steps to creating this background:
1. Ink up the raised side of your embossing folder, that is the bottom side, without the stampin up logo on. Just tap your ink pad all over so that the raised portion of the embossing folder is coated in ink. Wipe away any visible ink that is on the folder but not on the raised portions.

2. Lay your embossing folder on a table with the inked raised side at the top and the deep grooved side at the bottom. Place your cardstock on the bottom, on the uninked side of the embossing folder. Bring the top down and press evenly all over with the palm of your hand to transfer the image.

3. Carefully lift the embossing folder up and take out your card. If you pressed firmly and evenly, it should look like this.
With a couple of tries you will know how much pressure to use. You don't want to press too hard as you don't want to emboss it. You just want to be firm enough to transfer the ink evenly.



Cards for boys

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Hi there,
I hope you are not sick of punch art yet as I have quite a bit more coming up this week and in the weeks ahead. Carrying on with the cards for kids, I have made some especially for the boys this week.

Birthday Bugs
I just purchased the spider web embossing folder and wanted to use it for a boy's card. I came up with a few different bugs and flies etc. They are all made using just two punches! The jewellery tag punch and the owl builder punch. All fairly easy to punch but fiddly to put together as there are so many little pieces.

Electric Guitar
Having guitar players in my family inpsired me to make this card. I have seen similar ones to this before. I made mine using the heart framelits from Stampin' Up! to create the body of the guitar and the decorative label punch (double punched) to make the head. The small tuners are made from the candle flame of the cupcake punch. The swirls on either side of the guitar body are made from the owl body (double punched). The neck of the guitar is just a strip of card.




Cards for little kids

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Friday, 12 April 2013

I had some spare time this week which was so nice and I spent a day in my craft room playing with my punches.
I decided to create some cards for little kids so that I had some to give away when the need arises.

These cards I made just for fun, using new and retired Stampin' Up! products...
you may recognise some of these television characters.

Wild About You & Hugs and Kisses
This top card you would have seen before as many people have made these characters using the scallop circle punch.
The bottom card is my impression of 'Ernie'.

I got a bit carried away making up these characters. Rather than make several cards with these characters, I made up an embellishment pack, now I can make them into cards or use on scrapbooking layouts later on.
The two easiest ones which I would definately make again were the frog and piggy. Both use the ornament punch as the base for the face. There are a couple of retired punches too but you could adapt and use the blossom petal builder punch instead, (for the piggy's ears and the frog's collar).

Happy Birthday Girl
This card has some retired cardstock on and a compass stamp from the 'sentimental journey' stamp set which was just perfect for this explorer girl. I tried out a new idea / technique for this punch art that I created. I wanted my punch art to look cartoony and so rather than sponge all the pieces to give definition, I drew around the edges with a marker pen.

Let me know what you think of this outling technique. Do you love it or hate it? Please leave a comment.
Thanks from Rhonda



Brayer Techniques

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Friday, 29 March 2013

You saw my bouncing brayer technique last week and as promised here is some more ideas for using your brayer this week.

For the Newlyweds
I don't use my brayer enough but it is a quick and easy way to add ink to small areas and particularly when brayering over embossed card, as it gives a great look.

This wedding card has 3 brayer techniques:

The heart image is heat embossed with white embossing powder on white card, then brayered over with chocolate chip ink. This technique is called emboss resist as the chocolate ink won't adhere to the glossy embossed image.

The pink pattern at the bottom is dry embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder onto pink pirouette card, then brayered over with rich razzleberry ink. The ink mainly goes on the raised spots. This is quite a fun technique and you get different looks each time you do it, depending on how much ink you want to add on.

The third technique is to brayer colour on ribbon... My ribbon was white 1cm wide taffeta ribbon which I coloured in chocolate chip ink for this card.

Bird on a branch
This next card has a brayered background which is not easy to do (not for me anyway). You need to be patient and work slowly to achieve a smooth look. I tend to want to rush the process. There are some amazing demonstrators out there like Michelle Zindorf and Paula Dobson to name a couple who make this process look so easy but it's not! This is my feeble attempt. The ground underneath the trees was masked off and sponged but the rest of the background was brayered using pink pirouette, so saffron and more mustard inks.




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