Sunday, June 16, 2019

Give a Poem a Home - Father's Day 2019

Hi Crafty Internet!
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's, grand-dad's and guardians out there. For my dad this year, I made an interactive handmade card. I've seen these referred to as flip it cards and also as Swing Cards, but there are other kinds of swing cards out there now.

The interactive part comes from a shape cut in the front. You fold the card front one way and the shape the opposite way so that, when you open the card, the shape rights itself into a flat sheet of paper, revealing the back side of the shape.


So, on the front, my card says "You're out of this world." On the back, it says: "Happy Father's Day."

Most swing cards do not have the extra flap. But I didn't like the idea of squishing my sentiment behind just 1 half of the shape. So, I put a flap on mine so I could fit a larger sentiment. I used Lawn Fawn's "Open Me" stamp on it so that my dad will know it's a tri-fold card.


The inside reads:
With lots of love
And happy thoughts
We hope you know
We love you lots!

Have a very
Happy Father's Day!
We hope good things
Will come your way!

I made the galaxy background on the outside and framed it in my hexagon nesting dies from Marianne Design. (Purchased from Ecstasy Crafts online store.) If you would like to see, I made a video of my galaxy background process on YouTube. I didn't have a big enough Father's Day sentiment stamp, so I dug out my old Quickutz Empire font dies to make this one. I used a star embossing folder instead of patterned paper on the outside. The rocket is a die cut that I cut from some self-adhesive silver metal sheets (also from my very old Quickutz stash.)

I worked out the dimensions for 4 of these flip it cards:
  • A6 (4.75 x 6.25 inches) in portrait and in landscape (portrait one shown here)
  • A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inches) in portrait and in landscape
Actually, I discovered the pattern for making these so that you can make this kind of card in any size. All you really need to know is the starting point and that number is one half the width of your card front.

I had an urge to make a girly version of this design, so I made a birthday card.



I used no patterned paper again. I use more of my galaxy piece and I stamped the pattern. I didn't have the right pink colour for cardstock, so I made it by inking white cardstock with pink ink and added some iridescent acrylic medium to make it sparkly.

I also made the sentiment area so that you can slide the sentiment in or out in case you mess up and need to turn it over or cut a new piece and start again.


These little critters are stamps from Hello Bluebird that I coloured with my Copic Markers. I think they are sweet.

Have you made Flip It cards before? What's your favourite kind of interactive cards?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

DIY Notepads from Paper Scraps

Got scraps? Make memo pads! I made almost 30 DIY notepads for administrative professional's day. I used plain copy paper cut to size, tissue boxes for covers, and paper scraps for embellishments.

I have a video walkthrough of all the ones I made (minus 2 smaller ones that in had to pop in the mail before filming).

I got the copy paper free and, for my favourite 2 sizes, 10-12 sheets makes 3 pads of 20-24 pages. The pads themselves are very easy to make with loads of video tutorials readily available. Since I am klutzy with a glue gun, I used the slower, Elmer's glue method. I have no idea if these pads will hold up to having sheets torn out or will split into pieces part way through. Only one way to find out - USE them!

What I like about them is that, for cardmakers, when your pad is all done, you can trim the front covers to a smaller rectangle and use it as an embellishment on a card!

I tried to keep all the sentiments positive and happy thoughts.

I even did a little DIY on some embellishments. I made these faux enamel dots with cardstock, gold nail polish, glossy accents (glue) and good ol' scissors.
(Click picture for larger view.)

Want to see them all? Click the picture below to go to my YouTube channel to see them!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

I went to the Lindt factory outlet in my part of the city. I love that they carry some Ghiradelli chocolates. I bought some squares and some bars for co-workers as Easter treats. Well, I had to dress them up!

I recently purchased a Marianne Design bunny die set. I don't normally go for bunnies but there's A LOT of versatility in this set.

I put them in the mug because I think that is sweetest. They have the little arched eyes and I knew I could use those on my fox die from Marianne Design too that I use for die cuts that look like our husky. (I just noticed now that I did one set of eyes arched up and one arched down! Oh well, both look okay to me!)

The wrapping paper is just from a kraft roll from Michaels. I stamped all over it with a Stampin' Up! flower set. (It wasn't hard but it took a while to cover the whole paper.) I used a Your Next Stamp tag topper die. It cuts the shape at the top but has no bottom so you can make the tag as long as you want.

Behind the bunnies, I just used a wash of colour. The pink bunny is from a Tombow watercolour marker.
I even made the "enamel dot" heart! I used some acrylic paint and then blobbed some Glossy Accents dimensional glue over it in a heart shape (two tear drops joined together). I let it dry and then cut it out by hand. I think it turned out very well! I love that it's semi-flat - good for mailing. (And it's sparkly because the paint was sparkly.)

I did the same techniques on the blue one.
You can see the dimension of the homemade enamel dots better in the second picture. For this one, I used dollar store nail polish on black cardstock underneath the dimensional glue.

I made a little basket for the squares out of my french fry box die. You basically cut two backs of the die and stick them together and then make little handles. (Sorry, didn't get a picture of that one. It was getting pretty late at night!)

I think they turned out cute and I'm very proud of my dots. They are not perfect circles like manufactured dots, but when they are scattered on a card and given to non-crafters - I'm sure no one will examine them closely enough to notice.

P.S. this project used only scraps! Love it!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Copic Colouring - Cute Dragons

Well, I finally did it. I've been mulling over Sandy Allnock's Copic Colouring class series for a couple of years. I really want to take the scenery mini classes but I thought it best to take the Copic Jumpstart class first.

I did take an in-person class in September 2018 with two instructors from the U.S. at a scrapbook store. They gave us the set of makers we needed to use for class. I learned a bit, reinforced some existing knowledge, and attempted to understand light and shadow but it still evades me. I understand the shadows from the main light source. It's where the light would bounce back and hit other areas kinda behind or at the edges of the light source that I always get wrong. And, for some reason, I struggle with cast shadows. Mine always look utterly unnatural.

Anyway, the Jumpstart class lets you use what *you* have. Since the in-person class provided all the markers you needed, it made it seem easy. Sandy's class encourages you to use what you have and find combinations that work. I am not a big experimenter, myself, so I've spent a number of years amassing the markers (or alternates) needed for the class so that I would not have to spend time figuring out something that works before being able to do the lessons. I've also noted down combos I've found in videos over time and, with Sandy's class, I now have a nice and neat way to catalogue them! (More on that later.)

Here's my first stamp image colouring from Lesson #2: Blending. (Click picture for larger image.)

I love these dragons by C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps. I only coloured the bodies at this point. When I finish the rest of them, I think will use them on some cards or notepads or something. I stuck to a blending group for this one. However, now that I have Sandy's catalogue system, I've found a different dragon-green combo I'll probably use going forward.

She gives a blending practice chart. I've put the combos I like on it - most are from class using the alternates that I have, and some from the internet. Then, I cut them apart and put them on a binder ring. That way, it doesn't matter what order I colour them in on the page. Plus, if I do any I don't like, I don't have to worry about "the ugly one" that ruins my page. By cutting them out, you get the added bonus of not having to worry about colouring outside the lines! I can put all the like colours next to each other and hold them to my project to see which one I want to use. It's the same idea as having ink swatches. I now have blending group swatches to catalogue my blends!


For example, the teals are my favourites (the blue-green family). BG72 was one of the first markers I ever bought. I bought it to do softened, winter rooftops on a village stamp I got. Back then, I had no idea about the blending families or even how Copics blend at all. I bought them because they were streakless markers. After this exercise, my BG72 is pretty much all dried out but at least I know what to blend it with now (once I buy a refill for it).

First, I stayed all in the BG family. Then, I tried Sandy's idea of a violet shadow. Rather than an RV, I used my BV04. The shadow has a purplish tinge, but it's okay. So, to get rid of the purplish tinge, I tried a C5 and a C7. I liked the C7 better, so that's what's on the swatch. You can see that the other two give much better contrast in the shadows than the blending family does.

(You can see the back of Sandy's brighter teal combo that uses an RV in the shadow area. Even the backside is pretty!)

I'm on to the light and shadow lesson next. It's not my first try at learning it. We'll see if this style of class helps it sink in!