Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Card 2011

Unless otherwise noted, all items used are from Stampin' Up!, many of which are now retired.
Stampin' Up! stamp sets:
Highways and Byways
Classic Pickups
Antique Autos
Well Scripted
All Holidays
Supplies from Stampin' Up!:
12x12 Whisper White card stock
Basic Black card stock
Real Red card stock
Basic Gray ink
Watercolor pencils
Blender pen
Gingham ribbon
Black grosgrain ribbon
Circle brad
Key tag punch
small oval punch
circle punches
Stampin' sponge
Texturz plate
Tombow glue

Not from Stampin' Up!:
Striped ribbon
computer printed font, hand cut
die for the card
Shiny silver card stock
silver Signo pen
computer generated sentiment on the vellum

I stamped the trucks first then masked over them to stamp the Highways and Byways background stamp. I always keep my masks (usually made from sticky notes) in the same stamp box as the stamps I made them for in case I need them again.
Here is a tutorial on masking:

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thanks A Million - card

Wow, two new projects in one weeks time !  A sort of quick card I made, using up some scraps I've come across while cleaning up my craft dungeon. I'm really happy with how this card turned out. All supplies from Stampin' Up! 

Word Play stamp set

card stock:
Whisper White
Night Of Navy
Not Quite Navy

Classic ink:
Night of Navy
Not Quite Navy

circle punches
Big Shot
Texturz plate polka dots, I used both sides
Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Two way glue
Perfect Punches (I think that was the name) brass template
paper piercer

Card base is 5.5" x 4.25" (8.5" x 5.5" folded in half).

Stamp " Thanks A " in Not Quite Navy and " MILLION " in Night of Navy ink on a scrap piece of white card stock. Trim.

Outline the edges of the small stamped piece with glue, sprinkle on glitter, set aside to dry.

Cut a white piece of card stock slightly smaller than the card front and run it through the Big Shot with the large polka dot Texturz plate.

Punch a large circle out of Not Quite Navy card stock. Use the template and piercing tool to pierce holes around the edge. It is actually easier to pierce the holes first on a piece of card stock before punching. Turn the punch upside down so you can look through the bottom to line it up and punch.

Punch a smaller circle out of Night Of Navy card stock. Run this through the Big Shot with the smaller polka dots Texturz plate (the little embossed polka dots don't show up in the photo).

Glue the circles onto the polka dot layer. 

Shake off the excess glitter then add the stamped piece using dimensionals.

Thanks a million for looking =) 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Negatives Notebook - My Digital Studio Hybrid Project

I created something yesterday ! I mentioned in my previous post that I decided to start scanning 35mm negatives and was using a notepad to make note of each envelope of negatives, what was on them. Well, I decided I may as well use some of my supplies that don't seem to get used much anymore to make a fun notebook !

I recovered a hard bound, stitched composition notebook (the kind you get for around $1 that have a sort of black and white marble look cover; not spiral bound) with decorative papers and a piece I created digitally.

The "negatives" word strip was made with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!. I could have taken the time to make one out of punches and stamps with traditional supplies, but decided it would be easier to get all of the little punches along the edge straight digitally.

Here is how I made my film / negative strip in My Digital Studio:

My project started out as an 8.5 x 11 scrapbook page. I could have easily made the entire cover using My Digital Studio, but I didn't want to waste a lot of colored ink, especially when I have so many patterned papers on hand.

I used a square punch, elongated it to 7", filled it with black.

I used 9 square punches for the frames. I "punched" one square and reduced it in size, color filled with a color that I picked off of the HSB tab of the Color Fill option. I then copied it 8 more times so they would all be the same size and color.

Align the squares then fill with stamped Schoolbook Serif alphabet letters in Basic Black ink and reduced in size . You could use Text instead if you have a font on your computer that you prefer.

The bottom row of tiny punches was a bit tricky. I started with a square punch reduced in size (don't make them teeny tiny! mine were maybe about 3/4" to start with). I copied it and pasted 8 times or so. These were then aligned and grouped then reduced them to the teeny tiny squares. This makes it easier to copy and move where you want them. Copy that group of teeny tiny squares and paste a few more times to fill along the bottom edge of the film / negative strip.

Group this entire line of miniature squares you created along the bottom edge, copy then paste at the top edge of the strip.

It does take a little bit of work and patience, but in the end I think it would have been less than if I had tried to use teeny tiny cut up pieces of card stock and glued them onto a strip ! Honestly, I don't have the right size punches I needed for this project anyway, so it was easier to create the size I needed in My Digital Studio.

Once I had my word strip completed, I exported it to a .jpg file, printed, trimmed and mounted it on a piece of black card stock.

The paper is a piece of unknown double sided I had in my stash. I trimmed it to fit, cut off the top and flipped it over so the coordinating opposite side would show. All pieces are adhered with heavy duty double sided adhesive tape. Apply the word strip over the joint. Open up the book , laying the cover face down on a safe surface for cutting. Use a hobby knife to trim off extra paper along the edge and around the corners if needed.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day

This is a digital version that I created of one of my cards that I shared last year.
 I used My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! to create this image.

Textured Card Stocks:
Chocolate Chip
Very Vanilla
Cherry Cobbler
Summer Sun

Textured background stamp

Boho Blossoms

Vintage Brads

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Digital Studio - Pretty Girl pages

A couple of simple pages I threw together in memory of my parents dog that passed away. I used My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! plus a few of the extra downloads. I like that there are new downloads released weekly so I can add more to the program, not be stuck with what came in the original package.

One of the pages is supposed to resemble a dog collar and tag the other a dog bone. I think they are both pretty plain, the dog bone one is especially. I'm sure I'll be tweaking it. The beauty of doing a digital page, I can go back in and change things without wasting real supplies.

I made my own background paper using a piece from the digital Night and Day designer paper. I then randomly stamped a dog from the Man's Best Friend stamp set.
TIP to make it go a little faster: stamp a small portion of the background, then group those images together, copy the grouped images then paste them all over the page, turning them as you like. I love this feature of being able to rotate the grouped images ! Once I made the background paper, I exported it to jpg then moved that saved file (I renamed it first) back into the programs Components folder under Backgrounds then Designer Series Paper folder where I made my own Custom folder. I inserted the dog background paper I made on the dog collar page then reduced the opacity for the dog bone page. 

I also have another folder in the same place titled Photographs that I moved a few .jpg images into so I could paper fill the punch images with photographs rather than paper. This is how I made the dog bone photo collage with digital punches and filled the heart on the dog collar tag.

Night and Day designer paper
Rose Red designer paper
Man's Best Friend stamp set
Heart, ovals, circle, square punches
Circle and square digital punches
Rose Red seam binding