Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Haunted House

Having fun with all the pieces of the Holiday Home Stamp set.  There are so many parts to this set you can use it for so much.  The houses are great for neighborhood get togethers, new house or moving cards. Use the smaller stamps to set your homes in winter, spring, summer or fall.  Halloween or Christmas.  For this card I paired the Holiday Home set with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.

 The extra thick twine is fun to fluff up.  I used two layers here for an extra fully tag topper.

I made a tag with Kraft paper and the tag topper punch, then cut the house out with the Homemade Holiday framelit dies.  I placed a bit of Basic black cardstock behind the Kraft tag with a layer of dimentionals in between to add some interest and shadow.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Feel like an artist

While at the Stampin' Up! convention I was able to play with the Watercolor Winter Simply Created card kit.  I only  made a few of the cards while I was there and I finally got around to finishing the kit last week.  This card kit is quite big, it comes with supplies to make 20 cards, all with a fun watercolor theme.

The photo doesn't show it all, you get a lot, and a the paint brush too!  You will need re-inkers in a few colors, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana and Smokey Slate.  You add the ink to some water to use at your "paint".  You can use some of your own "Merry Christmas" stamps or purchase the Watercolor Winter Too set for $11.95.

There are 4 card styles and you get supplies to make 5 of each, with fun envelopes too.  I made 3 or four exactly as directed, then used the left over pieces to design my own versions.

This is one of the cards.  The white layer comes pre-embossed with a woodgrain texture.

This card was pretty simple and the only tip I have for this one is to keep the trees in their sheets until after you have painted them to keep them from curling when you apply the watercolor.

This is a second card from the kit, also pretty straight forward.  Same tip as the trees, keep the sleds inplace while applying your watercolor and then punch them out once they are dry.

The is a third card from the kit and probably the hardest despite the simple look to it.  The stripes in the background need to be painted on, and the letters are also painted and applied individually. 

I have a few tips for this card.  At convention they told us to turn the card on its end and apply the stripes by allowing a drip to run down the paper.  The drips wont quite make it all the way down the paper as they get absorbed but that's ok, just add another drop at the top and it will want to run down the track already made by the first drip. And remember, these are meant to look like handmade watercolored card, so don't make yourself crazy trying to get the spacing perfect or straight,  the beauty of watercolor is the variations in color and the imperfect lines.  This is how it is meant to be, let it go!

Keep your letters in place on the cardstock as you paint to keep them from curling and so you don't lose them.  You get enough letters in this size to spell Merry & Bright 5 times in several languages, as well as an extra alphabet at the bottom so you can really get creative and spell a lot more.

In the instructions you were told to hang the letters off of the included twine as if they are hanging like pennants and then glue them down.  That proved just too much for me for some reason and I decided to just glue them down and skip the twine all together.  I lined the letters up by sticking them to some post it notes and adding some Tombo to their backs.  Then I just placed them on the card.

 Here is the final card as instructed by the kit. This one may have been the easiest.  You get a-lot of letters in this size as well, so you can really get creative with your message.

Here is a card I made with pieces from the kit.  It was fun to only make some as instructed, to sort of get a feel for all the pieces, and then let yourself go and make your own with all that's left.

Another way to use the tree pieces.

Another variation of the stripe card.

I ended up with 20 cards in all and I felt like an artist as I made them! Fun!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Frightful Wreath

Hi Everyone!!  I had so much fun putting together my Frightful Wreath kit this week!!  It is really a nice project and I can't wait to do this at class next week.  For the few of you buying kits but not making it together with us, I thought I would share some photos so you can see how to put it together. 

You get everything you need to make the wreath except adhesive and ink, and the Frightful Wreath stamp set, which is an optional add on.  I will have this at class.  If you don't have the stamp set you can use any Halloween stamps you may have, or letter stamps to spell out any fun words like "trick or Treat", "BOO", "Happy Halloween"  or whatever else you can come up with.  The only Adhesive I used is my Hot Glue Gun.  The first thing I did was add some hot glue to the wreath and then adhere the garland wrap end to the glue.   Then begin to wrap until you are all our of garland.  Now you can go back and spread your garland out evenly until you like it and then add some more hot glue to the ends, you can also add some in the middle if you want.  Then add some hot glue to the web in several places and press it to the garland.   Once I had that all out of the way, I went for the spider!   I love the spider!!
Find a paper plate or bowl to put all your beads in so that they don't go rolling all over the floor.  I used my paper piercing mat, which worked perfectly since it is a bit spongy. 

Start with the head.  Add a bead cap, then the bead and the other bead cap.  Now do the same with the larger bead cap and purple bead.  You will need to then bend over the end of the wire so that the beads can not fall off. 

Finish off the end by making a a loop with some heavy tweezers or pliers. 

Now add your legs.  Fold the four thin wires in half so you know where the middle is, then wrap them around the middle of the body.

Here are all my legs wrapped around the body.

Use the small beads in a pattern on the legs. 

Add a twist in the end to keep the beads from falling off. Repeat on the rest of the legs and you are done!!

The center comes pre-scored so you just need to fold back and forth, back and forth until you reach the end, which comes with an adhesive strip already on it.

Here is what it looks like finished.

Add some black ink to the doily with a sponge. You wont see the center so you just need to do the outer edges.

Assemble your center piece. I just used the hot glue gun since it was out on my desk. 

There is a per-punched hole in the accordion medallion, so you can attach your ribbon and hang the center piece from the silver web.  The kit comes with some silver thread to hand your medallion and attach the spider. 

When I first made the wreath I attached the spider like they did in the instructions, but I just love that spider and thought it needed to stand out a bit more, so I decided to hang it from the web instead.

If you would like to make the wreath with us next week we are meeting on Monday night at 6:30.  Cost is $30 (included the kit plus tax).  I have a couple spots left. 
If you are not close enough to me you can still purchase the kit and make it on your own, it is super fun!!