Tuesday, 23 April 2019

TTCRD 23 April DT Project - Stamp On It


Hi lovelies!  Today is challenge day for Design Team B for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!


This week's sponsor is a company called Stamp On It.  Here is a little bit about them:

"Stamp On It had it's humble beginnings in Holland MI 25+ years ago.... started out as a "home" business, soon became a storefront on the north side of Holland, grew to a 2nd store front in Grand Rapids, before closing the Holland store and enlarging the Grand Rapids one!  We began doing small craft shows years ago, slowly adding rubber stamp conventions to our schedule, expanding to almost full time shows on the road before making the decision in the fall of 2009 to either close or sell the store.  Before we were able to close the store, one of our employees voiced her desire to purchase the store!  Long story short, we "sealed" the deal by the end of 2009 and became pretty much full-time rubber stamp convention vendors on the road.

Stamp on it are offering the winner  3 Digital Images from their store!

When I picked my image, I already had some feint rumblings if an idea in my head.  I should have known better than to let it inspire a false sense of confidence! 🙈🙈🙈

So shall I tell you about today's misadventures craft process?  🤣🤣🤣.  I'm telling you it's every,single.time.  You get to the point when you have to laugh or cry and I'd rather not cry over something I enjoy!

Aaaanyway...since I had a vague idea how I wanted the finished card to look, I opened up the file to resize it and print and since it wasn't doing what I wanted, I thought I'd try opening it in Silhouette Studio and that was much better,

Not only that, but it meant I could use the machine to cut it out.  So what does one do when she decides she wants the paint palette in a woodgrain, but the paint blobs in white so I could give them a bold colour?

To cut a long story short, the "print and cut" feature hated the woodgrain paper and the paint blobs came out ok, but the brushes were too thin at that size.

It was also the time that Australian stores started getting the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill for cutting machines so when I couldn't get the card front to look balanced, adding some faux stitching along the diagonal helped.  The good thing is that both the laser printer and the foiling can tolerate pretty much all types of paint and ink.  The down side is that the black foil and laser printer look basically the same! 😂 I had hoped to see a shinier finish on the foil, but never mind!  You can sort of see it in some of the photos below.

More on the Foil Quill another day!

I placed the palette as a template to get the approximate position of the paint streaks.  Removable Glue Dots performed beautifully once again!  👍👍👍

The paint didn't turn out EXACTLY how I planned either, but still ok.


While all that was drying, I coloured the paint blobs from white cardstock with Copic markers. Colouring over the woodgrain paper still shows the wood pattern through the ink.  This is fine for where I wanted the paint to look smeared or spread on the palette.

The were so tiny that there was no way any shading would happen.  I did, however, colour the brushes straight over the woodgrain being darker colours.

I covered the blobs with a thick layer of glossy accents and a thinner layer over the brush handles.   More sitting and watching paint (and glue!) dry!



At this point I felt something was missing.  As I went to assemble the bits on the front, I realised I had forgotten to foil the sentiment! 😱😱😱

I had even figured out how to fill in a font much more quickly than the "old way" of messing about with offsets and things.


Out comes the Silhouette. Again.  Out come the quills.  Again.  Initially it looked as though the size was going ti be OK, but we had a Goldilocks situation on our hands and it was tooooo big. 😫😫😫

I simply couldn't face yet another attempt at foiling, so when technology fails, I did what any sensible girl does and went old school.  I pulled out my grandma's old Olivetti from the 1960s!  I love the imperfect look of old typewriters!

The only foiled bit of the sentiment I kept was the world "colour".

Shimelle's "Box of Crayons" 6x6 pad had some great rainbow and colour/art inspired patterns.  The pencils in this design give a nod to the wooden paint palette!

 
I found my AB faceted gems from the Ink Road and put them in a safe place about a day or so before I needed them,  Then promptly forgot where that was...and eventually relocated them again,


Permanent Glue Dots were essential to adhere watercolour card fronts in order to have enough strength to stop the slightly warped paper from putting away from the card base.  I doubled up the same dots for the smallest hint of dimension to the paint palette.  The sentiment was put up on foam and my Mini Glue Dots for those pesky gems are super strong and take their weight with ease.

You Add Colour To My Life



 Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you find time to enter this challenge!

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Love, and use ALL the colours!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Fashionably Late to the CKC April Party

What can I say?


As much as I LOVED the colours in the inspiration kit chosen for April's Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I was planning to give it a miss.  I had a fair bit happening in April and time was flying by way too fast.

I did, however want to do April's challenge for Scrap the Boys.  The theme is cake 🍰 and I knew just which photos to scrap!  I wanted primaries along with maybe green since the pictures themselves don't have much colour and Shimelle's Box of Crayons Collection jumped to mind.

Next I started rifling through some cooking themed papers...just because I have them.  Then it happened...this cut-apart sheet from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection (remember these guys? 😭😭😭) jumped out at me and I knew where this layout was going to go! 💡💡💡


Now I know what you're thinking: "That's all well and good, Mama, but what does it have to do with the CKC challenge?"

WELL...firstly let's take a look at the inspiration kit for April.  It's the March 2019 Hip Kit Club kit and it's so pretty!


It occurred to me that my paper for this layout is just a more vintage/retro and slightly warmer toned kit with more red than pink and the green is more of an olivey grass green an the yellow is more buttery...and plenty of aqua and teal...and cream rather than white!

Next, we do our kit dissection as always!

Colours in Inspiration Kit:
Pinks (and a touch of red)
Emerald Green
Royal blue (with a bit of navy)
Mustard yellow
White
Black

Motifs in Inspiration Kit (including embellies):
Polka dots (very large to tiny)/Circles
Geometrics and stripes
Continuous patterns
Painterly effects
Photorealistic
Florals, butterflies, hearts, frames, tags, umbrellas, rainbows, leaves/vines, sunglasses, cameras, bows, holiday motifs

As always:
🎨If I pull a single sided sheet, I get to choose two for every double sided 😉
🎨Cardstock in the kit usually gets subbed with tone-on-tone patterned paper
🎨Some things I pull as needed such as buttons, brads, sequins etc since I have some on hand to use so I don't have to put them away
🎨For these challenges I imagine which of the kits for that month would I purchase (and I had some experience years ago) and base my overall kit with add-ons etc.
🎨I may require a selection of "extras" 😳😳😳
🎨I might cheat.  I mean I probably will, but for me there really is no such thing as cheating since a layout made is a story told and some stash used.  #winning

If you'd rather watch an unboxing of the main kit and all the add-ons, the lovely Jen Schow does a fantastic job here:

So now to my choices.  Since I started out with that great retro paper and added some less vintagey designs to help it work with a variety of photos and stories, I have decided to call my kit:

 

"Back to the Future" 😎

 

My Main Kit based on Hip Kits March 2019 Main Kit

 

 

Papers chosen to correspond with Inspo Kit:


The actual Cosmo Cricket paper I based this entire kit on isn't in my main kit, but all my choices were made to work with it or become a bridge to papers with less in common.


Hopefully you can identify how any of the papers in my kit correspond with the inspiration piece in some way.  The only exception is the rainbow paper in the centre which is standing in for the specialty paper.

Instead of the blue on blue heart print paper ("Saturday" from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes in the inspiration kit), I went with a navy paper with a huge heart in the centre ("Outpouring" from the Box of Crayons collections by Shimelle).




The following image simply shows the reverse of my choices and while some might work with the colours and feel of the kit, most wont and look a bit odd put together like that!


Embellishments for Main Kit:



🎨I first added the old "messed up" Studio Calico chipboard arrows and speech bubbles.  They have the retro vibe and there are enough colours that will work!
🎨Instead of the word Thickers, I went for two sheers of Heidi Swapp word chipboard
🎨One set of black Thickers as per the inspiration kit! 🙌
🎨Hand picked die cuts with a lot of Shimelle and October Afternoon.  I discovered Vicki Boutin's Color Kaleidoscope collections is rather reminiscent of Sassafras so in went a few of those pieces and since the exclusive die cuts in the Inspiration kit had some words I added some of those too.  Largish word die cuts and Thickers seem to be so hard for me to use 🤷
🎨Enamel hearts for enamel hearts but it wasn't going to be enough so those little guys from OA need to be used.
🎨Lastly, to sub for the bow clips, I threw in a couple of packs of flair badges and some fabric labels by Basic Grey.
It's actually pretty good considering it's me. 😂

Paper Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Paper Kit


The paper add-on is simple a second set of identical papers so you don't have to agonize over which side to use.  I COULD choose duplicates too, or choose patterns which represent what is most likely the "correct" side chosen by the kit club for my own version of the main kit.  For my paper add-on, I choose a paper which reflects the "other" side of the papers chosen by the kit club.  The complication is each of my papers have their own "other" side! 🤣🙈.

If you watch the video above, it's much clearer!


The October Afternoon newspaper style paper is supposed to represent the photorealistic black and white reverse of the "Blissful" paper from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes.  I placed the papers for the "main" and "paper add-on" in the same position in both photos to make the comparison clearer.

Some are less obvious interpretation like the "Saturday" from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes in the inspiration kit.  Both the heart on the front and my choice for the back is more subtle.  Rather than tiny black vertical dashes on white, the reverse had black dashed horizontal lines on green which is "Countdown" and also one of Shimelle's Box of Crayons papers.

The "other side" of my paper add-on shown below



Cardstock Substitutes based on Hip Kits March 2019 Cardstock Kit



The Cardstock in the inspiration kit has 2 each of mint, blue, pink, yellow and 2 different whites for a total of 12 sheets so 12 tone-one-tone sheets go into my "cardstock" kit too!  It's one reason why my kit looks a tad unbalanced with too much multi colour, but when everything is mixed and blended together, it's a perfect balance, I promise!

I didn't even bother taking a photo of the reverse since I almost certainly wont be using that side.

Embellishment Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Embellishment Kit



This is where my kitting started to go a bit awry. 🙈 
🎨One sticker sheet in the inspiration kit turned into...8.  
🎨One chipboard sheer turned into three, one set of Thickers and one roll of washi became two.  
🎨The bows were replaced by that box of leftover random pieces from past kits.  Surely leftovers gain me some bonus points? 
🎨Somehow that sheet of random Glitz dimensional stickers ended up there as well 🤷.

In my defense, a lot of the elements on the sticker sheets especially wont be used.  This makes my kit loo bigger than in really is.  The inspiration kits are designed as whole and several items are usually exclusive.

Pocket Page Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Pocket Life Kit



I'm not currently doing Project Life (although I have plenty to catch up on), but I do use cards on layouts.
🎨I started by including that Cosmo Cricket cut-apart sheet which served as my reference for this whole kit as the basis.
🎨I also included a border cut-apart sheet also from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection and the "Treat Yourself" cut apart sheet from Shimelle's Box of Crayons.  Not all the cards will work, but some will.
🎨I also pulled a bunch of random journaling cards and larger die cut cards/filler cards.
🎨The sticker sheet in the inspiration kit resulted in the same kind of problem as the embellishment kit.  One turned into...a lot!
🎨One sheet of gems became...three...but all three were partial packs!

For some reason, I don't tend to store my die cut and fussy cut flowers separately so I just pulled out the whole container to pick from as needed.  There is another ephemera pack in the inspiration kit, so the flowers are a substitute for that.  There were flowers in the two ephemera pack in the inspiration kits, but none in the die cuts I pulled out.  Flowers are a great general kind of motif.

Extras! 😳😳😳  

I really wish I didn't have to have an extras section, but it's really only due to the cake layout that set off this whole kit.  I felt there was already enough cooking themed stuff in the Cosmo Cricket papers that "wasting" space in the kit with very specific supplies just for one layout wasn't justified.

I don't always used themed embellishments, but certain topics just make me want to...like cake...and coffee!


I also may have included some extra non-themed paper that didn't make the initial cut.  I know I know...🙈🙈🙈

Here is the side of the extra paper I'm most likely to use:


and the reverse (just in case):


Well congratulations on once again reaching the end of one of my blogging marathons.

At this point (having forked for the last 7 days to pick supplies, photograph them and finish this blog post) I think I'm going to declare this kit my April-May Kit!  Now it looks a lot less disturbing (and I have made bigger kits before), so 🙌🙌🙌.

Thanks sooo much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it and please check back for actual projects made with this kit!

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Love and crazy kit collating,


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

TTCRD 9 April DT Project and Masking Tutorial




Hi lovelies!  Today I'm coming at you with my very first design team assignment for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is a company called The Project Bin.  Here is a little bit about them:


The Project Bin was started because its founder, Denise Storck (a long-time stamper and paper-crafter), couldn't find a stamp that said "You are awesome sauce", so she decided to make her own! One thing led to another, and now her small business fills a niche in the card making industry for unique word art sentiments in the highest quality photopolymer clear stamps, made in the U.S.A.

Now that's something I can relate to since it's a phrase we use too!  The Project Bin are offering the winner a $15 Gift Certificate to their store!

In addition, I'm going to show you two methods of masking and watercolouring using different mediums.

As soon as I saw this cat stamp set in the shop I absolutely needed to have it!  They're not just any cats either - they're curvaceous and well nourished! 😻😻😻


My inspiration came from one one the sentiments so I knew this was a job that would require a rather lot of stamping and masking if I was going to use just two stamps to get...well at least 8 cats!

The first thing I needed to do was cut down a piece of watercolour paper to 1/4" smaller than my card front to give me a border(s).  I struggle with the size of a standard card size right after finishing with a 12x12" layout because it feels so small! 🤣 I went with 5x7" finished size.

I also wanted some people and the ones of an appropriate size and style were these postage stamps from an older Penny Black stamp set.  More masking to get rid of the frames!

I got a piece of masking film (which is just medium to low take translucent plastic with a backing so you can see perfectly through it)  and stamped one of each images with a waterproof solvent based ink like StazOn.  It takes some time to dry on the plastic so either give it time or blast it with your heat gun.


Next I cut out the cats using scissors rather than the dies since I wasn't sure whether they leave a white border.  The people were a little more complicated.  I used a craft knife to slice on the inside edge of the inner frame.  Through trial and error (mostly error 🤣) I figured it was better to cut away some of the hair than cut away too little and have a line in the way.


This could happen anyway as it did with the girl if you don't position the stamp exactly, but since she has long wavy hair we can disguise it! 👍


Now for all those cats!  The way masking works is that you mask what's in front as you add images behind.  Perfect for a stack of cats!  The first cat didn't need masking.  I used my MISTI since watercolour paper doesn't always stamp cleanly.  I used the back which was very nearly smooth, but if you prefer to paint on the side with more tooth then you can still stamp on paper way bumpier than this with the help of MISTI!

Apply the matching mask over the top of the first cat and stamp the second with some overlap so it looks as though it's a little bit behind.  Wipe down the masks before proceeding or you'll get ink all over your project (ask me how I know! 🙈).


Now move the second mask to cover the second cat (you may need to leave the first one in place too) and stamp cat number 3.  If you find you need more masks because the overlapping stamping will cover more than 2 cats, you can cut more (or I use the backing paper and tape it down because I'm all for expediency!)


Then "rinse and repeat" until you have enough cats to make you happy (are there ever enough cats?)


Once your ink is dry, grab some masking liquid or rubber cement.  Make sure you check the ingredients if you have allergies since some of these products contain latex.  Mine does.  I'm not allergic but it doesn't smell so good!


Paint over every bit you don't want the background wash of watercolour to touch.  You don't need to make it really thick, just make sure you have some coverage over all the cats and people.

It goes yellow as it dries and it doesn't take long.  I wasn't sure what it would do when exposed to the heat gun so I waited!

Using painters tape, tape down all sides of the paper to a flat surface to avoid warping.  Discover you didn't leave a large margin for said tape and regroup to formulate a new plan.  😳  Remember you have Removable Glue Dots and decide to try them.  I applied a generous amount to the back and stuck it to some scrap cardboard.


I'm using my Gansai Tambi watercolour palette simply because it has a great selection of blues and purples.  I used a medium brush with natural bristles and painted the background with water before going in with the colour.  It helps the colour spread and you can experiment with different amounts of water and different shades mixing together.


It will always dry a bit lighter and once it did I decided to go back with more paint.


Once I was satisfied (and believe me my watercolouring doesn't even come close to some other crafty ladies) it was time to peel off the masking liquid (This bit is really fun!).   It may leave a feint yellowish stain, but since watercolour paper (even very light paper like mine) is generally cream rather than white, I didn't think it made any difference.


Next it was time to paint the cats using Distress Ink.  I just smear some on a waterproof surface, add varying quantities of water and paint onto the dry cats.  Make sure the brush isn't too wet or it will bleed onto neighbouring cats.  My choice of Distress Ink was mainly due to the variety of colours especially neutrals that I had and the familiarity I have with them.  Even so, I messed up some of the cats and had to disguise them with white acrylic paint or black or whatever.  Some I'm pleased with and some not at all.  I definitely need to practice different colours of cat coats!


Eventually I got down to the little people!  First I used a very fine permanent black pen to fix any hair issues and decided on Inktense pencils.  I would have gone with Distress Markers if I had them, but the next best thing to get into tiny spaces was the pencils.  Even so, trying to shade the people to make them a little more natural was difficult.


Also, once Inktense dries, it becomes permanent ink so you can't reactivate with water.  You can layer colour or blend while it's wet, but generally you have to work quite fast.


By now my project had been glued down to the scrap cardboard for at least 2 days and been subjected to multiple layers of paint and water and plenty of heat blasting (mainly when painting the cats).  I had no idea how the Removable Glue Dots would fare after these conditions.

Time to find out! 😬


Not only this, but the paper was much flatter than I ever would have gotten from painter's tape!  Any warping while wet simply vanished after it dried.  I'm awfully impressed I have to say! 👍

And the dots peel off without a trace as if they were never there!!


The finishing touches - I chose to stick the card front to a piece of black cardstock just for a very thin border.  After my success with the temporary dots, I used Permanent Glue Dots to attach it.  Even with the super strong tape I find sometimes watercolour card fronts like to pull away.  This didn't - partly due to the removable dots helping it dry flat and partly due to the super strength of Glue Dots.

Next, I use lots of foam tape to make the card front stand out a bit and stick it to the card base.  Lastly stamp the sentiment a bunch of times so you can cut each word out individually with maximum space on either side and above/below.


Foam tape to adhere the words in a wonky way to the card and add a few sequins because let's be real - considering how much I usually pile onto my projects, this one is pretty much naked in comparison!  I hate wet glue since I'm not the most co-ordinated person, so my beloved Mini Glue Dots to the rescue!


Thanks for sticking with me to the very end!  Here is the final project in it's entirety:


I Was Normal 8 Cats Ago Card


I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #25
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 576
Incy Wincy Design April 1 - 13 ANIMALS
Simon Says Stamp Weds Challenge Animal Antics 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes/Optional - in the pink #59
Alphabet Challenge Blog A is for Animals
Penny's Challenge #424 Anything Goes 

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Love and Creative Cardmaking!