WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #22 – BACK TO BASICS CUTTING YOUR CARD!

I have been asked often about how to cut your cardstock to make your cards.  When people come to my classes the card is already cut for them but they want to know how to go about it at home.  So finally I have put together a video to share with them but also with you if you are not sure.  So for Wednesday’s WOW! #22 we are looking at How to cut your card.  

I hope you do find it useful and might be able to refer back to it when creating your own cards.

NB: I realised that there is some glare from the trimmer in the video. I apologise in advance for that but I hope it still gives you some idea.

Also, the measurements I give are for metric card.  The US card size is different but I have mentioned about the measurements in the video.

The measurements I used in the video I have listed below so you can refer to them later.  These are my personal measurements though.  These measurements are for a standard card with equal layers.

Standard Card measurements

Card base: Cut A4 card at 14.8cm.  Score on the long side at 10.5cm.

** For the layers for the standard card I decrease the card size by 4mm.

1st layer: Cut card 14.4cm x 10.1cm.

2nd layer: Cut card 14cm x 9.7cm.

 

For US Imperial card size: These are my understanding of the measurements. Do Check your own measurements.

Cardstock size is 8 1/2″ x 11″

Card base: Cut card in half at 5 1/2″. Score card on the long side at 4 1/4″

** For the layers I would suggest decreasing it by 1/4″ but check to see what you personally feel.

1st Layer: Cut card 4″ x 5 1/4″.

2nd Layer: Cut card 3 3/4″ x 5″.                            Hopefully these measurements are OK. 🙂

 

I hope this is helpful.  I hope to bring you more Back To Basics videos in the future.

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #21- BABY WIPE PETAL PALETTE SWAP CARD FOR ONSTAGE!

I will tell you more about Onstage shortly but I thought since it is Wednesday.  It is time for Wednesday’s WOW! #21.

This card was my swap for Onstage in Sydney.  I thought I would share this with you today and show you how I created it.

This is made with the Baby Wipe Technique.  I had wanted to try this technique for some time and was reminded about it recently.

Here is how to create your own.

Below is a graphic for you to PIN but below is more details on how to do it.

1. Fold 2-3 Baby Wipes in half and lay them on a plate.  A smooth plastic plate is best.  I ended up using a couple of paper plates together as that is all I had suitable.  Be sure to have a couple though as the ink leaks through.  The paper plates are ok for a small number of inkings.  Add dots of your first colour of reinker over different spots on the wipes.  Then add your 2nd colour and lastly your 3rd colour.  I think 3 colours are enough.  The colours I used are Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry.

2. Ink up your stamp as you would normally on an inkpad.

3. Stamp your inked stamp onto your card.  If you are stamping multiple of images then clean your stamp and ink your stamp again between each one. Your Baby Wipe Inkpad should last quite a number of stampings.  I think I got 15-20 from the one inked wipe.

4. Complete your card as you like.

To finish my card.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay card mat to a Thick Whisper White card base. Cut the circular Border Thinlit from the Petals and More Thinlits from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and adhere down the left hand side of the Bermuda Bay Card.  Adhere your stamped white card you had created with the Baby Wipe Technique on to the card.  On the right hand side stamp the flower image from the Petal Palette set in Bermuda Bay ink.  

Stamp the bird in black on scrap white card and cut it out with the matching Framelit from the set.  Stamp the sentiment on to Tangerine Tango card and cut with the Oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.   Raise both the bird and the sentiment off the card with Dimensionals.

Have you tried the Baby Wipe Technique before?? I am keen to try it again.  Each time you stamp it works out differently so give it a go if you haven’t.

Just to show you how different they can be.  Here is all the stamped pieces when they were done.  I inked the leaf in different positions on the wipe at times to get the variations.

(Not the best lighting but it might show you). 🙂

Have a great day,

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #20 – USING A SKETCH!

Do you get stuck making a card thinking how will I put this card together?  Well today I thought I might give you a few tips for Wednesday’s WOW! #20.  

When I get stuck creating a card firstly I have a look through my stamps to find one I might want to stamp with.  With a new catalogue and new products that’s often easy.  Once I choose the stamp set I then turn to card sketches to help me.  I think it’s hard when you just look at blank card and have no idea what to do with it.  Today I thought I would go through a few previous cards I have made and go through the card sketches.  Full details can be found on the blog post which I will add the link.

BUT WHICH CARD SKETCH?

I get a few emails from different Sketch blogs.  My favourite is Freshly Made Sketches but I also follow Clean and Simple Stamping.

I also have a board on Pinterest which I pin Card Sketches too that I come across and the design I like.  You can check out that board HERE.  Follow along if you like to.

I will talk you through a few sketches and how the card resulted.

BRIGHTLY LIT

This was a new set at the time and as I was not sure what to do with it so I looked up a few sketches.

When choosing a sketch I look at the stamps in the set and then look at some sketches to see if some of the images in the set would work with the elements in the sketch.

The layer underneath could be paper or card.  I chose paper for mine.

The rectangle shape is where you can stamp your images in the space.

The Star shape can be any shape.  The thing with sketches is that it doesn’t have to be the exact shape or even the same position.  I slid it across and used it for the sentiment.

You can see the post for this card -> HERE.

 

SITTING HERE

I loosely based this card on the above sketch.  The sentiment banner I slid to the top and stamped the sentiment directly on the card.  I added a few elements to this card that wasn’t on the sketch like the Glimmer paper strip and the bow.

You can see the full post for this card -> HERE.

A COLOURED BUTTERFLY

I like simple style sketches.  This was an easy sketch to follow and I think is a little different by having your stamped piece off-set on  your card.  For this I used some Designer Series Paper.  Once again the star shape can be any shape.  I had been playing with colouring this butterfly so this worked here.  I added an additional card mat being the Gold Foil to lift the paper.  The sentiment could be stamped directly on the piece but I stamped it separately and raised it off the card.

You can see the full post -> HERE.

SUNBURST

This card I particularly wanted to show you that elements on the sketch can take any shape.  Don’t be scared to change the shape or even move elements.  The sketches are spring-boards to ideas to start your card.

For this card the larger square was a piece of Designer Series Paper. It could be card though.  For the tag shape I created a trimmed down starburst using the Starburst Thinlits.  I slid down the extra elements a little lower to make them fit better.

You can see the full card post -> HERE.

CAROUSEL BIRTHDAY

A different sketch blog site other than Freshly Made Sketches is this one, http://www.ilovecardsketches.com.  This site is not available any more but I had the sketch on my Pinterest board to use. The sketch has several layers which I used with Designer Series Paper with the larger rectangle.  The vertical strip worked for the stamped image in this case.  The sentiment banner was placed up in the top right.  If you were to use this sketch then you might want to slide a few of these elements around and that works too.  It’s about playing around with them.

You can see the full post -> HERE.

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Is this helpful to you??  I hope so.  Why not drop a comment to let me know or you can click “like post” which is at the end of the post.  

If you want to see more sketches and cards then click on the tag at the bottom for card sketches or sketch challenges and it will take you to other posts.

Thanks for getting through all this. I know there was a lot of information but hope it was helpful.  To come back to this post you can PIN the image at the top.

Have a great day,

Jenny

LOOKING THROUGH THE CAVE WITH THE WATERFRONT SET!

Today I am following on from yesterday’s post with watercolouring the Waterfront set.  If you missed yesterday’s post and video then be sure to head back a post.

I have another card created in the same way that I had made last week.  I shared it on Facebook and Instagram and received lots of comments.  I hope you might like it too.

Firstly, I did a search on Pinterest for landscapes to find some inspiration.  There is a lot let me tell you.  But this image particularly jumped out at me I think because of the colours and it was a little different to the “typical” scenes you might be seeing using the Waterfront set.  This is a photo from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

So here is the image with the card I created trying to recreate it.

Here is a closer photo for you.

I was pleased with the result but it took some time to create.  Like 2 hours!!  I won’t share step-by-step but I will point out some tips for you to create your own.

TIPS TO RECREATING THIS CARD

With any of the watercoloured images I have created I start with the right mid-point of the card.  For this one I worked around from this edge in a clock wise direction and filled in the centre last.

I used Shimmery White card.  I prefer to use that card as it doesn’t have the textured surface that watercolour paper has.  You do use the Aquapainter but it’s only a small amount.

The inks I used are Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Crushed Curry and then for the sky and land I also used Soft Sky and Blushing Bride.

For most of the “cave” shape I used only the mountain stamp in the set and twisted and turned it to develop the shape and to fill in the areas of rock. I used the Aquapainter to blend the ink regularly after I stamped.  I think this is what took most of the time.

The right hand rock surface looked orange when I looked at it on the Ipad which is why I did it in orange tones but when I looked at the print-out of the scene it looked more red. Oh Well! Artistic interpretation right. 😉

I will show you how I added the edge marks on the rocks down below.  I have used this a lot now on different scenes I have done.

For the sky I watercoloured some streaks with the Blushing Bride ink and the Aquapainter and then filled in the rest of the area with the Soft Sky ink.  For the centre ground area I watercoloured areas of Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake.

For the trees I inked them up in Crushed Curry and then use the Soft Suede marker to colour the tree trunks and part of the branches.

After I finished it and it dried I wanted to keep the card simple.  I wrapped around some Linen Thread and adhered that on to a Crumb Cake base. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  I wanted to keep that small so not to cover too much of the image.

Create the edge marks to create depth/shadow

Firstly stamp your mountain image on your card.  It will depend on what you are creating as to how they would be positioned.  For this one to create the rock wall I stamped the mountain stamp a few times down the side of the card.  On the sample below I have just stamped this twice to give you an idea.

Ink up your mountain stamp again on just the tip of the peaks.  To do this take your stamp on to the inkpad not the inkpad on to the stamp.  Tilt the stamp so just the edge of the stamp will be inked. For this one I inked the tip in Soft Suede.

Position the stamp over your pre-stamped mountain shapes and stamp down.  Just the tip will be inked.  You will do this several times over your project.

I have done this too when I wanted a grassy edge to a mountain top by stamped the tips in Old Olive.

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So what do you think?? I would love your thoughts.  If you create one do share with me.  I would love to see it.

Hope you are enjoying the projects for Waterfront Week.  There is still more to come.

Have a great day,

Jenny

Have you got your own Waterfront set yet?  If you are in Australia, you can grab it in my store now -> HERE.  Please use the Host Code this week: SBZEJCNH

As a Bonus this week: receive 4 x A4 sheets of Shimmery White cardstock PLUS a tutorial for an exclusive project.  

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BRUSHOS THIS WEEKEND + GET15% OFF!

It’s coming this weekend.  It’s a Brusho Crystals Long Weekend and I am inviting you to be my guest.

I have been busy experimenting, preparing, creating and videoing ready for you. I have 2 face-to-face classes happening tomorrow and Saturday but I have some projects to share with you too. It all starts on my blog here tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog to get updates then click on the link in the right hand bar so you won’t miss out on the updates.

So what do I have in store?

I have 3 projects to share with you including some videos of different ways to use the Brusho Crystal Colours. The projects I share will be different to the ones I am doing in the classes but they will be special.

In addition, I have a special on the Brushos for Australian residents only. (sorry folks!).

**Receive 15% off the price. RRP is $52    Take  off $7.80    Weekend price = $44.20 (+S&H).  This is for Australian residents only.  Special not available in store.  Contact me directly.  Includes an information sheet on using your Brusho Crystal Colours.  Offer ends 8pm Sunday 11th Feb.**

So stop by tomorrow for our first project.

Jenny

SINGLE STEP CARD TUTORIAL WITH NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM!

Yesterday I shared my Step Card I had created for the Stampin’  Dreams Blog Hop.  As time was limited yesterday as you were all on the Hop I thought I would share the tutorial for you in a separate post.  So here it is for you.

Firstly,  to refresh you this is the Single Step Card.  I have used with the Night In Bethlehem Bundle.  

The original card design I found on Patti’s blog HERE.  While it has the Imperial measurements I have worked out the Metric for you and added the Imperial measurements for you also.

SINGLE STEP CARD TUTORIAL

** Cut card to 28cm x 10.5cm  (11″ x 4 1/4″)

On the long side score at 3.2cm, 6.3cm, 10.8cm 15.2cm and 21cm     (1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 6″ and 8 1/4″)

For back panel piece: Cut card 10.5cm x 10.5cm (4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

** The White mat pieces are:

Back mat piece – 10.1cm x 10.1cm (4″ x 4″)

Middle mat piece – 10.1cm x 4.1cm (4″ x 1 5/8″)

Front mat piece – 10.1cm x 2.8cm (4″ x 1 1/4″)

** To fold the card:

With the narrowest scored section on the left end start folding it concertina style.  On the score lines fold into a mountain fold, then next one a valley fold, then a mountain fold, then a valley fold, then a mountain fold.  See the photo below.

Then you can decorate the card as you like.

I hope you like it.  It’s a very simple card. I would love to see your version if you create one.  Do send me an email. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #10 – AND A TUTORIAL ON CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING!

A quick post for you now.  I didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge this round and it closed tonight.  Apart from being busy with getting my Open House ready I just couldn’t work these colours.  They are so not my colours!!

Anyway,  I had some inspiration last night and had a little play today.  So firstly these are the colours for the Colour Inkspiration #10

Cajun Craze          Delightful Dijon            Island Indigo      and         Smoky Slate.

What do you reckon??

Here is my card.

The background on this is created with Clear Block Stamping.  I have tried this a few times over the past few years.  Every time you create this technique it always works out different, even if you have used the same colours.  It is an effective technique.  I will explain how to below.

Firstly, on the card though. The base card is Island Indigo and the card mat is Cajun Craze.  I never use this colour.  I don’t even own the inkpad for it.  I used the Marker. The chair from Layered Seasons Thinlits is cut from Copper Foil Sheet.  Check out those clear drops!  The card needed something else on the front.  I was looking what to put on them and found the White Perfect Accents.  I was positioning them around the card and then one of the white backs came off.  It was clear!  I liked that look much better so I took the backs off the other two. They look like water drops.  I think I will do that more in the future.  I hardly ever use those Accents as they are so stark white.  (Did you know you can colour them too with Sharpies!!).

Now to create the Background.

CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING

1. Ink your Clear block.  I used Block E.  For this card I first inked the top half of the block with the Island Indigo ink by patting the inkpad directly on the block.  I then wiped the top edge with a tissue then patted the Smoky Slate inkpad on the edge.

On the bottom half I patted on the Delightful Dijon inkpad, then wiped the bottom edge a little with a tissue to take off some ink.  I then ran over the edge with the Cajun Craze marker as I don’t have the inkpad.

Using a spritzer or small spray bottle spritz the block LIGHTLY with water.

2. Leave the block on the table top facing up.  I did tilt the block a little but I didn’t want it to run too much.  I find when you leave the block on the table rather than turn the block on to your card it saves some runs and drips.

Place your Watercolor card on to the block and rub over the back of the card. Gently peel off the card and leave to dry.

Once dry decorate your card as you desire.  This creates fun backgrounds.

Hope you will give this technique a try.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny