282 posts categorized "Anne"

11/12/2018

Mon 12

Elegant Holly Double Frame Peace Card
by Anne Thompson

About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them.  Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time.  They're like this brand-new thing again!  I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results.  And I love the way the images shine after die cutting.  

today's card

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materials used

  • ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018
  • PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017
  • bright yellow notecard 
  • glue pen, glue dots, plaid ribbon bow with gold pipe cleaner accent
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors--reds, greens, yellows, orange--dropped in puddles on alcohol ink paper

This time when cutting the inked paper I let it dry for a really long time and then ran it through my Big Kick using the metal plate.  Everything popped out of the die easily.  I love that the Elegant Holly Double Frame has so many pieces to play with.  And "peace" just fit in the scrap I had leftover.

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I arranged and rearranged the three squares until I found a composition that I really liked.  Just tilting the middle plain square frame (which separates the double frames)  added so much more interest to the card.  I tried it first as a side-fold card before adding the branches, bow, and "peace"; but I liked the top-fold orientation better.

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A Christmas card with an unconventional color scheme--that works for me!  I had thought this would be a fall card even though it's holly, but by adding "peace" and the red plaid bow it now works for Christmas.

Off to the craft store to buy more alcohol ink paper and more Red Pepper alcohol ink.  There are so many more  on-line tutorials to watch and techniques to try!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

11/05/2018

Mon 05

Grand Maple Frame, Snowberry Sprigs, and Holiday Twigs in Fall Colors
by Anne Thompson

Yesterday I got out my box of alcohol inks, some Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock, and got busy.  The card I came up with is the result of some experimentation between inking the cardstock first and then die cutting it and die cutting the cardstock first and then inking it up.  This was the first time in ages that I'd used my alcohol inks.  And I LOVE the results!!!

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The first thing I did was to drop a bunch of fall colors of alcohol inks onto a sheet of the alcohol ink cardstock.  I then ran it through my die cutting machine with the GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079.  I thought I'd better use the metal plate but the result was that the outside frame popped out of the die just fine but the maple leaf part stuck to the die and came out in pieces.  Lesson learned--I don't need to use the metal plate when die cutting this cardstock.  I used a glue pen to attach the frame to a bright yellow notecard.  I love the way that the alcohol inks on this paper make the die cut look like it's enameled.

I decided to use the SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021 and the HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016 as fall foliage for the center of the circle.  This time I die cut the paper first and left the die cuts in place, carefully removing the dies.

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I then went to work with the alcohol inks, dropping on lots of fall colors.

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These inks dried really quickly!  I popped the images out and adhered the stem ends with the glue pen to the top left corner of the Grand Maple Frame.

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I added a brown satin ribbon bow in that corner to cover the stem ends.  I then used my paper cutter to trim the card down into  a square.

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I do love the way this turned out.  And I can use this for any fall occasion, either adding a sentiment in the frame or tucking it inside the card.  

What are your fall cards looking like?  Have you tried alcohol inks on YUPO or alcohol ink cardstock?  Have you got a project to enter here in our "Falling for You" monthly challenge?

 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

10/23/2018

Tue 23

GRAND MAPLE FRAME HELLOs
by Anne Thompson

I had some fun this week playing around with the new GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079 and the HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT 94069 dies using a variety of papers and notecards that evoke the colors of fall in Maine.  For this first card I used a mottled gold and brown paper on a copper metallic notecard.

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I used all three parts of the GRAND MAPLE FRAME die 94079--the outside decorative square frame, the plain circle that just fits inside it, and the maple leaf circle oriented with the stem at the top.  The HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT die 94069 comes in two parts.  I cut the larger outline from brown cardstock and the detailed "hello" from more of the decorative paper and adhered them together with a glue pen.  I used a5 1/2 X 4 1/4 copper metallic notecard. 

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For the second card I used a scrapbook paper that was printed with a cork pattern.  I used the frame and the maple leaf circle on the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I slid the maple leaf circle toward the bottom of the frame and tilted it just a little bit so the stem leans toward the bottom right.   I used the plain circle inside the card to mark the area where I will write a message. And I used more of the brown cardstock and the cork paper for the "hello" on the card front.

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For the third card, I used a top-folded glossy black notecard and some tiger fur patterned scrapbook paper.

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And on the inside I added half of a large scallop-edged circle, the plain circle from the Grand Maple Frame, and the "hello" cut from more of the tiger paper.

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Before I mail the cards to out-of-state friends I have one more project to enclose in each envelope.  Remember when we were kids and we used to press leaves between sheets of waxed paper to preserve them?  I have a pile of leaves from the yard in colors similar to the papers I used, some waxed paper, an iron, and a pressing cloth at the ready.  I thought it would be a nice surprise to have a pile of colorful Maine maple leaves fall out of the card when opened!  Happy fall!!!

And Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

10/16/2018

Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  

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This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.

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  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.

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  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  

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This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

10/08/2018

Mon 08

HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.

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I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.

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I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.

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  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

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09/19/2018

Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.

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The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.

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While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 

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The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.

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Three more cards for my holiday box!

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Happy Crafting!!!

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09/10/2018

Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

09/04/2018

Tue 04

Watercolor Backgrounds for the Delicate Pine Frame
by Anne Thompson

I have been making watercolor backgrounds lately and used two very simple techniques with the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031.

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I started by using a wide brush to wet some watercolor paper with plain clean water.  Then I added wide horizontal strokes of blue watercolor with a wet brush on the paper.   To add some cloudlike texture to this sky, I removed some of the paint using a small wad of paper toweling, dabbing here and there while everything was still really wet.

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Here it is cut down and layered behind the Delicate Pine Frame.  You'll notice that I cut the frame twice, once in a dark green cardstock which is the bottom layer and then white cardstock which is positioned up a bit to expose some of the green to make the snow-covered tree.

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For the second background, I wet more watercolor paper and layered on wide vertical strokes of blue watercolor.  Then I sprinkled on some coarse-ground salt from a salt mill.  The salt moves the paint to create an interesting texture.  The hardest part is waiting for it to dry!

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Once the paper was dry I brushed off the salt crystals, trimmed the paper, and placed it behind the white-green layers of the Delicate Pine Frame.

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I've prepared quite a few large sheets of watercolor paper using these techniques so all I'll need to do is trim them to the right size when I need a sky background for one of the new frame dies.  Sooo quick and easy!  And two more cards for my holiday stash!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/20/2018

Mon 20

Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish Cards
by Anne Thompson

I've been getting into that holiday spirit and created more cards this week, this time using the WRAPPED HOLLY CIRCLE FRAME 94040, the HOLLY FLOURISH 94023, and some unexpected cardstock colors.

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These 5 1/2 inch square cards are quick and easy to put together.  I cut some 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock to 5 1/2" wide  by 11" , folded them in half, and creased each one with a bone folder.  (I plan to use them as top-fold cards but they could easily be side-fold ones.)  I used pieces of cardstock in the same colors to die cut the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and the Holly Flourish which I adhered to crisp white paper doilies.  I added pieces of coordinating papers from my scrap bins to the inside of each card as spaces for stamping greetings and writing messages.

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On this bright purple one, I used all three layers of the Holly Circle for a wide edge against the white doily.  I added the little sprig (a part of the die that cuts separately) in the center and popped on a large pearl at that junction and then added the two smaller pearls.  

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For the other two cards, I used the center Holly Circle and the largest stitched circle.  I glued the two circles abutting each other in one spot and then let the larger circle swoop out from that point.  I decided not to use the sprig but to add the Holly Flourish for each center.  I glued it down only at the curled end before adding a glue-dotted bow and a few small pearls. 

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Love these dies!  And who wouldn't love to receive a lime green, kelly green, or bright purple holiday card!!!   I have lots more interesting colors to audition and a stack of paper doilies on my work table.   It'll be easy to mass produce a bunch of these.  

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are soooo many great products in the Holiday 2018 Collection.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

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08/13/2018

Mon 13

Holiday 2018...Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs
by Anne Thompson

Here's another combination of dies that works well together to make great cards for guys:  RUNNING ELK 94051, HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016, and SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021.  I made four cards using these dies in different color combinations.

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And here's a closer look at the dies.

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These are fairly simple quick and easy cards to cut and assemble.  Let's look at the one in browns first.

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  • Die cut the Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs from medium brown cardstock.
  • Add a panel of Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper to a kraft notecard.
  • Use Scor-Tape to attach a doily to the top of that panel.
  • Use a glue pen or fine point glue applicator to secure the Running Elk to the doily circle.
  • Place one of the Holiday Twigs and one of the Snowberry Sprigs to the left of the center at the bottom of the elk circle and the other two to the right.  Secure them with glue dots or other adhesive.
  • Add a pretty satin ribbon bow to cover where the ends of the twigs and sprigs meet in the center.
  • On the inside of the card, add another panel of the Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper topped with a square or rectangle of kraft paper where you can write your message.

I made the blue one in the same way, using Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the panel and the twigs and sprigs and a solid light blue for the elk on top of white and blue doilies, finished with a blue satin ribbon.

For the red one I used a small red doily in the center of a white one and white and red cardstock layered for a red shadow on the elk.  I cut the Snowberry Sprigs from white cardstock and the Holiday Twigs from red/gold printed handmade paper and topped everything with a white satin bow.

The greens card was just a tiny bit more involved because I cut all of the dies from watercolor paper, left the sprigs and twigs in place with their background paper, and painted the berries in shades of red and the stems in shades of green before popping them out.  I used handmade paper from Birch Press Design in Ziggy Stripe for the panel, a light green doily and a bright red satin ribbon.

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Four more cards for my holiday stash!  And lots more color combination ideas!  This card design would also work well for almost any occasion when you need a guy card in a hurry--birthday, anniversary, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.  And if you didn't want to use doilies, any patterned or plain paper circle a little larger than that of the elk would also work.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 


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