Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Once Upon a Springtime Tags with Leanne

Hi everyone and welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday. Today Leanne shows us how to make these lovely gift tags using Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime stamps.

The Once Upon a Springtime collection features beautiful  fairies and fairy tale images. This is Number 3 of the stamp set.......

It's a good idea to have a sketchbook or journal to use for practice and ideas. Here are some of Leanne's 'play' papers........

When stamping images that are larger than your tag, use an extra piece of card to mask off the edge of the image.......

Stamp your images onto tags or cards........

Leanne used watercolour pencils to colour the images. The colours are just perfect for the fairytale characters. Co-ordinating twine finishes off the tags beautifully....

Aren't they just lovely?
A big thank you to Leanne sharing her Springtime ideas. 

Aunty Vera :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

9 dresses & All That Glitters

Happy Friday friends!

To get the weekend started, I sent a new die to Amira in our R&D Department to see what she would come up with. And as always, she didn't disappoint! 

Aunty V :)

Hi Everyone,

I have been having a LOT of fun with this adorable Wedding die set by Impression Obsession.

The first thing I'll say is that as soon as you get it, all the pieces are joined together and you need to cut them using a wire cutter. You then have 5 pieces that could get lost very easily! So what I did was ran double sided tape across the back of the board, placed the dies down (cutting blades up) and then sealed down the double sided sticky tape so that you could easily slide it in and out of the plastic packet without sticking each time.

For this project, I wanted to do heaps of different styles of dresses and instead of making that many cards, I decided to make a pocket letter. Not familiar with pocket letters? A very clever lady named Janette Lane came up with them and you can find out more about them here. You can also join the Facebook group here (its crazy there, they have over 3000 members and growing daily).

So since this is a wedding die set, I die-cut 9 dressed out of 200gram white card stock. The size is approximately 2.25" x 2.75".

And from that, I turned it into this:

This is a pocket letter. It's basically a trading card protector sleeve that kids put their footy card into. But I think this is a much nicer way of using it.

For the background, I used the All That Glitters paper collection from Kaisercraft as well as the embellishment pack. For the dresses, I various embossing folders I had in my stash to make them all different. 

Here's a closer look at each one:

And here is it one more time all together:

So you will notice that for some of the dresses, I decided to colour co-ordinate the hanger with the color of the sash of the dress. But for others, I decided to create a bride. 

To do that, I cut the bride out of the same card stock:

And then I coloured her in using my Kaiser Fusion alcohol markers.

You can always do a colour swatch on the side of the paper you are using to see if you like how it turns out. Remember, start light, you can always reapply a second layer if you need to.

I wasn't done playing with this die-set yet. And it doesn't have to be limited to a wedding dress!!

So I decided to make more pretty dresses in the back. This is how the back turned out:

For the back, I decided to use one of the 12" x 12" Pink Ombre effect scrapbooking pages from the All That Glitters collection as the background and then added some borders and stickers from the All That Glitters Stick Sheet. I then used the 6.5"x 6.5" All That Glitters Paper Pad to die-cut the dresses out of.

Here's a closer look:

So there you have it, 2 pretty pocket letters, 2 very different ways of using the die-cut set and the Kaiser Craft Collection.

Here is another look:

I hope this has inspired you. I would love it if you would comment below and let me know which of the squares you love the most.

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CRAZY CRAFT IDEAS - April Edition - Fabric Paint and Embossing Powder.

Hi Everyone,

We often get some strange questions and some even stranger ideas regarding how to use craft products and the answer is- who really knows? Well, Aunty Vera does and she has a team who are willing to take out the arsenal to prove or debunk the craft world mystery.

This week, a lovely customer asked us this question:

Dear Aunty Vera,

Can I use embossing powder (specifically Lindy's Stamp Gang) with fabric paint?

We put this question to our experts in the lab:

And they kindly agreed to do a test run for us.

The Hypothesis:

What do you get when you add:

together with this??

What do you think of this idea? A good one? A bad one? Lets just see what our experts thought of it. 

Note how the fabric paint is thick and puffy and shiny before the addition of any embossing powder.

Now note how the embossing powder looks granular on top of the fabric paint (you have to add it while the paint is wet so it sticks evenly).

Then heat emboss - any tool will do!




See how the embossing gives it a nice, glossy, shiny appearance !!

And really enhances the naturally occurring glitter in the fabric paint I used.

The key, I think, is to experiment with the thickness of the fabric paint that you use (I used quite a thick layer here for maximum effect but if you did a thinner layer it would look amazing too). Also, when heat embossing, keep moving that heat tool around and don't stop on one area too long because fabric paint is, after all, made of acrylic and it will blister and bubble if you overheat it so exercise caution and speed here.

I do hope you will give it a go and perhaps add fabric paint to your arty adventures. 

We would love it if you could comment below and tell us if you have had success/troubles with heat embossing fabric paint. Also, let us know if you would like us to test out any "crazy craft ideas".

Until we meet again- Aunty Vera, Beaker and Dr Bunsen bid you adieu.

Happy Crafting.

PS. A safety note: Please be aware that I used the fabric paint on card stock and heat embossed it. If you choose to apply the fabric paint to fabric, please ensure that the fabric is heat resistant before you heat emboss it. Otherwise, it is most likely that your fabric will catch fire!

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