Monday, April 29, 2013

A "Spring Card" & Free Cutting Files :)

Hi All!

Taxes all done! Woohoo!  I have added some free cutting files to the STORE at THIS LINK.  One of them is a freebie down below :)

I've been stencil happy lately!  There is so much you can do with them.... including NOT using them as a stencil LOL...

For this card I used the stencil cutting file Doily Mandala 1 as a "cardfront".

Doily Mandala 1 Stencil & Mask
I created a Spring Card Template cutting file to make this card. Just click the image below to get the download :)

Spring Card Template Cutting File 

The cutting file has dashed score lines that help to crease in the appropriate parts of the card.  There are also mats for the base that cut out.  I embossed the mats and inked with Bundled Sage distress inks.  The mats for the spring card base are also inked and embossed.  The flowers  are from the Happy Flowers Digi Set and were coloured with  NeoColor II watercolor crayons and a water brush.   The butterfly is Ornate Butterfly Digi that was also coloured with NeoColor II's and glittered.

NOTE: To use the card template you don't need a cutting machine! The free Spring Card template also contains a PDF file that will print to your printer.  Print on the wrong side of your card stock or use as a guide. 

To fold the card, crease on the dashed fold lines.  Fold like below :)

 TIP:  You can size the card template to any size.  It is set currently for 5" wide and it would fit any round cardfront or diamond front between 5 and 5 1/2" in diameter.

Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ATC for Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Hi All!

I am in the middle of my taxes.... papers everywhere!  I managed to find a small un-taxcluttered space in my studio to make an ATC for the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog that Fred She Said is sponsoring this month.  The theme is ATC's or Fat Pages.   Love ATC's!  Thanks CCCB for letting us guest contribute :)

This one has a lot of techniques going on and I'd love to explain them with a tutorial but that will have to wait until my tax mess is done and gone LOL.

I'll try to briefly explain what I did :)  I laser printed the Corner Peony digital stamp onto dry-wax deli paper ( which required careful tweaking of taping the deli paper to cardstock so it would load properly in the printer ).  I loosely cut the peony out. The background was made using a magic stamp foam that was heated and pressed into an embossing folder.  I applied Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn  distress inks to the magic stamp and huffed and pressed into my ATC cardstock then sprayed with a pearlized mist until the ink started to move then let dry.  I collaged the peony that is on deli paper onto the ATC with gel medium then let dry.  The Peony is very translucent and you can't see the cut edges!  ... and colouring with Prismacolor pencils gave good opaque coverage.  I also shaded with a dark umber colored pencil around the flower and did my blending with a Prismacolor blending Marker.  I coloured a fussy cut Ornate Butterfly, added pearls and  lace trim and pearl trim to the bottom of the card and distressed the edges of the ATC with Walnut Stain distress ink. 

A nice diversion from taxes!  ...  now I want to make more LOL

:)* Fred

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zehra's Mini-Tutorial - Happy Flowers

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  The sun is finally shining after 3 days of heavy rain and then snow... WOW what an April we are having! 

DT Zehra has made a flower making mini-tutoral using the Happy Flowers Digi Set and also used Ornate Butterflies  and just in time for a "FLOWER PICK ME UP" :)  This brightened my day... Awesome job, Zehra!  Please GO HERE to see the tutorial.

Card by DT Zehra

I'll be back earlier this week with some new cards and some new stencils and stencil freebies!

:)* Fred

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Floral Surprise Paper Set and Stencils!

HI All!  I have added some new things to the store ;) 

Donna of Bearly Mine has created another beautiful paper set!  Floral Surprise using various florals from Fred She Said:

Floral Surprise Paper Set

I have been making cutting file stencils.  I have uploaded 2 but have more on the way. 

 Doily Mandala 1  Stencil/Mask Cutting Files

I am having way too much fun with them.  I cut the stencils on transparency film and have used them with distress inks, sprays, and with my Gelli Plate with acrylic paints.  I'll have some projects soon.