Showing posts with label Acetate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Acetate. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2009

Inspired by the Web

This week for the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast - Stef showed us Bellacor Vases and I found this really fun Halloween Tall Vase.I thought my Spider Web Cuttlebug folder would be the perfect thing to create this card. It worked just the way I envisoned it which doesn't always happen! I thought I might have to add some ink to the embossed image but the embossing made the clear acetate card stock turn milky white so you could see the web. I used a deckled edge rectangle Nestability to cut the window. The spider is from Spooky Sweets from Papertrey Ink.

Here is the inside view of my 6x3 card. I stamped another spider on white and placed it in the same position over the one on the front. I also stamped a spider and sentiment on the inside so it could be seen through the 'web' when the card was closed. I attached the Clear Cardstock from Papertrey Ink to the card with 1/8th inch red line super tacky tape. I thought it looked clean enough to not have to cover the edge. I sponged around all the edges with Close to Cocoa ink by Stampin Up.

I love how this spooky little card came out! I think I'll make some more!

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Spooky Sweets, Spooky Sweets II, PTI
Paper: Pumpkin Pie: SU, Clear card stock, white: PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Close to Cocoa: SU
Accessories: sponge, circle punch: SU, 1/8" tacky tape, spider web cuttlebug folder, deckled edge rectangle Nestability

Monday, June 8, 2009

Coloring Acetate and CPS Praying for You

What an interesting New Technique challenge on Split Coast today - to print a photo in black and white on acetate and then to color it with Copics on the back side. My printer had no setting for acetate (as suggested) so the black inkjet ink doesn't seem to be drying very well (I set it to glossy photo paper) - I tried blowing it some with the hot gun - but not sure if it's going to dry. I tried coloring 2 photos before the two I have here and found that by just tapping the Copic's against the acetate it gave a better look - not streaky and it came out looking like watercoloring against the watercolor paper I think. I just attached the acetate to the card with brads rather then fussing with tape that would probably show through or smudge off the ink!

Here's the 2nd one that I thought came out really nice - a few poppies in the field.

I'm going to just leave these alone overnight and see if the black ink dries so the card could actually be mailed to someone!

Stamps: none
Paper: watercolor paper from a pad
Ink: none
Accessories: computer clip art photo, brads: Making Memories, copics, Acetate, printer

My next card is for the Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge on Split Coast. It was a color challenge - to use coral, kraft and one other coordinating color. I used kraft, coral and lavender. I also used the Card Positioning Systems Sketch for my card. The flower and bird are Shapeabilities, the sentiment is from Verve Stamps and the vintage buttons are PTI. I zigzag sewed around the edge.
Today was my first day back to work after a week's vacation - seems like I was never away!! Well - got to get myself off to bed - morning comes early!!
Stamps: Notes of Prayer: Verve Stamps
Paper: Kraft: PTI, Lavender Lace, Cameo Coral: SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: vintage buttons: PTI, foam dimensionals, paper piercer: SU, sewing machine, shapeabilities Nested flowers & Nested Birds, lavender moon satin ribbon: PTI

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Silver Anniversary

Happy New Year Everyone!!! 2009 - wow - time flies when you get older doesn't it???!!!

Here is my card for today's Ways to Use it Challenge over at Split Coast - to use silver on your card. Well - this woman is one happy girl on her anniversary because she has received a lovely sterling silver necklace from her loving DH!This card also covers the past 2 of weeks of the OCC challenges! To make a Lovey Dovey card and Clear Thinking - to use something clear on your card. My card is a loving couple celebrating their anniversary and it is a clear acetate card so I think I've got both challenges covered!

I stamped the image with Onyx Black Versafine ink then embossed it with clear embossing powder. That way when I colored with my Copics - the black didn't bleed into the color at all which I have found can sometimes happen.

I cut 4 Labels One Nestability shapes out of Stampin Up designer paper to layer onto the acetate since you need to cover the adhesive that you can see on each piece from the other side. I have one of the front - one on the inside of the front, one on the inside seen below - and one on the back of the card covering the inside one! Phew!

Here is how I did the inside of this card. For the sentiment piece - I left the metal die on the card stock after I cut and embossed it - and sponged in color from the edges. Then I removed the die. That left a nice clear border to the piece.

The anniversary stamps are from a set called Our Love from H&M Stamp company.

Hope you all have a relaxing New Years Day today! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Our Love: H&M Stamps
Paper: acetate card, white: PTI, DP: SU
Ink: Riding Hood Red: SU, Onyx Black versafine
Accessories: rhinestone stickers, copics, Labels One Nestabilities, cuttlebug, heart brad, foam dimensionals, oval punch: SU, sponge, prima flowers, glue dots, grosgrain ribbon from H&M Stamps

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

An Award and 5 Acetate Cards

Lim honored my blog by giving me this special award - given to websites that catch your eye. Thank you so much Lim!

The rules for this award:

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.

2. Link the person you received your award from.

3. Nominate 7 other blogs.

4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.

So I am, in turn, passing this award on to the following blogs I enjoy checking out - Please click on their names and hop on over to say hello and check out their 'stuff' !!!

Zakka she makes all kinds of fun crafts - especially for kids

Neva She often covers multiple challenges on one card!

Cindy - always has a story to go with her card!

Pam - a fellow Design Team member for Artful INKable Stamps who makes lovely cards!

Beth - a fellow DT member who makes beautiful cards!

Kim - a fellow DT member from Canada who makes super detailed cards!

Jenn - the 4th DT member from Hawaii who makes works of art cards!

And here are the 5 cards that I made at Lauren Meader's Class at the Papertree in Manchester, NH that I took last Sunday. I told you about them on a previous post and finally got them photographed.

I don't have the names of all the papers and stamps we used - but I can tell you how we made them.

On this first card - the flower was made by running a piece of DP through a Xyron laminating machine to put sticky adhesive on top of it - then you attach a piece of acetate over the DP. Stamp your flower (or whatever you want stamped) on the acetate with black Stazon Ink. Let it dry - then soak the DP/acetate square in water for 3-4 minutes - then gently rub off the dp from the acetate until there is just a thin layer of DP left so you can almost see through it. Let it dry and then attach to the card. I think she called this 'stained glass acetate' technique.

On this second card we attached a colored circle to the groove in these clear buttons using a thick glue dot. Then you turn the button over and stamp a flower on the flat side using white stazon ink. Then attach to the card - stamp leaves and make stems with a piercing tool.

On this cute card - we punched a circle in the strip of DP - marked the circle on the white card beneath - then stamped and colored the penguin within the circle on the card. We used a white dottted bg stamp to stamp on the acetate square with white stazon to look like snow. Then attached the acetate panel behind the circle in the DP. We attached the panel with foam dimensionals over the stamped penguin on the card. Stamped the sentiment and attached over the panel.

On this card we stamped the chick on the acetate square with black stazon- turned over the acetate panel and colored in the chick with Sakura Gel pens. Then we attached the acetate behind the circle in the DP and layered it to the panels with foam dimensionals as shown. We made the cute banner sentiment by cutting the ends and scoring 2 lines on each end about 1/4 inch apart and folding.

And our last card was on a half sheet of acetate - we attached the black panel to the inside of the card - attached the purple card to the outside back of the card (to cover the adhesive on the black panel) Then we stamped the image (this is all one stamp) using white stazon on ink and immediately pounced chalk over it using small cotton balls. After it dried a bit we blew and gently rubbed the excess chalk off. This was difficult to photograph - the color chalks are really green and pink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Catching the Sun, Doing it Over and Tulips for the Table

I have so many projects to share with you tonight! I've had a busy weekend - but in between I've been stamping (of course!) to get the SCS challenges done.
First, just let me tell you that we saw The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde last night at the Lyric Stage in Boston. It is a really funny play written in 1895. Then today we went to the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA and had a guided tour of an exhibition called "Remember Me" - where there are everyday articles from the last 100 years donated by families that also include the stories of where they came from and who owned them attached. So lots of culture for me these two days!

Now on to the projects! This card was made for today's Inspiration Challenge which was guest hosted by my friend on SCS, Anne. She gave us this picture of a Sun Catcher to be our inspiration. You can see it below - but you can see it better here.

And here is the card I made based on the Sun Catcher.

I stamped my flowers and leaves on a piece of acetate with white Stazon Ink and then colored them from behind with alcohol inks. I thought this would simulate the transparency of the suncatcher. I found a great tutorial on this process by Sherrie Siemens on the Cornish Heritage Farms web site. I may add a sentiment to it later or may just use it as a general note card.
Stamps: leaf, Natural Beauty - SU, Flower: Stampendous
Paper: PTI White, bordering blue, acetate
Ink: Stazon White - Ranger Alcohol Inks - Cranberry, lettuce, wild plum, stonewashed, alcohol blending solution
Accessories: liquid applique, cuttlebug Folder Distressed stripes, vellum glue dots, aqua brush
Techniques: alcohol inks

This next card was made for a Double Dare Weekly Challenge I do with a group of friends on SCS.

Charlene gave us the challenge this week.

1. We had to pick a card that we thought after we posted it : what was I thinking?!!!
2. Change 2 or more things:I added a framing layer, changed colors and added butterflies.
3. Keep the basic sketch of the first card.
4. Use one color you rarely useI used Stazon Azure - first time I've used this Ink Pad and have had it for maybe a year??!!

My biggest 'whoops' on my first card, which is shown below, was stamping the background right on the card - I think it looks better and is a sturdier card if you stamp on a panel and then mount that onto the card.

Which one do you like better??

Stamps: Tree backgrounder: Cornish Heritage Farms, Sentiment: Wordsworth
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Azure, so saffron
Accessories: distresser, sponge, butterfly punch: Martha Stewart, dimensionals

And now my final project for today - the Origami flower place cards I've been promising to show you for the past few days!

Aren't these just the cutest things?? I made them for our dinner table for Mother's Day. They are origami tulips, leaves and stand. I got the pattern from a book called 'Minigami' by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly Books. I purchased mine at Borders Books and you can also find it on line at places like They work up in a flash.

The stand has a little slot in the back where the stems just slip right in. I computer generated the names, punched them with the large oval punch and attached them to the front of the stand. I think these will look really pretty at everyone's place on the table tomorrow!

Thanks for checking in with me today - I made 10,000 hits today! and I am so very grateful to everyone for having interest in my 'stuff' here!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there - I hope you have a wonderful day with your families!

Today's Quote from Poor Richard's Almanac by Ben Franklin: "Well done is better than well said."

Stamps: none
Paper: Origami red, blue, purple, green, PTI White, unknown blue
Ink: none
Accessories: glue dots
Techniques: origami

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Easter Snow

I know - you probably said "What?? Snow for Easter???" Well - we actually did have a snow storm on April 1st in 1997 - but that's another story!

This is my Snowman Egg that I designed for a friend at work who commissions me to make a snowman card for every holiday - that she sends to her friend who lives in Florida (we're in New England) as an on-going joke - so this is the Easter Card I made for her.

It is also my card for today's color challenge on SCS - to use Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron colors. The egg stamp is from Close to My Heart Egg-cited set and the snowman face and carrot nose are from the Stampin Up set Cold Play.

I really have fun coming up with new snowman ideas for each holiday and I'm always on the look out for different snowmen stamps that might be good to use on my next card. I've already got one of a snowman sitting on the beach in a lounge chair for the 4th of July card!

Stamps: SU: Cold Play, CTMH: Eggcited, Sentiment: Savvy Stamps, Grass: Sutter Enterprises
Paper: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, SU DP, PapertreyInk: white
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack, Lemonade Adirondack, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie: SU
Accessories: Nestability scalloped ovals, Ribbon, brads, dimensionals, hand made cloud template

Here are some of the other cards I've made over this past year.

Halloween - Acetate card

ChristmasValentine's Day

Thanks for coming by and checking out my cards today - tomorrow I'll be loading up my St. Patrick's snowman - so be sure to drop by and take a look!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Inspiring Bird

I designed this card for todays SCS Inspiration challenge. The Inspiration piece chosen by SmilynStef can be seen here - a piece of artwork by Charley Harper. Stephanie had seen a program on CBS Sunday Morning a few weeks ago that highlighted a book about this artist. Hence her inspiration to chose this for our inspiration!
I was away all day today attending a card workshop but I had looked to see what the inspiration piece was before going (I always do this challenge on Saturdays and hated not getting it done before I left!) So I was thinking in the back of my mind all day what I might do when I got home. Well - at the workshop we learned that there was a wonderful card stamping shop nearby so my friend, Elizabeth, and I just had to stop there on our way home! It was well worth the trip - I found all kinds of beautiful designer paper and several stamps that I just had to add to my supplies!! One of the papers I found was an acetate piece that had a grid pattern printed in black on it and I thought "ah ha - perfect for the inspiration challenge!"
There is actually no stamping on this card at all - I had my newly purchased acetate grid that is called 3/4 graph by Mambly and I applied a white BasicGrey rub on bird from the Periphery set to it. I cut squares of card stock based on the colors in the inspiration piece - soft sky, black, chocolate chip and creamy caramel - all from Stampin Up. I attached the panels to the acetate with the brown brads then attached the whole thing to a Close to Cocoa card. This is a small square card measuring 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. I'm so pleased with how this came out!
I'd love to hear what you think - click on comments below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine Crafts

A couple of friends and I make hand stamped cards and crafts to sell at what we 'tongue in cheek' call the "Divine Card's" Table at our church's Harvest Fair each October.

We also make stamped crafts for each holiday to make money for the church during the year.

These are some Valentine's items that I made this year.

First up are these cute candles that I made by stamping on white tissue paper, then coloring in the stamping with markers or colored pencils where needed. Cut around the image leaving just a little bit extra. Then you cut a piece of wax paper that is as tall as the candle and long enough to wrap around the candle with several inches extra. Place the stamped tissue against the candle and wrap the waxed paper tightly over it holding it by the extra length in the back. Then heat with a hot gun over the stamped area - you will see the wax paper melt slightly into the candle - it happens pretty quickly. When you remove the wax paper - the tissue has become part of the candle and that's it! This is an easy process and it comes out really professional looking! I then put the candles in flat bottom clear bags that I got from and stapled a punched stamped heart layered on a paper doily to the top.

I got these cute red tins at Michaels for $1 - can't beat that! I decorated them by punching a large heart from several pretty Valentine designer papers with my Giga Marvy Scalloped punch. I attached that to the tin with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive that I got at Michaels. Next I stamped my cute little hedgehog from Penny Black stamps onto a white scalloped circle (Marvy punch again) added a couple of jewels and attached it over the heart with dimensional adhesives. The last decorating item is to attach coordinating ribbon around the sides using super tacky tape. I filled these cute treats with white shredded paper and 6 Hershey kisses.

These cute little items are called "Pixie Pockets" and I made them a few weeks ago for the 'Try a New Technique' challenge over on Split Coast Stampers. The original directions were given by Anita for a Virtual Stamp Night challenge in 2006 and were resurrected by Wendella247 for this challenge in 2008. Here are the directions: cut one 7x7 inch piece of cardstock - I used red, pink and white for mine. Fold this in half so it measures 7" high by 3 1/2" wide. Open it up and cut down 2" on the center fold from the top. Fold it back and fold down the 2" top panel. Cut 2 pieces of designer paper 3 3/8 x 3 1/2 for the bottom and 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 for the top panel. Punch all corners of the card stock and designer paper with your corner rounder. Attach the designer paper to the front bottom and flap. Either sew the edges or use super tacky tape. Add stamped decorations as desired. I then made some chocolate Valentine pops and slipped them into the pocket.

I'm sure you've seen these fun decorated little metal mail boxes - they are all over the blogs and on Split Coast. They are $1 at Target and come in pink, white and red. I used wonderful directions that I found on Emily's blog I just put shredded white paper inside and let the buyers add their own candy as desired.

I found the instructions for these cute little fortune cookies in the February Issue of Martha Stewart. They are made by first cutting a 4 inch circle out of felt. Then you cut a 3 3/4" piece of florist wire and place it across the center of the circle. Attach a 4" piece of same color grosgrain ribbon over the wire using a white glue. Let this dry for a couple of hours, Then bend the wire in half and it shapes into a fortune cookie. The instructions said that you could slip Hershey kisses inside them - but I found that the 'cookie' wasn't firm enough or big enough to hold them - so I just stamped a fortune on vellum (hugs and kisses - from Papertrey Ink Sweet Love ) and attached it to the inside of the cookie. I then placed shredded white paper into a flat bottom clear bag and added Hershey kisses around it. I embossed hearts with my Cuttlebug folder on a square of card stock - folded it in half - stamped Happy Valentines Day ($1 Michaels stamp) on a punched scalloped circle and stapled that on the folded top of the bag.

My last craft for our sale is this cute little 'sour cream' container made out of clear acetate. This project was from a challenge on Split Coast Stampers also - we learn such fun things there - you really need to check out all the templates and projects in the Resources section on the site. I cut out the acetate - stamped it with white craft ink with a cute heart and dots stamp from Stampin Up. I let the ink dry overnight as it takes longer to dry on acetate. Then I put super tacky tape on the edges - folded as directed - added delicious Cherry Cream Hershey Kisses and sealed the top. Then I stamped the label with another Stampin Up stamp and stapled that to the top with a piece of ribbon.

So - those are the crafts I made for our Valentine's sale - hope you enjoyed them and that they will inspire you to make some too! Let me know what you think by hitting comments below.

Happy Valentine's Day!