Friday, August 26, 2016

Technique of the Week: Use Those Napkins

How many of you have a stash of some beautiful napkins that you have collected over the years to use with various techniques for your cards?  I know I have a stack of them that I just can part with.  I was recently watching a video by Els of Elizabeth Crafts.  She suggested using the Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter on napkins so I thought I’d give it a try.

I went through my stash of napkins and found one that would work well on a 5 ½” square card.  I separated the three layers of the napkin and cut one square of the napkin for my card.  I cut a piece of white card stock to about 7” x 7” and used a glue stick to cover it with glue. 
I adhered the napkin layer to the piece of cardstock and smoothed it out so there were no wrinkles in the napkin. 

I cut several strips of wide Scor-Tape and placed it over the napkin, covering the entire surface. 
I used a bone folder to smooth it out and ensure it was firmly adhered to the napkin.  I removed the top layer of the Scor-Tape and placed the piece on some wax paper (you could also use a coffee filter.) 

I sprinkled Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the entire surface and spread it around with my finger to ensure it was covered.  I tapped off the excess glitter and returned it to the jar. 
I used the cover sheet from the Scor-Tape to burnish the glitter, pushing it into the adhesive.  You can also use a bone folder for this. 
The more you burnish the glitter, the greater the shine. 

Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine Glitter comes in number of colors to include Warm and Cool Diamond.  The Cool Diamond that I used on this project has a slightly blue tone to it and works well on projects with blues, purples, etc.  The Warm Diamond glitter has a slight rose tone to it and works well on reds, oranges, etc.

I trimmed the napkin down to the size I wanted for my finished card.  This particular napkin had a natural edge on it that I trimmed around. 
I mounted the napkin on a piece of 5” square Glamour Green So Silk paper.  I then adhered the piece to a square of 5 ¼” square Fashion Purple So Silk paper and lastly adhered them to a 5 ½” square card.  I used the new Grape Soda Enamel Accents in the corners. For the sentiment I cut a tag using the second smallest die from the MFT Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag Stax (MFT-525) and stamped it with a sentiment from the Penny Black Special Thoughts stamp set (#30-338).  I shaded it slightly with Distress Twisted Citron.  I cut a piece of foam tape slight smaller than the tag and adhered it to the back of the sentiment.  I adhered it to the front of the card and added a couple of highlights with Pink Gumball Enamel Accents. 

This was a fairly quick and easy card and provides another way to use up those beautiful napkins.  You can see the card at Art ‘n Soul and I hope you will give it a try.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Technique of the Week: Bling it Up with Ranger Enamel Accents

We recently got in some new Enamel Accents from Ranger. I absolutely love how they look on a card, and Ranger has come out with so many beautiful colors!

New Ranger Enamel Accents and Dylusions Acrylic Paint

Since I am so in love with anything sparkly or shiny though, I kind of wanted some bling on my accents. Enter Warm Diamond ultra fine glitter, from Elizabeth Crafts.

I made two cards, one pink and red, and one blue and green. To make these, I first used Nuance powdered color (by Magenta) on watercolor paper to color the backgrounds. For the pink and red card I used Red, Scarlet, Hot Pink and Raspberry Nuance; for the blue and green and, I used Yellow, Turquoise, Cerulean Blue and Royal Blue. Credit goes to Marj Marion for inspiration on the design of these cards.

When the Nuance panels were dry, I stamped the Magenta Multilingual Happy Birthday stamp (C07.907.L) on each of them using Versamark ink. I embossed the sentiment with Judikins White Diamond embossing powder.

I cut the Nuance colored pieces out with one of the Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles. I cut a piece of white fun foam to pop the panels up, and adhered it to the back of the panel.

I then cut out a piece of white cardstock for each card, using the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. Using the largest die in this set, I was able to cut out a stitched panel that measures 5" x 3.75".

I adhered the white pieces to matting panels that measure 5.25" x 4", and the matting panels were adhered to the base cards. The matting panels I chose to match the colors in the Nuance were So Silk Glamour Green and So Silk Beauty Pink. The Nuance panels were then placed in the center of the base panels.

Once the cards were put together, I applied some Ranger Enamel dots to the front of the cards, squeezing the enamel out slowly and carefully to form round dots.  For the pink/red card I used Pink Gumball, Classic Cherry and Wild Orchid; for the blue/green card, I used Electric Lime, Caribbean Coast, and Blue Ribbon.

While the dots were still wet, I liberally sprinkled Elizabeth Crafts ultra fine Warm Diamond glitter on top of them and let it sit there until they had dried.

Once the dots dried, I rubbed them to brighten the glitter. The glitter did alter the look of the dots somewhat, but I like how they look.

I love the extra sparkle this technique adds, and I hope you give it a try!

You can see more pictures of this process on my Backporch blog here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Technique of the Week: Foiling with the Minc Toner Pen

Some time ago, we had a playday to explore techniques with foiling. Some of the most effective techniques require a laminator or a Minc machine. Don't let that turn you off of this technique though, because a laminator can be purchased relatively inexpensively.

When we played with foiling before, we were die-cutting sheets of toner covered paper, and putting those through the laminator or Minc machine with pieces of foil (pretty side up) on top on the die cut. The heat from the laminator would melt the toner, and the foil would fuse to it. This works beautifully well, and is a lot of fun.

Recently, Minc has come out with pens that put toner ink onto your paper. Using these, you can foil something that you write or draw or color. The pens come in two different sizes: 2mm and 4mm. I used the 4mm for this technique, since our distributor backordered the 2mm pens. I found the 4mm was especially good for putting toner ink onto a stamp, and I could also color with it.

The toner pen's nib starts out white, and you must press the tip down onto a piece of paper multiple times to get the ink to come down into the nib. This took longer than I expected, but it eventually did start to flow.

1. For this project, I stamped a Magenta Doodle Feather stamp (37.289.K) onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

2. I colored parts of the Doodle Feather with the toner pen.

3. After placing a piece of foil (Decco Rainbow foil) over the stamped and colored image, with the pretty side up, I put the card and the foil into a carrier and inserted it into the Minc machine. I used the #4 setting. I have also used a laminator before with foil and toner, and it works quite well. You do NOT have to have a Minc machine for this to work.

4. I was quite surprised and pleased to see the results after coloring the feather and feeding it through. All of the areas that I had colored came out beautifully foiled.

5. I cut the image out using Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers (30069 - in stock at Art 'n Soul) with the 2nd and 4th largest ovals.

6. The sentiment stamp, Magenta 07.876.F You are Awesome, was stamped onto a stamp positioner plastic sheet with Versafine ink, and I then inked the word "Awesome" with the toner pen. Using the stamp positioner, I quickly stamped the word "Awesome" onto the oval, under the feather, in toner ink.

7. I put a piece of the rainbow foil over the word, and ran it through the Minc machine. The word came out beautifully foiled.

8. I cleaned the stamp, taped over the word "Awesome" and inked the rest of the stamp with Versafine ink. The tape was removed, and again using the stamp positioner, I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the oval.

9. To construct the card, I chose a matting square of So Silk Glamour Green cardstock. I adhered the larger oval (frame) to the matting layer.

10. A piece of white fun foam was die cut using the next smaller oval die to the center oval piece (5th largest). The fun foam was adhered to the back of the center oval, and the oval was adhered in the center of the framed oval, making sure to match the stamped and foiled feather.

11. Last some sequins were adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. I found this card easy and fun to make, and I will definitely use the Minc toner pen for multiple cards.

To see step by step photos of this technique, please visit my Backporch blog here.

Terry Medaris will be here next weekend!!
Beginning Friday, August 12, Terry Medaris will be here to teach his fabulous Prismacolor workshops. Terry had to open two sessions of his beginner workshop, but if  you have ever taken a class with Terry, you do not need the beginner class to take his other classes. 

Come in and see the samples for the Make it and Take it class, which include a tile, a domino and a shrink plastic image. 

The second Make it and Take it class is for making the most beautiful pendants. You really have to see the samples in person to get an idea of how gorgeous these are (and they would make amazing Christmas or Birthday presents). Terry's jewelry class has been reworked this year, so if you have taken it in the past, you should really take it again. 

Terry's classes are such a bargain - if you take more than one class, they are only $30 each! All of the items are made using Terry's unique and stunning stamps. Terry will also be bringing a trunk show of his stamps and other things with him. You do not have to take a class to come in and participate in the trunk show.

Beginner Prismacolor Blending with Terry Medaris
August 12, 2016
Two Class times available: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.
In this class you will learn my blending techniques, then color one of my designs using your Prismacolor pencils. This class is a prerequisite to take my other classes. If you have taken this class in the past, you have satisfied the requirement. Bring Basic Kit and a set of Prismacolor pencils (prefer at least set of 48).

Make and Take It with Terry Medaris
Saturday August 13, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Using the techniques you learned in the beginning class, you will stamp on, then color a ceramic tile, a domino, and a piece of heat-shrink plastic. Bring Basic Kit and a set of Prismacolor pencils (prefer at least set of 48).

Saturday, August 13th, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. "JEWELRY CLASS MAKE AND TAKE IT" – Terry Medaris $35 (If more than one class is taken, each class is $30)

Using the techniques you learned in the beginning class, you will stamp a piece of pre-punched art board; then color and mount your art into three different shaped metal jewelry pendants to create your own beautiful personalized jewelry pieces. Bring Basic Kit and a set of Prismacolor pencils (prefer at least set of 48).