Paper Engineering

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 Take an A4 card and fold in half, fold one side in half again, this gives you your basis for an easel card. You can then decorate it as you please. Always decorate inside the card raising part of it on foam pads to lodge the front behind so it stands up, I usually use a strip of decorative card or a sentiment. I have done one using a simple decoupage set.

Front-View

Side-View

5 x 5 square card

5 x 5 square card

This is to show you the diversity of easel cards, folding from corner to corner gives a twist to the card. With this one you should cut a piece of card to fit over the front but only stick it to the right hand side of the fold so when it is lodged up the decorated front sticks up to be seen. Again I have used a theme from one of my C.D.s to decorate the card below.

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Robot2

You can play around with different ways to use easel folding, the card below has been made by folding an A4 piece of card lengthwise, then on half of the card, measure into three equal parts, cut to the centre fold line and I did the left and right parts a corner fold with the middle on straight.   Play around and see what results you get, have fun!

I love this paper engineering

I love this paper engineering

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Gone fishing card

Matt and layer as shown leaving a border along the bottom of the card.

Matt and layer as shown leaving a border along the bottom of the card.

Using the clear 'fishing' stamp and a black ink pad begin stamping the image onto your selection of different coloured/patterned card.

Using the clear ‘fishing’ stamp and a black ink pad begin stamping the image onto your selection of different coloured/patterned card.

after completing all your stamping, begin cutting out a selection of letters using a craft knife.

after completing all your stamping, begin cutting out a selection of letters using a craft knife.

begin assembling your fishing sign by placing the cut out letters on to the base word.  Raise some of the letters with foam pads for a decoupage effect.

begin assembling your fishing sign by placing the cut out letters on to the base word. Raise some of the letters with foam pads for a decoupage effect.

Make two holes using a pin tool, one at each of the top corners.  Take your string and thread it through each hole putting a knot in it to prevent it slipping out.

Make two holes using a pin tool, one at each of the top corners. Take your string and thread it through each hole putting a knot in it to prevent it slipping out.

After stamping your message on a piece of co-ordinating card place it on the border left at the bottom.  Place the sign at a jaunty angle onto the card with foam pads to raise it off the card.

After stamping your message on a piece of co-ordinating card place it on the border left at the bottom. Place the sign at a jaunty angle onto the card with foam pads to raise it off the card.

Stick the string down with a candi top, dot some glossy accents around to look like drops of water.... and DONE!

Stick the string down with a candi top, dot some glossy accents around to look like drops of water…. and DONE!

Christmas Reindeer

This is a card created at the recent workshop using pan pastels and indigo blue stamps.  It is an 8″x8″ card, mat and layered with the finished picture.  I have put it in stages to show the picture building up resulting in the end card and this can be reproduced in exactly the same way with a picture of your choice to highlight the card.

Preparing Your card

Cut a circle out of card or post it note and stick it where you feel you want your moon.   Using a blue tint pan pastel and artists sponge, sweep the blue over the card from side to side including the stuck on circle, leaving some streaks of white showing.

Defining Snow and Cloud

Defining Snow and Cloud

Tear a strip of paper roughly into a wavy pattern, use this on your picture to create mounds of snow and layers of cloud.   Starting with the sky, from the top of the page place the strip of paper and again using a medium blue pastel on your sponge, dab it along the rough edge of the strip of paper, sponging more blue at the sides to create a cloudy shape.  Then starting at the bottom of the page with a darker blue, again dab your sponge along the rough edge, moving it about to create mounds in a thin line.  Right at the bottom on each side, dab more blue to create a fore ground.

Stage 3

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 4

Take the paper circle off the page leaving a white circle, then using the card the circle was originally cut from, place over the white circle on your page.  This will allow you to colour the moon without blemishing the rest of the picture.  Using a yellow pastel, and a small sponge, lightly colour in the circle with a circular motion but don’t go right to the edge of the circle.

Stage 5

Stage 5

Now take off the circle stencil and with a lighter shade of yellow gently sponge around the thin white border left round the circle, smudging it slightly into the blue to give a hazy effect.

Stamping

Stamping

Take your stamp and ink it with memento ink, I’ve used a brown one rather than black.  Place the stamp so that you have the branches silhouetted across some of the moon.

I used another indigo blue Christmas stamp but only the part with swirls on it to decorate the sides of my card.  It had to be stamped twice each side, carefully matching up the pattern.

Decorative Stamping

Decorative Stamping

At this stage you can decorate it as you wish, I placed royal blue gems on some of the snowflakes at each side, layered in on top of navy blue card with navy tulle ribbon placed over the corner with a bow.  First mat your picture onto the blue card, place your ribbon then stick it all onto your 8″x8″ card stock.

Ta Dah!!!

Ta Dah!!!

I hope I’ve managed to explain it clearly, and I am at another workshop with Glynis at CJ Craft in Edgeley on 14/9/13 and will post one of the cards made from there next time.   Keep carding my crafty friends.

Fairies

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This card is my first attempt at stamping my own background.  I used a mixture of Indigo Blue stamps, “Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds”, “Bubble Background”, “Honeycomb Background” and the “Ledger Background” stamps.  All were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then I use Pan Pastilles to get the creamy look to give it a sepia appearance.  My decoupage topper compliments the colours and the added bit of purple is picked up with the ribbon, matt and layering with side edging and a few odd ‘splodges’ from the Ledger stamp in purple ink.   I increased the depth of colour on the cream with my pan pastilles here and there to create a yellowed effect.   Not bad hey?  I picked these ideas up from classes with Jo Price at C J Cardcraft in Edgeley, Stockport, see their website http://www.cjcardcraft.com   In fact I’m at another class there tomorrow, 7/9/13 and hope to continue learning new techniques.  Watch this space!

Chaos

Chaos
Chaos

Chaos

I  love crafting and using my imagination to create an end product. Hand made cards can be themed to exactly fit the person you are sending them to and therefore making them so personal. My problem is I don’t like letting them go! I’ve put a small selection of some quick but affective cards for your perusal. As I get more into blogging I will put step by step pictures on so if you are so inclined, you can have a go yourself. I look forward to hearing from all you fellow crafters and picking your brains to continue creating cards.