Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scrap Card

I'm always saving small paper scraps with the hopes that someday they will be put to use in a card or scrapbook page or some other project. Today, I decided to dive into my scrap pile to make a "scrap card". I have a certain way I like to store my paper scraps. I have a container for small pieces, one for larger pieces, and one for strips. I took my bag small pieces and paper strips and got to work.

First I took out some papers I thought coordinated.

Then I cut them to thin strips.

Then I glued them onto a scrap paper base (I use junk mail as a base typically because it is nice and thin).

Now that I essentially have a new patterned paper, I am free to do whatever I please with it.

For this particular project, I decided to cut out some tulip shapes and make a card.
You can't see it in this picture, but I added some glitter and clear embossing to the tulips to make them sparkle. For the stalks I just drew right on the cardstock with a black thin-tipped marker. I then stamped a sentiment in the corner. Feel free to leave questions or comments below!

Cardstock base: The Paper Company - ivory
Stamps: TPC Studio - Greetings
Ink: StazOn - jet black
Other: Millenium black pen

Until next time,

Monday, August 8, 2011

Deja vu?

I know this card seems a little deja-vu, but I couldn't resist. I used the same dictionary paper as yesterday, but this time I did some clear embossing and then did direct to paper technique. I tried to apply more ink over the embossed areas to really make then pop and to add some dimension to the hearts. I then stamped "L-O-V-E" down the side. Expect to see more distress ink projects in the near future...

Cardstock base: The Paper Company -white (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
Paper: from an old dictionary
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in faded jeans, dusty concord, and crushed olive and StazOn - black
Stamps: Inkadinkado - circle and dots, Martha Stewart alphabet
Misc: American Crafts clear embossing powder, Versamark embossing ink

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Distress Inks, yum!

First off I just want to say, "Wow!". I've been hearing about Ranger distress inks forever and I finally decided to give them a try (only took me 2 years ;). They are awesome! I just did a simple direct to paper technique for this card, but the colors are so vibrant and so easy to blend. Just stunning. I'm sold.
I cut some hearts out of paper that came from an old dictionary and did a direct to paper technique to apply the ink to each heart. I glued the hearts to the paper and added some bling. So simple, right?! If you want to learn more about Ranger Distress Inks, there are a ton of youtube videos in the "Thinking Inking" series. Jennifer McGuire did these videos quite awhile ago, but I still use them for inspiration. You can also check out this blog where she shows you more ways to use distress inks. What a talented person she is!

Cardstock base: The Paper Company - white (standard size card 4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
Paper: dictionary paper
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, and Crushed Olive
Misc: Rhinestones, corner rounder

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

I love crafting...(happy sigh)

Hello again!
Today I have a card that was inspired while I was cutting up and old t-shirt for rags. I decided to cut the seams and the collar off the shirt so the rags would have a uniform texture (without any hard seams). I looked down at the cut seams and thought, "hmm, I can use those!" I knew immediately what I wanted to do.
I took a piece of scratch paper (about 2-3/4" square) and started to adhere my seams to it; butting them up right next to one another. I glued the scratch paper and seams on the card base. Then I cut a heart out of a piece of kraft cardstock (3" square) and popped it up on 2 layers of dimensionals. Those seams are thick, y'all!. Then went around the heart and added a sentiment with my white gel pen. This technique also looks great with strips of ribbon or paper! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

Cardstock base: The Paper Company - white (4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card size)
Paper: Scratch paper (2-3/4 x 2-3/4), Kraft cardstock (3" x 3")
Misc: White Pentel Sunburst Med Gel pen, Ribbons/paper/T-shirt seam strips

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