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Topic: New Work
Here are a couple of stitched cards made from one of the free patterns I have collected. It makes a nice 'mans card'.
The technique to make this card is extremely simple, but it makes such a statement.
On a small sheet of small labels (try 1/2" x 3/4" up to 3/4" x 1") ink up and stamp your image. Apply removable tape to the front in a grid formation so you can carefully peel the label liner away without upsetting the alignment.
Apply the labels to a card front and press carefully in place. Then peel away the removable tape and complete your card with any desired embellishments.
I have used the ink-jet transfers for several different projects over the years. Beyond the standard t-shirts (my favorite is hubby's 'Disgruntled Employee of the Month'), I have done illustrations for covers on handmade books, illustration transfers to the pages of altered books, and most recently a set of aprons.
These aprons were designed for the ladies who attended our retreat in Pittsburgh in July. The group began as instruction in parchment craft so the design was made to resemble parchment white-work.
This project was made a few years ago.
I started with three old ring-bound computer manuals that came with slipcases. The slipcases were glued together and then covered with shantung silk by using heat fusible webbing. I then covered each of the ring binders in a similar manner and lined them with black water-taffeta. The 'drawer pulls' are beads and are sewn on, with a locket charm caught in each one. A locket and key on ribbon are attached to the side of the case as well.
I adapted page sleeves to serve a photo holders in the three binders. When the binders are in place the unit sits on the table looking like a small chest of drawers.
I have wanted to do this project since I saw it on Carol Duvall about a year ago. Today I finally made the time.
This is a box that is made to look like a stack of ribbon-tied love letters. I make mine with larger envelopes than the instructions and I love how it came out.
The instructions are on episode CDS-1329.
This is a card I make to try out a technique from Tim Holtz's first DVD, "An Altered Journey".
A rubber stamp is inked with a variety of colors of water-based dye inks. Have your cardstock and heat gun at the ready. Use a sprayer to liberally spritz the stamp and immediately impress on the paper. Hit it with the heat gun to set the colors. You can make a few impressions before reinking the stamp.
I really like this technique with leaves, florals and the like that have 'loose' design. They lend themselves well to this look of handpainted watercolors.
I read a terrific book on painting different flowers with the 'one-stroke' technique and had to give it a try. These are two of my efforts, not bad for the first try, I thought.
The book is "Flowers A to Z With Donna Dewberry : More Than 50 Beautiful Blooms You Can Paint" By Donna Dewberry, North Light Books, 2004, ISBN 1581804849
Many moons ago someone overseas (Netherlands, I think) sent me sheets for these cards. They have the full picture, a small colored spot, and a spotlight area of the picture (some have two). These are all cut out and mounted with foam tape like a 3D card.
Backgrounds and embellishments are added to complete the cards.
Here is the second house converted from the 'string art' pamphlet I have. It is not my favorite so I only pricked out one to stitch. My least favorite I haven't even pricked out one!
I made this card in a workshop. It is stamped and embossed with black powder on dark brown cardstock. Then the image was lightened using bleach. Final step was to paint with Pearl-Ex powder mixed with water and some gum arabic.
When these techniques are combined, the results are quite stunning.
Off on another road trip yesterday, I stitched up a Christmas card. This is worked with metallic Sulky threads ondark red background. The corners were punched and embossed with a Fiskars 2-in-1 punch. I layered on green and gold metallics to reflect the stitching.
The center is a Christmas sticker with a peel-off greeting.
I don't know why, but of the 30 sunflower seeds I planted, not a single one sprouted. Maybe the birds stole the seeds - or perhaps it was the squirrels.
Anyway, I'll have to settle for these stitched ones designed by a member of one of my online groups. She designed it to be stitched like my card on the left. I then made it again but stitched differently.
Here are two more stiched cards. These were designed by the same lady as the last geometrics that I showed.
The one on the left is stitched on irridescent cardstock and layered over a metallicized paper and some paste paper I made.
The one on the right is layered on a watercolored background and burgundy cardstock.
Here's a couple of different takes on the same theme (sort of). At this site http://www.wga.hu/tours/sistina/index1.html you can click and view different scenes of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, zoom in, view background information, etc.
Here http://www.pacorosic.com/sistine_chapel_pictures.asp you can view the work of Paco Rosic who recreated the Sistine Chapel ceiling in half-scale on the ceiling of his parents' restaurant - using Krylon spray paint!
This is a collage card I started from the parts-n-starts drawer. The background is printed tissue paper, the mummy case is from a catalog ad, the caravanners are from a sheet of collage art images. I added some 'scraps' from gold peel-off stickers, and finished with blue rhinestones eyes and a fabric text sticker.
Here are a couple more cards made with the torn spotlight technique shared some time back. This hydrangea stamp was one I picked up for a dollar in a clearance.
Last year a friend taught some of us to make these refrigerator magnets. We used Staz-On and small stamps to print on small tiles. I colored mine with Sharpie markers by making small dots with the fine tip. This was to keep the Staz-On from smearing and to allow me to blend colors. The finished tiles are sprayed with two light coats of acrylic sealer and a magnet is glued on back.
This is a card I made for a challenge. Our partner stitched up a card and sent it along with another of the same pattern pricked out.
I chose to use bright fall colors and added stickers and a tag to complete the harvest theme.
Here are a couple of cards I made a while back from my parts and starts drawer. The illustrations are from cruise brochures and I enhanced them with scrapbook papers and other bits I found in the drawer.
Some time ago, I bought some very cheap frames without glass and kept them around for quite awhile without any ideas for using them. Then I redecorated a guest bedroom with an 'at the seashore' theme and decided to make collages using those frames.
For backgrounds I used wavy corrugated cardstock, paua shell scrapbook paper and sandpaper. I added seashells, coral, and agates I had collected on various beaches. Each collage got one gold whale button as an accent.
The set looks nice hanging in grid formation above the head of the bed.