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One of the things that I found out on a workshop was that Cut ‘n’ Dry foam is MUCH easier to use if it is mounted on to a block. Having the foam on a block gives you something to get hold of and enables you to have much more control over the foam. I have used this foam to apply Adirondack dye based ink and it gives a wonderful soft effect. These are the same ones I use in my video.

Here is how to wood mount your foam

You Will Need

 

  • Wooden blocks. If you have unmounted your stamp collection and put it all onto EZ Mount this is a good way to use up those blocks ;)
Blank rubber stamps

Blank rubber stamps

  • Double sided sticky tape; you need a good strong one I have used 25mm one from Sellotape
Good qualitity double sided tape

Good qualitity double sided tape

  • Ranger; Cut ‘n’ Dry foam sheet
  • Permanent marker pen
  • Craft Knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting Mat

Method

  • If you are recycling un-loved wooden stamps for this project, remove the rubber die (image) from the wooden mount
Peel the old rubber stamp off the block

Peel the old rubber stamp off the block

 

  • Cut your foam sheet into squares/rectangles that will fit onto your blocks
Cut the foam to the same size as the wooden block

Cut the foam to the same size as the wooden block

(I was taking the photo)  Do hold the foam as you cut it!

  • If you are dedicating a piece of foam to each ink you have, write the name of the ink on one end of the foam and the brand on the other. (This prevents you muddying your colours)
Use a permanent pen to write the ink's color on the end of the foam

Use a permanent pen to write the ink's color on the end of the foam

 

  • On the back of your foam (the grey side) attach a piece of double side tape; don’t be mean with it cover the back of the foam with tape, to ensure the maximum grip from the tape.
Use plenty of double sided tape on the back of the foam, to ensure it stays in place.

Use plenty of double sided tape on the back of the foam, to ensure it stays in place.

 

  • Peel off your backing from the double sided tape and press the foam sticky side down onto your wooden block.
Here is the foam mounted onto the wooden block. Its much easier to use this way.

Here is the foam mounted onto the wooden block. Its much easier to use this way.

  • To make sure you have a good stick, press the foam flat onto a piece of paper as if you were using a stamp

Job done

That’s all there is too it. To apply ink to your projects just dab the sponge onto your ink and working on a plastic/non stick craft sheet, starting off the paper sweep the sponge onto your project. It is better to apply several light coats of ink rather than trying to apply a heavy layer in one go. Build up your colour/s gradually for a more blended look.

The blocks in use. Do work on a craft sheet not a cutting mat ;)

The blocks in use. Do work on a craft sheet not a cutting mat ;)

Work on a plastic/ non stick craft sheet. I had to take the craft sheet away to take the picture as it reflected the light too much.

For the inspiration for this idea, thanks to;
Isabelle Norris

 

Sorry for the bad photos they were taken about a year ago on my old camera…even Photoshop couldn’t do much with them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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I would like to share with you a video tutorial on how I create my own background papers, using dye based inks and rubber stamps. I was going to do a written tutorial on this some time ago but it is MUCH easier to show you in a film ;)

So here goes with my third You Tube film;

 

Do let me know what you think and if you have any questions just leave me a comment, here or on You Tube.

Best wishes and thanks for watching/reading ;)

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a box tutorial with you. I figured this one out for myself and I haven’t seen it elsewhere.

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

A4 cardstock

Steel ruler

Scoring tool

Double sided tape

Optional Extra; Scoring board, I used a Scor It board

 

Method

With your card in portrait orientation, score the long sides of your card at 22mm and 188mm 

Rotate your card 90 degrees, your card is now landscape orientation, and looks like this;

Long sides scored

Long sides scored

Score at 114mm, 135mm, 249mm and 270mm.

Your card now looks like this. I have added numbers and letters to help us assemble our box.

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Cut along either side of the following tabs; B,D,G and I. As shown in the picture with a dotted line.

 Fold up pannel 4 and Glue tab D to the inside of side C

Glue tab I to the inside of side H

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Fold over panel 5, glue tab E to the outside of side C

Glue tab J to the outside of tab H

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Glue tab B to the inside of tab A

Glue tab G to the inside of tab F

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Here is the box closed.

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The hooles you see in the demo’s box are for a ribbon closure. If you wish to include a ribbon tie closure, punch holes in the panels 1&5. Thread ribbon from the inside to the outside and add a tag.

The Next Step

The demo box was created using plain pearlescent card stock, for a more decorative alternative, use your  favorite craft CDs to create papers themed to your project. Here is a picture of my decorated gift box.

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I used plain white card, which I sprayed using Ranger Color Wash spray.

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I stamped images from Katzelkraft stamps with Adirondack dye ink.

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The tag was created using Spellbinders Nestabilities dies. I inked the edges with Adorondack dye ink using a Cut n Dry foam.

Best wishes and thanks for reading.

Billie :)

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I post a lot over on the Stamping Mad Forum, and this month the ATC theme was ‘Dots’. Having just bought a set of Scallop Nestabilites dies and needing an excuse to use them I made the following ATC

Inks; Ranger Adirondack Dye ink; Willow, Pink Sherbert, Watermelon. Versafine; Onyx Black. White gel pen

Stamps; Anna Griffin Rose Background, Rose motif

Nestabilities; Large Oval Scallop

 

I applied the inks using Cut n Dry foam from Ranger, the shading around the edge of the scallop is created by applying addtional layers of the light ink until desired shade is created. The dark edge is the watermelon ink. The background was created by sponging on Willow ink to colour the base card, then the background was stamped on using the same colour of ink. I edged the card using the Watermelon ink. The Rose motif was from a clear set of Anna Griffin stamps from QVC, these are perfect for smaller cards as the images are scalled down from the full sized woodmounted stamps by Anna Griffin.

Check out the Rubber stamping tab at the top of the page for links to suppliers websites.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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I would like to share with you the picture of the Moo card that I made for Stamping Mad Forum. The theme this month was Texture.

Stamping Mad Forum Moo Swap August 2008

Stamping Mad Forum Moo Swap August 2008

Stamps used; Katzelkraft Birds plate

Inks used Ranger Adirondack Dye Ink applied using Cut N Dry Foam

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie

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Today I’ll show you how I colour my linen thread for bookbinding. If the pictures look a bit odd, it is because I am taking the picture with one hand and showing the process with the other. I need a camera man.
I haven’t taken a picture of the reel of thread but if asked will post a link to the type I have.

This is the ink I use

This is the ink I use

 

1. As ever my ink of choice is Ranger’s Adirondack dye based ink. I use this purely as it works and it is the product I have most colours of.

Cut n Dry Foam

Cut n Dry Foam

2. This is a side view of a piece of Ranger’s Cut ‘n’ Dry foam. http://www.rangerink.com/cut_n_dry.htm

Lay Thread on the ink pad

Lay Thread on the ink pad

3. Having cut a piece of thread to the length you require, lay the thread across the ink pad.

 

4. (I am having to take my own pic)With one hand press down on the foam with one hand, and with the other, pull the thread slowly through (under the foam) and out the other side. Repeat this until you have a colour tone that you like.

5. A light application of ink will give you a thread with a mottled tone.

The coloured thread

The coloured thread

 

6. You will need to enlarge this picture to see but, with a few more swipes the thread can be coloured to give a full colour.

Wax your thread after colouring to seal in the dye

Wax your thread after colouring to seal in the dye

 

7. The ink is a water based dye, so you will need to seal the colour in using bees wax.
I will post a how to wax your thread tutorial as soon as I can blag a camera man. It will look mad unless you can see two hands for that process. (This picture does show uncoloured thread being waxed! The colour hadn’t come off!)

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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I would like to share the book page I made for Megan over on the Stamping Mad Forum’s book swap for July 2008.  Megan’s theme was ‘ Seaside or On the Water’.

I didn’t have any suitable stamps so Megan very kindly stamped some images for me and sent them with the blank page. This was the first time I have used silicone glue to give my images dimension and I will definately use it again, even if it does wiff! (Stink). I have not had any luck buying any decent 3D foam square in the last few years so had a go with the silicone. Sadly there was only a little left so will need to buy more.

Any hoo back to the pages

My Page for Megan

My Page for Megan

 

Products used mainly Ranger unless otherwise stated.

Inks; Adirondack Dye Ink; Stonewashed, Sail Boat Blue, and Aqua

Inkssentials; White gel pen

Stamps of mine used; Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing, LL031 Elegant Letter Set (alphabet)

Cut n Dry Foam to apply ink

Perfect Pearls in Mini Mister with water were irridescent green and irridescent blue. Two different misters not mixed together ;)

 

Hope you liked my page, Megan did.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie xx

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