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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for September 2010 is:

I & J

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter [?].

Colours

  • Indigo

Products

  • Inks
  • Irredescent Paint
  • Irresescent Paper/Card

Surfaces

OK I admit it I couldn’t think of surfaces beginning with the letters I&J, feel free to leave a comment if you can think of any ;)

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Acetate
  • Gloss Surfaces

Techniques

  • Jewellery Making
  • Any kind of ink technique, try something you have always wanted to.
  • Embellish your project with jewels or gems
  • Journalling, give Art Journalling a try or create your own journal. Decorate a pre made journal.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Now that I’m getting into Art Journaling, it is difficult to find rubber stamps that have the right phrases. I have individual wood mounted alphabets, but these are tricky to line up nicely. Whilst searching in the local Hobby Craft store, I found Making Memories Magnetic Stamp sets. 

Like other font systems you need to buy a hand tool, to mount the stamps onto, but it is a one-off added cost. The hand tool has three space options for stamps; single letter, one line and two line.Once you have a hand tool, to mount the stamps on, you just choose the style that suits your project. I chose the Rummage font. 

Making Memories Magnetic Stamps

Making Memories Magnetic Stamps

 

Rummage is a slightly distressed version of a classic typewriter style font. When I’ve had a play with this system, I’ll write a proper review. Hope it works well, as there is a good-looking date set and a few word sets that look good too. The stamps and the hand tool, all come in their own metal storage boxes, making them easy to stack and store. 

Links

Here is a link to the Magnetic Stamp system I’m talking about, on the Making Memories site. There is also a video demo of the date stamp set on the site too. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2010 is:

E

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter E.

Colours

  • Ecru
  • Eggplant

Techniques

  • Embossing
  • Enamelling
  • Etching
  • Engraving

Surfaces

  • Stampbord, I realise it doesn’t start with the letter E, but this is a great surface to etch and engrave into :)

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge this month, is ‘D’. For those of you looking to get started in Distressing techniques with paper, this series is all about my favorite tools for creating Distressed looks. In today’s post; 

Acrylic Dabbers

Acrylic Dabbers are made by a company called Ranger, the colour pallet matches their Adirondack set of colours. I love these Dabbers, they are little bottles of Acrylic paint in a bottle with a special dabber in the top. The top looks a lot like the fluffy side of velcro and it has a valve inside, to regulate how much paint comes through. 

Acrylic Dabbers

Ranger Acylic Dabbers.

 

The dabbers can be a little tempremental at times. If you have left the paint to dry on the dabber top, you will need to dampen the sponge top, to get the paint flowing again. I tend to spray a little water onto a craft sheet and then swish the dabber top in that. After a bit of a press, the paint flows again. Personally, I quite like the hit n miss effect, that comes when there is some dried on paint in the dabber’s top. 

These paints work great on card and paper and also on metal and plastic too. Try them on Grungebord/paper as well. I love the versatility that these paints give. You can paint without getting extra equipment out, they also give a wonderful texture to projects as well. 

Here is a project that was coloured with Acrylic Dabbers. 

Distressed Box

Although this looks like an ancient metal box, it is in fact made from cardboard.

 

 

Links

Ranger Manufacturers of Acrylic Dabbers 

Acrylic Dabbers Link to a color chart of Dabbers from Ranger. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Earlier this week, I introduced you to the humble sanding block. In today’s post I will share a few tips for how to get the best results from using one, when you want to distress card and paper.   

Sanding Block

Techniques with a Sanding Block

Choosing the Right Cardstock

Sanding blocks, are best used with cardstock which has a white core. That way, when you scratch into the coloured surface of the card, a different colour will show through.

Examples of white core card are;

  • Cor Dinations  
  • DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Match Maker card, which also has a white core.  I have had great success using this, and this is what was used in these samples.

To determine if you card has a white core, look at the very edge of the card. Even card in a stack, will show white on its cut edges. If you tear coloured card and see white in the middle, that is, the white core. It simply means, that the card only has colour on the top surface, rather than all the way through it.  

Distressing card 

  • Take a sheet of textured cardstock, that has a white core. 
  • Holding the sanding block flat and level with the card, sand over the surface.

This will remove some of the colour from the surface of the card. Especially effective, if the cardstock has a linen or textured finish, as that will give highs and lows, where the sanding block hits the high points and missed lower areas of the pattern.   

Flat cardstock, distressed using a Sanding Block. Before & After.

Embossing 

  • Another way to sand, is to run your card through a die cutting machine with a textured folder.
  • Then, sand over the raised area of the resulting embossed (or raised) pattern.
  • Tap off any access dust, resulting from the sanding to reveal the white card.
  • You could ink or paint with dabbers in another colour, over the newly exposed white card.

Get clever with it, by selecting a single direction and sanding only in that direction. This gives the appearance of a light source. An alternative to highlighting with a white pen ;)   

Embossed cardstock which has been sanded

Embossed cardstock, which has been distressed using a Sanding Block. The sanding reveals the white core of the card.

Edging 

You can also simply use the sanding block to expose a white edge to coloured card. To do this;

  • Hold the sanding block at an angle to the card stock.
  • Swipe the sanding block along the edge of the card, as if you were filling your nails.

This gives a more controled effect. It gives more depth and dimension to a project. Useful if you want to give the appearance of matting and layering, without adding bulk to a project.   

Sanding the edge of cardstock

Sand the edge of cardstock, to create the look of a faux mat. It frames your image and also adds dimension to your projects.

In the example below, I have used all of the above techniques combined in a card.  This card was created from a single sheet of 12 x 12″ scrapbook card. Sometimes less is more, you don’t have to have piles and piles of stash to create intricate designs. Just a few bits n bobs from the cupboard, and a little ingenuity.   

Sanded project. Embossed card with sanded base and main image.

A finished card, featuring the techniques described in the tutorial.

Have a play, it’s a lot of fun and it’s the best way to discover what your tools can do. Don’t always strive for a finished project, just play and see what turns up :)   

Links

DCWV Die Cuts With A View, manufacturers of Match Makers cardstock and many others.  

Coredinations; Manufacturers of cardstock with white core, and also different core colours to the surface. Excellent for use with sanding blocks :)  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon   

Billie :)

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This month the Virtual Crafting Challenge is ‘D’. For anyone looking to give Paper Distressing a go, I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to a few of my Favorite Tools for Distressing Paper. 

First up, is 

Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

This is a great little gadget for distressing the edge of paper and card. The effect you get is similar to a deckle edge, apply ink or embossing powder for an even more dimensional finish. A quick cheat for matting and layering, is to cut a shape using Spellbinders Nestabilities, and then go around the edge with this tool. The Paper Distresser retails at around £5, its worth it as its much easier to use than the edge of a pair of scissors, especially if you have bad dexterity, like me. 

More tools will be coming during the month, watch this space to see my favorites and the effects you can get with them. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for April 2010 is:

D

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter D.

Colours

  • Denim
  • Dune ie sandy tones

Products

  • Die Cuts
  • Dye Ink
  • Distressing Ink

Techniques

  • Distressing Surfaces
  • De-coupage
  • De-bossing
  • Dos a Dos (bookbinding)
  • Decorate – ie alter an already existing item.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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