Blog for the Paper Crafter

Paper craft creations using a variety of papers, dies, embossing folders, inks and embellishments.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Having fun with some summer dies!

Had myself a bit of fun with some of the summer dies from Marianne and Joy (well mostly Marianne). Using my favorite "box card die" (CR1374), I went to town with the background sheet from Marianne .... which appears to be for use in the box card die as it fits the back perfectly!. There are three to choose from in the May sheet (AK0067).

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Stained Glass with PVA Glue revisited ....

I blogged the other day about the Stained Glass Bonsai using PVA glue and having to improvise.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Stained Glass technique

An entry from Sue Wilson's Particraft blog, using the Stained Glass Bonsai Tree, came up in my newsfeed and it caught my attention:

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

One Crafty Cardmaker! Quick Cards with Decorer Papers

One of our card designers is so quick to be able to come up with card ideas. Virginia whipped together these adorable cards in minutes ... all without the use of dies, emobssing folders, inks or any special equipment.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Mixed Media Structure Paste DIY

We've been playing with the structure paste and quite enjoying the varied uses in cardmaking.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Technique: sub·strate [səbˌstrāt/] noun

A lesson to be learned!

Substrate:  noun 

a solid substance or medium to which another substance is applied and to which that second substance adheres.

Case in point my latest watercolor technique. This blog wasn't going to be about paper and the significant role it plays in your card projects .... but I figured why waste a good learning opportunity.

Waste adjective

(of a material, substance, or byproduct) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.
   
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Technique: creating interesting backgrounds

It probably goes without saying at this point, that I enjoy creating backgrounds with which to build my card creations.

The "salt technique" is used in canvas painting and I thought I'd adopt it into card making. 
You can use water color paper, but I'm not a fan of the texture of watercolor paper so I use regular card stock but "seal" it with watercolor primer (Cosmic Shimmer #CSWCPR01). 

Using the Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor paints and a broad brush, I cover the paper as needed for my card project.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Technique: Watercolor Background Card Tutorial

I had been aching to do two things and was able to combine the two techniques into one box card. I am a scene card maker so the Marianne Design Box Die (CR1374) is so up my alley.

I saw a watercolor background technique using the watercolor markers and an acrylic block. So I did that for the background of this card.

The second thing I was wanting to try was use the 3D tab inserts of the box card die to have something dangling from the top of this box card. I accomplished that with this card as well.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Product Review ~ Marianne Designs the Collection #52

The Collection #52 is in from Marianne Designs. The collection consists of four very creative layered stamp collections as well as an absolutely delightful "Tea for Two" collection of tea cups and saucers a tea pot and various pastries ... just like afternoon tea. And lastly the Collectables, which is the 3D layering dies is some barn-yard fun. These Collectable dies are always a favorite here at Ecstasy Crafts, and this collection doesn't dissapoint.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Inspiration Blog: The Subtleties of Paper

I'll admit, I am a self-confessed paper-aholic!! There may be a support group but I probably wouldn't attend meetings, I'd be busy making cards.

All kidding aside, one of the areas that I find elevates a good card to a great card is the subtlety of paper and the use of patterned paper and how it gives interest and depth to card projects.
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