Blog for the Paper Crafter

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

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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Monday, April 10, 2017

Did you know ... Cloud Inks

It's always nice to get alternative uses for products you have in your craft room to help extend the usefulness of the products you have .... which of course will stretch your budget!

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Clarity Stamp Brushes


The company I work for has just been given the North American distribution rights to the Claritystamp products. This includes the Clarity Stencil Brushes that are considered the BEST ink application tool for craft stenciling.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Card tutorial: Watercolor effect using Position-It stamping tool

When a card idea works out, you just have to share!!

I got this stamp at a garage sale, and really had no plans for it but just loved it.

Fast forward to last night and I see this watercolor technique using those stamp positioning tools. Bingo!!

We have been testing out and doing instructional videos on our new Position It "The Ultimate Stamping Tool" and I will admit ... I really didn't think it was a tool I needed. THEN I started playing with it!! Hook, line and sinker, baby ... I am hooked!!
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Friday, March 03, 2017

Embossing folder technique: Embossing "diffuser"

 

It seems hard to find embossing folders I like that have an open [non-embossed] center to place sentiments.

There are products you can purchase called diffusers that allow you to omit an area of the embossing folder from connecting with the paper. 

I'll explain in a little pictorial. This isn't a new technique but worth sharing here as it has come to my attention that some people aren't familiar with this embossing technique.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Product Blog: Cosmic Shimmer Misters


Welcome fellow Paper Crafters!!

Just want to fire off a quick blog on one of my favorite mixed media products. Cosmic Shimmer Mists and Vintage Mists. They are water-based spray using mica powders as the color base and, as the label says "creates amazing shimmering effects".

Here are a few cards I did this weekend where I needed a shimmer effect:

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Full Participation Required!

 


  • So I was making a card today. Of course using watercolor markers and stamps, my new favorite thing. Well it didn't start out as a card, I was just playing with the Position-It stamping tool but then my stamp took shape so I started building the card. 

    Now I would hope each of you has been in the same spot as me, don't make me feel totally inept. I put the whole card together *then* remembered I hadn't stamped my sentiment. 
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Making the most of what you've got

Virginia, who I introduced yesterday, made a card using the Joy!Crafts Lavender paper pack. A paper pack that I absolutely love but is not longer available. But ... I want to do this card as a class. Mostly because it uses a 3D basket from Leane Creatief that I think is under utilized and deserves a spotlight. Joy!Crafts did come out with a paper pad similar to the original but it is lacking the one wood panel page used in Virginia's card. So I had to go about recreating a wood panel. Here's my attempts:

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Inspiration: An old technique .... but worth a repeat. The Gel "Water" Technique

 

It's about time I introduce one of our card designers, Virginia Awender, Virginia is so creative in her designs and her use of paper in her card designs is inspired. You will be seeing them frequently on this blog and in our card classes at the EC Papercrafts retail store in Shannonville, Ontario (Canada).
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Tools you need to get the job done!

So many lessons, so little time.

To help speed up the learning process, I'll share with you some of the lessons I've learned along the way. 

Today on What I've Learned So Far: The tools you need to successfully get the job done. In this particular occasion, I'm referring to the use of the restamping tools on the market. I know, like you, I thought there was no need in my paper crafting for one of those expensive Stamping Tools.

But I'll tell you, once you use one and see the benefits, the financial outlay is secondary. 
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