Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Lisa here today to share a layout I created. I like to get messy with some mixed media every so often and dug out a few things to use on this layout:
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Even though my Christmas supplies still
Hi, I'm Betsy Skagen, and I wanted to show you a fun little craft that is sure to make anyone's Valentine's Day pop with fun.
Valentine Surprise Pop-Up Box Tutorial
Cut a piece of Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock with a matchbox die.
Repeat using the White Snow Glitter Cardstock.
Fold the White Snow Glitter Cardstock, adhering flaps, to create the inner box. Make sure the glitter side is on the outside of the box.
Fold the Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock to create the outer sleeve and adhere in place.
Cut the large rectangle from the the leftover Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock inner box piece and adhere to the inside bottom of the box.
Cut two 3/4" x 12" strips of Iridescent Classic Glitter Vellum and score every 1/4 inch. Do this very carefully because it is easy to tear the vellum.
Fan fold the vellum strips back and forth. Adhere the strips together to form a circle. Press flat and secure with a drop of hot glue in the center. This will make the rosette. If you need more detailed instructions on making a rosette, please refer to this basic tutorial.
Cut a red glitter heart that is approximately 1/2" wide by hand (or use a punch) from the Red Stripe Glitter Cardstock.
Using a hot glue gun, adhere the red heart to the center of the rosette, making sure the glitter side of the rosette faces out. Attach red foil hearts, or any small bling of your choice, around the rosette.
Take apart an old click-button ballpoint pen and remove the spring. Hot glue the spring to the inside front center of the box base. Then, attach the rosette to the top of the spring with hot glue.
Adhere a small decoration of your choice to the top (outer sleeve) of the box.
Gently press the rosette backward and hold down while you slide the box into the sleeve. If you wish, you can place a special message beneath the rosette.
Adhere a Red Dew Drop to the front of the drawer.
Stuff I usedRed Glitter Paisley Cardstock
White Snow Glitter Cardstock
Iridescent Classic Glitter Vellum
Red Stripe Glitter Cardstock
Red Dew Drop
Hot glue gun
Spring from old click-button ballpoint pen
Red foil hearts
Cherub from personal stash
Betsy Skagen (Use your noggin and realize it rhymes with toboggan), Artist, writer, editor and designer
Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.
Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, i also despise the Oxford comma.
I have been named to the international design teams of the Robin's Nest and Whisker Graphics. Please drop by my blog at www.PaperCalliope.com.
Friday, January 23, 2015
I get so excited every time I look at all the fantastic papers from The Robin's Nest®. It is so hard deciding what to use!
Today I am going to be featuring a project using The Robin's Nest® red brick cardstock.
I wanted to make some cute little pieces of art to hang on a chicken wire frame I recently made to showcase the upcoming holidays.
I began by cutting my 12x12 red brick cardstock into eight 2.5" x 3.5" pieces. This is the same size that is used for ATC's (altered trading cards).
Next I took 4 pieces to use as back panels. On these 4 I added glue and streamers to create a ruffle for the finished piece.
|cut streamer in half and apply a section of paper glue|
|lay the streamer on the paper glue|
|push gently with your finger to make the ruffle|
I set aside the backs to dry while I created the art for the front pieces. When ready I glued them to the backs of the finished front pieces.
On this piece I did some shading on the edges using distress ink and distress paint, tore some pieces of black corrugated cardboard for the corners, added a word art sticker, accentuated areas using a red marker, and a heart ephemera as the center focus.
For the second one, I used the corrugated black cardboard
behind a heart I cut out of cardstock called Brick Fat Plaid.
I cut this heart on an angle. I added checkered washi tape to
the corners, word art sticker, accentuated areas using a red marker, shaded the edges using distress ink, and finished with red dew drops on each corner.
On the third one I shaded the edges, stenciled the flowing little hearts on the background with distress ink, I cut out a chalky heart then I added chunky glitter to the center. I made my own washi tape that also had chunky glitter, added a word art sticker, accentuated areas using a red marker, and used a white streamer for the ruffle.
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