Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sweet little critter Hedgehog punch art

As I have many very old photos left to scrap most pages I am doing are rather quick and simple.
This one started out that way until I decided to make my own background paper.

The patterned paper was crated by stamping the background stamp four times in Perfect Plum. I then used coordinating marker shades to colour the little hearts and then sponged the paper edges with Crumb Cake.

The idea for the little punch art critter came from my little cousins dress. If you look closely at the pattern it is covered in little hedgehogs (sorry it's so blurry).

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: the purple is Karen Foster (just lightly speckled)
Ink: Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso (on the hedgehog) - All SU
Ink Markers: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and every possible shade of purple I have. All SU
Background stamp: Soft Swirls - SU
Letter Stickers: Francis Meyer
Misc.: 5/8" light purple organza ribbon, foam mounting squares, white gel pen, 1/4" black rhinestones. Hedgehog quills were inked with a white pearlescent pigmint ink (old Club Scrap)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Foiled Christmas

I hate to throw away anything that may be of use sometime in the future (yes, I have a little bit of a hoarding problem). Sometime ago I purchased aluminum foil baking pans at the dollar store that I used to make medium sized lasagne. As we always ate the dish the same day I didn't use the silver cardboard lids that came with the pans. I kept them as I figured I'd find a crafting purposes for them at one point or another.

Well, the other day I was in the mood to make a few more Christmas cards and came across my little stash of silver cardboard. I decided to see if embossing would work. And low and behold it does work and looks great!

Here are the two cards I designed.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate - all SU
Stamps: Mosaic Madness - SU, Tiny Tags - SU
Punches: Jewelry Tag - SU, Mosaic - SU
Embosing Folder: Modern Mosaic - SU
Misc.: 5/8" red organza ribbon, various rhinestones
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate - all SU
Stamps: Contempo Christmas - SU
Punches: Ornament - SU, large, wide oval - SU, scallop trim - SU
Embosing Folder: Lacy Brocade -  SU
Misc.: 5/8" black organza ribbon, various rhinestones, foam mounting squares
Here is a close up of the foil lids and how well they embossed.
I was able to get 2 cardfronts form one lid.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Christmas Tree Stars

When I look at punch shapes I almost never see the intended shape at first glance. When I saw SU's new Tree punch I first saw a wonderful, large arrow before I saw the outline of a fir tree.
The stamps that match this punch intrigued me so I added the set to my last SU order.

Once I had it in my hands and punched a few trees I immediately thought of building a star from the triangles. That is how this large star ornament came to be.

Sorry, it's not the best photo. The star is rather large (around 9" in diameter); a little bigger than I had anticipated. It's still rather nice though and I think it will make a great gift topper.
A full star requires 18 punched tree shapes with the trunk cut off. I cut a large 4" diameter circle from scrap cardstock and used this to attach the centre pieces to. I then attached a little strip to the back of each outer section so I could glue the "points" on. I used my SU Scoreboard to score the centre of each point and in between each point to slightly fold and add dimension. I cut a flower (Tattered Florals - Tim Holtz - Sizzix) from silver mesh and a small snowflake (Festive Flurry Framelits - SU) to the centre. I finished the ornament off with a 3/4" white button and a large rhinestone. A piece of silver organza ribbon was attached so it can be hung (would look great over a door knob).

Once I had this ornament completed I thought a partial star would look amazing on a Christmas card.
So I proceeded to make these three. The first two are 5.5 x 5.5" and the last is a large 5.5 x 8.25" card. 

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy - SU
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath - SU, Festival of Trees - SU
Punch: Tree - SU
Misc.: foam mounting squares, various sizes of rhinestones

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler - SU
Stamps: Greetings of the Season - SU, Festival of Trees - SU
Punch: Tree - SU
Misc.: foam mounting squares, various sizes of rhinestones

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Perfect Plum, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray - SU
Stamps: Bright & Beautiful - SU, Festival of Trees - SU
Punch: Tree - SU
Misc.: foam mounting squares, various sizes of rhinestones

Monday, September 15, 2014

Popsicle Treat

This layout is of my duaghter when she was only 4. These photos are of the same summer as our house boating vacation. Luckily I had not cropped them into strange shapes (yet).

These pictures called out to me in need of a punch art accent on the page. As I realize not everyone has some of the retired punches I own I am providing three options to making very similar popsicles. Note these would be great on a card as well.

My title was created using foam letter stickers. I had this idea in my head that I could easily colour them using my inks. It didn't work quite as well as I had hoped. The inks wouldn't dry. I tried setting the ink with my heat tool. That just seemed to cause the foam to shrink. I then applied a light dusting of clear embossing powder to them and heated slightly just to melt the powder. That worked.

However, if you look close you'll see that I did the "POPSICLE" first and the letters shrunk quite a bit. When I then proceeded onto the 'TREAT" part I only heated them to set the embossing powder. These turned out better; much less shrinkage and they seem to have a better embossed effect.
My popsicle accents as well as the double matted photo are mounted with foam squares for a little extra dimension.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper: Blue- Provocraft, Puprle - Karen Foster, print I believe is Hot of the Press.
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Every purple hue of SU I could find blended together.
Dies/Template: I used my large (8x10") circle Coluzzle
Misc.: foam squares, 12 x 1/8" purple metallic brads, SU paper piercing template & tool (used to evenly space my brads), white foam letter stickers (Dollarama), small hand-held tear drop punch - Fiskar, white gel pen.

Full punch art instructions for the popsicles below (to create "bites" I punched the popsicle with my 7/8" scallop circle - SU).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lazy Panda Punch Art

I looked at quite a few photos of panda bears before creating this big fellow. I found many images where Pandas were hanging on top of large branches and really loved that idea. So my panda is lazily posed on a big tree branch.

The branch was created by trimming down my tree die until it seems to have the right fit. Sorry but I didn't take a photo of just the branch. I decided not to try and make bamboo leaves and instead chose a background stamp to serve the same purpose. Again my Kanji greeting of Friendship is one associated with pandas.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Garden Green - SU, Basic Black - SU, Soft Suede - SU
Stamps: Kanji Collection 2 - Stamp Workz, Bamboo Background - SU
Dies: Branch Tree - Tim Holtz - Sizzix
Misc.: foam mounting squares, white gel pen

Full punch art instructions below:

Coming up next: a few more layouts including one with a "cool and refreshing" punch art accent.
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