Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Old School Fun with Prismacolor Pencils

Hi Everyone!

Just the other day I was digging through my drawers looking for something
 ( I can't remember what it was now lol )
when I came across my Prismacolor pencils.

Long before any of us had alcohol ink markers our choices to color 
were very limited.  

When I saw my old pencils shoved in the back of the drawer,
I remembered how much I enjoyed coloring with the 
Gamsol Magic technique.
Yep, I know. Totally "Old School" :)

So I brought them out to have a little old school fun!
Look how cute my card turned out!
For my card I used the adorable Digital Delights Easter stamp
called 
Precious Bunny

In case you've never tried this technique,
I thought I'd show you the basics :)

Here's what you'll need:
Prismacolor Pencils or any wax-based color pencil.  Be sure to not use Watercolor pencils.
Gamsol (which is just a trade name) or any type of Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Blending stumps is different sizes.
An emory board to remove color and sharpen the blending stumps. 

All of these items are available at most hobby and craft stores or
online at Dick Blick

I also have a chart that helps me determine what colors I want to use:
Different types of charts available on Pinterest

Because I wanted  my bunny to suggest that she was pink with out completely coloring her pink
here's what I did...
(hint: it is always better to start with less color and add more if you need it)
Then blended with stump heavily wet with OMS
(hint: always make sure your blending stump is thoroughly wet.)
Using two colors for the perfect blend:
 For the Blue background I colored darker next to the image and blended out from the edge.
I made the grass by using 2 freshly sharpened greens.
That's it! (One more time)

Prismacolor Pencils I used:
929 Pink
930 Magenta
932 Violet
908 Dark Green
911 Olive Green
943 Burnt Ochre
944 Terra Cotta
1086 Sky Blue Light

Also used:
GP White, SU Regal Rose CS and DSP.
White gel pen.
Offray silk flowers.

Thanks for joining me today!
Happy Craftin'!
L


Friday, October 16, 2015

Yes! You Can Paint your Sizzix Storage Boxes

Hey Everyone!

Raise your hand if your Sizzix storage boxes
 are fading or they really never matched in the first place.

I thought that maybe they could be painted. 
So I Googled and Googled and found nothing.

I decided to do it anyway.



 Not matching at all


I also have Sizzix storage boxes that are not Stampin' Up!


 I decided to paint the tops first.  I used matte black acrylic paint.

So far so good...right?


Next I masked every thing I didn't want painted. I'm a messy painter anyway so
I may be a little over-kill with the tape.

After all was completed..
.

They look awesome!!!
All the boxes are the same color and they match my craft room!

Yay!

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Craftin'

L

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Windows and Siding

Hi Friends!

Not windows and siding for your house....lol
Windows and siding for your cards! :)


Let's start with the siding...

It's super easy to create this cute little scalloped siding.  It also makes
a cute roof.

Depending on whether your A2 card will be vertical or horizontal
you will want to make strips that are 1/4" wider that the layer
you are placing them on.
The width of my layer is 4"
so
My strips will be 4 1/4" wide.

Don't mind my "older than dirt" border punch.  It is the same
punch that's in the catalog, just the old punch design.

You can decide the height of your strips, mine are 3/4".
With these dimensions above, I needed 17 punched strips in all.

Next, layer the strips onto your base.  Off-set them as shown.
(This is why they have to be a 1/4" wider)

Cool Tip:
Try the Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)
when adding adhesive...it lets you get get your adhesive over the edge, but instead of having 
a "goppy" mess...your adhesive only sticks to your card stock!
Love this thing!  It's awesome for hot gluing too!

So once you have your base covered with the strips, simply trim off the
overlapping edges with your paper snips.

Alrighty...Window time!
I'm going to show you 2 easy peasy ways to create a window frame.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I'm using black cardstock so it shows up well.

Let's start with using the 1" Square punch:

For this method, your cardstock has to be 
2 3/4" X 2 3/4"
Grid Paper is invaluable to me!  I can't live without it!

What I've done here is place my CS in the bottom left corner of the grid paper.
 I wanted my window frame to be 1/4" all around.

Using a pencil and ruler, I marked my lines.

Next, I used the 1" square punch to make the window panes.
Don't worry about the lines, they will be on the back side.
And... VoilĂ !
You have a window:)

Making A Window of a Different Size
Using the Stampin' Trimmer: 

The window on my card shown above is actually 3 1/2" X 3 1/2"
You can make any size window you want, just be sure the math works out:)
As above, you want to create your grid.  I find this much easier to see when using the Stampin' Trimmer...it's hard to read those tiny numbers. I know, I'm old :(

Here's the measurements and marked grid:
Next line up your grid on the trimmer. Place the line on your grid so it matches perfectly with the cutting mat.
Stop and lift the blade when you reach the first line of the center of the frame. Move over to the second line, then put the blade down and cut to the next line.

Just keep turning the window frame and cutting until you have all four panes cut out.
When you are finished it will look like this:
Flip it over, and there you have it!

Now just add a little dimension...
Another cool tip:
Use up those sides on your Stampin' Dimensional sheets!  They are perfect for this project!

 It would be fun to add a piece of Window Sheet (114323) here, but I didn't think of it until I was done making my card...next time!

Next time you're in the mood for some major exterior work on your home...have a little fun making a card first...
 Thanks for joining me today!
Happy Crafting!
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Create a Custom Banner in MDS

Hi Friends!

I've recently re-designed my blog using My Digital Studio. 
Although my design is not very fancy, I had fun creating it and now I'd like to share how I did it. 

Today we're going to focus on the banner (there will be more tutorials coming soon for the background, buttons, post divider, etc.)


The first thing I did was download this adorable digital ensemble.
SUMMER HAPPINESS KIT
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=130076

HERE IS THE COMPLETED BANNER
SO LET'S GET STARTED...

Be sure to click on the screen shots for a larger view.

START A NEW BLOG
The very first thing you should do is start a new (private) blog.
 (they're free)
 Go to your BLOGGER DASHBOARD
Click MY BLOGS
Click NEW BLOG

This will enable you to work without disturbing your actual blog.
There is a bit of trial and error involved, so this works out perfect!
Once you have started your trial blog, you will need to set the basic template.
I'm showing you mine for the purpose of this tutorial, but you can customize it any way you want.
Select
TEMPLATE
APPLY TO BLOG (UPPER RIGHT CORNER)
SIMPLE (THE FIRST ONE)
CUSTOMIZE
Select
LAYOUT
CHOOSE YOUR LAYOUT
(I've chosen the 1 column with right sidebar. You can select your footer here too) 
Select
ADJUST WIDTHS
USE THE SLIDE BAR OR TYPE IN PIXELS
(Mine: entire blog is 1010 px, Sidebar is 260px)
APPLY TO BLOG.
 Now that you have you blog settings ready to go...
CREATE YOUR BANNER IN MDS

OPEN YOUR MDS PROGRAM
FROM NEW PROJECTS MENU SELECT CARDS AND TAGS
SELECT POSTCARD
SELECT 9 1/4" x 4" LANDSCAPE

Your canvas is now open.
OPEN PUNCHES (EITHER RIGHT OR LEFT TOOLBAR)
SELECT THE 1.25 SQUARE PUNCH
DRAG PUNCH TO THE DESIRED SIZE AND LOCATION
OPTION TO COLOR FILL OR PAPER FILL
PAPER FILL: CLICK PAPER FILL BUTTON
THIS BOX WILL POP UP:
SELECT YOUR PAPER
 Here I've added another punch box and color-filled it with Whisper White.
I've also chosen to MAT my punches. This gives them a perfect mat and even lets you choose
 the size of the mat!
ADDING AND MANIPULATING EMBELLISHMENTS
CLICK ON EMBELLISHMENTS BUTTON ON THE LEFT TOOL BAR
(It's the little flower button)
CHOOSE YOUR EMBELLISHMENT(S)
DOUBLE CLICK TO BRING IT UP ON YOUR CANVAS
RESIZE BY DRAGGING THE HANDLES OR USING THE RESIZE BUTTON
 ROTATE TO THE DESIRED ANGLE
COPY AND PASTE
TO FLIP IT THE OTHER WAY CLICK THE 
MIRROR BUTTON
ADD TEXT
I have downloaded a font called LAUREN SCRIPT.
On my sidebar under HELPFUL RESOURCES there is a link for free fonts.
TO CREATE A DROP SHADOW ON YOUR TEXT
CLICK THE DROP SHADOW BUTTON UNDER YOUR TEXT MENU.
A BOX WILL POP UP AND YOU CAN SELECT THE COLOR AND OPACITY
(Love this! Looks so cool!)
Okay so now we have everything the way we want it.
Yay! See that wasn't so hard!
Next we have to export it...

EXPORTING YOUR BANNER

CLICK ON SHARE
CHOOSE EXPORT PAGES
Make sure that the IMAGE TYPE is set to JPEG
CLICK CHANGE SIZE
CHOOSE SMALL 925 X 400 PIXELS
CLICK OK
This small box will pop up
BE SURE TO TAKE NOTE OF WHERE THE FILE IS SAVED :)
CLICK FINISH

CROPPING YOUR BANNER

This can be done in almost any photo editing software.
I'm using GIMP because it's free.
If you need to get GIMP, CLICK HERE 


OPEN GIMP
UNDER FILE CLICK OPEN
(Here's where it's important to remember where your file is ;)
CHOOSE YOUR BANNER
IN THE TOOLBOX WINDOW SELECT THE CROP ICON
THEN SIMPLY DRAG THE CROP TOOL AROUND THE DESIRED AREA
AND HIT ENTER ON YOUR KEYBOARD.
DON'T FORGET TO SAVE IT! (UNDER FILE: SAVE)

UPLOADING BANNER TO YOUR BLOG

CLICK LAYOUT
CLICK EDIT ON THE NAME OF YOUR BANNER
NEXT TO IMAGE
TICK FROM YOUR COMPUTER
UNDER PLACEMENT TICK INSTEAD OF TITLE AND DESCRIPTION 
CLICK BROWSE
(here's where it's important that you remember where you exported your file)
CHOOSE THE BANNER
SAVE

CENTERING YOUR BANNER
Sometimes your banner uploads perfectly center, but more often, it does not.
Here's what you do:
GO INTO TEMPLATE
CLICK ADVANCED
CLICK ADD CSS
WHEN THE CSS BOX OPENS
ADD THIS CODE
(Copy and Paste from here)
#Header1 {width:950px;margin:0 auto}

NOTE: YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST THE PX
ONCE YOU ADD YOUR BACKGROUND PAPERS OR MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
TO YOUR BLOG WIDTH.
#Header1 {width:950px;margin:0 auto}
 CLICK APPLY TO BLOG
CLICK VIEW BLOG...

AND YOU HAVE YOUR LOVELY PERFECTLY CENTERED BANNER!
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments...please leave them here or feel free to email me....look for the CONTACT ME button on the side bar.

Thanks for taking this journey with me...
stay tuned for more!

Happy Crafting!
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