Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Quadruple White Technique

It's good to get together for the Club Scrap Reunion Blog Hop! You can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

I've recently seen several cards on Pinterest featuring only one color: white. I thought back to Julie's cool "Tree for All Seasons" post and thought I'd try creating a one-color card with that same tree image from the Reunion Unmounted Borders & Backgrounds.

Here are the steps to make the card:

1. Stamp the UM tree image four times onto a sheet of Reunion Ivory Plain with Sandstone ink. (The pale color of the Sandstone ink prevents any bleed or ink visibility on the final project.)

2. Use a sharp craft knife to remove the leaves from one stamped image. Keep careful track of the leaves as they are removed. (I learn this stuff the hard way.)

3. Cut detail portions of the tree trunk from the second stamped image, the outside frame from the third, and the tree from the fourth.

4. Trim a 4x5.25" Ivory panel; gather the four elements, CS Bookbinding Glue, wax pencil (from the 07/14 Oopsie Daisy CS kit), and a tweezers.

5. Temporarily place the frame onto the panel to mark its position and adhere the tree trunk so the bottom edge of the trunk is hidden just beneath the edge of the frame. All pieces will be adhered to the panel with the stamped side facing down.

6. Put your patience cap on, and glue the individual pieces to the panel in the following order: tree trunk detail, frame, leaves. It may be helpful to pick up smaller pieces from your work surface with a wax pencil.

7. Reference the image of the stamp to help with leaf placement. If desired, bend the leaf slightly along the center vein to add dimension to the project.

Use a blunt-tipped needle to transfer glue from your work surface to small elements.

8. Wow, that's pretty. Admire your work.

9. Layer the panels onto a softly contrasting 4-1/8x5-3/8" matte and a folded 4.25x5.5" card base. Consider a special someone who might be worthy of receiving this card. Or frame it.

What other CS images might work for this technique? It's a fun one!

Your next Reunion stop will be with Hetty at Craft Chaos.

See you next month for the Constellations hop, and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Make 100 Quick Christmas Cards

Welcome to Club Scrap's Holiday Hop. There is no better time to be efficient than when your objective is to make 100 pseudo-handmade Christmas cards. I have a system I've been using for a few years now, and it works quite well.

Here it is:

1. Create a 4x6" digital Christmas card. In the past, I've used digital templates, but this year I branched out and created my own with the help of the Homemade Holiday Digital Kit. I was able to print 100 photos of my card for just $10 at my local Walgreen's, and they were ready within an hour. If you go with the store's pre-designed "Christmas Card Photos," you'll pay a premium.

2. Address A6 envelopes to all card recipients. Use a stencil to keep lines straight, or mail merge your addresses onto labels. Use a nice pen, like this wonderful Black Gel Pen included in the Reunion Lite kit.

3. Select papers to coordinate with the printed photo cards. I chose the 8.5x11 Wine Plain from Cinema and 12x12 Tan Plain from the bulk paper packs.

4. Trim (33) 8.5x11" sheets of Wine Plain into 4.25x6.25" panels. Trim (17) sheets of 12x12" Tan plain into 4x6" panels. This will give you roughly 100 of each.

5. Use the Homemade Holiday UM Stamps to design the Tan panel of the card. Don't get too crazy here. You'll have to stamp each image 100 times. I bore easily, so I stamped them in batches.

6. Whenever you need a stamping break, switch to signing the cards with your new gel pen.

7. Pop in your favorite Christmas tunes or a holiday movie to get you through this tedious part. 

8. Adhere the photo to the front of the 4.25x6.25 Wine panel. Nest the 4x6 Tan panel onto the back. Slide the photo card into the envelope. Repeat 99 times.

9. Add a pre-printed return address label and postage.

The first photo in this series was taken at 11:24am. The final photo was taken at 1:03pm. I had my Christmas cards completed in just ninety minutes! (This does not include creating the digital card or addressing the envelopes.) I shall happily go check this task off my list.

Your next stop on the Holiday Hop is Hetty Sanders at Craft Chaos.

Have a blessed Christmas!