Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Embossed Ink Resist

Welcome to my stop on Club Scrap's London Calling Blog Hop! Hopefully you've hopped over from Inkstains with Roni.

The hop always signifies the last official task on my monthly "to do" list, and then I typically move on to the next collection. I am a little bit sad about this.

I used the London Calling unmounted stamps to develop three techniques into a few cards.

1. White emboss resist.
2. Postage stamp grid layout.
3. Multiple mattes to make a framable piece.

Here are the simple steps:

1. Ink assorted London Calling unmounted images with White Pigment ink, stamp onto Cinema White Plain, and heat emboss with white or pearl powder. (The smooth, coated white paper from the Cinema collection made a nice foundation for the resist technique.)

2. Apply color to the images with CS Ink Applicators and inks. I used Earth, Topaz, Ocean, Lagoon, Sapphire and Moss inks.

3. For a more intense look, rub the inkpad directly onto the stamped image. Use a paper towel to remove ink from the embossed surface and to blend the colors.

4. Trim the artwork into nine 1" squares, or punch with a 15/16" postage stamp punch. (I've had this punch since the beginning of time. If you don't have one but still want the same look, try a postage edge scissors, which are readily available.)

5. Arrange the nine squares onto a 3.25" square of Cinema White Plain.

6. Experiment with various papers from the collection to determine the size of the card base and nesting panels of varying widths. The addition of the black layer directly beneath the art panel really makes it stand out.

7. The square card base and panel size/colors from largest to smallest are as follows:

5x10" Light Green, folded = 5" Card Base
4-1/8" Blue Plain
4" Green Pattern Plain
3-3/4" Kraft Plain
3-3/8" Cinema Black Plain
3-1/4" Cinema White Plain

Thankfully, I had enough punched squares to make three cards. For the third, I used a completely different color palette with equally beautiful results!

Inks used: Tangerine, Carnation, Fuchsia, Ruby, Mahogany

Now you're off to see something inspiring from Marya at A Notebook Novel. Enjoy!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

How to Make an Earring and Gift Box Set

You've landed on the Club Scrap Valentine's Day Blog Hop! If you'd like to start at the beginning, click HERE. If you bounced over from Ink Stains with Roni, you're on the right track.

Ever since we found these cute little silver heart charms to include in our Love Ink collection, I've wanted to make a pair of earrings.

It took me more time to gather a pair of ear wires, jump rings and pliers than it did to make the actual project. (Don't forget to grab your CS coffee mug and a thermos of hot tea to help you along.)

1. Use the pliers to open a jump ring. Thread the charm and ear wire onto the ring. After ensuring that the heart charm will dangle in the right direction, close the ring. (I'm always looking out for you and making these errors in advance.) Repeat to make the pair.

2. Use the instructions on the Gift Box Punch Board to turn a 6x6" paper into a 1.75" cube box.

3. Fold and burnish all score lines to form the box. Adhere the corner gussets to maintain the box shape.

4. Trim a piece of Dark Brown paper (included in the Love Ink kit) to 4.75x4.75". I chose this paper for its super-heavy-duty thickness. Score 1.5" from each outside edge. Remove the four outside squares formed by the intersecting score lines.

5. Punch two 1/8" holes near the top of the box and insert the earrings. Fold along the score lines to form a "table" for earring display.

6. Insert the table into the box.

7. Close the inner two box flaps. Insert a satin ribbon and hook the top flaps together, sandwiching the ribbon between the pairs of flaps.

8. Tie the ribbon into a bow.

9. Attach a 3D Dazzles sticker or other embellishment to the outside of the box and hand it off to someone you adore!

Have a love-filled day, and enjoy Marya's creation at A Notebook Novel. She always has something wonderful to share!