Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paper towels & acrylic paint challenge

Pam on StampHaven challenged us to use paper towel and acrylic paints to create a background. I tried a couple of pieces but felt I wasn't coming up with anything I really liked. By co-incidence I visited the Stampbord website's Featured How-To page and fell in love with July's piece by Ã…shild Ruud. My inspiration from the Stampbord website- http://www.stampbord.com/featured-how-to.html

I used a background stamp from All Night Media in the corners and then used Elmer's glue to adhere the torn toweling. The acrylic paints are just cheap ones from the craft stores. Between the glue and the paints there is a fair bit of drying time required if you want to give it a try.

And here is the card I made. I don't know who made the skull stamp. The sentiment is from K & Co's Marcella line. The flourish is from Hero Arts. I used lots of Nestability dies. Love them! And I had to throw in a little recycling. The mesh is from a bag of lemons.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Scrappy Sketch

If you seem to have a lot of those little strips of colored and patterned paper left over from your cardmaking this sketch is for you.
You'll need a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" cardfront, a 1 1/16" x 5 1/2" scrappy strip (instructions below), and a focus piece in whatever shape you like. Pretty easy!

I like to make a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of strips adhered to cardstock. [You don't have to do this but is makes enough Scrappy Strips to make 4 cards. You can make just the one strip for your challenge card.] Once you have covered your cardstock with strips cut it into 4 sections measuring 1 1/16" x 5 1/2". I like to layer this onto a piece of cardstock that is 1 3/8" x 5 1/2" to mat it. Tip: Choose your colors to work together and repeat patterns.

Now you get to choose your focus piece. The sketch shows it as a circle but it can be any shape you want. You might choose text on it or an image, a flower, chipboard, a button, really any embellishment.

Hope you feel inspired! Have fun creating your own Scrappy Strip card.