Saturday, 13 August 2011

Inking "Less is More" Challenge week 28

Hi Crafter's

I have joined in this week with the challenge over at "Less is More" the brief this week is a one layer card using ink. It's been a while since I have joined in with a challenge.

This appealed to me and thought I would have a go. I have not messed about with ink in this way before.
Using distress refill inks.

For my first attempt I dropped a few spots of colour onto a glass cutting mat. I then masked off the area of my card blank where I didn't want any colour and I then pressed my card onto the ink, then blotted away the excess ink with a scrap piece of paper.
 The inking looked a bit like a stormy sky so I stamped the grass and the birds and the sentiment.

I enjoyed this so much I had to have another go but when I tried doing it the same way all I got was a muddy mess. The first was a fluke.
So for my next card I used the ink refills again but this time I used just two colours this time I spread them on to an acrylic block and then stamped that onto my card blank.

This looked a bit brighter so I used a poppy stamp from Clarity Stamps coloured using Zig Art and Graphic twin tip pens.

I felt I had more control this way so had another go with the same method.

I wasn't sure whether or not I liked this one and was unsure if I should finish it or chuck it in the bin..........

I decided to stamp it with balloon stamps from Clarity Stamps. and a sentiment from Hobby Art sentiment set.
I'm still not  sure about this but thought I would show it to you anyway.

I enjoyed making these cards with this method cos you never know what you are going to get and that was half the fun.  Thanks Chrissie and Mandi for the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and paying my little blog a visit. Let me know what you think I do love reading your comments.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Another envelope formula

Hi Crafter's

As promised in my last post my formula for working out paper size for rectangle envelopes.

So here goes..........
This tut is for a rectangle card

1) Cut a piece of scrap paper or card to the size of the card you need to make the envelope for.
Click on images to get a better view.

 2) Draw lines from corner to corner as shown in the above diagram.

3) Measure the distance between point "A" and point "B" add 1cm then times by 2, now measure the distance between points "C" and "D" and add this to your first figure,  this will then give you the size of the paper square that needs to be cut for your envelope.

So for instance if your card is 14cm X 24cm the measurement between point "A" and point "B" would be 10cm + 1cm = 11cm x 2 = 22cm. Add to the measurement between point "C" and "D" 7.2cm round this up to the nearest half cm 7.5cm = 22cm = 29.5cm
I find it better to round up the second measurement to the nearest half cm.

To make the envelope for the size shown above cut the paper 29.5cm square.

 As with the square card
Place card on your paper as shown in diagram above.
Score paper about 3mm from the card on all four sides as shown in blue.
Then fold your envelope on the score lines.
Trim the long sides of the envelope  if necessary.

I hope this is clear and that you find it useful.
Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon.