May 2, 2007
Next time you’re making a card for someone, what about personalising it with some easy doodle journaling? Words, phrases or anecdotes written in all the right places for the person your card is for looks great. Doodling is also all the rage to add to your scrapbook pages. Rollerball gel pens in white & black are a must have in any doodlers supplies! If you have solid stamps such as hearts, stars etc – you can make your journaling follow the shape of your image, this makes things a bit easier. Once you have practiced with different pens, cardstocks and your handwriting, you will soon find your doodling inspiration!
Our sample is a 17th birthday celebration for a teenage son on the cusp of manhood. It celebrates his identity and personalises the phrases of the stamps used. Even if you think you have messy handwriting, practice makes perfect! Happy doodling!
March 28, 2007
We recently received an extensive array of the Daisy D’s diecut range, here are some photos representing the designs we have http://scrapbookdesigns.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/yumdaisy-ds-papers-and-die-cuts/ and below are some pieces we have been playing around with.
The die cuts fall away easily from their sheet making these life like accents just perfect for filling blank spaces. The diecuts are all double sided with both sides just as yummy as each other. The flowers were especially easy to place under and on top of the photo edges. The background was dry brushed with Jo Sonjas “mouse” coloured paint and then large foam stamp circles were “messily” placed around the page. Heat dry with emboss it tool or airdry, then stamp a flourish image with Moonlight White brilliance ink pad randomly.
Both the above layout and the below card were made under an hour. The vintage tag on the card was overstamped at the bottom in Brilliance Pearl Rust with a flourish style stamp before attaching all the layers and popping a ribbon through the tag hole!
March 17, 2007
Take one humble wooden clipboard and give it it’s own personality. Aren’t these 2 samples from Lisa Mantell just divine? She is one talented lady! Making clipboards into works of art are easy, they’re a great size to work on and the flatness of the wood makes them ideal for adding lots of layers with paper, paints, inks and stamps. The hole begs for threads, ribbons, charms and fibres to match! On the red clipboard Lisa has used a printed nursery rhyme paper adhered to thick cardboard to make the swinging tags and the small cream and brown square are made from shrink pastic. A large square was punched out first, then the corners rounded with a corner round punch (remember punches are ideal for shrink plastic) and then the plastic was stamped on before shrinking!! Too cool Lisa! Thanks
March 15, 2007
I had to make a quick card today for a hello to a friend. I was itching to use my new clear Autumn Leaves flower stamps, so went to work on some cheap copy paper and width ways ripped through the images from one end to the other. Then I stamped the same images on patterned paper (mine might have ended up a bit dark in pattern – oh well you learn from your mistakes!) and then matched the two up as shown in the photos, attaching with double sided tape. I then added an extra couple of layers or mats from matching cardstocks and finished with a buckle punched from the EK Success range and threaded ribbon!.The last touch, staple at ribbon ends for a quick, raw, neat but funky finish!
March 8, 2007
We can’t stop playing with pearlex, it’s addictive!! It has so many applications whether you use it in it’s orginal dry format or whether you choose to mix your powders with other materials. Pearlex looks amazing too on both white and black cardstock. The manufacturers Jacquard have some great visual projects and ideas on getting the most out of your pearlex powders and is well worth a look, we have given you the link at the bottom of this tutorial along with a tips page from the RubberStampClub network with lots of instructions & gorgeous samples . In the card below we have used pearlex one of our favourite ways.
Step 1: emboss your stamped image onto black cardstock with pigment ink and black embossing powder.
Step 2: On a plate add a small dash of your chosen pearlex powder from the jar and add a drop of gum arabic (artist binding fluid). A little goes a long way with both so just start with a small amount and adjust either until you get a beautiful creamy consistent paint.
Step 3: With your brush, pick up some of the paint and colour within the embossed lines of your image. You will notice that pearlex actually glides over the embossing and settles straight on to your cardstock so filling inbetween the lines of your image is a breeze.
Step 4: As the gum arabic is a binding agent there is no need to seal your work at all. When dry you are left with beautiful irridescent colours on your cardstock. The card below is one we made a few years ago but we have used it to show that the pearlex retains it lustre and colour over time.
March 1, 2007
We just can’t get enough of chipboard here at Scrapbook Designs and we have just taken delivery of some awesome plain chipboard products from the Australian “Collections” range that are just begging to be altered.
Colour them, alter them, cover them with papers, opals, inks and more. Check out the scrummy things you can do with these great pieces:
February 13, 2007
With another great top up delivery of fantastic Scrapbook Australia papers, we thought we would share just how easy they are to use.
All you need to do with these fantastic 12 x 12 alphabet sheets of paper is to glue down onto a piece of cardstock, just a regular 12 x 12 you would use for your scrapbook pages is thick enough. When the glue has dried, cut around the letters to give you chunky letters that can be distressed, painted or left exactly how they are bought – bright and cheerful!!