Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Ten Things Tuesday: Doilies

Practical Scrappers Design Teams brings you another Ten Things Tuesday. Today we feature doilies with all their wonderful intricate vintage detail. I used a subtle doily print background paper & mock paper doily embellishments to enhance the layout. Tip: cut doilies in half and tuck them behind other layers, place them in clusters, or place them to appear they are going off the page. Check out the girls at Practical Scrappers to find other ideas using doilies.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Afraid of Stickers?

I generally do not use stickers because ...
1. They are flat and dull. 2. They are difficult to work with because you only have one chance to put them in the right spot. Stickers by definition are sticky and are therefore unforgiving if you change your mind and try to remove them. They are easily damaged or damage the surface of your project.

I discovered this helpful trick and now I don’t avoid using stickers. I find it less stressful to use stickers in a project if I first stick them to acetate or cardstock and then cut them out. Stickers become embellishments that I can play with and easily move around until I am pleased with the design. Then I don’t have to worry about dropping them, bending them, or adhering them at the wrong angle. For my layout, I stuck flowers & leaf stickers to a piece of transparency and then cut them out. In order to go from flat to fabulous and create a more 3D life-like appearance, I only applied the adhesive to the center of the flowers and gently bent up the petals. Taking the extra step of adhering and fussy cutting your stickers really helped eliminate the problems that stickers always caused me and now allows me to use all those stickers that went ignored & forgotten.
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

White Gel Pen

It is Ten Things Tuesday at Practical Scrappers. This week the Design Team was challenged to use white gel pen. Since I stamped the pair of owls to patterned paper, I then colored their eyes to make them pop. I also accentuated little details by adding stitching lines and dotty outlines to plain paper embellishments. There is a lot of subtle rubber stamping on this layout. I stamped swirls, sentiments, & flowers on acetate which allowed me to arrange them perfectly without the fear of having a disaster during stamping the image.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Stamping Fun!

Practical Scrappers is back with a Ten Things Tuesday feature on rubber stamping. For my sophisticated birthday card, I embossed a floral border directly onto acetate, as well as, a delicate flourish.  I used mini brads to adhere the acetate to the card base.  Then I stamped a large flower onto organza fabric and assembled multiple layers of organza & netting.  Finally, I hand stitched the layers together slightly gathering them for a fuller ruffled petal affect.  The top layer of the flower was stamped onto acetate so I could attach small silver accents to the flower’s center.  Stop by PS today and find some amazing inspirational projects.