Gotta love these shutter mechanism cards! So happy that The Artistry liked it too. This card also features an EZ Sound Module, button activated from InviteByVoice.com. Bonus: there's an SVG / PDF file you can download as well for the shutter mechanism. Hope you'll stop by!
It's that time of the year again to start replenishing the stash of cards. It's been fun to look around and find some great ideas. This idea, however, came in the mail. I loved it and decided to try my hand at it as well... AND .... test the pen tool and foil quill in the #skycut. It was nice to see how nicely both of these attempts turned out.
The image above was done using the pen tool and a Sharpie ultra fine pen. There are 3 layers of cardstock on the left half of the card and two layers on the right side. The difference in the heights of the material were handled nicely by the machine and there were no problems with the pen dragging or having trouble.
The foil quill adapter was a perfect fit and after allowing the tip to heat, the results were perfect. Yep, if you see the typo, I did too! LOL but too late. At any rate the OOPS has been corrected for the next try. And I now have a full sheet of suggested "holey" sentiments for this card
Distress Ink was blended on a scrap piece of card that is sandwiched between the card front and the card base. Whether you choose to use the card front in a vertical or horizontal position is your choice. The options are endless.
We have quite a few birthdays coming up in the next few weeks. LOTS of birthdays! Pinterest offered the inspiration for this card.
I love the retro look in the way the triangle shapes are organized. This was the first card I cut on the new machine (#skycut) and I was amazed at how quickly the machine cut everything but the card base. It was probably less than 1 1/2 minutes from start to finish.
A little inking around each of the triangles. The word "birthday" is a stamp from a Tim Holtz set, embossed with white detail embossing powder from Ranger. The enamel dot is from FSJ. Paper is from SU, FSJ, Bazill and AC.
This card is so adaptable for other occasions as well. Change out the words, papers and even the font if you'd like to suit the occasion. Looking forward to making a few with some of the digital papers I have in my stash....
Off to cut and make a stack! Hoping you have some creative time planned in the next few days! Enjoy!
Today's the final day for the 5 Days of Spring Tag Challenge for this year. It's been a fun week and I hope you've taken the time to peruse all the fabulous tags created by our #ecalmakers on the FB page.
I fell in love with this digital stamp from Polkadoodles! No rain in the forecast for today, but we could sure use some!
I imported the png file to eCal, resized, set to print 2 cut print. Copied and pasted 2 additional images since I would need them to do the layering for this tag. All of the images fit into a 6 inch square and I printed on white AC smooth cardstock. I decided to do the fussy cutting myself for the images since the head, leg and water splash needed to be cut separately. The tag is from the library and cut using the eclips.
The coloring of the image and wash on the tag was done using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a crochet thread string for the tie on the hat and used a drop of glue to secure it front and center. When dry, assemble using pop up dots and a bit of glue here and there as needed.
Add a few drops of Crystal Nuvo drops to the water splashes for a final touch.
This is the final tag in this year's series. Looking forward to next year's as well. Be sure to pop by the FB page and review all of the submissions for this week. And if you're so inclined, please join us in an upcoming challenge on the page. The more the merrier.
Set aside some time to be creative! Your spirit will definitely be nourished.
Day 4 reveal is underway! Thanks in advance for stopping by to check out the new tag and to catch up on the rest of the tags, drop by the FB page for more.
This tag started out on stark white AC smooth cardstock. Once again, dipping into a 6 in pad of paper for some additional interest, 2 strips were cut from 2 papers and secured to the tag. Dry-brushing some white acrylic over the tag, softened the papers a bit and pulled the two patterns together. Edges of the tag were blended using some Old Paper distress ink.
The focal piece for this tag is from Dreaming Tree's Lavender Greetings. Cut from white cardstock, the 3 pieces of the image are colored using Ohuhu markers and Craftwell's eBrush. The colors are rich and vivid.
Once the coloring was finished, a small embossing tool was used to add a little more texture. If desired for a little shimmer, add a touch of Pearl Ex to the floral portion of the cuts and a few drops of Crystal Nuvo.
A wrapped ribbon on the stems finishes off the focal piece. Add a few mini gems (nail art kit), sequins and Nuvo drops as desired to finish it off. Let dry and add your ribbon hanger.
This week is sure going quickly. The #eCalmakers are having lots of fun over on the FB page... have you stopped by yet? If not, hope you'll find some time to join in.
This tag uses papers from an old 6 x 6 pad I've had forever and an old tool in my stash, the Making Memories Tag maker.
The rabbit is my own design and colored using some watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. Set aside.
A little bit of white acrylic paint dry-brushed over the top of the cut pieces that were added to the tag base softened the colors a bit. Some Old Paper distress ink was also blended on the papers...
Make the tag using a small rectangle from a tag maker kit. If desired, fussy cut an image using the template provided with the tags for the tag maker. I had planned on using the other side of the paper I originally cut, but after seeing the perfect placement of the image on the other side, mind changed! Follow the manufacturer's directions for completing the tag. Secure the metal tag to the paper tag using some E600 glue.
Using some double stick tape, attach the bunny to the top of the tag. Add fibers to hang the tag as desired.
Thanks again for stopping by. Be sure to stop by the FB page to see more... there are some amazing creations.
If you haven't calendared some creative time into your schedule yet, this week, hope you can!
Did you see all the fun tags created for day 1? If not, hop on over to the FB page for a fun look at what our #eCalmakers are doing. Day 2 tags are being revealed today.
For my tag, I decided to use a couple of simple shapes and the lattice option in the eCal software. Basic shapes for the tag shape.
Added a bit of watercolor to the tag shape for some added interest. Create the lattice oval. If you have the Hydrangea tray from Dreaming Tree, the hydrangea blossom file is perfect for the blooms in the vase reduced to about 1/4in in diameter. The eclips cuts them cleanly and easily. The vase is a polygon, reshaped and elongated a bit. The Spring banner was from basic shapes as well -- Again all pieces for this tag were cut from white presentation paper. Pieces were watercolored using Art Philosophy's Vintage Pastels set. The word Spring was written with a white gel pen. The blossoms have an added "pearl" of Nuvo Drops. A gold pen was run around the edges of the tag for a little more interest.
Thanks for dropping by. Again, hoping you have some creative time mapped out in your day's journey! Enjoy.
Importing the png image into eCal, size and place on the tag as desired. Be sure to set the image to print to cut print in the software. Added dimension was accomplished by fussy cutting a second copy of the image with pop up dots. Presentation paper was used for the tag in this project.
Be sure to stop by the FB page to see additional tags made by other #eCalmakers. You'll love what you see.
A current challenge on the eclips & eCal Facebook page was the basis for creating this fun interactive card. The challenge requires use of a shaker element. The shaker must be created using eCal and cutting with the eclips cutting machine.
This idea has been in a sketchbook for over a year --the challenge was perfect timing and the opportunity to bring this project to the top of the list opened a bevy of other ideas! The shaker for this card had to be transparent all the way to the base of the card -- as that would be where the sentiment would be adhered under the shutter elements.
You'll need: Bazzil cardstock: 2 8.5 x 11 sheets for the card base (5.5 x 8.5) , 2 panels (1.875 x 5), clasp (optional), shutter mechanism pieces (1 6 x 6 piece) 1 6 x 6 inch for camera 1 3 x 4 inch piece for foil quilled sentiment 1 6 x 6 inch piece for Lens and bar 1 6 x 6 inch transparency for lens
Foil quill standard tip Foil sprinkles for the shaker Foam for back of camera to adhere to card base. Foam for the shaker.
Assemble card base, create a gatefold card. The gatefold will be used in landscape orientation with the flaps being on the top and bottom. You can add the panels to the front of the card now. In this version, the panels were dry embossed. Open the card base. Form the shutter mechanism and adhere to the card base. While the card base is open, adhere the foil quilled sentiment. It should be centered in the opening of the shutter when fully opened.
This card also features an LED light for a flash - using a simple circuit using copper tape, battery and light. (Check out Chibitronics for the basics.) A 1/8 inch punch was used to create the spot for the LED to shine through. Apply foam tape around the 2 outside short edges of the camera - and around the battery to keep it in place. Adhere to the card base, making sure the sentiment is centered in the lens opening.
Create the shaker, Glue both of the lense cardstock shapes together -- this provides a firm top for the shaker. To the back of these, adhere on of the transparency circles.
Adhere the 2nd transparency shape to the front of the camera, centered over the opening in the camera. Add a foam tape circle to the transparency. This version used thin strips of 1/8 thick tape - stacked with a second layer of tape. Add some sprinkles and then place the top of the shaker over this piece.
Add the clasp and closing (if desired). Many of the cards you can find using the gatefold method use a belly band. The clasp used her consists of a rounded rectangle and a decorative piece. Adhere about 1/3 of the clasp piece to the top fold of the card base. Glue a small hook and loop to the clasp and bottom flap to keep the card closed.
Plans are to make several versions of this card. The shutter element is perfect. If desired the shaker element could be left off and just the lens piece with one transparency piece used. Change the sentiment to a stamped image or even a selfie that would fit in the opening area of the shutter.
Hoping you have some time built into your schedules to do a little creating this week. Nurture your spirit along the way too!
Coming soon: 5 Spring Tags! Annual challenge reveal.