Years ago I fell in love with The Snowman and the SnowDog. Crafter's Companion (CC) had some fun decoupage elements in a pdf file. I decided it was time to get those out and see if I could do something with them. There are times when things don't go quite as you planned, but regardless this tag still gets a "pass." I used a border embossing folder from another CC set and embossed 2 times. I print the snowman and the second layer head and put the head on a wobble. The markers are from Ohuhu -- they're pretty good and have basically replaced most of my Spectrum Noir markers.
Enjoy your creative time this holiday season... It's a great way to revive the spirits!
It's that time of year again - with all the chaos that Covid-19 has been causing, this challenge has offered a bit of respite during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. The first cases of the virus wreaked havoc in the stores as people hoarded certain items and made it nearly impossible for the general public to have access. One of the items was toilet paper -- and in true crafter fashion Whimsey stamps offered this digital freebie!
eCal3's Print 2 cut feature was perfect for this tag using the digital image from Whimsey Stamps. Creative Fabrica's font library provided the font, name of font. Font was "filled" with the line fill command and printed (I had originally planned on using the foil quill, but my quill broke and I didn't want to wait for the delivery (yeah, some days it's just like that.) You just have to keep crafting.
Rembrandt colored pencils were used to color Dudley and the print 2 cut feature was used to cut both the tag and Dudley.
Run the lower 1/3 to 1/2 through an embossing folder and the Big Shot for a little extra texture. I decided to add a little more dimension using the eBrush and a light gray marker. Just a little color added enough dimension.
Using some strategically placed pop-dots place Dudley as desired on the tag and embellish as desired.Add a for a hanger.
Hop on over to the eclips/ecal FB page to see what others are making this year. It's time to get some more crafting on! Hoping you're finding some time to do the same. Enjoy!
It seems like the holidays have descended in one fell swoop... late Thanksgiving and before you know it... well Christmas is just 10 days out now.
We've been busy "elves" the last several months! I can now share a couple of things I've created now that InviteByVoice has shared the projects on their site.
The turkey is a design we used several years ago and I decided it was time to bring it back. I couldn't find the original cutting file and created my own using ecal3 and cut the shapes with the eclips2. A little inking, pen and a wobble added a little dimension to the turkey. The background was embossed and inked. The sentiment was a file from CreativeFabrica and was printed in reverse on transparency... TIP: Print and let dry for 24 hours before using. I also added an EZ Sound module to this card -- the sentiment on the inside says and compliments the Gobble til you Wobble ringtone.
A also created a trio of 15 minute cards using the same basic design, just altering the embellishments. These cards were featured on the InviteByVoice blog - you'll find that post and a step by step tutorial here.
There are several other projects on the crafting table... will be sharing those very soon. Thanks for dropping by. Hoping you'll make some time this holiday season to do a little creating. Happy Holidays!
Today is the final reveal... Another simple tag and using stamps from my stash.
Find a fun snowflake and place on your tag and if desired, using the eCal software, choose path and back minus front. Design your sentiment. It's a little difficult to read Christmas on this one... sorry about that. Use the foil quill to draw and then cut the tag. I cut a second tag for the background piece.
Stamp the tree. I chose to use a color that would give a faint image, then added some background color. Add a little snow to the branches if desired using a white gel pen. Add some sparkle. Set aside. (Stamp is from SU, retired)
Stamp the front of the tag. (Snowflake stamp is from Pink and Main, retired) I decided to heat emboss with some detail white embossing powder,
The eclips/eCal page on Facebook is launching the 2nd Annual 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge! We're so excited for the #eclipsecalmakers who will be showing off this year's tags. Hope you'll stop by the page and check out all the creative endeavors!
For day 1, I'm sharing this make:
I honestly don't remember where I got the tag shape from... the tree is the Tipsy Tree from Creative Pointe. I reduced it in size to about 2 inches tall, made a couple of extra changes and crinkled the top three layers before adhering to the tree base. The tree wobbles for an interactive piece on the tag. The tag base is embossed and inked using distress inks on the debossed side.
Thanks for dropping by. More to come over the course of the next week and a half.
The eclips/eCal Facebook page is having another ATC challenge - CELEBRATIONS! and all of the elements used to create the ATC must be designed and cut using the eclips and eCal.
Here's my finished card. It was inspired by a find on Pinterest --
I started with a plain piece of cardstock that had a light layer of Gesso. I masked off a section of the gelli plate slightly larger than the ATC dimensions, brayered on some paint and pulled a print. I added a few additional pulls of color to the print using some stencils (cut with the eclips) and additional pink and white and yellow paints until I got the desired results.
Using the eCal software, size a vertical rectangle to 2.5 x 3.5, set the line to Print 2 Cut Cut. Create text on an arch. I used Funky Mother for the fun text. Fill the text with color (I chose black) and set the stroke to none. Change from cut to Print 2 Cut Print. Print, make sure you select registration marks. Since the cardstock has some tooth from the Gesso and gelli print, you can opt to use some embossing powder and a heat gun to add a little more texture to the card. I used some Ranger Black embossing powder.
Now for the cutting. Place the gessoed paper on the mat and following the print 2 cut directions, cut the ATC.
I found a fun cupcake graphic at Creative Fabrica and decided to use the base of the cupcake as the stencil. Size it to approximately 2 inches high with keep proportions checked. Cut using stencil material or regular cardstock.
Position the cupcake stencil on the ATC base as desired and using some watercolors and a water brush, add some additional colors. Let dry.
Add some sprinkles to your frosting. I used the sprinkles in the original design, grouped them together and created a small stencil for those and added a little more color.
Add additional details using a Micron pen. For a little extra shine, use a sparkle brush and let dry.
Thanks for dropping by! Hoping you have built in some creative time this week!
We've just celebrated the 4th of July here in the states. It was a near picture perfect day here in the Mountain West!
This month is also host to several birthdays and I'd like to share this card made for my Father in Law using the Going Fishing Truck from @SimplyCraftySvgs. It's very easy to cut, put together and adding additional embellishments is super easy using the blank extras found in the file.
This is a great reminder of many fond memories of Gpa's old truck. Making lots of trips to and from the river, the lake, a camping trip or two, and even to classes at the Burley College of Southern Idaho campus. Lots of good memories, not only for me, but for the kids and T.
Paper is from AC Cardstock SVG File from SimplyCraftySvg's* FORD - my design in stencil form reverse embossed on a blank cut. Markers and ink pads for additional shading and texture Project cut using Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3
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More birthdays coming and I'm busy at work on a couple more -- hoping to share soon.
Tim Holtz' Robotic Cardstock (scraps for the robots - assortment of colors) Dark Silver card for the front panel White card for the base (cut to 5.5 x 12.75) Darice Gears embossing folder Big Shot, multi-purpose platform, cutting plates Sentiment circle print (I used eCal3 and Sizzix eclip2 to make mine) Audio used in this project is "I am Robot" from MelodyLoops.com
Dreaming Tree recently released an Autumn kit! Loved the Scarecrow Gift Treat box most of all and decided to make a couple. Love how they turned out.
You'll need: Cardstock (see the Supply list - look in the details above the assembly video) FSJ, AC and Paper Studio papers used in my samples. Sizzix eclips2, eCal3 Lineco book binder glue embossing folder (Craftwell -8.5 x 11 Design Grids) Big Shot Pro (base plate, acrylic plates) Rolling pin ink (Oatmeal, Olive Green, Sunshine Yellow, Blue - Fun Stamper's Journey) raffia pop dots (Glue dots)
For a lighter impression from the embossing folder, use a rolling pin instead of the Big Shot.
I liked this look much better than the pieces that I put through the Big Shot using the correct sandwich. Next time, I think I'll leave off one of the shims.
Ink all the embellishment pieces before gluing to the base.
There is an assembly video available on Dreaming Tree's site. See the link above. I often find it useful to watch before beginning the gluing process.
These are fun and relatively quick to put together in an afternoon.
An idea I had was to cut a circle in the base piece, glue the hat to the head piece and the Gift box could become a tree topper.