Clean and Simple Card week is almost over. Today we have two clean and simple cards from the KaiserCraft Up Up & Away Collection. I am very fond of this collection because I love hot air balloons and vintage inspired paper. The cardstock I used is Worldwin GrungeMates – Chocolate
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I have mentioned more than once that I like to make cards in batches and add the sentiment later . This is a sample of a small batch using the same materials for all of the cards. I used one sheet of Worldwin Treasures in Grass 12×12 as the base. I cut the cardstock into 4×8 strips. Then white was applied in 3.5×3.5. Next I cut a piece of pattern paper from a 6×6 paper pad into 3×3 squares. Lastly, I cut a .5×3 strip and adhered it on top. Then placed a flower and either a rhinestone or a pearl in the center. Viola’ a set of 4×4 clean and simple cards.
This extra simple card uses one of my favorite card fronts. Two pattern paper, a simple strip of paper or ribbon, a flower and a sentiment. You cannot get much easier than that. For this card, I used the Lush collection by Kaisercraft.
Kaisercraft Hippy Girl is a fun paper collection that can be used for a variety of themes. The paper I have been using lately is in 6×6 paper pads. I really like using the pads for cardmaking. In the 6×6 paper pads you get a huge variety of paper and several sheets of die cut images. I stamped a sentiment on the tag that was in the paper pack.
Over the next few weeks 365 days of crafts.com will be featuring cards made from KaiserCraft and Worldwin Papers. you will find most of the cards are easy to reproduce. Clean and simple card making does not have to be vanilla and boring. Try using a fun color combinations, pattern paper, colored or textured cardstock in any combination. This card was made with a textured paper from Worldwin and also their cardstock. The pattern paper and images are from Kaiser Craft
Make your own bookmarks with polymer clay and vintage rulers
When I scored these fun vintage rulers at a recent thrift shop going out of business sale, I left with so many ideas of how to use them. With the holidays around the corner, I want to plan ahead and start organizing my gift giving for people such as teachers, co-workers, clients I would like to thank and friends, sans a big budget. I think these bookmarks will be perfect for the ladies on my list, as the materials are easy to come by (even the vintage rulers) and fairly quick to make in multiples. I will have to think about a man version- ideas welcome!
Choosing the Right Paints
Enter my favorite paints, Lumiere by Jacquard Products. These paints produce beautiful sparkly effects and really work well for producing antique results. The colors I chose for base coating and dry brushing are some of my favorites, Pewter, Crimson, Halo Violet Gold (fast becoming my fav even taking the place of my beloved Citrine) and Metallic Silver. Throw in some Neopaque colors like White and Magenta and you have the beauty that will make these bookmarks really stand out!
So now the clay roses. Jacquard not only makes beautiful paints but they also carry a high quality polymer paint, Cernit clay, which is perfect for making both sophisticated and whimsical arts and crafts projects, including: miniatures, dolls, buttons, beads, jewelry, and for adding sculptural elements to any project, including bookmarks.
Tips on Using Clay Molds and Conditioning Clay
The molds are from Mad About Molds, which carries high quality polymer clay bisque molds in so many themes and shapes it will make your head spin. I recently discovered their site and was unable to get away without $50.00 bucks worth of molds in my shopping cart. Delivery was professional, prompt and the molds more than lived up to my expectations. Surprisingly easy to use, they benefit from a light coat of cornstarch before placing the conditioned clay inside the mold. If you have never conditioned clay before, it entails working it with your fingers until it is soft and pliable. Clay that has been under-conditioned will result in cracks while baking. There are some tried and true tricks for quicker conditioning, including placing a small amount (about 1/4 of a block) into your pocket or even your bra. Regarding this last idea, I have been surprised more than once at the end of the day when I undressed and discovered a wad or two of clay on the floor, somehow forgotten about over the course of a busy day.
Once I molded and baked my roses, I gave them a couple-three coats of the Lumiere and Neopaque paint. Then I chose contrating colors of white and metallic silver to give the molded roses interest and depth. Dont forget the back! You want your rose to have that professional touch to them.
Cutting the Rulers to Bookmark Size
“Vintage” (i.e. old advertisng rulers that can be found in some delightful colors) rulers are easy to find in almost any antique, flea or thrift shop. I used the no so colored ones since I did not want to compete with the beautiful molded roses.
Cutting the rulers is easy, you just need a hand saw (you may also want to wear safety gloves) and a cutting surface to protect your working surface from the obvious. I cut my rulers to 6″ in lenth, which gives you two per 12″ ruler (really?) or more from yard stick lengths (you do the math).
Assembling the Vintage Rulers
Gluing the roses to the rulers is rather easy, the roses have a flat back. I also added these cute beaded scrapbooking embellishments by Recollections that I just love!
For a final vintage touch, dry brush the edges of the rulers with Neopaque in black.
A pretty gift a bookish friend will adore. They look great when paired with old torn books.
I chose to use Neopaque Black first, making wide brush strokes using a 1″ flat brush, brushing both horizontally and vertically on the canvas.
When the black paint is dry, paint strokes using Lumiere in Metallic Copper. Finish with Metallic Silver, and Neopaque White.
To attach the sheets to the recycled cans, apply strong tacky glue to the back and wrap around the cans. If needed, use rubber bands to hold the canvas in place on the can while the glue sets.
While cleaning out some old jewelry, I came across some interesting brooches to give the luminaries an upcycled, sophisticated look. Attach the brooches by punching some holes with a heavy duty hole punch and pressing the parts of the brooch that hold the pin bar into the punched holes. Additionally, use some heavy duty glue to hold the brooch in place. In other posts, I have ranted and raved about the We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite. I discovered that it is currently on sale at Scrapbook.com. It is one of those craft supplies that makes you wonder how you ever did without it once you get one.
Create some Halloween sentiments by stamping on Jacquard’s cotton percale. Of course, this product is also inkjet printer friendly so you can create your sentiments using a fun font and printer.
Scalloped edged cardstock, dry brushed with Neopaque black makes a pretty edged accent.
This handle, made by 7 Gypsies, was attached by punching addtional holes at the top of the can and inserting the wire of the handle into the punched holes. I painted it first with Neopaque Black and dry brushed it with Metallic Silver.
Light up your Upcycled Halloween Luminary using a waxed votive or a battery operated tea light.
Both Lumiere and Neopaque paints can be purchased from Dick Blick.
Sue made her daughter’s beautiful engagement layout using October Afternoon’s 5 & Dime Collection. Having such a beautiful page to document a momentus occasion would make anyone happy.
October Afternoon’s 5 & Dime Collection
PP-578 Butterscotch 12 x 12 paper (background)
PP-579 Root Beer Barrels 12 x 12 paper
SS-277 Shape Stickers (“happy” banner)
CB-826 5 & Dime Chip ‘n Stick (½ rounds on banner)
SS-290 Mini Market Stickers
SS-279 Label Stickers (bicycle circle)
DC-146 Miscellany (Lucky Card & word strip)
LV-MCP40 Mega Circle Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Black and White String
Foam Mounting Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Glue Glider Pro (Glue Arts) permatac
1/8” Terifically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft)
1. Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of Butterscotch scrapbook paper with the lines going horizontally.
2. Cut a piece of Root Beer scrapbook paper 8” x 12” and adhere onto your Butterscotch background paper.
3. Add a fun photo that makes you happy.
4. Place one foam mounting square onto the back of each of the “h-a-p-p-y” letters. Lay letters onto a long piece of black and white string, leaving space in between each letter. After you put the letters onto the string and before you take off the backing on the mounting square, apply baby powder onto the back of each letter sticker with a paintbrush. This makes the remaining part of the sticker un-sticky so you can make it a die cut instead of a sticker.
5. Arrange “Happy” banner over picture and remove backing off letters. Add Chipboard Rounds to finish off banner.
6. Adhere “lucky” card to the bottom portion of the layout.
7. Apply 1/8” Terifically Tacky tape to the bottom edge of the Root Beer scrapbook paper. Remove red protective strip and lay crocheted ribbon over tape. (I like to use extra ribbon and tape the ends to the back of the layout.)
8. Punch a Circle from the Brown Cardstock and adhere the green “bicycle” journaling sticker onto the circle. Journal using Mini Market Stickers. Add several foam mounting squares to back of journaling circle and add to layout.
9. Add word strip to the center of the lace trim.