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Friday 25 October 2019

Creative Card Making With Deb

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  It's Deb here today with a tutorial for our October Creative Card Making post.  I've been seriously obsessed with making shadow box and tunnel cards lately so thought I would create a tutorial for my Snowflake tunnel card.

There are quite a few steps to making this card so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on for the how to.  If you get lost, I recommend you watch Jennifer McGuire Ink's 'Inside Tunnel Card' tutorial on YouTube, she describes all of the construction steps very clearly.  Thanks for the video Jennifer!

To start, cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock in half along the long side to give you two pieces that measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" each.  Set one piece aside and score the other piece at 1/2", 4 1/4" and 4 3/4" along the long side.  When folded on the score lines you will see that it forms a box shape.  Set the box piece aside for the moment.

Cut another piece of white cardstock to just under 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (just trim a bit off each side).  Score this piece at 1/4" from each edge along the short side.  This piece will become the inside tunnel panel.

Choose two nesting dies, one slightly smaller than the other, that will cut out a larger window on the scored box piece and a smaller window on the inside tunnel panel.  Center the larger die on the box piece panel beside the 1/2" score line and die cut the opening.

Line up the inside tunnel cardstock piece behind the die cut opening and center the smaller nesting die inside the window, die cut the second window.  Don't throw those two die cut pieces away, we will use them on the front of the card.

Stamp the cabin from the Holiday Drawings stamp set onto the back panel of the box piece with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear emboss it (when you fold the box closed, you will see this image through the die cut opening) .  Apply Distress Resist Spray to the roof and the snow in the foreground of the stamped image with a paint brush and let dry (a big thanks to my fellow Creative Guide Barbara for this brilliant way to use Distress Resist Spray, check out her Inky Wings tutorial!).  Make puddles of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and dip the stamped cardstock into it, repeating as necessary until you are happy with the results.  Gently wipe off any of the Distress Ink from the areas you wanted to keep white with a damp rag, magic!  **  I forgot to take a step out picture but I also stamped the entire back panel with the Flurry background stamp and Distress Embossing Ink and applied white sparkle embossing powder **  Repeat the Tumble Glass Distress Ink dipping on the front of the box piece around the die cut opening.

Stencil the front of the die cut opening with the Starry layering stencil and more Tumbled Glass DI.  Slightly offset the stencil and stencil through it again with Distress Embossing ink.  Sprinkle on Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and heat set.  Stamp the front of the inside tunnel piece (the one with the smaller die cut opening) with Mini Swirly Snowflake stamps and Tumbled Glass DI and emboss the snowflakes with clear embossing powder.

Apply double sided tape to the right 1/4" score line on the inside tunnel piece.  Line up the right edge of the inside tunnel piece with the nearest score line on the box piece so you can see the stamped image through the window.  Remove the backing paper from the tape and fold the front of the box piece over top, burnishing well to get good adhesion (now might be a good time to go and watch Jennifer's video!!)

When you form your box, you can now see how your image will be centered inside the two die cut openings.  Set the tunnel box assembly aside for the moment and score the remaining 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half at 4 1/4".  This will become the card blank that your tunnel assembly will be inserted into.

Cut off 1/2" from the back of the card blank.  Stamp the outside of the card blank with more Mini Swirly Snowflakes and Tumbled Glass DI and emboss with clear embossing powder.

Stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card blank on the left hand side (the tunnel box assembly will be attached to the right hand side).  Grab your tunnel box assembly and apply double sided tape to the back of the stamped panel.

Remove the backing paper from the double sided tape and adhere the tunnel box assembly to the inside of the card blank, lining up the edge of the stamped panel with the center score line of the card blank.  Apply more double sided tape to the left 1/4" scored edge of the inside tunnel piece and line it up with the center score line on the card blank.

Remove the backing paper from the double sided tape on the 1/4" score line and fold the front die cut panel of the box assembly over top, lining up all the edges with the center score line of the card blank.  Apply double sided tape to the left 1/2" score line on the box assembly, remove the backing paper from the tape and fold the front of the card blank closed (check out Jennifer's video if you are totally lost!)

Open the card and work it back and forth a few times to get all of the layers working smoothly.  Stamp some more Mini Swirly Snowflakes and die cut them with the Swirly Snowflakes dies.  Adhere the snowflakes to the underside of the inner tunnel panel, positioning them so they don't cover up your stamped image.

Die cut a few stars from sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock and adhere them to the underside of the front tunnel panel.  The snowflakes and stars will now pop forward when the card is opened.  Stamp a sentiment  from the Great Outdoors stamp set onto white cardstock and adhere it to the bottom of the tunnel assembly.

For the front of the card, stencil the smallest die cut rectangle (the ones you saved when we die cut our tunnel openings) with the Mini Starry Stencil and Tumbled Glass DI.  Stamp the stag from the Great Outdoors stamp set with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear emboss it.  Stamp the whole panel with the Flurry background stamp and Distress Embossing ink and then sprinkle with white sparkle embossing powder and heat set.  Dip the larger die cut rectangle in puddles of Tumbled Glass DI and stamp it around the edges with Mini Swirly Snowflake stamps and Tumbled Glass DI and clear emboss them.

Layer the larger rectangle onto a piece of sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock with a slight reveal around the edges.  Attach foam squares to the back of the stag stamped rectangle and center it on top of the larger rectangle.  Attach the whole assembly to the front of the card with double sided tape and you are done (and congratulations for sticking it out to the end!).

Here are a few closeups of the finished card, I am totally smitten with these tunnel cards!

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Snowflake tunnel card came together and that you'll give one a try yourself, once you figure out the mechanics they are fun and easy to make.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and if you have the time, consider entering our October challenge 'Inky Wings', you have until October 31st to join in the fun. Can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo

Friday 18 October 2019

Inky Wings Tutorial

Hi everyone, Annie here x As promised I am back to share the step by step tutorial for my canvas project, created for the Inky Wings Challenge.
The canvas is quite large so I randomly placed the Tim Holtz brick stencil/That's Crafty Light Texture paste here and there.  (I love this texture paste as you can dry it with a heat gun without it bubbling up)

You can see the stencilled areas below
My  lovely mammy gifted me the air dry clay frame and Tudor style hinges and they really are quite fabulous.
The Ivy leaves were die cut using a Sheena Douglas die. Three of the ivy branches were layered together and then I applied a layer of Pebeo Gesso over everything. Once dry a coat of Decoart Whisper Chalk Paint was applied. This is such a lovely creamy colour.
Initially I applied Decoart Payne's Gray Acrylic paint to the bricks, Tudor style hinges and frame, followed by dry brushing of Decoart Quinacrodone Gold, creating a faux rust appearance. Similarly Quinacrodone Gold was dry brushed to the ivy leaves. Some Pebeo gold wax was then applied to the rusty hinges and frame.
The Dragonflies are by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. Two layers were inked with Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, then the bodies of both adhered with glue
This was my original idea but I felt it needed a bit more.
So I decided that another dragonfly was required. Another two die cuts were inked with the same bold colours and a vintage photograph by LaBlanche was adhered inside the frame.It's difficult to see in the photograph but there was some second generation stamping using a Lin Brown stamp by Paperartsy.
Some charcoal pencil was applied around the edges of the bricks and then smudged with my fingers. Black Soot Distress Ink was smudged around the edges creating some depth/ageing.
Thank You so much for sticking with me and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 
The Inky Wings challenge runs until the 31st October at 18:00 hours so you still have plenty time to join in. To view the amazing and inspiring projects by the team please click HERE  or on the side bar at the top of the page, which takes you straight to the challenge post. We love to have our followers/visitors join in with us and there's also a chance to win one of our sought after Pinworthy Badges to display on your blog.

Have a wonderful weekend
Crafty Hugs
Annie xx

Friday 11 October 2019

Box It Up Pinworthies!

Julia here today to announce the Creative Guide's Pinworthy choices for last month's challenge, Box It Up.  It is always difficult to narrow down the field to just three entries.  We greatly appreciate all of you taking time to join in our challenges with us.

Without further ado, here are our three Pinworthy Mentions for the Box It Up Challenge.

We loved her music theme with the transformed violin and the musical notes mounted on little boxes inside the bigger box frame.  Lovely distress and crackle throughout.

#4  Glenda
Such a clever and beautiful design with her box inside her card.  The papers she used are beautiful as well as her layered flowers, lace and pearls.  A lovely shabby vintage look here.

#7  Marty
What a wonderful little village for Halloween with the 3 box houses each attended by it's resident witch standing outside - 2 of the houses being shakers (so fun!).  The surrounding fence and leaf bare trees add to the spookiness of this creative decoration.


I will be sending you your Pinworthy badge to display on your blogs shortly and we will be pinning your fabulous entries to the A Vintage Journey Pinworthies board on Pinterest.

There is still plenty of time to enter our current challenge which is Inky Wings and you can find all the details HERE along with some fabulous inspiration from the Creative Guides.

As always thank you for joining us in our challenge and we look forward to seeing what you create this month! 

Friday 4 October 2019

Inky Wings : A Vintage Journey October Challenge

Hi everyone x It's Annie (Curiousncraftytreasures blog) here with this month's challenge, which is "INKY WINGS"
For this challenge you can create any project as long as ink and wings are included in some way. This includes backgrounds, stamped images, art journals, and portions of your project coloured with ink. Any kind of ink is welcome, so let's get creative within our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Our fabulous creative guides have provided lots of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing so grab a cuppa and enjoy this post.

I decided to paint a canvas incorporating Dragonflies, using Distress Ink to colour them. I shall share the process in more detail within my post on 18th October.

I've created a quartet of ATCs for Annie's fabulous theme.  My inky wings are attached to some embossed and slightly bossy insects hovering over inky layered backgrounds.  Do come and visit me at Words and Pictures to take a closer look at the instructions these flying insects have for us all on how to live our best lives!

I've created a wrapped journal for Annie's fabulous theme. My inky wing is added to the front of the wrapped journal. Please pop over to my blog to see how it all came together.

For this fabulous challenge - I took it quite literally.  I added lots of Alcohol Ink to the wings so they would look like a creepy patina headstone element.  Hope you will stop by my blog for a visit.

For Annie's fantastic challenge, I had fun art journaling using lots of different inks to create my background and the inky wings of my butterfly. To find out more, please pop over to my blog, Let's Art Journal, to see how it all came together.

I decided to use Annie's fabulous challenge as a "back to basics" exercise as I seem to have lost my way with my Distress Inks! Having used some of my favourite colours, favourite stamps and a fabulous new quote stamp I feel I have my inky mojo back! Please join me over on my blog if you would like to find out more.

For this inspirational challenge suggested by Annie, I choose to continue my Halloween projects! I created a card with the exclusive Stamptember 2019 Set by Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz. Check out my blog  Yayascrap & more for the whole tutorial!

I'm very pleased to be joining Annie's fabulous 'Inky Wings' challenge, as it's given me an opportunity to use my lovely Tim Holtz 'Entomology Stamps' and dies. If you'd like to see how my project came together, please hop over to my blog with this link.

Such lovely inspiration to get your creative juices flowing for our Inky Wings Challenge theme. 
The challenge begins today and remains open for entries until the Thursday 31st October at 18:00 GMT
We love to view your entries and be inspired by  your projects. The Top 3 Pinworthies, chosen by the Creative Guides, will receive a badge to display on their blog. 
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