Cards and Craft, Journal, Tutorial

Have Patience Art Journal 3

Hello everyone. It is Monday and I have another of my art journal pages to share with you.

This page I made by copying a YouTube video by Lindsay The Frugal Crafter called Whimsical Landscape Zentangle Tutorial. Which you can watch using this link

I had never done anything like this before and Lindsay made it seem so achievable that I decided to try and emulate it. After watching it; I went to my art desk and decided to have a play with my supplies and even be brave and try my unloved watercolour paints as I didn’t have any watercolour pencils in my stash.

Watercolour is a different beast entirely from acrylics. I have to admit that I almost gave up on this page, but I took some time away from the page and when I came back I actually liked what I saw. So then I went onto the doodle/zentangle part of the project. I have done some in the past but definitely not on an art piece. I didn’t follow the same patterns that Lindsay used as I was away from my computer by this point so I just went with what felt fitted that space. I am really happy with how this turned out. Thanks to Lindsay willing to share her talent and letting others follow her example. I may dabble in the watercolour palette again in the future without so much hesitation.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my art journal journey here on my blog. I hope that you will consider doing some kind of crafty pursuit during your day.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Card Project, Cards and Craft, Challenge Entry, Tutorial

Santa’s Gnome

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Hello Everyone. Another Christmas card made for my list. And I have gone with some clear stamps this time around.

I have made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge following along with their current challenge. The October Technique Challenge of Masking.

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So this time around with using clear stamps I have gone down the more traditional route of using post-it notes for my mask. If you have never done this before let me give you a quick run down on how its done.

  1. You want to work out your placement of your images before you start stamping because you need to work out what is in front of other stamps.
  2. Now stamp the stamps that are the ones you want all the way in the front.
  3. Now stamp these images onto some post-it notes – make sure your image ends up on the sticky part of them so you can cover what you have already stamped.
  4. Cut out your images just inside of the stamped lines you will get a better match up if you do this.
  5. Cover your image with your mask
  6. Stamp the next layer and if needs be make a mask if there are any following layers that touch.
  7. Lift off your masks and reveal your scene.

I hear you asking but what if I missed something in that stamping process? You can use a pen that is safe for your colouring medium and fill in any lines if needs be.

With my scene I actually drew some trees in the background to give the rest of it some where to sit. I coloured these in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils lightly because I wanted to have the focus on the front images. The house, Gnome and signpost I coloured in with my Copic Markers. I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday #231 because I just can’t start to build a card without a sketch. As you can see I did make a minor change but I sometimes use the sketch from the past as a jumping off point for my creation.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card creation today. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this last thought

Good Morning! Sending you, our friends, a little hump day humor....but seriously, have a wonderful Wednesday.

Mind you I still can’t believe that it is only Wednesday. Well for me it’s early evening so I am closer to Saturday than I was at the beginning of today. May all of you have a great slide down into the weekend.

Have a Happy Crafty Sliding Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Off The Page, Tutorial

Cutting Pad Revival

Hello Everyone,
Today I am sharing with you a tip on how to flatten your cutting pads for your Cuttlebug or Sizzix Machines.  Here in Australia trying to get a hold of crafting supplies can be a drawn out affair.  So I had to find a solution because I wanted to try out my Quilt Die
Image result for quilt die cutbut my Cuttlebug pads have been progressively been getting more warped after many card making adventures. Where do most of us turn when we need information …. yes the internet. I looked at blog posts and YouTube but most of them talked about ‘cooking’ their plates.  I didn’t like the idea of doing that but then I ran across this YouTube video from Lindsay the Frugal Crafter where she bent her plates using just hot water and her hand strength.

I really liked this idea but my hand strength these days is almost next to nothing so I needed to find a solution that would suit me.  I first cleaned both sides of the plate with dish soap and a scourer to remove the embedded paper. And I came up with this for the rest of the flattening process.
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I put my Cuttlebug B plate in the bottom of this glass baking dish and poured boiling water over it. I waited 2 minutes for the plate to warm up and then put the bottom of my mortar and pestle on top.  I left it like this for 15mins but you could leave it until the water cooled. And my plate was nice and flat but I didn’t use it until it was completely cooled. And it worked perfectly and I was able to make this card
07-2018-quilt-christmas.jpgI needed my plates to be working well with all the cutting for this card. But I love how it turned out I will definitely be using this die again. And want to look into more of the cover up dies.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my post I hope that you may have found some useful information here. And as usual I want to leave you with this final thought:
If you’ve kept going because you didn’t have any other choice… Signs You Might Be A Zebra You might be an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / EDS Zebra if… you can find the humor through the pain
This picture says it all and more.

Have a Happy Crafty Zebra Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy