Friday, October 20, 2017

October Technique Blog Hop

Waterfall Cards

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.  The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
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Now, here are the cards I made this month. I had never tried this technique before, so it was a lot of fun. There are pictures of each card "opened" lower down in this post.

This was my first attempt at a waterfall card. I kept it fairly simple while learning. As you can see, I kind of misjudged the bottom image that says "Happy Thanksgiving!" The images are from the Bountiful Thanks stamp set in the current Fun Stampers Journey mini catalog. I colored them with watercolor pencils. I'm thinking about attaching a ribbon "pull" to the tab at the bottom so people will know how to "open" the waterfall. 

I felt like I was getting the hang of it with this next one, and even stamped on the pull tab. A tip - figure out how much is going to show, and either stamp above or below, because AGAIN my "hello" got chopped off a bit. (I'm a slow learner!) These images are from the "Pretty Birds" ATS set.

This is my last card this month. I generally don't do "vintage" style cards, so wanted to move a bit out of my comfort zone, and I actually like it a lot! I used "Day Fern" and "Vintage Notes" for the background, and "Embroidered Rose" for the images, set off with accents from the gorgeous Mystic Romance Prints paper. I did a more detailed tutorial for this card here.

 And finally, here are some pictures that show a just little of the waterfall action of these cards. They were a bit intimidating at first, but turned out to be pretty simple and a lot of fun to make!

Now you’re off to visit with Jearise at Lorby's World. I hope you're having fun this month - see you in November with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Card A Day Challenge Team


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hello Fall

 This is one of the cards we'll be making at our Fall Stamp-a-Stack on October 28th. I've been experimenting with Take a look - it's a great site where Fun Stampers Journey coaches and Close to My Heart consultants upload projects with pictures, instructions and supply lists. You can browse through many projects, click on one, and have all the information you would need to replicate that project, along with a list of the supplies that are linked directly to the creator's online website so you can just click to shop! Here's the example of the supply list for this card. (This sample isn't clickable! But you can go to or email me if you'd like to order any of these items.)

Product List

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Class

 Coming up! 1:00 to 5:00 in the Brett Kelly B room at Rawlings Library on October 28th.      

You can find instructions and a full supply list for the dandelion card here:

Monday, October 9, 2017

Vintage waterfall card

I've been working on waterfall cards today, and thought you might like to see how this one went together:

Select your image and card stock. Here are the measurements I used:
     Card Base: 4.25 x 11 scored at 5.5
     Background Panel: 4 x 5.25
     Waterfall Mechanism: 2.25 x 9  
                  (scored at 2, 2.75, 3.5, and 4.25) and same color .75 x 4 (plus brads)
     4 square mats: 2.25 x 2.25
     4 images: 2 x 2
  1. Stamp images and mat them. The finished pieces should be squares that measure the same as the width of your "mechanism" strip. Score and fold the mechanism strip.
  2. Prepare your background panel. For this card I decided to stamp my panel, but it also works great to use a piece of printed paper. The little strip measures .75" x 4", so it fits just right across the width of the background panel.
  3. Before mounting the background panel onto the card base, the small strip needs to be securely attached, since it will be the piece that makes the waterfall work! I folded the mechanism strip so all the fold lines are on the front, and the back is the long, unfolded piece. Then I lined it up on the card where I wanted it. I want the little strip of printed paper to go across the background panel even with the bottom of the front, folded part of the mechanism strip. 
  4. Attach just the ends of the little strip to the sides of the background panel. I use a little double-sided tape, and then add brads to be sure the ends are secure. 
  5. Now the background panel can be mounted on the card base. Slide the long, unfolded part of the mechanism strip behind the small strip, lining up the bottom edge of the front, folded part with the bottom edge of the small paper strip. 
  6. **This next part is the most important step of all.** Have the long end of the mechanism strip BEHIND the .75" strip of printed paper. Put glue only where the end of the folded front piece will be. Fold down the front piece, lining it up with the bottom of the printed paper strip. Be sure not to glue anything but the top to the printed paper. The long piece needs to be able to move freely.  
  7. Now glue the square images in place. Each one will be glued to the mechanism strip, just below the fold line. Glue the first image down completely on the first square area, then be sure to put glue between the fold lines only as each image is added.   
  8. Stamp or decorate the long part of the mechanism strip if desired, so designs will show when it is completely pulled out. I decided to cover the long piece with another piece of the rose printed paper I was using.
That's pretty much it! If you like video instructions, I highly recommend Stacy William's YouTube video. She does an amazing job of explaining everything!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Finished Project

Here's the project I've been working on. It's one of the items from a pattern I purchased from called Haunted Forest. I'm using the Fall Fest Prints paper pack (PP-0048) from Fun Stampers Journey. It was definitely a challenge, and there are LOTS of mistakes, but I really enjoyed making it. I'm thinking of using it as a door prize at my October 28th class.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sneak Peek

 Just wanted to do a quick share of a project I'm working on using my Silhouette Cameo and Fun Stampers Journey printed paper. Stay tuned - I should have it finished by tomorrow!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cutting Sentiment Stamps with the Scan n Cut

I have a new Scan n Cut 250 (an older model) that I'm just learning how to use. One of the things I want it for is to cut out stamped images that don't have matching dies. I think I finally figured it out today, after watching many YouTube videos on how to use a transparency! But I tend to prefer written tutorials, so thought I'd list the steps here in case I forget how the next time I need to do this. I store my acetate sheets with my stamp set to use again as needed.
  1. After stamping the sentiment, draw the cut line with a fine-line Sharpie on an acetate sheet.
  2. Affix the stamped sheet to the SnC mat. Use a bit of masking tape to align the acetate sheet over the sentiment to be cut.
  3. Feed the mat into the machine and touch Scan, then Direct Cut. 
  4. Scan the image, then remove the acetate sheet.
  5. Now refine the cut line. Use the arrows to define the cut area, and preview to be sure to get the correct part of the scan.
  6. Next, touch the offset button and set how far from the drawn line the cut should occur. (I like .04, but sometimes use .08)
  7. Cut, then put the acetate over the next image and repeat steps 3 through 6 for the next sentiment.