Friday, August 28, 2009
I tried something different and turned my layout into a working clock. I used a recessed 12”x12” scrap booking picture frame that I had bought a while back and never used because I could never decide which layout to put into it.
I started by cutting a small hole in the back board of the frame for where I wanted the clock mechanism to go through. I then glued my background paper onto the back board, cut a little hole in the paper, making sure to match it up with the hole in the board. I then carried on creating my layout as normal. Once finished I glued the mechanism in place at the back of the board, put the hands onto the clock & put it into the fame. FINISHED – A unique personalized clock that can either stand on a counter top or hung on the wall. This is going to look great in my craft room. Eventually, I will be able to see the time while I am working.
For my clock layout I used:-
QUICKUTZ CLOUDS 12” Cookie Cutter border die,
QUICKUTZ FLOWERS 12”Cookie Cutter border die,
QUICKUTZ GRASS 12” border die,
QUICKUTZ RAINBOW & CLOUD Cookie Cutter die,
QUICKUTZ ANIME MONKEY 4x4 die,
QUICKUTZ MUSHROOMS 4x4 die,
QUICKUTZ TREE 4x4 die
QUICKUTZ SUN 2x2 die,
QUICKUTZ HOUSE 2x2 die,
QUICKUTZ CHANDELIER 4x8 alphabet,
TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS
I had so much fun making this little bear Card that I wanted to Share him with you :-) This lovable bear and his frog would also look fantastic on a childs scrapbooking layout.
SIZZIX BIGZ Teddy Bear #3 655360
QUICKUTZ Frog KS-0572
QUICKUTZ Storybook alphabet 4x8-STORYBK-M
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink for inking around the bear
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I get asked a lot of questions about my scrapbooking but the question I get asked the most is “How do I ink my die cuts and what do I use”? There are many different ways and products to ink with so not everyone will have the same equipment & style. The best way is to keep practising with different techniques until you find a style that works for you. There is no one set way of inking, and that is what makes this such a fun and exciting technique.
I am going to go through step by step the way that I do my inking so that you can see how I do it and hopefully get an idea of how to start inking your die cuts until you can build your own technique & style.
The above picture shows the Banner before and after it has been inked.
For this demonstration I have used:- The Quickutz Banner Border die for the die cut, Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’ (medium brown), Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Walnut Stain’ (dark brown), Sponge cloth, Pencil and a Piece of scrap paper to work on when inking.
STEP 1- Cut a piece of Kitchen sponge cloth into a rectangle shape about 2”x4”. Cut 1 for each colour ink you will be using – This will keep your colours separate & stop your ink pads turning into a horrible mud colour.
STEP 2:- With a lead pencil, very lightly draw an outline where the banner looks like it’s going to fold back on itself. This will help you see where you need to add some shadow to give your banner a 3D look.
Step 3:- Fold your piece of Sponge Cloth in half and hold it with the open end towards the palm of your hand. Place your fingers on top and your thumb underneath. You are now ready to ink.
Step 4:- Using your lighter coloured ink first,(if you are using more than 1 shade of colour) ink the underneath front section of your sponge. The size of your die cut will determine the amount of ink needed. Because I am doing a long die cut, I have inked the entire length of the bottom of the sponge.
STEP 5:- Always start inking from the edge of your die cut working towards the centre so that the darker areas are on the edges and to avaid having solid lines in the middle of your die cuts where there shouldn't be any lines - It just give your inking a much smoother more flowing look. Press your sponge down firmly on the very edge of the of your die cut or just over onto the scrap paper you are working on and ‘flick’ the sponge upwards towards you (now pick the sponge up off the floor and try it again, but this time keep a hold onto the sponge and don’t let go :-) :-) :-) - sorry I couldn’t resist :-). This will help your ink gradually change from dark to light as it get closer to the middle of your die cut.
STEP 6:- Keep repeating step 5 until you have gone all the way around your die cut. You may need to do the same area a few times to get a look that you are happy with. Don’t forget to ink the area where you drew your pencil line for the Banners Shaded areas. For this area place your inked sponged along the pencil line as if that was the edge of your die cut and flick your sponge forwards towards where you would like your shadow to be
STEP 7:- If you are using a second ink, this is where you would start the inking process again from the beginning using the darker shade of ink. You will now ink over the top of your other inking but this time you will ink very lightly still doing the flicking motion and not ink as much of the die cut area as you did with the lighter ink. This would be more of an outlined shadow area so you would stay more to the edges of your die cut.
Remember when you are inking with more than 1 Shade of a colour, always start with the lighter Shade first and then the darkest Shade last. Gradually add your colours because you can always add a darker colour on top of the lighter colours, but it gets very difficult when you are trying to do it the other way around.
Step 8:- Finally, to ink the edge of the die cut pick it up and with your sponge, holding it the opposite way as before, this time with your thumb on top and fingers underneath, put the inked section of the sponge onto the side of the die cut and do the flicking motion away from you. Continue until you have gone around the entire edge of the die cut. You are now FINISHED and ready to use your die cut in a project.
This may sound complicated, but trust me IT’S NOT. Each time you try it, it will easier & easier. I believe that the best way to learn is by your mistakes so don’t be scared to experiment with different products, sponges & techniques. You will soon find out whether it’s your style or not. So go and experiment. You may be surprised at what you turn out with. Don’t worry if you make a mistake or 2 because they can always be covered up by some die cuts or pretty flowers etc. :-)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I decided to do a double page layout focusing on using the QUICKUTZ CLOUD 12” border die CC-BDR-032 & the QUICKUTZ RAINBOW & CLOUD Cookie Cutter dies CC-SHAPE-2-022.
On this Noah’s Ark layout I used the QUICKUTZ RAINBOW & CLOUDS die for the rainbow & also for the bottom section of the Noah’s Ark. I cut out the rainbow in shades of brown and turned it upside down to make the hull of the Ark. The port holes were made using the eyes from the QUICKUTZ ANIME MONEY REV-0186-S. I hand cut the cabin section of the Ark and used the QUICKUTZ HOUSE KS-0935 for the entrance.
I added the QUICKUTZ TREE CC-BDR-021, QUICKUTZ TREES CC-BDR-018, QUICKUTZ SUN RS-0934, some extra clouds on the pages, and finally, being the Noah’s Ark theme I scattered the following QUICKUTZ animals around the pages:- FOX KS-0891, SQUIRREL KS-0888, OWL KS-0887, HEDGEHOG KS-0890, PENGUIN KS-0602, RABBIT RS-0889, PIG KS-0525, ELEPHANT KS-0875, GIRAFFE KS-0877, LEOPARD RS-0873, DOVE KS-0590, DOLPHIN KS-0161, DOLPHIN RS-0160, DOLPHIN KS-0162, ORCA KS-0236, The Koala Bear is from the QUICKUTZ AUSTRALIA COLLECTION Cookie Cutter dies set, and the swirls in the top clouds are made from the SIZZIX SWIRLY DECORATIVE STRIP #654774.
I used BASIC GREY papers for my background pages, and inked my die cuts with TIM HOLTZ Distress Inks. This was so much fun to do.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I decided to make a Wedding Card using the QUICKUTZ MAY RELEASE REVOLUTION WEDDING CAKE die REV-0201-S. I chose this gorgeous cake die because it reminded me so much of my own wedding cake and I wanted to decorate it very simular – although mine did not have mice on top. Mine had a gorgeous cluster of roses.
I topped the cake with the mice from the QUICKUTZ EXCLUSIVE PRINCESS CARRIAGE DIE and used the bodies from the QUICKUTZ 2x2 BRIDE & GROOM DIE KS-0454. I inked the cake with TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS and then made little flowers to decorate the cake using the little flower from the QUICKUTZ SWIMSUIT & HAT DIE KS-0569 and the tiny little leaves are from the QUICKUTZ TOPIARY DIE. In the centres of the flowers I have added little KAISERCRAFT RHINESTONES, which are so easy to attach because they are self adhesive and ready to stick.
Monday, August 10, 2009
For this 'altered project' I have focused on using the QUICKUTZ GRASS border die & the INKING of the die cuts before putting them onto my project. I’m so glad I did the inking because the difference is amazing and it’s easy to do. You can make a flat 2D die cut look like a 3D work of art in no time at all.
If you haven’t tried inking yet, you are missing out, and I’m sure that once you try it you will not regret it.
I started this week by altering a mini wooden crate that has been floating around my house for a while now. I thought I would get creative and turn it into something useful.
I started by inking the wooden Crate and all my die cuts. I used TIM HOLTZ DISTRESSED INK, but there is a great variety of inks available out there that you would be able to use.
I glued the QUICKUTZ GRASS BORDER to the outside of the crate and then placed the die cuts onto the crate as I wanted them. When I used the QUICKUTZ FLOWERS die, I replaced the flowers with buttons. The other dies I used were the SIZZIX ORIGINALS ROOSTER, QUICKUTZ MUSHROOMS, QUICKUTZ PUMPKIN and the mice & vine are from the exclusive PRINCESS CARRIAGE die.
The pictures show the Crate before and after I altered it, and then also a close up of the front and side.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I L-O-V-E using combinations of different dies together and I have combined both Quickutz & Sizzix dies together to create this very ‘girly’ baby page of my daughter. I started by making up the Rose border by using the QUICKUTZ Vine Border 12" die and adding lots of little rose buds to it - (QUICKUTZ Rose Bud KS-0451)
For the Princess bear I used the QUICKUTZ Hat KS-0869 and the QUICKUTZ Swimsuit KS-0726 for her pants. The stem of the roses is a section of the QUICKUTZ Vine Border.
On the other side of the page I have used the SIZZIX BIGZ Decorative Accent #10 and added some of the same Quickutz rose buds. I have used the QUICKUTZ Squares & Dots Border die to frame the photo and threaded some ribbon through the slots to give it a much prettier ‘girly’ look..
The title was made with the QUICKUTZ Beauty Queen Grand Alphabet and I used TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink - antique linen for inking around the title & bear.
I have also used BASIC GREY background paper & 'Princess' title Rub on.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Getting a 1 year old to sit and pose ‘Happily’ for photographs is almost impossible, so when Jacob happily sat and posed for me, I quickly took as many photo’s as I could until he decided that he’d had enough. It’s amazing how many photographs you can take in 2 minutes if they just sit still and co-operate:-) I managed to take some gorgeous photos of Jacob playing with his truck and could not wait to use them in a layout, So for this weeks project I decided to do a double page 12”x 12” layout with a boyish theme to it. I am happy with the way it turned out and just L-O-V-E the QUICKUTZ UNIVERSITY ALPHABET that I used as the size is Perfect for large titles.
For this layout I used the following Dies and products:-
COTTAGE CUTZ -LIMITED EDITION- GROOVEY CAR SC-CC4x4-025
QUICKUTZ UNIVERSITY COOKIE CUTTER GRAND ALPHABET
QUICKUTZ CLOUDS CC-BDR-032
QUICKUTZ TREE REV-0182-D
QUICKUTZ FILM STRIP CC-SHAPE-1-033 (THIS DIE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MY OZTION STORE VERY SOON)
QUICKUTZ TRACTOR REV-0112-S
QUICKUTZ CEMENT MIXER REV-0111-S
QUICKUTZ AIRPLANE REV-0109-S
QUICKUTZ ROADS REV-0053
QUICKUTZ SUN RS-0934 (THIS DIE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MY OZTION STORE VERY SOON)
QUICKUTZ FLOWERS KS-0535
SIZZIX PICKET FENCE 38-0213 (The new Quickutz 12" Border Picket Fence die would also work perfectly for this layout)
TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS