Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn Birthdays

Our family celebrates a lot of birthdays in September and October and I sometimes run short of cards (you know . . . like the shoemaker's kids not having any shoes).   Here's an easy way to stay ahead of the game.  
 Using the power pasting technique, paste as many cards as you think you might need then add the finishing touches and assemble them as time permits.   For example, paste 12 card panels using the Spider Mums (LJ892) stencil and glossy black paste.  Let them dry and then put them aside with a sheet of wax paper between each panel until needed.   To finish the card, reposition the stencil over the image and tape the corners to hold in place.  With a dauber, apply Versamark watermark ink to the exposed paste.  Using a clean paint brush, dust a layer of Metallic F/X powder (I used Peach, Plum Royal, Pink Blaze, Forestry and Kiwi) over the watermark ink in colors that will coordinate with your background paper.  Remove the stencil and dust off any remaining powder with a soft cloth or brush.  (A Swiffer Dry Sweeper also works well for this.)  Stamp the appropriate sentiment and you're done!

We'll be using this stencil and the Molten Magic technique in Saturday's class at Memories Live On.  Register on-line or call the store at 408-446-9910 to save a space in the craft room.

Happy crafting,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall is in the air . . .

. . . and there are some wonderful Dreamweaver Stencils to translate that feeling into card making or scrapbooking.   I've chosen three for a stencil class at Memories Live On in Cupertino on Saturday, September 28 (1:00-4:00 p.m.; $25 class fee).  Call the store at 408-446-9901 to register.

The new technique we'll be learning is faux ceramic tile (or window pane) and we'll re-visit the Molten Magic technique we learned a few months ago. 

Remember to set aside some time to do something creative this weekend.

Until the next post, happy crafting,