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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

a masking tape tutorial

The other day I was watching a youtube video from Jennifer McGuire about faux metal embossing. She used distress inks and mica powders to create a background. That inspired me to play with masking tape, distress inks and mica powders too. I have lots of them and rarely use them.

So here a step by step on how I make one of those cards.

I used a piece of white card stock, a card blank, distress inks, blending tools, masking tape (I use frog tape for delicate surfaces), mica powder and a brush. Oh and some embellishments.

I put the tape down to make a pattern.

I ink up the card stock with distress ink and a blending tool. I prefer to use more than one colour so it pops a bit more.

In this case I used Cracked pistachio and abandoned coral distress ink.
Because distress ink stays wet a bit longer it is easy to use a mica powder. I decided to use a yellow one to give it a nice golden glow. I use a fluffy brush to dust it on the ink. 
To fixate the powder I spray it with a mini mister. Mica powders normally have a binder in it that is activated by water.
While the cardstock is still stuck down I dry the mist with my heat tool. This way it stays nice and flat.
I gently remove the masking tape and reveal the uninked parts of the card stock.

This is what the card looks like after I stuck the piece of card stock on the card blank and embellished it with a sentiment die cut and a stamped and coloured in cupcake.
Here you can see the yellow shimmer of the perfect pearl powder.

I hope you enjoyed the process and will give it a go yourself!

Take care and maybe until next time....


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

shaker card tutorial

Shaker cards have been around for a while but I have only recently started making them. And as I was showing them on my fb page, people kept asking me how I make them. So here a photo tutorial of how I make my shaker cards.
The basics you need for a shaker card are a frame, a background, a card blank, some acetate or plastic sheet and ofcourse shaker content.

 I die cut this Tim Holtz window frame and stuck the acetate on the back using double sided tape. This will be the front of my shaker.

 on the back of the window I stick foam tape. I normally stick two layers to give the sequins and glitter some room to move.
 Here you see the two layers. You need to make sure there are no gaps as glitter or other small parts could escape.
I fill the shaker with sequins, glitter and beads, and sometimes I use little punched figures for some interest. Here I used punched snowflakes that I coloured with Wink of Stella shimmer.

I take the backing of the double sided tape and stick my background piece on the back of the shaker. This way it has a nice background and you can mount it much easier to your card base.
Now the shaker part is ready to be stuck on the card and I can embellish and stamp the card.
I stuck the shaker on the card blank using double sided tape. I can now stamp the sentiment and embellish the window.
And this is how the finished card looks like.

I hope this was helpful and that it will help you make some too!

Until next time,

Take care.