Shape it up

Hi, 2020 does not disappoint but I hope for a fabulous 2021 for everyone! I wanted to share with you a fun seasonal project that is easy and creative. Let’s check it out.

I enjoy making all types of cards and with the slimline card taking over the crafting community, I thought it would be fun to throw another idea in the ring. Shape cards! I love ordering fold it cards from The Stamps of Life and I enjoy getting creative with my craft stash, so I mixed the two together.

First I use a die that has a shadow layer. I fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock and place my shadow layer (blade side up so you are not cutting into your cutting pad). I choose a side that would best be used to open the card so it can stand up and I place the paper over the die with about 1/4″ of the die showing on the fold as the picture shows. Now I am ready to feed it through my die cutting machine. Once completed you have a shaped card!

Next, I stamp the image and color as desired or I cut the same image to create a second piece. Place this extra piece over the card, it will cover the fold so it looks like one image. Decorate your card as you want, you are the creative genius in the scenario. These are fun creative cards and will defiantly be one of a kind.

Let me know in the comments what kind if shaped cards you would like to create with your stash of die cuts. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see the spooky fun that I am having with this fabulous stamp and die set! As always, if I have inspired you please tag me and use #sewmuchglitter so we can all inspire each other.

Let’s hope 2020 calms down now that the holidays are approaching and we can ring in a peaceful 2021! I have been going through some transitions and have not been able to keep a schedule but plan to do so in the coming days.

Sewmuchglitter

Creative Inspiration

During times like these we can loose our creative mojo. I feel it to and allow myself to get preoccupied by other things that don’t bring me happiness. I wanted to share some fun inspiration with you today. If you ever find yourself in a creative slump, I hope these tips help you!

Because I am a total paper nerd, I will start with paper. Aside from buying paper (the best is online: scrapbook.com, Stamps of Life, Maymaymadeit.com are a few of my top favs), I love organizing my paper hoard. The next time I can create it is easier to find. The first and best thing to get your creative juices flowing is organizing your space and supplies. I also like to put on a good movie, true crime documentary or some guilty pleasure on Netflix and create card bases. Just get out your paper trimmer, score board and find a happy place to watch and cut. Next time you need to create a card quickly, it’s 1/2 complete! You can also cut layering pieces (check out my previous blog posts for sizing) this will jump start a background.

Speaking of backgrounds, they are a fun creative jolt when multiples. I love ink blending and creating different looks by splashing water, adding stencils or mixing colors. If you don’t want to or don’t have time, stash them away for a complete card later. This just helps the creativity clear my head.

I also love large stamps! Colorado craft company has a great line of big and bold stamp sets. They take up a lot of space on a card, but they are ment to be the focal point and are a lot of fun to color. I experiment with different coloring techniques and have fun adding elements such as nuvo’s crystal glaze or a fun gelly roll pen accent. When you’re ready, the fun part is putting these two together! Don’t have large stamps, no worries! Just simply stamp images and color away or leave white for a great monochromatic look. When creativity strikes, you’ll be ready!

Shopping of course is always fun. Who dosen’t love a good Hobby Lobby trip of traveling the isles at Joann’s? I enjoy whipping out a good coupon at Micheal’s. But I realize this is not always possible and it tends to clog up my semi organized chaos. I still never resist a good craft shopping trip. SHHH, it’s my weakness. With 2020 being so great (haha) I also got the online shopping bug.

I hope this helps you or one of your crafty friends! Comment below your favorite way to bust through a creative lockup. Go on over to Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter and check out some great ideas. Say HELLO when you are there. If I inspire you to create something, tag #sewmuchglitter. Gaining inspiration from others is spreaking joy, we all need more joy in 2020.

Stay well, stay cool and I’ll be back for some mid week fun.

Sewmuchglitter

Bases are loaded

As promised, I am back with some inspiration for your card bases. I like to make my own card bases because it is more cost effective, their sturdy, and I can use any color I want! I am going to be showing A2 and A7 card bases today (4.25 x 5.5 and 5 x 7). I did a previous blog post on the famous slim line cards, go check that out and let me know which card style is your favorite in the comments below.

First off, I am NOT a mathematician or an engineer so I keep it simple when creating my card bases. My favorite part of card making is playing with paper and using my creativity but like anything else in life, it needs a good foundation. Let’s get started!

I have stated in previous blog posts that I prefer a heavier weight card stock for my card bases. I use 110 lb paper from Joann’s, you get a variety of neutral colors and 100 sheets of paper in a pack (plus Joann’s has great coupons!) I am going to start with an A2 size first (4.25 x 5.5). The only supplies you need for creating card bases is a paper trimmer, a score board, and a bone folder. Some paper trimmers can double as scoring tools.

A2: 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 size paper creates two A2 card bases! This is the easiest way that I have found to create card bases for this standard size.

  1. Cut the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper in half on the long end. Cut it at 5.5. I lay 1 sheet at a time (but you can double it up if you are using lighter card stock)
  2. On your score board, score with your bone folder at 4.25 then fold on the score line (you can run your bone folder along the fold for a smooth line and easier folding). THAT’S IT! 2 step directions for an A2 card base. Next up let’s discuss an A7 card base.

A7: One sheet 8.5 x 11 paper per card base (sorry, no freebies here)

  1. Cut down the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper down to 10 x 7
  2. On your score board, score at 5 then fold on the line and smooth out with your bone folder. DONE!

I would love to see the card bases that are your favorite to make. If I have inspired you today and you post it on your social media, don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter. Check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what’s been going on, while you’re there say HI!

As I have pointed out, I ca be a paper weight snob 🙂 and I tend to layer my card bases. I do not use 110 lb card stock for everything. My layering pieces are 65-80 lb depending on how detailed my card it. I don’t want it to be too heavy on one side but I don’t want it blowing in the wind either. Share this post with your friends who could use some easy card base inspiration and come back soon for a fun festive project.

Sewmuchglitter

Coloring Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a great Fourth of July and are finding yourself well today. I wanted to share a quick bit on the 30 day coloring challenge I’ve discussed before. Hopefully some mindless fun will get you through your week (we all need distractions in 2020!)

As featured on Kathyrac IG

I enjoy taking part in @Kathyrac 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram that she hosts a few times a year. Just set aside 10 minutes a day for yourself and color. Color anything that makes you happy, use any form of coloring. I enjoy using all of my coloring supplies at least once during this challenge because I always learn something new. Let me show you what I recently worked on.

Summertime inspiration

I enjoy stamping a lot of images at one time, coloring them and them coming back later to create a full project. Sometimes we don’t have the time to commit but we enjoy the creative process. I stamped these Stamps of Life images in Versa Fine black onyx ink, colored them in with my prisma colored pencils (any colored pencils will work) and blended the coloring smooth with my blending stumps and gamsol. You can find the supplies at any major retailer, Amazon, and the stamps only at The Stamps of Life.com (if you order, tell me first I can help get you points for goodies!). Don’t forget to check my previous blog post about paper choices because it matters for best results. Come back this weekend for a finished project. I have a great idea, just not the time in one sitting.

Comment below how you enjoy taking your creative time in tidbits. Taking time for ourselves serves everyone in a positive way, the 30 day challenge gives me the perfect excuse. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter to see what’s happening.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sewmuchglitter

Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

I hope this helped inspire you and answered any follow-up questions you may have had since my last post. DON’T FORGET to check out my other forms of social media: Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter Let me know you were there and what you would like to see more of. If you are inspired by any of my projects or techniques please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter

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