Thursday, 24 May 2012

POPPY CARD



Like most crafters l don't throw anything away. This included those acetate ones that That Special Touch Masks arrive in they are very clear and well worth saving!


When this stamp set arrived from THATS CRAFTY called POPPY MEADOW from INDIGOBLU. I knew what l wanted to do. All those saved acetate sleeves are going to be used.


One thing that you have to remember is that the best Ink to use when stamping on this type of surface is STAZON. However this type of ink is not recommended when your using clear stamps. You can use them but be extra careful and make sure you clean them right away with a recommended cleaner. The same can be said for rubber stamps but they tend to be able to take that bit more.


SHOPPING LIST


StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad, Poppy Meadow Stamp, StazOn Stamp Cleaner, 1 clean acetate sleeve, Anti-Static Bag, A5 Silver Mat Card, A4 Made up Basic White Card, Backing Paper of your choice, 1 Length of Ribbon, 1 Smaller length just to add to the bow, Silver Peel Off lines style, 2 Hat pins with added beads [if plastic don't worry about colours apart from white read on…..], Sharp Craft Knife and a Steel edged Ruler, Selection of Pro-Markers to colour the Poppy, Normal items from our crafting box.


LETS MAKE A CARD!


First thing you need to do is take your anti-static bag and give the surface of the acetate a good coating then just gently woft [crafting term ….. To wave gently in the air while singing a fav. song!] Then taking the stamp carefully stamp the image.


Now l know you have heard me go on and on about my fav stamping item, but in this style of stamping where you need to be firm and not to make even the slightest of smudges.


The Fiskars Easy Stamp Press came once again in to its own. I was able to make an impression and then remove the acetate sleeve without any smears or smudges.  As you can see l have stamped a base image and then carefully placed the main poppy image over the base image.


At the same time take some acetate that is the same and make another impression from any of the stamps your using at that time.. You don't have to be perfect about this one. This is going to be used so that you can test if the ink has dried. After all you dont want to smudge your image.


Placing aside to dry. Leave the impression to air dry.
REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR STAMPS!
ITS IMPORTANT YOU DO THIS BEFORE YOU PUT THEM AWAY

Next job is to secure your choice of paper onto the made up A4 card. To do this place double sided tape onto the white card all sides and down the middle is my preference. Remove the top layer covering the tape and on the sides and middle just remove to half way. Now then here is what l do and it gives me some wiggle time. Take a glue stick tube and just place a thin layer over the uncovered tape.


This will allow you to move your backing paper a little this in return gives you time to make sure all edges meet. When your happy secure into place and then remove the middle and sides.


If the ink still does not look dry we can cut out the aperture for the front of the card.


Taking an A4 photocopy paper we are going to use this as a template.


Using the spare acetate sleeve carefully measure that the overall stamped image will be. Then move in approx. 1cm on each line to make the cut out smaller. By doing this we can make sure that the image can be placed and we can make sure the image is balanced.


When your happy with the the size of the cut out we can transferee the dimensions onto the inside of the front of the card.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR APPATURE IS RIGHT
YOU CAN ONLY CUT THE FRONT OF THE CARD ONCE

Carefully cut the aperture out and then place to one side. By now the stamped image should be ready for the next step
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After you have selected your pro-markers turn the acetate sleeve over so that your going to colour on the reverse side. Place it on some scrap paper so that you protect the stamped image as it can be removed if your ‘heavy handed’


When your colouring take your time and make small movements as in some cases the saturation can be a little faint in some areas.


When that’s done as its a alcohol pen it will dry almost right a way take your silver mirror board and carefully secure onto it by using a very thin double sided tape.


Then the next stage is to secure onto the card again using a thin strong double sided tape.


I cheated with the ribbon and bow as the bow was made separately. If you crinkle up the main ribbon where the ribbon is going to be it does look as if you have done it in one length. To do this just take a length of string/cotton and make a knot to bring them in.


Secure into place with a good glue dot or some strong clear glue. After l made the know l took a complimentary ribbon and just threaded into the centre of the bow and then tucked in the ends back in. It was secure into place with a strong clear glue and two hat pins were added. I used cheap Pony beads here. To colour them l just took white ones and then selected a matching pro-marker l just coloured the bead.


Job Done!


Any questions please send me a message and l will do my best to answer your message asap.


HAPPY CRAFTING


ALAN

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