December 7, 2016

Lamp Greetings

I started this card by cutting out the lamp with my Silhouette SD. I marked out where the lights would sit on the card and then used a sponge to add yellow ink to those areas on the cardstock.

For decoration, I added some punched greenery, a bow and a tiny poinsettia. I stamped the greeting and then added snow on the bottom. Originally I just had the glitter glue, but then I saw someone do a snowy ground with texture paste and decided to add some to my picture. It gives the round real dimension.

I'm submitting this to Simon Says Stamp's Ice Inspiration challenge.

December 5, 2016

Light up Chalet ornament

This was supposed to be an ordinary Christmas tree ornament, but some LED supplies I ordered off of ebay arrived, so I turned it into a light up ornament instead. It took a while to do, both because some of the steps required drying time, but also because I had to carefully consider how to make the lights work.

Where did I get the idea for lit crafts? I've been seeing Chibitronics cards all over and I've also discovered mini dollhouse kits that light up. My husband's an engineer and suggested I get LED components if I wanted to try making some of these, rather than buying pre-strung lights or expensive kits. I don't think I can do cards with my supplies - the lights I bought are a little too large - but I can do ornaments and fairy gardens and whatnot.

It was pretty complicated, especially since I put the back on my chalet before I decided to do the electronics, then needed to cut into it to hide most of the wires. There are three lights: two yellow ones in the house, and a blue one behind the tree.

Backing: One piece of blue cardstock die cut, glued to a round piece of stiff cardboard (not the stuff boxes are made of, more like a heavy cardstock). I punched and cut some stars out of the blue with a knife. The inside of the cardboard was painted with 3 layers of glow in the dark paint, to glow as stars. The back was painted black and then sprayed with varnish so the paint wouldn't chip.

Diorama: The chalet started out as a 3D bird house cut file from the Silhouette store. I modified it, adding windows, frames, an open door, and the balcony. There's a thin layer of German lantern paper covering the windows (it's kind of a cross between waxed paper and tissue paper - I know about it because my parents brought it home from Germany when I was a kid. I bought some on a trip there a few years ago. The point of the paper is to help diffuse the light so there's no blindingly bright spot. Tracing paper, crepe paper, tissue paper, etc. would probably work too).

The tree is from a shaped pipe cleaner, cut and dabbed with some white puff paint and glitter glue. Here's the tutorial that taught me how to make them.

The snowman is made from 4 half pearl stickers. I carefully added black embossing liquid for eyes and buttons. For the nose I used pearl embossing liquid for dimension, and coloured it with an orange marker once it was dry. I used two tiny twigs for arms, sandwiched between the lower pearls and a piece of wire through the middle of all 4 pearls to attach it to the styrofoam base. The wire and twigs made gaps between the pearl halves, so I used some pearl embossing liquid to fill those in.

Base: This is a quarter of an 8cm styrofoam ball. I thought the styrofoam looked kind of ice like, so I just I added some white puffy paint in places to look like snow and sprinkled some iridescent glitter on top. I did a failed version of the base where I covered it in a thick layer of white glue and added the glitter, but it wasn't the right size so I had to redo it. I also didn't like that the glue dried clear and flat, removing the texture and interest. I didn't realize this when I set it up, but the blue light diffuses through the styrofoam - but not the paint - giving a cool effect.

Electronics: The two lights in the house were attached to a piece of cardboard. Each led had 2 prongs, a positive and a negative. I twisted 470 ohm resisters to the negative sides before joining their wires up (behind the resisters). They come out at the bottom of the house. The positive sides were twisted and join at the middle of the house. For the tree light, I made a hole through the styrofoam for the negative wire and ran the positive one on the surface (covered by puffy paint). They join up with the wires behind the house. I punched two holes in the backing for the wires to go through. I glued a battery holder down using crazy glued, and an on/off switch with hot glue (it had a depression in the back so there was nowhere for the crazy glue to stick). I lined up the wires and my husband soldered the wires together.

I finished it off by gluing the dome on with some hot glue (alas, I made a bit of a mess with the glue in one area, so I'm trying to come up with a better way of attaching the dome for the future).

November 30, 2016

Merman card

For Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge of 'Anything Goes' I decided to do something different. I printed out the Some Odd Girl MerMan Cody and Make It Crafty's Mermaid Castle digital stamps. I coloured the images and then die cut them out, inking the edges with some blue. I mounted the images on a blue cardstock base and put some flowers around them.

August 10, 2016

Unicorn Egg Decoration

This is my third decorated egg, and I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  The egg was cleaned out and died a light blue.  I then dipped it in water with nail polish on top (it floats on the top like oil - if you do this, use a plastic cup you don't want and be aware that the polish will eventually eat away at the plastic, creating leaks).

For the inside I cut a small styrofoam ball in half, spread white glue over one of the halves, and liberally sprinkled pink craft sand on top.  I should have waited for it to dry but I was impatient and kept working on the project.  I mixed some glue and nail art fluff (similar to flower soft), to make the little bushes.  I added more glue to a small twig and added more fluff to make flowers/leaves on it.

I used hot glue to attach the foam ball to the egg, and the same glue on the unicorn's feet (I had to do this twice as it glued to the sand, which pulled off as the white glue wasn't dry yet).

I used three strands of 'friendship thread', a glittery metallic thread, braided to make the loop, also glued on with hot glue.

July 24, 2016

Pointillism card

I made this card for Papertrey Ink's Pointillism challenge.  Instead of using circles, I decided to use a small flower from the Simply Jane stamp set.  I started by using one of the beautiful butterflies dies to create a soft impression on the paper for a template (I put the paper on a foam sheet, then pressed on the die with my hand to create the outline).  I then used two purple inks with the small stamp to create the butterfly.  To add some details to the butterfly I took a dot stamp from the Foodie Fun set.

I stamped a stem ending from Daydreamers in green then used the small flower stamp to create a flower.  I was going to use the Daydreamers stem itself, but I thought that would be cheating, so I got the dot stamp and created a stem and leaves with it, and some grass at the bottom of the card.

The sentiment is from the Hello Sunshine set, stamped in the two shades of purple I used for the rest of the card.

July 23, 2016

Drips and Splatters Challenge

I made this card for Papertrey Ink's challenge on mastering drips and splatters for Stamp-a-faire.

I used a piece of watercolour paper and then did several techniques for splattering ink/watercolour paints on the page.  For the strips I put a piece of string (because I don't have wool) in ink and laid it on the paper.  I used different sized paint brushes for the other splatters.

The sentiment is from the Daydreamer stamp set and was stamped on a separate piece of watercolour paper, then attached with pop dots.  The whole card was mounted on dark purple cardstock.

Starry Night Challenge

Papertrey Ink is doing their Stamp-a-faire on painting masters, and I made this card for their Starry Night challenge.

I started with a piece of watercolour paper and inked it with a variety of colours (black, dark blue, medium blue, red, purple, and pink) using some make-up sponges.  I spritzed the paper with some glitter and water, then added some more ink with a paint brush.

I dried the paper with my heat gun then used black ink to paint on the horizon line.  I stamped some foreground greenery with stamps from the Daydreamer set, then did some not very good pine trees in the distance with a mix of a paint brush and the edge of a sponge.

I covered the black inked areas and then used some wet acrylic paint to spray on stars (I forgot to wash the black ink off my paintbrush so my first batch of 'stars' are a mix of black and silver) in silver and white.

The sentiment is from the Up, Up and Away set, stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed with glow in the dark embossing powder.  I decided to add some glow in the dark stars, and so dabbed the panel with my embossing pen before applying and heat setting the embossing powder.

I mounted the panel on black cardstock, and used a strip of foam tape to attach the sentiment.

 Here's the card in the dark (enhanced so you can see the effects better).