1st Post Of October 2013

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Info, Some Cards, and a Scrapbook Layout

I write a lot in each blog post as this helps me remember what I’ve used in my crafting in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some of my readers might find of interest – but please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section and just have fun viewing what I’ve made.


With spending time sitting out the garden puttering in my greenhouse and raised bed over the summer, and using my energy watering and picking on a daily basis when things were actively growing and ripening, I’ve not done any cutting out with my Silhouette Cameo for quite a while.  And as thing started slowing down out the garden I had my niece around to help with some tidying in the garden, and also to help tidying my crafty stash and putting together some new storage for me.  I had promised myself that I’d stick to colouring and hand cutting until the tidying was actually finished – but Wednesday I gave in to temptation and got out my Cameo and started cutting out some of the many designs I’ve been tempted by during the last month or so.  My energy ran out before I’d fed everything through for cutting, but I did get enough done for several cards – some of which I’ve already put together and you can see in today’s post.  I’ve got some more to finish working on which you should hopefully see in my next post.  I hope you like today’s assortment.

Any of you who like the various assortment of items I use that have been created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs may like to put your names down for the “Stamping Dragon Designs Newsletter” to recive updates and special offers as they happen.

Manga220x102For those of you who are thinking of starting to use ProMarkers, or expanding on a small collection you already have – Letraset currently have a special offer of 20% off on their Manga Expansion Packs.  Manga Expansion Packs contain 12 ProMarker colours carefully selected to work well together, and a free Blender pen.  The odd thing is that, while the E-mail I received is saying that they have 20% off their Manga Expansion Packs throughout October, the front page of their website is saying that it’s 20% off their ProMarker 12 Sets – so perhaps you should have a look in both sections to see which selections would suit you best and check which ones are on offer when you read this.



(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

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  1. Doily Layer 4…SVG by Tina Fitch (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the intricate layers out of yellow cardstock and the matting layers out of white cardstock. I stuck the intricate layers diretly to the corresponding matting layers using quick grab glue with a fine metal tip on top. I created a base card from white, linen textured, cardstock, using a paper punch to round the cornes. I went round the outside of the base card and the largerst matting layer with a Canary ProMarker and also used the same ProMarker to put a dotted pattern over the background of the base card. I punched out two different styles of paper flowers using Petal Pairs punches out of yellow vellum and some slightly larger flowers out of ice white pearlescent vellum. I attached the largest layer of the doily topper to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and the next layer on top of this using 2mm deep tape. I used glue gel to put smaller yellow flowers on top of the slightly larger white ones and then stuck these in the centre of the doily topper, and finished off by putting four of the other type of punched yellow flowers one in each corner. This is a lovely design that cut perfectly from the 250gsm cardstock I used and could be used on cards for many occasions.)
  2. Angled view of doily topper from the side.
  3. Ruperts PC Digital Stamp by Janette Padley by Boyz Room Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I printed the design out at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Chestnut, Oasis, Cyan, Aegean, Bluebell, Sugar Plum, and Dove Grey FlexMarker.  I created a card front using elements from the mini kit that I took into one of my graphics packages, moved about and resized until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square card front.  I printed this out onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock I’d used for the digi-stamp and then cut out an aperture in the frame.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob Card and stuck the digi-stamp to this at approximately where it was needed using glue gel.  I then attached the card front over the top using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Because I’d used glue gell for the digi-stamp I could then gently ease it into the exact position behind the frame aperture before pressing it down firmly.  I’ve not put a greeting on this card yet because I don’t kow what language it will be needed in.)

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  1. Zipper Card *PDF*SCAL*STUDIO*WPC* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and changed the greeting both outside, under the “zipper” to a Welsh greeting – Yn Dymuno … Penblwydd Hapus Iawn I Chi and on the inside Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Wishing You … A Very Happy Birthday with Happy Birthday on the inside.  I then printed out the inside and outside sheets onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock with the registration marks in place.  These were then fed into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out.  The main card was cut out of a redish Bazzil Basics cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the inside layers and the base layer to the front and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the top layer to the front.  I shaped the added butterflies and flower layers and attached using glue gel.  As the wording on the card can be changed it could be used for many occasions from birthdays to get well, or even as invitations.  The novelty element of the “zipper” would make it suitable for a youngster as well, or even as an invitation.)
  2. The inside of the card.
  3. Celtic Toppers *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut the layers out of gold metalic, light and dark brown pearlescent Bazzil cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I made an easel card and top panel from a sheet of A4 hammered cream cardstock which I scored using my Hougie Board and then cut to size.  I also had a panel I’d cut out as waste from another card that I decided to use as a greetings topper.  I went round the edges of all the base card pieces and the greetings panel using a gold ProMarker.  I used a quick grab wet glue, applied using a metal tip nozzle, to attach the top gold layer to the light brown layer, and glue gel to attach this with a slight rise to the dark brown mat layer on each of the two panels.  The smaller of the panels was attached to the base of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to act like a stopper for my easel card, and the other panel was attached to the front of the card using 1mm deep foam, using the same foam to attach the blank greetings panel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in, or what occasion it will be used for as it could be used as a simple male card for birthday, get well, etc.  I think that these toppers, cut in white and pearlescent white, would make stunning toppers for wedding cards as well.  So many uses I can think of.)
  4. Side view showing dimension of card.



I’m not realy into scrapbooking, but every now and then I have a go at both digital and paper based scrapbooking.  When I saw the colours in this mini kit I thought I’d have another go at doing a digital scrapbook page using some of the pictures I’d taken of the plants in my greenhouse at different stages of growth and a photo I’d taken of one of each breed of tomato I’d grown.  I think I need to go back and add the dates to the tabs on the frames of both the greenhouse photos to show when they were taken.  What do you think?

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  1. Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took various elements from this kit, together with three pictures of plants growing in my greenhouse and some produce, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, moved around and manipulated until I had an 8″ square scrapbook layout I was happy with.



In the “Making Things Easier” section of my blog post of the 26th September I looked at some things to think about to keep the depth dimension of a card small enough to go through the UK postal system on a standard stamp.  But perhaps you’ve decided not to keep the depth under 5mm to send it using an ordinary letter stamp, but rather to just keep it smaller than the Large Letter limit of up to: Length: 35.3cm, Width: 25cm, Thickness up to and including: 2.5cm, and use a Large Letter stamp (costing 69p currently at 2nd class).  But do you realise that if your card, in its envelope, weighs more than 100g the ordinary Large Letter stamp you can buy over the counter in lots of shops, not just the Post Office, isn’t enough? In fact, to post a Large Letter weighing between 101f and 250g costs £1.10 (and a bit more if sending by 1st class post).  So a jump of over 40p for what could be a few grams more.

So this is when it is important to be aware of weight as well as dimension when constructing a card, and if you’ve decided to go for a larger card in the first place, and forget keeping the depth very small, this is when a card is most likely to weigh in at more than 100g in its envelope – or envelobox if you’ve had to construct something deeper than an envelope to protect the embelishments from being crushed in the post.

So what can be done to keep the weight of a finished card low?

One thing to consider is gutting the middle out of card layers.  If most of a mat of cardstock or paper isn’t going to be visible on the finished card because something is covering it then cut the centre out of the layer just smaller than whatever is to go on top.  This not only means that the card will be a few grams lighter but also that you’ll have the piece of paper or cardstock left over to use as a mat on another card.  If a second layer can also be gutted in the same way then thats another piece to be used again and another grams less in weight.

I mentioned in my previous piece about using lighter weight cardstock or paper, where practical, to keep dimension down, but of course, if you drop from a 300gms to a 200gms cardstock for a flat mat you will have a card that’s a small number of grams lighter.

Then there’s embelishments.  The heavier the embelishments the heavier the finished card, so think about the type and number of embelishments you use.  One or two metal embelishment may not push the weight of your card over the 100g limit to the next weight bracket, but three or four may.  And some metal embelishments and charms are more solid and weighty than others.  What I’ve found lately is Martha Stewart clay and molds.  This is a super lightweight clay that’s easy to work and air dries.  As well as the white it comes in an assorted colour pack as well, which has a guide on how to mix lots of other shades and colours.  The beauty of this clay is that it’s a paper based clay that can be coloured with things like ProMarkers, or gilding wax, or even brushed with glue and have gilding flakes put over.

If you are going to take your card to the Post Office and get it weighed and the proper stamp put on and not worry about the cost, or it’s being hand delivered, then fine – make your card as ornate and deorated as you like – but if you are going to post a card in the local post box with a Large Letter stamp on it, then be aware of the final weight and don’t suffer the embarasment of the recipient telling you in a few days time that they had to go and pay to receive the card.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)



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