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A Short Update and Musings, Some Cards And Other Bits
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I’m still working Christmas things, although much of what’s in this post doesn’t look Christmasy – but that’s because they will be a part of a gift for use throughout the year.
After coming across a question, on one of the Facebook Groups I belong to, about the rights and wrongs of converting an image from a physical stamp, into a cutting file to cut out vinyl using a Silhouette machine, my thoughts have once again returned to the issue of copyright (and the fact that some people know about some areas of it and still disregard the law). The answer is, of course, that you are not legally allowed to create a cutting file from a stamped image unless the stamp company or illustrator of the image expressly gives you permission to do so – and very few, if any, companies would allow such copying of their work.
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I’ve been working on an assortment of cards to put in a box to give as a gift for a family member. I’ve not put a greeting on any one as I don’t know what language the recipient will want the card to be when they send them, so Ill be including some peel-offs and greetings banners in both English and Welsh when I pack the box of cards.
- Butterfly Shaped Stacker – Wow Yellow by Kirsty Green by Butterfly Stacker – Wow Orange / Yellow Backing Paper by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out at half size and cut out the butterfly layers. I then printed background onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut out panels of both shades of the background, going round the shapes to make two backing panels. I then took my gold Wink of Stella and went round all layers of the butterfly and the two shaped backgrounds with it to give all the edges a bit of a twinkle. I took a square, scalloped edged, white card and went around it with an orange ProMarker before sticking the largest backgorund directly to the front using finger-lift tape, and then the smaller layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by shaping the butterfly layers and attaching in place using glue gel. This is one card from this batch that would require a large letter stamp because of the dimension.)
- An angled view of the same card to try and show some of the dimension.
- Pink roses pyramid topper by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. As I wanted to keep the card depth low for posting I decided to only use the base image and two other layers. The base layer was stuck onto a scalloped edge square card using finger-lift tape. The other two layers were attached using 1mm deep double sided foam tape. I went around the edge of the card using a pink ProMarker and finished off by attaching some sticky back gems.)
- Beautiful Horse Card Topper 3 by Tammy Clarke and Antique Plum Pink Rose Insert 8×8 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little smaller than the size provided. I also printed out the insert twice at a little smaller than size provided. I took a scalloped edged base card and went round the edge with a purple ProMarker. I also cut out one of the insert pieces and went round the edge with the same ProMarker before attaching it to the front of the card as a layer using fingerlift tape. The second insert was attached inside the card. I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this beautiful horse topper and finished off by wrapping a piece of purple jute string twice around the top of the card and tieing in a simnple bow.)
- Mini Inked Toppers – Blank Night Landscapes by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the panels. I went around the outside edge of the panel I chose for this card with a purple ProMarker and also went around the edge of my chosen base card with the same proMarker. I attached the topper to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I put glitter glue over the moon and three spots of it at each corner of the base card. I finished off with some ProMarker I’d outlined with to make dots at the centre of each side.)
- Cute Labrador Puppy Pink Offset Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. As I wanted to keep the depth of the card low for posting on a standard stamp in the UK I split the layers in half, after cutting out, so that I could make two cards from the sheet. One card was made using the base layer and two others on an rectangular card, but for this one I chose a small shaped card from my crafting stash and went around it using a Carnation Pink ProMarker. I went round the largest of my chosen layers with the same ProMarker. I put down a strip of glitter ribbon across my base card before attaching the layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by sticking on sticky back gems at the top two corners.)
- Beautiful Long Kitten Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces. I used a punch to round the corners of the base layer before going round all the layers using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen. I created a base card of a suitable size out of an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and trimmed. The base image layer was attached to this using finger-lift tape and the two two top layers were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by going over the butterfly wings with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.)
- Sky Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces. I used a punch to round the corners of the base layer before going round all the layers using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen. I created a base card of a suitable size out of an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and trimmed. The base image layer was attached to this using finger-lift tape and the two two top layers were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by going over the twinkle at the top of the image with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and attaching two clear, sticky back, faux gems to the greetings panel.)
- Scenic Toppers by Wendy Freeman (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the toppers. I took a small decorative edged card from my crafting stash and went around it with a Lipstick Red ProMarker and added a tripple dot pattern around it as a background. I then attached a my chosen topper using a 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by putting spots of red glitter glue around each corner of the topper.)
- Wild Tiger Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces. I rounded the corners of the base layer using a punch before going around the edge of all pieces using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to give a little twinkle. I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board before folding it into an A5 base card. The card front panel was attached directly to theis using finger-lift tape. I attached the three panels to this using 1mm deep, double side, foam tape. I finished off by putting dots of a brown glitter glue around the edge.)
Both of these are keyrings are knotted and are for males who like riding horses.
- This has a straight piece with three silver plated hematite beads of two different sizes and a horses head charm. The knotting on this piece is twisted – which is achieved by always making the cross over for knotting in the same direction.
- This piece has two hematite beads and a horse charm which is hanging on a loop created from one of the central cords. This time the knotting is flat – which is achieved by making one knot from the right and once from the left, alternating. I finished this by bringing the end up to the start and finishing off. I used a Thread Zapper to cut and seal the ends in place.
I made this “lantern” to hang in the “stable” during our Sunday School Nativity play. I made two of them.
- The “lantern” is made from a single sheet of A4 parchment. I scored it to give four side panels plus a bit extra for sticking. I also scored where to cut to give the triangles for the top of the lantern, again adding an extra bit to one side of each triangle to give a space for sticking. I then scored out a rectangular panel on each of the four sides. I cut out the “lantern”, folded at all the score lines, and stuck everything into place using ultra tacky double sided tape. I then used my Yellow ProMarker and coloured in the outside of the rectangular panels on all sides.
I then made a spiral from 16 guage jewellery wire, and put this under a small, battery operated, tealight. I wound the end of the wire around the tealight and bent it up over the top so that it is sticking upright. I put a kink in the wire so that the length is a little shorter than the apex of the lantern and pushed the wire end through the small gap at the top of the lantern. I left a length of wire long enough to drop the inside construction to turn the tealight on, then turned the wire into a hook and cut off the spare. The yellow colouring gives the illusion of a light being on, even if it’s too bright to see the light from the tealight when it is on.
MAKING THINGS EASIER!
Since starting to make Shamballa style bracelets, and other knotted items such as keyrings, I’ve been trying out different methods I’ve seen demonstrated of how to hold the cords while doing the knotting.
I’ve tried using pins into my beading mat board. I’ve tried bulldog clips on either side of a plastic tray A4 paper tray. I’ve also tried tapeing the ends to the sides of a tray. But, although all worked, I wasn’t totally happy with any method as things still moved as I worked and were a little fiddly to reposition.
Then I saw an item used by children when making friendship bracelets – a Friendship Bracelet Maker Kit.
I’ve used it to make bookmarks – as I showed in my last blog post – but I then had a thought that if it could hold cords to make friendship bracelets why not use it to hold cords for knotting shamballa bracelets.
- It’s got “teeth” under the sprung butterfly clip.
- For the keyrings shown earlier in this post I used a double central cord, so I threadded it through the jump ring on the bottom the keyring finding and clipped this end under the butterfly. The two ends were put between two of the “fingers” at the other end of the board.
- I then threaded on the beads and knotted both ends together to prevent them falling off.
- I then took a slightly larger diameter cord and started knotting as close as possible to the edge of the butterfly. I just lifted the end from the “fingers”, slipped a bead up, and popped the cord ends back between the “fingers” before continuing my knotting.
- The cords can be put to one side of the centre to work on if you find it difficult to pass the knotting cords under the central cord because of the central bar, though it doesn’t need to be as far to the side as in this picture. I prefer having the central cord down the centre and can rest my hands either side, so making working easier for me.
I’m not saying that something like this will help everybody who wants to do Shamballa, or other knotted jewellery, but this is something to consider if you struggle with keeping this in place.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Monday, 9th December – Here! – 22 Piece Card Kit for just 99p & All the BEST SELLING Designers and Crafters
Craftsuprint have a Mailer Archive where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.
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