Thursday, January 31, 2013

How do I love thee?

Since it's February 1, it's time for some valentine magic!

This card was created using the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio software and Viva Décor Pearl Pens. Duetica makes custom type so easy to create and there are hundreds of variations. I used the DT-Mandolyn font, which is my favorite, mostly because I can add beautiful swirls to the letters and make them wrap around themselves. You could set this up on your computer and leave it as is, printed in black, white and red and it would be fine, but let's add some layers and bling it up a little to take it to the next level!

After I thought I was finished with my card, I left this on my work table for a while and then realized it needed some Ice White Pearl Pen. That made all the difference in the world.

Here's how I did it:

Duetica Lettering Arts Studio
Adobe Illustrator Software- Optional  (See Step 3, Part B below if you don’t have a drawing program.)
White card stock
Black cardstock, 12” x 6” (folded to 6” x 6”)and scrap 3” x 6”
Pink Paislee (mist)•a •bles  Card Stock, 5 ¾”x 5 ¾”
Colorbox Pigment Inks: Rose, Black, Scarlet
Viva Décor Pearl Pen, Ice White
Glue Dots
Kool Tac Premium Extreme double side tape, ¼” wide
Offray 1 ¼” Black Organdy Ribbon, 24”

1. Set type using the DT-Mandolyn font.  Adjust ascenders and descenders  to your taste.

2. Select an option:
Part A for Adobe Illustrator: Draw a heart approximately 5” wide and tall. Fill with red. Place the How do I love thee? type on the heart shape by repeatedly pasting and offsetting the copy in Illustrator and print onto white cardstock. Print Let me count the ways (reverse the type out of black) on the same sheet. Cut out heart and sponge edges with black ink.

Part B, using a Word Document: Repeat the phrase in a  6” tall and 6” block of continuous type in a Word document. Print out on red cardstock.  Cut the heart shape with scissors. Print Let me count the ways (reverse the type out of black) on white card. Sponge edges of heart with black ink.

4. Apply Premium Extreme tape along the back edge of the heart. Place the organdy ribbon on the tape and create ruffles all around.

To create ruffle: Place ½” of the beginning edge of the ribbon on the tape with approximately 1” extending outside the edge. Fold the ribbon back onto the 1/4'” of glued ribbon and press down to attach another half-inch. Repeat until you have covered the entire edge.

5.  Cover (mist)• a•bles card lightly with Rose ink. Rub with a paper towel or soft cloth to reveal the embossed pattern on the cardstock. Repeat on edges with Scarlet ink, then finish off with black ink on the edges.

6. Apply large glue dots to the back of the heart and adhere to the (mist)• a•bles card stock.
Note: You may have to stack two glue dots to accommodate your ruffled ribbon.

7. Trim Let me count the ways and layer on pink then black cardstock. Attach with large glue dots.

8 . Use Pearl Pen to apply pearl dots around edge on heart. Once dry, layer entire card onto  6” black folded square.

Note: While I received product from Viva Décor, Duetica Lettering Arts Studio, Clearsnap/Colorbox and Kool Tac, I would never recommend a product I didn't use regularly or believe in. I never settle for second best unless I just can't afford it, but I use the best possible products in my price range for my project.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

On the Road Again

It's January, so it must be time for the Craft and Hobby Association Convention and Tradeshow in Anaheim, California. Usually at this time, I'm working at break-neck speed to finish everything, but this time I am very relaxed and content with what I have created.

For the Designer Showcase, I always place a business card holder with my cards, a little stack of notepaper for notes and a caddy full of pens so that anyone who wants to discuss my work with me can leave contact info. At the end of the showcase day, I generally have several contacts as well as a little pile (not a stack, but random piles) of notepaper, pens scattered from here to there and, happily, I'm usually out of business cards.

With a little extra time on my hands, I decided to make it easy to leave me a message as well as leaving my showcase nice and neat. This year's Designer Showcase will be located on the show floor and will be up for the entire run of the show. It's important to me for my work to be displayed as nicely as I can make it, and part of that showmanship is a neat display area.

I found this little paper mache box (approx. 4" x 6") at Hobby Lobby and with a little help from Viva Decor, metal embellishments, Duetica Lettering Arts Studio and my good friend, Barbara Rankin, I managed to create something that took less than 30 minutes from concept to finish.

Also, this is the first Monday of the month, so that means you can hop to other blogs for inspiration using the Designer Craft Connection button at left. WhooHoo!

Viva Décor 3D Stamping Cream, Copper, and Rose
Metal Embellishment for label (I don't know who makes these, but I love them. I accidently dumped the packaging in the trash.)
Metal Ribbon (courtesy of Barbara Rankin...Thanks, Barb!)
Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
Label, printed on parchment in brown ink and featuring the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio font, Mandolyn
Rubber Bands
Cardstock scraps
Small piece of paper from a brown paper bag or lunch bag

1. Beginning with Rose 3D Stamping Cream and a sponge, cover the entire box using a circular motion. Go back over it with Copper 3D Stamping Cream, paying particular attention to the edges to make them more copper than rose.

Tip: The use of a warm color (Rose) under the copper ensures that the entire box will have a warm feel to it. I always begin my projects (except for wintery pieces that need a chilled look) by painting on pink, red, yellow or orange, even it the final art doesn't show the color very much. You can always tone down the warmth, but if you begin with a cool color (purple, blue, green), you'll never achieve the warmth you get when using the warm color first. I'll get off the soapbox now.

2. Measure the top and side top to determine the amount of metal ribbon you will need. Trim and shape to fit, then, using a tapping motion, sponge Rose and Copper onto the metal ribbon. Wait a minute or two for drying, then attach the metal with Beacon Quick Grip adhesive. Place rubber bands around the box to hold the metal in place until it dries.
3. Set the type, trim and adhere it to the box top. Sponge Rose and Copper 3D Stamping Cream onto the metal embellishments and allow to dry, then attach to the box with Beacon Quick Grip Adhesive.

4. Cut two pieces of cardstock 1" larger than the interior front to back measurement. Score 1/2 inch on either side of both pieces. Adhere the two together in the center only and fold the 1/2" end pieces out. Cover the middle section in brown paper and add 3D Stamping Cream the same way as the rest of the box. Adhere the divider into the box with Quick Grip.

5. Cut arched pieces of scrap cardstock to fit inside the smaller side.

That's it. This little box could be used for special jewelry, small collections, safety pins and sewing supplies, pennies ... just about anything.

I'll do my best to post some info from the show between Jan. 10 and 16th. If you have computer access at noon on Saturday, January 12, tune into the Charity Wings live stream. I'll be on there with several of my designer friends. Also, be sure to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $100 worth of crafting supplies or projects. Proceeds go to A Place to Bark, an animal rescue operation run by fabulous artist Bernie Berlin in Tennessee.

Have a great week. I know I will!

Note: I received product from Viva Décor, Duetica Lettering Arts Studio and Beacon Adhesives.