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Mosaic backgrounds

by Stacie on March 28, 2012 in Tutorials


Welcome to another of our Tutorial team offerings, and this weeks tutorial is easy peasy, even I can do it!!
Stacie has come up with a wonderful Mosaic Background!
Here's some inspiration for you, and the brilliant instructions on how to do it, question is why didn't I think of doing this a long time ago?

http://www.stamp-n-doodle.com/pdf/Mosaic-background.pdf

 Do pop by Stacies blog: http://hestiashelper.blogspot.co.uk/
and of course mine: http://l00pyscraftcreations.blogspot.co.uk/ for more inspiration, and details on how Joyce and myself made the designs, and what we used, but the floor for now is Stacie's, and I do hope you will have a go, and leave some comments for her, xxx

Don't forget to grab your PDF Tutorial here.

Shamrock Yo-yo Embellishment Tutorial

by Joyce on March 25, 2012 in Tutorials


Shamrock Yo-yo and Stamp of the month
Welcome,

Here is the tutorial for the Shamrock Yo-yo embellishment. 

Its a fabric embellishment that can easily be converted into a flower form for both Cards and Scrapbooking.

Joyce had lots of fun coming up with her design, you can get the details at the bottom of the post.

Then I have also done a you-tube video to help you on your way, I promise to improve with time and practice !!!
We also have a small give away running!! We would love you to pop by the Blog post and add a picture of your creations using the Yo-yo, one winner will receive a free Digi Stamp from Stamp n Doodle!!



For more views on this wonderful design, please stop by the individual Blogs, 
Joyce: http://kaleidoscopeimpressions.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/how-to-make-a-yo-yo-shamrock/

Tri-Step Card Tutorial

by Khusboo Banka on March 10, 2012 in Tutorials


Tri Step Card by Khusboo Banka & Louisa Price
This week the ladies are featuring a Tri-Step Card designed by Khusboo Banka.  Once again, it has been so inspiring watching Khusboo and Louisa come up with two completely different versions of this project.  Very talented ladies and full of wonderful ideas.


The Tutorial instruction is available in pictorial PDF on our NEW Learning Center   Just click the words  Learning Center   here or on the top Navigation Bar on the Blog to be taken to this Tutorial Challenge. 


We hope you will give it a try and submit your entries at the Learning Center and please leave some much deserved praise for these talented ladies.




For the Second Card by Louisa


Following Khusboo's instructions I made up the card using a Lilac base card, trimmed to 6x9", and scored as shown by Khusboo.

I do alot of Digital work, and have an assortment of images available to me, so after printing the "Secret Shared" image, on some supersmooth paper, I also headed into one of my Graphics programs, My Craft Studio, and in the Encyclopedia, I found the side-stepper Card, with a blossom arrangement, and printed off the first page.


I already had the base, which Khusboo has shown us how to do, but I wanted to decorate it with a Bower effect, so I cut out the Blossom Branches, and added them to the base design. This also provides added stability and stops the card from, what we call in England, turning into a "Praying Card", where it sinks downwards, and collapses. You can also stop it "praying" by giving the folds a good burnish, or rub with your Bone Folder. I then decorated the card with a small Topper, and paper ribbon, to match the Blossom.


Next up was the image, which I coloured with my promarkers, and carefully cut out. When working with small images, that need to be cut out, make sure you have a fresh blade in your knife, as it stops any snagging as its cutting. All that remained was to add the "Secret Shared" stamp, and add a few flowers.


I would love to know what the "secret" is as she has a wonderful expression on her face
!

Tips for using Embossing Powder

by Lynne Crosskill on February 20, 2012 in Embossing Powder Tips


 Tips:
  • To reduce static, rub a used dryer sheet or anti-static pouch over paper before making impression & pouring powder.
  • Allow heat tool to warm up first, prior to melting powder; this helps reduce over melting and burnt paper.
  • Use a small paint brush to remove unwanted embossing powder specks before melting.

1. Keep your powder dry! Store powder in tightly closed containers or zip- plastic bags; placing one or two silica packets from either vitamin bottles or shoe boxes in the container or bag helps.

2. Keep your paper dry! Paper is like a sponge and soaks up any moisture in the air (humidity, cooking, showers, etc.). Store paper in closed containers (drawers, plastic boxes, etc.) with some of those silica packets.

3. Handle paper by the edges as much as possible. Every finger or palm print thanks to the oil in your skin will grab the powder.  To reduce static, rub a used dryer sheet or anti-static pouch over paper before making and impression & pouring powder. 

4. Inks pigment, embossing, etc. dry slowly and are best used with thermal embossing.

5. After sprinkling the powder over the image, dump off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap vellum if possible or regular paper that has a creased fold line. Tap the excess powder into the fold, then into the storage container or bag. 

6. Give the paper a good snap using your third finger/thumb on the back to get rid of any excess Embossing Powder. If you have evenly inked the image, there'll be plenty of Embossing Powder on the image. You can also use an old paint brush to remove unwanted embossing powder specks before melting. 

7.  Turn on the heat gun and let it heat up for a few seconds before aiming it at an area of embossing powder. This helps reduce over melting and burnt paperHold the gun four to six inches above the paper; DO NOT move the nozzle of the gun until the powder in that area has melted.  Slowly move the nozzle to the rest of the area, melting that powder.  Repeat until all powder is melted. 

8. Don't overheat the powder.  If the powder doesn't melt the way it should, it is probably moisture, not the powder, that is the problem. Heat both sides of paper with a heat gun before stamping if you're having moisture problems.

Tips for using Embossing Powder for Scrapbooking:

1. Make embossing powder adhere better to metallic and shiny surfaces by first gently rubbing items such as eyelets and fasteners with steel wool or a fine sandpaper.

2. When you're embossing a paper that's a lighter weight than cardstock, back it with a piece of cardstock. This prevents it from warping when heated.

3. Mix embossing powders for unique, looks for your scrapbooks. It's usually better to do this with coordinating colors, but don't be shy, get creative and have some fun. Remember to write down the "recipes" of successful mixtures for future use or for sharing with friends.

4. Only use a heat tool designed for embossing. Some people may use irons, light bulbs, etc., but these can be dangerous and even cause burns. Investing in the right tools ensures not only that you get the best results. Remember scrapbooking is supposed to be fun not dangerous.

Tutorial - Valentine Chocolate Box

by Louisa Price on February 08, 2012 in Tutorials


Chocolate Box by Louisa Price & Khusboo Banka
Hi everyone and WELCOME to a BRAND NEW TUTORIAL Stamp n doodle!! This week we are doing a Valentine Chocolate Box. 


We are really excited to be bringing you New, exciting and fun projects under our Learning Center. Louisa has done a fabulous job in creating this unique Valentine Chocolate Box using the Stamp n doodle image "The Kiss" which will be our 25% off DIGI OF THE MONTH happening right now at STAMP-N-DOODLE SHOP. 


 If you haven't visited our SHOP yet, make sure you cruise through STAMP-N-DOODLE SHOP - and view our digi and rubber stamped images as well as our FABULOUS line of Printable items with NEW ITEMS being added all the time! The Tutorial DT girls have created some gorgeous samples to inspire you! I hope each week you will look forward to seeing how the DT members add their own unique styles to the week's Tutorial and I hope you will join in too. Please leave them some well deserved love with your comments.

Here is the tutorial for this week  Chocolate Box PDF.  Enjoy.


Here is Khusboo's instructions on how to do the Easel Card Top to the Chocolate box.

Materials required:-
  • 3 pcs. Heavy card stock 12”x12”
  • Stamp n doodle’s THE KISS stamp
  • Spellbinder’s frame die cut
  • Lilium punched flowers
  • Wooden ladybug
  • Stamped sentiment
  • Printed papers locally found
  • Glue
  • Foam double sided tape
  • Water color pencils
  • Distress ink red
  • Embossed sheet
 
After the box is made .
 
Cut a 14 cm x 14 cm embossed sheet and then stick it on the cover  leaving half cm from each side. And then distress the cover
 
Now its time to make the easel. For that we need to cut a 16 cm x 15 cm long card stock. Then scroll 2cm and 7 cm on the 15 cm side. Now stick the flap on the cover. Now cut 6 cm x 14cm printed paper and stick it on the flap of the easel.
 
Color the image and cut it into the shape. Cut another printed paper which fits in the Spellbinder’s frame die cut. Stick the image using foam double sided tape.  And then stick it to the die cut.  After the picture is done with the framing place it on the easel in a little tilted way. Arrange the Lilium flowers on the frame.
 
Now stick the wooden bug on one end of the box.
 
Then place the stamped sentiment on another corner. This gives support for the easel.

Beginners: Getting Started with Stamping!

by by Stamp n doodle on January 07, 2012 in Rubber Stamping for Beginners!


Creating beautiful greeting cards is easy and fun. First choose the stamps of your choice and combine with your favorite ink colors, good quality card stock, and your there. Stamp n doodle's deeply etched designs will make stamping effortless.

Stamp n doodle sells Red rubber stamps without the wood block! You just need to place it on a clear block, ink as usual and stamp! 

Applying Ink to Stamps

Place the stamp on a flat surface with the image side up. Open the ink pad you wish to use and dab the ink directly on the surface of the image. What could be simpler!

After applying the ink directly to the image side of the stamp, check to be sure all areas are covered. 

Large Stamps can be inked by dabbing the ink pad on top of the stamp, for smaller stamps your ink pad can be inked by tapping the stamp gently several times on the ink pad itself. Never rub the stamp across the ink pad.

Avoid getting ink on the area surrounding the image or on the woodblock. If this happens it can be removed with a cotton swab or dry a paper towel before stamping on paper.

Stamping ( making your image)!

Use a firm, even pressure with your stamp on your paper. 

Try not to move the stamp as your stamp on the paper and this may leave inked areas on your paper that you did not intend to stamp. Try some trial runs on junk paper until you feel confident.

What paper should you use?

There are numerous papers available for stamping. 

Glossy paper is non-absorbent paper which will not allow the ink to be absorbed into the paper. 

Non-Glossy cardstock stamping is porous, allowing the ink to be absorbed into the surface of the paper.
So why not try a variety of papers you will surprise yourself at the results you get.

OOpps Mistakes Happen! 

Even the most experienced card maker can make Mistakes. The trick is learning simple tricks to rescue your creation.

If a mistake happens on the front of your card, add an embellishment or layer a piece of coordinating paper over the mistake and restamp the design on this piece of paper.
If your mistake is ink in unwanted areas cut around the image as close as you can and glue to a co-ordinating paper on another card. 

Make sure you complete all your stamping before you attach embellishment or layers of paper which can be expensive.

Now you are ready to Stamp! 

All you need do now is try. It is so much fun and rewarding when your recipient marvels at your creation.

The key to stamping is just getting started! All you need is interest, a little imagination and voila you are on your way.

Digital Stamping

by by Stamp n doodle on January 04, 2012 in Digital made Simple!


This is the place to find out all the basics and details on digital stamping. 


1. What is a digital stamp?


A digital stamp is a image that has been saved as a computer file. When you purchase a digital stamp, you pay to download that file to your computer.


2. What can I do with a digital stamp?


A digital stamp can be used in computerized crafts such as digital scrapbooking, or can be printed for use in card making. Once a digital stamp is on your computer, you can open it, view it, and manipulate it in many ways. Among other things, you can:


  • Print the image as-is, over and over again.
  • Shrink or enlarge the image
  • Flip the image so that it faces the opposite direction
  • Rotate the image 
  • Crop out parts of the image


DOWNLOADING:

In order to download the digital kits, you will need WinZip or some other software that will allow you to 'unzip' these files. If you don't already have it, you can download it herewww.winzip.com


These kits are all 'zipped' for faster download then you can 'unzip' them to the proper size & use them in your software programs.


This will allow you to see your individual pieces or elements. It will automatically save it on your desktop.


To Open:

Mac users, double click on your zipped file, PC users, right click .


USING:

Open In Your Software Tool of Choice:


Don’t be timid, this step is easy once you try it a few times. All you really need the right tool to make your creation happen!:


- Microsoft Word, Paint, and other software with basic design features

These packages work really well and most people are familiar with them. They make it easy to PLACE or INSERT your image. Next, just drag the corners to the size that fits your needs.


- Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and other advanced design software


These packages allow you to do a wide array of things from size to layering, add and change elements, combine designs, alter colors, and much more.


Be Inspired!


Your image in your software tool, and now we create! All you need now is Inspiration for your cardmaking and scrapbooking.


At this point you can make a simple choice: Is this creation going to be all digital, or are you going to print it out and add rubber stamps and other craft supplies which is then know as a Hybrid?


Hybrid Creating!

Just print your digital piece and use it in combination with all of the great techniques of crafting and stamping. 


Let your imagination soar as there are no limits to hybrid creations. Try starting with a simple digital element (like a butterfly or a pattern) that you could use instead of printed paper or a sticker. Then, just Print out a simple image and apply any crafting techniques you wish to make something spectacular. 


CardsUprint!

Don't want to go through all this then use a CardsUprint kit. You will have the complete design, all you do is print, cut and assemble.


Remember, whatever you do to have fun and share your work!