Wednesday, February 27, 2013

serviette paper art

We used to create decorative elements for our cards from serviettes.  The printed layer of a serviette was glued onto cardstock and then the creative journey began.   As the four panels  were usually the same image  it gave me a ready resource to create layered scenes.  One I really liked was a flower shop window to which I added acetate glass and the other was a basket of tulips. 

We are overwhelmed by printed designs on scrapbooking paper now, although the paper is more like cardstock.  Serviettes still have a draw for me. The interesting ones are often 3 ply and once you remove the layers behind the printed tissue it becomes a great art resource for mixed media art in journals, on canvases, 3D objects and greeting cards.  It is a fine layer and quite fragile, even more so when wet. As it swells once wet gluing it can be a bit hit and miss if you want a smooth finish.  A negative part of the process is you should leave the layers to dry before moving on!!

Looking for other results and avoiding the buckling etc. from wet glues I have been working with strengthening the image tissue with iron-on vilene and lawn.  This gives the tissue strength without bulk, ready for other embellishing such as stitching.

From this current creative journey my first finished cards have a black lace image.  I used fusible webbing behind the tissue and ironed the image straight onto the card base.  Should you try this I suggest you protect your work surfaces and iron with your non-ctick craft mat and/or some baking paper.  It doesn't take much heat and time to fix the tissue to the cardstock.  The card may develop a small amount of buckling but for me this soon flattened out.  Do your own testing for any coated or pearl papers as the heat from the iron may permanently damage the card stock.

 The white tissue 'disappeared' against the white of the card stock.  The inside lace panel was torn to give the look of a scrap of lace.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

who's behind it

or taking a path less travelled.
If a Pinterest pin looks interesting I like to have a look behind the photo.  Who, what, where and not  important is the when. This pin caught my attention.

The pin is a photo from this post about a purple Easter card.
It was posted by Eva from Germany on her blog Time to Tinker and with some translation I gather she used the page map from Doris living a little further south in Germany so I moved on and visited her blog too.

 Doris had a production line of the inchies as she was making lots of the cards for invitations.

I like all the small details on the inchies, the greeting block and the two photos show lots of variation in the design of the inchies. It is a design suitable for my miniature buttons and shells, fibres, punches, hand stitching, machine stitching, stamping etc.. I wonder if there was anyone else using this card map as well?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

living up to its name

The echinacea blooms are now changing shape and showing how they got their common name of coneflowers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

crowded house

This pot holds a miniature red rose plant.  It also has several self sown alyssum plants and violas. Together they make a good show.  I am ignoring the gardening advice that says roses don't like their roots crowded by other plants.  In this pot it is about sharing: space, food and water.

Monday, February 11, 2013

take a hint from pinterest

No, not that hint!!  Or that one.

Having carefully sorted these beads from the mix I was putting the lid on the container when the pot slipped and the beads hit the carpet.

 Somewhere on my Pinterest travels I saw the idea of putting some fabric like an old piece of stocking on the end of a vacuum cleaner nozzle for picking up and recovering a small item especially from a difficult place.  In my case access was easy but there were a lot of small items.  The pick up was really easy and I found the beads dropped off the end of the nozzle when the vacuum was turned off but the fluff stayed clinging to the fabric. That removed the de-fluffing step.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

will it last forever

In making greeting cards and other pieces of artwork it is ALWAYS tempting to grab for the double sided tape or roller glue to stick the layers together.  For cards that will probably end up in the rubbish bin after the receiver has read them this is probably the way to go.  Some of the cards I make are commission cards for special events and others are ones I give myself.  I have been told people keep my cards and I would suspect the commission cards are kept at least for a couple years.  I often wonder how long the tape will last and whether it would actually be the cause of someone deciding the card doesn't look so good any more and time it was thrown out.

This is a beautiful scrapbook album created by Ms Cathy.
You can read about her papercrafting here and or watch a video showing  all the pages and clever inserts of her Je T'Adore album.
The video really shows off the album way more than the photos on the blog. She has chosen to sell her book on eBay if you want it now or don't have the skills to make something similar.

So what makes this album special?  To start with it is well styled and then the spine construction is appropriate for all the layers.  My focus is the construction method.  For the construction Cathy has used lots and lots of machine stitching and this is what caught my attention.  This is an album that is likely to be handled quite a bit and there are so many curious pieces to pull out and tuck back. As someone who owns the full collection of Nick Bantock's Griffin and Sabine books, I like interacting with the pockets and envelopes on the pages.

It is my belief the machine stitching will help this album last a lot longer than just double sided tape or roller glue.  Having watched some of her tutorials I am sure there is some roller glue in amongst the layers but the stitching will give this book longevity.  Any glue in the construction will only have a supporting role and the book will be enjoyed for a long time.