Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Chanukah Gift-Pocket Tag Booklet

Now that I've shown you how to change SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, I'm going to share my latest project that I created with this fun digital stamp!

I created a gift pocket-tag style gift book that is perfect for those who have teenagers who just want gift cards, for spouses that would like a coupon book, and for those distant friends or family who get a gift each and every night of Chanukah! The pocket size is perfect to fit a gift card, tickets, cash, coupons, or a check!

Here are three views of it!

The Cover

The gift-pocket tags for the first four nights

The gift-pocket tags for the last four nights

As in the tutorial below, I created nine different versions of SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit using PhotoElements. I reduced each of them, then ganged 'em onto a standard letter size, which was then printed out with my laser printer onto Neenah cardstock.

The menorah was relatively small, so I was worried about staying within the lines using my Copic markers and I'm to Virgo to deal with going out of 'em. I wasn't feeling like using colored pencils either, so I was elated to discover that Copic At You Spica glitter pens (also available individually), Wink of Stella glitter markers, Sakura Stardust Pure Glitter pens, and Gelly Roll Glaze pens worked wonderfully. So, I used various combinations of these pens to color all the images. Sadly, you probably can't see the glitter on the Menorahs or the glossy texture of the candles on these photos. You'll have to take my word for it!

The tags were die-cut from black cardstock using the Tag and Bookplates Alterations die. I was able to cut several at a time, which was great.  Each tag was scored at 2 3/8" (big enough for a gift card). 1/8" red-liner tape was used to adhere the bottom and left side of each tag. These were set aside, while I created a background paper for them. Yes. I know I could have used some of my sizeable huge stash of patterned paper, but I wanted to try something new felt like making a mess!

I had recently seen Andy Skinner's brilliant video, Mixed Media Backgrounds, that shows how he creates fabulous backgrounds using Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt and isopropyl alcohol. I wanted to give this technique a try, but guess what? My results are almost completely different than his! However, I was still stoked by the result.

Since I'm a verbose kind of person, I'll explain what I did and where I think I went awry. 

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was coated with DecoArt's Media Gesso, which dries quickly. I brushed a wash of Cobalt Blue Hue MFA over it, then dripped and spritzed isopropyl alcohol over the paint and left it to dry. A wash of Primary Magenta MFA was brushed over the previous layer and alcohol was dripped/spritzed over it. The same process was repeated with Dioxazine Purple, then Diarylide Yellow MFAs. I toyed with adding a wash of Titanium White MFA, but my bottle is emptying rapidly, so I opted against it. I also toyed with the idea of stenciling and adding various textural elements, but since so much of the background was going to be covered, I decided against it. Next time.

I must say that I was relatively happy with my background though it bears very little resemblance to the gorgeousness created in Mr. Skinner's video. 

I *think* that I didn't let each layer of paint and alcohol dry thoroughly, which might be why I didn't get the mottled look he achieved. I also used a spritzer in addition to just dripping and maybe there was just too much alcohol involved (isopropyl – as I don't drink and craft), but I'm not at all sure.

Back to the project! The next step was to cut up the painted background to be placed behind each Menorah. I was able to get all nine panels from the 9" x 12" sheet of cardstock with enough left over so that I could die-cut the ring/hole reinforcements.

The edges of the reinforcement, background panels, and image panels were sponged with either Archival ink by Ranger or Memento ink by Tsukineko.

The title page tag was trimmed to be a bit larger than the pocket pages. The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted on shimmery black vellum. This vellum was also die-cut with dies from the Handwritten set of dies by Little B.

The booklet was bound with a binding ring and a Hamsa charm was added using ribbon and jumprings.

Thanks for visiting today!

Kathi's Menorah, A Tutorial

Greetings! Here's a photo-heavy tutorial on how to add the candles to SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit, so that you can have a Menorah showing the correct number of candles for each of the eight nights of Chanukah.

This tutorial uses a fairly old version of PhotoElements.

Kathi's Menorah, UnlitThe gaps in the Menorah and candles are not there in real life.

Step One: 
Crop the lit candle from the digital stamp.
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle" so that you will have two files – one for the candle and one for the Menorah.

Step Two
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle".

Step Three
Re-open Kathi's Menorah, Unlit and do another "Save As" so that you will have one pristine file and one that you will alter.

Step Four
Open your new Menorah file.
Along the left side of your screen, you will see an Eraser tool, that surprisingly looks like a nice pink eraser. 
Click on the eraser to choose it, then erase the candles in the lower right hand corner.

Step Five
Under "Image" in the menu bar, click on "Resize" to change Canvas Size for the Menorah.
You will be changing the height so that you will have room to add the candles. 
This photo actually shows both files on the screen.

Step Six
Open your new Menorah file AND your Candle file.
Copy the candle image and drag it into place on the Menorah.

Here it is in place.

Step Six B
 In the "Layer" area of the menu, click "Arrange", and send to the back.

Be sure to Save again!

Step Seven

Copy the candle again, drag it into place on the Menorah, click "Arrange", and send it backward.

Do the "Save As" again, this time naming the file 1st night Menorah or something equally as catchy!

This is how it will look!

Repeat Steps 6, 6B, and 7 for each night, copying and dragging each candle into place and sending it to the back. 
Be sure to SAVE AS each night, i.e. 1st Night, 2nd Night, etc. 

Once you a different version of Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, you can reduce or enlarge them to make them fit your project!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friend of SCACD - Donna!!

Steampunk Bookmark

I love books.  REAL books.  There's nothing like the feel and smell of a book and they make such fabulous gifts.  For years at Christmas I received one of the "Oz" series and I couldn't wait to crack it open and dive in.  I still own them all and the memories of getting lost in that magical world still thrill me to this day. So despite technology, I plan to give real books this Christmas with a little something extra, like this homemade Steampunk bookmark.

Again I've used the new release Steampunk Hummingbird from SCACD (also available in rubber HERE) but this time colored him almost entirely with metallic gel pens to give it a more masculine feel.  He's fussy cut, but not popped as I think when it comes to bookmarks, the flatter the better.  The DP is Crafty Chaos (unfortunately no longer in business).

I've cut the gears from several different Memory Box dies for the top and bottom (The bottom ones looked like funky Steampunk glasses to me, don'tcha think?)  This gorgeous Alice's Clock die is an SCACD exclusive.  I was basically thinking "Time flies with a good book".  Ain't it the truth?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Inspiration Day At SCACD!!!

Happy December Everyone :)

WOW is time not flying this month. You have to consciously will yourself so to speak to stop and smell the holiday or you will miss it. The wonderful SCACD Designers and Fab Friends of SCACD have put together a day of holiday goodness that will hopefully inspire you if you have hit the holiday crafting wall LOL :D

So please leave these ladies some love as they have worked hard this year to keep the crafty sweetness coming <3 p="">

May the joy of the holidays be with you all :D
Huge Hearts and Hugs 
Susana and the SCACD Family

Monday, December 1, 2014

What's On SALE!?!??!?!?!?!

Hurry, hurry, hurry!!!

The sale will end Monday, December 1st at 8:00 PM California time.

40% OFF all Silk Glaze 
(including new release colors)  

40% OFF all Ink pads including 
Momento, VersFine and Tsukineko

Do NOT miss this sale.  
There are sooooooooooo many goodies, you just have to go see for yourself.  Happy shopping at SCACD!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Key to My Heart

Hi guys. I hope you all are having a great crafty week so far. I would like to share a card I made for a friend of mine for her birthday. 

This is using a stamp from the Elizabeth Bell for SCACD collections. She is known as Key to My Heart, and is part of the Fairy Dust Collection. I love this little fairy - everything from the Key to the hat, to the way the dress is laying.  I colored her in shades of rust and green and brown, because well... I just thought it fit. :-)

I did fussy cut this out.  The black frame was one I had from cutting out a different piece. It left the frame, so I placed it on top of the polka dot paper. This is a great way to use your scraps that you have, you just have to be careful when you cut the original item. 

Then came the findings. The gears etc... I used several different pieces. There are a ton you can find at the store here, and here are here are three that come to mind. All of the paper I used were scraps from previous projects, so I do not know the brand. 

I hope you check out all the fun new stamps that are in the store, and have a happy crafty week!!! See you soon!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Steampunk Beauty

I was feeling in a Steampunk kind of mood and I felt like coloring, so I decided to make a scrapbooky kind of page for my art journal featuring SCACD's Steampunk Beauty, who is now available in beautiful deeply-etched red rubber format as a single image or part of the newly released Eclectic Steampunk Collection!

I don't know about you, but I like to give my stamped images back stories. Steampunk Beauty is a professional travel photographer from Manhattan. She's continually astounded by the changes in her city and has photographed many of them for publication. She's gathered several of them here and pulled them together with a small self-portrait she painted just for her scrapbook.

Steampunk Beauty was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with a Petite Oval Nestabilities die by Spellbinders. Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with a Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities die.

The journal page was liberated from the journal, then was airbrushed with Copic markers. Public domain photos of New York were reduced then printed out with my laser printer. They were arranged on the page.

Metallic gold cardstock was die-cut with the Skeleton Boy and Girl die by Ellentina, the Vintage Alphabet die by Top Dog Dies, a Photo Corners die by QuicKutz, a Mini-Gears die, and the Delicate Chain die by Memory Box/Poppy Stamps.

The chains from the Skeleton Boy and Girl die were cut out and used to both connect the photos and repeat the chain element in the Steampunk Beauty image. The alphabet dies and a punched heart spell out the title of page. The Delicate Chain connects the dimensional pocket watch charm on the heart with the photos above it.

The Mini Gear die-cuts were stacked atop the Photo Corners die-cuts to finish the page.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creations by SCACD Friend Nikki !!

For the first apc I used this funky and cool steampunk fish called Incandescent Light . I colored him with copics and fussy cut him. Unusual fish call for unusual background oceans, and so the pink and turquoise dylusions background came about, and I added glitter paper circles. Initially I was planning to just use a circle behind the lantern, but I loved the look against the background, so they circles multiplied. The apc is edged in Stampendous aged copper embossing enamel. The sentiment is included with incandescent light image :) These fish always remind me of Finding Nemo, but this one is waaaay cooler :)
 The second apc uses a very different image from SCACD, this is one of the images from the archeological dig set. I painted the background with Paper Artsy chalk acrylic paint in stone, and while the paint was wet I sprinkled a little flocking in brown and pale blue - you can just see the tiny speckles around the image. When the paint was dry I stamped the dinosaur skeleton image in brown archival ink. Then I used a brick effect stencil and green distess ink on the background, added some washi tape, some jute and finally a thin layer of Kroma crackle in some spots around the edges. Doesn't he look great :) 
 Here are my two apc's together.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steampunk Flowers

Hey there All!!! I haven't been coloring for a while. Travel, and work, and other crafty pursuits have grabbed my attention. But I had a chance to color this gorgeous Steampunk Flower AND incorporate some of the other crafty things into the project. WHOOP.

The goal for this was to match colors with the tatting of the butterfly. See Maroon is my practice color (technically it is burgundy - but as a Texas Aggie, I choose to think of it as maroon). The yellows and greens were color combinations I have used a lot (G99,94, 82 for green, Y11, 21, 23, 26 for the yellow/gold). But the copper and reds were not my typical combinations. But I think they turned out fantabulous.

The copper color was E18, E15 and E02 which softened it up perfectly. The reds were R22, 29, 46 and 59. I NEVER would have thought R46 was darker than R29, but GASP - it was! I added a little black in the shading areas too.

This was a perfect image to get crazy with some sparklies too. That is one of the things I like about the Steampunk images that Susana has... There are lots of screws and rivets that allow you go metal or sparkle. So I took some really tiny gems and stuck them in different places on here.  After I finished the image, I slightly used the out of the box technique to get the bottom leaf and stem in the die. Then I put the card together and placed the needle tatted butterfly and edging on the card. My old obsession with my new one. EEEEEek!!!!!

OK. So, go check out the gorgeousness that are the Eclectic Steampunk Images over at SCACD. :-)

Talk to you later, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Friends

It's still Autumn here in the Northeast and we're enjoying mild weather at the moment.  However, we're supposed to get a Polar Vortex later this week. Vortex seems to be the latest weather media buzzword. Anyway, I was feeling chilled and was anticipating feeling even colder, so I made this card, using SCACD's Winter Friends digital stamp.

 Winter Friends was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The sky was also colored with Copic markers in C01, C0, and C00. 

The tree branch and icicles were given a coat of glitter courtesy of my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter marker. I waited til the ink dried completely then coated it with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine to the ice. The Glaze pen was also used on the owl's eyes, beak, and talons. The image panel was matted with two layers of blue cardstock.

White silvery glitter paper was die-cut with Poppy Stamps Sparkling Snowflake Corner die and then adhered to either corner of blue cardstock, which had been edged with Picket Fence Distress paint. The matted image panel was layered atop this to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos!!!

In celebration of Dia de los Muertos  (information here), this is the amazing Mr. Bones.  He is available in digi format HERE or in red rubber from SCACD and comes in a set with Mrs. Bones or by himself.  But really, why wouldn't you get his Mrs. as well?  I am sure he would be heartbroken (or whatever skeletons break....) without her.  Don't forget that you can get 'their little dog too" in the digital section.  He is HERE.

Hope your day is FABULOUS!!!!

Get Inky!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Cupcake

HI there guys. I am still on my journey to make Holiday cards.  I chose to make one with Poinsettia Cupcake Digital...

Mmmmm I want cupcakes now.  I actually made this a pretty large image printout. Mainly because I wanted it to be a real focal point. Once it was colored I cut it out and placed it on the green paper. For  most of my cards I do not put a sentiment on it until later. That way I can change the sentiment for any reason.   Even for Holiday cards. That way you can personalize them a bit for the individual that is getting the card. Also, because I didn't know what to say. LOL.

This cupcake is one of several new digital images over at the store. There is even another cupcake!!!! Mmmmmmmmm. If you get some, we would love to see your creations... Post them on the SCACD  Facebook Group.

I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fairy Dance

I had sooooooooooooooo much fun putting this together.  This fairy is dancing in the light of the harvest moon.  What a fabulous activity for Fall.

This lovely lady is the fairy Bliss.  She is available from SCACD in red rubber.  The shimmering moths are cut from the Dies by SCACD Uncaged Bird.  Those lovely light bulbs are a red rubber image Party Lights. There is even some SPICA clear glitter pen on her wings. 

Enjoy the change in seasons around you and hopefully embrace some of the beauty as well.

Get Inky!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Memories Burlap Canvas

Here's my burlap canvas, featuring SCACD's digital stamps. I used Mrs. Bones Digital, Mr. Bones DigitalGothie Feline (x2), and Skullie Cupcake.

All the digital images that I used were manipulated in PhotoElements – reduced in size, flipped horizontally, cropped, copied and flipped, etc.) and were then positioned to create the scene. The scene was merged, reduced again, then printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. The images were all colored with Copic markers, which were also used to create a dotty background. Gothie Feline's eyes and Mrs. Bones' coral earrings and necklace were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

The image panel was then torn and the edges were distressed with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress ink. The panel was adhered to an Idea-ology Burlap canvas using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect and set aside to dry.

Two yellow roses were airbrushed with Copic markers to match the scene better. Burlap was adhered to brown cardstock then die-cut multiple times with one of the dies from the Banner Basics set by Spellbinders. The banners were edged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and glitter sticker letters (Making Memories from my stash) were added to them.

Green satin ribbon was adhered to the top of the canvas, then the banners were adhered using dimensional adhesive. Green twine was adhered over the banners, and the orange roses were adhered each side.

Flashing tape was adhered to a scrap of black cardstock and die-cut with a Heart Nestabilities die. It took a ride through my Big Kick inside my Cuttlebug Clockworks Embossing folder and was covered with Picked Raspberry Distress paint. The paint was heat set, then the paint was sanded off the raised bits, leaving the pink paint in the debossed areas.

Black shimmery vellum was die-cut with the Celebration Two die by Spellbinders ("With Love"). I can't recall who made the "Celebrate" die. Sorry. :( The words were adhered to the heart, which was then adhered to the canvas.

The Feathers dies by Ellentina were used to die-cut white metallic cardstock. The feathers were colored with Copic markers, then adhered to the lower left hand corner. Small roses from Recollections were adhered over them.

The canvas is not quite done. I plan to add a hanger to it and some charms along the bottom. I'll share once it's completed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purple Poinsettia

So I really adore this new Poinsettia digi image. It is so beautiful.

I initially intended for it to be white, but it came across as more purple. But I love the wintry look of the cool blues.  The leaves were done with flicks in and out from both the center and the edges of the leaves. YG61, 63, 67 makes up the majority of the leaves, but G99 is also used for the deeper shadows.   B60, 63, 66, 69 are poinsettias themselves.  I used a gold pen to add the centers, and then to dot around the image to make it a bit more festive.

It needed a simple sentiment, and I used the Happy Holidays sentiment from the digital image of its namesake "Happy Holidays". :-)

My copics are calling me. I may have something else for you soon!!!! Just need to find the right sentiment!

See you all again soon,


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