Monday, July 3, 2017

Box Envelope Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn how to use my box envelope calculator at http://www.handcraftedgreetings.com/boxenvelope.php to create envelopes for your dimensional cards.

Stitched Birthday Card

If you like adding embroidery to your cards, you will love Fun Stamper's Journey's pierced cutting dies.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Birthday Balloons

A nice little perk for ordering from Fun Stamper's Journey is you get free stuff with orders over $50.  Who doesn't want free stuff, right?  The balloons and the flowers on this card are made with the Blown Up Die and Celebration Trim I received with a recent order. 
 
The following items can be purchased at www.funstampersjourney.com/judyheadrick
STAMP SET
  • To You
CARDSTOCK
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015)
  • Lemon Grass (CS-0019)
  • Pool Play (CS-0092)
  • Orange Creamcicle (CS-0024)
  • Lemon Drop (CS-0018) (I was out of Lemon Drop so I colored the yellow balloon with PanPastels)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Huckleberry Fusion (IP-0035)
  • Tangerine Fusion (IP-0005)
COLORING TOOLS
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082) - optional
CUTTING DIES
  • Blown Up Die Set (DI-0171)
  • Journey Ovals (DI-0042)
EMBELLISHMENTS
  • Journey Thread (AC-0133)
  • Celebration Trim (AC-0195)
  • Journey Sequins Blue Skies (AC-0113)
  • Journey Sequins Special Celebration (AC-0115)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
TOOLS
  • Journey Platinum (TO-0090) or RG Amaze (TO-0134) Machine
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)
  • Quilling tool or reverse tweezers (not available from FSJ)

INSTRUCTIONS

CUTTING
  1. Cut a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle from Lemon Grass cardstock and score at 4 1/4".
  2. Cut a 5 1/4" x 4" rectangle from Huckleberry Fusion cardstock.
  3. Use the largest Journey Oval to cut an oval from Buttercream cardstock.
  4. Cut one balloon from each of the following colors: Orange Creamcicle, Pool Play, Lemon Drop.
  5. Optionally shade the balloons with PanPastels.
  6. Cut a 1" x 8 1/2" strip from Lemon Grass cardstock.
  7. Score the Lemon Grass strip down the middle, lengthwise and fold on the score line.
  8. Cut five leaves from the lemongrass strip and fringe cut the edges.
STAMPING
  1. Stamp Happy onto the Pool Play balloon with Huckleberry Fusion ink.
  2. Stamp Birthday onto the Lemon Drop balloon with Tangerine Fusion ink.
ASSEMBLY
  1. To create the flowers, fold the celebration trim in half at the stitching.  Hold one end of the trim with a quilling tool or a pair of tweezers coil the fringe around itself snugly.  Stop when the coil is about 1/2" in diameter and glue the end in place.  Add glue to the inside bottom of the coil and set aside to dry.
  2. Attach the Huckleberry Fusion rectangle to the card base with White Liner
  3. Glue the Buttercream oval near the top of the Huckleberry Fusion rectangle, centering it horizontally.
  4. Tie Journey Thread to the Pool Play and Lemon Drop balloons.
  5. Glue the Orange Creamcicle balloon so that it overlaps the upper right side of the Buttercream oval.
  6. Glue a short piece of Journey Thread to the Orange Creamcicle balloon.
  7. Pop the Pool Play balloon up on Journey Foam squares and position it so that it overlaps the upper left side of the Buttercream oval and the lower left side of the Orange Creamcicle balloon.
  8. Pop the Lemon Drop balloon up on a double layor of Journey Foam squares and position it so that it overlaps the Pool Play balloon and the Orange Creamcicle balloon as shown.
  9. Position the Pool Play fringe flower over the balloon threads and adhere with Journey Craft Glue.
  10. Position remaining flowers and leaves as shown, adhering the with Journey Craft Glue.
  11. Use Journey Craft Glue to add a scattering of sequins.
 
 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Wild Father's Day

It's almost Father's Day and the Stay Wild ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) is a perfect fit for my Dad.  I love how the PanPastels bring this image to life.  They are so easy to use and the set includes the sponge tools.  The trick is to use a light touch when picking up color. The temptaion is to rub the sponge into the color, but that will give you way too much.  Just lightly tap the sponge on the color you want, then test it on a scrap of paper before starting to color.  A tiny bit goes a long way.  If you make a mistake, no problem, just erase it.  You can use an eraser to add highlights as well.
The following items can be purchased from my replicated site at www.funstampersjourney.com/judyheadrick
STAMP SETS
  • Stay Wild (AT-0207)
  • Annual Celebration (SS-0167)
CARDSTOCK
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Lemon Grass (CS-0019)
  • Kiwi Slice (CS-0016)
  • Pretty Pansy (CS-0029)
  • Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • River Stone (IP-0053)
COLORING TOOLS
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
EMBELLISHMENTS
  • Journey Thread (AC-0133)
  • Tag It Tags (AC0-281)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
TOOLS
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)

INSTRUCTIONS

CUTTING
  1. Make the card base from a 8 1/2" x 5" piece of Pumpkin Bread carstock scored at 4 1/4".
  2. Cut a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" rectangle from Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.
  3. Cut a 2 5/8" x 3 3/4" rectangle from Butter Cream cardstock.
  4. Cut a 2 7/8" x 4" rectangle from Pretty Pansy cardstock.
  5. Cut a 2 7/8" x 3 5/8" rectangle from Kiwi Slice and Lemon Grass cardstock.
STAMPING and COLORING
  1. Repeat stamp the Stay Wild image onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock with River Stone ink.
  2. Stamp the Stay Wild image onto the Butter Cream rectangle with Black Licorice ink.
  3. Stamp Happy, Father's and Day onto three separate tags.
  4. Color the image with Rich Sorbet PanPastels.  Use an eraser to add highlights and to erase mistakes.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Attach the stamped Oatmeal Cookie rectangle to the card base with White Liner.
  2. Pop the Lemongrass rectangle up on foam squares and attach to card 1/4" in from the top and left sides.
  3. Pop the right side and bottom edge of the Kiwi Slice Rectangle up on a double layer of foam squares and a single layer where it overlaps the Lemon Grass rectangle.
  4. Center the stamped, colored image over the Pretty Pansy rectangle and attach with White Liner.
  5. Pop the Pretty Pansy rectangle up on Journey Foam Squares, using a double layer of squares where it overlaps the Lemon Grass rectangle and a single layer of squares where it overlaps the Kiwi Slice rectangle.  Do not add foam Squares to the lower left or upper right corners.
  6. Measure off about 28" of Natural Journey Thread.
  7. Thread one end of the Journey Thread through all three stamped Tag It tags, making sure to keep them in order.
  8. Open the card up and wrap the Journey thread around the card front as shown.
  9. Tie a bow near the top of the Pretty Pansy rectangle.
  10. Arrange tags as shown and glue in place if desired.
 
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chicken Soup

Here's a cute get well card featuring the Get Well stamp set.  The woven table cloth takes a bit of extra work but I really like the effect. If paper weaving is not your thing, you could use the Knitted Houndstooth Stamp (SS-0235), which is on the clearance rack until they're sold out or the Picnic Pattern Stamp (SS-0436).
 
The items listed below are available at www.funstampersjouney.com/judyheadrick
STAMP SET
  • Get Well (SS-0331)
CARDSTOCK
  • Whip Cream (CS-0040)
  • Sweet Berry (CS-0034)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015)
  • Pineapple Smoothie (CS-0026)
  • Banana Cream (CS-0087)
  • Sweet Pear (CS-0095)
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Sweet Berry (IP-0029)
  • River Stone (IP-0053)
COLORING TOOLS
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
  • Journey Glaze (AD-0002 or AD-0003)
TOOLS
  • Journey Platinum (TO-0090) or RG Amaze (TO-0134) Machine
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)
  • Details Pro Shears (TO-0063)
  • Bloom Tool (TO-0073)
  • Dauber Dowel Small (TO-0137) or Large (TO-0138)

Instructions

CUTTING
  1. Use the largest Journey Rectangles die with the corresponding piercing template to cut a rectangle from Sweet Pear cardstock.
  2. Cut a 1 3/4" square from Whip Cream cardstock.
  3. Cut a 2" square from Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  4. Cut six 1/4" x 4 1/4" strips from Sweet Berry cardstock.
  5. Cut fourteen 1/4" x 2 3/4" strips from Whip cream cardstock.
STAMPING
  1. Stamp the chicken in a cup on Whip Cream, Sweet Berry, Huckleberry Fusion, Banana Cream and Pineapple Smoothie cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  2. Stamp the spoon on Whip Cream cardstock.
  3. Stamp Get Well Soon on the 1 3/4" square Whip Cream cardstock with Sweet Berry ink.
PAPER PIECING
  1. Use a Dauber Dowel and River Stone ink to color the spoon.
  2. Cut the spoon out.
  3. Coat the spoon with Journey Glaze and set aside to dry.
  4. Cut out the cup and the center strip for the saucer that you stamped on Huckleberry Fusion cardstock.
  5. Cut out the saucer from Whip Cream cardstock, leaving enough cardstock behind the cup so you can glue the cup onto it.
  6. Cut the cup stripe and the chicken, excluding the chicken's comb from Whip Cream cardstock.
  7. Glue the cup to the saucer.
  8. Glue the stipes on the cup and saucer.
  9. Coat the cup and saucer with Journey Glaze and set aside to dry.
  10. Cut out the chicken and cup image from Banana Cream cardstock, this will be your foundation layer.
  11. Cut out the chicken's comb from Sweet Berry cardstock.
  12. Cut out the chicken's beak from Pineapple Fusion cardstock.
  13. After the cup and saucer are dry, glue them to the Banana cream layer.
  14. Glue the chicken's comb and the chicken to the Banana Cream layer.
  15. Glue the chicken's beak onto the chicken.
WEAVING
Weave the paper strips to make a tablecloth as follows:

  1. Position the red strips about 1/16" apart and tape one end down with a piece of low-tack tape (I used drafting tape).
  2. Weave in a white strip at an angle as shown.
  3. Continue weaving, using the Bloom Tool spatula attachment to hold down or lift the red strips as needed.
  4. Use the Bloom Tool spatula attachment to push the white strips together.
  5. Continue weaving until you reach the right edge.
  6. Carefully remove the tape and finish weaving the left edge.

  7. Secure the ends of the strips with glue.
  8. Trim the top edge only.  Don't worry about the other three sides, we will get to them in a minute.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Glue the woven tablecloth about 3 1/2" down from the top of the Sweet Pear rectangle making sure there's a little bit hanging over on the left, right and bottom sides.  Don't worry if the table cloth isn't a perfect rectangle, it will probably be a little taller on the right side than the left.  That's OK, it actually gives it some perspective.  Just make sure that the top goes straight across.
  2. Flip your work over and trim the left right and bottom edges of the table cloth even with the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  3. Pick up a very small amount of Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel on a sponge applicator and draw steam on the Sweet pear background as shown in the finished image.  Remember, you can erase any mistakes you make.
  4. Use White Liner to attach the Sweet Pear background to the Huckleberry Fusion card base.
  5. Put a small Journey Foam Square behind the chicken's head.  Put some Journey Craft Glue on the bottom part of the chicken and cup image (the part that will be positioned over the tablecloth).
  6. Attach chicken and cup image to card.
  7. Use Journey Craft glue to attach the Pumpkin Bread square just inside the piercing in the upper right corner of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  8. Pop the stamped Whip Cream square up on Journey Foam squares and center it on the Pumpkin Bread square.