Garden Tile Card

Garden Tile Card image

 

I really think that July is my favorite month. Seems to be the only month on the calendar where there are no major events to plan, deadlines, back to school, holiday prep (well, fourth of July is an easy one) There seems to be less cars on the road, everyone seems a bit more laid back, Things are growing, the corn is sweet, The days are sunny and the water is refreshing. So on one of these lazy days I wondered off into the craft studio.

Garden Tile Card

It is a pity this time of year is so brief, The flowers leave too soon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy making flower themed cards, It lets me hold on to them a little bit longer.

You can use this technique with most any stamp and it’s fairly easy to do. For this particular flower stamp. (Outlines- no longer available) I stamped on glossy paper with India Ink. I colored the flowers with Prismacolor Markers. On the back I found the center and measured for four equal pieces and cut. Of course, you could do smaller tiles depending on the size of your stamp, being a square or rectangle design. I could have done this piece in 9 tiles for example. I would just take the measurement of the design and divide by 3 giving me 3 tiles across and 3 tiles down.

I went over all the edges of all the squares with a black sharpie marker. I just like not seeing white edges on the paper when I cut something out. Then I pressed the stamped side of the tile down on to a Versamark ink pad. Covered with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) that I placed in a tray. heat set. I did this with 2 more layers of UTEE. The final layer though, I didn’t completely heat with the heat gun, I placed them in the toaster oven at about 350 degrees on a ceramic tile. This helps the UTEE lay more evenly on the surface. After they cool completely, attach to a card with strong double sided adhesive.

Although I didn’t use the UTEE on this card, here is an example of using smaller tiles with words. It’s a great way to salvage a card you’ve made mistakes on. This is a Antique tile card using the UTEE.

Keep summer alive by creating something with flower tiles, and brighten someone’s day.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Gift Idea for Mother’s Day…Father’s Day too

Key chains made from polymer clay

It’s been a while since I dug out my polymer clay stash and I had been wanting to play so out they came. I set up my pasta machine, but don’t let that scare you, you don’t need to have one to create with polymer clay. Buy some of the softer clay brands that you can kneed by hand (they are usually marked Soft) if you find you do enjoy it, look for a pasta machine at a thrift store or ebay.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

I always like to include something handmade when gift giving. What better time than Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s the old school memories of painted hand prints or noodle artwork that we gave as children, but it feels extra special.Keep in mind, this technique can be easily used to make a pendant, pin or earrings when sized appropriately.

A note about the photos- I just couldn’t get a shot of how the blue and white key chain looked. The white has an iridescence to it which I’ll explain in a moment but try as I might, my photography skills are lacking.

Polymer Clay Key Chains

I wanted this to sort of look of Mother of Pearl. so I grabbed some white  Dicro Fibers and ironed it in between some parchment. Kneaded some Pearl polymer clay until pliable. Cut random shapes out of the ironed Dicro Fiber and placed on the clay, folded it in half and ran through pasta machine. Continue to fold and put through machine in different directions until you can see the threads of the fiber showing through. I also added some Crystal Effectz for added shimmer.

dicro fiber trans

Press a rubber stamp into the clay pressing firmly and evenly. You can do this either by pressing the stamp down onto the clay or turning the stamp rubber side up and pressing the clay down onto it (sprinkle some corn starch on rubber first to prevent sticking) Cut out square with a shape cutter or clay blade. I like to work on a piece of tile, this way, I don’t have to move the piece onto a different surface to bake. Bake in the toaster oven according to manufacturer instructions.

heart stamp

I rolled out some blue clay, cut it into a slightly larger square.Made a small hole with a bamboo skewer and baked. After the pieces were cool, I spritzed with some Armor All (interior car wax) which gave a bit of shine. Attached the two pieces with super glue, added a wire to hold the key ring.

The heart design stamp was an old one from Stampa Rosa. It was nice because the heart shape became raised when stamped in clay. Had some other stamp designs that would have come out debossed in clay so I decided to make a mold. I just took some bits of scrap clay (ended up purple) and I stamped the design, cut it out and baked it.

stamp mold

 

When cool, I rolled some tan clay (combination of tan, gold, white, brown) making sure not to blend completely, I liked the variations of color.

brown clay

Press the clay into my purple mold, and got the positive image of the design. Added a hole and baked. When it was cool I added some brown acrylic paint into the crevices to bring out the design. Added wire and a key ring.

So, now I’m ready for Father’s Day too!

 

Fall Leaves in Rustic Metal

Metal Fall Leaf Candle

Although it’s always sad to see Summer go, it’s not so hard to replace it with a season as beautiful as Autumn. Here is a project to keep the look of fall leaves around just a little bit longer. Using a Leaf Punch, and some Alcohol Inks, this can be done in no time.
We are gearing up for the busy Holiday Season but please remember to slow down long enough to enjoy the simple things all around us.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

Old World Charm

Old World Charm Card

 

The look of an old world tile can be made with some stamps, ink and paper. Inspired by a friend and their love of Italy. Love of food, family and fond memories. Things to be cherished in the everyday.
For compete directions on this project, check out Ranger Inks Yahoo Group.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

25 years and counting…..

Beaded 25th anniversary card

As I look back on the 25 years my husband and I have spent together, I can’t help but think how truly blessed we have been. My brother Eddie took this photo of us as we were rushing back to the car as it began raining. That is where our journey began.
Today I am very grateful and look forward to the road ahead as we walk it together.
(photo on this card has been covered with clear micro beads)

Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here

To My Valentine…Rough or Soft

Valentine collage

Traditionally, Valentines are always on the softer side. I thought I’d mixed things up this year and do a multi-textured Valentine. Rough rusted metal (achieved with Distress inks and embossing powder) mixed with feathers, pearls, canvas, faux keys and velvet (my favorite!).
Harmonious colors bring it all together. Trust your eye, move things around until it “clicks”
Lastly, don’t forget some chocolate to celebrate the Holiday! (another favorite!)
Diane

Sisters

Sisters. Cat scrapbook layout

One of the pleasures of Winter is watching the birds outside my window. I am not the only one who enjoys this pastime. My cats, sisters we got as kittens, love to watch them as well. They sometimes fight with each other to get the best view. Here is a page I did commemorating their relationship.
Enjoy Winter’s blessings,
Diane

Fall is here

fall leaf card
Fall is here whether we like it or not. Instead of getting depressed at the thought of the upcoming Holiday madness or the blistery snow. I chose to celebrate by making this card.

All the best,
DianeFor tutorial in PDF, click here

Time

august collage

Time seems to be getting the best of all of us. As the summer winds down and we look ahead. We all wonder where the time has gone. We need to remember to not waste a
moment of time. Time is precious and it’s something we can never retrieve once it’s gone. Take time to make a difference in someone’s day, A hug, a smile, a word of praise or appreciation. “teach us to count our days, make our days count”

the Photograph is actually a stamp as well as the faux wallpaper panel.
* for step by step instructions of this stamped collage, visit the Yahoo Group for Ranger Inks
Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here