This week, I learned that a technique that I’ve been using for years actually has a name! It’s called the Faux Torn technique, as the finished card looks like it has a torn strip of patterned paper stuck to the card when it’s actually an inked panel. It’s very simple to do and a change of the inked colours or stamped images completely alters the look.
To begin, I tore the edges off the sticky edge of a post-it note although torn copier paper will do just fine too.
Next, I blended two or three complementary colours into the torn gap, followed by some simple stamping.
Lastly, I added a greeting and mounted the card on layers to match the blended colours.
This is another version done in different colours and stamp.
For this card, rather than just simple stamping, I heat embossed the design and then used the Subtle embossing folder for some texture.
My last card was a card for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary. I repeated the torn panel to cover more of the card background.
Four cards, each with a completely different look!
Still no real improvement in my arm this week so, yet again, no crafting but here’s a little project I did a few weeks ago.
Romantic themes aren’t usually my crafting style but I seem to have inadvertently gone all romantic with these tags this week! The Botanical Bliss tags dies consist of 3 tag toppers, 2 edge cutters and a leafy branch. There’s also a coordinating stamp set which has some useful sentiments. I was immediately drawn to the birds, thinking they’d look great silhouetted against an inked sky. However, since I’ve done a lot of silhouettes lately, I decided to challenge myself with the flower instead.
Rather than a straight forward strung tag, I wanted to try a folded tag. The dies are designed to be used on 2” wide strips of card for tags or bookmarks. As I wanted my card to fold, I needed the card to extend either side of the die so my card was 3” x 5½” in Bushing Bride. I marked a pencil line at 2¾” and also marked the edges of the cutting lines on the die. The lines on the die were lined up with the pencil line and the whole thing was run through the Big Shot.
I scored along the pencil line to the edge of the cut out and then erased the pencil line.
The card was then folded at the edges, making the cut area stand up.
I wanted the flower to stand out and also have a little more strength so I cut another flower from Very Vanilla. The bottom edge of this flower was then cut out using one of the edge dies in the set.
My cutting plates had marked the card quite badly so I ran it through the Scripty EF before sticking the VV flower on the front.
I decorated the front with a sentiment, some hessian ribbon and a branch cut from gold glimmer paper.
This is how the back looks, with the cut out. I used an old background stamp for the writing on the right-hand tag. I think this one would make lovely place name settings for a wedding or party. You could write guest’s menu choices on the inside.
For my second design with this flower die, I thought I’d just do a normal strung tag. I cut the design out of a 2” strip of Crumb Cake card and then drew around the top on a piece of Very Vanilla and fussy cut the shape. I marked in pencil where the edges of the flower and leaves were and added a little colour with sponge daubers.
The tag was finished by using the Scripty EF again, some gold branches and Old Olive ribbon.
Lastly, I wondered how the flower would look with inlaid pieces. The flower was cut out of Blushing Bride, inlaid with Very Vanilla petals and Old Olive leaves and mounted on Crumb Cake folded tag base. Gold branches and hessian ribbon complete the look.
So there you have it – 3 different looks from one die. My next challenge will be to use this die to make some cards. Watch this space!
I’m happy to report that I’m out of the sling this week although nowhere near back to normal yet ☹ The few days in the sling allowed my muscles to calm down enough so that the weight of my arm was bearable again. This week I’ve had some physio and acupuncture and I’ve got this really jazzy strapping helping me out.
However, I still can’t use my right hand for very long until my arm starts to hurt so I thought I’d challenge my left hand to some everyday tasks! The first was writing. Well, I struggled to even hold the pen to begin with! My pages of alphabet look like they were written by a 6-year old but at least they look like letters. My blog posts and photo editing is also all being done left handed, albeit slowly, but I have learned some useful keyboard shortcuts.
So, then I turned my attention to crafting and what I could make that would be simple, forgiving and hopefully not too frustrating. I had some 2” strips of card left over from another project that I’d saved for tags, so tags it was! My coordination with my left-hand, when operating solo, is a bit sketchy so I used my Stamparatus to help with the stamping. The bare trees from Winter Woods were mounted on one side of the door and the greeting on the other. I stamped them onto the lining paper so I could line up my tags with the images.
Using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, I stamped and heat set the trees on each tag. Then I cut a wavy edge to the top of a Post-it note for the mask and used the overhangs of the mask to hold the tag in position. I used a sponge brayer to colour the sky. The ink is applied so gradually, it’s a very forgiving method so handy for my non-dominant hand.
The embossing resists the ink and any residue was easily removed with a tissue. To give more texture to the sky, I spritzed some water on and dabbed it off with a tissue.
Next, the door of the Stamparatus was turned over so I could stamp the greeting. I then punched the tops with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.
Since they were Christmas tags, I wanted a bit of sparkle so I put them into my ‘spraying box’ and sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Mist/isopropyl alcohol mix.
The last job was to attach some ribbon, for which I did have to bring my right hand out of retirement! The whole project probably took me twice as long as usual but at least I was crafting. It must have given my brain quite a workout too as I had to have a nap afterwards!
The Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Beauty die set has everything you need to cut out lots of butterflies. I particularly like the two large dies that can be used individually or layered on top of each other.
I started by cutting out the two layers in Whisper White and Lovely Lipstick and stuck them together.
To add further dimension and interest, I added Dimensionals on the back…
…and then mounted the whole thing on a Smoky Slate layer embossed with the Layered Leaves (retired) embossing folder and then onto a Basic Grey cardbase.
After making this card, I wondered how it would work making an inlaid butterfly, like I did previously with the retired (sniff!) dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly die set. As you’ve probably realised about me by now, I like a bit of ink blending so I inked up a panel in a rainbow palette.
Top tip for these dies: stick some double sided craft adhesive sheet on the back of your card before die cutting – it saves faffing about trying to apply glue to tiny pieces or thin strips of card.
Using Basic Black card, I cut out each of the two butterfly dies. The first one, I used black for the back layer and cut the top butterfly layer from the rainbow panel. I mounted this on a thick Whisper White cardbase that I had embossed with the planks embossing folder (also now retired!).
Then came to my butterfly rainbow jigsaw! So, this turned out to be much more of a faff that I had anticipated….locating all those tiny pieces.
I stuck the black butterfly top layer onto a white mat and then inserted all the pieces into their matching holes. This was then mounted on a Basic Black card base. It was a very fiddly operation and, to be honest, I’m not sure I’d do another one. However, the finished card looks super!