Saturday, May 30, 2015

For Artsy Inkers: AIR folded card challenge

Welcome to a challenge to make a 3 layered card with Z- fold! 

Please know there are several card designs that meet this description so I am providing details to show you how to make the card's cuts and folds needed for this challenge.  I highly recommend making a mock-up version prior to making the final version.  

Photo 1
Your challenge-Use a 6 x 12 piece of white cardstock or watercolor paper to create a Z folded card (bottom edge view).  Your card will follow the cutting and folding style provided here.  

I added blue hightlights to show you the top edges of the 3 layers as seen on the front view of the card.

So let's get started:
Cut a piece of scrap paper into 6X12" (tape together 
a couple piece if necessary).

On your 6x12 paper the top (blank area in photo) needs to be cut off at a diagonal. Mark a tick mark at 3" on the left edge of your paper.  Draw a straight line from that point to the upper right corner. It should look like a straight line sitting across the top edges of the flowers above. Cut on the line. Cut off-this triangle piece will not be used for this card.

Fold the paper at 4" with a mountain peak fold  and at 8" with to valley fold to create 3 equal sized panels.  The left side is the shortest section and is the front of the card.

Now you are ready to design your card...this part is totally up to you. 

A note from my experience- know the center panel only needs designs on the front and back for the card to have a complete look when looking at the front as well as the inside of the card.  I also learned the images on the top edge need to be relatively aligned if you want to cut that edge to mimic the stamp's edge across the top of each card.  You will see in the 1st photo I didn't match the images on the edge on the center panel resulting in the card's front view of the card looks like I was trying to cut a scalloped edge. 

Please post your complete card and details in the gallery and title AIR folded card challenge. Provide a link on my discussion thread along with any learnings you may want to share.

This challenge may be combined with others. The challenge will be open until Sunday June 7, 11:59 pm your time.  I will provide a surprise to a randomly selected winner.

Have fun!...Jan

Friday, May 15, 2015

My backyard & Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!
I am sharing a card today in which I used my "backyard" as inspiration.  That is kinda funny since I live in a forested area and there really is no yard-front or back. But the outdoors is my favorite place and provides me with wonderful inspiration. 

To create this card I used a tree stencil and modified the outline with a black watercolor pencil and distress inks. Since I'm sure you don't want to see the remaining dirty snow I added some wild flowers which will soon be blooming. The stamp was misted to give the feeling of the many flowers. The butterfly is stamped with archival ink on Clearly for Art, clear acetate. One can heat and bend this product to add dimension. Here the top front wing is bent to be approximately 1/4" above the card. Like the sentiment says I wish the recipient quiet, peaceful moments to find inspiration for creating art.
I also wanted to use my card as a reminder

that the Mixed Media Card Challenge theme this month is wings and foil as an optional element and the deadline is May 25. Please see the website for the full details.

Thanks for looking!..Jan






Friday, May 1, 2015

May-Mixed Media Card Challenge.

Welcome back!

You are arriving at the just the perfect time.  If you need a little extra sunshine today... I have plenty to share. Sunrise here today is at 4:10am and sunset at 11pm-that's right nearly 17 hours of daylight!  So yes, I have lots of extra daylight to gather inspiration, be creative and to share!

This month the MMCC's theme is wings with the optional element of foil.

I wanted to play on a different surface for today's inspirational card so I chose a non-porous glossy cardstock to create an alcohol ink background. Then I chose a fond stencil to use with the Faded Layers Technique to add a layer of dark leaflets pointed on the left edge. The stencil was used as a mask while removing the background ink with rubbing alcohol.

Another stencil was used with distress inks to create a mosaic pathway.  The bird was stamped with archival inks and then over-stamped with script in memories unicorn ink. I used enamel accents to create the eye .  Additional branches were stamped with archival inks. To finished I added drops of rubbing alcohol for additional dimension.

I would like to thank you for stopping by, sharing your
comments and moving onto find additional inspiration at the rest of the design team blogs.

Here is a link back to the challenge post.

I look forward to seeing you entry into the Mixed Media Card Challenge!