Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Finishing Details, Kirigmi, Spray Box Beauties, Scrapbook & Rubber Stamping tips

vintage ad for Sunkist
Today I would like to tidy up some loose ends, and encourage you to continue to play with many of the ideas I have mentioned in previous posts.

FINISH your project!
PUT AWAY all your creative messes!
LABEL your containers/boxes/whatever you use!
TAKE A PICTURE as a lasting memory!
SHARE with someone what you have created!

Of course, you understand that
                I have an extremely difficult time doing most of those!

               This lil' darlin' is from a shop in etsy.
shop: caracarmina
If you are super unsure about adding an embellishment, and it is preventing you from going any further - there's help for all you perfectionists!
There are a couple of tack-it-over, temporary fixatives that you should be able to find easily.
Aleene's Tack-It-Over Glue
repositional tape runner
repositional glue

Most of these you should be able to find in any stamping/scrapbooking store. At least one or more of these you should be able to find at large craft stores, including WalMart's craft section, and even perhaps your local Walgreen's.

A good tip to remember, even though it may say "can reposition any time" keep in mind that these are meant to be temporary. If you decide temporary may mean months or even years from now - don't! It may be impossible to remove an item safely without damage, or the temporary adhesive may leave a permanent stain or residue.
This doll sold on ebay. I don't have the creator's name.

More Altered Art Paper Doll embellishments to excite your creativity:
google eyes, in many sizes
pipe cleaners
baby blocks
address labels
fun flocking
pine needles
canceled postage stamps
rub ons
random beads you find on the floor
Barbie accessories like shoes, handbags, etc.

When using kirigami with the Spray Box:
Instead of newspaper placed inside the Spray Box, lay down a top layer of plain white paper/card stock/wrapping paper (we will call this scratch paper).
Now place on top the desired 'scratch paper' with the kirigami placed on top of that. Follow spray instructions in previous posts.
When you are ready to change Glimmer Mist colors, or desired card stock, move the bottom 'scratch' paper around.
By the end of your spraying session, you should have quite a nice pile of 'scratch' paper that is ready to use as is, as backgrounds for scrapbooking pages, layers for card making, the ideas are limitless.
This is a two-in-one activity that works wonderfully!
                             Glimmer Mists:

                 Here is another kirigami leaf pattern from
Are you having problems with your kirigami or paper blowing around when you are spraying them with diluted colors/Glimmer Mists? You can use small dabs of repositional tape runner or glue, or...
Try chopsticks!
I also like wooden skewers that you get at the grocery store for kabobs.
Pay attention that your chopstick or skewer is not interfering with your spray results. For example, that you leave a line across a lacy part.

You do have to use both hands however, which can be a challenge for some of us, especially on no-coffee days.  :0)
from Dover Publications

TIP: You can also use very small rolled up bits of scotch tape to hold a pattern in place. Try to tape only in large areas so the tape does not show through.

To use scotch tape as a cheap alternative to double sided repositional tape, you cut off a small square or so. Roll it up so the sticky sticks to the sticky!
NOW pat the rolled up scotch tape onto your t-shirt or jeans. This will collect enough lint to decrease the stickiness. I use this all the time to hold in place a pattern when I do my papercutting/scherensnitte. I want to be able to remove the tape afterwards with no damage to my paper. This works!

This idea is from my friend Shelly. She takes old CDs and puts a blob of glue on it. She then uses the glue by dipping a toothpick into the glue blob, and using this tiny amount of glue to place in small, exactly-where-she-wants-it areas.
She does amazingly detailed work, using this glue method.

Are your paper punches getting sticky? Not punching all the way around? Leaving little torn edges?
Time for a day at the punch spa!
Translation: time to give your punches some tender loving care.
Tear off a piece of wax paper. Fold it in half. Now fold it in half again.
Punch folded wax paper several times with your tired punch.
Pick out bits of wax paper with a pin.
Tear off a piece of aluminum foil. Fold it in half. Now fold it in half again.
Punch folded foil several times with the same tired punch.
Doing these two things can really help to perk up your punches to punch their best.
Here is one of my favorite punching books on paper punched flowers:
very addictive.

Well, hopefully that clarifies a few things for you, and gives you a few tips to make your crafting time as fun as possible!

For recycled projects in the future, continue to save your gum wrappers, old CDs, printed plastic bags with logos but not grocery plastic bags, and now a new one:
plastic lids from deli items, margarine containers, etc. We will be needing both white or clear, and any color, but a larger size.
"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us,
hovering, averting our eyes,
and they seldom offer thanks,
but what we do for them
in never wasted."
- Garrison Keillor

Have a good day. And I mean that, not just saying it.

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