Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Wishing Well Hybrid Card Tutorial

Hybrid is when we mix digital and traditional crafting together. This card is mostly digital. The designer papers (Tell My Story Bumper Digi paper Pack by Toucan Scraps) and the uncoloured image (Wishing Well Digi Stamp by Toucan Scraps) were assembled digitally. Then after printing, the image was coloured by hand using crayons. This is a great way of making lots of similar cards in a short space of time with some scope for individuality by choosing different colours for the images.

First the Digital Bit
Set-up the page in your software to the size of card stock you re printing on. I've set mine to metric A5. Set the page to landscape.
Put a guideline along the vertical centre line - where the fold line will be. (If your software doesn't support guidelines then draw a vertical line in the top layer.
Most printers have a margin where it doesn't print anything. check your printer settings and place guidelines at the margin points (.6 cm for me).
To keep the page balanced, place a margin line to the right of the centre line.
Choose your background paper. Place it on the page and crop to fit inside your guidelines.
crop another piece of digi paper to a rectangle on the next layer. Add a small drop shadow.
The Wishing Well Digi Stamp by Toucan Scraps comes as 4 files. Two of them are in png format. One has the image coloured in white, the other only has the black lines. Place the white filled image on top of the rectangle.
Crop a piece of pale paper to a small rectangle/title block shape. Place it below the image and add a small drop shadow.
Add a greeting on top of the title block in a pretty font (I used Bradley Hand ITC). I picked the colour from the dots and used that to colour my font.
Using the same font, but smaller, type your made by and credits details at the bottom of the left hand side of the page (this will be the back).

Score along the centre fold line
Now for the Colouring in.
There are lots of ways of colouring in an image. This is my preferred method when using pencil crayons.

First colour all the non-light areas in a medium colour. For the wooden areas here I've used a mid brown. And for the white concrete well, a pale grey.

Next go over the dark (shaded) areas with the darkest colour. A dark brown for the wood and a medium grey for the well walls.

The next step pulls everything together - go completely over the top with the lightest colour. This fills in the light areas and helps blend the others.

And finally, follow the same process with the smaller items and add the finishing touches.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Cute & Basic Gift Boxes

Hi All, I'm Jo...

This is my first tutorial for Toucan Scraps... so I hope you can follow and would love to see your creations too!

This is a basic tutorial for some cute little Gift Boxes, which can be adapted is so many different ways....... Hope you like it I've had fun playing with this fab paper kit!!!!!

This tutorial will incorporate basic scoring and folding. This first little gift box I'm going to show you, can be so versatile and used for all occasions!

OK first things first your "Essential Tools"
  • Toucan Scraps Papers - I've used Birthday Pinks
  • Score board & scoring bone
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Extra - I've created a tag using circular sentiment and flower.....
Firstly we need to print out the Papers, I've printed onto some light card stock about 160-180 weight:

Now we need to trim down to size, I've cut both pieces down to a 7" square and we need to stick the two pieces together with double sided sticky tape or you can print on both sides :

Ok here we go scoring....... I've scored at approx 2" on all four sides as shown below:

Next we need to score the corner squares in half into triangles, the easiest way is to score from the corner points down to your inner square:
Now we need to fold the score lines and we can use a hole punch of some sort to create holes in the corner squares for our ribbon to thread through, you can also add eyelets here if you have them to hand:
We just need to fold on the score lines to start to bring the shape together:
Next we thread the ribbon through the holes, weaving carefully to bring the shape together and the corners into the centre of the box:
As an extra I've created a circular birthday tag with a flower in the centre:

And finally we are done!!! Here's a few pics of the finished gift box......

Now for part 2...... a stack of simple scored boxes!
Ok same as before I've used Birthday Pinks Papers......

I've trimmed down 2 pieces the same size, 2 x 7", 2 x 6" & 2 x 5" but it's up to you have a play with different sizes!
Now we need two score as before, you can also choose different depths/heights of your boxes, I've gone on the basis of 1.5", 1.75" and 2" score lines, but both pieces of card for each box need to be slightly different in size for the lid to fit over the base of the box by approx 2mm:
I've used a score board which has a lid and a base, but have a play!
Now once scored we need to cut one side of the corner squares to fold inside:
Next we fold the score lines to create the box shape and use double sided stick tape to stick the corner squares on the inside of the box:
And here's what the box will look like.... base and lid put together!
We are done!

Hope you enjoyed, any comments or suggestions would be appreciated!
Love Jo xxx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

How to make a Lavender Baton

The lavender is in bloom and I'm enjoying making sweet smelling gifts - Lavender Batons. They continue to smell lovely and look pretty when the lavender dries.

Here is a tutorial on how to make them.

Cut an odd number of lavender sprigs (they need to be fresh). This one has 13.

Tightly wrap a length of sewing thread around the bunch of lavender just below the flower heads and tie.

Wrap a small piece of thin fabric around the flower heads and hold in place with a few stitches or a glue dot.

Gently fold the flower stems over the flower heads

Tightly wrap some sewing thread around the stems just at the bottom of the flower heads to create a cage and tie.

Choose some fancy yarn or ribbon and tread onto a tapestry needle.
Secure the end of the thread to the top of the cage.

Using the needle, weave the thread through the stems of the cage (under over, under, over ....)

Continue until you can't do anymore and secure the end inside the head.

Tie a length of pretty ribbon or lace around the base of the baton head and make a bow.
Trim the ends of the stems to the same length.

Optional - tightly wrap a length of ribbon around the stems from the base of the head to about 1/2 inch from the ends.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Attaching a Detachable Tag

Sometimes it's great to have hidden messages attached to the front of a card, or hidden journaling attached to a scrapbooking page. There are lots of ways of doing this, one is to use a detachable tag.

So how to attach it?

Punch or pierce a hole in the tag
Punch or pierce 2 small holes in the card-stock where you want to attach the tag.

Cut a length of ribbon, string or lace
Thread through the two holes in the card-stock so that both ends are at the front.

Thread the bottom section of ribbon through the tag from the back.

Tie in a bow.

This example uses the Puppy Love Digi Paper Pack by Toucan Scraps and the Forever Friends Digi Stamp by Robyn's Fetish. The completed project can be seen here.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Silhouette Window

This is a tutorial on how to make the window on this card.

Print a silhouette onto some tracing paper (I used the Wishing Well Silhouette by Toucan Scraps). It takes a bit longer for the ink to dry on this than on ordinary paper.

Cut piece of double sided card-stock to create a card base and score it along the fold line.

I used the Fiskars Shape Cutter to create my window. If you use a different tool, please adapt this to your tools.

Place your window templates on top of the silhouette and choose the one you want to use.

Place your template in position on the card and cutout the shape.

Leave the template in position. Using a glitter pen that matches the main colour of the inside of the card, draw along the edge of the template to create a border around the window.

Remove the cutout.

Stick the silhouette to the back of the window.

Use the cutout shape to punch embellishments for the card.