Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Special Characters

I've had a comment in my gallery asking how to put the accents on letters for European words etc.

If you are using a Windows computor you will have a little program called Character Map installed.

Go to the start menu and type Character Map in the text box, and then click enter. (If this doesn't work let me know - you probably have a fairly old machine and I'll help you find it in the programs listing)

You will see a small program with a grid full of letters and numbers etc. If you search through the grid you will find the European character letters and more.
Click on the one you want
Click on the select button
Click on the copy button
Then paste it into your text.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Danish Hearts Tutorial

Hello folks, in this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make some Paper Danish Hearts. They can be made in different sizes to decorate cards and scrapbooking layouts. The larger hearts make great pockets for hidden journaling on scrapbooking pages or for pages in tag books. A few years back when my husband went on a business trip, I made a some of these and wrote love notes on them, then hid them amongst the clothes in his suitcase.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with basic paper weaving, going under and over, under and over, and so on. For Danish Hearts we weave inside and outside, inside and outside, and so on.

For the smaller, basic heart
1. Cut 2 rectangles approx 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches out of 2 different papers (can be plain, but look extra pretty with small printed designs).

2. fold them in half

3. At the open end, cut a semi circle

4. Starting at the folded edge cut a slit in the centre to just before the middle of the curved ends

For my example I have a beige paper (calling this A) and a red patterned paper (calling this B)
5. tuck the first leg of A into the first leg of B, push all the way through

6. tuck the end of B's first leg into the 2nd leg of A.

7. tuck leg 2 of B into leg 1 of A

8. tuck the end of A's leg 2 into the end of B's leg 2.

9. adjust to flatten the shape
10. The heart can be used as a pocket, or stuck together at the opening.

For a 3 Legged Heart
1. Cut 2 rectangles approx 6 x 2 inches out of 2 different papers.
2. prepare as for the smaller heart, but this time cut 2 slits

3. weave the legs in and out following the photos below.

Have fun, and when you got the hang of it try experimenting with smaller pieces of paper to make small hearts.
Also if you are feeling adventurous you can make bigger hearts with 4, 5 and even more legs.

Blessings to you all from Angela.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Step by Step Digital ATC

Hello everyone, I have another step by step digital project to share with you this week. It's an ATC.

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. They were originally invented for swapping at art shows and other similar events and quickly adopted by the crafting community. They can be made out of any material, using any technique and be about any subject. They are the same size as a playing card - 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

As well as being used for swaps, I find ATCs really valuable for technique samplers and for sticking on my fridge as inspirational reminders. This Journey themed ATC has some scriptures on it I wanted to memorise and was made using digital scrapbooking.

Angie Young has loads of fabulous digital Collage sets in her store that are perfect for ATCs including many borders with torn edges. For this example ATC I used her Collage It Borders Set 2, it's based on old maps.

1. Create a page in your software that is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
2. Choose a fairly plain background paper with some texture. I used one from Clienia Curtis's December Journaling Kit.
3. Resize one of the map borders to fit the page.
4. Type the letters for the title (J O U R N E Y) in a nice simple bold font. I used AR CENA.
5. Arrange the letters on top of the border

6. Crop the border to the letters
7. Add a small drop shadow

8. Resize another border from the set and place it along the side of the page.
9. Add a small drop shadow

10. Add some quotes in a pretty script font. I used Galeforce BTN.
My quotes are from the bible: Proverbs 16 v 9 and Psalm 37 v 23.

Have fun, and please show me any digital ATCs you create.
Blessings to you all from Angela.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Masked Embossing

Hello folks, today I'm going to show you one of my favourite techniques - Masked Embossing. Embossing texture by hand can take more time than using a cuttlebug or similar, but it's much more versatile.

Tools Used:
  • Project or Cardstock for putting the texture on (I cut a box using the Fiskars Box 1 template and cutting tool)
  • Fiskars Texture Tool
  • Fiskars Texture Plate (I used the Leaves one)
  • A Mask cut from scrap card of the shape required
  • Low-tack tape (If you don't have any then stick some standard tape to your jeans and then after peeling it off it's low tack)

Place your project/card-stock face-down on the texture plate.
Using low-tack tape fix the card-stock in place so it doesn't move about during the embossing process.
Attach the card-stock mask in place on top of your project with low-tack tape.

Using your texture tool emboss around the masked area. It's OK to go over the edges as the mask will prevent the area being embossed.

Remove the project from the texture place.
Turn the project over.
Place it on top of some scrap paper.
Reattach the mask to the top of the project where the un-embossed area is using the same low-tack tape.
Ink up the embossed area using your preferred inking tools.
Remove the mask.

Now you project is ready for the fishing touches.

Have fun, and I'd love to see what you create. Blessings to you all from Angela.

Monday, 2 January 2012


Happy New Year Everyone. I'm looking forward to another year sharing tutorials with you, and welcoming Guests to this blog.

I'd like to take this moment to ask for your feedback, as readers of this blog you are very important to me. What would you like to see more of or see added? Here are some examples.
  • Step by Step Craft Projects
  • Paper Crafting Techniques
  • Other Crafts
  • Digital Scrapbooking Techniques
  • Step by Step Scrapbooking Projects
  • Hints, Tips and Guides for Crafting Tools
  • Step by Step Colouring
  • ....
Please comment on this post with your requests/suggestions for 2012 (either something from this list or something I've missed off that you would like to see added to this blog).

Also email me know if you would like to be a guest here (beginners are welcome too) - details on the Guest Page.