Monday, September 2, 2013

Making it Personal...

One of my blogging buddies has started an all new "motivational" challenge blog. This month's challenge was to make use of a new technique, so the PJ Challenge blog has been my inspiration for sharing...


A good way to make a card truly meaningful to it's recipient is to "personalize it". One of my favourite ways to say "this card is meant just for you!", is to add a photo that is significant to the person the card is meant for. I have been experimenting with Glitter Ritz, to help glam up this style of card and have recently learned how to alter or edit photos, for even more "artistic" impact. I think it actually makes the photo look more like a stamped image. Check it out...

Here is the original photo that I took at the cottage this summer. Although it is probably just fine for a card unedited and on it's own, I wanted to try to make it a little more unique.
I edited the same photo using the Picasa 3 program (which is free). The options used for the edits were as follows:
1. Crop
2. convert to black and white
3. apply pencil sketch
4. apply comic book
5. apply boost

Now each of these features has their own intensity scales, so you have to play with these options until the image meets your personal preferences. This sounds like alot of editing but it really only takes about 5 minutes. Most photo editing programs have similar features and options. 
Here is the photo after the edits: 
I added my own colour focus to the photo with a copic marker, applied the Glitter Ritz in warm highlights and used the altered photo in this card.

This technique is especially handy when doing personal cards like anniversary cards (see below). It could be also be useful if you have an idea or a specific theme in mind but don't have the right stamp, die or image in your craft stash - just use a photo instead.

TIP: I find this technique works best when the photo subject is focused (not too much background/detail). 

"Cheers" Anniversary card (cool highlights Glitter Ritz). Photo with less detail.

"All Because You Fell In Love" Anniversary card (warm highlights Glitter Ritz) Photo with more detail.

I am in the process of setting up Inlinkz Project Manager so I will share the list of craft stash items used used to make this project, a little later.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Slow Down

The nice weather has finally arrived, so I am taking a little blogging break to spend some time enjoying these short summer months!  Since papercrafting and the outdoors don't mix well (trust me, I have tried it), I probably won't post any new projects for a little while... 
I hope you also get to enjoy a Summer Slow Down!
I should be back soon(ish)...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

1-2-3-4 Pagemaps Magnetic Card

As part of Pagemaps continued Anniversary Party, they are hosting a 1-2-3-4 Card Challenge with Julie Koerber, based on this sketch and recipe:

Here is what I came up with, based on the above:
The most challenging part of this card was the triangle - trying to create a triangle sized just right and without making the card too busy, had me searching through my craft stash for something suitable (thank goodness for glitter cardstock).
 To make sure all of the required colours were noticeable, I wrapped a popsicle stick in blue, red, green and pink ribbons. I also had one (and only one) glittered green button left in my craft stash. I think the polka dot tag would have been tricky had it not been for the Cricut Cartridge "Fabulous Finds". This made creating a tag in the right size much easier and I really like the little flower cut.
The pinwheel is actually a felt gift tag that I have repurposed for this card. By sticking a magnet on the back of it and "lightly" affixing it to the card,  this project  became  both a card and a gift. You can't miss anything being held on the fridge with a big, bold, pinwheel magnet! 

Other craft stash items used to make this card:
Stampin' Up's Classic ink in Pool Party and an ink dauber
Papertry Ink's "Berry Sorbet" cardstock
Cream Textured cardstock
Cream Glitter cardstock
Blue & white baker's twine
Kaiser Craft's "Save the Date" patterned papers
Spellbinder "Bested Lace Pennant" die
foam pop up dots
Viva Pearl Pen (green)
Basic Greay's Bottle Cap Sticker

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