Celebrating World Card Making Day…

Hi! I’m glad you stopped by for World Card Making Day! I’m off teaching a class today but wanted to share in the 2012 card-making event.

This 50th anniversary card is created using Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powders as well as Piccolo Card Decor Set No. 2.

I used Mermaid Tears Enamel Powder on the large Piccolo background and 24K Gold Enamel Powder on the 50 and the little dangle below the ribbon.

After heat setting I mounted the Piccolo piece to a tan cardstock and then to a white card. Added a pretty ribbon and some crystal gems.

Enjoy your day – and have fun making some cards!

Sweet proposal leads to altered Altoid tin …

In case you’re one of the few who haven’t heard, my daughter, Rachel, became engaged recently while on a cruise with her boyfriend, Kyle, in Alaska. It was a total surprise to her. You can see the proposal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DarqARYy09E. In honor of their memorable day I made a little keepsake remembrance by altering an Altoid tin!

I have a whole box of empty Altoid and other tins just waiting to become projects and I’ve been wanting to do one for some time but couldn’t find the inspiration. Then along comes a blog hop using Xyron and Globecraft Memories and a very special proposal. What do I visualize? Altered Altoid tin!

This is a great project to use those little scraps of pretty papers you’ve been saving. I flip my paper over and trace the tin. I cut inside the pencil lines and find it usually fits pretty good. Ink the paper, distress the edges then run them through a Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Station. I like to decorate the papers while still on the Xyron backing, especially if you’re using brads or staples.

Gather all your other little embellishments and collage elements and spread them out on your work area. I used Globecraft Memories Piccolo Card Decor Set #1 along with Crafty Secrets Altered Fairies and Vintage Photos. The Piccolo set used here is Card Decor Set #1. Cut the little collage elements and punch out the Piccolo pieces then ink all the edges. I like to do general prep work on all the pieces in the beginning then I can add more to them later.

I like to use clear embossing powder on chipboard. It just brings the pieces come to life. Use Ranger’s Perfect Medium marker or tap them with a Versa Mark or other clear embossing ink pad and dip them in clear embossing powder and heat set.

I die cut a primitive heart from corrugated cardboard then spritzed with water and roughed it up a bit and used clear embossing powder on the edges. I love my corrugated cardboard hearts – they’ve nearly become a staple for me. I love to add the new wings from Globecraft Memories to them. I painted the wings black, clear embossed and added a tiny pinch of Pure Gold Glitter. Lightly heat this again so the glitter embeds into the enamel. When it cools I brush on a light coating of Glossy Glastique to help protect them and make them more durable.

I wanted to add some texture to the Altoid tin so used our Vintage Copper enamel powder on the edges. It really added the texture I was looking for. I think I have about 2-3 coats here. It’s hard to tell. I just keep heating and dipping until I achieve the look I like.

Then it’s time to play! Place, move around, pop up, scrunch and move around some more until you get the pieces in a place that feels right. I added a number 2, which I painted black, then embossed with the Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. It turned out really cool. I cut out a mini song sheet, inked it and distressed the edges slightly and tucked it under the tip of the heart. This is in honor or Kyle who is a singer/songwriter.

I even cut a mini calendar from a checkbook register and circled the proposal date. This was a last minute thought and I must have spent a half hour looking for a mini calendar in the house rather than just print one! Once the placement is done on the cover and inside, and everything is glued in place, I coat a lot of the items in Ranger’s Clear Crackle Paint. What do you think? Click the photos to get a close-up look at the crackle.

I haven’t played with altering a tin in ages and this was really a lot of fun! Give it try. Just pull out some pretty scrap papers, some little bits and pieces, and some collage elements and sit and play!

Note: If you’d like to try your hand at one of these and are unable to purchase the Globecraft Memories products locally I have good news! Those products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking Globecraft Memories/Piccolo icon to the right; it will take you directly to the online store. Please email me with any questions.

The journey awakens the soul but I think I’ll just sleep …

If you read my post of Globecraft Memories today you’ll know that I’ve been making cards this week – and staying up WAY too late! Been playing around with our Piccolo Card Decor & More packets and really liking ’em! Love that all the pieces coordinate, punch out easily and have lots of detail. For this one I basically used several varieties of our Piccolo Enamel Powders – look at all the color on those gears!

Titled, “the journey awakens the soul,” the old jalopy and map paper from Tim Holtz mix great with the Vintage Gears, ST002 pack. After punching the pieces I decided to use our enamel powders and couldn’t decide which so used several!

This is Temple Stone on the frame. Our enamels have varying sizes and colors of enamels mixed so you get all that great Earthiness and texture.

The sentiment, Tim Holtz stamp CMS 063, uses Siam Silver. Like our 24K Gold, there is a fine silver glitter mixed in with the enamel. It is really pretty, especially when the light catches it. I stamped on white cardstock using our Piccolo Embossing Powder adhesive which comes in a dabber bottle! It is so easy to use and gives great coverage for the enamel powders!

This is the finished piece. Vintage Silver, Mardi Gras, Royal Sterling and Vintage Gold are used on the various gears and handle. See how the handle has lumps and bumps near the center? You can achieve that look with the Flash Heat technique of not heating the enamels all the way through. It gives it more of an organic and rustic appearance which I really like. The jalopy is from Tim Holtz Mini Muse CMS 063 stamp, stamped with Ranger’s Pitch Black Archival Ink then a coat of Glossy Glastique brushed over the top – feels really cool. I popped it up with dimensional foam squares and angled it slightly to make it look like it might be really traveling along the road.

Hop on over to our blog at Globecraft Memories for an entirely different card using our Piccolo Vintage Grape Vine, F010.