But you feel like it's still only a card?
And you need to come up with a quick gift?
Well, this was a card ...
who wanted to be a
gift-y notebook when she grew up
and she did:
(and it was quick & relatively easy
for those who like a teeny bit of stitching)
a...the image Strawberry Hearts from Tiffany Doodles
b...cheap tricks for changing up digital or stamped images
c...quick gift idea: how to turn any card into a notebook
d...details (bookmark, liner, digi paper water distressing & stitching ideas)
e...free digital papers (distressed pencil damask & strawberry definition)
Whew! It's been a while since I did one of these big old "pile-it-all-in-there-like-the-junk-drawer-of-creativity" posts. As you can see, this one has a little bit of everything.
Strawberry Hearts from Tiffany Doodles
Tiffany amazes me.
What a brilliant idea to have
strawberries as hearts!
Granted, scribbling & blending Copics does put more wear and tear on your Colourless blender marker, but if you buy a couple if them for spares it is still WAY cheaper than buying many extra marker colours.
You can even blend Copic colours by scribbling two on a block & picking them both up (like I did for the small berries here blending putty & light green on the Colourless blender marker tip to get a warm yellowy-green unripe berry colour for the tips of the small berries)
Tinting digital images to give a new look to them
Do you sometimes craft on autopilot & print or stamp in black only?
I do, but I thought sepia would be more fun than black for this
super sweet Strawberry Hearts image:
Somehow sepia just seems so much softer than black.
The tutorial in the last post this showed one way
to recolour your image (using Photoshop):
To get sepia, I just lightened as it shows in the pictorial above
& then made the image more red,
more yellow, and then a tad more green.
You can simply slide the scales around until you're
happy with it & you may want to text print
(Of course, for stamped images you could just stamp in a different coloured ink
seems like overstating the obvious,but I always forget and just stamp in black automatically)
You can also add texture by scratching the paper
gently to get lines in it. Like the scratched leaves here:
Hopefully you can see the lines scored into the leaves
(I upped the contrast of the photo)
The score lines are gently scratched into the paper using a paper piercing tool.
More on the paper scratching technique in this post.
for a speedy gift
- a card (any size you like)
- copy paper (or text weight)
- something to punch holes (paper piercing tool, needle...)
- needle & thread and scissors
- glue to hide thread ends
- patterned paper to line the cover
Steps to stitch a quick notebook together:
Step 2)Score the copy paper down the middle (or fold the pages if you have no score board)
Step 3) Easy fancy pants option: Cut curvy paper edges (freehand with scissors).
Step 4) Pierce holes along the card spine & notebook paper.
A) Lay the stack of folded copy paper on top of your card's inside
B) Align the paper to fit nicely in the card fold.
C) pierce holes with a paper piecing tool (or a needle/push pin/thumb tack). I pierced about a dozen holes.
TIP: Big stitches work well and make the job quick. There's no need to be all perfect with the stitching. Variation just adds to the homemade-ness, right?
Step 5) Stitch the spine. Thread a needle with whatever colour of thread you like. I doubled it up so the thread was 4 ply.
TIP: You can hide the thread ends: cut the thread and glue it along the spine of your notebook at the bottom & finish the top thread the same way.
If you are a very visual person, you may want to check out
my older post with a step-by-step pictorial of
how to make a stitched note book here.
Step 1) Print & colour two strawberries from the Strawberry Hearts image.
To to create a mirror image of the berry, so that no matter which way the bookmark flips there would be a nice strawberry--in Photoshop:
A) Create a copy of the berry (draw a box around the strawberry and Use the copy hot key: hit control C)
B) Flip the image: use "rotate image horizontal"
C) Paste the strawberry you copied)
D) Print it, Colour it, & cut it
E) Add some clear lacquer glue if you want them shiny
F) Let the lacquer dry.
Step 2) Add a thread for the book mark. You could use embroidery thread for the page marker, but I wanted a colour that I only had in regular old sewing thread:
A) Thread a needle with green thread (or whatever colour you like.
B) Put the needle through the spine stitching at the top of the notebook (In this case, red stitches on this notebook).
C) Pull the needle so the thread is about half way through & tie it in a knot to keep it in place
D) Tie more knots along it to keep the thread together.
Step 3) Glue the strawberries to the thread end (one for the front and one for the back).
Step 4) Trim the thread end off
(the download is linked below if you'd like to use it)
(from an inkjet printer)
& you can get interesting colour effects.
Like printing in black, another thing I tend to do on autopilot is stitching in straight lines around the image as a frame (circles or squares etc). Sew, I figured I'd shake it up a bit with...
How to add your own free-hand stitching:
A) Draw whatever you like in pencil
B) Pierce holes along the pencil lines
C) Erase the pencil lines
D) Stitch in the holes with needle & thread
& more knots for the little 3D paper flowers.
embossing from an inkjet printer on vellum cardstock:
A) Prepare so you can work quickly to allow the ink to stay wet: clear embossing powder & heat gun, a tray/folded paper to catch powder. Cut the vellum cardstock in half so it runs through the printer more quickly.
B) Type your sentiment in a font you like (leave extra space between words if you like for cutting)
C) Change the colour of the font
D) Print it on a high quality printer setting on vellum cardstock
E) Sprinkle clear embossing powder on the wet printer ink
F) Heat set the powder to melt it
G) Cut the words & stick them on
digital patterned papers
non-commercial use only, please
Two of the papers on the front
of the card are homemade digital papers:
The green-blue pattened paper was cut using a nestabilites
die (label that was trimmed. More on how to do that in this post).
I cut it in half and put a square in the middle to get a long shape for under the circle.
Want help downloading from Acrobat.com?
Please see this post for how-to.
This paper prints turquoise and green on my Canon MP24o,
but please feel free to adjust the colour.
I made this digi paper by...
...drawing a damask element
...scanning the element using it as a Photoshop brush to make a pattern,
...adding layers to the pattern with other homemade PS brushes and colouring it.
There's a tutorial here, in case you're curious how to make your own damask.
from an old dictionary, lightened, and tinted red.
(click the links to dio PNGs or
click the images & choose save as for JPGs)
download: red alphabetically correct
and another light red one but
with the strawberry definition at the top,
so the word "strawberry" will show on projects like this one:
a black & white (desaturated) version:
(Please feel free to tint the red one
to make it whatever colour you'd like).
for the card cover
Other Patterned Papers: Lined Digital piece (middle) from Two Peas Notebook Basics by Jen Martakis BasicGrey Wisteria (top flowery); 6x6 Basics 6x6 Manilla (bottom small lines) Embellishments: Hero Arts Lace ribbon, CTMH organza (both coloured with gray Copic marker); Clear button; Flowers made with an S.U. flower punch 3 for You; Crystal lacquer on the berries.
clickable blogger photos:
Here's hoping your day is bright and sunny,
even if only in spirit!
P.S. Life chat: Charles' knee is getting mo' better everyday, though it's still so difficult to see him in such a great deal of pain. He's been ever so strong and sweet. I still can't believe I almost lost him on the operating table! *SNIFF* Our hearts are filled with thoughts of the earthquake victims in Japan. Friends are headed there in a month, and we are on earthquake watch here in the Vancouver area. Scary since we and our friends live on the upper floors of Condos. ("Put your helmet on" ???? Squeak!) We're hopeful but heavyhearted for all those lives lost & the suffering.
Blog-ness: A couple few headaches trying to blog (literal with migraines & figurative) but lots of exciting changes: I've got a new computer. WooHoo-Fast! But we've spent the last few days changing Internet service providers to speed up a slow connection. And now we have to change again due to non-functioning wireless. Can't wait! Sunlight was great for photographing on and off this week, and I'll have more pics to post soon!
P.P.S. I'm not affiliated with any of these companies. Just me rambling about a few things.