Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Honey, I shrunk the stationery!" (Hero Arts typewriter notebook)

Hero Arts typewriter notebook COLLAGE mel stampz

Still trying to make more of my cards into little
gifts. This Hero Arts typewriter card is another take on
the card turned refillable notebook idea.

Here's the front. It's the size of an A2 card:

Hero Arts typewriter notebook -mel stampz

Love that retro typewriter. I have a real one that looks just like it
(only it's grey).

And here's the inside of the notebook:

inside of HERO ARTS notebook

With a pencil (that I cut in half with craft scissors and then
sharpened to make a mini pencil) and a patterned
envelope made from a painted book page and Cosmo Cricket paper.

The stitched notepad inside is removable,
so that I can give refills along with the notebook:

pocket in the back with chevron zig zag edge (to slide notepad into)

It slides out of a zig-zag edged pocket at the back.




The retro typewriter is a Hero Arts rubber stamp (I bought the
wood-mounted stamp that you can find here).

And they even have it in a fab
digi set here at 2 Peas) :



Heat embossed digital images:

Did you know? It's so very simple to heat emboss digis on vellum cardstock
with a digital image -- Just print and quickly sprinkle clear embossing
powder on, then zap with a heat gun!)


(DIY postage-themed embellishments)

Yup, I'm crazy!

To prove it...
... this teeny roll of Do It Yourself postage stamps:

DIY miniature roll of stamps -three eighths of an inch diameter mel stampz

For some reason I simply had to make
a little miniature roll of stamps.
&
a teensy wee letter:

Hero Arts typewriter stamp embossed on vellum cardstock

The teeny letter was so fun to make: I just typed it
in a large font first, then changed the font to something miniscule.

The mini envelopes are folded
(from a large envelope template that I shrunk down):

teeny wee envelopes

They have distressing with markers (yellow & light grey)
and a teensy weensy butterfly postage stamp
with a cancellation mark that was done with pencil.


(miscellaneous digital freebies)



mini letter & envelope printable:

Here is the teeny wee typed letter &
some envelope templates,
in case you might like to use them:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

EXAMPLE mini letter & envelopes mel stampz

size:
Letter: Printed the letter measures just under 1" high x 7/8" wide
Envelopes: Printed & folded the envelopes measure 1/2" high x 7/8" wide



Notebook (or perpetual calendar) Pages:

These are 4 pages to fit an A2 size notebook:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

pages for notebook address book or phone book

This one is 2 pages for a timeless calendar:
(31 days- so the months can be filled in)
calendar page 31 days -EXAMPLE



Dictionary page printable:

This dictionary page has lovely words
like collage, collect & college...

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

Dictionary page - collage corespond collect stamps 300dpi about 6 x 9 inches mel stampz

or
here's the stamp collecting snippet
(that I used under the vellum typewriter):

stamp collecting snippet



new chevron overlays:

The patterned paper is one I made using
Cosmo Cricket patterned papers
and
some new stretch Chevron overlays.

DIY chevron paper using CosmoCricket digital paper purchases & to fill zig zags in an overlay mel stampz

To use them, you can simply open them in Photoshop
or GIMP (it's free here). Turn your patterned papers
into pattern that you can use the paint bucket to fill with:

filling stretch chevron overlay with Cosmo Cricket patterned papers

(The turquoise parts above show the sections of the overlay that are empty or transparent. When you open the PNG, your transparency gamut (the fancy word for the grid that shows you where things are clear) may look different than mine. You can change your settings in Photoshop under edit - preferences - transparency & gamut).



THE OVERLAY DOWNLOADS:

12x12 overlays
actually 12.5" square

WHITE:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

overlay STRETCH chevron 12x12 inch SQ WHITE mel stampz

BLACK:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

overlay STRETCH chevron 12x12 inch SQ BLACK mel stampz




Standard size overlays
(8.5 x 11 inches)

WHITE:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

overlay STRETCH chevron WHITE standard size mel stampz

BLACK:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

overlay STRETCH chevron BLACK standard size mel stampz


A2 sized overlays
with room for a little trimming (roughly 5 x 6 inches)

WHITE:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

OVERLAY stretch chevron WHITE sized for A2 card

BLACK:

Here on flickr
or here directly:

To save these files:
Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"

OVERLAY stretch chevron BLACK sized for A2 card



Hope your day is a crafty one!


P.S. I'm not affiliated with Hero Arts in any way, just bought this stamp & was excited to share that it's available in digi now. :-)

P.P.S. Curious about overlays?
There's a tutorial and more info here.
circle overlay collage

Curious about DIY custom patterns?
There's a Photoshop tutorial here.

27 comments:

Rhonda Miller said...

I love your card. Thanks for sharing the templates.

Linby said...

Fab card, i just love all the details. Thanks for the link to the typewriter digi too, love those stamps but didn't want to invest - a digi is perfect.
Linbyx

-Candi said...

OMG you are nuts but in a great way! I can't take the little envelopes I love them so much!!! The roll of stamps is insanely neat too! Love it all!

Lisa R. said...

Wow fabby typewriter card! TFS

Tiffany said...

Oh boy!!! Too awesome! WOW! adorable and so mini!!

Victroia said...

Such a fun concept and beautifully done;)

Priscilla said...

Fabulous! Love the minis on your note card. Anyone would be thrilled to receive that as a gift.
Thanks for the digi typewritter link and the templates.

Tine said...

Hi Mel. Love all the detail. Obviously a perfectionist!
Tine :)

vdoyle8 said...

HOLY COW! I am speechless!! That card -- and all those teeny-tiny details is unfreaking believable!
Thank you for sharing all your work - I am in awe!

judkajudi said...

Unbelieveable and amazing!! Thanks for sharing the detailed "how to", and the digi hints!!

Ruth S said...

Adorable little notepad Mel - I love anything typewriter-y and your mini postage stamp reel is too cute for words! Thanks for sharing, Rx

Brienna said...

I'm such a sucker for a pad of paper to begin with - the notebook is TOO CUTE!!

WoeNelly said...

You are a HOOT!! I enjoy every post you have. :-) Thanks for all the ideas and goodies. Wish there was something I could do for YOU.

Linda said...

Mel, once again I am overwhelmed with your creative ability,your attention to detail, and your generosity. I can not wait to play with the chevron template! Thank you so much. You are amazing, with just the right touch of nutty.

Leslie Hanna said...

SQUEEEE! You've done it again! Thanks for ALL YOU DO! xoxo

alexandra s.m. said...

This is FANTASTIC Mel!!!
I adore your project and thank you for your generosity!

Anca said...

Hello dear Mel! I`m your new follower, just love your blog&ideas.
Anca

Rufus said...

Yup, think you might be nuts...but in the best way possible. LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Love the little envelopes and that roll of stamps is toooo much!! Just think the whole thing is over the top wonderful!
R/

Bonnie said...

Wow your mind is something else...it must never stop!
Awesome "little" ideas

Sunghee said...

No way!!! I cant belive all the detail! Wow! Another great creation! Thank u for all the files, too!

Sylvie :) said...

Thank you so so much for all the freebies ! you are very generous !!!

mama love x two said...

FOUR WORDS-LOVE ME SOME MEL. SIS, YOU ROCK. YOU MAKE SOME OF THE COOLEST THINGS.

Stampin'Kat said...

Question when you are embossing a digi image are you printing from a laser printer or an ink jet? I sounds like a cool idea to try

Stampin'Kat said...

I love the idea of embossing a digi image but what printer type do you use -ink jet or laser? Thanks

Stampin'Kat said...

Question when you are embossing a digi image are you printing from a laser printer or an ink jet? I sounds like a cool idea to try

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Hi Kat,

Sorry, I tried to email you with an answer, but your blogger account is noreply. When embossing a digi, I use an inkjet printer. You can read more about digital embossing here, if you like: http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/2010/12/photo-faced-snowman-card-last-minute.html

or here: http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/2009/12/how-to-emboss-digital-image-with-matte.html

I prefer using vellum, metallic cardstock, or Paris Bleedproof cardstock to the older methods that I used to use (matte medium, gesso, or acrylic paint) which used to involve "painting" the paper with something. Vellum & the other papers are much cleaner. You might find you need to experiment with paper types & quality setting on your printing. Using fine or ultra fine embossing powder is key. And you'll want to have everything ready before you print so you can work quickly.

It's much easier than it sounds. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line:
melstampz@gmail.com

Happy embossing!
Mel

Lisa - papergrace said...

Ahis is absolutely STUNNING!! I totally adore all the teeny weeny elements!! The fabby little letter, the postage stamps, the hand cancelled postage. Just gorgeous details. As always, my sweets. Pure perfection!! ♥

And now I MUST use my Cosmo Cricket papers!! ;)

xoxo - Lisa