Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lace ATC Swap

   These little cards are additive. I told myself that I would take a while away from them to work on some other things. It is summer you know, and living on the lake means that there is far too much to do, and far too little time to do it in.


   This card was made by using a new die that I purchased a few weeks ago at a huge scrap book Mega Meet in Novi, Mi. If you're wondering what is a Mega Meet, well it's a lot like a trade show. Every company that has anything to do with paper crafting has someone there promoting their latest products. For years I have been cutting out by hand these Lace' cut and folds using a metal template and swivel knife. I could hardly wait to get my hands on one of these cut and fold dies. I was sure that I could run it through my Wizard die cutting machine and be done in seconds. It didn't work as planned. I worked for at least two hours trying different sandwiches and shims just to get them to work. It would have been faster if I had cut them by hand. In all the years that I have been using my Wizard this is the first time that I have ever been disappointed with it.
    I cut it out with a double sided green scrap book paper. I used a paper punch on the edges of brown paper and then centered that over the green background. I then attached the die cut in the center using pop dots. I layered two pink paper flowers and glued a pearl in the center of the flower. I cut another paper flower for the leaves and colored those with a green permanent marker. I placed them where I wanted them and then glued them down. I cut a piece of brown ribbon to fit. I know that it's ribbon but it looks somewhat lacy.  I laced a green ribbon through it and attached it behind the card. Then I tied a tiny green bow and glued it in place.


      
   I thought it would be great fun to join this swap. I have always loved lace. I used to do a lot of sewing. I thought that I had a ton of lace to choose from. I realized that I had a ton of ribbon but only a few scraps of lace. So I went to a fabric store to buy some. To my surprise they did not have much to choose from. I guess ladies and little girls don't wear lace anymore. I came home to my few scraps of lace.
   For the background of this card I found an antique rose patterned scrap book paper. I re-sized it to fit an ATC. I dyed a strip of white lace pink using red food color and vinegar(like you would use to dye Easter eggs). I ran the ribbon through a Xyron sticker maker and attached to my card. I then sprinkled fine gold glitter on the lace while it was sticky from the sticker maker glue. I then trimmed my card to size saving a small strip with ribbon on the edge for the tag. I punched out the word Joy and ran it through my Xyron face side down. I sprinkled it with fine gold glitter and and then run it through again and attached the letters to my tag. I ran glue along the edge of the card and smeared it with my fingertip, and then I sprinkled it with fine gold glitter. I cut a piece of ivory ribbon and put it across the corner of the card. I finished it by topping it off with an ivory ribbon rose.    


   For this card I once again re-sized scrap book paper to fit an ATC sized card. I find that I do a lot of this. There really isn't a lot of paper that has a pattern small enough to use on an ATC. I accented the small dots with Walnut glitter glue. Then I inked the outside edge with brown and lightly blended it into the corners of the card. On a piece of white card stock I rubber stamped the flower with Sapphire embossing powder and then chalked it blue. Then I cut it out and laid it aside for later. I found a small piece of three tiered ruffled lace and took it apart, using only one layer. I put the lace into coffee grounds to stain it brown. For this theme I had to use a lot of home made natural dyes. They work. Just don't rinse them, or they will wash out. Let it air dry or if you are in a hurry use a heat gun to dry it before using. I glued the edge of the lace behind the flower and then attached it to the card with foam dots. Next I stamped a butterfly onto shrink plastic with black StazOn. I carefully colored it with a yellow permanent marker being careful not to touch the black with the yellow marker. It will smear the Stazon ink. Then I used my heat gun to shrink the plastic. I layered clear glue dots to the back of the butterfly and placed it on the card.

Take Care
Kathy