Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cuttlebug Holiday Folder: Hanging Ornaments

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We put up our tree Thanksgiving weekend and burn the lights constantly. It does not matter that not one present is under the tree; it is beautiful on its own. I so love this time of the year. People are kinder and more considerate. If we could only have the Christmas spirit year round.

Somewhere along the line, I decided to put together a series of videos showcasing the HSN exclusive Cuttlebug folders from Provo Craft. I will be the first to admit that I ordered them as soon as they were available on the website and I am so glad that I did. I absolutely adore my CB and am glad that the ladies on the QVC Craft Community Forum convinced me that the CB was the die cutter that I needed. That was about two years ago, and I have not regretted the purchase. My only problem now is that I have added to my list of must have items a whole host of CB folders and Spellbinder dies. Yes, just about every die or folder or embossing plate out there will work in this machine. If you search the internet there are a lot of sites which will provide the sandwich formulas for you.

This post takes a look at the Hanging Ornaments Folder. I had the best time playing with this folder and figuring out all of my options. The one that I settled on creating for this video is this lovely blue one. I knew that I wanted a larger card and used my Scor-pal to create lines across the bottom which were folded and allowed me to emboss the card without losing the height. I am still apologizing for the picture quality. These are scanned and in no way show the true beauty of the card. Hopefully, Santa will bring a new camera to me for Christmas, afterall, I have been a good girl. Mostly.

This Denim Blue Distress Ink from Tim Holtz is very serene on this card and the depth that is created just from using the Cut 'n Dry Foam is incredible. I used a Sizzix tree die to cut the aperture in the center. You can achieve the same by folding the card in half and tracing half of the image on the back of your card and then using a craft knife to remove the tree. Save that embossed tree to be used on another card or incorporated into this one as I did.

I used blue pastel glitter on the top of the ornaments and selected every other hanging line to emboss with Ranger snowflake glitter tinsel. I used some of the Flower Soft glue underneath and got a very different effect. I like it.

Inkadinkado stamps was incorporated for my greeting. I used an archival black dye based ink.

Both cards were sprayed with Glacier Glimmer Mist. I hope you can see the difference here.

I am also posting some of the other things I created in the video starting with the Pearlescent Chalks.

I did try chalking the folder itself, but the chalk was not strong enough. Maybe if I used a binder or solution, but I was not willing to risk staining my folder.

It is a bit light due to the scan, but these are the two images that were inked inside of the folder.

Next comes my UTEE card. That one turned out as well as expected. I love using UTEE, but it gets VERY hot because you need the powder to become molten. While it is still liquid you pour on your next layer and heat some more. I think the results you can get are worth the extra effort. Heating from underneath keeps the powder from taking flight.

This is how the card looks embossed in black. The white card did not show up. This is such a cute folder. I will finish out this post by showing the two cards where I played around with some of the Sakura, Fiskars, and American Crafts glitter markers.

Yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As I type this post the lovely white stuff is falling and it is beautiful.

It is hard for me to look at a white canvass and not want to ink it. I think if I could, I would take the scene I see outside of my window and take some of the Distressed Broken China, ink the edges and then hit spots with the Black Soot. Then apply an even coat of the Glacier Glimmer Mist over the picture. It will give it that etheral look of mystique to the entire scene. Yeah, I like that.

Please keep Inking in the Name of Love.

Until then.