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Back when I bought my masking fluid, I masked out this piece on a small piece of watercolour paper, and it’s been at the top of my craft to do list, but I didn’t really have room to get out my paints out. So while watching youtube, I realised I have watercolour pencils and a water brush (brush with water in the barrel, negating the need of a water pot.) This is a rather clean way of water colouring, as there is next to no clean up, as all you need to clean the brush is wipe it on a tissue until it runs clear. Because the yellow was too light, I decided I needed to add shadows, which I made with copic markers. I could have used a warm grey, but decided it’ll stay brighter if I used colours that matched. Finally, I went over the letters in white gel pen, to brighten it and cover and mistakes or pencil lines that didn’t erase properly.
In hindsight, it would probably been easier and look better if I used an embossing pen and covered it in white heat embossing powder to create a resist, instead of bothering with the masking fluid, but it was interesting to try and it looks nice. If it was less bright, it would be perfect for a phone wallpaper.

#243

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I needed to draw something last night, and this ended up on the back of some cardboard packaging. It’s a nice midtone, and a hell of a lot cheaper than buying grey or brown paper. I was cutting up food boxes that I had collected, so I could use them for die cutting and things. Layering three to five pieces of card die cuts together make a rather sturdy piece, which can be used as pendants and embellishments. When using packaging, you can layer so the plain side is outwards, then paint and seal the piece. You can use nail polish to paint it, put a coat glossy accents, make a layer of paper using the same die, punch a hole in each layer before gluing them together (make sure they line up) or even bend the piece while the glue is wet and make it keep a curved shape. Luckily, I have plenty of cardboard boxes, to craft with, that I’ve been hoarding, but slowly getting through.
My craft room is coming along slowly. I’ve got both bookshelves up now, but that involved moving a whole lot out of the way, which is taking up a lot of room in the middle somewhere. My cat thinks it’s a fun game to climb out of reach (knocking down boxes as she does,) and meow for pats all the time. The other cat like standing behind me when I’m moving boxes. The problem mainly with the room is I’ve spent a few years throwing things into boxes, without properly sorting or organising. That’s the problem with inspections every three months. By the time you get to the stage of it looking worse before it looks better, you need to rush to put things out of sight, not minding which box its in. So today I finally wound all my embroidery thread onto the cardboard holders (not sure why they aren’t sold on them) and began untangling the mess of my ribbon boxes. I know I’ll find more of these while sorting through, but if I leave it, I’ll run out of time again. I need to do this right. It will be more functional, and I will find things I never knew I had or have been looking for. It will be like going to the craft store without spending money!

#242

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Well… Today was interesting. I put up my second bookcase, I cleared a space for it in my craft room, made labels for boxes and broke one of my big shot acrylic plates. Oops.
I wasn’t thinking and put three sheets of felt on a big die, thinking it’ll be fine, and forgot to pull it back when it got hard to turn. I’ll have to pick up a new one when I can, although I can still use the larger piece in the mean time.
I used one of the tags dies and made a whole bunch of tags to tie to the handles of boxes for sorting my craft room. I made about 24 tags and I’m still thinking of boxes that will need labeling. At least by hand making them, I can make more as I need them and not worry about losing files or printing things.
I’ve recently begun my weight loss journey (for real this time, hehe) and cleaning this room is surely a workout – I’ll kill two birds with one stone.

#241

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Long time no see. I couldn’t function in the heat, and I couldn’t blog about laying on the couch watching movies with all the fans on me. Although I could draw it as a comic, I suppose.
So today was the fortnightly transfer of the shopping centres inventory into my own home day.
I mainly wanted to get a tags die, which I did. It’s a good one, coming in all the good sizes, as well as having a hole reinforcement die, which may come in handy for other projects and embellishments. While I was in the die section, I saw the hexagon die. I am in love with hexagons at the moment, and I’d seen this die online and wanted it. It’s a lot smaller than it looks in the pictures online, but it’s a bigz die, meaning that it will cut everything from paper to thick card to fabric. I can imaging hand sewing a tiny dolls quilt with the hexagons. I’d have to glue the edges to stop fraying, as they’d be too small to have a large seam.
In the cheap shop, I found some stamps. I bought a mummy, a sugar skull girl and a cameo with a frame. I’m not sure how well they’ll work, being so cheap, but they were too cute to miss. I also picked up some cheap ink. In my experience this was a bad idea, bit the price of the craft inks is so huge, that it doesn’t seem worth getting them. I don’t often use coloured inks, so I just wanted to try these out. I found using kids markers/washable water based markers on the stamps works ok if I need a colour of ink that I don’t have.
I got a new container of gold embossing powder. I found I had fun with it the other week, but all I had, was a small vial from a pack I’d gotten a while ago, and decided to get some new. They had the most beautiful blues and reds, but I didn’t think I’ll use them as much. Perhaps I’ll get the red for Christmas and go crazy with it. I’ve found embossing powder to have an expiry date, so I’ll have to write when I bought it on there. It might be the hot weather we live in. Maybe it’ll work when I get a heat gun.
I got a felt tip black calligraphy pen in 3.0mm. Usually people use the felt tips for practice and dip pens or nib pens for writing the final piece, but I’m more used to just using the felt tip. I’d love to get some pilot parallel pens, someday.
I found a packet of self adhesive labels that I can use to draw or print on. It’ll come in handy if I want to make stickers for cards and things to sell with the raspberry sheep logo on it.
I also got some cheap glue dots. I already have some, but these are slightly smaller. I wanted even smaller than that, but I guess I’ll have to buy a real brand for that. I keep meaning to get to a scrapbook shop that I found. Perhaps next week if I haven’t spent too much on the movies this weekend…

#240

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Doing some heat embossing tonight. My partner got annoyed at me moping about my lack of money and gave me a motivational speech about selling on esty. So, on top of homework and friends and family’s cards and presents, I have to get together some things just for selling. All sites I’ve looked at to prepare say about 20-25 items is a good starting point to have in stock. Luckily, I can make things one of a kind, so I don’t get bored. You should know how sporadic my creativity is by now.
I’ll have to set some goals and timelines to keep on track, I think. Fairly sure I’m allergic to schedules.

#239

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I we not the local newsagents to get a new black calligraphy felt tip, but they didn’t have any, so I ended up getting myself a magazine. I’m such a sucker for butterfly stamps that I didn’t even realise how beautiful all the stamps are, especially the rose. There are some good design ideas in the magazines, even using a couple of punches and dies that I have, others adding to my crafty wish list, which is growing as we speak. One of the pages had some beautiful free digistamps, but the link they had there, their server was down. Hopefully it was temporary, as the only copy I could find was watermarked. The page was www.jellypark.co.uk, in case it comes back up, or google “jellypark digi stamps” to look at them.
I realised that I buy a whole load of girly type supplies, but don’t make many girly, florally, pink cards. Usually I specialise the card to the person, and not many people I know like that stuff, maybe three if I’m lucky. Maybe I should find another use, or make a bunch of cards for things like selling, or presents themselves. I just have so many things I want to try all at the same time, all while wanting to sort out my craft room. Unfortunately, its been so hot I haven’t had the energy for anything.
Bring on the winter- I can craft under my blankie!

#238

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This is what I made my World of Warcraft loving partner. He took this photo, that’s why it actually looks nice. The hearthstone is an item in the game that returns you to a set point known as your hearth, which is like your home, as it’s somewhere safe. I found a pepakura file, printed it out, put it together then covered it with a sealer for a bit of strength and protection. The sealant also made the colours brighter which was a nice surprise, although the blue did run a tiny bit. I tried to hide the score lines with a bit of white paint pen, dabbing it off a bit so there weren’t stark white lines which would be as noticeable as the black ones.
As for the calligraphy, I bought some nibs at the newsagent and tried them out with ink. I was so out of practice, as I’ve been using felt tip pens for so long, that there wasn’t enough time to get used to it again, and I ended up using a gold felt tip. I took a class on calligraphy for a couple of years about nine years ago now, but I’ve always liked calligraphy. I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up my practice, despite it being a great technique for cards. It was that course that got me really into card making, not just basic ones for my parents. The one script I can always go to without much practice is italic (not the font style.) This is because for some great reason, for my big final project, I thought I’d copy out a short version of Alice in Wonderland on a dress, which I was to sew myself. It was painstaking and I was running very late due to having issues with my essays and it was a big rush of sewing, finding tailors chalk at the local shop and the weird smell of watered down fabric paint mixed with fear of washing out the chalk. I wish they’d had fading markers around then. All this and I still only just passed (Calligraphy is based as a craft subject, so they mark you on the skill, not the effort of the piece). So although italic has some stressful memories, it is a handy, all-round script to use.
Now I need to practice my favourite, Old English.

#237

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It seems to be birthday season, and now that I’ve completed my valentine’s crafts, I’d better get onto card making. Again.
Either I am a very bad stamper, or there’s something wrong with every stamp and ink I own, but my stamps rarely come out perfectly. I’m always touching up the entire image with fine liners. The cardstock I use has no tooth, and I often use foam or paper underneath to give some cushioning, so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I thought it was the cheap inks I was buying, but I have a memento pad which doesn’t work well either. Same with stamps, even my red rubber Gorjuss brand stamps come out pale and patchy. It’s very annoying, as going over all the lines is time consuming and sometimes isn’t the best looking. Sure it trains hand eye coordination and muscle memory, but it’s mostly a hassle when you have to go over every image. It makes me want to avoid stamping, which is hard to do, but sometimes practising and writing out the calligraphy, or drawings, is less of a bother.

#236

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A couple of quilling ideas. The first looked way better on the pinterest version. Perhaps a larger stamp with looser flourishes. My version looks like I just put quilling randomly on a page that happened to have been stamped. It’s meant to look like flowers. I might try with smaller paper, a bigger stamp or draw a design where it is meant to incorporate the quilled flowers. Many possibilities as always.
The other idea I don’t remember seeing anywhere, but it came into my head as an idea. It’s a variant coin. Three quilled pegs, glued, then wrapped tightly in paper. I wasn’t sure if it would be triangular or a circle but I pulled it all pretty tight, and it’s a nice shape, not quite either. I guess I could try this with two or four pegs in the middle. These would make a nice pendant for a necklace especially if domed with resin.