I’ve been trying to maximise my variety of copic markers, by laying down a base colour in copic, then doing the shading in coloured pencil. This works to a certain extent, but now my red and yellow aren’t working, which are both rather useful for Christmas colouring. As you can see on the bells around his neck, I tried using a mix of orange and brown mixed with yellow pencil to make gold, but failed miserably. Luckily, I can fussy cut that bit off at the collar or cover it with gold sharpie.
My solution to being bored and being the most productive with the least amount of effort. Didn’t take as long as I thought. It looks like a bunch of Christmas, but it is a paper chain. I used paper from the Nordic Christmas pack, cutting each 12 by 12 inch paper into strips of 1 by 6 inches, then used Christmas tape to link them all. It’s effective, it’s quick and I won’t be upset if the cats rip it down.
Now I just need to find something to attach it to that won’t annoy the landlord. Maybe on the kitchen table.
I did more prep work for Christmas card making. I tied bows, I cut layering paper, I put glue on glittery ribbon to try and keep it under control and I cut out images from paper. The one good thing about having bad sinus problems is that I have plenty of tissue boxes to sort everything into, making a nice assembly line. I even cleared a bit of space on my craft room table, as my supplies were too scattered. Every time I sat down to do something, I forgot that I’d moved what I needed, elsewhere. It was getting exhausting. I still have things all over, but its starting to make sense.
I haven’t even been able to play with my sewing machine lately. Maybe I can do some stitching on the cards.
Today I decided I needed to keep all my embellishments together, as I usually have them scattered around and usually end up on the floor or lost someplace and I can’t use them. Lucky I had a couple boxes empty from being in the middle of bead sorting. I just have to be careful not to bend some of the larger ones, or store them in the large box that I keep cutouts in. This way I can easily see what I have and set it out in a way that all I have to do is mix and match and glue. I’ve started cutting rectangles that fit on the card bases as a background and embossing, cutting and punching pieces that will be the building blocks of the cards. This would be great to do year round, making whipping up a card quickly much easier. You get the time saving craft, with personal embellishments that you made when you had more time.
A lot of people make cookie-cutter cards, making them all the same. This would be quicker, but I’ve never been one for repetition in crafts and if the recipients open them at the same party, they’ll all be special.
Now, all I have to do is put my ideas into practice. Easier said than done 😛
I was watching tv and mindlessly fussy cutting trees out of some Nordic Christmas scrapbook paper, and was wondering how to make them a bit bolder. I thought of covering them in glitter or at least the outsides, as the plain red and white, with no dimension, wouldn’t work well as a focal point, in my opinion. As a repeating pattern or on the background it works well, but I decided to see what it would look like with a bit of black line work. It worked better than I thought. I was originally going to outline all the white, but when I saw all the lines, I decided only a few lines would work better, and I could add more later if it needed it.
It kind of reminds me of paisley bandanas, but more Christmassy.
Shopping day. I’m supposed to be saving for a new phone with a better camera, so I can blog better. I still spent a bit on on craft supplies.
Today I found card bases, in a paper pad style layout, but they are scored and patterned already. There’s 24 in a pack, called stack of cards, by cre8tiv.
I got some white card bases because I was running out as well as some cheap card stock.
I picked up some sequins to make more embellishments. There was rolls of honeycomb ribbon for really cheap, so I got four of them. That is the ribbon that looks like sequins have been punched out of.
Since getting my sewing machine, I couldn’t find my dressmaking pins, so I got a small pack, because knowing my luck, I’ll find all the others now. I got some small sewing needles while I was there.
I’ve been having fun covering kids money banks with all types of glittery things, so I got another one, which I’ll cover in blue sequins that I found in my stash.
In the cake section we saw tools that would work well for clay and embossing paper, but they were so expensive. We ended up finding the exact same thing in another shop for less than a tenth of the price.
I found some bezels, which I had been looking for, which would be nice to decorate and fill with resin.
My feet hurt. I should start shopping online 😛
I really try to like sequins. But I don’t like them when they are just by themselves, stuck to a card, with their hole for everyone to see. Maybe with a rhinestone or a bead would be OK, but they seem weird to me all naked. What I do like with sequins is these flower like embellishments that I found on youtube.
When done nicely, you cover all the holes and its all symmetrical. It’s easy to do, though can get fiddly and sticky unless you have tweezers. You can use any size sequins and circle. I even started doing a large one on a canvas. Just draw your circle and glue sequins over in to cover the line and the rest just lines up.
These are the cards I mentioned last post. The orange is a bit more yellow in real life. I coloured in the bear using prismacolour pencils, but they don’t sharpen properly and are broken on the inside, which makes them hard to use.
I quite like the pink and yellow card. I thought I might be too girly, but instead looks rather Indian or Turkish, like their bright coloured fabrics. I feel as though it need an embellishment, but I’m not sure what.
The penguins on the card were a pattern on scrapbook paper, but I had to cut one off for it to fit. Hopefully I’ll find him a good home.