Yea...big fun Tuesday! And, like last week, I'll have a few different posts for you with fun things so take a minute to read through the details...
The TCP Tuesday rotation is back around to me again and that means that it's time for another Sketch Challenge. This sketch is based on my 'Be Yourself' tennis shoe card that I posted last week. I think it's got a ton of potential.
Remember that you don't always have to be so literal with the sketches....turn it on it's side so that the circle shape is on the left or the right...flip it upside down so that the circle's on the bottom. And play with putting your image on the bottom (like the tennis shoe card) or on the top (like this card). You could also put your image in the rectangle and trade the circle shape for a big 'ole flower or maybe another shape. You can also tuck the circle under the rectangle or place it on top of that layer. The most important part is to have fun and be creative. Grab your Cat's Pajamas stamps and get to work!
As always, if you post to Splitcoast, please use keyword TCPTUES11 so that we can all "ooh" and "ahhh" over your artwork. Add your comment to this post by the end of the day on Saturday, June 14th so that we can include you in the challenge. The Swanky Stamper title for June and $25 in Cat's Cash is up for grabs!
The other TCP gals should have artwork on their blogs (they're listed at left) using the sketch as well so check in with them for some inspiration. And head on over to Alma's blog to view the Holey Moley Monday slideshow that includes all of the cards from last week's challenge.
Supplies: Stamps - Errol (E-6370), Simon Sees (E-6373), Skull & Swords (C-6378), and Shipwrecked (E-6380) - all from The Cat's Pajamas; CS - Kraft, Black, & Vellum from SU!, black and turquoise textured by DCWV, Papertrey white, pirate wrapping paper from Target; Ink - Palette Noir hybrid ink; Other - Prismacolor and Copic markers, MM eyelets, American Crafts brads, hemp twine, SU! Black Embossing Powder, ribbon from Michael's.
I thought I'd include a little Technique Tip this week. It's not a new tip by any means but since I used it on my challenge card this week, I thought I'd clue you in. Hey, you might have been looking for JUST this exact solution for something that you're working on!
I needed a sentiment for this pirate card and I didn't have anything that fit exactly. And I knew that I wanted to use vellum for that portion of the card. I decided to print a made up sentiment right from the computer onto the vellum and emboss it. Here's a quickie instruction list so that you can try it yourself:
- Create a sentiment in whatever program that you're comfortable using on your computer. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements for this.
- Find a font that you like and that fits the 'flavor' of your card or project. I find lots of FREE fonts online and download them. (I'm a bit of a font-a-holic!) Try www.dafont.com for some great fonts. This one is called DESYREL.
- Measure the area on your card where you'll be adding the font so that you can size it correctly on the computer. You may need to print it onto regular printer paper a few times to get it just right.
- When you've got the right sentiment, in the right font, in the right size, print it onto white paper.
- Cut your vellum (or other non-porous type paper) to the size that you'll be using on your card.
- Tape (regular scotch tape) the top edge of the vellum directly over your sentiment on the white paper that you printed in step four. Just tape the very edge...you'll want to be able to peel this tape off of your vellum later without ripping it. Make sure that you're taping the vellum exactly over what you printed before and at exactly the place where you want your printing to appear.
- Add this paper to your printer and print your sentiment onto the vellum.
- As soon as the paper comes out of the printer - while it's still wet - add embossing powder to your sentiment. Carefully peel the vellum from the white paper and use your heat gun to emboss.
- Add your sentiment to your card.
TA DAHHHH! Pretty cool, huh?!
NOTE: This technique definitely works better on non-porous paper (vellum, glossy cardstock, etc.). You can try it on regular paper or cardstock but the ink will, most likely, sink into the paper before you get the chance to add your embossing powder.