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Craft and Washi Tape | How To’sday

Ahhh Tuesday! It has such a lovely ring especially when accompanied by a How To’sday by the queen of tutorials, Charity Becker. Today Charity treats us with some fun tips on how to use those glorious spools of Washi tape that are adorning our scrappy collections.

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Washi tape is a fun new craze and I’m having loads of fun playing with it. The bright colors make it a natural accent for craft paper. For this card I choose a sheet of craft paper with printed designs, but it would be just as easy to stamp designs onto craft paper with black ink.

Step 1: Using a craft knife cut out portions of the printed images.


Step 2. Trace the edge of the patterned paper onto a white piece of cardstock, then trace the cut-out areas.


Step 3: Place washi tape over the coresponding areas on the white cardstock. If the pencil makings are too dark, lightly erase so that they won’t show through the tape.


Step 4: Cut the white cardstock so it fits completely behind the patterned paper. Embellish bits of the design with floss or twine. Adhere the white cardstock to the patterned paper.

Adhere patterned paper to a card blank. Wrap the edges of the card with a corresponding color of washi tape.


I made several of these cards as end-of-year thank you notes for my children’s teachers. The inside reads, “You brighten so many lives.”
<3 Charity Becker.

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Charity, you blow my mind. I love having peeks into your crafty brain, because you have some incredible ideas that would never in a million years have crossed my mind!  Love it!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and text along to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We’d love to see what ideas you have!

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the recent blog hop. Sam Barnes! You were our first commenter, and the Random.org powers choose you! Angie will be getting in touch with you regarding your $20.00 gift code to spend at ScrapbookSteals.com. Now you have the hard or easy part, whichever way you look at it, deciding what to buy! Congrats!

Just a heads up to mark your calendars now for our June Blog Hop. It will be running from June 8th – 10th and a product that is pretty darn fantastic.

I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo!  Have a great day.

We R Memory Keeper’s Twine Spools | How To’sday

Who doesn’t love one of the hottest embellishments in the industry right now—twine?! I adore my twine collection. My kids do too! That part I don’t adore so much, but I guess I can be nice and share. Especially when I’m able to snag up such great deals on amazing colors and the perfect amounts with today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Twine Spools.

Now if you want to do a little more with your twine collection than simply admire how pretty it looks on the spools then today’s guest blogger Ilene Tell shows us some pretty spectacular uses for twine that will definitely get the ideas flowing.

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Hi everyone, Ilene here, and I’m so excited to share my project with you guys today! I got to work with two really gorgeous colors of twine from We R Memory Keepers — Aqua and Orange. The spools are enormous and they will last me a really long time. I used a lot, but I barely made a dent. I decided that it would be fun to make a card. On such a small canvas, the impact of the twine is very evident. Here is my card, using the new My Mind’s Eye paper.

In order to make the border, I added a thin line of glue. I used Beacon Adhesives “Fabri-Tac” glue, since it works so well, especially on cloth (and in this case, on twine). Then I added a twisted, haphazard border all around using the Orange twine. You could stop there, and have the one layer, but I decided to do a double border. I used a paper piercer and my Tim Holtz ruler to poke holes all around the edge, and then hand-stitched a border with the Aqua twine. On its own, this would have allow made an attractive border, but I really like the effect of the double border, since you have the more haphazard layer that looks like it has been stitched down by the more orderly layer. This is a great example of a couple different ways of attaching twine to your layouts.

For the dress forms, I used my Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Sizzix “Mini Sewing Room” die. I cut 3 dress form out of chipboard. I then cut two pieces of cardstock about the size of the body of the dressform and covered them with Fabri-Tac glue. I added a layer of twine by gluing it to the cardstock in layers going back and forth. Then I simply die cut the covered cardstock with my die again, and glued to the chipboard dress forms. This is an easy way to create handmade twine embellishments that gives your project a lot of texture. For the third dress form, I covered the body with some matching paper, and then finished it off with Glossy Accents for more dimension. As a last step, I finished off the inside of the card with more paper from the collection, and a Tim Holtz stamp.

I hope you guys liked my card and got an idea or two on how to make the most of your twine!

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Ilene, your card is darling! I can’t wait to put my twine to use in a way other than my girls making friendship bracelets with it! Love it!

If you love today’s project also be sure to stop by Ilene’s blog and check her oodles of other inspiring ideas.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for another awesome Mid Week Mojo as well as the winners of our online crop challenges and again on Friday for another awesome guest sketcher! We just love to keep the ideas a-flowing around here!

Have a lovely day!

Washi Tape Flower | How To’sday

You all know how much I love How To’sday. You know how much I love the creations of Misty Buck. You may or may not also know how much I love Washi Tape! Imagine my delight when How To’sday is combined with Misty Buck and Washi Tape! Today Misty Buck takes How To’sday to a whole new level with video! Sit back and enjoy this fun and easy technique on using one of the hottest products in scrapbooking right now, Washi tape, to make a darling flower embellishment for your crafty projects.

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Now check out these darling projects that Misty created using the Washi Tape flowers.


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Misty, you are wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to create a video for ScrapbookSteals for How To’sday! I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Washi and put your technique to work.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured at ScrapbookSteals as a How To’sday I would be happy to feature you! No idea is too big or too small. Simply send your photos and text (or video) to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

And now it’s time to announce the winner of this past weekend’s April Blog Hop. Ironically the winner comes from Misty Buck’s blog. Random.org loves her too!

The lucky winner is Cathy R. who is commenter #6 on Misty’s blog.

Cathy, check your email for on instructions for your $20.00 gift code to ScrapbookSteals.com. Hope you have some fun shopping!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

Detailed Matting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today we are treated to a fun tutorial by our regular crafty contributor, Charity Becker.

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Detailed Matting
Fussy cutting introduces a striking design element to any project. When adding a large fussy cut image to a project you can step up the drama by matting it, but getting all those curves exact is difficult. I rummaged in my husband’s wood shop for a compass with a screw adjustment.

Adjust the compass to the desired width. Hold the compass gently in your hand so that the point is at the edge of the design element. Gently trace the edge of the design with the point of the compass, pressing lightly so that the point does not damage the cardstock. As you trace the design the pencil end will translate that design onto the cardstock at the desired width.

Trim the matting along the pencil line. Erase any stray pencil marks. Adhere to layout or project.

I used this technique for a layout about my scrappy space for the February online crop at ScrapbookSteals.

This one features tiny Mickey…he loved watching me scrap. I call him my muse.


~ Charity Becker

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Charity, I have to say that you are the Queen of the fussy cut! I love that you’ve figured out a way to make that fussy cuttin’ just a wee bit easier.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents. You are wonderful!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too little. Share us your tips from scrappy to crafty. We. Want. To. Know!

You can send your directions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little mojo!

Coloring Stamped Images with Marker | How To’sday

This week we are treated to yet another awesome tutorial by Erica Bass. For those of you that love looking at stamping, want to know more about stamping, or are finally ready to take the full on plunge with stamping, Erica’s tutorial will definitely get you pointed in the right direction with coloring your stamped images with marker. Erica, take it away!

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This is for all you stampers out there that love to color in images or for the newbies that want to learn how to do that. I hope this tutorial helps you get the look that you’ve always wished you could create!

Supplies:

  • water-based markers in various shades
  • blender pen
  • watercolor paper


Step 1: Print or stamp out lined image on watercolor paper. I find that you can get away with this technique with heavy cardstock but
the watercolor paper helps blend the colors better and the paper doesn’t peel when you color over the same spot over and over.


Step 2:  I chose three shades of pink and red for the coat. Start with your lightest shade and color the whole area that is that color.


Step 3: Determine the angle the light is coming from and that is where you will leave a little of the lightest shade showing. Color over about 2/3 of the area with the next darkest color.


Step 4: Add touches of your darkest shade in the shadow areas of your picture. Sometimes stamps will give you hints as to the shadows by having extra lines.


Step 5: After you color in the different shades go over that whole area with the lightest color to blend it all together.


Step 6: In this image I had some trim of the girl’s coat that I wanted to be white. Even white has shadows so picked up some light blue with my blender pen and colored in just the spots I
wanted the shadows to be.


Step 7: To finish off your image go around the outside of the image with a pale color I picked up light blue with a blender pen and traced the image and then added a couple of shadows.

Finished card

ATC

another card using this technique

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As always, what a spectacular treat to be given a tutorial by the stampy diva, Erica Bass! Thank you Erica for sharing your talents with the ScrapbookSteals community.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, we’d be happy to feature you. Simply send along text instructions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the line up.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo!