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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sharon Briss: Quilted Tiles Tutorial

As you all know, I am totally about the quick and easy. During our recent Floriculture Tag blog hop, I showed off a simple quilted tiles background which can be used for a variety of purposes. Today, I will show you how to create a simple one-layer card with a look of depth and texture similar to the tiles on the tag below.
Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture and sentiment from
Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I have seen this look a ton of times, but after reading all the intense marking, measuring and masking that was going on I had always given it a pass.  I am not one for methodically calculating measurements or getting out my various scoring tools and painstakingly marking off lines.  Also when masking, I like not to have to reposition a ton as every time can lead to a mishap that might have me back at square (or tile) one.

For this technique, you will need the following supplies:
  • metal or wooden ruler
  • repositionable notes, preferably ones that are 5" tall or more or scrap paper and repositionable adhesive
  • cotton balls, sponges or daubers for inking
  • plain cardstock
  • distress ink in two similar shades, one light and one dark
  • repositionable adhesive such as repositionable Tombo
  • punch, die cut or other cutting tool for cutting circles, ovals or squares
  • scrap paper
So far, so good, right?  Mostly stuff you probably have lying around on your craft table right now!  If you can't find the longer repositionable notes (although I find them invaluable), you can carely layer the 3" x 3" ones to form one longer piece or just run repositionable adhesive along the edge of a piece of scrap paper.

For this tutorial, I will be creating a CAS card.  I started with a white standard-size (5.5" x 4.25") card base.  I folded it in half and secured it to my scrap paper with a little repositionable adhesive.  The last thing I want to happen is everything to shift while I am inking it.  The next step is to pick a central image and stamp in the middle of the card and color or paint it as desired.  You can also stamp it in the same ink as you will be doing the background for a nice monotone look.  I used my darker distress ink, Frayed Burlap, for my image.

Choose your image frame style - circle, oval, square, rectangle or die cut.  Add respositionable adhesive to the back of your mask and position it over the inked image.   I will often hold my card up to the light to check the position of the mask.

Now, it's time for that easy quilted tile background.  Place your ruler on a corner of your cardstock so that it runs diagonal to the lie of the card.  I use an easy trick and make sure that two of the measurement markings on the ruler line up with the edges of my card.

Place your repositionable note beneath the ruler, remove the ruler and sponge the edge with the darker shade of Distress Ink.  Draw the ink from the repositionable note onto the cardstock.  Always go in this direction.  You are just creating a small visible edge so don't go crazy with the color.

Once the first line of inking is completed, remove the note.  Line up the top edge of your ruler with the inked line and lay your repositionable note under the bottom edge as shown.  Remove the ruler and sponge another edge.  Repeat until you reach the bottom of the card.

Now, it's time for the other direction.  Line up your ruler with other top corner.  Be sure to use your other lines as guides to create a nice 90 degree angle.  Repeat as you did with the other side, you will notice your nice tiles forming as you go. 

Take your lighter shade of distress ink and softly sponge all over exposed card, being careful not to disrupt your masking.  This bit of soft color will provide a soft edge all around your image.  Finally, remove the mask from the image.  Voila!  Easy card, no fuss - no muss!

Stamp: Lily of the Valley from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I like to put self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones at the intersections of the tiles, as I did with the example below, but you can also leave these spots plain as desired.

Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I like the masked image, but you can also create this background in a light, neutral color and stamp right on top of it with a darker ink as I did for my blog hop sample.

Stamp: Lily of the Valley and sentiment  from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

You can also add to your background by masking off two or more sides of your diamond and stamping an image onto one or more tiles.  Below, I've made a birthday tag!

Stamp: Bridget and sentiment from Winter Women (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope you will try this technique!  If you do, add your creation to the linky so we can all see!

Don't forget - there's still one week left to play along with our RRD Holiday Inspiration Club!  For this four-week period, we've been working on Do It Yourself Backgrounds for your holiday cards! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Debi Ryan: Winter Woman Steampunk Tag

Steampunk Winter Woman

I had a lot of inky painty fun creating this tag, I've sprayed and painted the background using a honeycomb stencil. I've dry embossed the cogs and highlights them with gold acrylic paint.
I've then stamped the woman and the boot from Winter Women, the sentiment is from This N That.

Have a great end to your week, Debi x

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vicki..."Signs of Spring"!

Vicki here...I'm up on the Rogue Redhead Designs Blog today with a tag that brings to mind that flowers are getting ready to bloom and trees buds will be bursting forth before too long.

Here's my "Signs of Spring" inspiration tag for you...

"Each Flower is a soul blossoming out to nature"

I used a Julie Nutting/Prima tag stenciled with a leaf pattern in green distress ink as the base.  Next, I folded a white paper doily, that had been inked along the edges with pink distress ink, in half around the side of the tag .  The ferns were stamped over the doily using a different shade of green ink and the fern image from the RRD Floriculture Half Plate

I added a mixed bouquet of flowers and a multi loop bow on the side and stamped the Floriculture sun image in the upper right corner of the tag. 

The sentiment, also from the Floriculture Plate,  is stamped in pink on white and matted with pink cardstock.  The cork butterflies, gems and pearls were the finishing touches to my tag.

The featured plate of the month is the Rogue Redhead Designs Floriculture Half Plate Collection.  You can find it in the Rogue Redhead Designs Store.  It can be purchased as an individual plate or as part of a Four Seasons Bundle special.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you have been inspired by my "signs of spring" tag!

He"artful" Validation of Vicki
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tag Blog Hop with Plate of the Month Floriculture

With the May flowers finally on their way, we've selected Floriculture as our Plate of the Month!

Until April 30, 2014, get the lovely Floriculture unmounted half plate of rubber stamps  for the sale price of US$10.00 (reg. $15.00)!

This unmounted half plate was inspired by the simple beauty of nature all around us. Bringing together focal images, sentiments and decorative elements, Floriculture lets you create a variety of nature-themed projects. Perfect for coloring or just on their own, these vintage botanical images are made with high quality, deeply etched rubber so you can make great impressions.

We are celebrating this great deal with a wonderful blog hop of samples brought to you by our talented Rogue Crew!  To make it more interesting, we've challenged our design team to show off Floriculture using tags!

Here are a couple from me!  I love the look of quilted square so I tried to recreate them here.  I have seen this done before but with tone of measuring and loads of masking.  My technique is quick, effective and you won't need to measure.  Interested?  Check out my post next Saturday!

Stamps: Cosmos and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Stamps: Cosmos and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Check out the Rogue Crew in our Floriculture  blog hop!

Here is your list of links to follow:

Sharon Briss - Ill Tempered Ink

Helene Huber - Lotsa Scrap from 2amscrapper

Krisha Ogle - Krisha's Keepsakes

Vicki Robertson - He"Artful" Validation of Vicki

Debi Ryan - My Bird Flying Free

Trisha Too - Easily Amused, Hard to Offend...

Barbara Washington - Magic Delights

If you already have this delightful plate, why not celebrate Spring with us and add your own Floriculture tag!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Krisha with Midge

This week I have chosen Midge for the This N That plate #RRD013. She was colored with pencil and OMS, mounted on black, then silver shimmer and then onto a black, glossy card base. I stamp her feather a second time, fussy cut it, then snipped it to make a 3-D feather. The sentiment was stamped on the same silver shimmer card stock.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Helene Huber: March Hares

I'm playing with some overlapping themes today.

It's still March, so I'm using this month's color prompts of purple, green and gold.

It's our third month for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month, the prompt is to make your own backgrounds.

I decided to venture into the world of washi tape to create my background.  The green roll was a store bought item.  I made my own washi tape for the purple and gold strips using design elements from Rogue Redhead Designs stamp plates onto soft white ultra matte sticker paper sold for this very purpose.
The purple pattern can be found in the Floriculture stamp half plate found HERE.
The thin gold pattern is included in the Beach Babes stamp plate found HERE.
I used white card stock as the base.  I spaced the tape so that there would be some white showing in-between the strips.  I folded back the excess on the edges.

This bunny stamp set is so adorable.  You can find Beatrix Potter A Winter's Tale in the Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC store under "other manufacturers" HERE.

Even though they're winter bunnies, I decided these two could pass for spring bunnies aka March hares. Where I live, we always need a coat or jacket until mid-May.

I wanted to use the washi tape for the little bunny's coat.  Since the tape is so narrow and I wanted to make sure the stamp hit the tape in the right place, I used this technique:  put the bunny stamp on one acrylic plate, with the stamp surface face up.  Put the tape on another acrylic block (it sticks because it's tape).  Press the tape onto the stamp. You cane line it up perfectly and since the tape is transparent,  you can see where the stamp is leaving its mark on the tape.  Just cut out and apply!

I hope you'll hop on by the store and pick up some of these versatile stamp plates.  I'm looking forward to seeing what inspires you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Krisha with Warm Wishes

A simply quick card to share with you this week, using an image from the RRD 011 Nature Notes half plate. After stamping the image with a walnut brown ink I colored her with pencils, keeping everything is a very neutral pallet.  Out of my stash came a frame, of the sticker variety, and some flower I had trimmed out of designer paper and made 3 D with Pop Dots.  The sentiment is form the
RRD005 Beach Babes plate, stamped with walnut ink and tucked into the flowers.  It all set on a very cream colored, leather looking card stock.
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