Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time for Tea - Imagine that!
There as been a lot of activity in the craftroom but right now it looks even worse than it did before I started. Sometimes you need to make a big mess to get everything sorted out! I have moved some things around to make room for the IKEA items - it's going to be awesome!
I moved the Imagine table and couldn't resist taking a few minutes to try out the cartridge I just bought - Imagine More Cards. I also found this American Crafts White textured cardstock at Marshall's (good finds there lately!).
There are 60 sheets in a package and the best part was the price...
...which meant is was less than 12 cents a sheet.
I printed out the first four papers in the handbook at full 12 x 12 size. It is fun to be able to do this - and as long as you have a supply of white paper and your ink cartridges are full, you can produce the exact shade of paper that you need or choose from all of the patterns on the cartridges that you own.
The patterns look great on the textured paper. I also found some kraft cardstock that I've been wanting to use so I decided to make a quick card. It is so easy to get sidetracked when you are supposed to be doing a bigger project!
I chose this image on the Imagine More cards cartridge and selected the layers option. Then I deleted everything but the cup and saucer image and printed and cut just that image.
I had already printed this piece of paper and I trimmed the bottom to have just the red check and yellow dots stripes showing.
I cut a section to 5 1/2 inches and layered it on the front of my card. One thing that I don't always like is the "distressing" on most of the papers for the Imagine. I made sure to trim my stripes from the center to avoid the dark distressed area at the edge.
The "Time for Tea" stamp is from Taylored Expressions, part of the CreativiTEA set (you can see it HERE). I stamped it twice in two shades of blue offset a bit for a shadow effect.
I used some foam squares to lift up the cup and saucer. I can't remember which brand these are but they are not easy to work with. I should just toss them but I don't like to waste things so, on days when I feel a bit patient, I try them. Soon they will be gone!
I wanted a simple card but this just looked too plain. Fortunately, it just needed a quick and inexpensive addition to finish it off.
I pulled out my white pen and added some stitching. First I did the sides, thinking that I might add a bow on the top but I decided that it would be better to just finish the stitching all the way around the top.
The stitching along the top frames the image nicely. I use a Uni-ball Signo UM-153 white pen and it is the best I have found. You can get them from JetPens for $2.25 each or $21.50 for a box of 10 and if you add one or two other items so your total is $25 or more, the shipping is free. You'll probably want to get the box so you won't run out and the pens also make great little gifts for your crafting friends. Here is a LINK (I am not affiliated with this company - I just love these pens and this is the best place I have found to buy them!).
It is amazing what a few little lines can do. In this close view you can also see how closely the Imagine cut around the cup and saucer. This was just a smaller part of a composite image but when you separate it and enlarge it I think it is a great focal point for a card.
Kraft cardstock is by nature uneven and tough but I did not like this dark area on the inside of my card (I should have looked inside first before completing the front!). I borrowed a trick from my friend Joy (Obsessed with Scrapbooking)...
...and added a thin strip (the edge I cut from the paper on the front) to the inside of the card - problem solved!
Now it's back to work in the craft room while I keep an eye out for the predicted snow - an April Fools Day storm could be coming our way.
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