Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AIR project for Sept - Authentique/May Arts

AP_MayArts_Badge Welcome to a crafting extravaganza all week featuring myself and other Artists In Residence from IMAGINE Crafts, along with the Design Team Members of Authentique Paper and May Arts Ribbon.  

 Here's My Project

Interlocking Mini Book

Recently, I came across the Japanese blog which is showing how to make interlocking notebook. It looks fabulous, also looks so easy except measuring and cutting which he did with his own acrylic template.
Instead of his template, I thought I could do with my tools and any size.
The result turned great.

-Authentique "Hermony"Sticker, Card Making Stacks, Authentic Life Cards.
-May Arts Ribbons
-Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon "PINK"
  Ink Blusher

How To:

I started with Authentique's new product, CARD MAKING STACKS which has printing one side and also has prescore line The line is off center so that makes nice white border when its folded.

Make one more crease line just about 1/8"apart. Do this for all pages ( I have 7 sheets)

Stack all page sheets and secure with clips.
With Japanese Book Drill (or awl will work) make a hole between double scoring lines, at about 1-1/2" from the edge. Make sure all layers got punch holes.

Make another holes on the other side.

Take 1 sheet, and slice off inside of two holes along with creasing lines.
This sheet will be the front page. (but not back front)

For other sheets (I have 6 sheets here, you can do with less or more sheets)
remove outside parts of 2 holes.  I used scissors.
they will be the inside pages.

Stack all inside pages together, and roll up one side, try not to make folding line.
Also, remember bottom sheet will be the back front. If you want to use particular paper for the back front, place it at bottom.

Carefully run the rolled stack through center slit of front page sheet, until top and bottom cut out showing.

When all the inside page sheets come out through the slit, release roll up, make them flat. This is the basic idea of interlocking book.
So the hardest part is done. Now fun part is starting.

  When the book is closed, looks like this.  I decided this side to be the front.

Take apart tags from 12x12" paper, did a little sandling to eliminate burrs, then add some ink (Radiant NEON PINK here) for more depth.

 Hings are from Authentic Harmony Sticker Sheet.
Great for decorating and also enhancing spine.
Add borders and tag label

Keep on going to decorate each page with matching Sticker paper, Life Page paper, 6x6 and Tags.

Don't forget ribbons!! 
I used a lot of ribbons here and there, many are tied around pieces, or make bow and glued.  
Also, I made adhesive back ribbons with double sided tape.
First glue the tape down on Imagine Crafts's Craft Sheet. 
then, remove backing strip.

Apply ribbon over the tape. press and secure well.

 Tape will stick to your ribbon, now you have adhesive ribbon.
So easy to make, so fun to use!

This ribbon is applied over this page - make sure both edges are sticking out from the page.
trim them

this is how I apply ribbon edge to edge. 
Since there's tape on back, ribbon edges are no fraying.

Finally, I'll add ribbon to the cover so that the book can be tied up nicely

Make 2 holes each on back and front pages.
They should be about 1/2" inside of the edge and spine, also should be lined up straight.

Might be a little hard to see though, made 4 holes on covers.

Run ribbon starting from edge.  
In from outside, run inside, then come out from spine side hole, 
then again go in to the next hole, run inside, then come out at the edge.

Tie the ribbon, to close the book. 

There' no pic or step description from here, I just had fun to decorate inside pages. 

Back cover

Hope you enjoy my project.

Here are today’s other featured Artists In Residence projects:

Sharon Morrison

Isha Gupta

There' more inspiration to be found on the Authentique Paper and May Arts blogs!  Simply visit these blogs to view the projects created by those company's design teams and to view the other prizes available.


Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

All three participating companies in this week's Blog Hop will all be giving away 3 prize packages for leaving comments on the featured blog posts.  Each day will we feature projects created by the artists from IMAGINE Crafts, Authentique Paper and May Arts. Simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight PST September 27th.  We ‘ll randomly select three different blogs from the seven days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.  
Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko + Magenta Blog Hop


 Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.    


I picked Magenta's new and pretty phrase  and Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Ink and tools for making FROZEN effect.



Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze
Inkportion No.9
Memento Luxe - Wedding Dress
Jumbo Dauber
VersaMark Dazzle - Champagne
Embossing Powder - Sparkle
Memento - Danube Blue
Goosebumps Texture Spray

Plastic snowflakes - unknown
kid's painting brush
Watercolor paper (block type)
Spellbinder - Nestabilities die

How To

Using Snowflake Mask, apply Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze with brush

Slightly move the mask, add more colors.

Apply colors unevenly - make some dark and light spots for more dimention

spray InkPortion No.9 all over, and make one big puddle for focus point.
 Let it dry completely.
Add Memento Luxe Wedding Dress over the spot to make it more frost-ish.

Trim the paper 5 1/4" square.  Cover inked potion, apply Goosebumps for texture.
Let it dry

Unfortunately, camera can't catch the effect much,
but for sure there is ice-like finish over white area.

On another cardstock, stamp the words with VersaMark Dazzle,
then heat emboss with Sparkle powder.
Then Apply Memento Danube Blue over it.

Die cut the stamped word.  Make slightly bigger piece with white card stock

Assemble card.  Ive added some plastic snowflake pieces here and there, and the tiny ribbon at the corner.
Folded card base is from Magenta also.
Finished card is 6 x 6 inches

This Blog Hop means me a lot.  Since I started stamping about 20 years ago, Magenta is the top stamp manufacture to me all the time.
Always elegant, always beautiful. always wanting more stamps from them.
I hope this card is qualified for Magenta style.

Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta are offering a total of three different prizes this week as part of this Blog Hop. These prizes include IMAGINE Crafts' irRESISTible Texture Spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Delicata Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz AND some of the newest releases from Magenta. Take a moment to visit the other featured artists' blogs listed below and leave a comment on their posts by midnight PST September 21st.  Three winners will be randomly selected from three different blogs from the seven days of the Hop, with one commenter from each blog draw as the winner. 

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 Presenting the other featured projects for today:

Kazuko Kocho(you are here)


Sylvia Blum


Agnieszka Bellaidea


Dianne Johnson


Josée Gingras


Bianca van Noort

Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.