Thursday, September 5, 2013

Revisiting the Paper Crafter's Library...and a Little Verve Inspiration!

Morning blog friends! I got a very sweet email from Andrea and Michelle from the Paper Crafter's Library asking me to come back for another Featured Artist segment! Of course, I was over the moon and said yes! Hmm...though, the hard part was coming up with something spectacular/amazing/out-of-this-world to show you...so I opted for basic, yet effective. Wait for it....bow tying 101! And I also want to welcome to Verve's September Diva Inspirations Hop! It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Verve Divas to breathe new life into some much-loved stamps and dies. And there's a PRIZE up for grabs, so be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment section of each blog as you hop about to be entered in a drawing for a $30 gift voucher to Verve Stamps! Here's a glance at my card:




Here's a list of the Verve Divas participating in this month's hop:

1. Julee8. Tiffany
2. Amy9. Teresa
3. Anya10. Charmaine
4. Betty11. Maureen
5. Karen12. Marisa
6. Sarah13. Andrea
7. Susan

Caution: You're entering a photo heavy post! :)

Bow Making 101:
You'll need a length of ribbon (a little longer than you think you'll need so you have room to play) and two pencils, or any long stick things, chopsticks, drumsticks, etc:


First I need to tie the bow. My main method for doing this is 'bunny ears'.  I start off with forming two loops, one in each hand:


Now, I cross the loops:


Next, push one of the loops around the back and through the middle:


Pull the loop ends apart:


Voila! There is some necessary tweaking at the point, pulling the loops, and then pulling the ends:


Ok, this where the magic starts. :) Put the sticks into each of the loops:


Now grab the tails with your thumb and middle finger while your hands pull the loops apart. This action tightens the knot in the middle while giving you a chance to adjust the size of the loops. Keep pulling on the pencils while pulling down on the tails until you've got the lengths just right:


When the dimensions look correct, pull on the pencils and tails with the same amount of pressure to tighten the knot and make the bow 'permanent':


Fluff the loops and cut the tails on an angle: 


You can also adjust the tails at this point to make one go up and one go down, as I've done with my sample:


Easy Peasy? I will say that it does require some practice because although my brain knows what my hands/fingers need to do, they don't always listen...  :)

Here are some other helpful hints I've learned along the way...

Helpful Hint #1. I've received many emails about this one...how do you make the paper come out of your intricate dies without tearing? How do you get the die to cut all the way through?
Simple fix! I learned this one from Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations. Their dies were pretty intricate and to get them out of the die...oy! All you have to do is put a piece of wax paper in between the die and the paper. The paper will easily come out of the die. If the die is not cutting all the way through, you either need another piece of paper (shim) between your plastic plate and the cutting board. One piece should suffice and I always tape down my design to the die and then rotate it 90ยบ and then cut again. That way I'm assured that all surfaces have cut through.

Helpful Hint #2. Liquid Pearls. Some crafters asked me how I make my Liquid Pearls uniform. That, unfortunately requires practice and lots of patience. However, when you are outlining a Nestie or die cut of that sort, usually there is a indention around the outer perimeter, usually about 1/8" in. You can use that as a guide. I usually try to place my dot right on the line. Then keep going using the same repetitive movement. Try to keep going in one fluid motion, stopping only to turn your paper (or to keep from dipping your pinky in them...been there, done that!). Sometimes an air pocket will form in the bottle and squirt out onto your paper in one big blob. Easily fixed. Get out your paper piercer or other sharp object and slowly draw the liquid away from the area, taking just tiny portions away at one time. Then scrape the paper gently to remove any excess residue. As long as the 'paint' is still wet, you'll be able to remove it.

Helpful Hint #3. Sponging. Sponging is a very delicate process. Some of my best sponging is done when there is almost no ink left on the sponge. I prefer to use Stampin' Up!'s daubers, because they are easy to use...they fit right on the tip of your finger and I feel like I have more control that way. I usually dip the dauber in ink (mostly distress ink) and then blot off a lot on a piece of scrap paper. Then I start rubbing it on the scrap until I get a uniform blend. Take the Nestie or die-cut still in the metal die and gently in circular motions work into the paper. Start off very light and increase pressure to make a more dramatic look.

Check out all the details about prizes and this month's sale over at the Verve Blog.

Thanks for joining me for this labor-intensive post...I hope you come away with some useful advice!



Stamps: Harvest Blessings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walking in the Forest collection (When Leaves Are..., Last Flowers, The Colors of Fall, Maple-bs, Knitted Sweater, Mountain Ash) Maja Design, Black, Mellow Moss (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Willow Satin-faced ribbon (Papermart), Wooded Mini-Medley Accents (CTMH), doily, Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls (Ranger), tulle accents, charm, gems, pearls, needle & thread, paper distresser, gold leaves
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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59 comments:

  1. Stunning Autumn card Andrea! Beautifully layered and lots of attention to detail!

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  2. Gorgeous card! Thank you for the tips.

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  3. So much to applaud with your post! Your card is absolutely, fabulously gorgeous! Wonderful way to 'breathe new life' into some old favourite! The bow tutorial: AWESOME! I can't tie bows no matter what, but your clear instructions and photos have given me incentive to try again! Your other tips: thank you! Wow, you've started my day with both inspiration and 'learning'!!
    c

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  4. Breathtaking! Your detail is Beautiful! Great Card!

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  5. I so love your layers and style. It is always a pleasure to see what you have put together and I sometimes wish I could see your work area. You must have some wonderful embellishments laid out that just seem to jump out onto the card. Thanks so much for the bow tutorial. Your bows always set off your layout so perfectly.
    Has anyone ever told you you could be a hand model?

    Thanks for sharing your talent!

    All is good with kReN @
    http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

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  6. Wow Andrea,I love this autumn card,such warm colours,nice layers and such a pretty bow.Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks,greetings Miranda

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  7. very beautiful card and color...thanks much for the tips!!!!!

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  8. Beautiful Fall colors and detail on your card. I love the gold leaves and the sponged banner!

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  9. Incredible artistry. Beautiful, and the majestry of your intricacy leaves me breathless. Another 10+ in my book. LOVING it. Thanks for the great tips too!

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  10. FAB pencil/bow trick; I can see some hand coordination issues for me, BUT can't wait to try it; thank you for sharing pictures. Also love your tips, so very helpful!!

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  11. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The colors, layering and all the details make a truly stunning card.

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  12. I've never seen anyone use the pencil trick. Something I may try if my usual bow tying skills are failing me.

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  13. gorgeous, gorgeous card!! may have to try your little "pencil trick".. thanks for shaing!

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  14. Andrea, this card is absolutely gorgeous and once again filled with wonderful layers and details. I love the warm colour combo of this one.

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  15. Love, love, love all your helpful hints! Thank you! Your card is beautiful, too!

    Tricia

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  16. Absolutely love your card. The muted fall colors are wonderful. All the bling is nice too. Thanks for the tut.

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  17. A truly beautiful card! Love the color combo!

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  18. A truly beautiful card! Love the color combo!

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  19. A truly beautiful card! Love the color combo!

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  20. Simply gorgeous card, Andrea!! You know I loooove Fall colours so this is making me swoon :) Great tips and a wonderful bow tutorial too. Neer thought to use pencils, normally just use my hands - will have to try it out!

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  21. Beautiful card and some great tips too.

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  22. GORGEOUS CARD!!!Thanks for the tips.

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  23. Love the beautiful card and thanks for the bow tutorial

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  24. Wow!! This card is stunning! I so love Fall colors. And a bow tying tutorial . . . from you?! Awesome!! I'm always curious how people create such beautiful bows.

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  25. Andrea, your card is just exquisite! I love the rich browns ~ it makes me so ready for autumn! Great crafty tips too, thanks for sharing your wisdom. Now I must go practice my pearls........ ;)

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  26. Fall is always a struggle for me. The colors to use are pretty easily defined but they have never been colors I could live with. (Seriously... I had a friend back in the day who had danish modern furniture with orange cushions. I could never stay in that living room for more than 2 hours without feeling the need to run for the door!) But THIS is delightful!! Soft and multi-layered seems to make all the difference. TFS...

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  27. Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  28. Your card is spectacular, amazing , out of this world:)
    And thanks for the tutorial!

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  29. This is a stunner! Love the bit of heart border peeking out, that luxurious bow and all the bling! Thanks so much for the tips....bet I am using too much ink when sponging.

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  30. Gorgeous creation. Love all the layers and details. Thanks for all the tips, they are very helpful.

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  31. Stunning! Love the bow and all the embellies! Thanks for the tutorial and all the helpful hints!

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  32. Most beautiful card. Great choice of colors, perfect for the autumn sentiment .

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  33. Andrea,

    Your card is spectacular! I appreciated hearing your story, especially that card making didn't come easily at first, as I am fairly new and have more duds that winners at the moment. . . Lol! I also was very grateful for the useful tip.

    As a former New Yorker (just moved to GA 2 months ago!) I appreciate a fellow tri-stater and look forward to following your blog and learning from you.

    Thanks,
    Maureen

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  34. Wow!! This is gorgeous and love all of your tips plus tutorial on making those cute bows.

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  35. Stunning! This card knocked my socks off - I am in awe! Can't wait to use some of the tips. Thanks!

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  36. Well, they definitely saved the best for last! Love your card! Wonderful, as always. Loved the bow tying tip ... pinned it! Woo Hoo! And the best tip was for help with the dies. I do the wax paper part already, but i love the idea of rotating 90 degrees and sending it back thru! Thanks!

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  37. Oh my goodness, I was just randomly visiting your site (again) and I was so happy with all of the tips you provided...what great help and insight - thank you!!! Your card is the epitome of beautiful!

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  38. These colors are so beautiful. Love the background papers.

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous card - colors are perfect. Also thanks for taking the time to do the pics on how you tied that lovely bow!

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  40. Beautiful card! Gorgeous papers/colors, distressing, love that lacy piece in the back, and thanks so much for the ribbon tutorial and the helpful hints!

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  41. Your card is GORGEOUS!! TFS.
    Thanks for the great tutorial and helpful hints.
    D~
    http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

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  42. Gorgeous design, great tutorial on bows ! Thank you!

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  43. Your card and other cards make my heart go pitter patter and make the wheels in my head spin!!!
    Love this card and the bow technique!
    Hugs...Patti Doss

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  44. Such a pretty card! Thanks for the tutorial and the tips.

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  45. Exquisite! Love all the details, distressing and the colors...it's so beautiful! Thank you for sharing all the helpful hints and the bow making tutorial. I never would have thought to use the 2 pencils...very clever!

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  46. What an absolutely stunning card. Thank you for the bow tutorial and the great tips.

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  47. your bow with the charms is gorgeous and I love the tips on getting the bow just right, thanks!

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  48. Love the card! Thanks for the bow tutorial and the tips!

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  49. Beautiful, beautiful card. And thanks for all those tips and the bow instructions!

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  50. Such a lovely, elegant card. And thanx a ton for the tips and the tut. The idea of using pencils for making the bow is so cool!

    Nandini
    http://nanspaintpaperscissors.blogspot.in/

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  51. Wowsers...this is so gorgeous!! I am gonna have to try that bow technique!!

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  52. Thank you Andrea for the great tips in this post. You are one of my favorite designers...that tip on liquid pearls was especially useful to me...THANK YOU!!!

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