Archive for May, 2013

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

How to draw cute beach houses – step by step

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Only occasionally do I use a ruler when drawing but sometimes the job calls for it. Here we’re drawing a set of beach houses – they are tall and very narrow. Any line which is not parallel to the others will show up clearly and not in a good way. To avoid things looking really out of square I start out by drawing a very simple grid – just enough lines ruled and spaced out to give me a guide as to where to place things. I mark out the edges and then the midpoint for the roofs. I also mark a horizontal line for the roofs, I might not be sure what part of the roof will line up to this but having a horizontal line there will ensure that I can line everything up nicely.

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Having done that I draw the basic shapes in pencil. Here we are doing three identical bathing boxes, tall and narrow. Pencil in the general shapes of all three then add the details. You will generally find it easiest to do it this way so you focus on doing the same thing three times – such as the roof lines and then the next thing and so on. At this point I seldom erase problems I just draw in the correct line over the incorrect one and make a mental note about the adjustment for later on.

Once the entire thing is penciled in I check it to make sure it looks OK. I make a mental note of any special adjustments that I need to make at ink stage. Then it’s over to the ink – just draw over the top with a fine black permanent marker – if desired you can use colors but I always use permanent ink – I find a .01 or .005 is a good choice although your mileage may differ. The plus about having a penciled grid is that it ensures the long lines and the roof angles are all the same. If you draw over the lines in ink without using the ruler you’ll get a pleasing and unstructured hand drawn look – it won’t look like there was a ruler used but believe me if I had drawn it all by hand it would have looked horribly ‘out’.

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Once you’re done inking, leave it alone to dry! If you can do so, leave it for up to a day. If not, leave it for as long as you can – you want the ink to dry really really well. Then take a white or kneadable eraser and gently erase the lines. Go slow and hold the paper firmly and erase with a light hand so you don’t bend the paper.

If you want two versions of the design, one ink and one in color you can now trace the image and redraw it a second way.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Recycled Tag Project – Rub-ons and Washi Tape

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Decorate a recycled clothing tag with Washi tape, and rub-ons

Using up your stash is a great excuse for going out and getting more stuff so this recycled clothing price tag project is a great way to do just that. I’ve been able to use things that I like but that I just haven’t found a use for before.

For this tag I used a big rub on letter from a pack of rub on letters – I just took the letter and I removed the extra words that went with it – well that wasn’t in the plan but since it didn’t stick to the tag properly and it sort of scrunched itself up into an untidy mess – I just got to it with an eXacto knife and carved it off.

I covered the back of the tag with striped washi tape – I did this on an angle so a small piece would fold over the top of the tag. I added some rub on elements behind the rub on letter too and that’s it.

This tag would make a great addition to a birthday or Christmas gift if you use the first letter of the person’s name.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The Recycled Tag Project – Washi Tape and free Easter Rabbit Printable

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Give a recycled tag a ‘taped on’ art effect with washi tape and printable art

This year I fell in love with the free Easter printables from Fun.kyti.me. Here I’ve used one of the printable rabbits for one of my recycled tag projects.

The tag has been covered with pink patterned washi tape I just lined up lots of pieces side by side so they look like a single vintage background sort of wallpaper. Then I cut out the rabbit from the printables leaving a small margin of white around him – that makes it simpler to cut out as you don’t have to get into every nook and cranny with your scissors.

I glued the cut out to the tag then cut very thin pieces of red washi tape and taped them over the rabbit to give the impression that he is taped to the tag.

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

The Recycled Tag Project – Paint, Cutouts and Felt Stickers

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Get creative with scissors and paint to make this recycled tag

Some of the old clothing price tags I have are folded in two and so they lend themselves to more advanced projects – question is just what to do with them? This one came together pretty quickly. The tag itself was green and I had some really cute felt animal stickers from Sassafras Lass – a company that has change direction but before they did so they used to make some really amazingly fun stuff.

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Here I drew a tree on the front of the tag and cut it out and painted it with green paint. It was all just a bit too big so I cut half of the tree off and then adhered it back onto the tag. Then I added the felt giraffe over a piece of brown printed Washi tape.

This was a fun project which displays a lot of dimension for a tag – there is the back of the tag, a tree branch, the felt giraffe and then the tree itself. I like that the giraffe’s head is behind the tree – just enough to suggest that he is peeking out from behind it.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The Recycled Tag Project – Metallic stickers and 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape

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Recycled kraft tags make a fun background for lots of cool effects

Like the last recycled tag project this one uses a recycled kraft cardboard tag. Here it is combined with a metallic rub-on set of lips and some metallic text.

I wanted something to add to this tag to cover the text on it and a perfect foil (excuse the pun) for a foil rub-on is something flat and textured – here I used some 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape – I have had this roll of tape forever and I am so not looking forward to the day it runs out – it is one I love and I use a lot.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Italy in photos for digi scrapbooking

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Looking for something a little different for your digi scrapbooking project – check out these Italy buildings

Whether you are looking for backgrounds for your next digi scrapbooking project celebrating a trip to Italy or you want to make a card or calendar, these photos of Italian buildings are just what you need.

There are 16 full size 3600 x 3600 px high res jpeg images all ready for you to use. they are beautifully presented with gorgeous colors and textures and each of them suggests warm balmy days in Italy.

Find them for purchase at MyMemories.com

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Graffiti grunge for digi scrapbooking

Web THUMB filled with guides Graffiti grunge for digi scrapbooking

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CraftingGoodness offers graffiti grunge backgrounds for digi scrapbooking

If you’re looking for something just a little more edgy than your typical digital scrapbook offerings then this might be the ticket. I’ve put together 16 awesome pieces of graffiti and street art for you to use for your digi scrapbooking and other projects. They are for sale at MyMemories.com

The images are a full 3600 x 3600 in size and are high res jpegs. The images are great for digi scrapbooking and for digital collage and art projects.

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The Recycled Tag Project – Felt cloud stickers and rub-ons

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Rub-ons and felt stickers meet in this cute recycled tag project

Today’s recycled tag project combines dimensional felt stickers with a recycled clothing price tag, washi tape and rub-ons. It is another project that I loved doing because it is so simple to make and I really love these dimensional felt stickers but haven’t found a use for them until now.

The tag is a recycled one from ColdWater Creek – I added blue Washi tape to the front of it to cover the writing on it and because it didn’t cover it particularly well I added some small flowery rub-ons to the tape. I also added a single flower rub-on to the top right of the tag. then it is a simple ‘peel and stick’ process to add the dimensional cloud sticker.

You can write a message on the tag or just swing it from a gift along side a card. It’s simple but effective and would look good made up as a matching pair or threesome.

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