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Friday, April 20, 2012

Bachiko and Pet Butterfly

I am doing a new series of collages inspired by paper folding.
Bachiko and Pet Butterfly. I am told, Bachiko means Happy child in Japanese.
The butterfly is a symbol of all that we cannot hang onto or that is unattainable
in life.

This is the first, and I have given a second one away to a friend without scanning it.
Here is the third in the series. I am really enjoying making these as and sharing them as gifts.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Moving Window Template

When making cards or ATC's it is sometimes hard to visualize how the paper will appear
behind a solid shape.

Here is when a window template in the exact size of that part of your project,
that you can move across the paper background will show you how it will appear
before you cut it out.

Use the template for the card (print an extra copy so you can cut it open)
to make a window template.  Move it across your chosen background
until you see a pleasing effect.

I use this method with a hollow 2.5" X 3.5: hollow frame when I make ATC's

It really works to isolate a pleasing aspect of the image you have chosen.

The full image.

The waterfall isolated for an ATC Background.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Two for One

Two for One

A large amount of the time we put into a project is finding the perfect color cardstock,
co-ordinating papers, ribbon, brads and message or quote to pull the finished product together.

I need to remind myself of that more often and offer this suggestion.
Whenever possible make two, or more of the same card or ATC,  while you have
all the supplies out.  It makes sense and will save you going hunting
for all the same things if you decide to repeat the project another time.
You then  have one to send and one or more to keep for a future occasion.

Here are the completed cards. I can't get them to load side by side.