Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Luminarie by Melyssa Connolly

Good day readers!  Today I get to share with you how to make a small luminarie box using the WOJ Christmas Candle.  You can put an LED candle to make it a luminarie or candy to make it a candy box.
I put the tutorial on a full sheet of 8.5x11 paper so all you have to do is just click and save a copy.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Side-steps and Snowflakes by Bev Rochester

Hello everyone. Today I have a Side-Step card to show you, as well as what I use to make my snowflake embellishments. This is just a few pics of how I put the card together.

So firstly I designed the template to fit the images. There are lots of templates out there, all very similar but I needed slightly different measurements to fit the images that I wanted to use so made my own (with a ruler, loads of sheets of paper most of which went in the bin and a lot of muttering till I was happy with the sizes). If you want to use this template, click on it to get the full size. This is designed to fit an A4 sheet of card.

Then I decided where I was going to place the designer paper and cut the red mats and DP to fit. I also cut a Spellbinders Fancy Label for the sentiment.

The card taking shape when the papers are added

I chose Wee and reindeer and Wee and Christmastree which I coloured with distress inks and H2O's. I cut the images out and adhered them to smaller die cut Spellbinders Nestibilities Rectangle dies (I did it this way to keep the rectangles small enough not to overwhelm the card). Once I had made the card I decided I wanted a sentiment so cut another couple of rectangles out of red and white card, stamped the sentiment and then adhered this with repositional tape. This way I can remove the sentiment to write on it and pop it back in place.

For the snowflakes I cut several acetate and parchment snowflakes with the Spellbinders Create-a-Flake 1 and I punched out some small snowflakes with a Punch Bunch snowflake punch.

For the acetate snowflakes I coat the acetate die cut with Glossy Accents and then dip it in to a tub of Twinklets (push down on the back of the die cut to make sure it is coated properly). I prefer Glossy Accents as it does not shrink when it dries and is nice and thick to grip the Twinklets. Allow this to dry (I usually place mine on a radiator as I am too impatient to wait for it to dry naturally).

For the Parchment snowflakes, cut and emboss the snowflakes (I use Pergamano parchment paper but any parchment will do). Go around the edge of the snowflakes with a Krylon Silver Leafing pen and allow to dry. Then apply some Stickles Stardust to the raised, embossed parts and allow to dry.

Layer the acetate or parchement snowflakes with a punched snowflake and secure with a jewel brad and small spacer.

And here's another pic of the card. Apologies for the poor photographs, it has been so dark here through the day I have really struggled to get some half decent photo's.

Thanks for stopping by, hope this has been of use to you

Bev x

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stamping with Acrylic Paint by Niki Estes

Hi everyone! I thought I would share a tutorial with you today about how to stamp using acrylic paint. It's a messy and imperfect technique that is lots of fun and adds some beautiful texture to your project. I used the Ice Skating Henry Mouse image for my card along with a snowflake stamp that came with the winter kit.

Stamping with Acrylic Paint Tutorial

This is an easy technique that doesn't require very many supplies. You will need some acrylic paint (I am using paint from Claudine Hellmuth, but any acrylic paint will work), a sponge brush, a paint brush, a stamp, and your cardstock.

Dab some paint on to your work surface so that it will be easy to pick up with the sponge brush.
Pick up some paint with the sponge brush and dab it onto your stamp. You don't need it too thick. Reapply paint after each image you stamp.
Random stamp your cardstock with the stamp and acrylic paint. Don't press too hard. If necessary, practice on some scrap cardstock until you get the hang of how much pressure you need to use. Be sure to stamp off the edge of your paper to make it look more realistic like real patterned paper. Some of the stamped images will be imperfect, but it adds a fun look and texture to your project.
Now, use the sponge brush to swipe the edges with paint. It adds a fun wintry look to the project when you're using white paint. Clean the stamp right after you are done stamping since it will dry pretty quickly. You can still get the paint off if it dries, but it is much easier when the paint has not dried yet. I just go to a sink, run water over the stamp, and scrub it with an old toothbrush so you can get the paint out of the crevices on the stamp. The paint will come right off.

Here is my finished card using this fun technique. I swiped some paint along the edges of my card base, my sentiment, and my image, too.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try stamping with acrylic paint!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ornament tree by Murielle of Scrapmumur

Hello to you all, I'm DT Murielle (Mumur) from France.
Today it is my turn to write a tutorial for the Whiff of Joy Tutorials- & Inspirationsblog.

I hope my first tutorial will inspire you!
I will show you how to make a simple ornament for the Christmas tree, but you can also use it as door hanger.

You need 2 Spellbinders Nestabilities oval.
Cut 2 scalloped ovals and 1 classic.
Stamp on the white, classic oval. I used Whiff of Joy's Wee with raindeer illustrated by Norma Fickel.

Color your stamped image.

Tie a bow with a pretty ribbon.

Distress the classic oval with brown ink to age it.

Assemble different parts by putting sticky tape between the 2 scalloped ovals.

Here is the result! You can also add some decoration.

Have a good week!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Colouring with distress refillers by Aija

Hi, here is Aija and I will show you today how I colour with Tim Holz distress refill inks. I use Canson illustration paper, I like it the most since the surface is hard and even, there is no structure on it.
I use normal brush and I have added a colour chart under the empty cd-case.
The Whiff of Joy image Lizzy is stamped with Versafine onyx black.

Normally I start with the face. I clour from the edges to the center and I try to lighten the colour coming to center area. First I put Tattered Rose and after that I make the shadow with Tea Dye.
After the face I colour hair. I have started with Scattered Straw and made the shadow with Tea
Dye and Vintage Photo.

On the dress, jacket and top of the hat I have used Worn Lipstick. I started with light colour.

For the tights and mittens I used Shappy Shutters. Shoes I coloured with Scattered Straw.

Here I have added more worn lipstick to get shadow to the jacket and dress. To the thights I added Peeled paint.

For the white areas, on hat and jacket I used Milled Lavender to deepen the edges.

Here I deepened the shadows with Aged Mahogany (jacket), Vintage Photo (shoes), Peeled Paint (tights and mittens)

For the background I added Weathered Wood and little hint of Black Shoot & Vintage Photo around the shoes.
And here is finished card with the coloured image. I embossed some white Whiff of Joy stars to background of the image. Embossed the frame with silver. Used Basic Gray Eskimo papers and hydrangea flowers from Prima. I decorated the centers of the flowers with liquid pearls from Rangers.
Unfortunately there is nearly no day light here in Finland nowdays and it makes the photographing very challenging. Hopefully you will anyway get the idea how I colour with distress. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vintage house card

Hi Bloggers :)
My name is Ula and I’d like to show you how to create a „vintage house” card.

1. We choose a picture stamp, stamp it and colour it – I use my water pencils to do it.

2. We cut a house shape from the paper we choose.

3. We cut a roof – I did it by free hand but you can use a punch shape or chipboard if your prefer. We stick the roof to the base.

4. Time to decorate the roof with a strip of paper, some glimmer or false snow.

5. We stamp the sides of the house with a swirl stamp– we may also to draw the swirls if you like doodling :)

6. We draw a door shape and a window shape, we cut it out, stick a different, contrasting paper under it, to fill the cutted gaps.

7. We stick the house onto a proper base and we cut it to fit the shape.

8. Time to put a little branch over the door – I’ve got a prepared one, but it may be also a real small branch with some snow on it or just a stamp.

9. We tie two metal snowflakes with a ribbon and fiber and we put it on the door and on the house top, we also put some winter flowers or snowflakes over the branch. The other free spaces on the card we decorate with white dots.

10. And now – the question is – are there any good children here? ;)

I hope you like my tutorial – have fun with creating!
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