Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More Layers of Color to share!

Good Morning!  Today I have more Layers of Colors projects to share with you.  I am really enjoying creating with their stamps this month.  They are just gorgeous.  If you haven't ever seen them, then hop on over and check out the store.  And while you are there, check out the wonderful stencils too. 

The Background
I started with a panel of old book paper.  I stamped the same decorative element repeatedly to create the background pattern.  I used a T-Square to draw light pencil lines as I went along to help me line up the images.

The Frame
Here is another example of how to use a spellbinders die to build a frame.  I started by using a pencil to lightly trace around the die.  These guidelines help me to know where to stamp the rest of the frame.  Then I stamped the decorative image along the top and bottom.  After the ink was dry I layed the die back down and traced the outline again, but this time with my micron pen.  I erased any pencils lines that were visible.  Next you just cut out along the edges of your frame.  I used cuticle scissors along some of the edges.

Both of these decorative images are from the set "Touch of Elegance".

And this lovely bowl of blooms is from the "Vintage Roses" set.


Gift Bag - T-Square Tutorial
The next project is a gift bag that I designed myself.  And I will share the pattern with you below.

I started by creating my little bag out of my DP.  But before folding and adhering all of it I stamped the background pattern.
I stamped over the DP with 2 swirlies, and heat embossed.  Looks way better in real life.  I used one swirly from "Nature Walk" and the other from "Old World Flourish" .  Then I stamped my bird (Royal Birds) and flowers (Merci Bouquet), and cut them out.  I adnered these over my Cuttlebug Label Die.

You can see from this post that so many of the Layers of Color stamp sets go beautifully together!

Here is the template.  I started with a 7" x 12" sheet of heavy DP.  I used a T-Square to lightly draw my pencil lines and keep everthing lined up.  I scored the lines with my Score- Pal and then trimmed where needed.  I used a decorative border punch along the top.  If you are not familiar with a T-Square here is a photo.

You can pick one up at a local office supply store.  Some of the craft stores carry them too.  They are found in the "drafting" department and only cost a couple of dollars.  I use mine all the time to line things up across my projects.

Basically you line the short side along the edge of your paper / card and the longer side provides a perfect perpendicular / horizontal guide for you.
Hope that is clear as mud!

Have a great day!


Barb said...

These are both so beautiful, Melisa! Love the colors and the detailing :)

Patti J said...

Beautiful work, Melisa. I bet that bag is stunning in real life! That embossing looks SO classy! Thanks for sharing :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous gorgeous and more gorgeous!!! I love the visuals for the instructions. Love the gift bag you made. TFS

HappyCrafter said...

These are great, love the vintagy style and thank you for the instructions!

PapierGirl said...

Melisa - this card abd gift bag are both gorgeous! Love all your wonderful stamping and that frame is awesome! Thanks so much for joining us this week at TSTR! :)

Betty Benton said...

Gorgeous card and bag, Melisa! It's nice to have beautiful things to look at while I'm up hacking and wheezing with this asthma!!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Melisa - your projects are both adorable! I love the provincial feel of your card - the patterns and coolours are divine! Gorgous colouring on those roses girl!
What a gorgeous gift bag - it is a gif on its own! The embossing adds such richness and the colours and deep and elegant! Love it Melisa - your work is always so inspiring! {{{hugs}}}

Debbie said...

Just beautiful ... thanks for sharing your work with us this week in the Tea Room :)

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Ooo La La! Marvelous projects, Melisa!! Your color choices and layers of stamping is fantastic! You've created incredibly inspiring artwork! WOW!

Darlene said...

WOW, both creations are just wonderful! If I had to use a T-square to craft with, it would take me a "month of Sundays" to get one card done!! You are amazing!!

Audrey Pettit said...

What a pretty card this is! I love your stamped background on the book print and what a wonderful use of your spellbinders die. Pretty colors, too. Thanks for sharing this with us at TSTR.

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