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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Sharing Techniques on: March 12, 2006 07:16:37 AM
I've been thinking about starting a thread like this for a while, so here goes.  I'm such a sponge when it comes to new techniques for doing stuff and since I've lately been on the paper craft thing, I thought I would start the thread here (the art thread intimidates me- I have some creativity, but almost no real skill).  I will go first so you get an idea.

The other day I read where if you paint over regular school glue it will crackle like the stuff you buy at the store.  I tried it, and it worked (I actually used Aleene's Tacky Glue though) but I didn't like the white underneath.  So, using acrylic paint, I put a layer of dark green on (I used thick illustration board 'cause that was all I had that wouldn't buckle, but really thick paper might work too) and waited for it to dry.  Then I put a layer of glue on with my finger, waited a minute or two, then painted a layer of lighter green over the top very gently so the glue and the paint didn't mix.  This was the result.



Now if anyone else wants to share, that's cool.  If not, I'll just keep posting fun stuff I find.
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Would like opinions on an ATC and postcard EDIT: Another ATC added Page 2 on: March 07, 2006 01:01:50 PM
So I'm in a swap in another forum and I'm concerned that my submissions may not be good (or artistic) enough.  This is the first card I made for the swap, so let me know what you think. 



This is a postcard I made for the Postcrossing thing.  I don't think those people will be as picky, but I thought I would get opinions anyway.

23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / One Coptic Journal and one almost too easy journal (IMG Heavy) on: February 28, 2006 05:09:45 PM
I made the first one using the tutorial here: http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html



It was one of the first I made, so it turned out fine for my use.  This is a shot of the inside as I use it for notes, sketches, or whatever I feel like at the time.



This one is the one I just made using the instructions I found here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/acInstructions?cat=56769&dlc=en&encodeUrl=false&lc=en&page=acProject&project=yourlifeyourjournal&subcat=56794&cc=us&projid=c00490796





I must say this one was a lot easier to make, though maybe not quite as sturdy.  If I want, though, I can cut the ties off later and add more paper, so that's a bonus too.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Two Digital ATCs on: February 15, 2006 08:29:40 PM
I just started making ATC's, some by hand, some on the computer.  I downloaded Gimp a few days ago and I'm slowly teaching myself how to use it (never done photo manipulating before).  Anyway, the ones done "by hand" so to speak are waiting for a swap and the ATC-Along, but I here are the digital ones I did.  Let me know what you think.  (Do they go in paper crafts if they're not on paper yet?)



25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felty Wallet Goodness.... on: February 07, 2006 12:24:36 PM
I made this wallet with the pattern in the Bazaar Bizarre book I got yesterday.  It was pretty easy, although I had to alter the credit card dimensions from the instructions.  I also did a blanket stitch with embroidery thread all around the applique and the wallet itself.  It's not the best wallet I've seen on Craftster, but I'm still pretty proud of it....



(The pink scalloped part is where the money goes in.)
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted Trinket Box on: February 07, 2006 12:18:40 PM
I am so proud of this box, but not because I painted it.  This box was actually painted by my three year old daughter, Madeleine, with washable poster paints.  I sealed it to protect it, but otherwise the work is all hers....

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Creative Home Arts Club? on: February 04, 2006 08:25:11 AM
I just got a fancy flyer in the mail today saying they will send me craft products to try for free as long as I return the questionnaires that come with them.  There are dues of $1 a month.  I have never heard of this before and I'm wondering if anyone else has done this.  It sounds like a good deal, but that's beauty of marketing....
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Rubber Stamp and Watercolor on: February 02, 2006 04:44:18 PM
I would like to start painting images that are rubber stamped on notecards or whatever suits me and I wonder if anyone else does this and could offer some advice.  I've determined I need pigment inks so that the water doesn't mess with the image, but what would be a good way to seal it after I've painted it?  I thought about acrylic or spray sealers, but would that make the notecard weird (wonky, odd feeling)?  I don't have too much of an art background, so I'm not familiar with the best way to protect it for mailing.  Also, I don't really want to fold my own cards/envelopes, so recommendations on any pre-made ones that would handle what I want to do, or any other reccomendations, would be greatly appreciated.  (Oh yeah, and I'm a pregnant lady, so anything too toxic is not good either....)

Thanks.
29  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Would like to see board about Collecting on: May 15, 2005 06:34:59 PM
I would like to see a board, around the area of interior decorating, about collecting things.  I think we all probably have little (or big) collections of some kind, and it would be cool to see what other people love.  Plus, I would like to ask for opinions on issues like "if I start collecting Fashion Fever Barbie, should I take her out of the package to pose her and change her clothes?" 
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Book of projects with Fimo Clay on: May 13, 2005 05:51:44 AM
This is an old book (there's no date, but I'm guessing at least 70's) of projects and things to make with Fimo Clay.  I've only included pictures of the finished projects, but there are instructions for everything.  I guess this is the English version of a German book because some fo the pictures and things they made have German words on them.  It even show how to make chess pieces and marionettes.
 
 
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