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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / painting technique+bday card on: May 06, 2008 05:39:13 AM

hi everyone,

here is a card that i made for my brother's friend's 21st birthday:

sorry, the scan doesn't really show the paint texture.
anyway, the patterned paper, i made my self, so here's a mini tutorial on
how to do it.

paper (preferably watercolour paper, or some other fairly thick paper)
acrylic paints
dishwashing liquid/detergent
spray bottle
cling wrap/glad wrap/plastic food wrap (not sure what it's called in the
US, we call it glad wrap in australia)

select a few colours of acrylic paint (or you could just use one,
whatever you like). here, i used gold and silver. dilute them with some
water until they're a bit runny and then add some dishwashing liquid.
don't worry if it goes a little bubbly - this helps create the pattern.

using a sponge or a brush, paint onto the paper in any kind of pattern
you like (i just did random blobs). then, lightly spray over the whole
sheet with water using the spray bottle. then, tear off a sheet of
plastic food wrap that is maybe 1.5 times the size of the sheet of paper.
gently place over the painted paper, then wrinkle it up. try to wrinkle
it evenly (if that makes sense) otherwise you will end up with a really
small pattern in the middle and not much else on the edges.

wait until the paint has almost dried, then peel the plastic wrap off.
then leave to dry completely. done!! Cheesy

i made a whole bunch of papers like this in a range of different colour
combinations. the gold and silver on black paper worked out really well i
think. also, it is best to use watercolour paper, if you can (even though
it tends to be more expensive) as thinner paper will buckle due to the
amount of water in the paint and that you spray onto it. if you can't
find watercolour paper or it's too expensive, you can try flattening the
paper under some phone books or ironing it out (between sheets of
butcher's paper, so you don't get paint all over the iron).

hopefully you find this helpful Cheesy

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / a whole bunch of cards (potential swap spoiler for ktlady and mlsocci74) on: September 01, 2007 02:28:35 AM
hi guys,

just thought i'd post some pics of cards i made for the sweat shop swap (i made sets of five greeting cards with matching gift tags)

here's a photo collage of all of them:

hopefully that photo works, i haven't used flickr before

3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Craft and Quilt Fair - Melb, Bris, Canb, Adelaide on: July 14, 2006 01:08:01 AM
I read about this in my local newspaper.  It sounds like fun and they have classes and workshops too.

http://craftfair.com.au/ << for dates, venues etc.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / handmade coptic bound journal on: April 13, 2006 10:52:55 PM
I made this journal using coptic stich (with sketch paper for pages and wrapping paper for end pages) for a personal swap on http://vb.nervousness.org.

5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / 30,000 PEACE FLAGS NOT 30,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS on: July 31, 2005 03:01:53 AM
I got a postcard about it.  It's a greenpeace project where they want to have 30,000 peace flags flying for the 60th Anniversary of the bombings of HIroshima and Nagasaki.  I'll post a pic when I'm done.

If anyone else wants to do it go to www.greenpeace.org.au/peace/flags.html.  It's an Aussie website but on hte gallery there's flags form Brazil and Fiji so I'm assuming that it doesn't really matter if you're not in Australia.  I'll prob. try to get to the thing at the State library on Melbourne and they're organsing stuff in other cities and states too.

EDIT:  i have pics

my flag flying at school

me with my flag (every day is a bad hair day)

our school also made 1000 cranes for peace and strung them up through the corridors so here are some more photos

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / tons of easter egg wrappers on: June 29, 2005 11:48:07 PM
me and my sister have collected tons of easter egg wrappers over the years and we're trying to think of a crafty way to use them up.  we've already made greeting cards and covered some notebooks with them, and we're all out of ideas now.

anyone know of a good project we could use them for???

thanks  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 50's swing dresses? on: June 17, 2005 04:30:57 AM
hey people!!!

we have some dance, social type thing at school and all my friends have decided to go as different era's (it's not fancy dress, but we decided to do something fun)

i'll probably go as a flapper but my sister wants to wear one of those fourties/fifties type swing dress, that twirl most wonderfully when you spin around. Cheesy i love twirling

something like this:

if anyone could point me in the direction of easy patterns that would super  Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / coptic bound book - first post on: June 16, 2005 05:42:17 AM
hey guys, not really my first post coz i've commented on other stuff before, but this is my first time posting stuff i've made, so be nice!!!

i made my friend a coptic bound journal for her birthday and decorated...i made it out of two sketchpads and just using tutorials i found on here...i'm the worst ever at understanding instructions and i found not incredibly hard so yeh....

the cover (sideways) that funny looking thing is like a cat/skull and cross bones in one...it looks kinda weird tho..oops

and the spine, i used sparkly thread which looked good but was a pain in the you know where to use coz the sparkly stuff kept bunching up

its not the greatest, but my friend loved it so i guess that's all that counts...she's going travelling (to Argentina, amongst other places) and she's gonna use it as a travel diary
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