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May 20, 2017 01:14:51 PM by xxmazenxx
Views: 4520 | Comments: 5
I did a search on here to see if this has been posted before and didn't find anything. If it has been posted before and I missed it, my deepest apologies. 

I was sent junkmail from Camel a few months back. It was an endless card with graphics and info from Camel (i'm no longer a smoker but they keep sending junk) and it had my attention. I must have played with that thing for 15min. lol. I really wanted to make an ATC like this card so I deconstructed it and adapted the process to ATC sizing.

You need:

2 ATC bases that can be folded easily. Cardstock works great for this.
Glue or double sided tape
pencil / pen
cutting device


1. Measure the middle of one ATC vertically and one horizontally.

You can draw a line or notch, or fold it in half.

2. Cut along the line drawn or folded line. I used my paper cutter device for this step because I'm a bit lazy and can't cut a dang straight line to save my life sometimes.

You should have 2 equal vertical pieces and 2 horizontal pieces.

**** FOLDING ****

1. Taking the Vertical pieces first. Measure to the middle of each piece. Make a tiny fold or a pencil mark so you know where it is.

Then take the outer left edge and fold it to the middle. Do this again with the right side. Make sure those folds are flattened down nicely. I used an old Gamestop Rewards card but a boning stick or ruler work for this too.

2. Open it back up and make a fold along the length of the card (vertaically in relation to the paper but its folded horizontally in relation to the picture, hope that makes sense). Press the fold like you did previously.

3. Now for the Horizontal pieces!

Mark the middle and fold the left outer edge to the middle, then the outer right side to the middle. Press the folds.

4. Open the paper.  Now fold in half, horizontally.

5. Repeat with remaining horizontal piece.

**** GLUING ****

This part is pretty easy and versatile. You can use either the vertical pieces or the horizontal pieces for the 'front' of the card. It will work either way. The one that you chose for the front will be glued/taped on top of the other.

1. You should be able to see a rectangle in each corner from the folding. I have drawn on mine to highlight the area. You can skip that unless you find it helpful in your project. Those are our connection points that we will be gluing or taping.


2. Line up the "front" section over the "bottom" section. Line up the rectangles and glue only in that area. Repeat with the remaining pieces. Let dry if you have used glue.


 The cards opens from the middle out. Make sure to open it and fold it flat for each of the progressions of the card. This makes it easier to paint/draw/decorate and function properly.

 This card works really well with traditional art themed (flat mediums paint, pastels, pencil, watercolor..etc) cards. You can use objects but make sure they won't fall off or be placed on the folds you made in the paper.   

 A 'Portals' themed card I created with this process.

I also made a Video https://youtu.be/RhyfHQZK4XI for those that need more of a 'hands on' audio and visual tutorial.

May 20, 2016 02:06:40 AM by audio
Views: 5673 | Comments: 11
I posted some backgrounds I made on instagram and lindyv321 asked if I would do a tutorial for them.

I always drool over the mixed media pieces some artist just seem to whip out in a few minutes but none of my recreations ever looked as good. I know a part of creating is pure artistic talent but the majority of it is just practice. I just practiced different techniques I've learned from all over the internet and finally found something I can just whip out, too. None of the techniques I'm going to show you are original or new. These have been around for a while and is nothing I came up with myself!

I'm going to share with you the steps I take to make this background.

Step 1

I gather my supplies. Here I have watercolor paper, acrylic paints (colors, black, and white),
pill bottles, sewing pattern transfer tool, tooth brush, punchinella, hole reinforcers,
Paintbrushes, water, towel, and some specialty/optional tool like gelatos, watercolors, spritzer,
brush tip marker and anything else you want to add layers with. I also use a heat gun to make
the process move a little faster.

Step 2

I have my watercolor paper ready. I mark out a space i want to use to make my background
with and I taped it to my work space. This is just a step I use so that I can paint without having
to touch the paper while I'm working. Here I measured out 3in x 5in. Normally I do sizes that
fit the piece I want to work on. I just wanted a piece that wasn't too small and not too big.
Then I take some hole reinforcers and place them randomly on the paper.

Step 3

I used two or three colors of acrylic paint to make a varied base coat. I personally like using blues
and greens more than warm colors because I just can't seem to blend the warm colors as well.
You can see in the picture the direction in which i painted and the variety of colors that I used. I use
the paintbrush to blend them together so there are no harsh edges. This is my preference but you
can keep it more contrasted or blend it as much as you would like. Then I take the lightest color to do
a kind of dry brush effect on it. i lightly run the paintbrush over the background to help make the hole
reinforcers pop and give it a more distressed look.

Step 4

I use punchinella and a darker blue to create the next layer. I like the distressed look so I don't paint
the whole piece. Instead I went from corner to corner in a line, using less pressure as i move farther out.
This makes the paint look like it is fading out and not just a solid coat of paint. I also use the technique on
the opposite corners. I use the dry brush effect again with a lighter color for more distressed look. I don't
like solid lines and crisp colors, but if you like that you can skip the step.

Step 5

I use a sewing pattern tracing wheel rolled in white paint to randomly add these dashed lines all over the
background. Then I dip come used pill bottles into black paint and place them on the paper. This is really
cool because It has a very non-perfect look, like a coffee cup ring. You can do these techniques as much
or as little as you like. Sometimes I used different sized pill bottles, and used different colors.

Step 6

I use a toothbrush dipped in paint or a spritzer tool to add inky like splatter across the whole piece.
This is another technique I like because of the distressed look it creates.

Step 7

Lastly I used gelatos to color in parts of the circles and draw lines along the edges. This step can
be created with watercolor paints or the excess paints left over from doing the base coat. I don't
worry about anything being perfect, as you can see the ink I used for the black spatters was not
waterproof and muddied up a bit.

So that's it! I really like these techniques because you can use them multiple times in a project,
only changing the color, size, shape, direction to build up the layers and really create a background
that has lots of depth and interesting bits!

Hope you guys have some fun trying this!

February 05, 2015 03:44:40 PM by paypahchasa
Views: 9678 | Comments: 11

HI GUYS! I'm so excited to share this tutorial because it's the first tealight cake design of 2015.


Coloured papers (4 shades)
Cake template
LED tealight candle
Glue gun
Jewel stickers
Paper Trimmer (optional)

Paper Prep

Begin with an 8.5x11" of the coloured paper. Cut in half lengthwise to give 2, 4.25x11".  Then cut it along the 11" side into 0.5" strips, this gives you strips that are 0.5x4.25".  You will need 14-16 strips.

Set aside your lightest shade of paper.

With the 3 darker shades, begin with an 8.5x11" of the coloured paper. Cut in half lengthwise to give 2, 4.25x11". Then cut it along the 11" side into 0.5" strips, this gives you strips that are 0.5x4.25".

You will need 14-16 strips

Take your strip and fold the corner into an acute triangle. Fold the triangle in on itself along the inside edge. Fold the working end back on itself. Then fold the triangle in half, this acts like a spindle. Begin rolling the the spindle into the working end until you reach the end of the fold. Fold the working end back on itself, like before. Continue rolling and folding the working end until you reach the end of the strip. Add some glue and secure into place. Snip off the excess paper at the bottom of the rose.

Attach the face and side pieces to your tealight candle. Place glue on the back of the rose and glue it onto the cake starting from the bottom with the darkest shade. Add some bling stickers to the top of the candle.


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