Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bundle Up for the Great White North

Welcome to another month and another new theme on Gingersnap Creations! For December, in honor (or should I write honour) of our Canadian neighbors ("neighbours" up there), we are celebrating the Great White North*!

As it is the Winter season, we'll be playing with bleach and bleaching techniques to make some snow-white fun!

We've also got some great guests coming up! This month, Samantha Read and Terry Horrall will be joining us for the first time as Visiting Artists! Maria "Rinda" Ontiveros is returning as a Visiting Artist for December! All of these talented papercrafters will be joining the The Gingers with creating marvelous inspiration samples for our December challenges!

Once again, we have a packed month ahead of us with lots of great posts to keep us all busy through the holiday season:

~ our 4 regular challenges: Chestnut Theme, Spicy Supply, Random Redhead and Color

~ 4 great wrap-ups with more amazing Ginger Gem art and 4 new Home Page Artists

~ another wonderful column from our Contributing Artist, Jennie of The Artistic Stamper

~ a whole batch of new tutorials from Gingers Jo Capper-Sandon, Sharon Briss, Debby Boltman and Petra Berendsen

~ another great post from Contributing Artist, Lucy Edmondson

~ Alison Manning will put her own twist on one of our prior tutorials with a brand-new Technique Workshop

~ another fun Creative Connection will challenge you to craft it forward

and finally,

~ the Once in a Blue Moon Challenge returns with a surprise challenge from The Gingers

Checking in with our Gingersnappers

Our Yahoo Group, has been busy with our latest Art Exchange - Winter 4x4s!

Artwork by Laura

Artwork by Sarah

Artwork by Ali

Artwork by Petra

Artwork by Jean

Want to get in on our Art Exchanges for next year and not a Gingersnapper yet? Join our Yahoo Group and get in on the fun and the community!

We hope that you will join us for our month of winter wonder and bleached beauty!

*While we are going to concentrating on the more wintery and snowy elements of the Great White North this month, you can check out Ill Tempered Ink where you can find out lots more about Canada that has nothing to do with snow or hockey!

Wrap-Up GC77: Haute Couture

We definitely had a crowd of fashion-savvy crafters playing along with us for the Haute Couture Challenge! Thanks to all who played! Your art was all the vogue!

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Pam Loris
Crazy Stamper

Congratulations, Pam! Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Stylish Ginger Gems

Artwork by Rebekah

Artwork by Claire C

Artwork by Vixykins

Artwork by Susan Tidwell

Artwork by Beverly G

Artwork by Gerri Herbst

Artwork by Sue at One4Joy

Special Guests

Artwork by Lynn Stevens
former Gingersnap Creations
Design Team Member

Artwork by Irit Shalom
former Gingersnap Creations
Design Team Member

Artwork by Annette Goatley
October Visiting Artist

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Chestnut Theme Challenge.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Redhead Review: Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas

I was poking around my local stamp store when I came across Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas from Ranger, Inc. It's been available for quite a while now, but I hadn't come across it yet so I decided to try it out. I picked up a package of the Natural 8"x 11".

I am a long-time cross-stitch and embroidery nut, so I have tried out stamping on various types of fabrics before with moderate to disastrous results. According to the product description on the package, this canvas will take inks, markers, dyes and paints as well as run through most ink jet printers. It's archivally safe and acid-free. Now, that I had all the facts, I went poking around to see how people used this canvas.

On the Crafty Chica blog, I saw that she used it to decorate candles. On the Ellen Hutson blog, The Classroom, there was a gorgeous project using sticky back canvas with paints. I even checked out a Tim Holtz video where he showed how to use Imaginisce's i-Top tool with canvas to create custom brads.

Obviously, Claudine Hellmuth has created many great videos on using this product including how to do an image transfer with sticky back canvas. Claudine even made a fabulous necklace using this versatile medium.

For my own project, I decided to try out making a scrapbook page with fabric elements. I had just taken some candid shots of my daughter absorbed in a book. I love how she looks cute and focused all at the same time while lost in a novel. To compliment these pictures, I picked up my Relish Reading stamp plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.

The first "test" was to see how clearly the images stamped.

Using Timber Brown Stazon, I got a very clear and detailed image.

As I love to use alcohol ink markers, I decided to try out my copic markers and color in the image. After matching my colors to my pictures, I used a light touch and colored as normal.

I could even layer color to give a nice shaded effect.

While the colors are a bit deeper than when colored on paper, I did notice that they did dry slightly lighter after a few minutes. Fabulous!

I then began to construct my scrapbook page. I matted my photos in a nice deep brown and then I stamped a flourish onto the pictures to give a little interest and to give them a common design element.

Of course, I don't use my real pictures, so this works well. I don't think I would be as quick to stamp onto one-of-a-kind photos. I print out copies on good quality 28 lb. paper (that way they absorb the ink) rather than photo paper so that I can stamp on them or distress them if I want and not feel guilty.

As often plunge boldly into creating without too much thought to medium, I cavalierly decided to try and trim my fabric image with my paper cutter. Yup, you guessed it! Paper cutters are for paper not fabric. The paper backing cut cleanly but the fabric pulled a little.

To compensate, I marked my cut lines with pencil using a ruler and then cut my pieces out with scissors...yes, those things that you can use for fabric and paper.

Not to be deterred from foolish behavior, I also tried to punch out a heart-shape with a hand punch. I had seen a few projects that ran sticky back canvas through a die cut machine, so I figured I would give it a shot.

My punch completed the first cut, but did not like it at all when I tried a second. I decided I should stick to actual die cut machines or stick with my scissors.

On the upside, the protective covering over the sticky back of the canvas peels easily off of the fabric with no muss and no fuss.

I like how the final page turned out. My daughter was wearing one of her favorite rock t-shirts when I photographed her. Unfortunately, it is a very unusual color. I used the color sparingly and focused on the blue of her chair and the blue on the walls behind her.

As always, I was just about done when I made a huge goof. Never work with adhesive destined for a single element when your layout is still on the work surface all vulnerable and defenseless.

I accidentally dropped my ribbon with its double-sided tape already exposed down on my layout after I had placed my pictures. That's why my daughter has a lovely flower in her hair in the bottom photo! Bad fortune is the mother of invention.

All in all, I really liked using the canvas! The sticky back is not so sticky that it cannot be repositioned, a total plus for me. It also takes an image beautifully and I can color on it. One take away I did learn was not to try and use it in ways for which it was not intentioned! I really do have to start reading directions.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Laura Liddell: 5-pointed Star with One Snip

When I was about 10 years old I remember receiving a postcard from my Aunt in America. The card had an image of an of American flag where the stars had been hand appliqued on to it. She wrote that these stars were made by one snip of the scissors.

This so intrigued me and I desperately wanted to know how it was done. No one I asked knew. This was before the internet too.

It was not until my children were young and I was watching a children's TV program with them that I discovered the magic.

I have created this tutorial to share it with you.

The history behind the 5-pointed star on the American flag is interesting too. Apparently George Washington drew a flag that had 6 pointed stars on it as it is said he preferred this option. However Betsy Ross recommended a 5-pointed star. It was not favoured as it was thought it was too difficult to make. Upon which Betsy took a piece of paper and folded it. She then made one cut with the scissors a produced a symmetrical 5 pointed star. It was so impressive that the committee agreed to use her 5-pointed star on the American flag.

Here is how it is done......

I hope you enjoy the magic as much as I do.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fabric on Cards by Alison Manning

The fabric stores are full of beautifully designed fabrics and today I'll share with you easy it is to incorporate them into your cards. The two cards here showcase some Liberty fabrics that I've been hoarding!

  • Card stock
  • Fusible webbing
  • Fabric
  • Iron

By cutting the fabric out with a die, you'll seal the edges and prevent any fraying.

I allowed the pattern of the fabric to be the main focus of this card. However, you could use this method with plain muslin and stamp on it, make your own fabric embellishments or create rich textured backgrounds.

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