Friday, June 13, 2008

Marvy Paper Crimpers

I was thinking about alternatives to the embossing machines out there such as the Sizzix or the Cuttlebug. For me, I am a Cricut chick & I was not sure if I really would make good use of another machine. My sole purpose of getting an additional machine would be to get the embossing effects that I have seen on cards that I admire that I am unable to get from my Cricut. I came across Marvy Paper Crimpers. This tool comes in 5 different patterns that will give your paper an embossed effect for a fraction of the cost. Although 5 different patterns is definitely a small amount in comparison to the options that the Cuttlebug and/or Sizzix machines provide, if you are just testing the waters on the embossed look, this may be a good option for you. This is definitely a much cheaper way to see if this is something that you think you would like.

On my card, I used the Paper Crimper Bubbles on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of Bazzill Bling Paper. The tool was easy to use & the process was quick. I used my cute little Snag Em Giraffe Stamp. I embellished this little guy with some googly eyes &
dew drops. Some of my customers have had this stamp arrive with their purchase from my store. There are still a few giraffes left so if you place your order soon, you should be able to Snag Em.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun Flock

I was really excited to make this card using Fun Flock and Pig Time, a stamp by Inkadinkado.

I first stamped my image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Worn Lipstick. This gave my pig a perfect pink outline. To get the pink background behind the image, I dipped my Cut N Dry Foam into the distress ink and just dabbed it onto the paper.

I then took my Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive and put it into the center of the image. Next, I pinched some flock out of my Pixie Pink flock jar by Stampendous & pressed it into the glue. I found that the flock was very forgiving & allowed me to mold it into the shape of my image. I then added two googly eyes to the pig & gave him a pink button nose. Finally, I accented the pig using Cotton Candy Stickles.

I have tried using all different kinds of adhesives with the flock, but I prefer to use the Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive when working with this. My second favorite glue to use with the flock was my Two Way Glue Pen. Although a taperunner worked to adhere the flock, I thought I had better results using the other two glues.

Finally, I always think that flocking looks better in person than it does in pictures. It's one of those things where you just have to see & feel it to really appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial.

Thanks for looking,