Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My first MDF project

I thought I would share with you my very first MDF project :)
I bought this fab
Beyond the Page Stationery Organiser by
Kaisercrafts from Merly Impressions HERE

There are a few things I would do differently on my
next project such as; choose a heavier weight paper for printing.
I used a 100gsm one but would definitely recommend a heavier
one such as anywhere between 170gsm & 200gsm
I would paint rather than paper any parts that won't be seen for example;
I papered the underneath of the bottom and the shelf pieces when
painting them would have been preferable. I put a top coat of Mod Podge
on to help seal and protect the pieces but it made the paper bubble :(
next time because I plan to use heavier paper I will test a piece and if it still bubbles
I plan to try a wax to seal and protect.
I bought my Mod Podge from Curtis World who not only delivered super fast
but had the best price I had seen for it 

OK here's the basics of what I did

I painted with emulsion the outer edges of all the
pieces first and left to dry.
I used household emulsion I had leftover or
a tester pot would be great.

I have to say I was well impressed with a Pritt Stick which I used
to attach the papers, you cover the piece of MDF in the glue
taking care that you go right to the edges.

then you lay the MDF piece onto the wrong side of the paper. This method worked
great and I had not 1 bubble nor crease :)

I used a little seam roller to make sure those edges were
well stuck down but if I had a hard brayer I would have used
that (it's next on my craft shopping list) 

Once dry I trimmed off the excess paper around the edges

I used an emery board to smooth all the edges of the paper
(quite therapeutic actually) then using a ink pad to distress the edges.

And that's it basically

and then I put it together :) I've not decided if I'm going
to use the drawer on not yet so haven't decorated that.

The papers I used are the Wild Meadow selection from
my Rose Creation CD HERE

I'm well pleased with the result. I have to say it looks much better in
real life :) and will have pride of place on my
work desk and I'm really looking forward to my next one too :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Handbag Card Tutorial

KIT version can be found HERE
and Ready to Print version HERE

Print off and cut out your worksheets, you'll also need a piece of
card approx. 4cm wide x 12.5cm long which you fold in half lengthways
and attach DST to both out sides.

Glue the handle pieces together.

The front piece of the bag is on the worksheet with the front flap piece
and I've placed a little F on it so I know which is which.
Attach the handle as shown above.

Taper the outer edges of your folded piece of card and attach as shown

then attach the back piece 

Take note where the flap will sit of the front of the card
and pierce a hole straight through in a place that will be under the front flap.
Thread a short piece of ribbon through and secure 

adjust the angle opening of the bag to suit your taste then secure off
the other end of the ribbon at the back and trim away any excess ribbon

All that's left to do now is to attach the front flap & the back plate with foam pads
and decorate as you wish

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tri-flap Easel card Tutorial

You can find the KIT version HERE
and the RTP version HERE

Here are the worksheets printed out, you'll also need 2 A4 pieces of card
1 for the easel card base and 1 for backing the pocket & for 2 strips.
I'm also going to cut the wording and a base colour for the easel stopper

For the large tag, cut just inside the black line on the wording piece

Cut out all the pieces and for the large tag and cut out the shaped area too

Pop some foam pads (or silicone gel) onto the reverse of the large tag

and add the wording piece to the back 

so you have this

Cut 2 strips approx. 17cm long x 3cm wide, score in half lengthway

Apply DST to both strip along 1 outer edge and 1 inner edge

and attach the flaps to the back striped piece

so you have this

Cut from your spare piece of card a piece to cover the back 

Apply thin DST along the bottom central piece and along the bottom of
1 of the flaps

close 1 flap

then the other

Score an A4 piece of card for you easel base

I always make my easel bases slightly narrower so I'm
marking and trimming off the excess in the above pic.

Apply glue to the front flap of the easel base (as above)
then attach the pocket to it, let it dry

Attach the easel stopper and decorate as you wish 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Embossed Delite Tutorial

You can find KIT 1 (which is a different colour to this demo one) HERE
and the RTP Version HERE
which again is a different colour to this demo one.
The demo colour one is earmarked for a BRAND NEW CD
called Embossed De-lites which will launch at the up coming
Papercrafts Show at Leigh on the weekend of August 30th & 31st

Cut out the worksheet including the centre

so you have this

Using die cut out the sentiment and the backing for it

Cut just inside the black lines

and you should have this now

Apply foam pads to the back of the piece that has
the circle cut out and attach the wording piece of card,
I like to do this from the reverse but you can just as easily
do it by centralising the cut out circle over the wording

and you should now have this

Pierce 2 holes in your 8 x 8 base card and thread ribbon through

and secure the ends off. 

Feed through the ribbon to get the desired stand up you prefer

then secure off the other ends of the ribbon and trim away the excess

so you have this

This is the back piece, the trellis is totally optional.
Attach the trellis to the reverse of the the back piece

This is how I make up my paper bows.

I've cut them out and curled them

Attach a little piece of strong DST to the centre

and close down 1 side of the bow, attach another little piece of DST

and close that down also

Repeat for the other pieces

Apply DST to each centre piece and attach to the next

piece then add the tails to the back (I trim my tails shorter)

I've mounted both the front piece and the back piece
to the base card using foam pads or gel.
Attach your bow as shown and top off with an embellishment
All the gems I've used are from a mixed pack from Meiflower HERE

and here's the back :)