This is today's output - 6 cards using a calendar from erm probably this decade lol. Anyway, can't remember why but there's 12 different birds, with duplicates, 4 or 5 repeats of the same bird.
|No idea why this is sideways, I edited it but it refuses to turn in the blog. Sorry neck craning time!|
- Use only the one card/image source in a single recycled card. Then I don't have to worry about colours or shapes co-ordinating or matching. But if I need to add elements or embellishments to make it all hang together, that's cool too.
- Trim or crop or fussy cut the source image so that it becomes different - because I've cut up individual elements, and rearranged them in a different size or shaped space, or because I'm using a different coloured background, or added dimension/ raised up bits in some way
- Keep to a card size I've already got an envelope for (sounds crazy but sometimes I get carried away and end up having to make an envelope specially. Sigh. I HATE making envelopes!)
- Often the source image is a little too big to fit into the new card I want to put it on, so I trim and fussy cut and overlap layers so that it all fits in. (Sometimes I let things hang over the edges which is when I find I have envelope issues afterwards)
- I pretty much always use commercial plain rectangle or square blank cards with ready made envelopes. Sometimes I'll cut cardstock to fit envelopes I already have. I like to use white cardstock because then it's easy to write in the card afterwards, and I don't have to ferret around for a silver pen cos I've made the card blank out of black card. Basically it's all about me making my life easier!
- A cutting surface. Mine is a green A3 sized self healing mat - metric on one side, imperial on the other. I would use the A4 sized one but I temporarily mislaid it. Lots of working space on an A3 one. I use my dining room table which is Georgian circa 1820s so whilst it's not super expensive antique or anything, I don't really want to mark it. Mostly though the drawback is that it's not actually flat like modern man made surfaces, it's bowed, so any big cutting up, I drag the mat onto the floor and cut down there. Saves wibbly edges....
- Glues - You have to think about what you are glueing - whether it's nice and thick and won't stretch if you use a liquid glue, or if it's thin so you need a double sided tape etc. The selection here is
-a blue double sided tape machine - this comes out as a stickly layer.
-a pritt stick type solid glue, the sort you use for crafts with kids
- a blue tube with yellow lid of CollAll Silicon Glue, this is used to give a more naturalistic dimension when you raise things. It's like a sort of jelly consistency, you apply it with a toothpick/cocktail stick in blobs to support your fussy cut decoupage.
- a roll of double sided tape. This sort you stick onto your base, then you have to take off a paper layer to expose the top side's stickiness.
- a sheet of double sided sticky foam pads. Similar principle to the roll of tape, you peel it off the sheet, stick it to your base card or paper, then peel off the top bit of paper to expose the other side of the stickiness. This gives a raised up effect cos of the foam pad depth.
- Cocktail stick/ bamboo skewer - normally I'd use a cocktail stick to apply the CollAll glue, but these bamboo skewers were to hand. They're useful for nudging things into position and holding them down too, without marking the delicate paper one is using.
- Fussy Cutting Scissors - these are cheap decoupage scissors, they're quite fine with pointy ends so you can cut quite intricate features of your image
- Retractable Craft Knife. This one has a scalpel blade inside. I have another one that is like a mini stanley knife. I don't use a Guillotine, I use scalpel and a METAL RULER. Seriously, use a metal ruler and always understand which edge you cut against so you don't sever an artery!
- Pencil (HB) and eraser - for marking out positioning of images for glueing down and rubbing the marks away.
- Big paper scissors - for quick chopping of parts that don't matter. Mine are Fiskars, they used to be fabric scissors until someone used them for paper. Now they are paper scissors and my fabric scissors are hidden, far far away from people who might misuse them *shudder*
- An old catalogue as a glueing surface. This one happens to be House of Bruar which is a high end country clothes type shop. Good for a giggle - you should see the guy top to toe in blue tartan - tie, jacket, trousers AND slippers lol. Anyway, whatever you have to hand, I use it as a glueing surface, when I get glue on a page, turn it over and use the other side. At the end of the session, I tear out the pages I used and stick them in the bin.
- Metal ruler (as above for using with scalpel)
- Miscellaneous images to be turned into recycled cards (these are at the top leaning upright against my cutting machine).
If you aren't sure about the glue, personally I'd say you need a glue stick/ double sided tape and also if you want dimension, some double sided foam pads. Liquid PVA (I get mine from IKEA for a pound as wood glue) does in a pinch. But IF YOUR CARD is thin, don't use liquid glue, it'll buckle!
Today I decided to tackle the pile of calendar pictures.
|Old Wall Calendar - 4 or 5 duplicate images x 12|
I decided on a 12.5cm square card, and used double sided tape roll around the outsides, lifting up ONLY the ends of the tape at the corners. This means you have more scope to position the card nicely and also the ends of the tape give you something solid to lean on to stop the card base moving when you're adding the coloured card on top.
At this point I should like to mention that if I had actually glued my trousers to my own leg with a different glue earlier on when I thought I didn't need to use the catalogue cos nah, wasn't going to drop anything; this was not the moment at which I noticed nor is it something I'd admit in public ;) Moving on....
You could use foam pads instead, and the glue stick to give dimension to the middle and make sure the edges are flattish instead of the silicon glue.
Then I moved onto robins.
Exactly the same process, 3 cards - 2 decoupage and one left over. Decided to mount them on a mid brown card backing.
Then applied the foam padded card to the base mid brown card
I rather like it! Gives a bit more 'oomf' than just glueing the image to the background like I did with the pheasant.
And that's it, all 6 cards I did today - 4 decoupaged using the silicon glue, 1 just glued onto the background and one mounted on foam pads and an extra different coloured piece of card.
Bah! It's still coming out sideways! Anyway, I'm off to change my trousers (it's water soluble glue so that's good lol) - have a think what images you have at home on old calendars, in old diaries or magazines that you can make into cards! I'd love to see pics of what you've done, I'm always up for ideas!