Inchie Folder and Polymer Inchies

 One of the members of my Yahoo Inchies 1×1 group, Juliet, sent me a clever inchie folder. I loved it but it only held 2 sets of 4 inchies each.  It was great for our mingles, but our swaps were 6 inchies each so I wanted something that would hold multiples of 6.  This folder holds 6 sets of 6 inchies each (36 inchies total) and fits into a standard business size envelope (4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″).

I started with a piece of Bazzill cardstock because it is a good heavy weight.  I cut it to a rectangle that was 8″ x 9 1/4″ and folded it to make a 4″ x 9 1/4″ folder.

I used lightweight decorative paper for the inserts.  I cut 6 pieces that were 4″ x 3 3/4″ and then folded the short edges down 3/4″ .  I ended up with inserts that were 3/4″ x 2 3/8″.

To attach the inserts I first ran a line of glue on the backs and then placed them evenly inside the folder.  To make the pockets I measured off 1 1/4″ spaces and then placed staples there.

  I will someday try running lines of sewing down the pockets instead of staples.  This would keep from having the bumps that you get with the staples.  I’m just not sure how sturdy the pockets would be.  If someone tries this , let me know how it works.

Polymer Guild Inchie Swap

     The Mile High Polyer Clay Guild had an inchie swap this April.  These are a few of the inchies I made.

These are a few of the inchies I received.  The diversity of techniques was amazing: faux raku, mokume gane, textures, transfers, tiny fish canes, flower canes, faux malachite,  multiple layers of color covered with resin, lots of PearlEx and some awesome 3D ones.  I loved this swap!

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Hearts Are Many Colored Things

You’d think that since red is my favorite color I would go crazy with it for Valentines day cards.  I guess it is  contrariness on my part-nobody is going to tell me what color to make my hearts!

So here is an overview of Valentine cards I have made over the years.

Red , gold and wire

Copper, purple and black

 

Pink and silver. Fusible web, cupboard lining, silver embossing powder.

Blue, green and purple. Watercolor.

 

Red, green and blue. Guilding.

Assorted browns. Copper leaf.

Pink and black.

Gold and black. Metal tubing.

Pink, brown and copper. Copper mesh.

Blue and yellow

Russet and gray. Russet PearlEx.

Purple and green. Alcohol inks on polymer clay.

Kraft and gray. Cork paper background.

Pink, gray and kraft.

And finally a red one!

Black and red. Die cut letters and texture plates

I missed a few colors…I wonder what an orange hearts would look like?  Oh, the possibilities.

Christmas Card

This will be a short post since I have been , and still am, running around like crazy.  Handbell concerts, company and getting ready for Christmas all take a lot of time.

I had forgotten I had made this card, but I think it is appropriate for this season. The God of all the universe sends his son Jesus to earth, and the heavens declare  His glory. Grace, mercy, love, righteousness, all attributes of God the Father, will be shown in the Son as well.

Polymer Clay Embellishments

Since I really don’t have a gift for polymer clay I have a lot of bits and pieces- mostly happy accidents.  Unfortunately they do not lend themselves to jewelry making so they just sit there.

One day last year I got an idea- why not use the pieces as ambellishments on cards?  I liked the idea, and so did the magazine Polymer Cafe, so my cards were published in the December 2009 issue.

You might assume that after the article I would have used all my polymer pieces up, but boy would you be wrong!  I sometimes wonder if those little buggers get together and make baby polymer pieces.  Since I still have numerous clay pieces left I decided to make several more cards to share with you. All have clay pieces on them, and most have other embellishments as well.  Hope you enjoy them and maybe start a fire in your imagination.

Have a great week.

B&R (Black & Red)

I can’t help it, but black and red is my all-time favorite color combo. This is a journal of my color journey from the very beginning of my cardmaking days to the present.  I hope you enjoy it and learn a thing or two.

Made in 1998, this card was one that I assembled into kits (75 of them) and took to Haiti for a class I taught there.  It was crude, but I was new at this card making thing.  It used the newest toy at the time- a  crimper (how far we have come)!

 

In 2001 I acquired some shadow stamps, so I used them on this card.  Seeing some mesh background over-stamp on scratch paper gave me the idea of first stamping a mesh background and then stamping and embossing red flowers on top.

 I learned a bunch about PearlEx in 2003 .  PE brushed on an image inked with Versamark gave a lovely shimmer, and polymer clay and PE were made for each other.  Combining PE and embossing powder greatly extended my color repertoire.  The flowers above used this embossing powder.  Finding out that I could make watercolors out of the stuff really cranked my tractor!  I ended up making little pots of all the colors of PE there were.  I used black PE watercolor to fill in the centrs of the flowers.  

My 2005 “Black and White Series” included this red floral one as well black/green, black/yellow, black/purple and black/green cards.

In De3cember of 2009 I submitted an artricle in Polymer Cafe showcasing my cards that contained  polymer clay embellishments.  I decided not to put this one in the article, but I did love all the textures.

I just finished  this ATC for a Black White and Red challenge.  The card had to be mostly black &  white and the red had to fit in with the theme of the card.  Somehow a sunburned zebra seemed to fit the bill and the caption reminded me of a Far Side cartoon.

The card at the top of the page is my most recent endeavor, made for the MOJO Monday  challenge. I love the papers I used.  The black and white print which has a plastic covering was acquired from Paper Source .  I don’t remember  where I got the black paper with the shiny dots, which is a shame because there in not much of it left.

The winners of the Blog Candy from last week are Kim Machrer and Nicole Ewing.  Congrats, and have fun with them!

Button It Up

 

Bollybutton

I signed up for an ATC swap.  The theme is “buttons”. While I have a fairly large collection of buttons, but they are rather uninspiring.  Fortunately I had just come back from a trip to San Francisco.  While I was there I  made a stop at a Paper Source store (when, oh when, are they going to bring a store to Denver???).  The  three papers I used for “Bollybutton” reminded me of India, hence the name. Plain orange buttons never looked so good.

That  card was the only one that I used apparel buttons for embellishment.  Since the directions didn’t say that only clothing buttons were allowed I cruised around my studio looking for other materials that I could drill two holes into.  There were a lot of possibilities.

Copper Mine

I found some polymer clay discs that I had made some time back – they were just shouting out “pick me, pick me”.  Since I had highlighted the discs with copper PearlEx I decided to brush some of it onto the ATC as well.  Did I mention that I love PearlEx?  A copper gel pen and some beads finished off the card.

Birch Grove

Several years ago my hubby and I took a trip back East.  As we were tromping through the forest one day I spied some birch bark on the ground.  I was sure that I would use it somehow, so I brought it home.  I saw it in the drawer and decided to try to punch circles out of it.  To my surprise it punched beautifully with no cracking .

Also sometime in the past I hadpurchased a large background stamp that looked like  a grove of trees- tree trunks, actually.  Once I got it home I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so it became another one of those neglected stamps.  As I was going through my background stamp collection for this ATC I came across the stamp  and realized that it would be perfect for the card.  I used cocoa pigment ink and clear embossing powder for a subtle texture.  I’m not usually a beige/brown kind of  girl, but I really like this card.  It is very simple, but the buttons seemed to demand simplicity.

Gators Love Oranges

I also found some discs that were made of shrink plastic.  They had great computer-generated graphics on them so I got out my trusty hand drill and “voila”, buttons.

I used the polished stone technique on the card itself and the strip of green paper on top reminded me of alligator hide.  I enjoy this card because it has lots of colors and lots of textures.

Blueberry Buckle

The blue button  on this ATC is a computer-generated art piece that I laminated on both sides and then embossed using the CB “Tiny Bubbles” folder.  I also embossed the ATC itself with the “Forest Branches ” folder.

I  found a ball of crochet thread that had the same colors as the button so I punched holes in the ATC and threaded the thread through and around the card using the channels left by the embossing folder as a guide.

Vanda Lemon

The button on this ATC is simply a yellow piece of corrugated cardboard with Stickles flooded into the grooves.  The yellow and orchid paper was another purchase from Paper Source.

I was sorry to have only needed 6 cards because there was still Paper Clay, Friendly plastic,  and other materials out there to be plyed with.  Oh well, some other time.  Maybe some inchie group will have a button challenge-hint, hint!

What is in your studio that you can’t bear to get rid of but can’t seem to use?  Think outside the box and “repurpose”!