Weird technique – doodle on…foil??

I can’t really say what made me think to try this, and even after doing it, I’m not 100% sure that I would do it often, but it was an interesting experiment.  I was cleaning the kitchen yesterday while our power was out and while tidying away the big box of heavy weight tin foil I just thought Huh.  I wonder…

I took the foil and some nice heavy cardstock and a glue stick.


Stuck the foil to the card – just try to get a super smooth application.


Dropped on a die shape.  Doodled with a rub-on tool

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Added some alcohol inks, although it looked OK plain I figured I might as well add some colour.


I made a card – and the flower is ALSO cut from foil-covered cardstock – I think it has a softer look than mirror card, and of course I can make as much of it as I want for pennies.


And just a couple of other samples, without colour:

foilsample foilsample2I rather like them, and think they might be fun for the kids to do at Christmas time.  It would be something you could do with stuff you have hanging around and just punching a hole or setting an eyelet in the top would let you hang then on a tree.  And you could even add a photo to the back, maybe a shot of them working on the ornament.

OMG!  Did I actually post a Christmas idea in JUNE??? What is wrong with me!? DOH!

Now, I have a strange sort of situation today – while killing time at the eye Dr. for DDs appointment, one of the nurses spied my quilting.  She and I had a long chat about it, and she is coming round today to look at DS’s tee-shirt quilt, with an eye towards making one for her sons.  Not what I expected when DD and I set out for the hospital, but we crafters do sometimes feel that instant common ground.  Hope she doesn’t think me an “expert” – I did TRY to tell her I am NOT, but if I can give her even a bit of help, to get her started, then it will be worth doing.


Doodle card done, for Dad – and a share from a reader!

I got that card sorted and happy with the result.  I did two things – first, I stamped the word with a Papermania alphabet then doodled inside it and cut it out.  Then I did the doodle inside the Nestie shape to create the focal point element.  Being that DH is a bit busy I know he hasn’t found time to read my blog in a while so I feel safe sharing this:

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I find Washi tape so useful to fill the gap when making an embossed background for a card when the folder isn’t big enough! I did a little pencil shading on this one and there are a couple of fab tutorials here.  I love it on the stripey curve in particular.

Now, I got a comment the other day from a reader named Beverly.  She made a couple of projects from my tutorials and I asked her to share them with me.  I wanted to share them with you so you could see that they are only ever a jumping off point for your own ideas. Here is her version of my circle tray/shelf card – she sort of combined the ideas from the original one (with the photo corners for adding a picture) and the attached butterflies from the Graphics Fairy printable one.  I think it turned out fab!  She tells me the backing butterfly is glittery embossed, which you don’t see in the photo very well:



But she didn’t stop there!  She also made a Word book.  I love the patchwork back cover so much!  I believe she said they are for her grand-daughter’s (?) birthday later in the month.




I just love getting to see how people use my stuff, so thanks so much to Bev for sharing, and for letting ME share with YOU.  I think her versions couldn’t be farther away from my samples, and I hope this gets people thinking of how they can take my basic idea and run away with it.


WOYWW 210 – ATCs and doodles

My WOYWW desk is relatively tidy this week, cause I am working on doodles and need it to be clear.  I do have my ATC binder out – you’ll see why later.




There is a little test sample of doodling in a Nestie there, but I have a new one planned. That’ll be what I am working on today.


I mentioned a day or two ago in the other sample post that I wanted to try my vinyl stencils within the Nestie shapes. Like it was something new. DOH!  I am losing my mind, clearly, because remember this? DH’s doodled iPad cover?


Yep.  Used a vinyl stencil on it.  Talked about it in great length.  In 2011.  Forgot all about it.  It was one of the same stencils I grabbed yesterday and that was the remember-trigger.


I am also planning a word with some letter stamps – I know the stamps will work as well as the stencils would, and either way they need to be hand-cut.

I wanted to showcase the ATCs from the WOYWW 4th anniversary, so here is my official swap from Sandy at Lonelycards (Australia) and it’s just so sweet – hand-painted, don’tcha know?


and one from Annette (also Australia – and mine went to Ros C in Australia) which is totally vintage and lovely.



And here they are in the page protectors, with the rest of the WOYWW ones:


From: Sandy and Annette, then Cardarian, Crafty Gashead Zo, Donna Louise, Helen (H)


From: Kyla, Fairy Thoughts Janet and Shazsilverwolf (and one random one of mine peeking in at the bottom)




Zentangle in Nesties

So yesterday when I was cleaning and packing, I had the TV on with one of the Craft Channels wittering away in the background.  I happened to see a bit of a show with someone named (I think) Mel and Zentangle.  She was doing the doodling within a stencil, which I thought was actually a pretty cool idea.  I had not seen that before, but she was right, it totally breaks down the area to doodle in into small, manageable chunks.  I don’t own any of the metal stencils, and was not keen to splash the cash on them, because I am pretty sure I would use them pretty minimally and I have enough stuff in my stash that I use minimally, I don’t need more! But I did like the idea, and have not Zentangled since I did DH his iPad cover….or maybe it was one of the BIG CARDS, can’t remember.

Anyway, the point is I had a think about stuff I had in my stash that might do similar to the stencils, and I immediately thought of my Nestie.  The presenter mentioned that yo could emboss the tangled shape with the metal stencil after doodling, and that made me think Well, what about cutting it out? So I grabbed a couple and had a bit of a play this morning (anything to take my mind off DD and her trip and her being gone for the whole of the week! Missing her already….)

A couple of issues.  I laid the shape on the paper and taped it down with a smidge of tape. When tracing inside the Nestie, you may find, as I did, that the dies has some little burrs on the edges.  You either need to skip them and fill in, skip them and connect the lines, or skip them and rotate the die to a no-burr area to complete the line.



Then I doodled.  Remember, it’s been maybe a year since I’ve done this, and I was never an expert at it.  BIG issue, for me anyway.  Cut me some slack {grin}



I simply used the bumps to divide up the shape and did a different doodle in each area.

Then I cut out the shape with the die – I like that tracing the shape inside the die means that you get a thin white border when you cut it.  Of course putting that cut shapes on white card probably doesn’t help you see that.



I did another one, again using the bumps in the die but doodled the entire area with a single pattern.  I was also experimenting with the pencil shading, but no idea where I’ve stashed my blending stump – I may have a better chance of locating my blending pencil.  I did that one on very thin card, and am not mad-keen on it, but I’ll share it so you get the idea.  Either way, small areas of an overall pattern, it works. Like quilting, after a long time away you kinds need to “warm up” with some throw-away samples to regain your flow.

Cut a black circle, then pop-dotted it on a dotty embossed card blank.  I added a couple of thin strips of silver Washi tape along the edges, since the folder isn’t wide enough to cover the whole front.



It’s not the most stunning card ever, and by no means the best doodling either, but I liked it well enough to complete something and tuck it into my emergency card stash. And more to the point, I think it gives you an idea for something fun you can do with stuff you may already have.  I think I may have to have a bash with my plastic stencils too, and see how they work,  although there would be no way to cut it out without the dies.  It might work to trace the die, then overlay a stencil and trace that within the shape, then doodle and cut, but will it be worth it in the end?  Not sure.  I do know I have a lot of simple shape Nesties and there is plenty of room for experimentation here.  So I guess that’s what I’ll be doing…..


BIG CARDS – Ace of Spades

DONE! And I have had Lemmy in my head all morning, singing The Ace of SPADES. The Ace of SPADES…

I went back and re-visited the doodling for this one. If you remember, the last time I did this was probably doodling DHs iPad cover.  Gosh looking at this I see some areas I really like and forgot all about.  Oh well….

I don’t care what they say about the whole Zen aspect of it, I find it quite stressful.  I do zone out a bit while I am doing it, but then if I make a little mistake (or OMG a BIG one) then I am just no longer in any way ZEN.  But I got there in the end.

I am not keeping up with my lettering class very well (just SO busy) but one thing I did manage was to get a set of the Faber Castell Pitt pens.  Love them totally.  Yu can see I used a combo of them, of my black Copic, some Sharpies and some Micron pens to get to the end. Actually one of the lessons is doodling inside letters so maybe I’m not doing as bad as I thought LOL!

Am I 100% happy with the final one?  No.  Some areas irritate me (WTF?  That lone curl? WHAT was I thinking??) other bits I love.  This motif has to be my favourite (so much so I used it twice!)

Oh dear.  Up close you can see how less-than-perfect it is! I also like this bit:

So now I have a week to consider my plan for the Hearts.  I know I am missing the Queen (used if for a Stampotique Challenge card ages ago) so not sure if I will start at the ACE this time (maybe by the time I get to the Jack  of Hearts I’ll have found another deck of the huge cards at Tiger again – so far, no luck at my local one) or take a week off.  Pretty manic on the home front these next two weeks, so that might be the plan.



Letter Love

I know what I’m like – I rarely commit to a class as I know my follow thru is rubbish.  But I saw a link in a newsletter I get from Cloth Paper Scissors for an Artful Lettering video download. As I have said MANY times, I am not fond of my handwriting so I had a look. I downloaded the 70+ minute video class and really, liked it a lot.  I then went looking for more info on the instructor, Joanne Sharpe.  Lo and behold she had a 29 day class (Letter Love 101) starting YESTERDAY.  I dithered and dithered for a bit, worried it might be not-enough-different to the CPS class, but an email from Joanne set my mind at ease and I booked it. There are a few more on the site that I may take at a later date, as they all look good.

The first lesson was to make a covered composition book to use for a Letter Love practice journal.. Now I’ve never seen the traditional b&w composition books I remember from my childhood days here in the UK, so instead I had a rummage thru a shelf of blank books I keep and found these two possibilities:

We do seem to have a LOT of computer conference notebooks – I wonder why?  Anyway, I felt the Apple one was a bit too small and really liked the window on the Java one so went for that.  The paper inside is lined like a composition book baut a nice weight.  Not sure if I will do as suggested and glue two pages together throughout – and if I did how?  Glue stick or brush on PVA?

I’ve made progess on my cover and used (surprise, surprise) my various foam stamps AGAIN.  They worked well – I am particularly liking the embossed one.

The center window needs filling, and it has to be lettering, and I am feeling the Dr. Strangelove-love so it will riff off that.  But it’ll be tomorrow, as we have the most terrifically busy week this week, all to do with DD are her various events (including a PROM, which needs some sewing and some altering – she really doesn’t want to wear her leg splint and I didn’t want to buy two pairs of shoes, even if I could find appropriate ones for a dressy event, so the little ballet flats need straps to hold them on) and time is thin on the ground.

I am ever hopeful my WOYWW 3rd anniversary ATC will arrive from the Phillipines before tomorrow’s post, but it’s not here yet so it might not.  If it doesn’t I have a back up.  See you then!


doodling is DONE!

Well, it was hardly ZEN but it’s finally done!!

I am totally NOT the relaxed, “just doodle it and it will work out” person that I suspect you really need to be to embrace this art form.  I agonized over every area, hated some of them as soon as I put the pen to the pad-cover, second guessed myself continuously, and probably ended up more stressed rather than less at the end.  LOL!  The couple of things you need to know:

Sharpies ROCK! I tested out lots of pens, on the hidden hinge area, and found Sharpies work great.  Bic Mark it! markers work great (but they have a funny idea of what the term “Fine Point” means) and the Uni Super Ink markers work too but while they are lovely and rich black, they are a little glossy and leave very visible stroke marks.  I can live with that, but you may not be able to.

And here is a total surprise – Copics work great! I suspect Promarkers will too.  While you can’t blend very well on the cover material (although I didn’t try that, it seems a reasonable assumption, certainly on ORANGE) you can use all the colours of the rainbow to doodle if you want. Not very zendoodle either, but fun.

Another tip, also the opposite of Zen, for people who don’t equate messing up a small paper sample with messing up an iPad cover, is to get yourself a transparency sheet.  Lay it over the cover, and doodle in the area you want to fill.

This could actually be a handy tip for on-paper doodlers as well, if you are working on a large piece and wouldn’t be happy if it wasn’t “perfect” (it didn’t help me make mine PERFECT, but it did help in some areas when I thought Oh wouldn’t that fill look great there? then tested it and thought YUK! Hate that!

And I really struggle to draw a smooth curve and neat ROUND circles.  Mine always look more oblong, and I am incapable of keeping things in a straight line or repeating anything exactly so I found the Crafter’s Workshop templates to be VERY handy for all those swoops.  Yes, yes – I KNOW that s not what it is all about, but really, it would have been total rubbish if I depended on my eye for spacing.

what else?  Ah, I found this site to be very helpful – they have LOADS of patterns to learn.

That’s it.  I think I want to get a white cover and have a go on that, maybe with Copics.  But I need a bit of a break from doodling for a bit….