Sunday, January 22, 2012

Photo Cubes

These are 3 1/2 inch pine photo blocks that I purchased from  part # SQH350.  They are $3.50/each.  They do have various sizes to choose from, however for the directions for cutting your photos, I have used the 3 1/2 inch size photo blocks.

I used  Rub 'n Buff  gold leaf and a cosmetic sponge to rub gold leaf on all the edges.  You could paint with acrylic paint too in your color choice.

Here are my blocks with all the edges rubbed with gold leaf.  They are ready to put the pictures on now.

Cut your photo template at around 3 3/8 inches square(or slightly less) for the 3 1/2 inch pine photo blocks.  You could cut this out of tranparent plastic like tranparencies you would use on a projector.  This will allow you to see your picture before you cut it.  Use the template to cut your photos to size. 

Paint one side with Modge Podge adhesive brushing out to the edges.

Center a photo on top of the Modge Podge.  Left dry for a minute before moving on to the next side.

Once you have all your sides covered with photos....put an additional layer of Modge Podge OVER each photo painting it on evenly.  You will want to do the 4 sides first and let them dry for a while before doing the top and bottom photos.  You don't want to smudge your sides by trying to paint on the Modge Podge to the top and bottom photos before they are completely dry.  Layout your photos like the template below. The reason for rotating the photos is if you put all 4 sides with the photos right-side will never see your photo on the bottom.  If you put them like the template will always have 2 photos side by side with the photos upright...which allows you to turn your photo block upside down to see the bottom photo.

Happy Birthday Betty

Sunny and bright birthday wishes to our friend Betty! Who couldn't use something cheerful during the dreary days of winter? This 5' x 7" card was made using Bazzill solid color papers, CoreColors by coredinations and BoBunny Back to Basics Dots. I used the Cuttlebug dotted folder to add texture to the green leaves and ran an ink pad over the dots for a little more color. White stitch lines added even more interest and the buttons were just too cute to pass up. Check out the video on uTube with instructions unmaking a bow using only a fork. Really cool and you don't have to fumble making the traditional ones!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011

It's not too late to start getting ideas for next year's cards! LOL Here are the two I made for 2011. The Flower Soft idea was something I'd been toying with for a while so it was time to finally use it! Very pretty; I can't wait to try out their spring colors and flower pots to decorate.

A close-up of the tiny Flower Soft pieces: Vintage Christmas and Polar White. The lantern scenes and the gold adhesive braid is from flower Soft. Maybe someone knows a trick to using it but it acted just like glitter: all over everything ! Great effect though; the cutaway deckle edge on the card front and the deckle edge trim inside really made the colors stand out.

This card was made by layering your Christmas papers and using the BIGZ die, Tree, Christmas Layered. It was fun to use up all those small scraps of paper. The tree was glued to a white card distressed with Tim Holtz Tea Dye. I distressed some of the paper edges, pierced the corners and used a dimensional glue dot only on the star.