Saturday, November 17, 2018

Journals ~ 3 x 5 Cards

Hello!  I told you I'd be back!
I am here with some of the 3 x 5 cards I have decorated, and a few ways I've used them so far. I find that decorating 3 x 5 cards is not overwhelming, I can play around and if I really dislike it, I can just toss it with little loss.  It's a good way to practice, find what you like and don't like, try new techniques, and use up some little bits and bobs.

Warning!  This post is photo heavy.  If the photos are too small, click on them - they will enlarge.

I have purchased at Tuesday Morning, two batches of Tattered Angels sprays.  They have a bit of a shine to them, which I love.  However, the sprays don't always come out as fine as I'd like them to. They have large droplets that I don't love.  I guess transferring them to bottles with a finer mist spray, or a better sprayer, would help, but I don't know that I care to go to all that trouble.  Then there are the labels - which wouldn't be transferable.  So it's kind of a bummer and a hassle.  However, I do love the looks of the sprays and most of the colors, and I got them at a good price since I purchased them at Tuesday Morning.

Here are some of the cards - some are sprayed with the Tattered Angels mists, and some are done with the Distress Ink Pads, and some with Archival Ink Pads (I have sets of both in the mini pads).

Below, you can see a card (sorry about the lighting).  The first photo is the front of the card where I sprayed.  The 2nd photo is where I flipped the card over. I've cut some composition book paper from a Dollar Tree book to fit behind the card.  I stapled the paper to the card, but I don't like the look of the staple, and I decided to cover it with shiny metallic thin Washi tape.  I really like it now.

 The little booklet is now tucked inside a pocket I made, using another 3 x 5 card, which I covered with a tea bag (save those tea bags you make your tea to stain the papers with!).  I dry the tea in a bowl, which takes a couple of days.  When it's dry, or almost dry, I carefully open the bag, remove the tea inside (dump in the trash, not down your drain!), carefully open the bags along the seam, and lay them on paper towels to dry. They dry very quickly.  I stamped a teapot and a teacup onto the bag, glued the bag to the 3 x 5 card, and glued the card around 3 edges to make the pocket.

 I used my Distress ink pads and a dauber to spread the ink around on the surface of the cards here.  When they were dry, I used various stamps to stamp with, in different colors.
These two are the fronts of the cards.

These two are the backs of the cards above.There are very faint stamps on this side, but I wanted to keep this side for writing on.
Close up of the card

This card is sprayed with Tattered Angels sprays for the background, dried, then stamped with various stamps, added a couple of pieces of torn book pages, and a ticket.  

 And this is the flip side - the brown craft paper at the bottom can be a tiny tuck spot as I left the top open.  There is a bit of cheesecloth glued under the edge of the brown craft paper, more
stamping, and another bit of book page.
Here I used Distress Ink with a dauber on the background, then stamped with a silver ink.  The falling stars are embossed, which of course you can't see in the photo, and the star outlines aren't embossed. 

This is the flip side - which I did NOT emboss - and it can be written on. The stamping again is very faint so writing with a pen would be easily seen.
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 Here is a falling heart stamp, on a Distress Ink rubbed background.
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This is the flip side of the above card, again, with very faint stamping so it can easily be written on.
More examples of cards below, done is the same fashion as the ones above, with different stamps and inks. 

Below is a signature cover I made, using a copy of a 12 x 12 page out of a paper packet.  I rounded the corners, inked the edges, and the back side/inside of it is a different, more faint pattern.
I sued a sprayed (with Tattered Angels spray), 3 x 5 card with rounded edges, then stamped with an alphabet stamp on it.  This is a garden journal.  I glued around the bottom and 2 side edges, so this is a pocket which a tag fits into. 

The tag that fits into the pocket is a copy I made which comes from the same book as the paper I used for the cover. I put lines on the back in pencil so they are faint. 

Some of the cards I used Distress Ink stamping pad on, using a dauber for the background. I then stamped on them.

Here are more examples of cards. I tried to show close ups but the shine doesn't show on camera.


Below is another example of how I've used 3 x 5 cards, and one larger card that I made out of card stock and made a huge tag out of it.  It was so big, and the pocket was too, I used cotton lace across the center of the page to help hold the tag in.  It works great!

The paper cutout is taped to the tag, can be turned over to write on. The back of the tag can also be written on. 

I have a cute little punch that makes these corner holders, so I punched the corners of a 3 x 5 card with it, then took this paper and cut it down to fit into the corner holders.  I really like the EK punches, but from my research, I believe they don't make them with the "whale tail" handle anymore.  It's too bad, these are the best punches I have!

The back of the 3 x 5 card tag can be written on because hey, the lines already exist!  

These are just some of the ways I've used these tags.  I'll be posting some others in the next few days.  Today is getting away from me, so I need to skedaddle!  

Craft happy, take care, and have a GREAT day!  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Journals ~ Eco Dyeing --- PHOTO HEAVY

Hello!  I have really been immersing myself in the journal making. It's SO much fun and I can be SO creative.
Of course, YouTube has helped me a LOT.

I previously showed some coffee dyed papers I made.  The coffee smelled very strong.  Some people on FB recommended using vanilla, or essential oils, but I don't think I'd like that smell either.  Someone else said to rinse the papers and that would possibly reduce the smell.  I might try that.

However, I decided to tea stain the next batch of papers. I love how they came out.  I can't say they look much different, but the process was SO stinkin easy - and speaking of stinkin, they don't smell either!  LOL  I just ran hot water in a quart Mason jar, dunked in about 12 teabags, let it steep for almost an hour, then took it all downstairs.  I had a plastic tub I dumped it into, in the utility sink, and spread all the papers out on 2 six foot tables, as well as a grooming table and card table shoved together, all with vinyl table cloths over them. Overnight, the papers were dry.  Stuff dries very quickly because the unfinished part of the basement is where the furnace is, and since we are currently having winter weather with sleet, ice and rain - gotta love Virginia - the papers dry SO fast! I thought I had photos, but alas, I do not. I will take some next time I tea dye - which will probably be later today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I decided to try Eco dyeing some paper.  I had some watercolor paper, which I saw on YT (that's where I learn everything!) is what to use.  Regular copy paper doesn't stand up to the hot water for 2 hours.  I have a large pot that I used to use for wool dyeing.  I had some hardware cloth to place in the bottom so the paper packets didn't sit directly on the bottom of the pot. I placed the paper packets on the hardware cloth, covered the papers with water well over the top of the paper, and weighed the stuff down with a small brick I wrapped in foil (because it was dirty).  Ya can't use anything too big - I saw someone on YT that used a huge rock - then when it was time to take the stuff out, the rock was too heavy to lift out safely without being splashed by hot water. No thanks. I have enough trouble staying out of harm's way!  Ha!

 Unfortunately the frost killed off everything I could use....the yard had some leaves that weren't totally destroyed, so I did get a few of those. Above, a huge oak leaf.  Lots of those in the yard.
 I don't know what these berries are.  There are red ones, and purple ones.  I was hoping the berries would make an imprint on the papers, even if they didn't add much color.  This did NOT happen though.  I won't bother with berries again.
 Above are a few flowers from the Azalea plant that strangely bloomed in October.  I don't think I've ever seen that.  The few blooms that remained semi-alive were underneath, away from the frost. They were wilted but they still made a small impression on the paper.
 Here is a  paper packet. I wrapped it in parchment paper because I didn't have anything else. I've seen people use steel plates, pieces of plastic, and other things.  All I could think of was the parchment paper.   This is used to keep the paper edges from ripping from the string you have to tie tightly around the packets in order to keep everything in place.
I failed to get photos of them wrapped. I will try to do better next time I do something!

I placed the pot on the stove with the cover on it, brought the water to a boil, then lowered the temp to a simmer.  Left it this way - not unattended of course - for 2 hours.  I removed the cover, poured out the hot water (very carefully) into the sink, and safely removed the foil covered brick.  I removed the paper packets and let them cool in the sink about 20 minutes, then carried them to the basement and unwrapped them, laying them out on the vinyl cloth covered tables.  They dried really nicely.



Now that I see the dried papers, I can certainly tell that a lot more happened than I initially thought.  The berries may, or may not, have added to some of the colors.  There were also some orange berries in there.  Also some small branches from a fir tree, which at first, I didn't think did anything, but if you look closely enough, you can see faint outlines on some of the pages.  I even used some fallen bark from an oak tree.  There were a couple of maple leaves, but I couldn't really find anything that were still in tact and not all dried up or had holes in them.  I also used 2 types of tall grass that are growing in the yard, and though I didn't think that came out either, there is faint telling of them as well. I'm pretty pleased.  I will do this again, next year, when there is fresh growth - probably summer and fall.  This paper is very heavy so I will probably use it as covers for the signatures, or inserts/sections I place inside the journals.

I hope you've enjoyed this little part of my journey.  I like to call my journals journey journals because I hope that people use them no matter what journey they are on in their lives.  :-)

More to come - next up - decorating 3 x 5 cards!  FUN!

Take care and thanks for looking in.