Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Slight Delay

Hello to all our lovely followers.... just letting you know there will be a day or two delay with the project this month.

The lovely Barb is heading off overseas for a ten day holiday and I will be doing the October project with you in her abscense.

It should be up by Saturday 2nd (Australian time) which is the day before in the US...

see you then :-)


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


This month we have a variation of the 'Take Ten' cards.. its a 10 minute card OR an ATC.

The main images of the bird backgrounds were made using Photoshop and PS brushes, the sheet is a free download at

It contains 3 ATC sized and two card sized images ready to print on transparency


  • Transparency sheet (you can use the free sheet and print from your computer or use a prepurchased one)
  • 6" x 4" glossy photo paper
  • 2 sheets of cardstock to suit the alcohol ink colours (I used Black and Rust)
  • Alcohol inks - 3 colours that work well together, I used Adirondack Rust, Lettuce and Gold
  • Alcohol ink applicator
  • Blending Solution in fine spray bottle
  • Craft mat
  • Krylon Pen
  • Double sided tape
  • Eyelet setter (I used my crop-a-dile)
  • Word to go on your card.. I used the Tim Holtz Adage tickets but you can use anything.
  • distress ink to age your word

Squirt the Inks

Lay your craft sheet down and squirt the alcohol inks onto it.

give it a good spray with the blending solution... if using the Adirondack alcohol inks you do need to use the Adirondack Blending Solution - but if you are using Pinata Alcohol inks then good old Methylated Spirits works just as well for a fraction of the price!

Next, place your photo paper, glossy side down on top of inks and press and 'smoosh' the card around.


When you lift the card up you end up with a lovely mottled effect. This is great as a background behind transparencies, but you can also stamp on it if desired

Apply tape to transparency

Cut out the transparency leaving a border around the black edge.

place double sided tape on the back of transparency in this border. This excess will be cut away - the tape is to postion it flat so that the eyelets can be applied

Attach To Background

peel the paper from the tape and place it on your pretty alchol ink background.

Being transparent you can position the image where you like to make the most of your background.

Press down to secure.

Eyelets and Trim

Now that your transparency is sitting flat, you can add an eyelet to each corner to secure it permantly.

Once secured trim your image along the black border line

Mount on Cardstock

Cut a peice of cardstock a quarter of an inch bigger all around than the transparency and attach your transparency card to it with double sided tape.


Go around the edge with your Krylon pen

Attach To Card Blank

To create your card blank, cut a peice of cardstock
9 1/2" x 5 3/4" and fold to create a card 4 3/4" x 5 3/4" (hamburger fold).

Place double sided tape on back of card front, and attach to card blank.

Add the sentiment

Finally, add your chosen word or sentiment. (Age the edge of your word with the distress ink)

If you are making an ATC the principle is the same, just on a smaller scale. The transparency for the ATC are slightly smaller than ATC size so that when you mount it on your ATC blank you have a narrow border

Enjoy! dont forget to post a comment and leave the link if you do this project, would love to see what you all come up with :-)


PS.. the bird image I used on the ATC can be snaffled below :-)