Melbourne Scrapbook and papercraft show…..

Rikki here, thought I’d pop in and say hi….. i’ts getting to that time of year already…. Papercraft Expos and that means more things to “Need”! I know the staff at Stix2 Anything are packing and I am sure they will have some special deals for you at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Show this weekend –  for anyone that is going they will be at STALL 6 – just near the entrance!!!

So to get you inspired before you go to the show….. it’s amazing how just by using a little A4 Sheets Double Sided Foam you can transform a layout…. and I must say I love the A4 sheets because you can cut them to any size you need….

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(Based on Inspired Blueprints sketch)

So for those who are going to the  Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Show this weekend (lucky Ducks) have fun and pop in and say hi and get inspired by the Design Team works….

Backgrounds and Layering

Hi, Rikki here and I am excited as this is my first post for Stix2 Anything and my first tutorial I have ever done hope you enjoy it.

With the heat over here in the West seeming like it will never end I thought that it would be great to do a layout about Summer, and when I saw the Stix2 A4 Masking sheets I knew what I wanted to do and hoped that it wouldn’t get lost in translation (and you will be pleased to know it didn’t).

For this you will need to decide what your background colours will be I would recommend 2 to 3 colours at the most. Once you have done that, grab your Stix2 non-stick crafting sheet and here we go….

Step 1:

Grab a piece of cardstock and texture paste and apply it all over your cardstock as your working add some texture, for this one as you can see I used a kitchen spatula.

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Once you complete this step set it aside to dry this could take a couple of hours and its best to leave it to dry naturally so the cardstock doesnt buckle. Once it is dry you need to paint the entire background with White Gesso and leave it to dry overnight. While you’re waiting for it to dry grab your Craft sheet and go and give it a  bit of a scrub in the kitchen sink as you will need it for the inking……

Step 2:

For this layout I wanted to make a large Chevron background so grab your masking sheets and measure out your strips ( you will need to divide the 12×12 layout into 2 so you can use the A4 sheets), the gaps are around 5 cm apart and equal. Because the layout has the texture paste you will need to use a scraper or something like that to push the sticky side of the Masking sheet down – pay attention to the edges. Complete your whole page…..

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Now to get the Chevron pattern, I start with a triangle (as seen above), work with any size triangle that you would like as long as the base is longer than the two sides, cut it out and stick it on the page as long as the top tip is in the centre of the page, this is important as it sets the tone of the Chevron pattern……

Step 3:

Lay your masking sheet on the centre line and follow the side of the triangle to get your first strip then measure 5cm along the masking sheet to get your next line and follow that along making sure that the line is perpendicular to the last, once you have completed the whole sheet use your cutter and cut them out…..

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Once you have cut them out stick them on the page missing ever second strip so you have something like this below…..

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Step 4:

Now you have your whole page masked off its time for the fun stuff, for this layout I used Tim Holtz Distress inks Peacock and Salty Ocean. Starting off with Salty ocean work your way around the page where you haven’t masked off, start off light and as you build it up add-on more ink to make it darker. Once you are happy with the blue start adding in the peacock colour doing the same technique by adding in darker patches so you will end up with something like the photo below…..

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Also at this point you can add in some little mists of your favourite brands I used Dylusions mist as it co ordinates with the inks.

Step 5:

So once you have let the ink dry you can remove the Masking sheet ( if you need to do another layout with a similar background pull them off and stick them to back of your craft sheet so they are ready to go). You should end up with like something below……

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Step 6:

Now with your blue ink work over the top of the white chevron pattern making sure you the inking nice and pale……. so you end up with something like this…..

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This is your background completed now we move to the layering part. So grab all your embellishments and pattern papers cut them to the sides you need. The key is to position all your elements and not stick it down.

Step 7:

Once you have you layout take a quick picture with your phone or camera so you remember where to stick everything. The key to layering is figuring out what you what to highlight and use your Stix2 A4 Double Sided Foam mount sheet cut up what you need into strips or like in the stars case I just stuck it on one of the sticky sides and cut around the star.

 

So once you have figured out all your layers and foam mounted all your embellishments and papers and photo its time to construct…..

Step 8:

For your first layer use the foam mount in strips remembering to add one in middle so as you add the other embellishments it won’t collapse in the middle…. use your Stix 2 Double Sided tape and stick your next layer down.

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To add more height to your photo layer use two layers of the foam mount and you can do that with all the other embellishments like the banner in this layout.

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Using a Quilling tool glue stick or Stix2 Hobby and Craft PVA Glue with a metal nib pen add your twine and all the finer things on your layout.

The Finished Layout:

 

And for a close up……

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Hope this inspires you to get creative with some of the great products from Stix2 Anything…..

A quick shopping list here for you:

Stix2 A4 Masking sheets

Stix2 non-stick crafting sheet

Stix2 A4 Double Sided Foam

Stix 2 Double Sided tape

Stix2 Hobby and Craft PVA Glue

Design Team Inspiration – Washi Tape Christmas Card

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Hello Everyone, Jennifer here today with my first official post for Stix2Anything!
Being on a tight budget, versatility is a very important thing for me, so today I wanted to show you how versatile the Stix2 products can be!

I have Stix2 stencil tape, it’s a low tac tape designed to adhere, be removed, and re-adhere a number of times for using in stencilling (holding the stencil in place while using different medium for effect)
I’m sure you’ve seen the popularity explosion of Washi tape – well I have so many stamps – and over 80 ink pads that also I’m compulsive and purchase Washi tape – I also make my own using stencil tape!

First you design your card and decide on the colour and style you need.
Then you adhere a length of the stencil tape to your Stix2 non-stick crafting sheet and colour with your ink and sponger – experiment with different types of ink and application techniques as water-based inks will have a different effect to alcohol based inks etc… and also taking into account the tape is cream in colour, not white – to begin with.

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Then use a permanent ink to stamp your design on the tape – I’ve used stazon and made sure to stamp off my tape as well so that it’s less rigid and ‘ribbon-looking’ if you know what I mean!

(and don’t worry, the permanent ink does come straight off with a bit of stazon stamp cleaner :-))

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So now we have made our washi tape we adhere it to our card/project (remember it may still be slightly transparent)

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and here’s a closeup –

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Ingredients:

Adhesives – Stix2 Anything double sided tape, adhesive foam tape, stencil tape

Stix2 Anything non-stick crafting sheet

Twiddleybits pre-scored and folded white card 13×13 cms

Patterned paper by Alison Ellis Design

Joy stamp by Sparkle n Sprinkle – available through Alison Ellis Design

Tsukineko Stazon innk – Olive Green

Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Picket Fence

Kaiser Stamp Set CS727 – Dear Santa Collection

Mpress nesting scallop die

To make the card I have used a pre-scored and folded card – inked the edges of the card and the patterned paper panels with the same colour ink I used for the tape.

I used Stix2 double sided tape to attach the paper panels to the front of the card.

I stamped my ‘Dec 25’ greeting in the stazon ink for longevity and again used the inks around the edges of the diecut.

This was then attached to the front of the card using the Stix2 adhesive foam tape.

This was a very simple card but the focal point is the eye-catching home-made faux washi tape 🙂

I hope you like my first card and enjoy making your own washi tape!

Be sure to visit the Stix2 Anything website to grab some stencil tape and get creating!

Jen 🙂

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