Friday, July 31, 2015

Light Up Card (FUN New Product!)

I have a fun project for you today!  I was recently contacted by AgIC, a company that is exploring "digital paper craft," a fusion of technology and crafting on paper circuits using conductive inks.  I used their Circuit Marker Starter Kit to give the streetlamp on my card an actual glowing light!

First, let me share how I put together the front of this card, and then I'll get into the technical aspects. I used all My Creative Time stamps and dies, and got started by cutting a white rectangle using the largest Stitched Rectangular Die.  I also die cut and stamped the streetlamp and bench from Wishing You Were Here, and stamped the brick pattern from this stamp set onto the rectangle.  I then positioned the streetlamp and bench onto the card to get an idea of my layout.  I knew I was going to be inking the sky blue, but I didn't want there to be blue behind the top of the streetlamp, so I made a little mask with masking paper and put it just in the right spot.  Then I removed the die cuts, and got to work inking the sky and the grass.  I was then able to adhere the streetlamp and have white behind the openings instead of blue (so white light would shine through later).  I also added a pumpkin from All Around Holidays, lots of leaves from Seasonal Greetings, and a sentiment from Wishing You Were Here.

AgIC sent me the Circuit Marker Starter Kit, which you can get from Amazon if you click on the link at the bottom of this page.  It comes with very clear instructions and a sample card to try out and get a feel for the process.  What you see in the picture above is the beginning of what I made to go behind the colorful panel on my card.  The main thing I had to figure out was exactly where I wanted my LED light to go, measuring from the corner of the rectangle, and then marking that same measurement on the circuit paper.  Then, the kit includes a stencil that is used to draw the semi-circle pads for the LED tag (at the top) and the circles for the coin battery (at the bottom).  Ignore that little piece of aluminum tape; I had started to tape down the battery when I decided to take the picture.  Then you just connect them.  To make the LED light up, you need a complete circuit, so the electricity can travel around.  The pen has silver ink, which is what lets it do this.  It doesn't matter how you draw it, as long as it makes a complete circuit once the LED and battery are part of it. 

The LED has adhesive on the back, so you just stick it down.  The battery gets taped down with a bit of aluminum tape, which is included.  There are actually 4 different colors of LEDs in the kit, and you can use more than one on a card, by making parallel circuits.  It's really easy!  Once I had my circuit completed, I adhered the circuit paper to my card base, and then adhered my decorated rectangle on top of it, with some foam tape.

Here's a closer look at it in action.  So cool, right?  According to AgIC, the LED will stay lit for about a week.  Click here to learn more about AgIC, or here to visit the community site!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anniversary Book Card

Some friends of mine just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and I thought that Papertrey Ink's new Book Cover Card Die could be used to make the perfect card for them!  I decorated the front with the "Happily" die that is included in the set, but the sentiments and the swirly stamps on the spine are from the PTI Book Cover Details stamp set.  I also added a pretty little flower made with PTI's Bitty Bouquets stamps and dies.  Then I thought it would be fun to stamp my friends' last name on the spine.  Since it didn't come out straight on my first try, I stamped it again on a little die cut made with PTI's Angled Label Dies.  The stamps I used were from My Creative Time's Alpha Pack.

On the inside I made a little library pocket and card with dies from the Book Cover Card set, stamping the card with a sentiment from PTI's Daily Designs Sentiments and a flower from MCT's The Sky is the Limit.  One last Bitty Bouquet flower finished it off!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fun with Backgrounds!

I'm so excited to be taking Online Card Classes' Background Check class this week.  I love their classes, but they are always hard for me to fit in doing the school year.  Having this one during the summer is perfect!  For the first day, we learned a lot about inked backgrounds, and I tried one of Jennifer McGuire's techniques for my card.  I first blended some distress inks on white cardstock with an ink blending tool.  Then I sprayed the My Creative Time Stripey Background stamp with Mister Huey's Color Mist Shine and then lay the inked cardstock directly onto the stamp.  When I next dried the cardstock with my heat gun, it gave the the striped images a faded, sparkling look.  I then added a few drops of water and dried them with a heat gun too.

After that I made my fish with My Creative Time's You're a Great Catch stamps and dies, coloring them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  I then heat embossed the sentiment and bubbles onto the background.  Finally I added Glossy Accents to the bubbles and the eyes of the fish.

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