Make a scoring board for free!

Everyone is raving about the Score-Pal and quite frankly I was feeling a bit left out (but there is no way I am dropping $40 on one, I’d rather spend my $$ on more paper and stamps!) so I decided to make one myself! Here are some cards I made with my faux Score Pal:

I scored the 3 lines on the bottom with my homemade scoring board

I scored the 3 lines on the bottom with my homemade scoring board. Stamps: Inkadinkado, Heidi Grace Designs

I scored the lines on the green panel and bottom of the Kraft card with my homemade scoring board

I scored the lines on the green panel and bottom of the Kraft card with my homemade scoring board. Stamps: Stampin Up!

And it is great for scoring boxes, no ruler required!

I scored this box on my homemade board too!

I scored this box on my homemade board too! Note: Homemade dew drops, cute huh?

Here is what you need: A ruler, a drafting triangle, a bone folder or butter knife, a paneling scrap and a permanent marker.

The paneling scrap I used was free, I simply asked my local hardware store if I could have their discontinued paneling samples. They come 12×16 inches in size and the back is completely smooth (A great painting surface with 3 coats of gesso!) but on the front there is at least on groove that works great for scoring. Better still would be to get a scrap of wainscoting since there are many grooves and they are narrower and would be good for dainty score lines!

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Glue the ruler to the top of the panel at a 90 degree angle to the groove. That way you can square up the paper against the ruler. I tried wet glue but even with weighting it down the glue slipped so I ended up using hot glue (love that stuff) and it worked like a charm. Just be careful not to use so much it oozes out the front or you paper will not butt up against the ruler right. With the triangle make lines on the board at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″ and 5″ to the right of the scoring groove. That will help you line up your paper for scoring cards. I printed out an accurate ruler from RedCastle.com and glued it to the ruler so the “0″ mark was at the groove for easy reference.

The printed ruler helps placing your score lines.

The printed ruler helps placing your score lines.

Use this board for scoring cards or boxes. You don’t need a ruler! just lay the box over the groove and score with a bone folder or butter knife!

Scoring a box "Look Ma! No Ruler!"

Scoring a box "Look Ma! No Ruler!"

Use the triangle against the ruler to emboss a diamond pattern. It’s not perfect but it was my first try!

Embossed pattern with my homemade scoring board

Embossed pattern with my homemade scoring board

I really love that this takes up so little space. I still can’t believe how well it works, maybe someday I’ll get a Score-Pal but for now I’m lovin this little freebie!

I want to say thanks to my friend Tracy for taking the pic of me using the scoring board, and helping me test out my creation. We spent the morning stamping and gabbing and talking about producing some craft videos for our blogs (as if there wasn’t enough silly nonsense here already!) If you get a chance check out her crafting and photography blogs (this girl can work a camera!)

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting…and scoring too!

A vintage valentine bag and a freebie!

I see all of those pretty gift bags in the paper crafting magazines and I always think to myself, WOW, pretty but it would break my heart to see it thrown away after the gift was opened. I also think that these women must have way too much time on their hands to decorate a gift-bag when you can go and buy a lovely one at the dollar store, I’d never bother to do that! Never say never folks! I bought some stamps the other day (big surprise) and it came in a plain little kraft bag with handles, too nice to toss in the recycling but it had printing on the front that I wasn’t in love with so I used some of the Cosmo Cricket paper that I got in my DT package from the Rubber Cafe last month, a doily that I cut up and sprayed with my homemade shimmer spray, my homemade dewdrops, die cuts and my new Rubber Cafe stamps to create this recycled gift bag:

The Rubber Cafe

Gift bag by Lindsay Weirich 2009, Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Stamps: The Rubber Cafe

All of the items I used were just laying around on my craft table leftover from other projects with the exception of the vintage clip art. If you would like to download a sheet of vintage clip art including the card used on my bag click here. The heart stamp used on this project fits in the space on the card perfectly. I sprayed the flourish (Accent Essentials Cartridge: Cricut) with gold and red shimmer spray, dried it with a heat tool then stamped the Love Words stamp on top.

Detail of bag front (Check out my homemade dew drops!)

Detail of bag front (Check out my homemade dew drops!)

The stitching is fake! I used a piercing bee (EK Success)and a ruler to make the holes (place the paper on a foam pad or scrap of corrugated cardboard before piercing) then I lined up the strait edge next to the holes and drew along the line with a fine tip marker. If you learn nothing else from my blog learn that!

Faux Stitiching adds detail to the project

Faux Stitiching adds detail to the project

Glitter glue accents the stamped heart.

Glitter glue accents the stamped heart.

Here is a preview of the vintage valentine freebie. Just download it and print it. Easy Peasy!

Free vintage valentines for you, Happy Valentines!

Free vintage valentines for you, Happy Valentines!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Craft this card for $1.07!

In these economic times we crafters need to tighten our belts right…it’s so hard with all the yummy new papers, stamps and embellishments on the market…and we can’t possibly create something beautiful without at lest spending $5 right? Wrong! This is my first project for Creative Cuts and More, I’m a guest Designer for the month of February, isn’t this die cut lovely:

Dollar Tree

Die cut: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique, Ribbon&Pin: Dollar Tree

I used the Square Scallop 5 1/4″ Dress Card cut from Diamond white Bazzill Bling cardstock. The card is $1 but if you are buying 10 or more it drops to $0.80.  How cut would this be as a bridal shower invite? Here is the cost for this card: (Not counting Pearl-Ex, stamps and ink: they were part of my stash already)

die cut: $1

Ribbon: 0.o5 *14″ off a 6′ roll from the Dollar Tree

Stick pin: 0.13 *one out of an 8 pack purchased at the Dollar Tree. The pin had the flower and white ribbon attached.

Pattern Paper: 0.20 *bought at a 5/$1 sale at Joanns years ago, although one sheet would make 5 cards!

Glue stick: 0.05 *to make the self adhesive pearls, I did not use the whole stick though!

Total: $1.43. If you were making 10 they would cost $1.07 because of the pattern paper being split between 10 cards and the die cut price dropping to 80 cents each! You probably have ribbon, paper scraps and hot glue in your stash already so use it up for crying out loud!

To make the card:

Cut strips of pattern paper 1″ wide and fold them the long way. Print out the pattern below and tape the dress card over it so you see the iris folding pattern through the window.

right-click on this pattern to save and print

right-click on this pattern to save and print

Glue the strips of paper down in the order shown on the pattern. Trim a piece of pattern paper to cover the folds from behind. *note: I used a small heart punch to add detail to the scalloped sides. Stamp flourish. Stamp sentiment on a scrap of purple, cut out and adhere with foam tape. Wrap the fold edge with ribbon and tie a double knot then stick the pin through.

squeeze tiny drops of hot glue onto a silicone mat and let cool for about 30 seconds then use a small paintbrush dipped in Pearl-Ex to add shimmer. Adhere to card (I touched the hot glue gun to the back of the “pearls” to attach them.

Fun, cheap and easy…now that’s my type of craft! Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Faux Tearing, It’s Fun!

Here is a nifty little trick that will save you money on paper and postage. You can get the look of layered torn paper with an old magazine and a couple of ink pads.

The green paper is craftily applied ink!

The green paper is craftily applied ink!

Here’s how:

Inkpads and an old magazine

You'll need ink pads and an old magazine

First lay your card (or Scrapbook page) on an old magazine. then tear a sheet out of the magazine in half, the rougher the better and place it over your card. The part you see is the part that will be the “torn layer”.

Ink the card lightest to darkest

Using the torn page as a mask, rub ink the card working from lightest to darkest

Rub ink pads over the exposed card holding the magazine in place. *note: I used Whispers inks for this project. They are dye based and the pad is spongy so the look is nice and soft. If you are using Stampin up (or felt like pads) it is best to apply the ink with a brayer or cosmetic wedge. I like the Whispers pads because you don’t waste ink (the brayer method will use more ink), you won’t have a brayer to clean afterward AND you can get a caddy of 30 ink pads for $20 with your 50% off coupon at AC Moore!

shift back the page and ink a bit

shift back the page and ink a bit

Shift the top paper back a bit to expose a little bare card and lightly brush it with the ink pad.

re-adjust the paper and stamp

re-adjust the paper and stamp

Re-Adjust the paper and Stamp on a design if you wish. I used the Lace Flower stamp from The Rubber Cafe.

Antique with brown, Amazing!

Antique with brown, Amazing!

Rub on some brown ink if desired. Wasn’t that fun?

Try this on your Christmas card this year, it’s quick, fun and easy! It’s a good idea to buy re-inkers for your ink pads, you can find them on line or do what I do, the next time you are invited to a Stampin Up party buy ink to match the pads you have. Yes you can re-ink your pads with different brands and you can mix colors so you don’t need to buy every color. Just remember to use dye based ink on dye ink pads, and pigment on pigment pads. You can also use re-inkers to re ink your Brush tip markers…More money saved. If you want to learn how to make your own pigment and embossing ink click here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting (and inking too!)

Lindsay

Faux Copics, Faux Nestabilities and Free SCUT Files For You!

Hello there! I’ve been playing around with an idea I’ve had for a while…or as long as I’ve been seeing the adorable crafts made with Nestabilites dies. If you don’t know what they are they are dies that emboss and cut. For lovely examples check out Olena’s blog. They are however expensive and you need to buy one in each size that you want..Boo! So being the frugal goddess that I am I figured out how to get the look for free:

Bic Mark-Its

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Color: Bic Mark-Its

I used my Faux Copic Technique to color the cute little witch and my cricut with SCAL software to design the card. Here is another Card I Made using these techniques:

Card by Lindsay Weirich copyright 2008

Card by Lindsay Weirich copyright 2008

To cut the cards with the cricut you will need SCAL software, and the free font Halloweenies and the SCUT files: Click here for card 1, Click here for card 2.

To get the look of “Nestabilities” all you need is a stencil and a stylus. A stylus is what you use for embossing by hand, it has a little metal ball on the end so it impresses the paper without poking through it. I use a large one and a small one but if you don’t have these you can use a dried up ball point pen for the small one and a bone folder in place of the large one.

Faux Nestabilities Materials

Faux Nestabilities Materials

Bic Mark-It colors for card

Bic Mark-It colors for card

Here’s how: Rub the back of a piece of cardstock with waxed paper. Lay it down waxed side up on a stencil (I’m using a deluxe design color blocking template as my stencil. It’s nice to bring them out of retirement LOL!) With little pressure and with the large stylus trace your shape. If you press too hard you may rip your paper, esp with the thick DD template, thinner templates like brass or the cheap purple ones wal-mart sells are actually better for this! After you traced it with the big stylus gently trace it with the small one or a nice crisp impression. There you have it, no machine, no dies, just a simple stencil and you have the look of “nestabilities” for a fraction of the price. The thing I love about using the colorblock templates is that there are so many sizes in one template! And by using Bic Mark Its instead of Copics you save a bunch there too!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

Lindsay

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