Do you every feel like a one-trick pony? I know I do! When I approach a day of card making, there’s comfort and happiness in that same old routine. For me it’s patterned paper, a sparkly embellishment, and luscious ribbon paired with a sophisticated font. For you it may be an array of ink pads, a new set of stamps, and pristine smooth cardstock. It could be called a rut, but that’s an ugly word, isn’t it?
Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks can pull you out of your crafting doldrums! I don’t mean to gush, but this issue is so meaty it smells a little like bacon.
On Tuesday, Holly showed you how she was inspired by Jocelyn Olson’s DIY stamps. I wanted to share with you some of the innovative things that Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Julie Campbell (whose birthday just happens to be today!) came up with for jazzing up wooden products.
Let’s take a look at her six technique squares:
Julie created stick pins with wood shapes, gathered several wooden stars in a mosaic pattern, die cut a shape out of wood veneer, stamped on wood, applied rub-ons to wood, and spritzed with color. See what I mean? SO inspiring.
Kimberly Crawford, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, and Jocelyn Olson made some stunning cards that incorporate Julie’s clever ideas (you can check them out in the issue), but Jaclyn Miller’s card pictured below just blew me away.
Jaclyn took Julie’s idea of applying rub-ons to a wooden shape and created a gorgeous focal point. By trailing the rub-on off the left hand side of the butterfly, there is a sense of beauty, movement, and lightness. It took my breath away, and I knew that I wanted to give the technique a shot.
I started with a colorful rub-on set that I’ve had for years from American Crafts and applied that to interlocking wooden frames from Studio Calico. I popped up the inner frame using foam tape. Next, I applied another of the same rub-on to a large wooden button from Close To My Heart and lined up the design with the frame. I was also able to use another rub-on (from Pebbles, Inc.) for my sentiment. To finish it off, I used cardstock in matching colors, a strip of dotted paper from Jillibean Soup, and a dash of black grosgrain ribbon from Avery Elle, and I officially stepped out of my boring old routine.
I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of all of the amazing and original ideas you’ll find in this issue. It’s so delicious. You NEED it!
How “wood” you like to win this issue? Leave a comment on this post telling me which ideas from this issue you’ve learned about this week that have you running for your craft room. We’ll give away three issues today! Just make sure to leave a comment by Monday, October 29th at 5 pm MDT.
And don’t forget to swing by the Moxie Fab World blog for more on this crafty issue!
PS. Cool factoid of the day – Julie and Jaclyn both live in Indiana, and I lived there for 13 years. Hooray for the Hoosier State!