Sunday, August 3, 2014

Radiant Technique

Radiant Technique-
This technique uses a template.  You can make your own by tracing a circle near the center of a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock.

 Draw intersecting lines through the center of the circle to create spokes.  I have 16 spokes on the template below.  I have also done one with 8 spokes.
Place the card stock under the template and while holding securely in the center.  Sponge ink on the card stock in the open areas of the template. 
Decorate card front as desired.
This one is Crisp Cantaloupe with Soft Suede ink used for the sponging.   The card base is Pink Pirouette.
Here I have Cajun Craze sponged on So Saffron.  
For something a little different I randomly stamped over the template using a variety of coloers.

I used the 8 spoke template for tihs one.

Punch Art Balloons

 Punch Art Balloons

Supplies -
Oval and/or circle punches
Scraps of card stock
Baker's twine
Transparent tape
Tombow liquid glue
White gel pen

These are the punches I usually use to make the balloons.   Play around with sizes and shapes and even mix them up to get the balloons you want. 

I have punched one of each of the shapes from Not Quite Navy card stock (retired).   If I am making a lot of cards, I punch all the circles and ovals at one time in a variety of colors.

I use the owl punch for the 'tie' at the bottom of the balloon.  You only need the feet from the owl's body so use up those little scraps from around the ovals and circles that you just punched.

Here are the 3 feet I need.  I trim them down to a small tab above the foot - just enough to attach it behind the balloon body.

Put just a small dab of the liquid adhesive on the area above the owl's foot.  Place one of the circle or oval pieces on top of the glue covering all but the foot itself. 

 To add some dimension to the balloons, take a white gel pen and make a curved line and some tiny dots along one edge.

Cut several inches of baker's twine and attach it to the back of the balloon with a small piece of transparant tape.  

Place a dimensional over the transparent tape, if desired.    They are ready to construct your card.  Arrange them however you want. 

I like to tie the balloons together in a group.  The simplest way I have found to do that is to adhere the balloons as you want them to the piece of card stock.  Place a length of twine on the card stock below the balloons approximately where you want to have the bow.  Pull the twine down past the bottom of the card stock and adhere lightly with a piece of tape.  Tie a bow with the loose piece of twine. 

 I use a mini glue dot behind the bow to hold it to the card stock.  Carefully remove the piece of tape and trim the twine.

Here is the card I made with the three balloons.  Don't they make you smile?  

You can experiment with other shapes too.  I like to use hearts for anniversary or wedding cards.  Either all heart shapes or mix ovals, circles and hearts - I like both. 

Here is a card with the two heart balloons.    Let me know if you make balloons of your own.  I would love to see your ideas.