Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lost Shadow Card File

Hello friends,

Glad to be here today sharing another project using the new Distress color, Lost Shadow.  It quite possibly is the perfect foil for every other Distress color!  Meaning, it goes with every other color!
Foil: a person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another

I decided to make an idea-ology Card File so I could show different ways Lost Shadow can work with multiple colors, surfaces and textures. Lets get started on the cards, then we'll move to the Card File box.
Two stamp sets were used on the pockets. Lattice & Flourish + Tapestry.
I used embossing ink to add the stamped impression to the pocket, then added Lost Shadow Embossing Glaze.
Once the Glaze is melted with the embossing gun, it acts as a resist for the ink. I added Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Villainous Potion to my craft sheet, sprayed the pocket with a mist of water, then smooshed it into the ink several time to get the combination I wanted.  Pat with a paper towel to remove the excess ink and let dry. This is such an easy technique that adds a lot of punch.

File Cards also come with 4 tabbed cards. I had some extra in my stash left from another project, so I decided to add another because I was having fun making them.
Stamps used on the tabbed cards
Nature's Wonder and Ledger Script

1. Lightly spritz the background of each card with Lost Shadow Distress Ink.  Blot-off excess.  Dry with heat tool.  
2. Choose a stamp from Nature's Wonder stamp set. Mount the leaf stamp on a grid block.
3. Ink the stamp with multiple colors of Distress ink (Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Villainous Potion).  
4. Spritz inked stamp with water from the Distress Sprayer and stamp card to get the watercolor look.  
5. Repeat Process adding at least 3-4 leaves (or partial leaves) on each card.
6. Once all your cards have leaves, change up the stamp set to a script stamp.  Using the same watercolor technique, randomly stamp each card.
6. And finally, using Lost Shadow Spray Stain, slowly push down on the nozzle to get ink larger droplets randomly over the card.
Once the cards were done, I moved to the sewing machine to sew around the Clipping stickers I had added.  If you have a machine that can do free-motion, this might be easy but with standard machine it took a bit of practice to make the tight circles.  I like the way it turned out so you might be seeing this again.

The resin floral (Heirloom Florals) has been coated with a bit of Foundry Wax.  It's my favorite way to color them. 
NOTE: This link to a previous POST  includes tips on how to add Foundry Wax to Heirloom Roses 
For the #5 Mixed Media Tags (made by Ranger), I used Lost Shadow Distress Ink + Blending Brush over Mini Stencil set 47. It's easy to use the Blending Brush through the stencil to create a pattern.  I changed colors of ink to add the center details of the larger flowers.
After the stenciling was done, I either glued or stapled small pieces from Snippets Curator to the tags. I love using the Tiny Attacher!  The rayon seam binding was also sprayed with Lost Shadow.  Perfect color for these tags!
These cards are folded (they open like a book) and come in the File Card pack.  I had the idea to just use ink to hand color the card fronts.  So I squished Lost Shadow onto the craft sheet, spritzed it with water, then picked up the ink with a brush (about 3/8" wide) to make all the lines.  Obviously, everything was done freehand so you have to be okay with imperfect.  The last step was to spritz some Lost Shadow over the card front to get the little speckles.
I finished the cards by cutting colored cardstock using my Vagabond and the Sizzix "Wildflower Stems 3" Thinlit die.
Once the Wildflower shape was adhered to each card, I added a Number Strip (one of my very favorite idea-ology products) over the stem and stitched them down.  I like the texture the stitching brings to the flat front card.
Using Backdrops paper to collage plain cards is nothing new, but I can't seem to get away from it.  It is such a great way to use up left-over scraps, which I keep in a clear plastic envelope for a project just like this.
I used a a combination of Backdrops 1 and 3 but that does not really matter, any Backdrops paper will work together beautifully.
Once the paper was secure, I stitched along the seams where the paper meets, leaving the strings long.  I used a combination of Paper Dolls and Portraits, because why not?
Another one of those Heirloom Roses was added to the little boys lapel.
All coloring was done with Distress Crayons.
I wanted to make some random cards using the Mini Paper Dolls + Ephemera Memoir + vintage.  No rhyme or reason, just made what I wanted.  The big piece of vintage lace was sprayed with Lost Shadow.  
This frame is from the Memoir Ephemera pack.
I had the idea to make some quick and very random tags using a pack a Salvaged Tags as the base.
Each tag was done very quickly, using whatever was on my desk already or that I could reach quickly.  Mini Paper Dolls are perfect for this size tags!  
I added glue with my fingers as needed or just secured things with my Tiny Attacher.  All Distress Crayons were just scribbled on and rubbed thin with my fingertip or a cotton swab.  The vintage lace and ribbon was sprayed with Lost Shadow Spray Stain and most tags were spritz with the same color.
I love these kinds of tags, that are quick with not too much thinking!!  The little girl with the bear was added on top of the 4 ladies - she perfectly covers a lady on the right and looks like she was made to fit right into the scene!
I'm pretty sure I used the Tiny Attacher on every tag!  Super way to secure ephemera!
To cover the Card File itself, I needed to remove the metal pull.  It's very easy to do if you have a tiny screwdriver, similar to the size you would use for eyeglasses.  Set the tiny screws and pull in a safe place (like a plastic zip-lock bag) until you are done with the box.
I used the new Sizzix "Entangled" 3D folder to emboss 2 pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock.  I cut the embossed sheets into strips and adhered them to the Card File, cutting away the excess paper.  
NOTE: you MUST poke holes through the paper on the front BEFORE gluing so you know where to put the screws back.
Once secure, paint the entire outside with Lost Shadow Distress Paint and let it dry. 
I squeezed out about a dime size circle of Foundry Wax on my craft sheet.  Then used my finger to spread Foundry Wax over the raised areas (one side at a time). I heated the Foundry Wax with my embossing gun and it quickly changed to a shiny gold color.
Once the box was cool to the touch, I was able to add a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the Foundry Wax to age.
I finished the box by adding Design Tape Trim to the top lip of the box and the cross bars. I also added the label pull back onto the front of the box with the same screwdriver.

I love making Card Files because the cards are small and easy to create.  In no time at all, you will have a full box of creativity!  Hope you will give it a go!
now carry on,

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Lost Shadow Accordion Folio

Hello friends!
It has been too long since I have been here! I hope to be better at posting now that my many deadlines are almost done (only one more huge one to go).  Today, I'm happy to be here to talk about Lost Shadow, the new Distress color!  It might be subtle, but used correctly, it is the glue that makes other colors work together!  So grab a snack and sit back to read how easy it is to create with Lost Shadow!
I used an idea-ology Accordion Folio as my substrate. I set the accordion to the side so I could work on the cover first.  I used only two colors of Oxide Spray: Lost Shadow and Kitsch Flamingo.
Oxide Spray:
I began by spraying both colors of Oxide Spray onto the craft sheet + spritzing water into the mix. When the folio is unfolded it is quite long, so I had to do this in stages, adding more Oxide ink to the craft mat when needed. I patted off the excess ink and dried the folio with the heat tool.  It didn't look like much when I first started, but don't give up...the next few steps make the difference.
Collage Paper:
The next step is to add Collage Paper (Botanical) to the Folio.  I used a water brush to add a line of water around the flower that I wanted.  Then just pulled it from the paper.  Make sure your flowers/leaves are cut out before you add the glue to the folio.
The only trick with Collage Paper is to make sure there is Collage Medium under the entire area you are adding your Collage Paper to.  So Collage Medium, Collage Paper, then more Collage Medium over the top to smooth it out and make it transparent.  It's just that easy. 
Distress Paint:
Now to add Distress Paint...I laid the folio out flat on the table.  I put a new foam on my Blending Tool.  Squeezed out a quarter size circle of Lost Shadow Distress Paint, then picked up a SMALL amount of the paint on the foam (too much paint will run under the stencil).  Place the stencil over the brighter pink areas and pounce the Blending Tool over the stencil to create the pattern.  This was done quickly and very random.  Even though the stenciling is random, I ALWAYS keep the stencil level, keeping the pattern the same.  In my brain, the stencil pattern was once covering the page and has worn away leaving just bits of pattern showing. I hope that makes since to more than just me!

You can see that the inside of the folio was covered in paper from the Backdrops 1 pack. This grey pattern was perfect to go with Lost Shadow and Kitsch Flamingo.
I used foam tape to secure the pocket to the folio.  The foam tape gave a bit more room at the bottom for the two thick cards to slip in.

The photos I used came from the Snapshots pack.  I used the Tonic Deckle Trimmer to cut around each photo, leaving a white edge.  It might seem like I used my Blending Tool to add the brown ink, but in reality, I smooshed Gathered Twigs onto the glass mat and spritzed it with water, creating a puddle of watery ink.  Because Snapshots are coated cardstock, you can simply press the Snapshot into the ink and then dry it with a heat tool.  This is a trick I use every time I craft because it works with anything coated: Paper Dolls, Clipping Stickers and any Layers Ephemera.
The base of the card is 1/2 of a Mini File Folder (I just cut up one of the small file folders to get two cards and rounded the corners).  The ink trick works here too because again, the cards are a coated cardstock.
The tiny tags are all cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Collector".
There is a transparency covering the Snapshot where I hid a phrase from the Clippings Sticker Book.
Repeat the process with another Snapshot photo.  This time a Loop Pin hold two tiny tags off to the side.

I stamped the entire center accordion with Lost Shadow Distress Oxide then splattered it with Kitsch Flamingo. You will be able to see more of it in the upcoming photos.
The front has a pocket for a small Snapshot.  I just sewed the ephemera to the front panel to make the pocket.
I added more Collage Paper, Snapshots and a few pieces from Field Notes Ephemera pack.
The last section has a Snapshot, Collage Paper and a Stencil Card.
I put the Collage Paper right over the top of the Snapshot and the Stencil Card.  It works under and over!
The Stencil card was Sprayed with Lost Shadow Oxide Spray.  I dried it a bit then sprinkled Embossing Glaze over the damp Oxide Spray.  I heated it with the embossing gun and it melted right away, no Embossing ink needed. This photo does not do it justice.
I kept the backside of accordion very clean.  Just Snapshots, ephemera and Collage Paper.

The flap/pocket on the right can be left open or closed.  I did both really.  At the top, I added a Tiny Clip that will need to be removed to access the cards.
At the bottom I punched 3 holes with my Crop-a-dile (small hole) and threaded 1/4" ribbon into the holes to secure the bottom of the flap. 
I managed to fit three inserts into the flap/pocket. Two started as watercolor paper with Lost Shadow Distress ink.  I just added embellishments like photobooth, black floral paper from Backdrops 1, ephemera from both Memoir and Field Notes and Clippings.  The last item is a large Flashcard that says, Happy. I just added the Clipping Sticker and sewed around it a few times.
Once the inserts are tucked inside the flap, you can close the folder.  I love how that Kitsch Flamingo looks under the Distress Paint pattern.
I wrapped a double length of ribbon around the book and tied a bow so I could figure out where it should be sewn to the book.
Once undone, just carefully flip the book over to sew the ribbon.  I used a piece of blue tape to secure the ribbon in place before I moved to the sewing machine.
And there you go, the stitching is done, blue tape removed and you are ready to adhere the accordion to the center!
Add accordion to the book with Collage Medium or Scor-Tape and the Folio is complete.

Hope you have enjoyed the making of this Accordion Folio and that you'll give it a go.  There are SO MANY options, from simple to complex when using the Accordion Folio as the base structure.  The heavy Mixed Media Paper is perfect for inks and sprays, yet it works for adding paper too.  I can't wait to start my next one!
now cary on,