Friday, October 11, 2013

OWH Sketch 192 - Better Late than Never!

I'm too late for Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 192, but I love this sketch and since I've used Leere Aldrich's skiing sheep before, it was great to have a new sketch for this year's version.  The image is pre-colored from Leere Aldrich's collection At the Cabin from PcCrafter.  Since PcCrafter is no more, Leere's artwork is only available through Whipper Snapper stamps.

OWH sketch 192, DCWV papers, Spellbinders oval dies, Computer generated sentiment using font PCLeere.

4 comments:

  1. This sheep image is adorable, Lee Mae! What a perfect facial expression for the sentiment, too. What kind of paper do you print your images on? I notices how great the looked in Sandy's video.

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    1. Hi Cherie, I have an HP laser printer (it heat sets the images so they are more waterproof - but it makes them shiny too). I print both my pre-colored artwork and black and white digis to color with Copics. So, to answer the paper question, I usually use Staples card stock 110lb/199g/m2. If I am fussy cutting an image out, I will print it on my card base card stock, which is from Kelly Paper - 100lb/270gm2. (At the bottom of my blog is the end piece from the package.) I have tried to use Staples 60lb card stock to print on, but I like the heavier weight for even a matted image. Somehow it just looks better to me. I have also run all these card stocks through my HP Photosmart inkjet printer and they come out just fine. I just don't like the inkjets because they need to be sprayed with a fixative to set the ink. I'm always afraid to have them handled so much and everything smearing. Hope that helps!

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  2. And, what adhesive do you use that leaves every edge stuck down, as Sandy mentions in the video. I just love your box. I've watched the video several times just to see your cards :)

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    1. Hi Tommi, thanks for the compliment about my box of cards! I use an ATG gun and Tombow dot adhesive (3/pkg @ Micheal's - coupon!). How I use the adhesive depends upon the patterned paper. If it really is paper, I'll use my ATG gun OR simply a roll of the ATG and apply it like double sided tape. (After stretching the tape across, I press the strip of tape with my finger and then use my craft knife to lift a corner of the backing and then just pull it off.) I'll use the Tombow to catch any corners that look bare or areas that are small (like the end of 1" strips). If I'm using patterned cardstock, I just use the ATG gun because the "paper" is strong enough to not wrinkle from running the gun down it. Again, I check the corners and fill in with Tombow. Another trick I use when applying elements to slick card stock or heavily embossed areas is to apply some Tombow liquid adhesive or Scotch brand Quick Drying Tacky glue on top of the ATG or dot adhesive. I usually do this with flowers, but any small element that may want to lift off despite being glued down with the dot adhesive. I just swirl a small amount on there and the dot adhesive acts like a clamp and allows the liquid stuff to dry and really hold it on. I stay away about 1/4" from the edges with the liquid stuff because when it's pressed down it squishes out if it's applied too close. I also use Glossy Accents for rhinestones - I place them in a little bit of a puddle so they are surrounded and have less chance of being sliced off by another card. I hope that helps. If something is unclear, let me know and I'll try to clarify. (Oh! one other note, the ATG roll works great for applying ribbon. It's possible to lay a very straight line with it by holding down the starting end and simply stretching it across, then finger pressing it down. I do the "Sandy" knot, so when I place the piece for the knot, I put a bit of dot adhesive where the ribbon will cross, place the second piece of ribbon, add a touch more adhesive on the ribbon where the knot will tie and then tie the knot. This helps to keep the knot from coming undone. (I rarely do bows, but when I do, I employ another set of attachment procedures. Whew!)

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