Challenge galore!

As you might know, last Saturday was World Card Making Day (WCMD) and I spent the weekends whipping up a couple of cards by joining Studio Calico’s WCMD challenges. Recently I found that I am liking challenges a lot because it provides a guideline for me to start something, and I don’t need to think too much on what I should do or where I should start. This is a prime example of thinking inside the box! It makes things much easier, because you don’t get paralysed from the many ideas that run through your head, and dispels any “What should I do?” wonderings.

So here are the cards I made for the challenge (click on the picture to be read in detail about the cards):

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So that’s all for a quick sharing! Hope you enjoy the cards and feel more courageous to partake in challenges!

 

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Coloured hole reinforcement rings diy

I’ve always been a fan of hole reinforcement rings as a child, because somehow there will always be some pieces of paper that ends up getting torn off from the file, especially file cover pages or content pages. What a neat girl I am! And of course, my life also got easier each time our teachers asks for file checks and I see my classmates frantically borrowing other people’s file to mark off which worksheets they are missing.

I always used the plastic kind because they are the most common ones but a few years back I found the white paper ones. Isn’t it nice to just have white on white without any reflection from the plastic showing? It works especially well for my book making projects when I wanted the holes to pop a little more. Then here comes the moment I thought of an idea so simple I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier. I wanted to label the top of my colour spray bottles, but didn’t have any circle labels at home so I used the white reinforcement rings as a substitute. And I thought: wait a minute, I can colour these white ones and then I’ll have a bunch of coloured ones that I can use for my projects and what not!

Here’s what you need to make your own coloured hole reinforcement rings:

  • Paper hole reinforcement rings, preferably in white
  • Assortment of coloured alcohol based markers

And what you need to do is to colour the reinforcement rings with the marker of your choice! Simple isn’t it? Of course there are other things you can do with the plain reinforcement rings. Stamping on a pattern, drawing with your markers or colour pencils, as long as it is not a wet media. I don’t recommend wet media because the rings get really flimsy after gotten wet (ask me how I know: I sprayed the rings to get the colour labels for my spray bottles), so they don’t work too well as a reinforcement ring afterwards. Though if it is only for decoration purposes, it shouldn’t be a problem the.

Hope you play around with this and create a whole assortment of coloured hole reinforcement rings! I’m thinking of putting up some of these in my shop for those who just want to give this a try but doesn’t want to commit to getting the supplies. They should probably be up in the next couple of days once I claim my camera back from my mum who used it for her travels. See you in the shop then!

Making a card series: acrylic gold paint

Nowadays, I like to sit at my craft table and be spontaneous, perhaps what people would call to go with the flow. So whenever an idea hits, I try to go along with it immediately to keep the idea fresh and alive. I also found that this make crafting more fun for me, and even if the project don’t turn out like how I imagine it to be, I found myself still liking the final product because I had so much fun immersing myself in the spontaneity. Often though, there isn’t any expectations of an end, so I live the end product anyway because it’s always a surprise.

I wanted to play with a bottle of acrylic gold paint that I had lying around for more than a year but haven’t actually used it much because I was disappointed with it – it looked so dull and un-gold like. But when I started playing with it I found a surprise almost like magic:

It turns out that I just needed to get the paint to reflect off light for it to turn into a beautiful metallic gold. And hence I decided to make a whole set of cards using just gold paint as the card focal. Here are the cards I made:

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The pictures were taken with their matching colourful envelopes. As you can see, I tried a variety of techniques and designs. Some used brush strokes while others with a stippling effect. The paint was a little thin so for some of the designs which I wanted to stand out I added in multiple layers of paints.

Hope you enjoyed this gold card series feature!