Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hand Stamped Note Cards - A Brief Tutorial

Often, when I'm testing out a new rubber stamp design, I'll stamp the image repeatedly over a sheet of cardstock, then splash a bit of watercolor on it.  (If you follow my adventures on Instagram you've probably seen the timelapse videos showing the process.)  It's simple and so much FUN!  Then I have a handmade, hand stamped sheet that I can cut down to make note cards.  You can make your cards in any dimension that you'd like, with any medium and supplies you have on hand, but I'll include notes below for how I made mine.  
Supplies needed:
printed paper (hand stamped, hand painted is what I used)
paper cutter
scoring mat and bone folder (optional)
pigment ink (permanent, optional)

For every one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of printed cardstock, I will need two sheets of blank cardstock for the card bases.  I cut the printed paper down to 4" wide by 2 1/4" high (giving me 8 cards,) then I cut the other two blank sheets down to 4 1/4" wide by 5" high (giving me 8 card bases.)
I use a scoring mat and bone folder to score the card base at 2 1/2" so that my finished card measures 4 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high.
Since I like to use my note cards as Thank You cards, and because I just LOVE this chunky "Thank You" stamp by Inkadinkado, this is my go-to for these types of cards.  Any sentiment stamp will work.  Or, you don't have to use any type of sentiment stamp at all.  It's up to you!  I happened to have this Ranger archival ink pad out, and because it has permanent, waterproof ink, this is what I used on my cards.
Be sure to have a scrap piece of paper behind your work for this step, otherwise you may have an inky mess on your work surface!
Now that my stamping is finished, it's time to attach the cards to the card bases.  Tombow Mono Liquid Glue is one of my very favorite adhesives to use.  (My kid's too.  I know because he's ALWAYS stealing mine to use on his art projects.  I've since learned to buy them two at a time.)  That's just me.  Use your favorite adhesive or tape runner to attach your cards to their bases.
Really, that's it!  You can modify this technique to create any size card that you need.  For example: quarter the sheet (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and you've got four A2 size cards.  That may be useful when mass-producing holiday cards!
For unique hand carved rubber stamps, I invite you to visit my Etsy shop.
Happy Crafting!  And as always, THANK YOU for following along on my handmade journey.

Friday, April 29, 2016

FREE Coloring Page - Multnomah Falls, Oregon

I feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful region.  When I first moved to Oregon, I often found my way out to the Columbia River Gorge and traveled the twisty, winding, Historic Columbia River Highway 30.  I've sat with coffee watching many sunrises at Crown Point.  In recent years, we've spent several weekend days hiking the trails and visiting the many waterfalls that dot that stretch of our gorgeous landscape.  The Columbia River Gorge, to me, truly is a magical place.  

So begins my journey with coloring pages.  I can't think of a better place to start than with the magnificent Multnomah Falls.  It's a beauty to observe from the ground level as a stop along the highway, but it's a whole different thing to hike a mile up the switchbacks to view the Columbia River and north into the state of Washington from the top of the falls.  (Don't stop there.  Your hike on the mountain has only begun.)

This coloring page is FREE for you to print and color at home or in the classroom.  (Illustration is property of R.Goodwin/hoffeeandanuffin and may NOT be used for sale or reproduction.) For educational purposes, have students research and discuss:

Columbia River Gorge
Oregon History
Lewis and Clark
Benson Footbridge
Salmonberries (and other edible wild fruit)
Hiking and Trails
Hiking Safety

To print this coloring page, click on the image to view the full page, then right-click on the image and "Save Image As" to your computer.  I hope you enjoy coloring Multnomah Falls, Oregon.  I would love to see your colored pages!  Follow me on Facebook and tag #hoffeeandanuffincoloring @hoffeeandanuffin on Instagram.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How To - Ball Jar Stitch Markers (Part Two)

This is a follow up to yesterday's How To Tuesday tutorial for making Ball Jar Stitch Markers. 

Look at how glossy those jars are!  I like Mod Podge Dimensional Magic because it pours a thick layer of gloss that sits right on the surface of the project.
Notice the difference between the colored jars, and the jars with outline only.  I like them both, and it's good to have options.
Now that the pieces are well and set, it's time to add the hardware.  Really, you can use whatever supplies you have on hand.  I happen to have and use:

Jump rings, sizes: 4mm, 6mm, and 10mm
Large lobster clasps (optional)
First, I begin with the 6mm jump ring and attach them to the plastic pieces.  Then, I open a 4mm jump ring and attach both the 6mm ring AND the 10mm ring to the opened ring.  I try to open as few rings as possible to avoid any unnecessary stretching of the metal.
Remember when opening jump rings to separate them in an "up and down" manner, not side to side.  Pulling the ring apart weakens the metal and could cause it to break.
I hope you've found this tutorial to be helpful.  All of the supplies I used for these markers were purchased at Joanns.  Except for the Ball Jar rubber stamp.  I made that, and I'd be happy to make one for you, too!

Feel free to tag me on Facebook and Instagram @hoffeeandanuffin and #hoffeeandanuffin when you've made your stitch markers.  I'd love to see what you've created!  Thanks again for following along on my handmade journey.  Happy crafting!