Thursday, November 1, 2012

Business Card Holder: Tutorial Part 2

Today I will talk about coloring varnish-resist papers such as Color Magic; Tim Holtz has a line called Kraft Resist and Pink Paislee did Mistables and embellishing the books.
Distress Ink
Ink Blending Tool with foam pad
Color Shine Spray Mist
Color Magic Paper 
Various papers
  Charm Clips
  Word Keys
  Jump Rings
  Alpha Parts

Mistables by Pink Paislee
Color Magic by Heidi Swapp
Tim's Kraft Resist 
The papers can be colored with anything that colors paper but I prefer to use Stains, Distress Inks and Mists.
First, I used Heidi Swapp's new line of Color Shine Mists.  Here colors are beautiful, have a lot of sparkle and don't seem to clog like Glimmer Mists-though I do use Glimmer Mists and handmade mists made with Distress Reinkers, Ranger Mini Misters and Perfect Pearls.  Any of the mists will work Perfect Pearl Mists, Dylusion Sprays, or Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash.
 I like to spray onto a teflon mat because they clean up so easy.  
 If you are worried about over spray and mess you can either purchase a spray box or just use an old box like I do. Lay the paper at the bottom of the box and spray away letting the sides of the box keep the spray contained. 
 Just spray along, letting the colors bleed into each other.  
 After the color sits a second or two lay a paper towel over the extra spray and soak it up.   
Heidi Swapp figured out that Windex- and only Windex- cleans the resist area.  When you spray the darker colors they tend to "dirty" up the resist areas (like the right side of this sheet) but if you spray a little windex on a paper towel and wipe the entire paper it will clean that up (like the left side).  It also works to clean your hands which will get messy with any spray. 
After the spray has dried- you can speed it up with a heat gun- go over any areas with Distress Ink and a Blending Tool.  You can enhance a color or add color in an area that didn't get as much spray as you would have liked.  You can also use black or brown to add distress and interest to the edges. 
That's it….easy to do for sure. 
Embellishing the Books: THe Big Book
 I grabbed a variety of papers and embellishments to start. 
And ended with this.
 The Banner Delight is Color Magic- I hit it with Distress Ink using a Blending Tool.  You can control the amount of color by how thick you apply the ink or how many layers you add. 
 The bottom layer is glued up with Glue N Seal.  Since the book is covered with Glue N Seal it doesn't matter if you get glue on it now so go ahead and use it as your work space right now.
 The Heidi Swapp Trimmings are Tyvek- they take color well so I sprayed with Color Shine.  But the fun begins when you add heat.  They curl up on themselves.  But go slow and be careful or you will have a big wad of plastic.
My FAVORITE Letters are Idea-ology Alpha Parts.  In this case I used Newsprint but I love Ransom as well.  I used them to spell out "Little Numbers".
 The key to Alpha Parts is Ranger's Silver Paint Dabber because they make the black plastic look like metal.
The "PIece of Rosette with Tissue Tape" is literally a piece of Alterations Rosette that I didn't fold up but did add the tissue tape to.  I love the way it works amongst garlands- the scalloped edge is so fun.
 The bow was embellished with: 
Idea-ology Charm Clips
Idea-ology Jump Rings
Idea-ology Facets

Idea-ology Word Keys
Each embellishment is attached to Charm Clip using a Jump Ring.
I glued a piece of vintage lace to the back of the Facet with Glossy Accents.  The crystals is from my chandelier. 
The Idea-ology Corners will hide a world of sins if you hate the way your corners turned out.  They also look great even if your corners are perfect. 
The Small Book
I went minimalist on this book but you can go as far as you want.  You could easily add ribbons to one or more of the binder rings.  Love dangles?  Go for it. 
Finally, I wanted talk about something that isn't picking up on the camera so well but I found fascinating.  The Color Shine colors are very sparkly and very vibrant.  Sometimes when I'm making a project for an adult I'm not so sure I need all that BAM.  When I used the Glue N Seal to cover this paper it muted it down to a soft and beautiful finish.  
I love this look so my accident is now part of my repertoire…love when that happens. 

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  1. this is beautiful card you have shared..i might need this when use this for Metal business cards//thanks for sharing it.

  2. thanks for tutorial Danee. I know how long it takes to create the project, photograph it and blog it...a long time. My favorite part was the junk hanging off. Never thought to use lace behind a facet. Love that idea.

  3. Hi Danee, Wow, amazing tutorial and beautiful end result! So many great ideas you've shared. Very inspiring.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Wow, amazing tutorial and beautiful end result! So many great ideas you've shared. Very inspiring.
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  5. Looks like it’s a lot of work, but it also seemed FUN! I will try to make one so I will have a nice place to collect and save the business cards that I keep. By the way, do you have other sample designs that you can post?

    Riley Pare

  6. What a great idea. This will help me so much in designing plastic business cards of my business. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great tutorial. The card holder is the best thing to prevent your plastic business cards from getting bent and scratches.


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