Friday, 25 May 2018

New free flower cards

Hello, welcome to Crafting With Jack.  Every Friday I give away one or two free items.  Just lately I have been giving away some vintage flower pictures,  I wasn't sure whether anybody actually liked them as they were so I have working today on a couple of ideas.  The first didn't turn out too well so I scrapped that and went on to idea number 2.  These are the result:

I hope you like them done this way, please let me know in the comments.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Tutorial (2)

Welcome to Crafting With Jack, I am writing this with the birds singing away, it is another lovely day.  We had a lovely evening last night with our unexpected visitors.   I have another easy book tutorial for you.  It follows a similar principle to the last one, but it's easier!  I was out shopping the other day looking for some cheap cards to do this tutorial and I found these thank you cards for 50p.   Now if I had been doing a little book for my grand daughter I would have just cut off the top section where it said "Princess Thank you" as this would have made a nice cover without doing anything else, but I didn't think of it until afterwards.  I cut these 8 cards in half which gave me enough pages for two albums.

I found these cards needed a trim first as the fold was not quite central.  Next I simply glued them on top of each other,  you have to make sure all the sides line up as you do this. 

The picture below shows the folded cards with their folded edge pointing up.  The arrows show where to glue each side to the next card's side.  Where it says cover is where you attach your outer cover piece.    The measurements relate to the height 3/4 and total width of each card.  This measurement can be varied to suit you.

The picture below shows the cut off card, the inside page, the spine after adding all the pages and finally the cover.

As you can see I inked all the edges.

I made it into a little colouring notebook.  I bought some colouring books for myself, but it's not really my thing.  I think the amount to colour in puts me off.  I cut the pages to fit my book, adding some blank pages for notes.  Add a few colouring pencils and you have an instant art kit :)

I made the cover differently with this one.  No scoring involved.  I measured the page and made a strip of paper, the right height, but longer than I needed.  I glued down the front cover and carefully folded the paper round to the other side.   When I was happy with fit I marked the edge and cut off the extra.  Then I applied glue to the spine and back cover and  carefully folded the paper back to it's position.

At one time I thought glue tapes were brilliant for everything, but when making albums and books you sometimes need to adjust the position slightly and glue tapes stop you doing that.  I have seen a lot of people using a tacky glue instead.  I used tape for this project, but I think I would have preferred to use glue.

Quite often I get given packs of ready made cards that I usually use as blanks.  You can do these little albums with those cards or the packs of notelets.    I hope you will give this a go x

Friday, 18 May 2018

Free on Friday 18th May 2018

A quick post today as I have just been told we are having visitors :)

For your enjoyment more flowers from the 5th Edition of Edward Hulme's Familiar Wild Flowers :

Monday, 14 May 2018

Book tutorial

These are the pages of the book I showed you last week.  It is a very easy book to make and you can use 12 x 12 papers or A4 papers.  It fits together concertina style which means the pages are double thickness.  I have drawn you a diagram to show how the book is made up.

Each page is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 ,  so place your paper in your scoring board and score at 4 1/4, then at 8 1/2.   
Turn your page a 1/4 turn and cut into 3 1/4 inch strips.  you will end up with 3 1/4 x 12 strips if you have used 12 x 12 paper.  
Fold all your strips using a bone folder for good creases. 
I used 9, but you can use more or less.  (9 strips gives you 9 pages or 18 sides, but the first and last sides will be your inside covers.
Stick the short flap on the first strip to the back of the first long flap on the second strip.  The bottom arrows on the diagram show this.
To assemble the book,  counting every 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 as a side, stick the second and third sides together then the third and fourth as indicated by the top arrows in diagram.  Cut off the last short flap.
I inked all the edges of my pages included the edge by the spine.
To make the cover:

My spine measured 1/4 inch.  the thickness of your paper and the number of pages may alter this measurement, so check with a ruler first.   Cut a piece 11 1/4 x 5 1/2  inches.   Score at 5 1/2 and 5 3/4.

Mitre corners as shown in diagram.  Fold over excess and stick the covers of your pages the inside of the cover.

When you add your patterned paper it will cover all the edges.
Your book is now ready for you to fill and decorate.

I hope this all makes sense :)

Friday, 11 May 2018

Free on Friday 11 th May 2018

Welcome to Free on Friday here at Crafting With Jack.  Today I have some vintage flower pictures for you.  They are from the 5th Edition of Edward Hulme's Familiar Wild Flowers.  

I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

First Book - The Lord is My Shepherd

I have got slightly obsessed lately with watching tutorials on making albums and books.  I actually prefer step by step in photographs rather than YouTube as I can make notes more easily, but that's just me!  I finished my first one last week, but have just got round to sorting out the photographs.  I had some strips of paper left over from another project so I thought I would use them.  I devised a complicated method of working out the scoring points for each strip so I could use the whole strips.  Really or I needed to do was to make the long strip first, then the scoring would have been easier to work out - it's a learning curve :)  The book is just one very long strip folded concertina fashion, the first piece will be stuck to the cover, then the next two pieces are stuck to each other and that is the first page.  You can have as many pages as you want, but you need one piece left over to stick to the back cover.

Each page was 4 1/4 by 3 1/4, you can see where the joins are.  I inked the edges of the pages.  The pictures are from a topper pad by Pollyanna Pickering, I love her work.  As I was doing my favourite Psalm "The Lord is My Shepherd" I started and ended with a lamb with it's mother.  The other pictures are from another topper pad and from a 12 x 12 sheet paper.

If you would like me to do a tutorial please feel free to ask.

I have made some changes here at Crafting With Jack.  I have deleted all last years freebies and most posts.  I have got a new page which contains links to tutorials and similar articles.  I will also be doing a page for my Faith Art cards and stickers.

Free on Friday is tomorrow, feel free to make suggestions and I will try to find images for you  x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Alcohol Inks

I have a sign in my craft room that says "Don't forget to play".  This week I have been "playing" with alcohol inks.  I bought a selection from Ebay which were very reasonably priced.  There was an indigo blue, mermaid blue, meadow green, slate, currant and teak.

Now I changed printers last year and have been having some difficulty with my printing on glossy photo card.  The problem seems to be I now have an HP printer whereas before I had an Epson.  The Epson card does not work well with the HP printer. Having tried unsuccessfully with different settings I decided to put the gloss photo card to another purpose.  You are warned against using glossy photo card with alcohol inks because the coating is different, however I couldn't find anything to say what would happen so I decided to give it a go!

The first experiment I did was to put several drops of ink into a bowl of water, then dip in the card and leave to dry.  The pale ones you see are where I tried to get a second card out of each session.  I think I should have used a larger bowl with more surface area, but I was quite pleased with the results.  The second experiment was to put ink drops directly onto the wet card, you can see these are the circle ones.  The blue was very strong and it also came out with bigger drips than the others.   


Alcohol inks do not move across on photo glossy card very well.
I do not have any blending solution and I had read that rubbing alcohol works well as a replacement.  Mine was 70%, you can also get a 90% which some people felt worked better, but they were not talking about photo glossy card which is supposed to be a "no no!".

I first tried using the rubbing alcohol by placing a few drops on the sponge (I didn't have any felt squares which are supposed to be better).  After this I placed a few drops of two colours of ink and then I started dabbing it on the glossy side.  It seemed to grab the ink too much so I tried the reverse side.  This had a much better effect.  As I had the rubbing alcohol on the sponge I started getting that lovely bubbly effect straight away.


For this experiment I used kitchen foil.  I simple tore off a piece and crumpled it up, I think I should have been more gentle because as I was straightening it out again it did tear in a few places.  Since I only wanted to cover 4 x 6 card this wasn't a problem.  I used Mod Podge glue to stick the photo glossy card to the back of the foil.  I found the glue spread more easily on the reverse side of the photo glossy card.  Then I simply dripped the ink onto the foil using a sponge to move it around for better coverage.  I do realise that it probably doesn't matter what you use for the underneath of the foil, but as I have a whole pack of photo glossy card to use up, it seemed another use for it.


Wording added digitally.

This was originally in separate posts, but I have put it all in one for convenience.