Friday, 7 August 2009

Tool Time

I signed up for the tool time swap on CCSwaps. We are to use one or more of our tools to create an article for our partner. The tools I used were my Cuttlebug, inkpads, rubber stamps, alcohol inks, punches, transfer foil, mica watercolour paints and my computer.

I decided to make a mini calendar for this swap. I started by colouring an acrylic tag with alcohol inks to use as the back.

I got out my stash of homemade background papers and tried to choose an appropriate colour for each month of the year and punched out small tags. I stamped images that would also go with the seasons of the month. After that, I printed off a full year calendar from Calendar Home and cut it to fit on the tags.

For the front cover, I chose a white cardstock that I embossed on the Cuttlebug. I coloured it with Marvy stampads, then adhered transfer foil to the raised embossing. Since it did not adhere to all of the embossing, I then painted over the whole piece with my Mica watercolours from Art Quest which gave it a nice vibrant look.

I added the year by stamping then punching out on some worksheet glossy photo paper, and attached a leaf to finish it.

I was going to put this together with the bind-it-all but decided that I would use a binder/looseleaf ring instead, so that the recipient can make new calendar pages the following year or recycle some of the pieces .


Carol said...

Fabulous idea. Love the foil on the raised embossed swirls. So clever!!!

WendyK said...

This is a great idea, love the whole thing