Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday's Tools: The FUSE by We R Memory Keepers

Yesterday, I showed Blog Followers the card that I made for my niece, Dani, in celebration of her graduation on Saturday from Penn State.  It was this card, which features a shaker full of sequins, stars and a graduation cap:

Today, I'd like to show you how to make any size "shaker" for your cards or scrapbook layouts, using a relatively new tool called the "Fuse" from We R Memory Keepers (WRMK) 

The principle of the Fuse is simple: take a good quality page protector like that sold by Close To My Heart (#4110, $9.95 for 10) or the Photo Sleeves sold separately by WRMK, insert the art you want to enclose along with whatever you want to include -- mementos, sequins, confetti, etc. -- and seal the items within the space by using the "Fuse."

I purchased my WRMK Fuse from Simon Says Stamp ($29.99).

The Fuse is similar to a heating device like an electric-operating wood burning tool. The tool comes with two nibs: one to cut the plastic, and the other a rolling serrated nip that heats and melts the top and bottom surfaces together.

To use the Fuse, first create your artwork, and pick the items you want to play on top of your art when fused together.  Take a quality page protector (thick enough to weld) like that sold by Close To My Heart (#4110, $9.95 for ten 12x12" sheets); trim it to size -- about a half inch around your art. Scraps are fine! 

Insert your artwork and sequins as you want in between the top and bottom layers of your page protector piece.  Then, put the piece atop an all-purpose, heat-resistant craft mat, to protect your work surface. I got mine from Close To My Heart (Z2045, $19.95). Plug in your FUSE and allow it to warm up for about 10 minutes.

Roll the warm serrated tool slowly, close to edge of the art you're looking to seal.  Once it is done and has sealed the entire perimeter of  your project, trim the scrap of page protector away from the serrated edge.  This (above) was my first try and I wasn't exactly perfect -- it didn't matter, because remember, it's being inserted into my card and sealed with tape or glue between the top navy blue edge and the bottom card surface. 

I can think of many different uses for the FUSE, including bookmarks and Christmas decorations. You can use it to contain an object onto a scrapbook page, to create additional photo pockets, and more.  How have you used YOUR Fuse?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Graduation Congratulations to My Niece, Dani

On Saturday, another one of my beautiful nieces graduated from college. Dani Hume, daughter of my sister Mary Beth and her hubby Anthony, graduated with a communications degree from Penn State University.

Dani, at left here, is the second of the three children of MB and Anthony to graduate from Penn State; her brother Anthony graduated PSU last year, and her sister Nicole will be a junior shortly. And yes, when the Humes say "We Are Penn State," they really mean it -- MB and Anthony also are PSU alums.

While at Penn State, Danielle had a Sports Production Internship with WPSU-TV, and enjoyed on-field work during the PSU home football games.

She also was supportive of her parents in their running endeavors, especially earlier in May when her Mom ran her first full marathon. Check out Dani's picture here -- that's her behind the sign at the left.

Congratulations, Dani!  For you, I have made this graduation card. 

Blog Readers, come back tomorrow (Tuesday's Tools) to learn more about how to make your own shaker card using the new FUSE by We R Memory Keepers.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hot New Technique: Bokeh Background

One of the hottest new techniques for cardmaking is called "Bokeh".  A Bokeh background adds interest to what might otherwise be a plain cardstock behind a stamped image.

Here is one card I made using this technique:

If you'd like to try this technique yourself, I've developed this tutorial in photo images:

Here are some supplies you'll need: watercolor paper, painter's tape, acetate circle stencils that you cut yourself, any kind of watercolor paints, and any kind of paint brushes.

Pigment ink dries fairly quickly. Again, if you'd like to rush it along, blow some warm air over the ink using a craft heater.  Once the white Bokeh circles are dry, stamp your images on top of the circles. Mat your watercolor paper on top of layer(s) of cardstock and embellish the art as you choose. 

Here, I used a retired Close To My Heart stamp set called "Quick Cards - Bumble Bee" (A1135), along with adhesive gems from CTMH and ribbon from May Arts.