Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #555 February 15th 2017
Z Box Pop-Up Card  
Guest tutorial author Deb Valder will show you how to combine elements of a z fold and pop-up box in this fun interactive card.
Supplies you'll need for this project
Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
Q: Sheila asks: "I'm a beginner with pencils and blending methods. What do you recommend for paper, especially for blending? "
A: Your preference may vary from mine, but I prefer a paper with a little texture when I use colored pencils - as you add color you are filling in that texture or "tooth", so the more texture there is, the more room for pigment there will be. When you blend with a solvent or blender pencil, you press the pigment down into the tooth (with a smooth paper, you could just be moving it around on the surface). I've been recommending that people try Bristol paper - the kind I have (Canson XL Recycled Bristol) is toothy on one side and smooth on the other... that way you can try both and find your preference.
Feedback From Past Tutorials
Kris has a tip for the Card Pouch tutorial: "This is BY FAR the cutest card tote that I've come across! Most of the cards I make are 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"...it's difficult to find tutorials for card pouches/totes etc for this size card. I tweaked the measurements and it works perfectly! Instead of cutting at 5" x 12", I cut at 7" x 12", and instead of cutting 2 3/4" x 5 3/4" I cut 2 3/4" x 7 3/4". All the scoring and stuff stays the same."

Tutorials You May Have Missed
Thumping Add more color to your image before stamping by tapping a darker colored marker over an inked image.
Thumping tutorial
Thumping gallery

No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
Ribbon Roll Control
Organize your ribbons and trims. The perfect gift for a crafter with rolls out of control!
Copic Marker
Coloring, hand lettering and certification classes coming soon to a city near you. Save the date!
The Cat's Pajamas
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This Week's Hot Topics
Messy crafters...
What do you wear when you craft?
Creative rituals
Do you have a routine?
Minimalism and stamping...
Not a good combination
The heaviest cardstock
...and more about card thickness
New crafty products for 2017
What's on your list?
February 8 to February 14
Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
Iris twist.
Try this color combination: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy.
Dr. Who.
Spunky old broads.
Spearmint Love.
Check out Annie's gallery, then upload a creation inspired by your work.
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