Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial & A Challenge

Tuesday's Tutorial #6

Tutorial: Use Your Tools!

& A Challenge

I challenge you to a duel, lol. Just kidding. Today I would like you to think about all of the tools you have that you have not used in a while, or maybe you have never used them. I think at one point we all had a paper crimper. I still have mine and took it out to play with it last week. So if you have one, take it out. I have heard alot of discussion on the ClubScrapChat board about regrets of buying the Fastenator. So if you you have one, get out the staples. When was the last time you used your markers on a page/cards for other than jounaling? Get the markers out. One in every color.

I'll start by showing you what I did with my misfit tools, then I want to see what you can do with yours. Have something that I didn't mention? Dig it out and show me what it can do, or what YOU can do with it!

Post a link to your work in the comments section and I'll post them on here or at photobucket if there are alot of entries.

THE PRIZE: a random drawing for a winner that will recieve a mini pizza box full of Club Scrap goodies. Enter as many times as you like.


  • Cardstock, I used Club Scrap papers (the papers from CS are cardstock weight) from many different kits
  • Paper crimper
  • Fastenator staples
  • Cork board
  • Small hammer
  • Markers- in every color that you have not used recently
  • Stamps
  • Circle Scissor and glass mat
  • Blade runner

This is a pic of some of my misfit tools. There is the Blade Runner I gave up trying to use because the learning curve was just too great for me. I think this one may be obsolete for what it was intended since the Cricut came out.

Then there is the Border Buddy that goes with the runner. I have some markers from Slick Writer that are broader than what I normally use but they all came together with the fine tips. I have a Circle Scissor DH bought for a project he was doing and I ended up with it when he was done. Last but not least, the paper crimper. I have actually had the most fun and success playing with this one :)

In the upper left corner of the pic is a great storage container made by Darice. I found it at Hobby Lobby for under $5. I mention this because it has been great for sitting on my desk to remind me of all the little embellies that I have and often forget to use. Kinda goes with the theme of unused tools.;)

1st. crimp the paper in one direction. You can put it in horizontal or diagonal. Mine only goes up to 4" wide so the piece of paper I used is a 3" square and it fit diagonal.

After the first run through turn the folds so they are vertical and run it through again. You will end up with a sort of "waffle" texture.

I added ink direct to the papers to show off the ridges. In the example of the white paper I ran the whole piece through horizontally first then only half way on the diagonal. The crumpled up pieces I ran through in every direction until I could see the layer of the paper seperating and then pulled them apart and crumpled them. These are the pieces I used to decoupage onto the stamper's project ampersand (pictured in a post below).

Also, another example of how I used the squares is at the top of this tutorial. I used it as an embellishment matte on a POPs trifold card.

Ahhhhh, the circle scissor I inherited from DH. He needed it to draw circles for a hockey rink he put on DS table. It's great when I need a circle, lol. I kept thinking there must be some way to use it to make a spiral, but I can't figure out how. Here are some circles I cut out today with the idea that they could be embellishments or frames. The circle in the top right side of the pic didn't cut all the way through so I folded the inside out and figure I will use it as a frame/journaling circle combo. What else can you do with a circle scissor?

The Blade Runner is one of those tools I think is going to be obsolete since I have the cricut. I never could get it to cut along the templates like it was supposed to. I think it just has way to big of a learning curve for me. I was able to free hand the cuts in this pic. It works way better on the glass mat then on any other cutting surface, same with the circle scissor. Have you done anything great with this tool? I would love more ideas of what to do with it. I will continue to play with it also.

The last tool I mentioned above is the Fastenator. I have found that the staples work great with the Fastenator on text weight papers but not on the quality thicker CS papers. My solution is to hammer them through the CS paper with a cork square underneath and then turn the paper over and flatten the legs. I also was able to hammer them into the wooden ampersand project pictured below. I used them to hold on a printed twist tie.

Ok, your turn, let's see what you can do. Post links to your work in the comments section by midnight(EST) Monday, March 3rd.

PSL participants, if you use any of these techniques on your entries I'll accept them here too. Just make sure you post em on ClubScrapChat first!

Ok, here is a good example of what to do with all of the pieces you just cut up! I used the wavy pieces cut with the blade runner to make the "sand". I distressed the edges with my mini tonic distresser and then inked them. I also added embossing powder. The "sun" is a circle cut out with the circle scissor and added ink to that also. The title is from PC Art Accentz, its a double sided adhesive cut out and I added glitter to it. The stamps are from CS and all of the paper too. Photo corners from K&Co. Inks from Ranger, Technique Tuesday and colorbox. TFL, Hope to see some of your work soon!

1 comment:

  1. okay can't figure out how to post a picture
    hope this works. I made a card using watercolor pencils and rubber stamps.
    Paper is Club Scrap weather with manilla cardstock from stash and fiber from Club Scrap Natures wonders kit.
    Don't have tools I don't use but a ton of water color pencils & crayons that sit on my desk unused.
    Also posted to cluscrapchat