Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A fun way to say Thanks!

Remember my Birch-tree thanks for IBATLT?  It used the wonderfully fun Hinged Thanks from E.H. by Julie E. to make a tree for my owl.  Well! I had several requests for a how-to - and one for a video - yeah, right, Darnell! 

Here is the simple step-by-step instruction:

Align the Hinged Thanks die onto an A2 panel
and send it through your die-cutting machine.
Mask using repositionable tape or Post It tape.
I also added a strip to the underside of the Hinged Thanks.
Next comes the coloring:
First, I softly swiped a mini ink block from each
side of the letters, then
I made a puddle of ink on an acrylic block, and splattered away!
I also added just a few flicks with my brush for added interest.
Ta da!
Now it's just a matter of adding a few branches -
one from Thistle was perfect for a perch.
Notice I did fold back the letter prior to stamping.
Next, I simply added a scrap of paper as a mask, and used
a different portion of the same stamp for other branches.
Now, onto the card ... using a tool that came with
my long-gone Cricut,I lifted my hinged letters
just enough to make an impact -
or as Anita pointed out: to peel the bark!
I used another of those darling Lil' Inkers Hootie Patootie Owls, trimmed the panel down by 1/8 inch on two sides...
... and mounted it onto a kraft card base.
Here's a little close-up of my finished card:
Of course, I couldn't stop there!!
Here is another card using this technique,
with the newest release from E.H. by Julie: S'Whale
My card hinges on a card Julie made here.
@jaebersole you are totally krillin' it!!  LOve your new sets!
I do hope I haven't worn out my welcome ... and that my steps are clear, and concise enough - I'm always open to answer questions if you have any ... and thanks to those of you who asked - xx
=]  Michele


cm said...

Awesome instructions (you're a fabulous teacher!); awesome cards; awesome puns *grin* Now, if only I could find a way to get some of these EH sets into my collection! Planning, planning!

Dotty Jo said...

Wow, Michelle! Two great cards and great instructions too, Jo x

Anita in France said...

Thanks so much, Michele ... clear and consise ... and as clever as the first time I saw this fabulous thanks tree on your card! It's equally at home as a tree or in an ocean ... yep, brilliant! Hugs, Anita :)

Michelle two Ls said...

Great instructions, L! I really love that you created the wood effect without actually having to have a wood stamp. Love Mr. Owl, too.

Patti said...

Perfect! wow Michele you have really outdone yourself on this one!! My jaw is still gaping open LOL Amazing technique and perfect instructions!!


Lisa Elton said...

The perfect tutorial ~ bravo!! The woodgrain look you achieved is incredible. Love the original, love this one and love the whale too!! You are on a roll!

inkyfingy said...

A really good use of the die...well done you...I wish I could get my hands on these supplies here in Tasmania! Thanks for the tutorial, I will just have to work out how I can adapt your process to my own supplies, Dx

Sharron said...

Fab tutorial, you did a wonderful job! I love your coloring. And there's more of those sweet owls--just too sweet!

TaeEun said...

Thanks for the step by step instruction! You are so creative!!! Love the whale version too!

Christine Alexander said...

great tutorial, and OMG amazing cards. Just adore the Krilling whale :)

Christine said...

Keep going, your hinged cards are s'whale!

Marge said...

Couldn't be detailed and concise enough, Michele. I'm in awe of how you made THANKS script look like real birch tree !! Thanks

Kristie Goulet said...

You are SO amazing! That first card really looks like a birch tree!!! Thank you for sharing your how-to! xoxo

Jeanne said...

Your tutorial is spot on terrific, Michele. Happy sigh for sharing how you achieved the look you got. And this version is equally fabulous. Those owls are just so sweet! Wow! Then you go and wow us again with the whale card. Oh to have the kind of creativity you possess. Thank you SO much for sharing, my oh so talented friend! :)

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Karen Dunbrook said...

great cards...thanks so much for showing your process.
xx Karen

Bobby said...

Great tutorial, Michele. Very clear to me. While you know I LOVE the owls, the whale card is terrific too.

Michele K. Henderson said...

These are terrific! I LOVE that hinged THANKS die! This idea is so brilliant!

Barb Ghig said...

Your instructions are clear and concise, Michele and I LOVE both cards! What a great technique ~ it works perfectly with both designs...WOW! Once again, you've really nailed it, my friend :)

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous instructions Michele. And this blue one is fab too.

Nancy Penir said...

I just want to park on your blog and soak in all this goodness! Wonderful, inspiring, and oh so clever! Hugs!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Thanks so much for the clear tutorials, Michele! I was wondering how you inked the birch tree, and now I know! I never thought about or done swiping a mini ink block like that. It gives a great visual texture, doesn't it? I love the whale card too! So cool! Hideko

Susanne Vargas said...

Yay, a tutorial! Thank you so very much, Michele! It is very well done and easy to understand! The whale card is also fabulous!

ElizStewart said...

You are amazing!

Donna said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Love these cards. x