Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hangin’ with the KellyCraft Dudes Layout by Candice Windham

Hangin’ with the KellyCraft Dudes
Designed by Candice Windham

Every January, I attend the Craft and Hobby (CHA) convention in Anaheim, California. This is where all the new items in the world of craft creativity are unveiled, where new uses for the older ones are shown and where I get to hang out with people who think like me.

Some of the people who think like me are the folks from KellyCraft™, Aaron and Jimbo. They premiered the KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square the first time I met them at CHA several years ago, and they have been coming up with something new every year since. (If you don’t have a KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square and the Multi-Mat™ Docking Station, you need one! See the special offer here.) This year was no different with their exclusive line of Duck Commander® stamps. These great stamps come in both red rubber and clear polymer and feature the Robertsons, the first family of duck calls.

This year’s CHA KellyCraft™ booth featured a photo station, so how could I not have my pic made with Willie and Si Robertson? The only problem is that I wasn’t wearing camo, so I stuck out like a sore thumb… kind of like Si’s tea glass. At least we were both the same color.

Here’s how I created this scrapbook page:


KellyCraft - Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
                  - Multi-Mat™
                  - Duck Commander® Clear Polymer Stamps, Set 1
Clear acrylic block
Card Stock, one 12” x 12” sheet, two 12” x 4” pieces and two 8 ½” x 11” pieces
Spellbinders® - Grand Nestabilities Dies, Set LF-190
                        - Grande Calibur
Viva Decor Pearl Pens, bronze and gold 
Ranger Distress Ink Pads, Scattered Straw, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo and Broken China 
Tags, three small, one medium and one large
French General Cording, Brown 
Kool Tak - Foam Squares
                - Premium Extreme Adhesive 
                - Artist’s Tape 
Marvy Brown marker
Printed photo
Hole punch, ¼”


Note: All pieces are sponged with Vintage Photo ink along the edges.
Note 2: In step 1, the page is set slightly outside the Multi-Mat™ Guide top allow for the Acrylic block, so the center is actually at 6 1/4”

1. Line up your background paper one the Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square and Docking
Station. Beginning in the center of the page, set the Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square arrow at 6” and stamp the Duck Commander® image with Pine Needles ink. Stamp two more stamps approximately 1” apart in that row. Stamp the last stamps on the row, allowing the image to run off the edge. Repeat this process, setting your guide at 3” and 9” and offsetting the rows above and below the first row. Repeat until the page is full.

2. Repeat this process in the empty spaces with the Happy, Happy, Happy stamp and Scattered Straw ink. Set aside.

3. Die-cut the photo using the second-largest image in the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities set and die-cut the card stock backing with the largest die. Adhere these pieces together using Kool Tak Premium Extreme Adhesive. Punch holes either side of the photo and run brown cording through each hole.

4. Apply Kool Tak  Foam Squares to the back of the photo mat and adhere it to the stamped page, using the Get-it-Straight™ Laser  Square. Wrap the cord to the back of the page and adhere it in place with Kool Tak Artist’s Tape.

5. Holding the two pieces of 12” x 4” card stock together cut one edge to mimic grass. Flip one piece over so the grass pieces don’t line up perfectly and ink both pieces with several ink colors.
Tip: When you don’t have the color of card stock you need, find a similar or lighter shade and ink it to match with one or more of the inks you are using on the page. It may not be perfect, but it will look just fine.

6. Adhere the first piece of card stock to the bottom of the page. Adhere the second, placing it about ½” below the first, and then trim off the excess on the bottom of the page.
7. Trim three tags to fit the area above the photo. Sponge the tags
with Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Pine
Needles and Broken China. Using the brown marker, ink one word
at a time on the Happy, Happy, Happy stamp and stamp it on the tag. Repeat with the other two tags. Tie each with a knot on the brown cord and use the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square to line up the tags, keeping the center tag straight and angling the other two. Wrap the excess cord to the back at each corner and secure with Kool Tak Artist’s Tape.

8. Ink the largest tag with all the inks. Sponge the edges of the medium tag with Vintage Photo and tie the two together. Write your sentiment on the medium tag, and then tie them to the cord at the top of the page. Place a little adhesive on the back of each tag to hold it in place. 

9. For the finishing touches, apply dots of the Pearl Pens over the entire page and then scribble along the bottom to mimic weeds.

With my KellyCraft™ products, I am assured of good stamped images and nice, straight lines with no effort on my part. I’m also assured of a great memory from CHA 2015!

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