Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Put a New Skew on Your Embellishments

Hello everyone! It's time for my guest spot at TheBugBytes :D. I recently discovered my skew button on the Gypsy and what fun I've been having (okay maybe I need to get out a little more, but I sure am having fun in my craftroom).

Basically the skew button can be used to make awesome shadows out of die cuts that don't have awesome shadows. Or if you want an oval and all you have are circles, but today it's about adding a shadow. The shadows can also be used as a journaling mat, but this time it's just decoration.
And it's easy peasy (lemon squeezy). For this embellishment I used the monster from B is for Boy and put two base images and one layer on the screen. Than I highlighted one base image and turned the skew button to -130 and then rotated to 30.00. The rotating just made it easier to cut and have the pattern cut in the direction I felt the shadow should be.
And the monster's eyes are customized to match the shadow. This is also easy peasy (lemon squeezy).
All you need are some clear plastic domes (aka skittles). I found these in the candle department at Michael's and it's a large bag for about $6.00, and I think I used a coupon. They are labelled Decorative Accents. To make customized eyes, just use a regular hole punch and cut out some holes saving the little circles. These fit under the skittles perfectly. 

Then just use a black marker or Sharpie in the little bubble at the bottom.

Put a drop of Glossy Accents or other clear drying glue on the circle than pop the flat side of the skittle on top of the circle and let dry. Of course you can also make them without the dots for regular embellishing.


Things have been galloping out of the drawer on back to my craft table lol. But there isn't much I can show you here. I haven't used a single stamp all week though, and I'm starting to go through withdrawals lol. There will be a post another post today from my Guest Designer spot at TheBugBytes about making shadows with the Gypsy and a quick way to make eyes for embellishments. I'm not sure why the turntable looks so askew in the picture though lol.

I've also been working like mad on submissions for a design team. The problem is winnowing it down to three projects. For these projects I've been digging through old photographs and it occurs to me how much digital photography has changed the way I scrapbook. I can scan those Polaroids and old photographs and fearlessly cut, glue and embellish the digital prints. I can print photographs out at 3 am if I have a mind to do so. Now I just need to start weeding through the 89,000 jpegs on my computer lol.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, then head on over to Julia's Stamping Ground and take a gander. Better yet, snap a picture and join in the fun :D.