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Solar Eclipse of the Heart

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy: constellations, shooting stars, meteor showers, solar flares, sun dogs and anything unusual happening in the sky! We had 99.1% obscurity at our house and my husband and I viewed the show through our special eclipse-viewing glasses. I had to use washi tape to attach them to my prescription glasses because the paper glasses kept falling off my face. Ha!

In this post, I’ll share how I made two interactive eclipse cards; a photo from our eclipse-watching; and the eclipse-watching music playlist I made. No special eclipse glasses are required. 😉

Below is a video showing the interactive solar eclipse cards I’m featuring today.

Last week, I made a few special eclipse card for today’s incredible event. Someone very dear to me celebrates a birthday today, so I made her this card. I came up with the idea as I was going to sleep one night. I get my best ideas while driving or when I have quiet time as my head hits the pillow.

I made the card by cutting a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock to 5” x 12” and scored it every 4” and then folded the outer sides in toward the middle. I had to trim them down so I could tuck the outer flap inside.

The next step was deciding where to punch a hole for the sun. I know I could have used my Cricut Explore to cut a circle where I wanted it, but I just used a small circle punch and then used my Tim Holtz Vagabond machine to cut out a circle shape from a metal die. I determined the size of the circle by putting the die over my card to ensure the circle would stick out the edge of the card and remain behind the circle I punched out for the sun.

Then, I colored most of the large circle yellow with a Copic marker and carefully determined where the black eclipse area would begin and end and colored that in with a black Copic marker. I set the large circle/wheel aside and masked off the card so I could airbrush the sky with 4 different Copic markers and my air compressor. I covered the cutout piece of the sun with some painter’s tape to make it a little wider. I put it in place so when I airbrushed the sky, it left a ring around the sun. I colored in the area with the same Acid Yellow marker I used for the sun. This was to represent the solar corona.

With a craft knife, I cut a slit in the outer edge of the card and attached the circle/wheel to my card with a brad so it would spin. After testing the eclipse and making adjustments to the eclipse, I glued the inner flap down to conceal the wheel.

Next, I cut out cute clouds and attached them around the brad to conceal it.

I finished adding embellishments, including cutting out the birthday sentiment three times and glueing them together to get a really thick phrase.

Here are the different phases of the sun that appear as the wheel is turned:

The card I made for my husband wasn’t as detailed. I just wanted to make him a simple total eclipse of the heart card to commemorate the day. Inside the card, I called today a “solar eclipse of the heart.” The tab is concealed by an orange panel I glued in place inside the card. I made the tab a certain shape so that it couldn’t get pulled all the way out of the side.

Here’s how it looks in stages as the tab is pulled:

For today’s eclipse, I set up two phones to take time-lapse video of the yard darkening and lightening up again… but didn’t know the app I was using only recorded video for 45 minutes! The recordings both ended 30 minutes before the eclipse. I KNEW I should have checked on the videos but didn’t until after the eclipse! Oh well. My husband and I worked from home today, and enjoyed listening to the eclipse playlist I made for eclipse-viewing. Here are the songs on my list, in alphabetical order:

My Eclipse Playlist
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Brighter Than the Sun – ABC
Catch the Sun – Doves
Center of the Sun – Conjure One
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John & George Michael
Earth, Sun, Moon – Love & Rockets
eCLiPSe – Ephemerid
Eclipse – Love & Rockets
Eclipse – Pink Floyd
Eclipse (All Yours) – Metric
Fake Bowie Song: Eclipse Me – Liam Lynch
Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) – The Ramones
The Killing Moon (regular version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon (All Night Version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
King of Pain – The Police
Man in the Moon – Erasure
Man On the Moon – REM
Moon – Dada
My Sun – Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
No Sunlight – Death Cab for Cutie
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Setting Sun – A Flock of Seagulls
Shame on the Moon – Red Flag
Shepherd Moons – Enya
Stare at the Sun – MuteMath
Summer Sun – 4 Strings
The Sun & the Rainfall – Depeche Mode
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – Keane
The Sun Goes Down – Level 42
Sundown – Red Flag
The Sun – Shiny Toy Guns
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas) – They Might Be Giants

We LOVED listening to music during the eclipse! “The Sun” by Shiny Toy Guns came on for the full eclipse and then we listened to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, OF COURSE!!

How much of the eclipse could you see? Which songs would you have included? Did you play any music for the eclipse?

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Father’s Day Tool Kit Card

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Circuit Design Space Tool Kit Card for Fathers Day

Hey, papercrafters! Are any of you thinking of making the really cute tool kit card featured in Cricut Design Space? Well, I’ve got some tips for you because I call the card instructions “a real head-scratcher.” It makes me wonder if anyone from Cricut actually made the card that a clever papercrafter submitted to them, or if they just uploaded the design and called it good. I tell ya, unless I’m really incoherent, the project doesn’t exactly match the beautiful finished product you see in Design Space!

This is going to get kind of technical, so if you’re just here to look at the card, you may want to skip reading this post and just look at the photos. 😉

For my fellow Cricuteers using the Cricut Explore One or Cricut Explore Air, let’s dig in!

The instructions say to determine the size of your card and that the card in the cute project measures 4″ x 6″. This may be where I got lost because I thought it was saying that unless you make adjustments, your card will also be 4″ x 6″. My finished card – and this is no big deal – is 4 3/8″ x 6 1/2.” That’s the size it was without making size adjustments. The big deal was that the materials it called for were wrong.

If you’re going to make this card using the supplies recommended, you’ll need to size down the whole project, but I don’t have the actual sizes for you because I am only making this card once!

First of all, the materials needed call for a 12″ x 12″ standard cutting mat. NOPE. Also, only 12″ x 12″ cardstock is called for. DOUBLE NOPE.

When looking at the project in “Design” view, I couldn’t tell if the black cardstock inside the toolbox was supposed to be one long piece, or several little pieces because they were grouped together totaling 6.5″ x 13.1.” This means I needed to use my 12″ x 24″ mat and I don’t have any colorful or black cardstock larger than standard 12″ x 12″, so I had to buy white poster paper and COLOR IT.

You can’t just click “MAKE IT NOW” and have it work out unless you have the 12″ x 24″ mat and goldenrod and black cardstock that are at least 11″ x 13.5″. You have to make adjustments.

If you don’t resize this card before cutting it, then ungroup it so you can adjust the pieces. Duplicate the black rectangular pieces that line the toolbox card so you have 5 of them and use the “Hide Contour” button to hide the extra panels so that you have just 5 free-floating pieces. That way, they won’t require that you use extra-long black cardstock!

The goldenrod toolbox is 10.8″ x 13.1″ unless you resize the whole project. I couldn’t find goldenrod paper that was larger than 12″ x 12″, so I cut it on white poster paper and colored it until my Copic markers ran dry. I wasn’t prepared for the volume of ink this would use, or I would have bought wide nib Copic markers.

In order to get some of the parts to cut on actual black or goldenrod cardstock, I adjust the color of the goldenrod box and the black panels in the settings. I made them slightly different shades of those colors so I could trick the program into suggesting the black pieces go on two mats and the goldenrods also go on two mats.

Here are some screen shots of my different mats and how I adjusted things. I didn’t bother to cut an envelope. I have so many envelopes in various sizes that I rarely make my own envelopes. This card fit in a 5.25″ x 7.25″ envelope from my stash.

Cricut Design Space Fathers Day Tool Kit Card

Here are the pictures of my card.

Opening the Fathers Day Toolkit Card

Was I supposed to tape the measuring tape to itself? What do I do with the three paper tool pieces – throw them inside the card?

Inside of Fathers Day Toolbox Card

What are these flaps all about? Do they go inside or outside? If I glued them in place, like I originally thought, I’d see them through the black panels on the inside or outside. Are they really necessary? I didn’t glue them down, but when the car opens, they hug the outside of the card and cover the striped panels.

Side of the Toolbox Card

 

Tool Box Fathers Day Card front and back

I colored some of the extra paper pieces (tools) and glued them to the envelope. I used a silver marker to add some dots that turned tow of the tools into letter “D” shapes. It may be hard to see the silver “nails” in the picture, but it spells DAD.

Tool Kit Card and Tool Socks

Dad loved his other gifts, and especially his tool socks and tool kit card!

Tool Kit Card and Tool Socks

I wrote this post to help other paper crafters, and before I assembled my card, I searched online for a post like this. Now it’s here for anyone else who was in the same pickle as me! If you have any suggestions for what to do with those side flaps, please let me know!

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Faith Shines Bright

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Happy Easter! I’m taking this year off, as far as Easter cards go. I made two gift card holders for my step-teens’ Easter gifts, but other than that, I just couldn’t find the time to finish making cards. Sorry, family and close friends who usually get holiday cards from me!

Today I attended a memorial service for a dear, special friend. Other than my wonderful dad, I strongly believe he’s the greatest man I had the privilege to know and care about. There were a few pressing reasons I needed to craft cards for: a sympathy card, a few birthday cards and this card I’m featuring today. Last Sunday, one of our Deacons stepped up to the position of Elder in our church and I wanted to make him a special card to show my appreciation!

Faith Shines Bright

I’m still on an airbrush kick! I love to make cards with my Copic marker airbrush system. For this card, I used a retired Stamp of the Month stamp set from Close to My Heart, called S1311 Illuminate, and stamped it onto Colonial White Cardstock. Next, I used 4 Copic markers and airbrushed the background, making the lantern the brightest part of my card.

Faith

I attached it to folded yellow cardstock and snugly fit some black ribbon beside it. I added a few finishing touches, like Bitty Sparkles to represent twinkling stars in the sky and a yellow gem to represent the lantern bulb.
LampOn the inside, I stamped this sentiment from the stamp set. Here’s a tip: when using Scripture, it’s a good idea to double-check the Bible and make sure the sentiment you’re stamping is from the correct passage. I was glad to see Psalm 119:105 was the right passage quoted.

Psalm 119:105

I enjoyed making this card, and our newest Elder appreciated it, too.

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My First Two Airbrushed Cards

My First Two Airbrushed Cards
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I’m so happy to announce I’m now Certified by Copic! I hold the Standard and the Intermediate Copic Papercrafting Certifications, the only two offered by Copic. Last week I completed all my training and was certified to demonstrate, teach or just use the techniques for my papercrafts. Taking these classes were “bucket list” items I’ve dreamed of doing for seven years, so it feels really good to have done something special like this.
My Copic Papercrafting Certifications
    It was so much fun spending two full days coloring and shading with Copic markers. If you’re not familiar with the brand Copic or how to pronounce it, it sounds like “Ko – Pick” and not “Cop – ick.” Back in 2008, I invested in a set of Copic Ciao markers and I got the other set as a gift a year ago, but I didn’t use them as often as I intended. The reason for taking these two classes was to become better at using my investment of colorful markers. Sure, I used alcohol markers in high school AP art and college, but I had forgotten a lot of techniques I’d learned. It all came back to me when I was re-learning how to use alcohol markers in my Copic classes.
    In Junior High, my art teacher was a talented and well-known airbrush artist and I was fortunate enough to get to learn how to airbrush… but then I forgot most of it because I don’t think I airbrushed again after the 9th grade. Last week, I got to try the Copic airbrush with a compressor and I was hooked! No, I’m not going to turn into an airbrushing graffiti artist – I just enjoy airbrushing backgrounds and quickly changing the color of white embellishments and ribbon. It was pretty special marrying two art mediums I learned to use in public schools: an airbrush and alcohol markers!
    After class, they sold the Copic airbrush system at a ridiculously low, below-wholesale price and I was thankful to be one of the lucky 4 to buy one.
    So, here are the first two cards I’ve made with my new airbrush system. I used three colors on both cards.
Airbrushed Depeche Mode Violator Rose Card
    In this card, I cut the cardstock down to size; airbrushed the background; stamped up the iconic Depeche Mode rose from the 1990 “Violator” album; loosely doodled a frame around the edge with a black Copic Multiliner pen; then mounted it onto dark red cardstock.
    For this guy card below, I wanted to closely match the Seattle Mariners team colors, so after laying down a chevron stencil on the cardstock and airbrushing the 3 colors, I lined the bottom of the chevrons with a silver marker. Then, I stamped the Close to My Heart sentiment; attached the ribbon and buckle; mounted it on silver paper; adhered it to the blue card; then added the Close to My Heart sticker embellishment and gemstones.
What do you think? Do you like the airbrushed backgrounds?
Up Close Thank You
Details of Chevron Card
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