Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Time to Clean Happy House Sticky Notes

Have you ever found yourself needing to write a note or leave a note for someone but you can't find a note pad or piece of paper anywhere? Then this is the project for you. I'm Diane Cook and I hope you'll enjoy making these sticky note pads with two of the cutest digital stamps from Digital Delights by Looby Loo.

Materials Needed
ð        Time to Clean set and Happy House digital stamp from Digital Delights by Looby Loo
ð        Prismacolor pencils or oil-based colored pencils (see colors in step 2) for each stamp or substitute your own colors
ð        Gamsol Colorless Mineral Spirits or Baby oil, a small lidded container, and 1” white felt squares
ð        Blending stumps or tortillions, small with good points
ð        Sandpaper pad or emery board
ð        Magic rub eraser
ð        1 sheet of Kraft paper cardstock or color of your choice
ð        1 sheet of red cardstock or color of your choice
ð        1 sheet of white cardstock sized for your printer
ð        3-inch square sticky notes
ð        Ruler
ð        Paper Trimmer
ð        Bone folder
ð        Adhesive
ð        Self-adhesive Velcro dot (optional)
ð        Red dye-ink stamping pad. I used Close To My Heart Cranberry Exclusive inks.
ð        Craft sponge

PRELIMINARY PREP: If you’re using baby oil, then cut your white felt(I got mine at Wal-Mart for 25 cents) into one or two-inch squares, depending on the size of your container. Then drop about five or six of your cut squares into the container. (When I teach classes, I use 2-ounce cups like those that come with your salad dressing in a restaurant. I only use two felt squares in this case). Fully saturate your felt but not to the point where you have a big puddle of oil in the bottom of your container. This will last you for months as long as you keep your lid tight when you’re not blending.

Now you're ready to start applying color.

Happy House

Step 1:

Download Happy House from Digital Delights by Looby Lou. Resize image in your photo-editing or graphic design software. My measurements for Happy House are 2.3” high and 2.02” wide. Your measurements don’t have to match, but they should be close. Print onto piece of white cardstock

Step 2: Color Combination:


ð        Working a section at a time, outline the inside line of your art with the darker color.
ð        Apply lighter color to the inner edge adjacent to the darker one.
ð        Take the clean point of your blending stump and dampen the end with mineral or baby oil without getting it too wet. If it’s oversaturated, then dab it on scrap paper until you’re comfortable with consistency.
ð        Take the oiled blending stump and lightly push it back and forth on the color you’ve laid on your artwork. As soon as the wax on the brealds down, with circular motions pull the colors colors onto the rest of your section.
ð        Work the next section and continue until your project is finished.

I used the follow colors on my Happy House
Roof – Prismacolor 905, Aquamarine
House and Bow – Prismacolor 924, Prisma Red, adjacent to Prismacolor 929, Rose
Door – Prismacolor 1034, Yellow Ochre
Grass and Bushes – Prismacolor 911, Olive Green adjacent to Prismacolor 912, Apple Green
Sidewalk – Prismacolor 1063, Cool Grey
Door Nose – Crayola Metallic Silver

Step 3

Take a moment to admire your work, then trim your Happy House digital stamp into a 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” square. If you want to add some extra depth, then chalk the edges with your red dye ink.

Step 4

Cut out a 2 ½” x 2 ½” square from your red cardstock. Apply adhesive to the back of your Happy House digital stamp, the turn it over with the art side up, center on the red square and press onto place.

Step 5

I used 8 ½” x 11” Recollections Kraft Paper for my sticky notes covers, cutting it 3 1/8” wide by 7” high. I then scored lines 2 ¼”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, and 5 ¾” from the bottom edge of the cover.

Step 6

Measure out a ¼” depth of sticky and set aside.

Step 7

Fold cover on scored lines. Apply adhesive on the quarter-inch section between the 5 ½ and the 5 ¾ inch folds. This is the top of the cover.

Step 8

Place sticky pad below the 5 ½” fold (second from the top) and fold adhesive ¼” of cover to capture the top of the pad.

Step 9

Fold the top of cover down and the bottom of the cover up with top overlapping bottom.

Step 10

Turn matted artwork over and place adhesive on the upper half.

Step 11

Place glued side of artwork on the outside top half of cover so the bottom half will overlap.

Step 12

Cut a Velcro circle in half and place it on the lower, underside edge of the matted artwork. Close flap so it presses on to outside portion of the lower edge of cover.

Your project is now finished. Now it's time to make our Time to Clean bear notepad.

Step 1:

Download Time To Clean from Digital Delights by Looby Lou. Resize image in your photo-editing or graphic design software. My measurements for are 2.34” high and 1.58” wide. Your measurements don’t have to match, but they should be close.

Step 2: Color Combination:


ð        Working a section at a time, outline the inside line of your art with the darker color.
ð        Apply the lighter shade in the same color family into the inner edge adjacent to the darker one.
ð        Take clean point of blending stump and dampen it with mineral or baby oil without getting it too wet. If it’s oversaturated, then dab it on scrap paper until you’re comfortable with consistency.
ð        Take the oiled blending stump and lightly push it back and forth on the color you’ve laid on your artwork. As soon as the wax on your paper has breaks down, with circular motions pull the colors onto the rest of your section.
ð        Work the next section and continue until your project is finished.

I used the following colors on my bear:
Bear Body – Prismacolor 947, Dark Umber, adjacent to Prismacolor 943, Burnt Ochre
Inside Ears – Prismacolor 924, Crimson Red, adjacent to Prismacolor 947, Dark Umber, and Prismacolor 943, Burnt Ochre
Muzzle –Prismacolor 943, Burnt Ochre adjacent to Prismacolor 1034 Goldenrod
Dress – Prismacolor 902 Ultramarine adjacent to Prismacolor PC005, Copenhagen Blue
Bow – Prismacolor 924 Crimson Red adjacent to Prismacolor 929, Pink.
Broom and Duster Handle – Prismacolor 943 Burnt Ochre.
Duster Feathers – Prismacolor 947, Dark Umber followed by Prismacolor 1027 Peacock Blue.

Step 3
Take a moment to admire your work, then trim your Time to Clean digital stamp into a 2 ½” x 1 ¾” rectangle. Next, cut out a 2 ¾” x 2” square from your red cardstock. Apply adhesive to the back of your Happy House digital stamp, the turn it over with the art side up, center on the red square and press into place.

Step 4

Now you're ready to frame your art. Cut out a 2 ½” x 2 ½” square from your red cardstock. Apply adhesive to the back of your Happy House digital stamp, then turn it over with the art side up, center on the red square and press into place.

Step 5

I used 8 ½” x 11” Recollections Craft Paper for my sticky notes covers, cutting it 3 1/8” wide by 7” high. I then scored lines 2 ¼”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, and 5 ¾” from the bottom edge of the cover.

Step 6


Measure out a ¼” depth of sticky and set aside.

Step 7

Fold cover on scored lines. Apply adhesive on the quarter-inch section between the 5 ½ and the 5 ¾ inch folds. This is the top of the cover.

Step 8

Place sticky pad below the 5 ½” fold (second from the top) and fold adhesive ¼” of cover to capture the top of the pad.

Step 9

Fold the top of cover down and the bottom of the cover up with top overlapping bottom.

Step 10

Turn matted artwork over and place adhesive on the upper half.

Step 11

Place glued side of artwork on the outside top half of cover so the bottom half will overlap.

Step 12

Cut a Velcro circle in half and place it on the lower, underside edge of the matted artwork. Close flap so it presses on to outside portion of the lower edge of cover.
This set of two sticky-note holders is the perfect pair to have around the house when you need a note pad for appointments, phone numbers, etc. It’salso makes a great little housewarming gift too. I hope you enjoyed this project.

4 comments:

  1. Very cute sticky note holders, Diane! Your tutorial is awesome...so detailed, yet so easy to follow! TFS!
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  2. These are so adorable! Great tutorial on using Prismas too..I'm always stuck for which colors to use! Thank you so much for listing them..that's so helpful! Thanks for sharing your valuable tips!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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