Crafty tutorials

Making a zine – crafty lockdown ideas!

Happy humpday crafty people, I hope you are doing well in these strange times.  I’ve been keeping busy in the craft room and yesterday while I was tidying up some of my stash I found a zine I made a couple of years ago and thought I would make another one…. a quarantine zine (sorry I can hear the groans from here!!)

I’m sure many of you will have made these but I thought I would share the method just in case you have forgotten or it’s your first zine!

The basic zine is super easy, I used one sheet of A4 printer paper.  You want to fold the paper as per the dotted lines in this picture (I’ve made a video showing the folding of the zine on the Ginger Ninja Crafts Facebook Page. )

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I’ve added the page numbers so you can see the order these pages will appear in your zine.  This template is available to download here A4zinetemplate .

Once you’ve created your structure the fun part begins.  You will want to decide on a theme, and map out what you want to include.  I decided to use the lockdown as inspiration, focusing on some of the ways I’m coping with the restriction.  You can decorate your zine however you like.  Here is how I decorated my pages….

I used some scraps of papers I had made using inks, watercolours and nuvo shimmer powders as well as printed papers, stickers, printed phrases, fabric embellishments and paper ephemera.  The front page was a rainbow I had done ages ago while practicing with water colours and the salt technique.  That felt appropriate as there are lots of rainbows in windows at the moment that the children are making to brighten up their walks around the estate.

The final thing I did was scan it in and make a colour photocopy as my original was a little bulky due to the papers and embellishments I’d used.  If any of you would like to print it off and make it up into a little zine you can download it here Quarantinezine

I hope that you enjoyed my little tutorial today.  If you pop over to watch the facebook video why not leave me a like or a comment to say you came over from the blog.

Stay safe and well everyone and crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

 

Cardmaking

Shaker card

Happy Wednesday crafty people!  I hope you are having a fab week.  I’m back today with my contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge Blog which today has a new challenge to make a shaker card.  I haven’t made any of these for a while (I must admit I find them a bit of a faff!) so I ad a rummage in my stash and dug out my acetate and and 3d sticky pads and got going.

There are lots of tutorials on youtube but I thought I would share how I put together my card in case it’s helpful!

I started by cutting the front panel for my card and I cute a circle window for the shaker.  I also cut a little scalloped frame to go around the front of the window to make it stand out a little more.

On the reverse I use some double sided tape to cover the window with some clear acetate.  I used some from Dovecraft but you can also use some from packaging.

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The next step I did was to add 3d pads around the window and around the edge of the panel.  I did a double layer of 3d pads to give plenty of room for the sequins to move around.  While I still have the 3d pads covered I take some fine powder (using the EK Powder tool) to swirl around the edge of the window.  This just stops the sequins sticking to the sticky pads so they can move around when you shake the card.

I wouldn’t like to admit how many times I have forgotten to add the acetate until after I have added the sticky pads which is super annoying (have you ever tried to remove 3d pads? it’s not a fun job!!).  Am I the only one?

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Then I added some sequins, I like to use mini sequins but you can use different sizes and or little beads.

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I had cut a circle of patterned paper for the background to the shaker window so I put this on top of the sequins and then added some wet glue to the back.

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Now the sequins are safely secured so you can turn the panel over and stick it down to the card base.

To decorate the frint of my card I used a fairy die and stamp from Joanna Sheen.  I think this die was a magazine gift and I love it.  It’s fab for paper piecing so I gave my fairy some brown hair, pink mirror wings and an ombre dress with some stars on it.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and added it to the bottom corner.

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I hope that you like my fairy card and I can’t wait to see all the shaker cards that my fellow design team members have come up with.

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Do you have any tips to make shaker cards easy?  I’d love to hear what you think and if you have entered the challenge give me a shout in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x