Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Challenge-Non Traditional Christmas

It's Lisa S here to share our new challenge-

Non Traditional Christmas

We want to see non traditional colours for Christmas
you can also use non traditional images if you would like too.

Deneen has some great tips to reduce the stress of holiday card making.

Mass Producing Card Tips

Christmas is the one time of the year we like to mass produce our cards.  Here are some Tips on how to make things easier for you.  Coming up with the design is the hardest part but once you have that step complete you can start assembling them.
  • Find a simple design - Or draw your own Template.  Look on Pinterest or Google Images under Fast, Easy Christmas cards.  Keep in mind something that includes fussy cutting will take up too much time for mass producing.
  • Do all of one step at once - It really helps you get in the groove and get the cards done quickly.   Cut all your ribbon at once, cut all your card stock at once, stamp all of your images at the same time, etc.
  • Stamp first, then assemble.  That way if you mess up an image you don’t mess up your whole card!
  • Keep your pattern but change the paper - If you find you don't have enough patterned paper for your cards, that's okay, keep the same template and change up the paper.  It's like having a whole new card.
  • Use your tools - Punches and stickers help cut down on time.
  • Use your computer - Computer-generate your note inside and print on white paper. For A6 cards, I print 4 in one sheet and just trim the papers to 4" x 5.25" then adhere inside the cards. Make room on the bottom for a personal note.
Let us know in the comments if you have any mass producing Tips to share with us and we'll add them here!

Cass says:
Use precoloured images, saves time on colouring.

Sources Used:

2 Digi images of winners choice.

A little bit about Zlatoena: My mom and I used to make handmade cards and that`s how everything started. I'm last year graphic design student and I have always had to passion to draw and doodle and one day someone came with the idea for digital stamps and .. 3 years since then.. I am creating digital stamps and.. The Cats Pajamas Rubber stamps are producing my designs into real stamps.. and I am as happy as can be.

Our Guest Designers
with this mega cute count down to Christmas clock.
using Bunny Christmas Lights

with sweetie of project using Bunny Christmas Lights
Tip: Use Stardust or glitter pens to make your lights sparkle.
Rocky also has a couple of Extra tips on her blog

Our Design Team

Amy - 
Rabbit in a cupcake
Tip: add toothpicks to the back of images to make present or cupcake toppers

Bettina - 
Bunny Mistletoe Christmas
Tip: Making a little gift bag for Christmas to give away on visits is always a winner!!


Tip: When using a large die cut keep embellishments simple.

Lisa S - Snowman Winter Christmas

Tip: When using a border punch that produces a negative image, save the images to use as embellishments. This is a great way to recycle!

Samantha P

Tip: No need to colour all the inner layers,
Don't waste your time I have stamped my image 4 times and the only middle
that is coloured in full is the top layer.

Samantha K - Bunny Christmas Lights

Tip - Don't be afraid to use a fine liner to add borders or extra detail.

Sue - Coming Soon


Tip - It's really easy to make your own fishtail banners for greetings so you can get exactly the size you want!  Just cut your sentiment into a rectangle leaving space at either end then snip a V shape into one end and punch a little hole in the other.

Lori - Snowman Skating

Tip - when dealing with tiny parts of die cut outs, use tweezers for picking up, handling or placement. Makes life MUCH easier! ;) 

Have fun with this challenge!

Winner and Top 3 for Kids challenge

Winner and Top 3 for Kids challenge

Elaine back with the winners for our Kids challenge. Lots of lovely entries making it a hard choice for the top 3. Fantastic bright colours and cute images.

The winner is :- Amy O

Sponsor prize
2 Cute ink,  2 images of your choice

Please contact us
at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize.

Top 3 are:-

#67 - Mari Harpham

Remember to collect your badges ladies to display on your blogs.

There was only one tip this week and that was from #82  Robin C
Congratulations you win our guest Designer spot. Please e-mail us for details. 

Could our winner and Top Tipper Please contact us

at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize.

Call back in a while to see our next challenge.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Challenge - Kids

Welcome to another fortnight and a new challenge. 
It's Elaine here to host this one, which is one of my favourites.  

Our theme is:-


But firstly, we have Deneen with her tutorial.


What is masking?  Masking means to hide something from view.  There are many ways to do this and today we want to show you 4 different masking techniques.  I don't know if there are official names to these techniques but I labelled them for the technique I wanted to achieve.

Negative Masking
Think of Halloween when you cover your eyes with a mask.  This time we are going to cover everything BUT the eyes, we will be using what is called the negative space.

Edge Masking
For this type of masking we want to achieve an edge, like a snowbank or if you cut a scalloped edge you could use it for clouds, see HERE.

Shapes Masking
This is the basic type of masking where you cut out a shape and use it to cover an area, then add your colour.  When you lift your mask the area covered will remain untouched.  
In the example below I chose not to cover the whole area with ink, I wanted to just outline the shapes.

Stencil Masking
You don't have to just use homemade shapes, there are lots of stencils out there that are perfect for masking!

I could have labelled this a double masking technique!  I didn't realize until I was typing up the Tutorial that I used a double masking technique, lol.

Masking is so much fun, you can achieve different looks by the amount of ink you add and by how you add it!!  You can add ink by sponging or by spraying, you can add a little ink or cover an entire area.

Sources Used:

Our sponsor this fortnight is:-

Prize - 2 images of winners choice

Our Design Team

Tip: Print more than one copy of a digi and use parts of it for an embellishment as I did here. I also printed the image on vellum as a top layer for interest.

Tip: In the need of a quickie birthday card you can use a pre-coloured topper and make your personal touch on to it. 


Lori - 

We look forward to seeing your creations.
Don't forget you can enter the challenge with a tip too.
From the Top Tip Tuesday Team.