Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Handmade Handbook


Hi, folks! Bibi here with a fun hands-on project!

I was flipping through some old stamp magazines the other day when I saw a card in the shape of a hand. It was made from a template, but hey - who needs a template when you already have one at hand?

I traced my hand on a piece of cardstock, cut it out and used that template to make three more hands. If you trace your own hand four times, chances are the cardstock hands won't look exactly the same - but maybe that's what you want.






All the hands were cut out of white cardstock. I smooshed some Distress ink using foam applicators to color the hands, then lightly misted them with water for the speckle effect I like so much. I also used the Face-lifting technique to highlight some areas. The hands were bound together using eyelets and a string of cotton lace that I dyed with Distress inks.

Before I added glitter glue to the nails, I painted them with a white marker to keep the ink underneath from seeping through the glitter.


Welcome to my nail salon!


A bird in the hand ....

All stamps are from the sheet #B3-M: A little birdie told me.


... is worth more than two in the bush
All stamps are from the sheet #NP1-M: I Love Leaves


Let there BEE music!

Stamps: #A1-5C Large Bee, #M1-4H Sheet Music, #BK2-4E: Lace, 
#BK1-1E: Grunge Swirls, Hand stamp from #BK2-5G: Collage Elements


Anyone can do this ....
Stamps: #BK1-3E: Diamonds, #BK1-4E: Vintage script, 
Paper doll stamp from #BK1-7G: Collage Elements, 
Sentiment from #SET2-M: Think Again


The sentiment in a frame was stamped on the dark background, then I used the Face-lifting technique to make the area inside the frame lighter. Be careful with that red ink or you might get caught red handed! *

*To be taken with red hand in ancient times was to be caught in the act, like a murderer with his hands red with his victim's blood. The use of red hand in this sense goes back to 15th-century Scotland and Scottish law. Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1819) contains the first recorded use of taken red-handed for someone apprehended in the act of committing a crime. The expression subsequently became more common as caught red-handed (Quote from Wiktionary.org)



Supply list:

A handful of stamps from Rubber Dance: www.rubberdance.com
Other:
White cardstock
Pencil to trace your hand
Scissors
Inks (I used Distress and Black Archival)
Mini mister
Color pencils
White marker
Glitter glue
Eyelets
Ribbon


Thank you for stamping by. I hope you liked my handiwork! :-)

XOX,
Bibi


To find the stamps used in this article, and many more, visit the Rubber Dance website: www.rubberdance.com
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20 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! so fun with all the colors, etc. I think I have some die cuts of hands... The bird in the hand made me smile.

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    1. Thank you, paulaj! I hope you will play with your die cut hands, and if not there is always your own ;-)
      XOX

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  2. Wow, Bibi, this is a fabulous idea!! Very handy in fact - hehehe. It would be a nice project to do with the wee man, (when he's on a good day). I know he'd enjoy the end product :D

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    1. Thanks, Twinkle! I hope you and the wee man will try this together. Be sure to let me see if you do! :-D
      XOX

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  3. Bibi, I love them all, but my favorite is the red one. Why, you ask???? Because it looks just like my BFF's hand. Seriously, I know you did the face-lifting technique, but it looks like you just took a photo of your hand after you got red paint on it. This project is so wonderful... Love it so much! Hugs, Pamikins

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    1. Thank you, Pam! That could very well be my own hand on a good day - you know a good day for me is when I have ink all over my hands ;) It's so cool to use that face-lifting technique to make the hand look more real and not just flat.
      XOX

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  4. What a neat project! Those hands came out so perfect :) ...and: it's still VERY exciting to see my bird showing up here :) Thanks again for the chance to cooperate, Bibi!

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    1. Thanks, Jana! The birds you drew for me are so adorable and versatile! I'm so happy we met and that you designed these for me :-))))
      XOX

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  5. The bird one is my favorite. What a cute idea.

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  6. WOW!!! Dear Bibi, I can't find any words! It's FANTASTIC project! So cool idea! I had idea to use my hand in my creations, but in another way. You made really amazing project! :) Hugs :) xoxo
    ~Olga Kovalchuk

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    1. Thank you so much, Olga! :I hope some day I will see the idea you had to use your hand in your creations :-)))
      XOX

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  7. Such a totally unique project - love all the punchy colours too.

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  8. Just awesome, Bibi! So loving this!

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  9. I love these wonderful hands. What a great idea. It inspire me

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    1. Thank you, Rosie! So happy to hear that it inspires you!
      XOX

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  10. Love your hand book. The birds and the leaves are my favorites.

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