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Friday, September 21, 2018

ERNEST ELEPHANT SEPTEMBER 2018 PROGRESSIVE DIGI STAMP

Welcome to Koala T Crafts, Ernest!

Ernest Elephant came to Koala T Crafts as a Progressive Digi drawn by Jen Evers! What is a Progressive Digi, you ask? What IS a digi stamp?




Progressive [pruh-gres-iv]
1. favoring or advocating for progress, change or improvement
2. making progress towards better conditions
3. going forward or onward; proceeding
 step by step 

Digi Stamp [dij-ee]:
1. short for digital stamp
2. available in electronic form; readable and
 manipulable by computer

Jen Evers draws a different digi stamp once a month and makes it available during that month only! The Progressive Digi Stamp Challenge is open to everyone. KTC members purchase their first months digi for $1.99. If it is colored and used in a project, downloaded into the KTC album by the 27th of that month, you will receive the next month's digi stamp FREE and so on. If at any time you should miss the deadline, you will have to pay for your first stamp again for the current month. 

If you are  Patron, you receive the digi stamp free each month! (You will find the information about becoming a Patron below in blue!)

Once the month is over, that stamp is retired. 

To receive and use the stamp, it must be downloaded onto your computer. Use whatever program you have to change the size without altering the digi in any way. There is a special KTC member that has created a card for us and progressively, we will check it out!

Creating Ernest

Ernest Elephant arrived via email. It was downloaded into Microsoft Word so it could be printed. It was printed twice, once facing left, the other facing right.

Ernest and friend cut out after printing

Creating the Card Base

A piece of kraft 8 1/2¨x 11¨ cardstock was cut to measure 5 1/2¨x 11¨.
Cardstock cut to 5 1/2¨x 11¨

It was scored at 2 3/4¨ on the long side, flipped around and scored again at 2 3/4¨. When folded on the score lines, this would create a 5 1/2¨x 5 1/2¨ card that had two sides that would fold together in the front creating a door. 

A white 5 1/2¨ square was cut to be placed on the inside of the card with an ATG (Advanced Tape Glider). It was left blank until a sentiment was decided upon.

Inside piece for card sentiment

Outside of the card, the flaps were to get fancy. Two papers were selected from the Aloha paper pack. 
Complimenting papers from Concord and 9thÅ›
paper pack called Aloha


The first panels were cut at 2 3/4¨x 5 3/8¨ and attached to each side of the front. The second paper was cut into panels a quarter inch shorter at 2 1/2¨x 5 1/8¨ then centered upon the first panel with the ATG.

Coloring Ernest and Friend

So, there were two elephants to color! They both were colored the same way with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. They were colored as follows:
-The bodies were colored in shades of grey, GG2 with GG3 shading the shadowed areas.
-The ears and cheeks were colored with pink, PP5 with BP1 shading them
-The eyes were colored green, AG5
-The water from the snout colored blue, TB3

Spectrum Noir markers used

Once they were colored they were fussy cut-out. (This means they were cut out on the line, usually using small scissors and only moving the paper to get into the tight areas.)

Assembling the Card

The elephants were then attached with the ATG, one on each side of the front. They were facing each other with their trunks able to interlock.

Next, a Recollection's die was used out of the matching Aloha set which also includes a flamingo, a pineapple and other parts of leaves. Several leaves were cut and tucked in behind and around the elephants. To make it look really like they were in the bushes, the leaves in the front were put on pop dots then put over the elephants.

Leaf dies that were used out of the paper pack.

After the leaves, a string of bling was added across the top. It went from one side to the others. A sentiment came to mind! Three "Family" words were cut, glued one on top of the other and placed above the left elephant. The stacked words gave the card dimension. 

Just to ground the elephant and leaves, a piece of green glitter ribbon was added to the bottom of each front panel. Didn't it turn out cute? 

The card opened and trunks apart
When the card was open to see what was written inside, the trunks were apart but...

closed finished card

when the card was closed, Ernest wrapped his trunk around his brother or sister (since they were family) again!

Didn't that card turn out cute? How clever it was to make the trunks interlock! Nice interactive card!!

I hope you were inspired by this design. Try making what we call a ¨gate-fold¨ card on one of your next cards! REMEMBER to submit your entry into the album marked Digi Challenge or have one of the helpers help you.  A new Digi comes out every month and as long as you submit it by the 27th of the month, you will get them free.  

Patrons will receive all digi stamps free. How can you become a patron?

When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, Sketch Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and get a free preview of the crafty items that will be for sale at Koala T Crafts bi-weekly Garage Sales. Just come in your pajamas, hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!


As always, thank you so very much for the support of the Jen Evers Youtube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Remember, great things happen to
 those that create!

Artistically yours,



Koala T Crafts Store










Thursday, September 20, 2018

HOW TO USE UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) WITHOUT A MELTING POT

How to use UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) Without a Melting Pot


UTEE= Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

I really want to try this new craft! I could make flowers POP on my cards! The circles in the first video of this series, 'Ranger Melting Pot vs. Darice Hot Glue Melt Pot' were adorable and I think the patterned paper would look neat. I´m thinking of a dog or cat, maybe a person to use. Santa Claus?

Jolly Ol´ St. Nick

What is the first step?

UTEE is an embossing powder. All it needs is a heat source that will get warm enough to make it melt. Will embossing powders work? Yes, but you will not have the exact result as the UTEE. UTEE is a thick powder. It is coarse and chunky like sea salt. It is not fine and in uniform crystals like normal embossing powder. 

In order for it to stick without melting it in a Melting Pot, Versamark will have to be used. If your UTEE is clear, a pigment ink may work, much in the same way as regular embossing powder. 
UTEE: Ultra Thick Embossing Powder

Using Versamark, a clear, sticky ink, will work well! To practice, start by squishing (a very technical term) the pad onto the corner of a sheet of paper. 


Versamark Clear ink Pad

Keeping your UTEE in a container with a small spoon makes it easy to get to and put away. Scoop a small amount onto the area of the Versamark. You should see some of the UTEE stick to the surface. Repeat this, dumping the extra into your container until you cover the whole area of the ink. Tap your paper to get the last few pieces off. Do not add more Versamark without heating the UTEE you have already put onto your paper.

Use a scoop to sprinkle
the UTEE onto the paper

No melting Pot?

Melting Pots were used in the first two videos of this series;

Ranger UTEE Melting Pot vs. Darice Hot Glue Melt Pot


How to use UTEE to Create Faux Glass Flowers and More

The results were stunning! How are we going to be able to do this? By using a heat tool. If you use the heat tool you use to emboss with, 1/2 the UTEE will blow everywhere and you will have a heck of a mess! This heat tool is too strong, too forceful for the larger chunks of the UTEE.

Multi-purpose Heat Gun Tool with Stand Is Perfect for Embossing

The best heat gun for this job is the Ranger Heat It Tool. It blows gently while giving off heat. It takes a little longer for the powder to melt but the powder does not blow around.


Use Ranger Heat It Tool to help
prevent powder from blowing around

Ranger Heat It Tool


Using this Technique

Let´s make an embellishment, something we can put on a card!

Deciding to use a punched flower, similar to the example, three were punched out of 110# Exact Index cardstock and glued together. This created a sturdy base for the layers of melted UTEE.



This time, take the flower and place it on the Versamark to cover it with ink.  Once coated, you can use your reverse tweezers to hold it while you dunk it in your UTEE powder. 

Third Layer of UTEE
(Keep in mind there are several layers. Versamark, UTEE, heat. Repeat. Versamark, UTEE, heat.)

After the third layer is heated, sprinkle some glitter, mica, iridescent flakes, into it. When you reheat from underneath or above with your regular heat gun, it seals in your decorations. When immediately done you will want to push it into the warm UTEE a bit.

Assorted Glitter Shakers kit



Choice of Glitter


This time while it is hot and melted, sprinkle glitter and watch it sink into the liquid UTEE. 
Look at the finished product!


Fancy flower made from UTEE,
 glitters and iridescent flakes

Stamping in melted UTEE

This is an example of stamping into hot UTEE. A talk about adding a layer of Triple Thick was mentioned to preserve the gold powder that had been added. Triple Thick is a sealer much like MOD Podge.

Golden leaf stamp pressed into hot UTEE
This time two squares of black cardstock were glued together. UTEE was melted onto the cardstock two times.  Before the third time, three colors of Pearl-Ex were chosen. It was going to stand out when pink, blue and green were chosen for the black embellishment! (Yes, Perfect Pearls can be used.)

The colors available in Series 2 of Pearl-EX


 The square was then decorated and left on the blue silicone mat. The silicone won´t be affected by the heat. It was heated from above with the use of the cylindrical embossing gun. It blew harder and heated quickly. 
 Kitchen Non-stick Silicone
 Heat Resistant Nonskid, Baking Mat

We needed it hot enough for the colored Pearl Ex to melt into the UTEE before the stamp was applied. As soon as the heat was turned off, the stamp of a rose was pressed into the UTEE and left there to cool.  The stamp was from the set ´Mindscape Fall´ from Inkadinkadoo.


Mindscape Fall Clear Stamps from Inkadinkadoo
Colors were heated until they melted.

 When you choose your stamp, make sure you use something like Stazon or Versamark on your stamp so that when the UTEE cools, it releases the stamp. 


What Will It Look Like?

Watch How To Use UTEE(Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) Without A Melting Pot to find out how this embellishment turns out! Click on the picture below and it will take you right there!  But first, finish reading this blog!

How to use UTEE(Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) Without a Melting Pot

Now I feel that I have enough information to try this craft technique. It was great to have step by step tutorials with a LIVE person!

Join other Koala T Craft community members and like-minded crafters and watch Free Play Fridays at 5pm CST on Fridays. Jen Evers does step-by-step tutorials for beginners to advanced crafters and chats with viewers as they play along! 



Also, see Jen on One in Ten with Jen on Wednesday evenings at 5pm CST. She is challenged (and succeeds most of the time) to make a card in less than 10 minutes. She is only to use the contents of the letter sent by a viewer! It could have anything in it! To send her a letter with scraps from your craft room, her address is in the KTC address file and you must be a member of the Facebook Community.

To join our Community just click on JOIN on our Facebook page and fill out three simple questions. That's how we weed out the scammers and con-artists.  Once you join, you are welcomed into a non-commitment, drama-free space that has a lot of incentive and fun crafty people to meet.

Koala T Crafts Facebook Page


As always, thank you so very much for the support of the Jen Evers YouTube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Remember, great things happen to 
those that create!

Artistically yours,



Koala T Crafts Store
koalatcrafts.com

Friday, September 14, 2018

TIM HOLTZ GLASS MEDIA MAT

Tonic Studios Presents:

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Introducing a new surface for artists and paper crafters of all types! It is the Media Mat from Tonic Studios! This fantastic multi-functional tool is a whopping 23"x 14" for creating on any work space!
Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat  

To begin with, it is made of tempered glass which is a very durable glass. Tempered glass or toughened glass is a type of safety glass made to increase it's strength. Tempering causes the glass, when broken, to crumble into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. 

The ruler grid is underneath the black tempered glass mat. No worry that the print will come off or wear off!

The sleek black 12"x 14" measuring grid has inches as well as centimeters around the perimeter. Each square on the black glass working area measures 1” x 1”. The bottom features a ruler that measures from 0” to 14”, the side measures from 0” to 12” and the top has a zero displayed in the middle allowing you to easily center your projects.

Grid is divided into 1" squares with
markings down to 1/4 of an inch.


The mat was designed to have a 'work' space and a 'messy' space as Tim puts it. The messy space measures 7.5"x 11" and has a durable, removable craft mat that is heat-resistant like other regular craft mats. It has silicone on the bottom of this removable mat to keep it from sliding around.


TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Replacement

 Non-Stick Mat For Glass Media Mat




Underneath the removable craft mat is a palette with a grid, 25 squares. Use this area for blending different mediums. Use a wet paint brush or a water brush to pick up Distress Inks, paints, crayons and more off this palette. Your mediums will not dry on this surface. 

Blend different mediums and
pick up with wet brush


The whole surface of the Glass Media Mat is blendible!

There are several durable feet on the bottom of the glass media mat which prevent it from moving, and helps to keep your work surface clean! Yes, the ever so slightly raised surface helps maintain your work area by preventing the adhesives, tools, inks, dies and stamps from creeping in on you!



The raised ledge of the media mat has another purpose. The Media Edge is a tool used with the glass media mat. It is made of clear polycarbonate  and designed to create a straight line. The Media Edge has an extra edge piece hanging off the mat keeping the Edge straight.

It IS NOT a ruler! One side is tapered so the line of a pen or pencil is accurate for drawing. The other side has a metal edge for cutting. The Media Edge can also help align sentiments, foam letter stamps and numbers.  


Tonic Studios, Tim Holtz - Media Tool Set

It is paired with an ergonomic handled  polymer Media Scraper, used to remove material off your non-stick mat. It will not scratch the media mat! The Scraper and Media Edge are sold together but separately from the glass media mat. You may also purchase a replacement removable craft mat.




I can't wait to own a Media Mat and the tools! They may be sold out at your favorite store but be patient, Tonic Studios is making and shipping them out as fast as they can!

I would love to read your thoughts on this new item! Leave your comments below!

Remember, great things happen to those that create!

Artistically yours,



Koala T Crafts Store

Becoming a Patron is so easy and fun!

What is a Patron?


When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, Sketch Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and get a free preview of the crafty items that will be for sale at Koala T Crafts bi-weekly Garage Sales. Just come in your pajamas, hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!




As always, thank you so very much for the support of the Jen Evers Youtube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Special Thank You to:
Amazon.com
Tim Holtz
Tonic Studios
Scrapbook.com
Wikipedia