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Friday, 20 September 2019

Beauty and Joy - it's dist-INK-tive!

I simply adore Stampin' Up!'s dist-INK-tive stamps as they add to their collection.  The stamps adds depth and photographic realism to the images and when you create a card with it, it makes YOU and your creativity look good!  lol!  Who wouldn't want to take credit for that?  Seriously, credit where credit is due - Stampin' Up's team of artists who come up with the designs are absolute geniuses, or is it genii?  

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Back On Your Feet

This stamp set called "Back On Your Feet" made me smile when I saw it.

Stampin' Up! have scalloped notecards and matching envelops - 20 in a pack in four colours.  Three of them were just right for these images, Balmy Blue, Old Olive and Terracotta Tile.  I reinforced the cards to make them sturdier with Whisper White inserts both top and bottom and used the a variety of 6"x 6" DSP in the Subtles, Regals and 2019-2021 In Color collections to decorate it.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Beautiful Friendship - Triple Stamping technique

Happy Sunday!

With Countdowns to Christmas and Halloween coming, I thought I'd devote my Sunday posts to something that is non-seasonal and to mix using products from the Annual Catalogue as well as the seasonal one!

Who knew that Stampin' Up!'s patented Dist-INK-tive stamps could also be made in photopolymer?  Well, they have!  

I'm revisiting one of the techniques I taught several years ago, 2012, in fact - you can see the post HERE called Triple stamping.

This is the same technique I've used in creating this card for my daughter's birthday in August, but using current materials and stamp set which is Beautiful Friendship and  the new In colors for 2019-2021 - Seaside Spray and Rococo Rose.  To create the lighter shade of pink, I stamped the same image again without re-inking the stamp.

It's very easy to do.    You cut 3 layers of Whisper White card stock in decreasing sizes.

Here are the measurements - for the metric measurements I've rounded it off the the nearest mm).

Largest piece - 5-1/2" x 3-3/4" (14 cm x 9.5 cm)
Medium piece - 4-1/2" x 2-3/4" (11.5 cm x 7 cm)
Smallest piece - 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" (9 cm x 4.5 cm)

The card base in Seaside Spray is 8-1/4" x 5-7/8" folded in half.  You then need two mat layers for the medium and smallest Whisper White piece.

Seaside Spray mat layers

Medium - 4-3/4" x 3"
Smallest -  3-3/4" x 2".

The term Triple stamping was "coined" from stamping on a triple stack of card stock, so you temporarily adhere the Whisper White medium piece to the largest piece, and the smallest Whisper White piece to the medium piece making a stack of three.  Do all your stamping, then separate the layers and adhere them to the corresponding Seaside Spray mat layers and hey presto, you get the effect above.

This is the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Cup of Christmas - but not Christmas!

Reversible stamps? Really?   Yes, really!!!!

A NEW innovation, patent pending by Stampin' Up!  So this is all about Christmas Cheer, except it isn't because I wanted to adapt it to use on other occasions, not just at Christmas.  However, there is  a quick demo on how the Reversibles are used in the video below.

I drew my inspiration from the catalogue - it had an aperture in the shape of a mug cut out of the pillow box, but I didn't have any, so I used it on the Copper Dotted Treat bags instead.  See how I managed to just die cut one side of the bag only by creating a simple template.

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