Monday, December 6, 2010

Big Shot Letterpress Plates How-To Video

I don't have a new project to share with you today, but I thought you would enjoy a Stampin' Up! How-To video. I haven't posted one of these for awhile. This one features Stampin' Up!'s wonderful new Letterpress Plates that are featured in the Holiday Mini on p. 42.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's My Favorite Reindeer - Dasher!

I love the look of this Dasher stamp (p. 20). I just love his antlers, don't you? I stamped the snowflakes from the Level One Hostess set, Northern Hearts (p. 4 in the Holiday Mini), onto the Cherry Cobbler card using VersaMark ink. I ran the Always Artichoke card stock through the Big Shot using the Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder (p. 214). I then attached a strip of Early Espresso satin ribbon (p. 191) across the top. Then, I attached it to the bottom of the card.

I made the strip on the tag by punching the bottom edge of the Always Artichoke piece with the Scallop Trim Border punch (p. 200). I then added the Cherry Cobbler strip and then the Victoria Crochet Trim (p. 190). I attached it to the bottom part of a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I threaded a piece of Linen Thread (p. 190) into the Deck the Halls Big Designer Button (p. 17 in the Mini), and tied it in a knot. The button is attached to the strip with 2 Mini Glue Dots.

I inked Dasher with an Early Espresso ink pad and then removed the ink from the parts of the antlers that I wanted red using a Blender Pen. Once I got the ink off, I inked these parts with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Then, I stamped him above the card stock strip.

The "Merry Christmas" from the Christmas Greetings set (p. 44) is one long stamp. I wanted the Merry to be above Christmas, so I inked "Christmas" with the Cherry Cobbler marker and stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla. I cleaned the stamp, inked "Merry" with the marker and stamped it above "Christmas" using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (p. 198). I then punched it out with the 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch (p. 202), layered onto an Always Artichoke oval punched out with the Scallop Oval XL punch (p. 200).

Have you ever tried to make a tag from a piece of card stock without a punch? It's so hard to get both corners even, isn't it? Here's a trick I learned a long time ago. The picture above shows you what I did. I first cut the top, left corner off. I then took the cut-off triangle, flipped it over, attached it to the top, right corner, and cut it off. I colored the edges of the triangle just so you could see it better in the picture.

I wanted to have a layer under the tag, and thought I'd see if doing the same thing to the corners would work. It did. The Early Espresso piece is an 1/8" larger both ways (width and height) I then attached the same cut-off triangle from the vanilla tag and attached it to each corner of the Early Espresso piece. You can see how in the above and bottom picture. Super easy!

I then attached the tag to the card, slanting it a bit. I added the Antique Brad (p. 187) after putting the tag on the card. I attached the oval greeting on with two Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Dasher, Christmas Greetings, & Northern Hearts (Level One Hostess set in Mini)

Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pads; Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker; VersaMark ink pad

Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, & Very Vanilla card stock

Blender Pen, Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons (Mini), Linen Thread, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch, Scallop Oval XL Punch, Antique Brads, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder, Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Mini Glue Dots.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I Finally Got to Stamp!

Here is the card I told you about yesterday. I've been wanting to use the stamp, Christmas Postcard (p. 41 in the Holiday Mini), ever since I got it, but just haven't had the time. It's such a beautiful Christmas stamp. The background of my card is a corner of one of the sheets of paper in the Deck the Halls DSP (p. 41) in the Holiday Mini. I then layered it onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I put a 3" piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon on the bottom right corner, and attached the ends to the back of the Cherry Cobbler CS/DSP layer. I then took a 12" piece of the same ribbon and tied it onto the small strip of ribbon, tying it into a bow. It's hard to tie a piece of ribbon around a corner with just one piece of ribbon, and doing it in two strips like this is a lot easier. It also takes less ribbon. After the bow is on, I attached the whole piece to the Soft Suede card.

I stamped the Christmas Postcard stamp with Jet Black Stazon ink and water colored the images (except for the letters) with Classic ink pads and an aqua painter. I got the gold shimmer on the letters by painting them with Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink (p. 195). I really like the effect. It really brings out the vintage-look of the stamp. I also sponged Soft Suede ink around the stamped image to go along with the vintage-look. I then layered this piece with Early Espresso card stock and then onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I then tilted the image, and attached it to the center of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I really like this card a lot. I like it so much that I might put it on a shelf in my living room as a Christmas decoration instead of using it as a card.

The picture on the right is a close-up of the shiny letters. You can click on the picture to see a larger image.

Stamps: Christmas Postcard (mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, River Rock, More Mustard, & Blushing Bride Classic ink pad; Jet Black Stazon ink pad

Paper: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, & Confetti White card stock; Deck the Halls DSP (mini)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (mini), Aqua Painter, Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink; Stamping Sponges, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

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