Yesterday was National Scrapbook Day and although I'm not a big scrapbooker, I do like to celebrate the day by inking up my stamps and creating something special. What fun and a good excuse to spend time in my craft room.
I was thrilled to share the afternoon with one of my besties, Debby Evoy who is also a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the Abbotsford area.
It was a great afternoon of yakking, stamping, sharing tips, laughter and smiles. The latter actually influenced and inspired me to create this "hello" card.
Here's My Card:
|Sometimes it's nice not to add a sentiment to the inside of the card, so I didn't stamp anything I just added the two strips of stamped card stock at the bottom to tie in with the front panel of the card.|
Stamp Sets: Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set and Nailed It (R)
Inks: Fresh Fig (New), Lemon Lime Twist (New), Tranquil Tide (New)
Card Stock: Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Accessories: Big Shot, Acryllic Blocks, Paper Trimmer, Dimensionals, 2" Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Scalloped Circle Punch, Stitch Shapes Circle Framelit Dies, 1/2" Circle Punch, Eastern Medallions Thinlet Dies.
Eastern Medallion Thinlet Dies:
Before we look at what went into making the above card I want to give you some tips regarding the Eastern Medallion Thinlet Dies . First of all, there are 14 individual dies with multiple options for layering. I don't know about you, but although it's exciting to think of all the variations I wasn't sure where to begin.
I began by cutting out a 4/78" x 6 1/4" piece of Magnetic sheeting to hold all the dies in place. I numbered each of the dies with a bright pink Sharpie Pen, so I could see at a glance which die I was using. Here are some pictures of my dies and during the next few weeks when I refer to these dies it will be by number, for example: Combine dies #1, 2 and 3 to make a particular configuration.
|Fig 1. Dies 1-3 starting from the smallest die in the center.|
|Fig 2. Dies 4-6 starting from the smallest die in the center of the flower.|
|Fig 3. Dies 7-9 starting with the die that looks like a driedel.|
|Fig 4. The small flower is #10 and the larger flower is #11.|
|Fig 5. These smaller individual dies were numbered 12-14.|
When I began cutting out the various dies I was surprised that some of them didn't cut all the way through the paper. I wasn't expecting that. See the examples below. Figures 6, 7 and 8 show how the individual dies look.
|Fig 7. In this sample you can see that two of the dies #s 8 and 10 do not cut through the paper entirely, while 7,9,11,12,13, and 14 do.|
|Fig 8. These are the negative images from the above die cuts.|
Card Base: I cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock and scored it at 4 1/4" for the A2 card base.
1st Layer: I cut a piece of Fresh Fig to 5" x 3 7/8". Note: Before adhering this layer to the card stock I punched out a 2" Stitched Shape Circle and a #10 Fresh Fig flower layer.
2nd Layer: I cut a piece of Gold Foil to 4 7/8" x 3 3/4". Before adhering to the Fresh Fig layer I punched out a 2" Scalloped Circle and a #14 small floral layer.
3rd Layer: For the final layer I began with a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock but later reduced this piece to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8". I used the overage for the designer strip on the bottom inside of the card. I stamped my own background by randomly stamping the small and medium circle stamps from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp set in Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. I randomly stamped the "hello" sentiment in Tranquil Tide.
Large Medallion: I started with a 2 1/2" Tranquil Tide Stitched Shapes circle layered with a 2 1/2" Scalloped Gold Foil circle, a 2" Fresh Fig Circle, and a 1 3/4" Very Vanilla Stitched Shapes layer. I stamped the sentiment "to think of you is to smile" in Fresh Fig ink.
Small Flower Medallion: The small flower medallion was made by cutting out and layering two #10 die cuts - the bottom one in Tranquil Tide and the top one in Fresh Fig. Next I cut a Gold Foil layer using die #14. I stamped one of the cute little smiley face icons from the Nailed It stamp set in Fresh Fig ink on Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out with a 1/2" circle punch. I popped up the center on a Dimensional.
Inside Panel: A Very Vanilla panel measuring 4" x 5 1/4" was cut and adhered to the card base. A 1/4" strip of the background paper was adhered to a 1/2" piece of Fresh Fig card stock and then adhered to the bottom of the card panel. I didn't stamp a sentiment at this point because this card could be used for various occasions such as Thinking of You, Happy Birthday, Congratulations or Just a Note.
Well that's the end of today's post. I hope you enjoyed it and I've provided some helpful hints on using the dies. I will continue to provide tips and tricks for using this set creatively over the coming weeks. I'd love to hear your comments and whether you find this kind of tutorial useful.
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