I don’t know about you, but I am in the mood for some Spring Flowers! The So Very Grateful stamp set has the beautiful Flowers I have been looking for! I even got to watercolor them with my blender pen! Enjoy!!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Pacific Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Tempting Turquoise at 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Cut two opposite sides using your Adorning Accents Edgelits. Make sure the “bump out” is in the same place on each side. This is where having two comes in nicely! 3. Stamp your Flower image on Whisper White card stock with StazOn Black Ink. I colored with the Marker brush tip in the spot on the flowers I wanted to be darker. I then used the Blender Pen to blend the color in the white area. Be careful and gentle as too much pressure or working in an area too long will cause the paper to start coming apart. I did the center flower and medium rose in Pacific Point. I did the smaller blueish flowers in Pool Party. The small pink flowers were in Blushing Bride. (I think.) I just colored the leaves without using the Blender Pen. 4. When finished coloring, cut out the Flowers with the desired Window Frames Framelit. Also cut TWO of the same size Framelit from Pacific Point card stock. 5. Take the two Pacific Point Window Frames and cut them in half. Then trim straight down from the outside of the points. Adhere one at a time to the back of your stamped Whisper White Window Frame leaving the desired mat around the White. Continue until all four pieces are adhered to the back. HERE is a link showing the same technique with the Top Note die. 6. Stamp your sentiment In Pacific Point ink on Whisper White card stock. Cut out with the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelit. 7. Position all pieces as desired and adhere them to the card front. 8. Enjoy your brightly colored Spring Flowers card!
I visited my son and his family in July and got the idea for this Christmas Star card. My daughter-in-law had a 3D four-point Star for us to make. She also wanted a Five-Point Star and made a pentagon shape to make the star. This is SO much easier! No math or complicated figuring things out. Just stamp, cut, and assemble with Glue Dots.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Stamp your sentiment at the bottom of your card front in Gold Ink. 3. Stamp your Christmas Star in Gold ink on Whisper White card stock. Cut out as shown in photo below. Fold as shown in photo below. 4. Use Glue Dots to shape your Christmas Star as shown in photos above and below. I pushed my Paper Snip blades inside to help press against the Glue Dots from underneath. 5. Attach your Christmas Star to your card front using either Dimensionals or Glue Dots along the Star Points. 6. Impress your friends and let them know how talented you are!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Run it through your Big Shot with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. Gently sand the raised flowers until you are happy with the look. Blow off all the “dust”. Adhere to your card base with Tombow Glue. 3. Stamp your Christmas Bird image with VersaMark ink on your plaid Designer Series Paper. Sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder. Remove excess. Melt embossing powder with your Heat Tool. (Note: If you want your bird to have more sparkle, mix 2 parts Gold embossing powder with 1 part Gold Glitter. Mix well and use just like embossing powder.) 4. Now for the only tricky part. Use your scissors to cut around the leaf stem, around the leaves, and to the top of the bird’s head. Fit on the desired size Oval Framelit with the branch ON TOP of the Framelit. Adjust your cutting if needed. Run Through your Big Shot. Note: The Oval Framelit will be a tight fit and may cut off part of the wing tip. 5. Cutting your Gold Foil Oval. You will want to use NEW cutting pads (or only slightly used) as the dents and lines from the cutting pads mark up your Gold Foil. Cut the next larger size Oval than you used on your Bird. 6. Adhere your Ovals together with Dimensionals and adhere the Ovals to your card front with Dimensionals. 7. Admire your elegant Christmas Bird Card!
Do you want a quick way to add some elegance or excitement to the card you are sending? You can when you use an Embossing Folder to emboss your envelope flap! It is quick and easy and takes just a minute or so. The person getting a card with an Embossed Envelope will know there is a special card inside even if you do not stamp anything on the outside of your envelope.
Here is a quick video to show you how. (2 minutes 33 seconds)
Here is a video showing you two ways to use the Expressions Thinlit Dies in the Holiday 2013 Catalog. They are really easy to use if you follow these tips. I used the word “Love” when I made this card. See the Supply List and Instructions here. Please leave additional questions in the comment section.
I received the original Watermelon Card as a swap from Convention. As usual I made a few changes. The most notable being the stamp set and Designer Series Paper. I did not have the Kind and Cozy Stamp set and I had run out of the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper AND my class was the next day. So I downloaded the digital versions and printed them out! You cannot tell the difference! All my customers were impressed when I compared the “REAL” Gingham Garden scrap with the printed Gingham Garden. So if you are in a hurry and can’t wait for it to be delivered, Download the My Digital Studio version!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Garden Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Whisper card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Adhere to card base. 3. Cut your Basic Black card stock at 1-1/4″ x 4″. Cut your Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper at 1″ x 4″. Adhere together, then adhere to page about 1/2″ from the edge of the card base aligning top and bottom edges with the Whisper White card stock. 4. Stamp the Kind & Cozy Circle image in Garden Green ink on Whisper White card stock. Punch out with the 2-1/2″ Circle punch. Punch a 1-3/4″ Circle from Melon Mambo. Adhere with Tombow Glue to the Kind & Cozy Circle. Cut in half with scissors. Cut one half in half again so you end up with 3 pieces. Add the watermelon seeds and adhere with Tombow Glue. Take a bite out using the Itty Bitty flower punch. Adhere the big Watermelon piece with Tombow glue or SNAIL. Adhere the two smaller Watermelon pieces with Dimensionals. 5. Stamp desired sentiment in StayzOn Black ink using your Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired. 6. Add a Watermelon seed to the upper left corner with Tombow Glue. Tie a loose knot in your ribbon and adhere with Glue Dots to the upper right corner. Use extra Glue Dots if necessary to get your ribbon to stay in the desired position. 7. Admire this fun Summer Card.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Very Vanilla card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Modern Medley Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5-1/2″ Adhere to card front about 1/4″ from the bottom. 3. Cut your 7/16″ Trim at 5-1/2″. Adhere above Modern Medley DSP with SNAIL. 4. Stamp the Four Frames and desired Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment in StayzOn Black. Puch out with Decorative Label Punch. Sponge around the edges using Crisp Cantaloupe ink. Place Dimensionals on the back. Set aside. 5. Punch seven Artisan Labels from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock. Sponge the edges with Calypso Coral ink if desired. Cut six Labels in half through the smooth center. Cut from each decorative edge to the center to form a triangle. This will form one petal. Use your bone folder to curl each petal. Use your bone folder to slightly curl the edges of the whole Artisan Lable piece. This will form your flower base. Place a curled petal along one edge of the flower base and another just opposite. Adhere all Petals with a Glue Dot. Now place two petals going the other direction on top of the first layer of petals. The next layer will go the same direction as the first layer. You can trim the center portions if desired. Continue placing petals until you have just one left. Make small cuts along the top edge. Roll it up slightly and attach to center of top petals with a glue dot. Fluff flower if desired. 6. Place sentiment label and flower in desired positions. Adhere label with Dimensionals. Adhere flower with either Glue Dots or a Demensional. 7. Place Candy Dots in the top two corners of card. 8. Hand deliver this card or put it in a package so it won’t get smashed.
I will have a new service available on August 1st. More details coming soon.
A customer requested that we make a lemonade card for Stamp Class. I remember seeing this video a while back. I used a few different things, as usual, but I think it turned out really cute.
SUPPLIES: Stamps: Petite Pairs w#128706c#122497 Ink: Daffodil Delight
Black StayzOn Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe White Vellum #101856 Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper #130141
larger scrap to trace glass onto Punch: 1″ Circle Large Oval #119855 Other: SNAIL
Stamping Sponge or Sponge Dauber
Two Way Glue Pen
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Plastic Straw with flexible bending part (from your local store)
Plastic 8 ounce glass to trace to make your pattern (from your local store or picnic supply stash)
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Crisp Cantaloupe card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Quatrefancy DSP at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Adhere to card front. 3. Trace around your plastic glass onto a scrap of card stock. Mine is 3-5/8″ tall. I did have to trim it down. Cut it out, straightening out the lines as you go. Use this pattern to cut out your Glass from Vellum. 4. Score 1/4″ along each tall side of your Glass. This side will be the “Front or Outside” of your Glass. Place Sticky Strip along the scored areas. Leave the red backing on until later. 5. Use your Sponge or Sponge Dauber to color the inside of your Glass with Daffodil Delight ink. 6. Run a strip of Two-Way Glue along the top of your Glass. Make sure it is smooth. Now put Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the Two Way Glue. Flick off the excess and let dry for a minute or two. 7. Remove the Red backing from one piece of the Sticky Strip. Make sure the “Bottom” of your Glass is straight and adhere the one side to the card front. DON’T press the Sticky Strip down firmly yet as you might want to move it. Now remove the red backing from the other piece of Sticky Strip. Round the Glass and gently place the Sticky Strip on the card front. Adjust if necessary. Use your Bone Folder to make sure the Sticky Strip is firmly attached. Whew! The hard part is done! 8. Place your straw into the glass to determine how much you need to cut off the straw bottom. Now do the same for the straw top. Use 2 Glue Dots to adhere it in the desired position in your Glass. 9. Punch a 1″ Circle of a scrap of yellow Quatrefancy DSP. Cut a line up to the Center of the circle. Put your “Lemon” on your Glass and decide where to place your Glue Dots to attach it to your Glass.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Pistachio Pudding card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Calypso Coral at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Make scallops on the 5-1/2″ edges using the Adorning Accents Scallop Edglit and your Big Shot. (A Big Shot Magnetic Platform will help the Edgelit stay in place while cutting.) Scallop both 5-1/2″ edges, then adhere to the Pistachio Pudding card front. 3. Cut your Vellum at 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Run through the Big Shot with your Flower Garden embossing folder. Keep all tabs flopping open so you don’t tear your Vellum while embossing. Color the back of your Vellum as shown using Markers. 4. Put a Glue Dot in each corner of the Vellum to adhere it to your card front, centering it on the Calypso Coral. Cover your Glue Dots with the Candy Dots. 5. Nice Summer All-Occasion Card to give to someone and brighten their day.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Coastal Cabana card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your White Vellum card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Color the flowers, stems, and bird on your stamp with the desired color Marker. Breathe several times over the part of the stamp the you colored. Lay stamp on your table, rubber side up. Put Vellum card stock in the desired position on stamp. Hold in place with a couple of fingers. Now rub the card stock with either a Clear Mount Block, a Wood Block, or your fingers. I prefer using a Clear Mount Block because it glides over card stock more easily without moving the card stock. Move your fingers to the half of the card stock you just rubbed and do the other side. This technique will give a great impression on all your larger and Background stamps. 3. You need to get the ink dry now. There are several options. 1st Option. Use your Heat Tool. Keep it moving so you don’t burn your Vellum. This really takes quite a while as the ink is very wet. Sometimes this just doesn’t work no matter how long you try. I did get ink marks on my embossing folder. 2nd Option. Use Clear Embossing Powder over your stamped images and melt with your Heat Tool. This seals in the color and is much quicker! 4. Line up your Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder over your stamped flowers aligning the flowers and stems as desired. Run through your Big Shot. If you get ink on your embossing folder, just run it under some water or use your Stampin’ Mist and a tissue to clean it. 5. Place a Glue Dot one the back side of the Vellum in each corner. Adhere to your card front. Now place a Candy Dot over each of the Glue Dots. 6. Admire your quick and easy All-Occasion Card!
You can purchase the items to make this card from My Online Store.
I finally have the video ready for you so you can make these fun Roses with your Fancy Flower Punch.
SUPPLIES: Card Stock for your Rose
Green Card Stock for your leaves Fancy Flower Punch #118073
Paper Snips or Scissors
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
7/8″ OR 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Floral Wire from your local store (Optional)
Wire Cutters from your local store (Optional)
Needlenose Pliers from your local store (Optional)
Do you like Roses? You can make a Rose with the Fancy Flower Punch and card stock. I am working on a video to show you how easy it is to make this type of Rose. Today you will just get a peek of the finished Roses in a Mini Milk Carton Vase. So be thinking of what color of Roses you want to make. Look for the video next week. Meanwhile gather your supplies: Fancy Flower Punch, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You can go ahead and make the Mini Milk Carton vase now if you want to display your Roses. You will need floral wire (the thicker the better), Needle Nose Pliers, and Wire Cutters. I used Floral and Craft Glass Marbles in the bottom of the Mini Milk Carton Vase to help the Roses stay positioned.
We made this Flower Box using the Crepe Filter Paper from the Spring 2013 Catalog and a Kraft Box. We used the Floral Frames Framelits to cut out our flowers. I used the largest Floral Frames Framelits. Everyone else chose the next two smaller sizes. We decorated the front of the box with a smaller flower die cut from the Floral Frames Framelits. that we stamped with the flower from the Oh Hello Stamp set. This is a quick project! The Flower Box can be filled with a variety of treats or gifts. It it is the perfect size for cookies that have been stamped with Sweetly Pressed Cookie Stamps.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Take the whole stack of Crepe Filter Paper Circles. Choose the Floral Frames Framelit in the size that you want your flower. Make your sandwich using the Multipurpose Platform with all tabs closed, your cutting pad, the whole stack of the Crepe Filter Paper Circles, your desired Floral Frames Framelit, and finally your top cutting pad. Yes, you can cut the whole stack at once! Now, Pierce a hole in the center with your Piercing Tool. Insert the desired brad. It will show so choose one that coordinates. I used a retired brad with a jewel. 2. Now to shape your flower. Take the top layer and scrunch it straight up. Do the same with each layer, scrunching slightly less with each lower level. Fluff up your Crepe Filter Paper Flower. 3. Color your Oh Hello Flower with your Primrose Petals Markers. Remoisten and stamp on Whisper White card stock. Choose the desired Floral Frames Framelit and cut out the Flower that will decorate the front of your box. Sponge around the edge with a Stamping Sponge and Primrose Petals ink. Adhere to the front of your Kraft Box with either SNAIL or Glue Dots 4. Adhere your Crepe Filter Paper Flower to the top of your box with 4-6 Glue Dots placed close to the center of the bottom layer. 5. Admire your cute box.
When I first saw the Chalkboard Technique I was pretty intimidated thinking it would be hard or complicated. Let me tell you….. It is SO EASY!!! It also requires very few supplies to make a great impression! So give it a try and let me know if you think it is easy. We made this card at my last Stamp Class. It was a hit! (Note: The Whisper White ink that is sponged on shows up a LOT MORE in the photo than in real life.)
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Basic Black card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4″. 3. Here is how you do the Chalkboard Technique. Put a piece of printer paper on your work surface to help contain the embossing powder. Lay your Basic Black card stock layer on top of printer paper. Stamp Atristic Etchings and Seasonal Sayings images in the desired position using VersaMark ink. Yes you can stamp all of the images at once. Then dump your white embossing powder on top of you inked card stock, making sure to cover all the stamped images. Pour excess embossing powder back into container. Flick the back of your card stock to get the last bit of excess embossing off your card stock. Use your Heat Tool on high to melt the embossing powder, being careful not to burn your fingers. TaDa! You now have your basic Chalkboard images. 4. Cut the tips of your ribbons into a “V” by folding your ribbon in half and cutting towards the bottom edge. Adhere to desired place on card. I ran SNAIL along the back of the ribbons to hold them in place. Adhere the part of the ribbon that hangs over to the back of the Basic Black layer. Add the desired clip. 5. Adhere your Basic Black layer to your Cherry Cobbler card base with SNAIL. 6. If you want the “Chalkboard Dust” effect: Get a light layer of Whisper White Craft ink onto your stamping sponge and swipe at your “Chalkboard” until you get the desired effect. 7. Admire your trendy card!
I have really been in the mood for Spring so I made a Sunflower using the Blossom Petals Punch. It is a pretty quick card to make and reminds me of hot Summer Days as I sit here feeling chilly in my long-sleeved sweater. We made this card at my 3D Flower Class on Friday. I hope you enjoy making it! I made a similar card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday last year. As usual, you can change the colors and the sentiment to make you happy! This is the TRUE advantage of making your own cards!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Summer Starfruit card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. 2. Cut your Chocolate Chip layer at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Adhere to Summer Starfruit card base. 3. Cut your Whisper White layer at 3-3/4″ x 5″. Run through your Big Shot using the Argyle embossing folder. Adhere to Chocolate Chip Layer. 4. Punch 9 of the long thin Blossom Petals using a 2-1/8″ strip of Daffodil Delight card stock. 5. Shape your Blossom Petals. Take one Blossom Petal and your Thin handled paint brush (or Bone Folder) and lay it down the center of the Blossom Petal. Fold the Petal sides up so it is rounded down the center of the Blossom Petal. Now take your paint brush handle and curve each side of the Blossom Petal so it is slightly rounded. Repeat with the other 8 Blossom Petal. 6. Place a Glue Dot in the center of the bottom edge of your Whisper White layer. Put a Glue Dot on the top center back of FIVE Blossom Petals. Set aside with the Glue Dots facing up. Take your first Blossom Petal and place it with the narrow tip on the Glue Dot and the Blossom Petal facing straight up. Place the next two along the bottom edge so these three Blossom Petals form an upside-down T. Place the last two Blossom Petals with Glue Dots on in between the three Blossom Petals that form a T. 7. Place another Glue Dot in the bottom center on top of the other one that now is covered with Blossom Petal tips. Place a Glue Dot on the center back of the remaining FOUR Blossom Petals so the Glue Dot will adhere to the bottom layer of Blossom Petals where they touch. Place each Blossom Petal so the top is in between the lower layer of Blossom Petals as shown. 8. Punch half a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle from Chocolate Chip card stock. Run it through your Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. Adhere to your Sunflower with Glue Dots. 9. Now for your sentiment. I will give the dimensions I used for the Perfectly Penned Happy Birthday. Cut a strip of Daffodil Delight at 1-3/8″ x 5-1/2″. Cut a strip of Chocolate Chip at 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″. Stamp your sentiment in the center of your Daffodil Delight strip. Use your Square punch to make the “Banner” ends. Adhere to your Chocolate Chip strip using SNAIL making sure to leave enough space at each end so you get a point instead of a flat part when you trim the Chocolate Chip ends slightly larger than your Daffodil Delight ends using scissors. Adhere this banner using Dimensionals. 10. Admire your Sunflower card!
You can get all the supplies to make this Sunflower Card at My Online Store.
I made this Easel Card for a new member of my group using Floral District Designer Series Paper and a Scallop Punch Flower. Easel Cards are so simple to make and they impress others. Have fun making one of your own!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut your Rich Razzleberry card base at 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score and fold at 3″ and 5-1/2″. 2. Cut your Rich Razzleberry card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Cut your Floral District Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Also cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock 3-3/4″ wide x 1/4″ taller than your sentiment card stock. (You can do this after you have stamped your Sentiment.) 3. Color your sentiment with your Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green Markers. Stamp on Whisper White card stock. Cut card stock to fit the sentiment (no wider than 3-1/2″) Adhere to the Rich Razzleberry sentiment layer. Adhere in place with SNAIL. 4. Punch 1 Rich Razzleberry Scallop with each Scallop Punch. The following technique is called the “Faux Suede Technique.” Crunch/Roll them up in the smallest little ball you can. Now use your Bone Folder to smooth out the wrinkles and break down the card stock fibers until you can see it separating into two layers. Gently peel the layers apart so you have two scallops. (Note: I found Rich Razzleberry card stock harder to separate than some of the other colors. I ended up punching 2 of each size scallop since they tore when I separated them.) Do this with all your Scallops so you have 2 of each size. Now roll them up into little balls again. Kind of smooth them out. Layer them from largest to smallest and center as well as possible. Use a Piercing tool to pierce a hole through the center. Insert brad of your choice. Crinkle each Scallop Circle as desired to form your flower. 5. Decide where to place the Scallop Flower and the ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the Designer Series Paper. Adhere the Scallop Flower with Glue Dots. Adhere this layer to your 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card front by putting your SNAIL on the Rich Razzleberry card front. 6. Put SNAIL on the 3″ end of the card base. Adhere the bottom of your card front to the 3″ end of your card base. 7. Stamp your sentiment and either cut it out or punch it out. Decide how far back you want the easel part of your card to be. Adhere this sentiment with Dimensional in the position desired to hold up your card front. You now have your Easel Card made.
I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig quite a bit to perfectly position my sentiments and Two-Step stamps. It can seem tricky to use, but after trying it out a couple of times you will get results like a Pro! Have fun using your Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you make this card.
On a personal note: I seem to have too many irons in too many fires lately. I may not be able to continue to do a video every week. I will still try to do a couple of videos a week. I know I am a visual learner and it is easier for me when I see something done. I have been working at the Family History Center more (almost every week)-which is fun too and I have a more demanding calling in my Church. As a result it has been harder to keep up with my home and family. I will still continue to post projects at least 3 days a week and the My Digital Studio downloads on Tuesday.
1. Stamp images using your Stamp-a-ma-jig as shown in the video making sure to leave enough room around the edges for the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.
2. Use your Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder to make a frame around your stamped images
3. Get your card base ready: Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 5-12″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. Put SNAIL around the edges of your card front. Adhere your stamped and embossed card layer.
4. Admire your perfectly stamped card!
How many of these Card Stock Edge Techniques have you seen in the projects I post on my blog? Which Card Stock Edge Techniques do you think I use the most in my projects? I know I use the “dragging” Card Stock Edge Technique quite frequently. I also use the Marker Technique quite a bit. I use the Sponging Technique some. I don’t recall using the Sponge Daubers with ink before. I usually don’t tear or distress my card stock.
Try out each of these Card Stock Edge Techniques. Which is your favorite? Which do you use the most? Which is your least favorite?
It is good to expand our Technique knowledge and skills. Sometimes a new technique will become a much used skill that we enjoy using on multiple projects and tweaking the technique depending on the project.
Here are a few things I tell my customers (and myself).
Stamp first then punch. When you stamp first you can hold your punch upside down and center the image. Punch when it is in the position you want it.
Cut first then emboss. Example: If you want to use the Large Scallop Edgelit and the coordinating Delicate Details embossing folders. Cut the Edgelit first, then emboss with the Delicate Details folders. If you emboss first then cut your Edgelit with the Big Shot you will flatten out the embossing.
Use your new Paper Piercing Tool ONLY to Pierce your Paper. Use your OLD Piercing Tools to remove Sticky Strip backing, place Rhinestones and Pearls, clean out your Sizzlits and Bigz Dies, etc. If you use one JUST for PAPER PIERCING the tip will stay sharp and pointed longer!
Put the Framelit back in its envelope after using it. I have misplaced more Framelits by NOT following this rule. I even bought a second set of Edgelits because I didn’t put it back in its envelope after using it. I later found the one I misplace hidden in my paper scrap box. I did decide it is nice to have two of each Edgelit so I can do both sides at once.
Don’t force things through the Big Shot. Check which tabs you should be using on your Multipurpose Platform. I flattened out part of a Letterpress Plate once during a class because I had too many tabs closed and I forced it through a little ways. It wouldn’t go any further so we had to back it out. I will admit that some things do make you use your muscles and they go through just fine. Just be careful. Use one less tab if you need to.
Carefully check if your card stock cut properly when using a Crease Pad with a Bigz Die that has Score Lines. If you carefully check to make sure it cut properly (Hold down the cut out part and gently pull up the outside part.) you can add a shim under that part and recut the same piece of card stock and get good results.
Clean your stamps properly before putting them away. I have used stamps that were put away but hadn’t been cleaned properly and they stamped in the weirdest color that looked horrible on my project so I had to be creative so I wouldn’t have to remake the whole thing.
Straighten up your work area after each project! During my Stamp Classes I am moving Paper Trimmers, Simply Scored, Punches, and things they aren’t using to help them keep their work area big enough to do their project easily. Who wants to volunteer to do this for me? I end up working in a 6″ square space sometimes. I need to make me a little sign to remind me.
I was so excited to see the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit in the Spring Catalog. I enjoy doing Cross-Stitch, but haven’t done it in a few years. Now I can combine my enjoyment of Cross-Stitch with my love of card making! The Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit comes with almost everything I used to make these cards. I read the instructions inside the paper with the picture on AFTER I had finished the Cross-Stitch and they told me to STAMP FIRST, then Cross-Stitch if I want to stamp on the card stock that I do the Cross-Stitch on. The Cross-Stitch did take a little while to do (like it always has for me). There are basic instructions in the paper with the picture on so you will be able to Cross Stitch even if you haven’t done so before. Surprise your family and friends with this interesting mixed media card!
SUPPLIES: * = from Spring 2013 Catalog
Kit:*Sweet Threads Simply Sent #126924 OR *Sweet Threads Bundle w#131105 Card Stock: Primrose Petals
Lucky Limeade Ink: Lucky Limeade
Always Artichoke Marker Big Shot: *Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders #129383 (Green)
Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die #120903 (Pink) Punches: Scallop Trim Corner #118870 (Green)
Modern Label #119849 (Green)
Scallop Edge Border #119882 (Pink) Other: SNAIL
*Melon Mambo 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon #129293
Dimensionals (some are included in the kit, but you might need more)
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Read the Instructions that come with the Kit! (Like I should have done!!) Choose the card color you want to use from the Kit. 2. If you want to stamp a sentiment directly on the Scalloped Cross Stitch card stock, do it now. 3. Do the Cross-Stitch pattern you want to use on your card following the basic instructions that come with the Kit. Here is what the back of mine look like. 4. Sponge the edges of the Cross-Stitch card stock, if desired. I think I will use Primrose Petals Ink to sponge the piece for the Green card next time. Pink Card. 5a. Wrap the 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon around the Cross-Stitch card stock and tie a bow. Place Glue dots underneath the ribbon if desired to hold it in place. 5b. Cut the largest of the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz from Primrose Petals card stock using your Big Shot. Sponge around the edges with Primrose Petals ink. Put Dimensionals on the back. Put Dimensionals on the back of your Cross-Stitch. Layer it on the Scallop Square as shown. 5c. Punch a Scallop Border Edge on both sides of a 1-1/2 to 2″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide Primrose Petals card stock piece. Stamp your sentiment in desired position using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired. Sponge the edges with Primrose Petals ink. 5d. Lay items in desired positions, then adhere them to card front. You have now finished your Pink Card! Green Card.
6a. Cut your Lucky Limeade card stock at 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. Punch the corners using the Scallop Trim Corner punch. Sponge all the edges with Lucky Limeade or Old Olive ink. Place Dimensionals on the back of both the Lucky Limeade and the Cross-Stitch card stock pieces. Adhere together. 6b. Stamp desired sentiment on Lucky Limeade card stock in Always Artichoke ink. Punch out with Modern Label punch. Sponge edges with same ink used earlier Adhere to Cross-Stitch piece with Dimensionals. 6c. Choose the desired Needlepoint Border embossing folder. Line up the edge with the top edge of your card front. Fold the card back behind the embossing folder. Run through your Big Shot. Keeping the same side facing up, line up your embossing folder with the bottom edge of your card and emboss as before. Run the brush tip of your Always Artichoke Marker along the raised parts of your embossed card front trying to only get the parts raised by your embossing folder. Run your fingers along the embossed edges just for fun. 6d. Now center and adhere your Cross-Stitch layers to your card front. You have now finished your Green Card!
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