Well we asked for it and we got it!! Stampin' Up! really listens to their customers and demonstrators and now we have a fantastic tool for Clear-Mount Stamps: the Perfectly Placed Guides. These repositionable guides stick to your Stampin' Up! Clear-Mount Blocks and help you line up sentiments or multiple stamps. You get guides that are sized for blocks D, E, F, H and I and three guides you can cut to your custom size. You get 11 guides total including straight, angled and curvy lines and at $5.95 they are a bargain!! Try out these guides and you are sure to get your stamped image straight and in line!!
This was one of the Stampin' Up! Cards we made at my new catalog open house a couple of weeks ago. The Pennant Parade Stamp Set is definitely one of my new favorites!! We also used the new 2011-2013 In Colors, specifically Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder. To finish it off, we used a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set.
Tip: One of Stampin' Up!'s goals is coordination and they do that perfectly with the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and Petite Pennants Builder Punch. But this isn't the only stamp set that coordinates with this punch; there are several more to choose from making it a great addition to your crafting supplies!!
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Check out this little beauty of a vintage card using the brand new in color; Island Indigo. I submitted this card to Paper Crafts magazine, and even though it didn't get picked up for submission, I am still proud of the way it turned out. Check out the scoring!! What do you think about the diamond pattern?
Supplies: Itty Bitty Bits Stamp Set, Broadsheet Alphabet Stamp Set, Island Indigo Cardstock and Classic Stampin' Pad, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, Hemp Twine, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Corner Rounder Punch
Stampin' Tip on Scoring: Score your paper from the back in even increments to get the diamond pattern. Use your scoring blade or bone folder and go back and forth over each line for a nice, big raised line. Sponge over the lines in the front for even more definition.
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For this issue of the Card Making How To Series we are going to talk about how to pick paper for your projects. Now that you've decided on a card size, you need to decide what type of paper to use. Stampin' Up! sells several different types of paper, so lets talk about each one.
Cardstock – This is what I recommend using for the base for your cards or any 3-D projects you might do (bags, boxes, etc.). Stampin' Up! cardstock is a sturdy 80 lb. weight and is available in 40 of our standard colors and 10 of our roating in colors. It is also offered in both 8 1/2 X 11 or 12 X 12.
Designer Series Paper – This paper is thinner and usually comes in 12 X 12 only. It is double sided, meaning that there is a pattern on both sides of the paper. Designer Series Paper, or DSP, is perfect for adding color and design to your cards and projects. I would not recommend using this as the base for the card. It is, like I said, thinner and works better to layer on the front of your card as opposed to it being the card. Also, if you are going to use for 3-D projects, be careful when scoring. If you apply too much presure when scoring, you will rip right through the paper.
Watercolor Paper – I love watercolor paper. This ultra heavy 140 lb. weight is perfect for coloring. Use it with markers, aqua painters, blender pens and more. It resists buckling, tearing, and balling when used with water. It is perfect to use to stamp an image then color it in.
Other papers available include Vellum, Window Sheets (clear), Glossy White and more. Paper is an essential part of any card project and choosing the right paper will make your project look that much more special. I hope you learned a little about different types of paper in this addition of the Card Making How To Series.
Remember, If you would like to purchase any of these products, you can do so in my online store HERE.
Starting next week I will be starting a new series of posts called the Card Making How To Series. I get asked a lot of questions about how to start making cards. And, subsequently, when I tried to find information (especially for beginners) there isn't a whole lot out there that was easy to find. So, I came up with a solution. Each week I will go over some aspect of making cards. I am going to start with beginners and work up through intermediate and advanced. Sometimes these posts will be informative, some will be in the form of tutorials, while others may be videos. But, I wanted to create content that someone who is just starting out in card making can enjoy and find useful as well as an experienced crafter. I hope you will join me each week for my Card Making How To Series. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about this. Have a great day!
Finishing up with our hostess club kit projects, my Stampin' Up! card for you today is a cute and bright card that will sure to bring joy to anyones day!! I used the Stampin' Up! sizzlits die floral fusion and the Stampin' Up! Ornament Punch. Yes, you can use the ornament punch during times other than Christmas :) And, we pull it all together with a huge POP of color from Melon Mambo.
Card Making How To:
Cut your Whisper White Cardstock to 4" X 8" and fold in half to form a 4" X 4" card.
Using Daffodil Delight Cardstock and your Stampin' Up Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, cut out two of each flower size. Also punch out two of the four petal flower shapes from the Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack in Daffodil Delight Cardstock.
Adhere flowers together using Tombow Mulitpurpose Liquid Glue. Stack flowers in an aleternating pattern from largest to smallest. Place a small pearl from the Basic Pearls in the center of each flower.
Using the Stampin' Up! Ornament Punch, punch out one ornament from Chocolate Chip Cardstock. Cut the pointed end off of the ornament so you have a "flat bottom".
Attach the ornament "vase" using SNAIL so it appears that the stems are coming from the vase.
Attach the flowers using Tombow.
Stamp the Love Life greeting from the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set Cottage Garden using Melon Mambo Classic Stampin Pad.
And, thats it! Try using the Ornament Punch in different ways on your Stampin' Up! cards. If you make a card using the punch in a unique way, send me a picture. I would love to post it on my Stampin' Up blogs.
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Do you know what the paper piercing tool is? Well, it is this handy dandy little tool used for piercing little holes in your paper. It is great for adding interest to the border or edge of a card. But, thats not all it does! You can use the paper piercer to position pearls and jewels in the precise place that you want them. Simply use your paper piercer to gently remove the pearl from the sheet, then position it where you want. The pearl sticks to the paper piercer and allows you to add it to any area carefully. You can also use your paper piercer as a quilling tool. Simply wrap a small strip of paper around either the tip end or the handle end and secure with a glue dot.
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Have you heard about the Big Shot machine? This is my very favorite companion for papercrafting and I wanted to tell you a little about it. Most people are surprised when I talk about the Big Shot and everything this little machine does. It cuts cardstock and designer series paper… but thats not all! It cuts all sorts of other materials including: fabric, wood, cork, magnet, metal, and vinyl! (yes, we carry most of these items). And, it can be used with ANY dies from ANY manufacturer. How great is that?!? It also embosses (love it!) and can cut and score at the same time. This machine really does it all! With Sale-A-Bration going on, now is the perfect time to order your Big Shot. If you would like to learn more about the Big Shot or see it in action, please contact me by phone at 209-533-2986 or email me to schedule your Big Shot workshop today!