I promised that on Saturdays this August, I’d be sharing some of the slimline cards that I’ve been making over the past couple of months. As I mentioned last week, I frequently like to use a die that helps me frame or layout my cards to provide a fun accent. And, while I love all things Stampin’ Up! and am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, the company does not yet have any slimline dies in its catalog. Maybe soon, I hope! But for now I’ll be using dies from other companies. As I don’t represent these companies, I won’t be sharing their names with you. But all you have to is Google “Slimline Dies” and you’ll be given the names of many companies who sell them.
Posted For You Stamp Set
In both the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog as well as in the current Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog, there are stamp sets that go with one of their punches. Today I’m sharing a card on which I used one of the stamps in the set. But to show them off, I chose a die that has multiple ways of showing off the perforations that you typically see on a postage stamp.
The birds on branches on this card are from the Posted For You Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!’s annual catalog. There are other images. But I really love the bird stamp. To make using the same stamp in all four of the openings in this die, I simply used different colors for the birds. From left to right, the colors are Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red. These birds just make me happy.
I stamped each of the images on one long strip of Whisper White Cardstock. To make sure that the images were where I wanted them to be, I laid the die-cut strip on top of the White Cardstock and marked the corners. Then I used my Stamparatus to ensure that the bird images were all stamped on the same line all the way across, each it its own spot. To do this, I moved the cardstock from left to right rather than move the cover plate of the tool.
Finishing the Card
I alternately thought about using Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise the die-cut frame above the stamped image layer and using them to raise both layers together. I decided on the latter and, now that it’s all done, I’m glad I did. I really like the shadow that accents the Mossy Meadow Cardstock card base. For a sentiment on the card, I stamped one from the same stamp set onto the Soft Sea Foam Cardstock that I used for the die-cut layer.
I’m having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to use ribbon on these slimline cards. It’s coming to me, but not quickly. Next week I’ll be sharing a slimline card where I’m planning to use twine to accent the card. That doesn’t seem like it will take over the whole design of the card. We’ll see how that works.
Meanwhile, don’t forget that you can buy ANY of the products that I’m showing off her (except for the die) from my Stampin’ Up! store. The store changed at the beginning of the month and it’s now such a pleasure to shop there! For information about or to buy any of these products – or even a catalog! – click on any of the icons on the carousel below. You’ll find all that you need to know.