Hi, There, Stampers!
I’ve been spending most of this past week re-learning how to do videos. The last time I did them was way before my cell phone was capable of making videos. So now I’m having to learn how to record and edit videos with all new equipment. That’s not to mention that I’m a lot more experienced in what I’m doing when it comes to creating projects. Can you say, “learning curve?”
But I while I was practicing, I was also making some cards. I had to reel myself back in to looking at all my new stamp sets and making sure that I made something with them sooner than later. Holiday crafting will be here before I know it. So I don’t want these non-holiday stamp sets sitting around until 2023!
Amazing Year – A Birthday Card Stamp Set
I honestly cannot recall why I bought this stamp set as one of my first purchases from the Stampin’ Up! 2022-23 Annual Catalog. But as I look at it, I can see three images that might have caught my attention as I was looking through the catalog. Each of them – the “birthday wishes,” wrapped gift, and bunch of flowers – is one that looked as if it could hold its own as the star of a card. So that turned out to be my theme for this week.
A Monochrome Challenge
At just the same time as I was considering how I was going to show off this particular stamp set, I signed up for a card swap with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. For this swap we were all to make a card with just one basic color. I actually started out to use the gift image for my card. It’s a long and tedious explanation as to why that didn’t work the way I thought it would. So I’ll spare you.
But, not wanting to abandon this stamp set, I tried out the “birthday wishes” sentiment. That worked JUST as I wanted it to.
The Stamparatus Made This Work
My thought all along had been to stamp my image three times in a vertical arrangement on the card front. The best way to get all the stamped images lined up is to use a stamp positioning tool. In Stampin’ Up!’s world, that tool is the Stamparatus. One of my favorite techniques in using the Stamparatus is called “Hinge Step Stamping.” (You can find lots of YouTube videos to get a full explanation of what that involves.)
When I tried that with this stamp, it didn’t quite work – the distance between the first and second image was too large to fit on the size card I typically use in my crafting. But after fussing around a bit, I did manage to make everything work out so that my images all lined up vertically. Hmmm. Maybe that’s another video I could do! But I digress. Here are a couple of pictures that show how I figured out how to space the stamped sentiment. As you can see, from the bottom photo at the right, I not only moved the stamping plate hinges, I also moved the cardstock itself a bit down from its original position.
I wanted the third and final stamped sentiment to be far enough away from the second so that I’d have room to add a bit of ribbon between them. In this case, I just moved the stamp a full two hinges down and, bingo, there was my space! It took me a while to figure all this out.
The Rest of the Card
To keep with the monochrome theme, I needed a print that was the Pool Party color. It’s always easy to use the Stampin’ Up! 6″ x 6″ paper sets that come in all their colors. But I went looking for something else just in case the “perfect” paper was out there somewhere. I found it in the Hostess Designer Series Paper Set, Design a Daydream. You can only purchase this set with Stampin’ Rewards that you get from putting in an order of at least $150. This can be just your order or a workshop or party order. Either way, you get Stampin’ Rewards as a percentage of the amount of the order.
With that paper, as well as some Pool Party Cardstock and the Pool Party 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon, the project was almost finished. But I wanted just a teensy bit of bling on the card. So this is a bit of a sneak peek at a new product in the upcoming July – December 2022 Mini Catalog. The embellishment set is called, “Fine Sparkle Adhesive-Backed Gems.” The one I used is, appropriately, Pool Party!
Don’t Forget About the Mini Catalogs!
Stampin’ Up! is still in the middle of its Last Chance Products Sale for the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog. And in just a few weeks, Stampin’ Up! will be publishing the next mini catalog, the July – December 2022 Mini Catalog. I’m already loving the products that I’ve had a chance to try so far in the Demonstrator Preorder period. I think I’ll have another Sneak Peek or two before July 1st when the new Mini Catalog goes live. So stop by and check out my articles!