It's Tuesday morning here in Hawaii (already afternoon on the east coast!) and it's time for another biweekly edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog! Today's challenge is to make something with my favorite new stamp set. Oh my, how do I choose? I have over a dozen from which to make that choice, and believe me I wouldn't have bought any of them if I didn't just have to have them! But I'm a member of the SU-Only Challenge Design Team, so I had to choose.
Actually, I cheated. There's not just one, but TWO new stamp sets featured in today's card: Raining Flowers and Petite Pairs. On top of that, there's a new color – Wisteria Wonder – and some new ribbon – 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon.
Those of you who've been following my blog over the past few years know that Two-Step Stamping ismy favorite stamping technique. Raining Flowers is just the latest of Stampin' Up!'s great two-step stamping sets, and it already has almost a permanent spot out on my craft table.
Two-Step Stamping works this way – for each image, there are two stamps. One stamp is the outline of the image and the other is the filler or colored-in part of the image. There are no rules about how to play with these two stamps, and you can use them effectively no matter how closely you align the two stamps. In this card you'll notice that the flower on the right has the images almost perfectly aligned, so the image is completely colored in. But the leaves off to the left have the outline offset from the filler stamp. If I were a child, you'd say I colored outside the lines. But what's wrong with that? This is art, not real life! It's not like I stamped one part at the top of the card and the other on the bottom! (Hmmm, might have to try that some day.) I just like the overall effect of the two-step no matter how perfectly it's done.
There are a few other techniques in this card (can you believe "Ms. Measure-the-pieces-and-layer-them-up" has used the word technique more than once in a blog post???) I added some texture to the two round flowers by stamping the larger stamp several times and cutting sections out of two of them, sponging around the cut part, and then adhering it to the middle of a larger flower with glue dots. I also added some visual interest to the layering by cutting the rectangle inside of my stamped image allowing the flower on the right and the leaf in the upper left corner to hang over the edge. This is why I'll never give up my Fiskars Paper Cutter. This is not something you can do with the Table Top Cutter.
- Lay the edge that has the image you want to leave hanging over the edge over the cutting line on the Paper Cutter.
- While holding the paper/card stock firmly, fold the clear ruler down over it.
- Note the point on the ruler where you want the cutting blade to stop so you don't cut through the image. If it's not exactly on a measurement line, you may want to adjust the placement of your paper so that it is.
- Start cutting from the top of the paper, stopping when the arrow in the middle of the cutting blade reaches the mark you've chosen. In this case, I wanted the cut to stop at the 3" mark.
- Then note the ruler mark where you want to start cutting again. Lift the clear ruler and slide the blade down until the arrow on the blade points to that mark.
- Lay the ruler down and continue cutting to the end of the paper.
7. Once you've finished with the paper cutter, trim the part of the flower that's outside your cut.
As a final note, look at the stamped image that I used for this tutorial. It's just ONE stamp that's part of this set. Notice how it's been designed with the filler offset a bit from the outline.
I'm finally back to having some fun in my craft room. Lots of work still to do to catch up with what I didn't get done during my July travels. BUT I'm now using card-making as an excuse to procrastinate. Gotta love having fun! I hope you'll have fun with some paper crafting today, too!