Yesterday I was working on a card I wanted to use for tomorrow’s video. The technique was going to be faux silk, which is a technique I have used before although not for quite some time! I wasn’t happy with the result and didn’t get any further than making the top layer. I put it to one side and started working on today’s card, using the same stamp set I’d been using for the faux silk. The stamp set is called Lovely Lattice, and is available as a gift during Sale-a-bration. I decided to stick with Lovely Lattice for today’s card.
I chose Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry to colour the flowers! Next I fussy cut the shape because I wanted to mount it on Dimensionals and have an embossed layer underneath. If you like this idea but aren’t into fussy cutting, stamp the image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures approximately 3.75″ x 3.25″. That should leave a small gap all around on the left-hand side, so the embossed layer will be visible. For the embossed layer I used the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, and attached the layer to a piece of Powder Pink Cardstock. Before I adhered the image onto the top layer, I wrapped a piece of the Mini Ruffled Ribbon around the top two layers. I was planning to tie a faux bow around the ribbon on the right-hand side but I found I didn’t have much space for a sentiment! Vertical Greetings came to my rescue; it ruled out a faux bow, but I didn’t mind!
To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the small flower stamp from Lovely Lattice four times, at either end of the Whisper White top layer. I coloured them in the same way as the flowers on the front of the card. I finished my card by putting some pearls in the centres of the flowers on the front of the card.
No doubt you have seen that Stampin’ Up! are no longer offering wood mount stamps, and the clear mount stamps are now called cling stamps. A lot of crafters, myself included, never adhered the labels supplied with clear mount stamps to the backs of the stamps. This was because there was a problem with the stamps falling off the blocks easily if they had the labels on them. I really pleased that Stampin’ Up! have remedied this with the new cling stamps. I’ve been giving the labels a test drive recently so I could report back to you with my findings and my opinions! I’m really very, very surprised to say I love them! At first, I wasn’t going to bother using them! After all, I’ve been using them without labels for seven years now, so why change the habits of a lifetime! Commonsense rules took charge and I decided I should at least try them. The labels are the same layout as previously, and have to be adhered to the stamps in the same way. If you’re used to adhering labels on to your stamps, this will be a walk in the park for you. If your a newbie like me, you can follow the step by step pictures inside the stamp case lid. I have also attached a link for the Cling Stamps Flyer which has more detail on; you can print a copy and keep it handy! The best part of these labels for me is to be able to see the image I’m stamping. For example, the inside of today’s card was a lot easier to stamp, because I could see where the image was on the stamp.
I’ve posted the Stampin’ Up! video which shows how to adhere the labels, and how to care for your stamps once you’ve added the labels. I hope you find it helpful. In the unlikely event that you should experience any problems, please contact your demonstrator. That’s it from me today. I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll be back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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