Do you remember a Mint Macaroon Panel card, which was a virtual swap and I shared a couple of weeks ago? The virtual swap was organised by Stampin’ Up as part of our virtual OnTour event. After I shared the card on my blog I was asked if I’d make a video and share how I made it. I’ve now made four different versions of this card and prefer the video card because I stayed with one colour, like the original card.
When I first saw Meghan Noland’s card I thought it was a great card and decided to CASE it. My initial thoughts were I’d cut some strips that had slanted sides and adhere them in a row! Job done! No, not at all! Now that I’ve worked out how to do this technique, I can’t believe I didn’t twig earlier!
The secret of success is starting with the correct size Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut from top to bottom at various places at various angles. In the video I give the exact size – in inches, metric, and US size) – for the DSP together with the start and endpoints for the cut lines. I also explain how the slants can be altered quickly and easily if the crafter isn’t happy with the effect achieved with my measurements.
When I was preparing for the video I spent some time working on the original slants I used on my first card because there were two sections where the gaps looked almost like straight lines. While I was working on how I could best explain this in the video it suddenly dawned on me that I didn’t have to stick to using patterned DSP. I started using picture DSP and the results were amazing!
In the video, I also showed how to make a template that can be used with our Stamparatus. It makes stamping the same die-cut shape over and over – without having to line it up for every card that’ part of the same project – so easy! For example, when you need to mass-produce thank you cards, swaps, Christmas cards, etc.
Now I have created my template, which I will keep in the plastic wallet with the die, whenever I decide to use that die for producing several cards, I can bring it out again, line up the stamp on the Stamparatus and I’m ready to go. Stampin’ Up! did an amazing job designing our stamp positioner – the Stamparatus – because it certainly blows all others right out of the water! It’s an absolutely fantastic tool!
That’s it from me today! I wish you a very blessed Sunday. With lockdown gradually being eased, please take extra care, stay safe and stay well. Happy crafting.