Today sees the start of the Stampin’ Up! 24-hour Stamp Set Sale. The time starts in Europe at midnight on 22.09.20/UK at 11 pm on 22.09.20 and ends in Europe on 23.09.20 at 23.59/UK at 10.59 p.m. also on 23.09.20. If you’re a customer of mine, you will also know that I’m offering a free stamp set up to the value of £25/€33 to all my customers who place an order of £75/€99 by 6 pm on 30.09.20. This is my way of saying a huge thank you to you all for helping me to keep my business going during this very difficult year. I am very blessed and very grateful because it could so easily have been a different story. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 💖
It’s quite easy to find cards and videos that give ideas on how to use up scraps but it always seems to be for scraps of Designer Series Paper (DSP). I saw this idea the other day and I thought it’s a great way to use up cardstock (CS) scraps. First of all, I went through my dies to see what I had that would be ideal for this idea. There were about four different sets of dies I could choose from and settled on the Peony Dies which creates this beautiful embossed scalloped edge. At six inches long this die could be used for a portrait or landscape card. When preparing my card I cut ten strips, i.e. two in each colour, but when I laid them on my card base they were far too close together and looked too “pretty” for what I had in mind!
I cut my strips to be approximately four and a quarter inches long and one and a quarter inches wide. I laid the die as close to the long edge as possible and made sure one side edge – and always the same side – started in the inside of the first “dip” in the scallop. I did this so when I adhered the layers on to a card the embossed “loops” all lined up with each other from one colour down to the next. This idea would work well for the seven colours of the rainbow although you would need to do the strips thinner. Each of my strips overlaps the next strip by about a quarter of an inch. I chose five colours that I consider blend in with each other brilliantly. Starting from the top they are Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Just Jade, and Pretty Peacock.
I knew I wanted to create three baubles from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and chose the first, third, and fifth colours. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the Pool Party bauble first. After I had cleaned my stamp with my Simply Shammy, I re-inked my stamp with Versamark and stamped on top of the Pool Party bauble. I dipped it into my Clear Emboss Powder and heat set it. Next I repeated the process using Bermuda Bay Ink and then the last one using Pretty Peacock. I punched all three baubles out using the large bauble punch. In my pre-SU stash I have a hand-held punch which punches two very small holes like buttonholes. I have an idea this punch was designed for dressmakers – do you know the punch I’m referring too? It has the name McGill on the side!
It was ideal for punching two small holes in the top of each bauble so I could put some gold cord through one hole and back through the other. Next I put Dimensionals on the back of all the baubles and adhered them in position on my card front. The cord stayed in place because it had been threaded in and out of two holes. This made it easy to adhere the ends of each set of cords on the back of the top layer. Next I tied three double bows using more gold thread and adhered them on the baubles where the hanging cord came out of the top of the bauble. The cord is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack in the Annual Catalogue on page 161 (152475). The other part of the combo is Vanilla open-weave ribbon.I chose the HAPPY CHRISTMAS sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set and heat embossed it using Pretty Peacock Ink and Versamark. The reason I chose to use the Stitched So Sweetly die no 1 was because I thought the scallops went well with the scallops on the edge of each cardstock layer. To finish the front of the card I adhered the last few enamel dots I had in Just Jade. Inside the card I added a middle layer in Very Vanilla and a top layer of Pool Party to match the card base. I had a ready stamped and punched Pool Party bauble which I adhered in the bottom right-hand corner.
I think the name of the crafter whose video I watched is Natasha Foote – I hope that’s right! That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, stay safe and keep well. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”