Thank you so much for all the positive feedback on my uber-simple cat card yesterday (you can see it here if you missed it). I received a lot of wonderful emails and blog comments. Bandit has been exhausted from all the phone calls from newspapers and reporters – maybe the last part is untrue, but Bandit was sleeping a lot yesterday afternoon.
Anyhow, I promised myself I wasn’t going to go ga-ga for all my new Stampin’ Up! sets until I had adequately utilized all my retiring sets. That’s just too bad – some promises were meant to be broken, right? My curious mind keeps saying, “What can you make with this?” and “Oooh! Ooooh! You haven’t broken in this stamp set yet!” I can’t ignore my mind, so here’s another sneak peek of Chalk Talk:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
Stamping a solid image. When stamping with a stamp that has a large, solid surface, I find it very helpful to ink up the stamp (obvious) and then hold it on the paper for a while before lifting it up. I don’t know if that’s really a legit technique or if it’s all in my head, but it seems like the ink has time to soak into the paper, giving me a better solid image. Works for me, so maybe it’ll work for you, too.
- Color pops. I like almost any combination of colors from the 2012-2013 In Colors, but I particularly like Midnight Muse and Gumball Green. Very masculine, very preppy. While I added pops of Gumball Green by stamping the image in green and then snipping the appropriate pieces, I wanted to repeat the colors again. Inspired by the below Paper Players card by Brenda H (OttawaMom), I added three strips of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to accent the focal point of the card. I added a strip of Summer Starfruit to add a third color to the card.
Utilizing the space on the card. This tag is big. It’s not big enough to take up the entire card front, and it’s not small enough to share the card with much else. Something needed to be positioned at an angle to fully cover the card. I decided to cover some of that space by running my ribbon at an angle and then positioning the tag straight and vertical. A small and simple “happy birthday” completed the project.
Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Teeny Tiny Wishes Inks: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green Papers: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Gumball Green Accessories: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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