A wise man once said, “When life gives you punch-outs, make a polka dot stamp.” OK, so maybe that’s not a real saying – but it should be – and I am the person who said it. While the sentiment of this card is inked by a beautifully-designed rubber stamp, the rest of the stamped images are created with other items and leftovers. Let me explain. First, here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Making Polka Dots. A week ago, I featured a card that uses Great Sport, the stamp set featured below. When I assembled the stamp set some time ago, the center of the emblem is a punchout – a circle that is removed to help with a clean stamped image and is intended to be discarded. Why discard it? It’s a perfect circle made from the rubber used to stamp other images. Perfect for polka dots. The smaller polka dots were made with the flat end of the eraser of a new pencil.
- Shading the polka dots. I didn’t want these polka dots to “steal the show” from the banner and sentiment, so I stamped them off two or three times each to result in a fainter image. I inked up the circle, stamped it on a scrap piece of paper a couple of times and then stamped on the Whisper White card stock. Makes the polka dots less bold and brilliant.
- Color selections. Certain combinations of colors just work together. Sometimes paired up, and sometimes in triples. It all started with this Daffodil Delight piece of Designer Series Paper. From there, I added Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise – a beautiful combination of bright and bold colors. They all play a balanced roll in this Spring birthday card.
Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Great Sport (circle only) Inks: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper Accessories: 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
Spring Catalog. We were all wowed by the Spring Catalog when it made its debut in January, but this is the last week to order from it. Friday, May 31 (believe it or not, that’s THIS coming Friday) is that last day to order from this book. The beatiful striped organdy ribbon (featured in this post) is one of the items that is going away FOR-E-E-V-V-V-E-R-R-R (dramatic, huh?). So, flip through all three of your catalogs and get your order ready for Friday. Woo hoo!
Swatch Books and Shares. We’re less than a week away from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog. YIPEE! Get a sampler of new products without having to buy it all. Check out my Designer Series Paper Swatch Books and Product Shares. Find out more here.
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