Happy Monday! Today’s project is a double-peek project. Not only is it another close-up study of one of the cards I made for my board at Convention, but it’s also a sneak peek at Sweater Weather, a Designer Series Paper available in the Holiday Catalog – available Thursday, August 1! Before we jump into the project, I want to remind you of two things:
- Swatch Books and Product Shares. In case you are a “during the week” kind of visitor, I announced my Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Swatch Books and Product Shares on Saturday. Check them out here. I am also still selling Designer Series Paper Swatch Books from the Annual Catalog. Please email me at [email protected] if you are interested.
- Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Designer Series Paper. I know you’ve got your eye on the Holiday Catalog out this week because you are thrilled about all the wonderful products inside. Got your list ready yet? I don’t want you, though, to forget about the Buy-Three-Get-One-Free special on Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog (11 great papers to choose from) that only runs through the end of July. If you plan to take advantage of this deal, don’t wait! Click here to order now.
…Back to our regularly scheduled blog post. I’ve already shown you projects with Sweater Weather (I can’t deny that I absolutely love it!), but this card is (in my estimation) the epitome of clean and simple, and it maintains a very masculine look in texture and sentiment – still, I think it’s very pretty. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Blocking. Sometimes the simplest way to create an awesome background is to cover it with a great DSP. Better yet, alternate pieces of DSP in blocks. This combination with a centered and raised sentiment allows the eye to focus on the sentiment while remaining keenly aware of the background. I particularly love these papers in a block style because they have such rich texture.
- Coloring the stamps with markers. This technique has been around since the inception of stamping, but I know some of my readers are new to stamping, so I have to cater to all. The stamped sentiment in the center of the card has one sentiment with two colors. Rather than mask off the stamp and ink it up and stamp it down twice (what a pain!), I used the brush side of my Stampin’ Write Markers to brush ink onto the stamp. I then gave the stamp a “huff” of mouth-air and stamped down. Is that the technical term? Mouth-air?
- The sentiment. I chose this sentiment for my masculine card because it reminds me of the Real Men of Genius beer commercials where the announcer man makes broad congratulations to ordinary men: “Here’s to you, Mr. Giant Foam Finger Maker…”. The sentiment has a certain whimsy that I like, and that whimsy pairs well with a masculine card.
Stamp sets: Lots of Thanks Papers: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper Inks: Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Markers Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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