When you see a floral themed stamp set, do you usually think spring and summer? I know I do! I love getting out bright markers or paints and creating bold blooms that “pop” against white card stock, but there’s no reason to tuck those floral stamps away when the cool, Fall air hits. My project today shows how to bring a floral stamp you might have a tendency to use for more bright and Summer-y cards into Fall.
The unicorn trend is still going strong in paper crafting, so for today’s project, I was excited to try out my new Sizzix Die and Emboss Folder called Unicorn and Rainbows. Eighties nostalgia at its best.
Q: How can I leave part of my card base plain when I’m using an embossing folder?
A: If the design of the embossing folder does not have to be centered in a particular way, you can place the folder from the side of the base inwards. If it does have a pattern that depends of the direction, place the folder in between your embossing plates so that only the plates cover the part of embossing folder that you want to have the pattern added and do not cover the part that you want left plain.
When purchasing stamps to add to my collection, I am usually drawn to packages that contain sets–preferably images with corresponding sentiment options. Every once in awhile though, there is that one single stamp that catches my eye. Usually, it’s an intricate design or bold statement stamp that makes me want to take another look and consider a purchase. I do like to make sure I have more than one idea for how to use it so I get the most for my purchase. For today’s project, I chose a large red rubber stamp and brainstormed some ideas on how use it multiple ways.
This is the Flower Mandala Stamp from Ken Oliver. It’s a bit larger than the front of a standard A2 size card, but there are many options for it’s use.
You can never have too many thank you cards on hand. Everyone likes to receive a hand written note showing that someone cares. My project today, is a nice clean and simple thank you card that would be perfect for anyone. I’ll be using just the Thank You sentiment from the Sizzix Framelits Card Drop In Thank You die set and an embossing folder from Sizzix called Prism Geometrics. I’ll be adding some masked framing using Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks.
To start, I cut out the Thank You die in white card stock and embossed some silver shimmer card stock using the embossing folder. I cut the silver card stock down to a 2.75″ x 4″ panel using a rectangle die but you could use a paper trimmer as well.
I masked off a rectangle on the front of a piece of white card stock cut down to 4″x 5.25″ using Post-It tape. I used my silver embossed panel as a guide to make a thin frame. I basically want to have the look of two mats behind the dry embossed focal point without having all the bulk of extra paper.
After removing the embossed panel, I blended Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink over the masked off area. I just got the edges since I would be adhering the silver embossed panel later.
To create a second mat around the first, I masked off a thin frame next to my original. I did each edge of the rectangle separately, covering the inside edge of the original rectangle with Post-It tape and adding another piece of tape next to it leaving a space for ink blending. I used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink for this portion.
I adhered black foam to the back of the Thank You die cut with some Tombow Mono Liquid glue and then adhered that to my silver embossed panel. I popped the entire panel up on the front of a 4.24″x 5.5″ vertical gray note card.
Clean and simple, yet packs a punch with the 3D embossed panel and the clean masked frame. You could make multiples of these using different embossing folders or even different colored inks for the frames. Thanks so much for joining me today!
There are some really fun techniques for stamping out there, but by far, my favorite is masking. I love that you can have the look of depth and volume on the front of a card, but still have it lie flat for easy mailing. For my project today, I’ll be doing a simple masking technique using a floral stamp from Hampton Art’s Clear Layer Flower Amaze.
Send happy thoughts to someone just to let them know you are thinking of them. This tiled card is fun to make whether for a special day or just any day. The simple design has added pop from the texture of the embossing folder and the multiple layers of squares which make it perfect for any thought you would like to send.