2 Sheets – 4 Cards (12×12)

Here are the cutting directions for this set of cards using two (2) sheets of 12″x12″ card stock.

Both pieces of card stock will be cut EXACTLY the same.  Cut them one at a time or cut them both stacked if your trimmer will handle it.  A video of the cutting directions is post.

FIRST CUT:  Place the card stock in a trimmer large enough to handle 12″x12″ paper.  Align the left edge to the 7″ measurement and cut straight down so you have two pieces.

SECOND CUT:  Using the paper still on our trimmer, the 7″ x 12″ piece, turn it horizontally and trim at the 10″ mark.  This paper, on your trimmer bed, will be the 7″ x 10″ card base.  Remove this and set it aside.

THIRD CUT:  Take the 2″ x 7″ piece you just trimmed off and lay it horizontally on your trimmer bed.  Cut this piece at 5″.  You will have a 2″ x 5″ piece, and a 2″ x 2″ piece.  Set these aside.

FOURTH & FIFTH CUT:  Now working with the 5″ x 12″ piece, place it horizontally in your trimmer and cut at 10″ and then again at 7″.

The remaining 5″ x 7″ piece will be the second card from this first piece of card stock.  Score the center of the 10″x7″ card stock at 5″, then score the 7″x5″ card stock at 3-1/2″.

Do this all over again with our second piece of card stock, if you did not stack them and trim them together.  You will have two card bases, six strips of 5″ long and 2-3″ wide pieces, and two 2″x2″ squares.

The papers I’ve used are Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, and Really Rust.  I’ve also used, as background paper, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper which is no longer available for purchase.

This card making business is a bit tricky.  Having spent several years on a learning curve for making scrapbook layouts, now I find myself faced with another learning curve for making cards.  I made a glib comment one time to my sister, Pati, telling her that card making is just a mini version of a scrapbook layout.  Boy was I off the mark on that one.  Maybe as I get more experience in making cards I will find a better comment to make to new card makers.

While I spent some time getting the cutting part down, well enough to video it and make sense of it all, I had no idea what I was going to do with the cards once it was time to work on them.

I have gathered a good bit of items from Stampin’ Up! to be able to create things using exclusively Stampin’ Up! products.  So much, in fact, that I was not sure where to even start.  So my first set of cards is hit and miss.  Mostly miss.  But it was “practice” and I figured out what I needed to do to make them more appealing.

You're Sweet

  • Card Stock Summer Sun and Really Rust
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch
  • Rub-On – Chateau Bella (Clearance Rack)
  • Jewel Basic Pearls
  • 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon

This card I figured out how to use the Scallop Trim Border Punch and make it look straight.  There is so much empty space on the front of this card.  The elements seem to float around with no anchor.

Notably Ornate Stamp Set

  • Paper Summer Sun
  • Notable Ornate Stamp Set
  • Upsy Daisy Stamp Set
  • Chateau Bella Rub-Ons (Clearance Rack)
  • 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch

This is the card I experimented with the Corner Punch on.  I did not do such a good job with it.  Instead of punching through the two layers on the lower corners, as I had with the top two, I did not get the punch aligned right and they are a bit wonky.  Oh well.

I used the Notable Ornate stamp on the front of my sister, Pati’s”, journal I made for her.  Thought I’d give it a try again.  Alas, I stamped the image upside down 😦

Upsy Daisy Stamp Set

  • Paper used – Summer Sun, Whisper White, and Really Rust
  • Upsy Daisy Stamp Set – image and sentiment
  • Chateau Bella Rub-Ons (Clearance Rack)
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon
  • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

This card I experimented with Shelly’s (tachar) technique of using Versa Mark, ink, clear embossing powder, and the embossing folder.  I like how this card came out, I still feel there is just a bit of something missing.  Not sure what it is.

Cafe Matutino Stamp Set

  • Paper used – Summer Sun, Whisper White, Really Rust
  • Ticket Corner Punch
  • Wide Oval Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Cafe Matutino Stamp Set
  • Notable Ornate Stamp Set
  • Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Blender Pens
  • 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Dazzling Diamonds

This poor card, although cute, is just lacking in something.  I like it, but I’m not “over the moon” with it.

Once again, doing the cutting for two more sheets of 12×12 card stock and this time videoing it I had a bit of time to think about what I wanted to use from the first batch of these cards and what I wanted to not use again.  I knew I definitely needed some kind of background image to make these cards look more “finished”.

Stencil Magic

  • Paper used – Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, and Bella Bleu
  • Decor Stencil – Vintage Ornaments
  • Versa Mark
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Jewel Basic Pearls

This card was the easiest to make and, of course, the last one I did.  The stencil worked well with the Versa Mark and I’d try this technique again.  I really like this card.  A video of creating this card is posted.

Blossom Party

  • Papers used – Summer Sun, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, and Whisper White
  • Chateau Bella Rub-Ons (Clearance Rack)
  • Circle Fire Brads
  • 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon
  • Wide Oval Punch
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch

The worst thing on this card was getting the ribbons tied in a knot.  That was a real chore and I wished I had a few more fingers to hold the ribbon down tight while I tried to make the knot.

I made a batch of “glimmer mist” using More Mustard Ink Refill, water, a touch of liquid hairspray, and Pearl EX.  The spritzer didn’t work.  It clogged up on me.  A video of creating this card is posted.

Cafe Matutino Stamp Set

  • Paper used – Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Bella Bleu, and Whisper White
  • Cafe Matutino Stamp Set
  • Upsy Daisy Stamp Set
  • Stampin Write Markers
  • Blender Pen
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

I had a difficult time getting the bitty stamps of the cups to stick to my clear block.  After having stamped the sentiment, I put the block over the piece of Whisper White and straddled the cups with the sentiment in between them.  The cup on the left kept coming off the clear block and I was inking it.  Drat and double drat.  A video of this card is posted.

Upsy Daisy Stamp Set

  • Paper used – Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, and Bella Bleu
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • Tag Punch
  • 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon
  • Jewel Basic Rhinestones
  • Upsy Daisy Stamp Set
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

I did a demonstration of Shelly’s technique with the Versa Mark, Stampin’ Ink, and clear embossing powder on video.  Turned out pretty good, except I put the paper wrong in the embossing folder.  Oh well, it still worked.  A video of making this card is posted.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with all of my results.  I’ve learned quite a bit and I’m getting more confident in making cards.

Alas, play time is over and I have to get “back on my head”.  Seems I will be working through October instead of being able to start being home then.  So…until next time….hope you have “Inky Fingers” 🙂

Using A Partial Stamp

Word Play Stamp Set

When I made the cards, referred to in the previous post, I wanted to make a Get Well card and I wanted to use a really pretty frame thing from the Hodge Podge set by Stampin’ Up!.

Problem was, this stamp is too big to fit in the frame thing.  I rooted around in my Stampin’ Up! stamps to find something appropriate and kept coming back to this stamp.  Everything was way too large, and one stamp was so small it would have looked lost in the frame thing.

What to do, what to do?  After about 20 minutes of agonizing over this problem I decided to just make do with what I had on hand and MAKE this work.

I’ll tell you what I did, you will probably need to watch the video to make sense out of my blatherings here.

I put the frame thing over the stamp and found what would fit within the “window”, decided what I was going to mask off and located my Post-It notes buried under a bunch of stuff I neglected to put away before I left town.

You can use this technique on a wood mounted or clear mounted stamp.  Just make sure, if you are using the clear mount stamp, that it is already on the block before you begin.  So much easier to do when it is nearly ready to go.  No inky fingers and blotched or smeared ink.

With the Post-It notes – two of them – I used one to cover up the “feel better soon” portion of the stamp and used the other Post-It note to cover over the “?”  Carefully I worked the stamp pad over the stamp, smearing on the Post-It notes which was alright, and got the image I wanted inked good.  Then I removed the Post-It notes and stamped on a piece of Whisper White.

Centering the stamped image inside the “window” of the frame thing I traced around the metal piece with a pencil and then cut out inside the pencil lines.  Turning the whole thing over, carefully, I used an embossing tool to mark the inside edges of the frame thing and  then cut the excess paper away.

Using two of the thin Pop Dots I rolled them between my fingers and created an elongated thin bit of adhesive and attached it to the inner part of the frame thing at the brad placement sides.  Stuck the Whisper White stamped image back into the frame thing and I had what I wanted.

Hodge Podge "frame" thing

No one knows that I don’t have the proper punch for this doo hickey, nor that the stamp really doesn’t come just like this.  Well, that is not true any longer.  You know what I don’t have and what I’ve had to do 🙂

Next time you are stumped on how to use the stamp you want but it won’t all fit where you want it….then try this trick.

Don’t let some little thing get the best of you.  There is, most always, a way of getting around a problem and making it work.

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