Good Morning my friends! Wow….I adore the emails about how much you love the new catalog and I also know that many of you are super excited to get the goodies that you have already ordered!
As you read this, John and I are flying across the big pond to head back to Maryland…back to home! This has been an amazing 2 week venture us. We thought yesterday, this is the 1st time we have ever been away this long since we have been married….this is the 1st time we have travel in Europe…this is the 1st time that we have had to step out of our comfort zone without any of the peeps to help us with a metro…the money exchange and many more things but… WE DID IT!
We looked at each other last night and laughed as we are proud of ourselves and we have “caught the travel bug” – it was just wonderful and yesterday was a highlight day for me, we took a cooking class in Barcelona and then went to a jazz dinner – a perfect day and way to end our fun together!
Let’s get to this super simple card! We all know that the pineapple is the sign of hospitality and this single stamp is a keeper. My Mom would have adored this stamp and I know that she would have had me make her a bunch of these cards up with all different sentiments! It is fabulous when we can have an amazing stamp that can be used in many ways!
In the below image you can see the single simple stamp. It is a BIG one but at the same time, it does make a statement. There are fabulous examples in the catalog but you can see that I chose to keep it perfectly plain, clean and simple!
I did use the stamp-a-ma-jig to see exactly where the pineapple top and bottom met….then I cleaned my stamp and masked off with simple masking tape the area that I wanted inked up! The colors I used were Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry. This was very easy to do…just remember to take off your masking tape before you stamp it! 🙂 I say that as you can tell that I have done this before!
The other highlight that I want to share with you is the scoring. I know, I know – I do this a bunch but I adore the ease and effect it gives. you can see in the above picture that I chose to do 4 lines on the tip and bottom and on the sides I just did 2. Mix it up…when you do, a new level of depth comes to life with your projects.
I made this card to share with you before the new catalog launched so you can see that I am using the envelope liner and some DSP from last years catalog. I will say with the hiccup with the internet while on the cruise…I have lots of posts ready for you. (things seem to happen for a reason….I am thrilled as I can really work on Product Shares next week)
This is a vertical card and I started with a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of thick white card stock to create the scored lines and then adhere this to the card base so when you open up the card, you will not see the scored lines. (type A in me) I used fast fuse, my go to adhesive when adhering white on white.
For the Pineapple, I used a scrap of paper to do the stamping and then “fussy cut” it out – it really is not a hard image to cut out and it is very forgiving. Some siple dimensionals behind it and you are good to go. (using the edges of your dimensionals is a bonus)
Did you notice the gold thread? I think it is a simple touch that really added some simple flair and fun! I should have anchored a piece to go around the pineapple but I had already exposed and pressed my pineapple on before so PLAN B – (there are ALWAYS PLAN B’s in life). I took 2 stands, tied a simple bow and then rolled a glue dot so I could attach it – presto, it worked!
You like??? I was pleased with it and it really is a simple card to make. I want to touch on something that I get as often and I think I will probably do a video on this topic…How to get a clean image with a new stamp!
First, I invite you to think about your new stamps like a new pair of shoes. When we have a new pair of shoes, we need to break them in before we walk for miles and miles as if we did not do that – we would have blisters and very uncomfortable feet and we all agree…THAT IS THE WORST!
When I get a new stamp like this pineapple I do 2 things:
- I clean it with my scrubbing pad or an absorber cloth (I have blogged about this before and I love to get in the nooks and crannies of your stamp) nd then mak sure that it is super dry.
- I next stamp it with the versamark pad…stamp it on a piece of scrap….ink it again in versa mark and do the same thing until there is barley any versamark left on the stamp.
Now I an ready to bring my ink color to the stamp and I come out with a clean image. I think that if you take the time to do this…you will be happier witht he end result. Hopefully this tips help you but always feel free to email me if you need further help!
LET’S PLAY ANOTHER GAME! Please make sure that you check out yesterdays post to see your 1st game to win a stamp and today you have another go at it!
Here you go….let’s see how well you know me….
What new DSP paper collection to you think was my favorite when I 1st saw the new catalog?
Please leave me a comment and then for the ones that “get it correctly”, I will take those names and one lucky person will win that pack of paper! On Sunday I will announce the winner for both yesterday’s game and today’s! This will give you some time to leave a comment. Have fun…you all make me smile and make me adore even more in what I do.
Stampin’ Up! has encouraged me to grow personally and I am still pinching myself that John and I were able to have this wonderful opportunity on this adventure we have been on. Have fun looking and getting to know the new catalog….I hope that you like this game! Make it a great day!