Friday, January 24, 2020

2 Cool Tricks To Stretch Your Stamping Supplies and Make a Triple Impact PLUS a video

Your crafting supplies and tools are investments.  Fun investments, to be sure, but still something that you want to get the most use from.  Any time I discover a new way to use something I already own is a HAPPY time!  It makes me do cartwheels!  And today, I have 2 ideas to share with you that will help you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your supplies.

Trick #1: Stamp your image three times on a 3" wide piece of cardstock, then use your Stampin' Trimmer to cut into 3 equal 1" wide sections.  For maximum impact, mat each 1" section onto a 1-1/4" wide cardstock mat.  The triple repetition is a stunning eye-catcher!  

In my example, I stamped an image from Painted Poppies in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock, then used Stampin' Blends to color them (Light & Dark Poppy Parade, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow).

Trick #2: While you have your Stampin' Blends out, use them to custom color ribbon!   Lay the ribbon flat on Stampin' Grid paper to protect your work surface, then run the brush tip of the Stampin' Blend marker down the ribbon.  The color will transfer instantly and smoothly and also dry quickly.  

The ribbon in my example is Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding and I used a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend on it. Look at the vibrancy of that ribbon!  One spool of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon + your favorite Stampin' Blends colors = a rainbow of options!

Here's a Behind-The-Scenes story that you probably can relate to: I faced major indecision over what color to stamp the background on the Real Red cardbase.  At first, I was going to use the same color ink so that the background would be subtle.  But then I thought how striking stamping it in Tuxedo Black would be, especially with the Basic Black mats.  No joke, I spent 10 minutes  going back-and-forth over this!  I violated my own design rule of NO OVERTHINKING.  Finally, I scolded myself for doubting my instinct (and wasting precious stamp time) and went with the Tuxedo Black - and LOVED it!!

Watch the video to see this card made from start to finish. 

Card Recipe:

Painted Poppies stamp set
Itty Bitty Greetings stamps set
Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (3"x4-3/4")
Dark & Light Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends
Dark & Light Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Heart Epoxy Droplets
Basic Black cardstock (5"x3-1/4") (2-5/8"x1-1/4")x3
Poppy Parade cardstock (5-1/2"x8-1/2") folded in half for card base
Whisper White cardstock (3"x2-1/2") cut into 1" wide sections after stamping
Pool Party cardstock (3-3/4"x3/4")

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