Orange & Black – Traditional Hallowe’en Scheme

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Orange & Black are traditional Hallowe’en colors in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I was researching why Orange & Black (and sometimes Purple) are associated with Hallowe’en, but couldn’t find anything definitive.  So… I’ll make a guess.  Many of the customs around Hallowe’en are based on harvest festivals.  Orange is definitely prominent in harvest colors, as is Black, to provide contrast.  Purple can also be a harvest color, although I tend to call it a Potion Color.  You may remember this from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

I tend to resist making Hallowe’en projects with just Orange and Black, however, I couldn’t withstand the look of the chandelier from the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set.  You’ve seen it in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance articles.  I decided to use the chandelier with a Black on Orange combination just for fun.  The chandelier is a very large image and multiple colors would be tricky.

This Hallowe’en Monochromatic Color Scheme uses Basic Black from the Neutrals Color Group and Tangerine Tango from the Orange-Red Color Group.  I like the brightness and depth of color of Tangerine Tango, which plays well against Basic Black.

I just had to use the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the chandelier.  You can see the light reflection on the one at the top, but the others are basically invisible.  They show as a solid black circle against the stamped rounded nodes in the chandelier design.  You can see where they’re supposed to be in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance article.

A couple of tips:  Use the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp your envelope.  It’s easier for addressing to show.  Since the Vintage Crochet Trim is about 1/4” wide, roll Tear & Tape Adhesive strips to fit behind the trim.  Otherwise, wrap it around, tie it in a knot or bow, and secure with Glue Dots.

This color scheme is good for some Fall projects besides Hallowe’en and for Team Colors.  In my area, Orange & Black are the school colors for Santa Rosa High School and the team colors for the San Francisco Giants.  My nephews in Maine also graduated from a high school with Orange and Black as the school colors.  The colors inspire several card, page and gift ideas, don’t they?

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Perfect Mitered Corners

Want to make Perfect Mitered Corners with your Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer?  This video from a reader, Cringuta (Sandy) Campbell, shows you how.  The video is a little more than 40 minutes long, but you get more than one method to use, depending on your project.

Perfect Mitered Corners

Thank you for sharing, Sandy!  I know we’ll all get a lot out of your video.

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Beige & Black: Classic Elegance Deconstructed

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Beige and Black Classic Elegance Deconstructed means I’m going to give you some tips and discoveries I made while constructing this design.  I promised I’d talk about the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set in my original article, Beige & Black – Classic Neutral Elegance, an essential piece to constructing this card.

I chose the Stamp Set because I fell in love with the chandelier image.  The chandelier makes a perfect silhouette shape when stamped with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad on the Sahara Sand Card Stock.  The image is so large, you’d have to stamp it on the card base alone if you wanted to do a top-fold card with a horizontal front.  If you’ve read me for a while, you know I can’t do without my layers!  So, the side-fold vertical front it is.

The other issue with the size is you can have a message or a ribbon with it, but not both.  Narrow ribbon wrapped around the card front and tied in a bow would work.  A narrow ribbon bow attached to the top seems to detract from the elegance for me, so I used the message and adorned the chandelier with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The big advantage is that you probably won’t have to pay the postage surcharge, especially if you put a piece of card stock or vellum between the card and the envelope.

You can recreate the same level of elegance with Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake and any of the darker browns, as well as Very Vanilla or Whisper White with any of the other NeutralsReversing the Color Scheme may lose some of the elegance, but adds fun!  An example is Whisper White on Basic GrayAll of the Neutrals combinations create Monochromatic Color Schemes which are elegant, whimsical, or dramatic, depending on the images you choose!tams# 16479

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Removing Adhesive from Scissors

Paper Snips with Their Package

Removing Adhesive from Scissors is necessary to keep the blades sharp and have clean cuts.  Nothing makes your Blade feel duller than Adhesive sticking to it!  I gave a few cleaning tips at the end of my article, Choosing the Right Scissors for the Job, but things have changed a bit with all the different Adhesives.  We’ve also concentrated more on paper-crafting and die-cutting, so our Scissors product line is reduced to the ultra-sharp Paper Snips.

My original best tip about Removing Adhesive from Scissors was to spray on Stampin’ Mist and let it sit for a minute, then rub off the adhesive.  This works well a lot of the time, especially with SNAIL or Adhesive on stickers.  However, with the introduction of ultra-sticky Fast Fuse and Tear & Tape Adhesives, you’ll probably find that a commercial adhesive remover, such as that recommended for adhesive-backed labels.

I personally like Goo Gone or Goo Be Gone gel Adhesive Removers.  Since I only use them for cleaning scissors, one bottle lasts a loo-ooong time.  You can find these type of adhesive removers anywhere and they’re generally not as expensive as the specialty removers in your craft store.

You should plan on coating your scissor blades on both sides with the remover and letting them sit for a minute or two.  This usually makes it easier to wipe off the adhesive residue.  You can spray the blades on both sides just like with Stampin’ Mist, but the remover should be a little thicker. 

If the adhesive residue is light, you can soak a cotton ball with the remover and wipe it over the blades.  The adhesive may come right off.  If your remover is in a spray bottle, spritz some on a paper towel, then wipe on the blade.

If you have excess Adhesive on any of your projects, and they’re on paper or card stock, pat the Embossing Buddy over the Adhesive and gently rub off with your finger.  Then wipe off the Embossing Buddy residue.  If you have excess adhesive on a Foil or Glossy Paper project, put a little commercial remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and gently rub off the Adhesive.  The commercial remover will not stain if you just use a little and wipe off quickly.

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Wood Crate Candy Box

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The Wood Crate Candy Box pictured features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: a whole pile of Neutral wood-look backgrounds!  Neutrals go with anything, so you’ll have an almost unlimited number of Color Combinations to play with!!

The sliced trees pattern caught my eye for my original plan to fill the Crate with Reese’s Peanut Butter CupsThen I realized that, since I keep the Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer, I would run the risk of getting my Crate wet when the candy thawed.  I changed to room-temperature Starburst Fruit Chews to avoid unsightly spots.

Incidental TipIf you want to fill the box with unwrapped candies, as a place setting favor for example, cut two or three Scalloped Circles from waxed paper with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits™ DiesLine the Crate with the Circles first, then put in your candy.

The Wood Crate box is easy to assemble.  Die-cut two of the box pieces, then fold along all score lines.  If you find the score lines are too faint, shim with a piece of paper or use a Stylus and ruler to define them.  You may also use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to define the lines.  Crease well with a Bone Folder.

Open out the flaps and apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the “outside” of each one on both box pieces.  Also apply Tear & Tape around the edges of one box bottom, again on the “outside”.  Remove the backing on the box bottom adhesive and lay the non-adhesived piece on top with the box sides facing away from each other.  The overlapping box bottoms add strength so the box holds up when filled.  Remove the backing on the flaps and finish assembling the box.

The Wood Crate Framelits Dies include several shapes you can use for embellishments.  The Rooster is shown in the photo.  There is also a Tag DieYou can use it for a gift tag or as a place card for my party favor suggestion.

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How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card

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The Dazzle Me Pocket Card colors of Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi remind me of a calm, deep summertime ocean.  I discussed the Color Scheme in my article, Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide.

While I was making the card, I discovered a few tips and tricks I thought you’d like to use.  The Product List that follows includes links to my Stampin’ Up!® Online Store.  Have fun with my How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card tutorial.

  1. Fold an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Marina Mist Card Stock in half and crease well with a Bone Folder to create the card base.
  2. Stamp the pocket outline image on a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Marina Mist piece with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. The photopolymer image stretches and distorts easily, so gently adjust it on the Clear Block until it’s straight. I lift it up and let it fall into place a few times, rather than forcing it.
    2. Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting, but you may be able to get two pockets from one piece of card stock.
  3. Stamp the pocket details inside the outline image with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. If you try to stamp the pocket and the details at the same time, you will cause the images to distort.
  4. Die-cut the stamped pocket with the Pocket Framelit. Fold and crease the flaps well with the Bone Folder.  Attach to a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Tranquil Tide Card Stock with Tear & Tape AdhesiveYou can fit a gift card inside, but make sure the pocket is adhered at least 1” below the top edge.
  5. Stamp the sunglasses on one end of a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock with the Tranquil Tide pad.  Die-cut with the sunglasses Framelit.  Insert the sunglasses in the pocket and attach with a Stampin’ Dimensional so they peek out.
  6. Stamp the sentiment on the other end of the Wild Wasabi piece with the Tranquil Tide Leave room for punching out the phrase.  Line up the sentiment inside the Pretty Label Punch opening and punch out.  Sponge the edges with a Sponge Dauber and the Tranquil Tide pad.
  7. Tie a piece of Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon around the Tranquil Tide layer below the pocket. Attach the sentiment over the ribbon and pocket with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips.
    1. The Dimensionals get placed over where they’ll adhere to the pocket.
    2. The Foam Strips get placed on the area covering the layer only. I cut pieces of two or three strips together at the same time to get a nice size attachment.
  8. Center the completed layer on the card front and adhere.

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12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

The 12 x 12 Cardstock Collections have been reconfigured to give you more sheets of the same color, but fewer colors.  The Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla 12 x 12 Cardstock packages are available individually.  The photo shows my personal collection organized.

Here are the new 12 x 12 Cardstock Collection colors. 

Brights Best 12 x 12 Cardstock PackBermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Regals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Night of Navy

Subtles Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky

Neutrals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate

Each package contains 24 sheets: 8 each of 3 colors.  This gives Scrapbookers the ability to make four 2-page layouts from one color.  Previously, you would have to buy four 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments to get the same results.  Plus, you’d have nine other colors to store or use.  Stampin’ Up!® has packaged the three most popular colors from each collection into the new Cardstock Packa.

If you want a 12” piece of some other color, adhere it to a backing page such as Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  I recommend cutting it into 4” or 6” pieces, then adhering to the backing page.  You can cover the joins with photos, embellishments, ribbon or Washi Tape.  If you want to adhere the 8-1/2” x 11” sheet to the page, center it on the upper part of the page, then attach an additional 11” strip to get the coverage you want.

Another thing to try is finding a sheet of Designer Series Paper in the color you want, then attaching it to the backing page.  I personally don’t like using DSP by itself as a page because I find it too limp.

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Spring Things Made My Day Card

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I showed you some of the components of my Spring Things Made My Day Card in my article, “Glimmer Paper to Dye For.”  The photo lets you see how everything came out!

The inspiration for dying Glimmer Paper came from using a previous design for my usual post on Saint Patrick’s Day.  I didn’t have any new St. Paddy’s Day images, just the greeting, so I thought about what I could do instead to make a new design.

One of my main elements for a St. Patrick’s Day card is the shamrock.  Heart shapes make good clover or shamrock leaves.  Just punch or die-cut 3 or 4 and adhere them on top of a stem.  I used heart Framelits™ and die-cut three shapes from the newly dyed Glimmer Paper.  I free-hand cut a stem from scraps of the Emerald Envy Card Stock

I missed making a St. Patrick’s Day card and I knew I was running out of time for making an Easter card, so I decided to combine elements to make a card for Spring.  Both of these celebrations occur in Spring, so the card design fits.

I used the chocolate bunny image and stamped it on Chocolate Chip Card Stock with the Whisper White Craft Pad.  When that dried, I painted the bunny with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to give it gloss.  The bunny represents Easter, although I personally think it should be year-round.  It is chocolate, after all.  When the bunny was dry, I attached a medium Pearl Basic Jewel over the eye.  The bunny also needed something to emphasize it.  That called for a Blossom Bunch punch-out with Flirty Flamingo Card Stock.

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What To Do With Teeny Tiny Dies

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I used teeny tiny dies from the Up & Away Thinlits™ Dies for my Cupcake Carnival Birthday Card.  The images that coordinate are in the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and are also teeny tiny.  The balloon basket doubles as the cupcake base and one of the clouds is shaped perfectly for cupcake frosting.

The dies to cut the images are so small that they’d be swallowed up by Post-It™ Notes, even the 1-1/2” x 2” size.  They really need to be taped down so the image doesn’t shift, even on the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform.

Then I remembered my Washi Tape.  The Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set has a variety of widths, so I could use a small one.  The photo shows a larger die from a different set, along with the Washi Tape to hold it, because the photo of my teeny tiny die was too hard to see.

Washi Tape is translucent, so it’s not too hard to see the stamped image through it when you place the die.  Just be sure you use a dark enough ink pad to stamp the image and a light enough piece of tape to see through.

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Cloud Template You Make Yourself

I was working on a project for my newsletter and realized how handy my DIY Cloud Template was.  I also realized I hadn’t talked about you making one yourself in quite some time!  Like, 2008Part 2 was also in 2008, but part 3 was in 2009I think it’s time I put them all together for you.

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Making a Cloud Template is very easy.  Grab your Card Stock scraps and your circle punches and start making cut-outs!  I had the most scraps in my Whisper White bag, but any color will do.  If you prefer, you can use the Layering Circles Framelits™ Dies (141705) with your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (143263) and cut out a bunch at once.

I used these sizes of Circle Punches, making 1 of the largest and 2 each of the others:

Stroke adhesive along one edge of each circle with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), then let the glue dry.  The circles are repositionable, so you can adhere them together to make your Cloud Template, then separate each one to make circle masks.

I adhered the circles together in random order like this:

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Now your cloud template is ready to use.  I am going for a sunrise effect here, so I used different colors.  The retired Stipple Brush is shown, but you can use Stamping Sponges (141337) to get a similar effect.  Another trick you might try is to use the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731) on colored Card Stock.

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If you need an answer to any question about making your own Cloud Template or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Cloud Template.

 

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Another Thought About the Subtle Tile Background

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I had another thought about the Subtle Tile Background from a second visit and different light.  I described how to replicate it previously in my article, “A Subtle Tile Background”.

In the changed light, the grout looks brown… and there are flecks of glitter in it!  So I changed my “grout recipe”.

Mix Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with a little Real Red Glitter or Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (very little of your glitter powder).  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool. 

To finish the look, mix a drop or two of Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (119789) with a drop of alcohol.  Apply the mixture with a cotton swab to coat the “grout”.  Be careful to not stain the “tiles.”

Tip:  Cut big scraps for a Scrapbook Page and leave a little more space in between.  You can cover the page fully, or make a border.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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A Subtle Tile Background

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I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something different this trip and found this soft & subtle tike pattern covering a bathroom floor.  It immediately reminded me of making a paper version.  I’ve cut scraps like that!

If you want to replicate this, sponge Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ PadThen cut all three colors of card stock into random pieces.

Coat a layer of Sahara Sand Card Stock the size you want with Fast Fuse AdhesiveDon’t leave any gaps!  Place your card stock pieces in a random pattern, leaving at least 1/8” space between each one.  You can make the spaces different sizes, too.  Let the scraps over hang the layer, you can trim them later.

Mix Black Embossing Powder with a little bit of Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then sprinkle all over the exposed Fast Fuse.  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool and you’re all set!  Trim off the overhanging Card Stock and attach your background to your project.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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Puffy Bow for Metallic Ribbon Pack

Puffy Bow with Metallic Ribbon Pack

There are several projects with Puffy Bows featured in all the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  This box is wrapped with ribbon from the 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration free accessories you may select with a $50 purchase.

I found a video that shows you how to make a Puffy Bow.  The tutorial is for a hair ornament, but you can easily use the method for wrapping a box as you can see in the photo above.  Personally, I would sew the completed bow to the felt circles and tie it to the ribbon rather than using hot glue because you want the box to be openable.  If you decide to use hot glue as in the video, be sure to use a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) to glue everything together and to attach the bow to the ribbon wrap-around.

Loopy Puffy Bow Tutorial Video

If you need an answer to any question about the Puffy Bow or any other technique. product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Puffy Bow.

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Stamping on Velvet

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I was going through my files and came across this article about Velvet Stamping I thought this would be a great technique to share with you for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions (like weddings and anniversaries).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my examples or my velvet, so I’ll just tell you how to do it.  The picture shows the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set (141531-w, 141534-c), one of the sets that would work very well for Stamping on Velvet.

Here are the main things you need to know about Stamping on Velvet:

1- Rayon velvet fabric.  Do not use nylon velvet as it will melt.  Cotton velvet won’t hold the image well.

2- An iron without steamholes on the soleplate, heated to Cotton/Linen temperature.

3- An image or word/phrase stamp that’s molded (or burned) deep into the rubber and can be completely covered by the soleplate of the iron.

4.- Use a solid silhouette or thick line art image for the best effect.  Detailed designs can get lost in the nap of the fabric.

You want to use the red rubber stamps, preferably on wood blocks.  Stampin’ Up!® red rubber stamps are all deeply burned, so the images work perfectly for Stamping on Velvet.  If you use a Clear-Mount Stamp, mount it on a piece of wood or place it on a silicone cooking mat.  The Clear-Mount Block may get damaged by the heat.

Once you’ve decided what you want to stamp, place your stamp rubber-side up on a flat, heat-resistant surface.  Place your Velvet piece face down on top of it and lightly spray with water.  Cover the whole image with your iron and press down.  Hold in place for about 30 seconds, then lift up without moving it.  Your fabric should be stamped beautifully.

Mount your Stamped Velvet by wrapping it around a piece of Card StockFast Fuse Adhesive (129026) works well to hold it.  You can also cover it with an open “window” layer, then trim the Velvet to fit behind the window layer.  It’s easier to attach to your project.  Either Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive will keep the Velvet secure.

I will do a sample for you when I find my Velvet and post it here.  If I don’t find my Velvet, I will buy some more just for your enjoyment.

If you need an answer to any question about a Technique such as Stamping on Velvet, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the technique, such as Stamping on Velvet.

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A Quick Tip for the Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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The Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) is great for holding parts of your projects in place while you pierce a design with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189) as well as helping protect your work surface.  But did you know you can use it for Stamping?

The Stampin’ Pierce Mat helps you get a good impression with your stamped images because it has a bit of give to it:

  1. Put your project layer on the Mat.
  2. Ink up your stamp and press it on the project. Be sure to press it straight down, then lift up.
  3. Solid stamp images get a particular benefit from this technique.
  4. Try stamping with scrap paper first to get the feel of stamping on the Mat.

If you need an answer to any question about the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

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Satin Ribbon Tie-Off Pocket Card

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Several years ago, I gave some tips on using wide ribbon and talked about Satin Ribbon in particular.  I love Satin Ribbon, but it can be slippery.  The Tie-Off Technique works really well for this and other wide ribbon.  It makes a quick & easy Pocket Card as well.

The Pocket Card uses 5-1/2” x 12” Designer Series Paper plus a 5-1/4” x 5-3/4” piece of coordinating Card Stock.  Score the DSP at 6” and 10-3/4” along the long side.  Fold the short section back to make a border.  Stamp a sentiment if you wish.

Wrap the ribbon around the pocket so you can see the sentiment and tie off at the side.  I used Linen Thread and wrapped it around the ribbon ends a few times before tying in a knot.  Baker’s Twine would work just as well.

All the products used in this sample are retired, except for the Always Artichoke 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, the So Saffron 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock and the Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad.  I’ve included a list of substitutes you might like to try.  The Color Scheme is based upon the selected Designer Series Paper pattern.

Tip:  Only emboss the top inch of the card stock piece with your Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder after you stamp.

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Carousel Horse Smiles Card

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I wanted to use the Carousel Horse on a card and continue with my exploration of the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack patterns and combinations.  I also decided I wanted to use Daffodil Delight instead of the So Saffron listed as a coordinate on the DSP Stack cover.  I went over the Colors included as Coordinates in my article, Cupcake Ferris Wheel Card, so click there to see the full details.

Bermuda Bay is a member of the Brights Collection as well as being the Blue-Green Color Group HueDaffodil Delight is the Hue of the Yellow Color Group and is also a member of the Brights Collection.  I felt like being bright today and celebrating the sun coming out, so I am using the two together, along with Island Indigo, the Shade from the Blue-Green Color Group.  The two Color Groups create two points on a Tetradic Color Scheme, so I’m calling this Color Combination Semi-Tetradic.  You never know, if it fits in the DSP Stack patterns, I may come back with a full Tetradic Color Scheme that includes Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight with the other two colors.

I used the retired Daffodil Delight 5/8” Satin Ribbon to create the yellow stripe behind the Bermuda Bay 1/8” Stitched Ribbon.  You can replicate this by tinting the Gold 5/8” Satin Ribbon with the Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Refill and some alcohol.  You may want to bleach the Gold Ribbon a little first.  Let it dry thoroughly before you start tinting.

Fast Fuse Adhesive makes a great anchor for the Satin Ribbon.  Cut the Ribbon about 2” longer than the card front layer and wrap it around to the back.  Run strips of the Adhesive along both sides so you get a firm hold.  The Silicone Craft Sheet is handy to use when you apply the Fast Fuse to the Ribbon so that nothing sticks to your work surface.

I tied a bow with the 1/8” Ribbon and let one end trail across the card front.  The easiest way to hold the narrower Ribbon and place its trailing end is with Glue Dots.  You’ll need to fold the Glue Dot in half so it doesn’t show around the Ribbon.

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Lining Up Diagonal Cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer

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This card inspired me to write about how to line up diagonal cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (126889).  We made it at my Holiday party in December.  Everyone who RSVP’d, whether they were attending or not, received a free tutorial of the card.

There are a couple of methods to use to make diagonal cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Mark the start point and end point with a pencil, then line up the dots with the center of the cutting groove and cut. You may want to use Washi Tape to hold the paper or card stock in place – it’ll remove easily when you’re done.
  • Stamp your image in the center of the card stock or paper. Line up the edges of the image with one of the straight lines on the paper holder of the Trimmer. 

In the sample, I lined up the farthest edge of the image with the line that was about 1/4” away.  I did the same for both sides.  Then I used scissors to cut off the excess after I aligned it with the background.

If you need an answer to any question about the Stampin’ Trimmer or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Trimmer.

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Organizing Your Card Stock

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Here are a few tips on Organizing Your Card Stock.  I’m showing you how I organize my supply.

I keep my Card Stock organized by color name and color collection.  In my “studio” or work space, I have about a half-package of each color stored in magazine files with dividers.  I store the rest of my supply in folders in a filing cabinet.  The filing cabinet is an easy way to let me see what I’m needing to order and to let me refill my working supply.

I also prepare a supply of card bases and card layers.  I store the card bases in envelopes or folders that fit the card base size.  I have accordion file envelopes for my 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” pieces and file folders for my 4-1/4” x 11” pieces.  These are also sorted by color collection.

My card layers are stored in a file box.  These are 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” pieces of card stock which I can cut down to layer size, depending upon my design.  I separated each of the Neutral colors with dividers, but the other colors get to stay in their collections.  The dividers take up too much room to separate each color by name.  The Neutrals can blend together, so keeping each one separate makes them easier to use.

If you need an answer to any question about Organizing Your Card Stock or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Organizing Card Stock.

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Celebrate with a Hot Air Balloon Card

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Hot Air Balloons always tell me the weather’s good and it’s time to celebrate.  In my home town, Hot Air Balloons abound during Spring right through to Fall.  It’s common to see several in the air at one time while Wine Country festivals are going on!

The new Lift Me Up Bundle includes the stamp set and a set of Up & Away Thinlits™ Dies.  I particularly like the intricate balloon die which I used to make the Bermuda Bay overlay.  I applied strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the card stock before I die-cut the balloon, so it needed two or three trips through the Big Shot™ to make sure everything cut through.  This includes using the Big Shot™ Precision Base Plate, which usually allows you to die-cut only once.  I used eight strips of adhesive, but you really only need one across the top, one across the bottom and two or three in between.  Tape savings is something to celebrate and you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time removing the backing.

I made a stencil when I die-cut the detailed balloon and used it to trace a solid shape on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I used Markers to color stripes across the shape, then adhered the detailed balloon and cut around the outside edge.

The colors I used were So Saffron, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group; Pool Party, from the Blue-Green Color Group, which is the same Color Group as Bermuda Bay; Peekaboo Peach, from the Orange Color Group; and Calypso Coral, from the Red-Orange Color GroupBermuda Bay and Pool Party are Complements to Calypso Coral and Calypso Coral is Analogous with Peekaboo Peach and So SaffronThe whole Color Combination could be either Complementary Plus or Analogous Plus, but I decided on Complementary Plus because Bermuda Bay is really the main color.  In any case, I was having fun!

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Big Shot

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