Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Blackberry Bliss

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Blackberry Bliss is the darker Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group. Its companions in this group are the lighter Shade, Rich Razzleberry, and the Tone, Perfect Plum. These colors are too close in intensity to be successfully used in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

So, I consolidated the Violet-Red and Red-Violet Color Groups for today’s Monochromatic Scheme. These groups are my Split Tertiary Color Groups, so I simply put them back together into their Tertiary Group. I selected Melon Mambo, the Red-Violet Tint, for its brightness to contrast with Blackberry Bliss. I needed to add the Neutral Basic Gray to put some contrast between the Melon Mambo print of the Designer Series Paper and the Melon Mambo background layer.

I layered the Blackberry Bliss Die-Cuts over Melon Mambo Die-Cuts so the color through the cut outs would show. I didn’t have a small enough die or punch to use on the teapot cover, so I attached one of the small hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers to a scrap of Melon Mambo and cut it out. I used Paper Snips and cut close to the edge of the sticker. A folded up Glue Dot and you’re good to go!

This color combination works well for Friendship, Birthday, Get Well, Thank You and most other occasions. For Sympathy cards, I would recommend using the Tone, Rose Red, in place of Melon Mambo because it is more muted.

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Have You Tried Thick Whisper White Card Stock?

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Stampin’ Up!®’s regular Whisper White Card Stock (100730) is the same weight as the other card stock (80#), but it is milled to an ultrasmooth finish. This makes the card stock thinner and lighter in physical weight. Whisper White regular card stock takes the ink very well and is great for coloring or watercoloring, too. But it is a little flimsy for a card base.

Thick Whisper White Card Stock (140272) takes care of that problem! This card stock is 100# and has a coarser finish, just like the other colors. The thickness makes it great for card bases, tags, even treat boxes! It also holds ink well, but it’s so great as a card base that I usually only stamp my Angel Policy stamp on it.

Unlike regular Whisper White Card Stock, Thick Whisper White Card Stock only comes in 8-1/2” x 11” size. This makes it economical for card-making, since you get two card bases from one sheet. (Maybe they’ll bring out 12” x 12” in the new Annual Catalog!).

I highly recommend scoring the fold line before trying to fold the card stock in half. The Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer (126889) makes this really easy! I keep both my cutting blade and my scoring blade on the same Trimmer, as shown in my article, What’s the Best Tool for Scoring, so it’s a snap to score a card base. The Thick Whisper White Card Stock definitely benefits from score lines. Otherwise, you have a hard time getting the card stock to fold without puckers and wrinkles. I’ve taken to scoring all my card bases, Thick Whisper White Card Stock or any other color, and notice it’s made the job a snap! Of course, creasing with the Bone Folder (102300) is always necessary.

You can’t tell by looking that I used Thick Whisper White Card Stock for my card base in the photo, but let me tell you that the card front is heavy enough to overbalance if I’d used regular Whisper White. Thick Whisper White let the card hold its pose well!

Give Thick Whisper White Card Stock a try! It’s also great for treat boxes, like when you use the Baker’s Box (138279) or Cutie Pie (138273) Thinlits Dies. The card stock you have left over will make great tags or embellishments!

If you need an answer to any question about Thick Whisper White Card Stock 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.

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How About Some Adult Conversation?

GatheringDo you feel like you’re surrounded by nothing but kids all the time? Would you like to enjoy some adult conversation once in a while, but you just can’t seem to fit it in? How about owning your own stamping business?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule. You get to interact with fellow Demonstrators, who provide adult conversation, and you can schedule your own stamping events, which let you gather your friends to paper-craft and enjoy adult conversation together. Besides that, you get paid for it!

So, if you need to have some adult conversation, you can schedule it at your convenience. And, as I said before, you’ll get paid! This will make it easier and more of a priority to work into your schedule, because you know you’ll be bringing in extra cash to the household

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy adult conversation regularly, share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Pink Pirouette and a Semi-Split Complementary Scheme

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I made this card design to show you that Stampin’ Up!® colors go with each other extremely well!.. I picked a sheet from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack for the background to the Pink Pirouette Main Color.  I talked about a Split Complementary Color Scheme with Pink Pirouette a couple of days ago. This takes the Color Scheme a step further.

The predominant colors in the pattern are Calypso Coral and Old Olive. Basic Black is a Neutral and just supports the color scheme. Pink Pirouette is the Tint of the Red Color Group. Right beside it is the Red-Orange Color Group, of which Calypso Coral is a Tint. The Complementary Color Group to Red-Orange is Green-Yellow. Old Olive is a darker Tint in that Color Group. These three create what I call a Semi-Split Complementary Scheme because Red is alongside Red-Orange and Red-Orange is directly opposite Green-Yellow on the Color Wheel. In addition, the very pale center of the Calypso Coral flowers is almost Pink Pirouette.

The Pretty Petals paper provides a nice, high contrast to the Pink Pirouette butterfly. I’m short on birthday cards, so “happy birthday” is the greeting I used. To make the coordinating envelope, I used another sheet of paper in the same pattern and die-cut an Envelope Liner using the Big Shot and the Envelope Liner Framelits Dies. Remember you only need to attach the liner to the envelope at the flap.

This combination is great for Birthday, Party, Congratulations, Thank You, Friendship, Get Well Soon and any other occasion, including Sympathy. Scrapbook pages can use the color block technique for the paper, since it comes in 6” x 6” sheets and really doesn’t piece together with pattern matching.

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Pink Pirouette in a Split Complementary Scheme

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I confess, this is a case of manipulating the color wheel to fit the color combination you chose. You can do this with Stampin’ Up!® colors because they all work together. Besides, the Main Color and its Contrast and Accent colors don’t have to be in the order the traditional color wheel suggests. I used a Split Complementary Color Scheme with the key color of Yellow-Green on the wheel, but my Main Color is Pink Pirouette from the Red Color Group, the Contrast Color is Wisteria Wonder from the Violet Color Group and the Accent Color is Pear Pizzazz from the Green-Yellow/Yellow-Green Color Group.

I wanted to do a faux stained glass effect, so I stamped the large rose image from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad on the front of a piece of Vellum Card Stock. I colored the back with Stampin’ Write Markers. When I was ready, I attached the Vellum layer to the Pink Pirouette layer with a Glue Dot in the center of the rose image, then punched 1/16” holes in the corners. I used Mini Brads to fasten the corners, then flattened them and covered them with Pink Pirouette Candy Dots brushed with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush. The Iced Rhinestone Embellishment covered up the Glue Dot, which actually did not show through the Vellum Card Stock.

Pink Pirouette Rose Birthday Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI tried a vertical card as well as the horizontal card for the greeting placement. The vertical card didn’t work as well. I misjudged the placement, so a lot of the greeting is covered up. You can see in the small photo. The next time I want to make this card vertically, I will stamp the rose image on the Pink Pirouette layer with the VersaMark Pad so I have a way to place the greeting in its frame. The frame around the greeting works better to let the greeting show through the Vellum.

This combination works well for cards and pages with Wedding, Bridal or Baby Shower, Birthday, Thank You, and any other occasion calling for soft pastels in its theme.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Pink Pirouette

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Pink Pirouette is the Tint of the Red Color Group. Its companion is the Hue, Real Red. This time, I didn’t want a high-contrast Monochromatic Color Scheme, so I used the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp snowflakes and the greeting on Pink Pirouette card stock. I selected Whisper White as the accent color to give a soft, wintry effect, even though the color is Pink. I love snowflake cards for winter, but I like to do them in different colors sometimes.

I punched out the Pink Pirouette stamped snowflakes with the Snow Flurry Punch. The punch also comes bundled with the Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set so you can have coordinating snowflakes anywhere you like. The punch is designed so you can line up and punch out the smaller pair of snowflakes. I also punched some plain white snowflakes to use as mats, since I hate to “fussy cut” (you know – with scissors!) designs as detailed as these.

The lacy snowflake images go well with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch I used to accent the corners. I also used the corner punch from the Envelope Punch Board on the Whisper White layer, since I was making a coordinating envelope from a Pink Pirouette pattern in the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack anyway.

This combination works for Winter and would be cute with black & white penguins, too. It’s also obviously good for Weddings, Bridal & Baby Shower, Birthday, Thank You, and any other occasion you want to send a soft pastel card. The scrapbook page themes would be similar.

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What Did We Do At The Trendy 2016 Occasions Class?

Here’s one of the projects we made at the Trendy 2016 Occasions Card Class:

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And I have to show you the inside:

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I will be announcing the launch of the Online version of this class shortly, so stay tuned. You can check back here, but to be sure you don’t miss it, join my Mailing List by clicking on the box at the right. You’ll also receive my newsletter, 3am Thoughts, every month, too!

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Love Intricate Dies? Then You’ve Gotta Have This Tool!

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The Big Shot™ Die Brush (140603) is a brilliant tool that will help you remove all those itty-bitty pieces that get stuck in your intricate dies. I tried it with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits™ (139667) and the new Rose Garden Thinlits™ (140619) Dies and it worked perfectly. After you die-cut your paper or card stock, move the paper and die to the foam pad. Roll the brush over the die and those little pieces will pop right out. The foam pad holds them in place until you are ready to dispose of them. I also roll the brush over the holes you use to push out the image. This really helps loosen the die-cut so it’s ready to use!

One tip: hold the cutting pad over the foam pad when you’re transferring the paper. Otherwise, some of the pieces may escape. I speak from experience!

So, if you love those intricate dies, you’ll love having this tool! You can see it in action on page 19 of the Stampin’ Up!® 2016 Occasions Catalog.

If you need an answer to any question about the Big ShotDie Brush 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.

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News, tips, ideas, tricks and techniques are sprinkled throughout my newsletter. It also typically includes 4 or 5 tutorials, worth between $4.95 and $7.95 each. I include at least one card, a page and a gift or 3-D item in the first issue of the month, then additional tips and tutorials in the middle of the month.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Perfect Plum

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Perfect Plum is the Tone of the Violet-Red Color Group and is a soft, rich color. Its intensity is similar to the Neutral Smoky Slate. The depth of color of Violet-Red Group companion Shade Blackberry Bliss really enhances Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate and makes them pop! And it’s all in a Monochromatic Color Scheme!

Rich Razzleberry is another Shade of the Color Group, but is slightly more muted and has a bit more Red than Blackberry Bliss. It would work fine in this combination, but Blackberry Bliss seemed to enhance Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate more.

I used alcohol and the Perfect Plum Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill to dye the Venetian Crochet Trim. I blotted it on a paper towel to get it to dry quicker, so the color came out paler. You could use undiluted Ink Refill or a Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker to get a deeper color, but put on gloves first. Your hands will pick up the ink.

I couldn’t resist showing you a card made with one of my Top Five favorite sets from the Stampin’ Up!® 2016 Occasions Catalog. I also used the Embellishments that go with it: A Nice Cuppa Photopolymer Stamp Set & Have A Cuppa Embellishments! Since these are not available until the evening of January 5th, I’ve only listed the products available now.

This color combination makes a great Friendship card as well as Thank You, more mature Birthday, formal Invitations and Sympathy cards. You can try it with Rich Razzleberry in place of Blackberry Bliss for the same occasions.

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Care & Feeding of Photopolymer Stamps

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I’ve learned a few things about Photopolymer Stamps since I wrote my article: Photopolymer Stamps: They’re All Clear. At that time, I hadn’t used the stamps much, so I gave you some not-so-accurate information. It was true at the time, but since then, I’ve used Photopolymer a lot more.

Last week, I talked about Word Sets specifically in my article: A Few Words About Word Sets, and discussed Photopolymer and Wood-Mount Stamp Sets. This week, I’m going to cover Photopolymer Stamp Sets in general and let you know what I’ve learned.

Photopolymer Stamps like to grab onto the ink, but they don’t hold as much as Rubber Stamps. Press the stamp straight down and more firmly than rubber for the image to appear fully.  Test on scratch paper every time.  Sometimes, stamps pick up stains. As long as you clean off the ink, nothing will transfer, so you don’t have a problem.

Photopolymer Stamps are particularly fond of staining when there’s red dye included in the ink. You can’t really prevent this unless you don’t use ink pads with red dye in them. The ink colors that include Red are: Black (including Basic Black and Tuxedo Black); Red, of course (Real Red, Rose Red, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo); Violet (Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum); Orange (Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie). Interestingly, the Yellow-Orange Color Group (Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Hello Honey & Delightful Dijon) don’t seem to stain, even though the dye mixtures include Red.

Although I love my Stampin’ Scrub Stamp Cleaning System (126200), you don’t really need it for Photopolymer Stamps. I use the Stampin’ Scrub if the design is intricate and ink can collect in the wells. Otherwise, I clean the stamps with a baby wipe. The sooner you clean the stamp after you’ve used an ink pad with Red in it, the less the stamp will stain. However, it doesn’t matter if you wait because you just need to clean off the excess. Photopolymer Stamps are designed to hold ink, so they will stain at some point. This does not affect your stamping.

If your Photopolymer Stamps quit sticking to the Clear-Mount Block or liner sheet, wash them with a tiny bit of soap and warm water, then rinse and let them dry thoroughly. The stickiness will return. Attach them to a clean Clear-Mount Block for best stamping results. Clean the Clear-Mount Block with the Stampin’ Scrub and wipe off any residue. It doesn’t hurt to wipe the liner sheet, either. The Clear Block Cleaning Cloth (121779) works well for both tasks.

If you need an answer to any question about Photopolymer Stamps 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.

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Demonstrators Receive Exclusive Resources

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Stampin’ Up!® provides exclusive resources through its Website for Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. The website includes training videos, business tools, manuals of policies and processes, and a link to an exclusive Demonstrator Online Community. The Online Community allows Demonstrators to share information, tips and techniques and to get answers to their questions. All of this, plus exclusive training opportunities, such as the bi-annual OnStage Live/OnStage Local, gives both new and experienced Demonstrators a wealth of support!

But best of all, you have ME, your recruiter, to help you get a handle on all this information. I also provide practical tips and business ideas that are tailored specifically to meet YOUR needs! No matter what your goals are, I can show you how you can meet them!

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule. You get to interact with me and your fellow Demonstrators, who provide information, tips and techniques, and support! Besides that, you get paid for it!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and be entitled to use me and my expertise along with the Stampin’ Up! exclusive resources as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Get Ready to Party for 2016

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I love the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies, but I haven’t been making cake-and pie-slice treat boxes with them. Instead, I’ve been making hats! I did a Witches’ Hat Box for Hallowe’en and a Santa Hat (which only my subscribers saw – so sign up now – box at right!) for Christmas. So, this Party Hat Box is just in time for a New Year’s Eve Party to welcome in 2016. You can do up a whole bunch in a jiffy!

Die-cut the cake slices from Silver Foil Sheets. Cut away one of the flaps at the “nose” of the box. Adhere the box together with Tear & Tape Adhesive on one side so the whole thing lays flat. It’s easier to work with that way.

Cut 2-0-1-6 from Gold Foil Sheets with the Little Numbers Thinlits Dies. I cut four of each so there was one group on each side. Attach the numbers at jaunty angles to each other with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Let dry. If the numbers start curling up, flatten them by covering with a Silicone Craft Sheet, then the weight. The Craft Sheet won’t stick!

I don’t recommend using Glimmer Paper for the box. It’s very hard to stick together unless you use Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Even then, you have to hold it together while it dries and I don’t have the patience for that. So, I avoid Glimmer Paper for the box. The Numbers, however, are a different story!

To finish, adhere the box together on the remaining side and nose. Punch holes across the nose with the 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch. Thread two pieces of 1/8” Metallic Ribbon (one Silver, one Gold) through the hole and tie into a floppy bow. You can try curling the ends of the ribbon with scissors or a Bone Folder, but I didn’t find it worked too well. The curls came out very soft and gentle.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Lost Lagoon

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I showed this card in my Sizzix on Saturday article, A Tip or Two About the Wonderful Wreath Dies, but I saved the Color discussion for today. Ordinarily, I introduce the color of the week with a Monochromatic Color Scheme, but I couldn’t get a good Green-Blue Color Group combination that appealed to me for Christmas, especially since I wanted to use the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies and the Peaceful Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set. So – Complementary it is!

Lost Lagoon, a Tone of the Green-Blue Color Group, has a great Complement in Cherry Cobbler, the Shade from the Red-Violet Color Group. I wanted the Lost Lagoon wreath to stand out from the background, so I stamped leaf images on a layer of Mint Macaron, a Tint of the Green-Blue Color Group. That gave the wreath a bit more emphasis.

This color combination works well for Christmas, but is a little muted for Party Invitations, unless they’re formal. This combination is also good for Masculine cards, Thank You cards and Sympathy cards. I’d hesitate to use this for December Birthdays – those folks really deserve to have their birthday distinct from the Holidays!

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A Few Words About Word Sets

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I thought I’d talk about Word Sets today, both Photopolymer and Wood-Mount, especially giving you some tips about lining them up. Clear-Mount Word Stamps use the same alignment tips as Photopolymer, so I’m not including them here.

I’ve talked about Photopolymer stamps before in my article: Photopolymer Stamps: They’re All Clear. Today I’m going to give you some additional tips.

The stamp set on the right in the photo is the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Another Thank You (136835). I always need Thank You Notes, so I scooped it up as soon as it was available. Since Photopolymer Stamps are transparent, they are easy to place where you want them. The Word Stamps can be bent into a variety of shapes if the sentiment is all on one line. You can also place two words or phrases on a Clear-Mount Block to get your complete greeting. When you do this, be sure to line up the words in a straight line with the Grid Paper (130148). Unless you want them in a curvy line!

I’ve given tips on Word Sets before in my article, Word Stamps: Wood-Mount Them. I also did a video, “Aligning Word Stamps,” that shows you how. The Word Stamp Set on the left in the photo is my back-up Go-To word set, And Many More (134273). By the way, bookmark this page because I spent a few hours getting the arrangement to fit in the Stamp Set Case and you can use the placement for your own set. Wood-Mount Word Sets are my favorite. Once you get them aligned, all you need to do is place the block and you have a straight impression every time!

If you need an answer to any question about Word Stamp Sets 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.

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Do You Like Getting Birthday Gifts?

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Members of my Birthday Club receive a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during the month of their birthday. Birthday Club members are subscribers to my Mailing List, which is the only way to become a club member. The certificate is totally free, as is Birthday Club membership. However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first. Membership is also free.

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A Tip or Two About the Wonderful Wreath Dies

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My favorite thing about the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies is that there are three separate stamp sets that coordinate with them! The Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set comes bundled with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits at a savings… or you may purchase it separately. For a Spring theme, there is the Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set, great for Spring themes and Easter. I used the retiring Peaceful Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set for the card in the photo.

You can stamp your wreath and then die-cut it with the Framelits and your Big Shot. The stamp and the dies have guides (or tabs) to line everything up. On the stamp, you can rock the image to leave an impression of the guide. It will be cut away, so no worries. Line up the tab on the outer wreath with the guide on the image, then align the tab on the inner wreath with the outer wreath. You almost don’t need to line up the image, but I would just to get everything balanced. It’s best to cut both wreaths together.

The Wonderful Wreath Framelits also die-cut wreaths without worrying about stamped images. I have the design coming in a couple of weeks that will show this, so check back!

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