Being Bow-Challenged & How to Get Around It

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I am dreadfully Bow-Challenged.  You may have noticed if you’ve been reading me for any length of time.  And, of course, you can tell by the photo.

I last mentioned this several months ago, in my Snowflakes on a Field of Green article.  In the article, I mentioned one of my ways I get around the issue.

I decided to collect some of my tips to help you if you’re Bow-Challenged, too:

  • Tie a bow around a card layer upside down, then turn the layer right side up.
  • Tie a knot (my #1 go-to)
  • Tie a bow from a separate piece of ribbon and adhere it to an attached strip of ribbon
  • Attach pre-made bows.
  • Make bows from the Bow Builder Punch (137414 – my #2 go-to). You can make single or double loop bows with this tool.
  • Tie a knot before you tie a bow if you’re using thin or slick narrow ribbon or twine.

If you need an answer to any question about being Bow Challenged or any other technique, 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 technique, product or tool, such as Bow Challenged.

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Glimmer Paper to Dye For

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(Sorry… I just couldn’t help myself!)  I’ve been making a new color of Glimmer Paper by dying it.  I got out a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and the Emerald Envy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill plus some isopropyl alcohol and got ready to start creating a different color of glitz for my project.

The scrap was about 4” x 3”, so I decided to dye all of it.  I was using it to punch out three hearts, as shown in the photo.  I didn’t want to soak the Glimmer Paper, so I used a cotton ball and dripped equal numbers of drops of alcohol and ink refill on it.  Then I started daubing the color into the paper.  This method goes a long way and I found I didn’t have to re-ink the cotton ball before I finished.  To get the color depth, you do need to go over the area several times.

Lesson learned:  use gloves!  Even with water-based ink, it can take a few days to get the stains off your hands.  Let the dye job dry long enough, too.  I should have let it go overnight OR got out my Heat Tool and set it.  Luckily, I didn’t start making the project the same day or I would have had smears galore!  I recommend keeping the gloves on while you punch out or die-cut your shapes, just in case.

The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper will give you a truer color, but it’s not as glittery.  The Silver or the Gold Glimmer Paper will give you the metallic glitter effect but with a less intense color.

Using Stamping Sponges instead of cotton balls will also work, but you may need to squeeze the sponge from time to time.  The sponges soak up the liquid more, so squeezing encourages the dye to come out.  In either case – use gloves!

I don’t recommend submerging the paper or floating the ink & alcohol combination over it.  The paper can warp while it’s drying and it’s harder to use the Heat ToolNever mind the time it takes to dry.  The only advantage is, you wouldn’t necessarily have to use gloves!

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If you need an answer to any question about Dying Glimmer Paper or any other product, tool or technique, 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, tool or technique, such as Dying Glimmer Paper.

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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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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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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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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Remember also 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 Tie-Off Pocket Cards.

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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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Pretty Pines Joy Card

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I posted my Pretty Pines Joy Card on my blog when I wished you a Merry Christmas a few weeks ago.  Since some people are celebrating 12th Night or the Feast of the Epiphany today, I thought I’d post how to make it.

I’m pleased to report that only the stamp set and the designer series paper have been retired from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!  Everything else on this list is still available!!  You’ll be able to easily find substitutes for the greeting and the Framelits™ have a wide variety of sizes included in the package to fit it.

The Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper is a fun bunch of designs – but they always retire the DSP, so you’ll need to find a substitute.  There are some nice patterns in the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (141628) which will substitute well.  Use one sheet for the envelope and the background of your card.

Pine needles and cones generally say “Winter” to me, but pine trees are an evergreen, so they’re good all year!  The cones are at their largest and fullest during the Fall and Winter, after their work is done.  The cones can come in a variety of colors, but I used Early Espresso here.  I also accented it with Copper Foil and a colored Rhinestone Jewel just for fun.  Note: to color the Rhinestone, use a tiny drop of ink refill and a drop of alcohol mixed together.

The Pretty Pines Thinlits™ Dies come in three sizes of pine needle and two sizes of cones.  There are three styles of detailed cone overlay dies, two for one size and one for the other.  This gives you a lot of options when making an evergreen embellishment!

I’ve got a handy tip for you when you want to adhere the overlay to the die-cut.  Before you cut the overlay, apply three or four strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the material you’re using.  I used the hole in the Early Espresso Card Stock piece as my pattern and traced lightly on the back of the Copper Foil.  I put the adhesive just over the edges of the outline, leaving room for die-cutting, but not going overboard.  This technique gives you an easy and mess-free way to attach the detailed overlays without having any ooze or webs as with other adhesive.  You still cut the card stock face up, so make sure your Tear & Tape is on the back.  I lift off the liner with the points of the Paper Snips, but you could also use the Paper Piercing Tool.

The pine needles can be cut from multiple shades of Green, Yellow-Green and Blue-Green.  You can also use one color and sponge the ends with another.  I just used a Glue Dot to adhere the leaves together at the base, then attached the whole stack to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I’ll be showing you some different color combinations in the coming months, so check back.

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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 Pretty Pines Greeting Cards.

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Stitched Star Card

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In my Stitching with Metallic Thread article, I mentioned that I was going to use the Stitched Star in a later card post.  After I wrote that article, I trimmed the star, but cut through the Metallic Thread, so the star was ruined.  I had to re-make it, so I used ten strands of Metallic Thread: 3 each of Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy, 1 each of Black, Copper, Gold and Silver.  I also saved thread by using a Running Stitch and going around the card twice.  I ran out of enough thread to make a knot, so household tape to the rescue: I twisted the ends together and taped ‘em down on the back.  I just didn’t want to cut more of the little rascals.

Stitching was my last step.  First, I die-cut the star stitching holes, then used the larger star (4th from the middle) from the Stars Framelits™ Dies around the outside.  Those little holes are very hard to see, so the stamped star in the middle is jauntily offset.

The Stitched Star Card is my project for the Color Combination of the Week this week.  To pick the Combination, I started with the So Saffron Stitched Star and with Sweet Sugarplum because I wanted to use it.  The remaining color of the Triadic Combination is Soft Sky.  I noted the details in my Color Combination of the Week for 12/8/2016 article.

I wanted the filigree star image to show up better than the Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad on Soft Sky Card Stock, so I chose the Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ PadTempting Turquoise is the Hue of the Blue-Green Color Group, so the Triad is the same.  I fudged a little with using the Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad for the greeting, but it’s in the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, so no harm done.

The filigree star image looks great on a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.  The Tempting Turquoise Pad was light enough for the envelope images.

This was the first time I used the Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack.  It’s more like tinsel than glitter and is very pliable.  You also don’t get the glittery mess you got with last year’s Glitter Ribbon.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  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 Stitched Star Greeting Cards.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Hello Honey

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Hello Honey is a Tint in the Yellow-Orange Color Group and, as you saw with Crushed Curry, has a whole bunch of companions for a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

In this Friend card, I used Delightful Dijon for the contrasting color and So Saffron for the accents. I wanted a warm honey color combination that I wouldn’t quite get by using a Neutral in Delightful Dijon’s place.

The background, made with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, inspired me to make tiny bees as accents. I attached the large and medium Pearl Basic Jewels to a scrap of So Saffron and tried to draw wings with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. They didn’t turn out that well, so I tried drawing the wings first, then placing the Pearls, but that didn’t work, either. So I snipped around the pearls and tried something else.

Two of the small heart punch outs from the Owl Builder Punch fit together to make wings. I glued them together with a drop of glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and let them dry. It didn’t take very long. Then I applied Dazzling Details all over the wings and placed the bee in the center. I spread the glitter glue out to coat the wings. These took longer to dry. I allowed about an hour, then assembled the card.

This color combination is also good for Thank You, Appreciation and Just Because cards. It will also make a nice summertime scrapbook page.

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Note that the Sneak Peek item Fine-Tip Glue Pen isn’t available until September 1st.

Did you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time? And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Hello Honey, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Rose Red

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Rose Red is a Tone in the Red-Violet Color Group and has two fellows from the Stampin’ Up!® exclusive colors: Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler. For my introductory Monochromatic Color Scheme, I did not want to use any of the Neutrals if I didn’t have to. Basic Black, Early Espresso and Whisper White would work well, but since they go with anything and everything, I try to keep away from the obvious Monochrome combination.

What I bring you is a floral card in an on-the-edge-of-Autumn color combination that fits into the Monochromatic Color Scheme. With Rose Red, I’m using Blackberry Bliss from the Violet-Red Color Group and considering both colors as belonging to the Red-Violet Tertiary Colors. Therefore, the color scheme is Monochrome. Blackberry Bliss gives enough contrast to the Rose Red to be distinctive, but not sharply contrasting. (See more in-depth discussion in my Real Life Color Coach Fact Sheet.)

The floral card can be used for anything, but the color combination goes particularly well for friendship, thinking of you and Thanksgiving cards. It’s nice and rich!

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Note that the Sneak Peek item Iced Rhinestone Embellishments aren’t available until September 1st.

The ribbon-dying technique I gave in my Tempting Turquoise Color of the Week article won’t work as well on the Stitched Satin Ribbon. You can use the Marker Technique with the Seam Binding Ribbon, but to color the Stitched Satin Ribbon well, you’ll need the Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. Mix a tablespoon or two of isopropyl alcohol and several drops of the Ink Refill until the ribbon turns into the color you need. Let dry and touch up with an iron if needed.

Did you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time? And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Rose Red, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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How to Use 1/4” Cotton Ribbon

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I’ve been missing the 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon that retired several years ago because its width and texture made it great for bow-tying, knotting and just plain striping! I was really pleased when Stampin’ Up!® brought out the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon last year because the width fills in an essential size we card-makers need. It’s a great replacement for my Good, Trusty, Old 1/4” Grosgrain!

The photo shows a stack of four of the colors of the twelve that come in the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. From the top of the stack to the bottom: Pool Party (134568), Blushing Bride (134558), Daffodil Delight (134559) and Pumpkin Pie (134565).

One thing I’ve noticed is the Cotton Ribbon really grabs onto color. The best dying technique is to really soak it in an alcohol-Classic Ink Refill mixture, then let it dry. For an interesting effect, mix alcohol and Ink Refills in Stampin’ Spritzers (126185), then spray the Whisper White (134567) or a light color of the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. Whether you’re dying or spritzing, allow time to dry, then set the color again with a hot, dry iron.

The Cotton Ribbon has a smooth, silky feel, but the texture and “matte-ness” of the cotton makes it really easy to work with. It’s really wonderful for bow-tying, knotting, weaving and striping. You can tie a knot before you tie the bow if you like, but it’s not always necessary. The Cotton Ribbon also lies flat when you need it.

Remember, if you have a spool of the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, your favorite colors of Classic Ink Refill and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, you are all set to coordinate your ribbon however you like. Another idea occurred to me while I was writing this: you can stamp on the ribbon and also make multi-colored effects with your Stampin’ Write Markers! Dip the ribbon in alcohol and blot it so it’s still damp, then stamp or color on it. Let dry and iron it before you use the ribbon.

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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What You Can Do With Embossing Folders-Part 2

Double Embossed Thanks Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comIn Part 1 of this series, we learned that you can get a lovely background without actually embossing. In Part 2 today, we’ll learn how to do the “double embossing” technique.

Start with your embossing folder open and laid flat. Pick a side to be the front, then coat the raised portion with pigment ink such as a VersaMark Ink Pad (102283) or a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731). This technique works best when the pads are nice and moist. If necessary, use a little of the VersaMark Ink Refill (102193) or Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Refill (101780) to add moisture. I always recommend massaging drops of the refill into foam pads with the tip of the closed bottle.

If you get ink in the lowered spaces, wipe it off with a wet wipe. Otherwise, you’ll need to dust off the powder with a soft bristle brush like a dry watercolor brush. Insert your paper or card stock into the folder, close it up and run it through your embossing machine. Carefully remove the material so you don’t smear the ink.

Sprinkle the embossing powder thoroughly over the whole piece of paper or card stock. Tap off the excess and brush it away from the raised pattern if needed. Return the excess to the jar so you don’t accidentally melt it and make it unusable. Emboss the material with your Heat Tool (129053) to melt the powder. Let it cool before you start working with it.

Other Supplies Used: Flower Patch (134207-photopolymer) and Crazy About You (138856-wood, 138859-clear, 137137-photopolymer) Stamp Sets; Blushing Bride (131198), Pear Pizzazz (131201) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Blushing Bride (131172), Calypso Coral (126983), Old Olive (126953) & Pear Pizzazz (131180) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Flower Fair (133731) and Banners (132173) Framelits™ Dies; Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657); Spring Flowers Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137365); Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder (133752); Sponge Daubers (133773); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

This project is one example of part of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Why Do I Use Three Layers?

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Why do I almost always use three layers on my card and page projects? My designs almost always include the base, a contrasting mat and a patterned top layer. Here are my top three reasons:

  1. I prefer a contrasting mat between my top layer and the card or page base. This adds dimension to the project whether you use mounting foam such as Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) or not.
  2. I want a stronger base for wrapping ribbon, twine or other strips of embellishments without it showing behind the card. The contrasting mat provides this.
  3. I love color and the contrasting mat can pick up a second color from the patterned top layer. The patterned layer can be created with embossed or stamped Craft Metal Sheets, Designer Series Paper, embossed or stamped card stock, etc.

I tend to start with the three layers, then use smaller layers for another image, a sentiment or a greeting. The additional layers can provide added support for heavy embellishments, too. So, these are my top three reasons for using three layers on card and page projects… and other projects, too, as shown in the photo.

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Die-Cutting & Fussy-Cutting Work Together

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You know I prefer die-cutting to fussy-cutting, as I wrote in my Stop Fussy Cutting! Post. However, the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set (#135095) and its coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits™ Dies (#135857), are so fun together, I accept the need to fussy-cut to enhance the die-cuts.

One reason you may need to fussy-cut is that the images are so tiny, you’ll want to stamp them separately and cut them out so they don’t get lost. These images are perfect to cut out with Paper Snips (#103579). The Paper Snips have nice, thin, sharp blades so the tiny images are easier to cut with them. The only problem is keeping your fingers out of the way.

In my example, I made a Hallowe’en-themed card to congratulate my son on his new house. I’ll put the “happy Halloween” image on the inside! There are a full season’s worth of phrases and images in the Holiday Home Stamp Set! You can use it for Fall, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s.

The Holiday Home Set and Homemade Holiday Framelits™ come in a bundle at a 15% savings, by the way. You just order the Holiday Home Bundle (#137631) to get both of them.

Other Supplies Used: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Tangelo Twist (#133677), Basic Black (#121045), Wisteria Wonder (#122922) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Basic Black (#126980), Perfect Plum (#126963) & Tangelo Twist (#133646) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Black 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119261); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals cut in quarters to raise the ghosts and pumpkins. I thought about using Glue Dots (#103683), but I wanted the images to stand out more. You can use both for graduated heights, but the cut-outs are really tiny, so be careful!

Would you like to try out Die-Cutting and Fussy-Cutting techniques yourself with a group of your friends? Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.   Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Plain Vanilla Scribble Card-Quick & Easy

Get-Well-Scribble-CardI needed a quick get well card for my grandson, who is having surgery in a few days, so I could send part of his birthday present along with get well wishes.  This card is made with the Scribble Technique – which is so quick to do, you’ll find yourself making a lot without any effort!!

Supplies Used:  Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (#128703, Wood-Mount; #122892, Clear-Mount); Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#101650); Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310); Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126974); 2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (#131260); Sponge Daubers (#102892); Subtles Candy Dots (#130933); Essentials Hardware Clips (#129964); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

The Scribble Technique is exactly what you think it is!

  1. Take 3 to 5 brush-tip markers
  2. Scribble a patch of color
  3. Scribble the next patch of color beside the first
  4. Repeat as needed

Let the scribbling dry before you stamp your greeting or image.  The more silhouette-like the image is, the better.  You can also add the greeting or image on a separate layer that’s small enough so the scribbling shows.

The great thing about this card design is that it’s flat enough to mail without extra postage.  The Candy Dots embellishments don’t raise enough of a bump to worry about!

To order what you need to make your own Scribble Technique designs, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Any Occasion Card with Build-A-Blossom

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Usually at this time of year, I focus on the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories.  However, I've been so busy playing with the new stuff I get to pre-order, I haven't tended to the retiring lists properly.  So this is a compromise: an Any Occasion Card made with the retiring Build A Blossom Stamp Set (#121923, Wood-Mount*; #121994, Clear-Mount*) and Blossom Petals Builder Punch* (#121808) plus the In Colors for 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush!

My favorite thing about the Build a Blossom Stamp Set is that it coordinates with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and I don't have to cut out anything!!!  There is a trick to punching out the petals and leaves individually.  I stamped the petals on a 2" strip of Whisper White 12" x 12" Card Stock (#124302) with Crisp Cantaloupe for the base and Strawberry Slush for the highlights.  I stamped them aligned vertically, with about 1/2" between the top of one petal and the base of the next.  You'll need to trim away the excess card stock between each punching so the petal will line up properly in the punch.  I stamped the leaves, with Pistachio Pudding for the base and Coastal Cabana for the accent, on another 2" strip, making sure to slant the leaves the same way as the punch.  You need to be careful to keep your images from getting punched in the wrong place, so start with the bottom petal for the blossom and the left-most leaf for the leaves.

To make the blossom: arrange the petals around the center circle, overlapping them slightly, and adhere with SNAIL Adhesive (#104332).  Punch a hole in the center of all layers with a long-reach or anywhere punch about 1/8" in diameter.  Tie a loose knot of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon* (#119254) and pull both ends through the hole.  If the knot is too small, double it so it won't go through the hole.  Flatten the ends on the back and hold them in place with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).  You might want to stack two or three of them and put a stack on each side of the ribbon ends.  Attach the leaves to the backs of the petals with 3/16" Glue Dots (#103683).

Other Supplies Used: River Rock 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock* (#108640); 1" Circle Punch (#119868)

If you want to add a greeting or sentiment, there's room for one from my Go-To stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370, Wood-Mount; #127802, Clear-Mount).  The retiring Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad (#126971) will coordinate beautifully, while still making your words readable!

To order what you need to create your own Any Occasion Card with the Build A Blossom Stamp Set and Blossom Petals Builder Punch, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the product links in this article.  I've marked the retiring products with an asterisk.  These are available through June 3rd or until supplies are exhausted.

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Color Of the Week: So Saffron Friends Forever Card

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I used the Sweet Set Combination of So Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede from the Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card to show off a quick and easy technique you can do with your Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).

All you need to do is:

  1. Fold an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of So Saffron 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#105118) in half.
  2. Choose the card front and place only one-third of it face down in the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#127749).  Use removable tape or Post-It™ Notes to hold it in place, if necessary, then emboss with the Big Shot.
  3. Wrap ribbon around the edge of the embossing and add embellishments and greeting!

It's ready to go!!

Other Supplies Used:  Hearts Aflutter Bundle (#131098, Wood-Mount; #131097, Clear-Mount; includes the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set #129249, Wood-Mount; #129252, Clear-Mount & #130159 Hearts a Flutter Framelits™); Stacks of Wishes Stamp Set (#126430, Wood-Mount; #126432, Clear-Mount; exclusive for Host/Hostesses only); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ (#118138); Riding Hood Red (#126968) & Soft Suede (#126978) Classic Stampin' Pads; Neutrals (#119703) & Regals (#119701) Stampin' Write Markers; Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#122988); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)

If you'd like to make this or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories like one that I used), let's plan a PlayShop together.  (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!)  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let's chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!

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Tea Lace Paper Doilies: Tips & Tricks

Tea Lace DoiliesSince I gave a lick-&-a-promise Tool Time yesterday, I thought I'd give you some Tips & Tricks with the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399) to make up for it.  I've been playing with my Color Of the Week, Marina Mist, and the Tea Lace Paper Doilies to make a really cool, Quick & Easy Featured Project for my next Newsletter.  While I was working, I made a few discoveries:

  1. The Doilies are thinner than they look, so they stick together really easilyFluff an edge to make sure you've only got one.  If you use the Heat Tool (#129053) on Low, you'll be able to separate the layers pretty quickly.
  2. The paper the Doilies are made from has a slight glazed finish.  This makes it tricky to sponge with color.  To successfully sponge on color, moisten the sponge with water and dip it in a few drops of Classic Ink Refill.  Squeeze out the excess moisture and dab over the Doily.  You may need to use the Heat Tool (#129053) on Low to set the color.
  3. You can also watercolor stain the Doilies with the Aqua Painter (#103954) and Classic Ink Refills.  Put a few drops of Ink Refill on a non-porous surface and pick up color with the thickest brush.  Wash the color over the Doily, then grab the Heat Tool (#129053) and set it on Low to dry the Doily.

Try these Tips & Tricks and see what great effects you can achieve with Tea Lace Paper Doilies!

Got a question about a product or tool?  E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments.  I'll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on http://www.3amStamper.com.

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Embossing Folder: Vine Street & Sale-A-Bration

My original plan for today didn't work out, so I'm putting it off.  Then I remembered that it's only one more month until Sale-A-Bration ends and the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#130492) is available for FREE with a $50 order!  Take a look at a couple of the cute projects you can make with Embossing Folders in this video featuring Vine Street:

You can easily get the free Vine Street Embossing Folder and one other free Sale-A-Bration item by ordering the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439) and a package of card stock to emboss!  If you already have your Big Shot, browse my Online Store by clicking on any of the links in this article or on the Order Online Button in the far right column.  You may select a free item with every $50 in Stampin' Up!® products you order, no limit!  Just remember to place your order by March 22nd!

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Color Of the Week: Certainly Celery Anniversary Page

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My wedding anniversary is coming up in a few days, so I've got my new page ready for the photo, using Certainly Celery, this week's Color Of the Week!  My studio space has been taken over temporarily, so this is an Anniversary Page Template created in My Digital Studio 2+ (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download), which you can easily recreate with traditional card stock and paper.  So let's do that!

Supplies to Use:  Subtles 12" x 12" Card Stock Assortment (#119708), Certainly Celery 6" x 6"; Neutrals 12" x 12" Card Stock Assortment (#119711), Soft Suede 2" x 12" & 3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117152), Pink Pirouette 2" x 12" & 3-1/2" x 5" (2); Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad (#126978); Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119963), 18"; Stamping Sponges (#101610); Full Heart Punch (#119883); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439); Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (#120893); Extended Cutting Pads (#113478); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

The woodcut heart shapes are only available as My Digital Studio Digital Downloads.  However, you can create a similar embellishment with Pink Pirouette heart punch-outs, Soft Suede Pad and a Stamping Sponge!  Here's how:

  1. Punch out two hearts from Pink Pirouette card stock
  2. Cut a sponge in quarters and sponge the edges with Soft Suede.
  3. Ink up the flat side of the sponge with Soft Suede and brush it across the hearts.

You can write in the anniversary by hand or print the words on the sponged card stock before you punch the hearts.  The Mr. & Mrs. image is from the Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel (#125433), which would be very tricky to ink up just those words, so you can use the Wedding Words Stamp Brush Set Digital Download (#129342).  You may need to re-size the phrase so it will fit within the border of the punch.

If you attach the "woodcut" hearts before you have the photo for your Anniversary Page, be sure to use Stampin' Dimensionals only on the left lobe of the upper heart and the point of the lower heart.  This leaves plenty of space to slide the photo in between the embellishments.

Other tips:  Cut both strips of Tasteful Trim at once.  Be sure to place the pattern you want face down on the die.  After cutting, all you need to do is slide the trim pieces slightly to get the "drop-shadow" effect.

Do you want to know what I'm getting my husband for his Anniversary?  (I may take a photo of it with him and put it on a facing page with the design flipped.  I kind of like Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette & Soft Suede colors for a wedding better than my own, but our wedding was very informal!)  Check back tomorrow and I'll tell you what his Anniversary gift is!

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