Happy Stampin’ Wednesday!
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Now that remote school is done for the day, I am sitting here typing away while singing my heart out to ’80’s music! Footloose has always been a song that has gotten me to move not matter how awful I feel. Sometimes it may only be my hand and foot tapping to the beat, or full out dancing in a room full of people as they tap their hands and feet, while smiling from ear to ear as they laughed at my moves. Today it has helped to wake me up so I can function!
Today I chose Poppy Parade for the card base because it is such a rich and beautiful color. The card base measures 8-1/2″x5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for a crisp fold.
After folding the card base, I used my Stamparatus to stamp my butterflies in Poppy Parade ink.
Real quick before I start, I wanted to show you how I work with my Stamparatus magnets. These are very strong magnets that will break if they snap together too hard. Once they are together, it is difficult to pull them apart. To help maneuver them easier, I wrapped them in a piece of painter’s tape with some over hang to make a tab to help lift them off the platform.
This photo shows two things. On the right side, I placed my cardstock on the platform, then placed the stamp red side down on the cardstock to center it how I wanted it, and secured it with the magnets. The I folded down the Stamparatus’s hinged stamp plate to attach the stamp onto it.
On the left side, I placed the empty case or sometimes I use another Classic Stampin’ Pad. The reason I put this here is when I flip open the hinged stamp plate to ink up the stamp, this acts as a more level platform for even inking. Sometime I will use my hand, but I like the firmness the case or stamp pad give the stamping plate.
Next, I ink up the stamp.
Then I fold over the stamping plate onto my cardstock to stamp the image. Another cool thing about the Stamparatus is that if the image is not as dark as you would like, you can add more ink and re-stamp. It lines up perfectly each time!
Here is the first stamped image. I re-inked and stamped it one more time to darken the image up a bit.
Here is the finished background.
Next, I cut a piece of coordinating Design Series Paper from the Butterfly Bijou 6″x6″ pack and cut it to 2-3/4″x4″ and matted it with Poppy Parade measuring 2-7/8″x4-1/8″. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that part of the process! Then, I cut a piece of Scalloped Lace Trim and attached it using Scotch Tape on the backside like in the photo below.
Next, I stamped my sentiment (from the Sweet Ice Cream Photopolymer Stamp Set) in Poppy Parade on the bottom half of the focal piece. I was originally going to place this piece in the center parallel to the edges, but decided that was a little too boring for my taste.
Now, it is time to play with the awesome die that comes with this stamp set bundle! It cuts all 6 butterflies at once! It makes for easy and fast cutting, especially if you are going to make multiple cards at once.
What is even better is that one of the DSP sheets fits perfectly in the die. Look closely and you can make out the die outline in the photo.
Here is the negative after I cut out the butterflies. Don’t throw away the negative though! You can cut out the half butterflies to put on the edges of your cards as well or make strips for collage cards.
I tired putting the butterflies back in the die to show you, but they would not corporate, but you get the idea. Recognize where the blue butterfly went? Yup, that’s Monday’s project!
Because I hate flat butterflies, I added dimensionals to the back of this one to make it pop up off the card.
To finish up the card, I added some Wink of Stella to the darker parts of the wings for a bit of sparkle.
Today I had no luck making the Wink of Stella shine properly for the photo, but it is there and looks beautiful IRL.
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