I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend. It was rainy here, so I cataloged my stamp sets that I have been ignoring since last summer. Do you keep a catalog of your stamp sets, dies, and embossing folders? I still have most of my non-Stampin’ Up! stamps, dies, and embossing folders to add to AirTable. Baby steps! I think I have about 95% of my Stampin’ Up! supplies cataloged now.
I even started a new notebook this weekend too, that has my favorite sentiment stamps stamped in it. I do not like to break up sets, and there are some sentiment styles I like more than others, so I thought if I stamped them in this notebook, then I could see right away if it will fit on my card/project without having to dig it out. Having the pictures on AitTable is nice, but I can’t tell by looking at that picture if it will fit on my card the way I want it. It is no where near complete, but it is a start.
I also have an Excel worksheet that lists all of the sentiments, the stamp set they belong to, it’s location, and a few other details. Then I can look at this list and see if I have a sentiment that says “I Miss You”. I put the entire sentiment in the sentiment column even if it is a short passage or quote. I can be quite organized when I want to be!
Today’s card uses the retiring Snailed It stamp set and matching dies. When I saw this set I knew I had to have it! I love to send Happy Mail to anyone who requests it, anyone who is on a Happy Mail list, pen pals, people requesting Happy Mail for loved ones who need a smile, etc. My favorite stamp is the little snail with the letter on his back! I am guessing that will be the one on most of my cards this week, LOL.
I started out with a Just Jade card base measuring 8-1/2″x5-1/2″ and is scored at 4-/14″ for a crisp fold.
The card front mat is Soft Sea Foam and measures 4″x5-1/4″.
A little tip, once you cut out the Soft Sea Foam layer, use it to cut out your square die cut and the oval punch for the sentiment! It won’t show the cuts when you mat the card front and you are not wasting paper.
Next, I cut the card front from Just Jade cardstock to measure 3-3/4″x5″. I stamped the background in Just Jade ink, then ran it through the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.
The square die cut is from the Snail Dies and is more of a postage stamp shape. How fitting! Using Just Jade Stampin’ Blends (and the other colors to match my snail), I made squiggle lines as an accent to the plain postage stamp die cut. Then I mounted it to the top center of the card.
Using a piece of scrap Basic White cardstock, I stamped the snail in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored him in using Stampin’ Blends. Then I mounted him to the center of the postage stamp die cut using Stampin’ Dimensionals to make him pop off the card a bit.
Next, I stamped my sentiment using Just Jade on a scrap of Basic White and cut it out using the Double Oval Punch. Since I did not have a mat punch, I fussy cut my layer of Just Jade to make one. I will be the first to tell you that I am awful at fussy cutting shapes! Fussy cutting is basically cutting images out by hand with precision scissors. I glued those two layers together and then mounted onto the scalloped mat from the Double Oval punch. This layer is done in Soft Sea Foam.
Before mounting the card front layers onto the card base, tape your ribbon across the bottom once you have your square mounted so you can center it. Once that is taped down, you can mount the card front layers to the card base.
Next, mount the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensional. Then, cut a 4″ piece of ribbon and tuck under the mounted piece and tie into a shoelace knot.
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