Hello! It?s Lisa with card-making tips and projects to share with you.Â When thinking of what tip I might share with you today, I found myself struggling a bit.Â What advice could I share with stampers, new and seasoned, that might help?Â To get the rusty gears in my head turning, I thought the best thing to do is start creating a project.
As a scientist, I tend to be methodical and process oriented. In creating this duo of cards, I?m going to enumerate a few general tips that can help in recreating these cards exactly or translate for your own creations.
To help in creating the cards, I thought I?d share my first tip. Create two or more cards when you create.Â Your supplies are already out and messy.Â If mass-producing cards is not something you enjoy doing, create slightly different projects with the same supplies.Â Use a different sentiment on the second card or change the layout.Â Getting two projects completed is a big win in my book!
Another tip to share with you relates to die-cutting stamped images. Many stamp companies sell matching dies for their clear sets. In some instances, the dies are solid shapes (as they are for this set), which makes it very challenging to align for placement of pre-stamped images.Â You have two options in this case.Â You can die-cut white cardstock first and stamp second.Â Or you can create a template.
I have a confession here …Â lean in a little closer …Â I?ve never, ever been successful at lining up my stamp on a precut image. Ever.Â I have zero accuracy.Â I realize that the stamp images of this set are clear, but that just seems to damage my self-esteem even more.Â I should be able to do this, folks!Â Inevitably, I miss, smudge, or accidently knock the die cut across my desk to some random location and must start again.Â To combat my lack of aim, I opt for a die template.
Repeat for each stamp image andÂ die shape.
Now that we have the die cuts ready, it?s time to finish the cards. That brings me to my last tip, which was born of necessity and a great reminder.Â I couldn?t find a black ink pad on my work surface for anything!Â This meant looking at my ink collection and finding a good alternative.Â This time, I selected a soft navy ink to stamp my sentiment.Â This was such a great choice with the soft pink background and something I?ll remember in the future.
- Plan and stamp for at least two cards when you create
- Create a template for solid shape dies to allow for perfect placement over pre-stamped images
- Reach for alternate colors (rather than black or brown) for stamping sentiments
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Classic Crest solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Â Gingham Background, Fall Florals and Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp sets and Fall Florals and Cross-Stitch Circle STAX dies from My Favorite Things; dye ink pads (cotton candy, hollyhock, hot mama, soft navy, hydrangea, sunshine, orange peel, green apple and green leaf) from Simon Says Stamp!;Â Big Shot die-cutting machine,Â Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies andÂ Standard Cutting Pads fromÂ Sizzix;Â adhesive foam tape from 3M.