Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Party This Way card by designer Deborah Nolan

Hello, Stampin' and Scrappin' Addicts! Ready to get your fix on the Hampton Art blog today?

Today's card features one of the five new clear stamp sets by Art Impressions that are licensed through Hampton Art and are now carried at Michaels. (If you want to see all five sets, check out the Art Impressions blog here.)

When my mom retired a couple of months ago, they gave her a party, and I thought it would be nice to make a card that could be used for an all-office invitation to a retirement bash. You know, something cute and fun to stick on the bulletin board for all to see. These lively geezers from the His and Her Flying High set are the perfect answer, I think!


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S  U  P  P  L  I  E  S
Cardstock: Ninah Desert Storm; Patterned Paper and Die Cut Shape: Cool as a Cucumber Soup (Jillibean Soup); Clear Stamp Set: His and Her Flying High (Art Impressions); Ink: black, blue; Other Mediums: Spectrum Noir colored pencils, Zig pen; Embellishments: gems; Tools: paper cutter, scoreboard, bone folder, Stitch Doodle Dot template (Crafter's Workshop), cloud die (Memory Box), Vagabond, foam ink applicator tool
I  N  S  T  R  U  C  T  I  O  N  S
  1. Make card base for a 4.25” x 5.5” card.
  2. Cut and adhere patterned paper mat. 
  3. Cut and stamp image panel.
  4. Stamp geezers and color.
  5. Die cut cloud and hold in place on stamped panel while gently applying blue ink. Repeat until background is filled in with "clouds."
  6. Adhere stamped panel and sentiment die cut shape to card.
  7. Free-hand or use stitching template to draw a border around the stamped panel and the sentiment die cut shape.
  8. Adhere gems.

Create a bank of clouds as a background by die cutting a cloud to use as a mask. Hold the cloud die cut in place (no glue for this, please) with one hand and lightly apply ink with a foam ink applicator tool. Vary your pressure and reposition the cloud die cut often. Although you can mask your stamped image, you don't have to. I didn't, and, as you can see, I was able to position my cloud die cut in such a way as to avoid inking over my stamped image in any significant way. If you want to create a single cloud or two, use the negative of the cloud die cut as a stencil.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


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