Thinking of You….

Hey, hi!

Sometimes, when I think of a cool idea that I want to remember to try, I make a note in my phone to remind myself.  Well this one has been popping up every time I look at my list of errands to run and tasks, for a VERY long time!  And when I got this PhotoPlay stamp set called Thinking of You from the store last fall, I knew this is the set I’d use for this idea.

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Let me walk you through the process.  The basic idea, is to fill in a background of images, leaving a space masked for the sentiment to stand out.  You can do this with any of your large background stamps, or a group of many small stamp images.  Here’s where I started.  I assembled some oval dies, a roll of Post-It paper, the stamps I intended to use, and my MISTI.

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I began by die cutting an oval from the Post-It paper the size that would best frame the sentiments in the Thinking of You stamp set.

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I cut the oval out and discarded the negative piece.

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Next, I butted my watercolor paper card panel into the corner of the MISTI, positioned the oval sticky paper where I wanted it to be and laid an assortment of the little stamps from the Thinking of You stamp set all around the oval paper mask and started stamping.  Using the MISTI makes it possible to repeat your stamping and get it PERFECT every time you stamp.  Because I’m stamping on watercolor paper, which has a subtle texture, I know the first stamping won’t be perfect, so the opportunity to repeat the inking and stamping multiple times, stress free, is a game changer, lemme tell you!

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Once I was finished the first stamping, I cleaned off the stamps and moved them around, stamping and filling in all the areas until the whole card front was covered.  I found it was best to work in clusters to make sure the card was evenly covered and that there were no areas left with not enough space for a stamp to fill in. Y’know?

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The next step was to use a black liner pen to draw an outline around the oval sticky paper before peeling it off.

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Now I have a nice clean space where I can stamp the sentiment.  If you don’t have any dies or Post-It paper on hand, you could trace your shape and hand cut it, or use an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, to cut the shape from scrap cardstock, then adhere it in place using temporary adhesive.  For this purpose, you’ll find it sticks well enough for the job, then removes easily when you’re finished, in the meantime, providing a nice firm edge to draw against when you outline the shape with the liner pen.

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I used my watercolor paints to fill in the shapes as well as the background of the card panel, then set it aside to dry.

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Here’s is the finished card from that stamp set.

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That was too much fun to stop at just one card!  I wanted to try it with a background stamp so I chose the Botanical stamp from Carta Bella, and stamped the card front with the oval mask in place, onto two different colors of card stock, grey and light teal.

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I stamped onto the grey card stock with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  (It looks white in the photo, but that’s just the reflected shine.)

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I rotated the card front for this card to create a landscape oriented card, and stamped with Versamark ink again, and heat embossed with white embossing powder this time.  I decided then that they needed something more, so I used the black Copic liner pen on the grey card and a white Signo Uniball pen on the teal card, and drew stitches all along the inside of the masked oval line.  A few Tonic Studios Nuvo drops to complete the cards.

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I hope you give this technique a try!  It’s very versatile depending on the stamps you own, and fun to do!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 4, 2018

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Traveler’s Notebook - week 2 - Warning - Photo HEAVY

Hello all!  I’m back again with six more pages in my family-holiday-mini-album-traveler’s notebook!  I’m having a lot of fun with it, and when life requires living and I’m away from my scrap-table, all I can think about is getting back to it!

Page 1.  (Of both the book and this post!) Home.  About the AirBnB house we rented.

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One of the things I’m continuing to do throughout the book, in an effort to unify the whole, is to journal with my typewriter.  However, I’ve found that some of the thicker papers, especially if painted on, won’t roll through the typewriter nicely, so I’ve adapted by going back to an old trick I used to use many years ago.

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I open a new Word document and insert a text box that measures slightly smaller than the exact size I want to fill on my layout.  Then I type my journaling inside that text box using a “vintage typewriter” font (I have several to choose from) that I’ve downloaded for free from Dafont.com. Then I can make all the font size and spacing adjustments to make it fit within the text box.  I can move the text box around on my 8.5×11″ canvas, so for this page, for example, I pushed it all the way over to the right. My open book page measures exactly 8.5″ so it’s not hard to line up where I want the printing to be.  I print the journaling first on a piece of printer paper, then lay the printed paper over top of my layout, put them both up on my backlit computer screen so I can see through both well enough to shift the printed paper around until it fits exactly where I want it to print on the layout.  I pencil mark where I want the layout to lay on the printer paper, then use a “linty”* piece of Scotch tape to tape across the top of the layout that has been positioned on the printer paper, and run it through the printer again.  This way I know that my journaling will print in the exact same spot the second time through. Sometimes it takes shifting and reprinting a few times before it lines up to where I’ll want it to print on my layout.  *A linty piece of scotch tape is a length that has been torn off, taped to my shirt or my skin a couple of times to reduce it’s stickiness, so that it holds going through the printer, but doesn’t tear the paper when it’s removed.

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Page 2 - @ Home - with Jeff, Amy & Archie

I’m still using tons of the papers and embellishments from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter, Carta Bella - Cabin Fever and PhotoPlay - Mad 4 Plaid lines.

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Page 3 - Costco - Food is Love

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If you’re wondering how I can type on small journaling die cut cards like the one above, I use a technique very similar to the computer printing outlined above, where I tape the journaling card with a light, repositionable adhesive, to a sheet of printer paper, then run the whole thing through the typewriter.  It makes things much easier to manage!

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Page 4 - The Holiday Puzzle

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Page 5 - This Moment

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Page 6 - Looking Forward

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On this page, I found the navy plaid paper to be too dark for the look I wanted, so I painted the entire page with off-white paint and then used the Tim Holtz knit-sweater stencil and some modeling paste to layer and add interest and dimension.  I rubbed the dry paste lightly with dark blue distress ink to help it show up better.

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Aren’t those little wood veneer glasses the perfect embellishment for this page!!?  For the journaling on this tag, I knew I had a lot to say, and it would be a bit of a guessing game as to whether it would all fit nicely, if I ran it through my typewriter, so here’s another example of where I used the computer, a Word document and printer to make sure it all fit just the way I wanted it to.  I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I didn’t have it lined up perfectly and it printed off center.  So to make it look like I meant for it to be like that, I ran two lines of machine stitching down the left side to balance the visual weight of the whole tag.

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Well, it looks like this project is going to spill over into one more week!  I still have a few more pages to finish and then I’m curious as to how I’m going to bind the whole book.  At this point I only have a glimmer of a clue. It’ll be fine though.  I hope.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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