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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Sledding Fun…

Hi, hello!

I’ve got another layout to share with you today!  Remember when I said I planned our New Years family activities with a certain paper line in mind?  And you rolled your eyes and thought I was kidding?  Well, nope!

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I was so happy to get these pictures off my daughter’s camera and get to play with the A Perfect Winter line, from Echo Park.  It has so many cute images and papers that easily work with any winter activity photos.

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I was also really pleased with that precious photo of my grandson (who is almost ready to turn 1!) sitting in his little red sled, and all the white snow that surrounds him.  It makes a perfect amount of white space (literally in this case) and I love the look of journaling right on a photo and with an American Crafts Slick Writer pen, it’s an easy thing to do.

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The weather was in the deep freeze for the week our whole family was together over New Years, so we were stymied in our attempts to get out to play.  But one afternoon, we just bundled up and went outside.  For 7 minutes.  But I got my pictures and Archie got a little tiny toboggan ride down the hill in front of his house.  Which was concerning for him at first but which he warmed up to (pun intended) after a couple of two-second long runs!  But to give him an idea of what was in store, I pulled him around the front yard a couple of times first.  And he thought it was ok!

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So this fun title detail was accomplished by the use of one of the stickers from the Perfect Winter line, and by stamping the alphabet letters with white paint, and the Tim Holtz/Ideology foam stamps onto kraft cardstock.  After it was dry, I just cut them out and adhered them to the bottom of the sledding sticker.  The clear enamel moose and mitten stickers are also from the Perfect Winter line.  Aren’t they so dear??

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All I’m thinking after this fun adventure, is 11 months is fun….but a year or two from now when he’s a little older and really gets the snow/skating/sledding thing, we are going to have SO. MUCH. FUN.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you again on Wednesday!

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