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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Congrats Grad!

Yup, it’s that time of year again…school is out already here, proms and graduation have already happened and kids are either sleeping late or getting up early for their summer jobs.  Up north, the kids still have just over a month till graduation so you’ve got some time yet to make your Congrats cards, and I’m here with an idea for you today!

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My first criteria was I wanted to use my new MISTI tool!!  (Got it for my birthday after many less than subtle hints…)  And since I have several people to send graduation cards to this year, I needed a way to stream-line the process.  This is where the MISTI comes in handy!  First, let me just explain what the MISTI is.  It’s an acronym for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and I’m sorry, but I’m going to come right out and call LAME name!  But see, after they put so much effort into designing a truly incredible stamp tool, there was nothing left for coming up with a more intelligent name.  So MISTI it is.  Never mind.  Once you use it, you will forgive them ANYthing.  How it works, is like a book.  It has a front cover or door on one side, and on the opposite side is a foam pad, some super duper magnets and and some graph paper.  You stick your stamp(s) to the inside of the door, ink it up and stamp your paper that’s being held in place, immoveable, by the magnets.  And if your inking isn’t perfect, well tada, just ink it up again, and close the door again IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT!!  (Sorry, I yell when I get excited about something).  And if you need to make 10 cards exactly the same, well the MISTI is your best friend!  Youtube some MISTI videos and you’ll get a much better idea than I’ve been able to describe.  But the best news of all….Lori just listed the MISTI and accessories in the store!!  Now it can be your birthday too!!

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Anyway, my grad cards.  I went through all my stamps.  I had tons that say all those nice congratulatory sentiments, but none with images like mortar boards or diplomas. Or panda bears in cap and gown.  How do I not have any stamps of graduating pandas??!

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I should point out here, that this was my first time using the MISTI and I actually did one thing wrong.  I should have arranged the stamps in the bottom right corner of the door so that I could just lay my card stock neatly up against the ruler edges for perfect arrangement.  I got around that by penciling a line around the first card, and using that as a guide for the subsequent cards.  But really, there is a better way.  Next time.

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I decided to combine a bunch of those sentiments to fill in a whole card front.  And I would stamp them on black card stock, heat emboss with white powder and then rub on some Stazon Opaque White ink for…..you guessed it…..a chalkboard full of congratulatory greetings!

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After stamping and heat embossing all of the cards, I used a Tim Holtz ink dauber with the Stazon Opaque White Ink, rubbing it around each of the sentiments to look like a messy chalkboard does after long use.

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Sorry, this has gotten long.  To quickly finish…I glued the black card stock to folded cards then die cut a variety of different sizes of red hearts.  I glued them in place, then either covered them fully, or “scribbled” a design on each heart with red Stickles.

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Pretty simple in the end, but when you are making a bunch of the same card, quick and easy is the way to go!  And if you don’t have any graduates in your life this year, think how cute this card design would be, if you used a variety of “thank yous” and gave it to a teacher for a job well done!  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration today and I really hope you’ll give the MISTI a try!!

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This post was written by Norine on May 25, 2016

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