Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!
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Since I’m the first stop in this hop, let’s get to hopping!
This challenge gave me a run for my money. I had such a difficult time choosing a stamp set I wanted to use. I finally decided on this one by Stampin’ Up called “Tea Shoppe”.
I also wanted to mention that, aside from my card bases and the stamped pieces, I have used digital papers that I printed myself on white cardstock for ALL of my cards today. These papers are from various free sites on the internet. There are tons of designers who create digital papers and offer them for free so I encourage you to give this a try sometime. Now onto my projects…
Card #1 is fairly simple. I used my Cameo to cut out a paper doily, a pink circle, a white circle, and a tall flag. I stamp one tea cup in the centre of the white circle with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and adhered it to the larger pink circle. I then popped that up on top of the blue scalloped doily. I cut a piece of white cardstock, adhered the tall flag to one side and stamp the bottom with the sentiment “A Cup Of Thanks” from the stamp set. I adhered the pre-assembled tea cup to the card front. Then I adhered the white cardstock to a pink cardstock mat and adhered that to the card base to finish it off.
Card #2 is made up of a bunch of different sized rectangular card pieces cut from various printed papers. On a white piece of cardstock, I stamped each tea cup in a different color of Tim Holtz Distress inks – Squeezed Lemon, Evergreen Bough, and Tattered Rose – tilting them slightly as I stacked them up. I added the “Just For You” sentiment from the set to the card to finish it of.
Card #3 uses the “Tea For Two” sentiment from the set which I stamped in the middle of an off-white piece of cardstock and adhered to a teal green mat. I printed and cut a long rectangular piece of rose designer cardstock and adhered that to a darker rose mat. Then I adhered everything to a piece of printed designer cardstock that I applied to the front of a card base. I added a few blue pearl beads to finish it off.
Card #4 was a little trickier than the rest because I had to try and line the stamps up so they were spaced evenly. I messed up a little but I did my best. I cut 3 strips of white cardstock and stamped two tea cups to each piece in Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemon, and Evergreen Bough distress ink by Tim Holtz. I stamped the “You Suit Me To A Tea” sentiment from the set in between the two cups on each piece of stamped cardstock. I adhered the 3 pieces to a square piece of printed pink cardstock and applied that to a piece of printed designer cardstock along with a black grosgrain ribbon with white stitching. I attached all of that to a card base to finish it off.
Card #5 was my most detailed card. I cut each piece with my Cameo. I adhered the largest piece of teal printed cardstock to the front of my card base and then adhered the coral piece to the front of that. The border across the middle has a piece of cream ribbon threaded through it. I adhered the border to a dark burgundy piece of printed cardstock and adhered that onto the square coral piece. I stamped the “Stay” sentiment from the set onto the flag with an arched top and added the small flower from the set above the sentiment. I used Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and sponged around the edges of the flag. I used some pop dots and adhered it to the middle of the card. I added some off-white pearls to the front of the card to finish it off.
That’s it for me. I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today. Now you’re off to visit with the amazing and talented Claudia. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop to increase your chances of winning!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
- Sharon *you are here*
- Card A Day Challenge Team
See you next month with another great technique!