Todays feature stamp: Blessed Easter

It’s on page 20 of the Occasions catalog.  Item #133212 $11.95

This single stamp only comes in wood.   What I did, was cut the verse off so that I could stamp the tulips alone.  So, I made mine into two stamps!  I placed the verse on some of our Clear-Mount Cling Foam.

I have used the cling foam to change over my wheels to clear stamps.  I find that many of my stampers were not comfortable with using the wheels, so now, they can use them as stamps.  The Clear-Mount Cling Foam can be seen on page 197 of our annual catalog, item #124236 $10.95.  You get two foam sheets that are 81/2″ x 11″, one side is cling and one side is adhesive.  Why is it called “clear-mount” cling foam?  Well, it’s the same foam that SU uses on it’s clear stamps.

Back to the stamp and some cards.  I love tulips so, this was one stamp that I wanted right away.  Also, it’s so easy to color whether you are using markers, blender pens or my favorite the aqua painter.

I designed a card for a swap with my Hostess club tonight.  I liked it so much I cut more to use it as my swap with my fellow demonstrators tomorrow for our shoe box swap.  Here’s the card:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe card base is strawberry slush, the designer paper is the old olive sheet from Polka Dot Parade.  The third color I used is summer starfruit, that’s the color framing the flower and the little ribbon tag.  The challenge for Hostess club tonight was to use stitching on your card, either real sewing or faux stitching.  Well, I would have had to do a little, (ok, a lot) of cleaning/clearing to get to my sewing machine, so, I choose to do faux stitching.  Here’s a close up:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used one of our paper-piercing templates and punched holes into the summer starfruit card stock.  Then used our white gel pen to connect the holes.  Looks like real stitching doesn’t it?  I also used crystal effects on the flowers to give the card a nice finish to highlight the blooms.

Because I am so excited about the next card I am going to show it to you today.  This is one of the cards that we will be doing at my March Techniques class:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsn’t this a cool fun fold?  I have seen this done before.  What I was concerned about was the strength of the oval frame that comes down over the tulip layer.  To strengthen it I used my oval framelits and cut both the bermuda bay card stock and our Coaster Board at the same time.  That way they were exactly the same cut and then adhered them together with our Mono glue.

If you have not used our Coaster board, on page 156 of the annual catalog, you are missing out.  Here I am using it to add strength to the design, but, you can also stamp on it.  It’s thinner than chipboard, but sturdier than cardstock.  Perfect for die-cutting, it’s a neutral color which makes it ideal for embossing or stamping on.  Item #129392 $5.95 and you get 8 sheets that are 6″ x 12″.

Let me know what you think!

Happy Stamping!


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