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Tagging Another Card

Oh, you know me. I couldn’t just stop at the last card I made from the Tags Tags Tags stamp set. I wanted to see if the third winter image would work on a card, too. I chose different papers, but used the same layout.

Stamp: Tags Tags Tags

Ink: Gray Granite, Real Red light Blends, Daffodil Delight dark Blends

Paper: Pool Party, Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White

Accessories: Trio of Tags dies, Starburst punch

Isn’t that just adorable? I used the paper with the trees, to go along with the trees in the stamped image. I used Flirty Flamingo for the Starburst punch. Wow, the little bit of pink in the paper and the starburst really make the card feel fun and cheerful.

I did try to be careful when coloring the birds. I was mostly successful, but the little bobble on one just makes it look like the little guy has a dark patch. Which is normal for cardinals.

Look at the sparkle on the paper. I think four of the designs has it. How fun!

Oh, a note on stamping and die cutting the tags. I found that it was much easier to die cut FIRST. Use the negative space to line up the stamps in the Stamparatus (or a block). Put your die cut back into the negative space, then stamp. The way the dies are designed, it’s really hard to get the alignment just right because all three cut at the same time. Maybe you do better than I do, but I found this was a less frustrating way to create the tags. Plus, you can cut your tags in whichever color you need, and stamp whichever tag you need, too.

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Tags for a Christmas Card

After making my last card, I was pondering other ways I use the tags from Tags Tags Tags as focal images for cards. Since I covered up the “Season’s Greetings” tag the last time, I thought I should design a card for that tag.

Stamps: Tags Tags Tags

Ink: Gray Granite

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White, Pool Party, Gray Granite, Sparkle Glimmer, Let It Snow specialty DSP

Accessories: Trio of Tags dies, Starburst punch

A pretty straighforward layout, but pretty nice all the same. One of the samples in the Holiday Catalog shows the snowflake die cut layered onto the tag as I did. I think they designed smaller die cuts to layer with elements on three of the tags. You could just use them as accents on a card, as I did before. But, don’t they look cute on the tag as well?

I intially had the tags layered on just the strips. I felt like the image got lost on the card. Adding the starburst underneath really makes it stand out, don’t you? For added prominence, I attached the tag to the card with dimensionals. Next time, though, I wish I centered the starburst better…

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Tags Tags Tags – On a Card

As cute as the Tags Tags Tags stamp set is for tags, I thought my first project with it should be a card! I had stamped and cut a bunch of tags, and had them lying on my desk. I was originally planning to make tags, but then, oh, well, inspiration struck when I layered two of them together.

Stamps: Tags Tags Tags

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gray Granite

Blends: Shaded Spruce light, Real Red light

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Pool Party, Real Red, Sparkle Glimmer, Let It Snow specialty DSP

Accessories: Trio of Tags dies, Triple banner punch, Whisper White baker’s thread

Didn’t that turn out really cute? Can you see? I layered two tags together (the one that says “Seasons’ Greetings” is underneath, but only the swirls are showing). I thought it was a neat accent for the tag on top.

The dies cut two snowflakes at once, which makes it really convenient. And, the Sparkle Glimmer paper that we now carry cuts way better than the old stuff. (*makes room for new stuff*)

I decided to leave the tag free after tying it to the underlying flagged strip with baker’s twine. Here’s a closeup:

In case you are wondering, the flagged strip is 2″ x 4-1/4″, punched with the Triple banner punch.

Confession time: I was thinking the pom pom of the shoes would look really cute with the new puff paint. But, um, I was too chicken to try it. Maybe on another project. (Plus, the weather is much cooler now, so not too crazy to start using the heat gun again.)

 

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Dare to Open the Halloween Card!

I had a fun idea in mind, while I had the Spooktacular Bash stamp set out.

Stamp: Spooktacular Bash, Wonderfully Wicked

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Silvery Shimmer Delicata

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Gray Granite, Monster Bash DSP, Silver foil

Accessories: Ornate embossing folder, Wicked dies, Silver metallic thread, Basic Black scalloped edge ribbon

As on my previous card, I couldn’t resist having a floating spider.

The silver thread comes out from the middle of a spider web stamped in the Silver Shimmer Delicata ink. I forgot to take a picture, but you have to have just the right angle to see it, anyway. Just like a real spider web. (I sometimes see the spider first!)

You open the card, and you see my halloween sentiment!

HAHAHAHAHA!

The silver foil is almost reflective…

I just couldn’t resist!

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My First Waterfront Card!

I got the Waterfront stamp set when it first came out (last year?), but struggled with making a card that I liked. Every time I came across the use of it on a blog, I took mental notes. I even tried out Patty Bennett’s steps. Still didn’t like what I came up with.

I think I was being too “literal” or “precise” when I was building my scene. It is a scene building stamp. But, because it’s in a watercolor style, the scene building has to be conceptual. I was trying to fill in color everywhere, and that really didn’t work.

I tried it again to make a “thank you” card, and I like the current results. I forced myself to be a little bit “zen” about the whole process. 🙂

Stamp: Waterfront

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Basic Gray marker, Real Red marker

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: White shimmer embossing paste

For many of the images, I stamped in full strength, then stamped again and again until there was very little ink left on the stamp. For the ground and sky, I stamped off on scratch paper first (or even twice), before stamping onto my project. I just realized, in a way, that’s one way to watercolor: gradually add color until you have what you need.

I found that you don’t have to completely color in sections, either.

I was really afraid to add color to the sky. But, by stamping off twice first, I was able to add a little bit of color here and there. The suggestion of sky is all the card needed.

To finish off the scene, I added some White shimmer embossing paste to the ocean. Sparkle and texture.

Love it! I hope my friend likes it, too. 🙂

Too bad we couldn’t be next door, as I suggested on the card. But then, I’d be broke, because we would be enabling each other shopping, or something. 🙂

Did you know? This set must be popular, because there’s an additional set in the Holiday Catalog called Snow Front. Yep, you guessed it, you can use it to build snow scenes. I’ll bet the images complement those that are in the Waterfront stamp set. Now, I have the confidence that if I get the Snow Front stamp set, I’ll have better luck using it. Can’t wait!