Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to our first installment of Tutorial Tuesday for April! This month we're focusing on stamping, and since I am the self-proclaimed Simple Stamping Guru, I'm jumping right in with two easy techniques today. Initially, I was just going to focus on making your own custom patterned paper, but I needed to mask an image for my card anyway, and since it's an easy yet oh-so-useful technique, I just added it right in. Trust me, I don't like doing things that are "hard", require a lot of products, or take a lot of time. So, make yourself comfortable and see for yourself how easy stamping can be!
Let's start with a technique called "random stamping" to make your own patterned paper. It's really a misnomer, as it's not random at all, but when you're done it certainly looks that way. This is such a useful technique, for times when you don't want to search for the "right" paper for a project, or just don't have something in the right colors. I have been known to be slightly obsessive (OK, maybe not slightly) about my papers matching my pictures in my scrapbook pages; to the extent of making my own patterned papers that match the clothes my kids are wearing in the pictures. But that's a story for another day...
Don't worry about making your image spacing or your coloring perfect. Trust me, no one will notice when you're done! Now, on to masking:
First, stamp the image you want to appear in the front of your scene on your cardstock. Then stamp it again on your Post-It note.
To assemble my card, I also stamped and colored a border and cut it out. I trimmed 1/4" off the right edge and adhered my border image and some ribbon. Then I popped up my stamped image on a matted panel, added a custom sentiment, and DONE!
I thought this would make a great card for a couples shower, casual wedding, or a fun anniversary card. Just add the additional sentiment to the inside of the card and you're ready to roll.
Products available at Cutters Creek:
- Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets, Kitchen Classics
- Acrylic Block starter set
- Memento Ink, black
- Copic Markers, in R20 Blush and YG07 Acid Green