Hey there my little Christmas angels!
I hope you all have had a wonderful and magical Christmas, and I hope that today you get a few quiet moments to get crafty! I am hoping that hubby entertains our 5 year old daughter with some lego for a while so I can test out some wonderful new crafty goodies that were unwrapped yesterday! <3
Today I am sharing a fun way to stretch your stamps, and it works brilliantly with stamp sets which have a common font. On this card, I am using some stamps from the Hello Gorgeous set – which has a variety of fantastic word images in it!
I needed to make a card that said ‘SISTER’ on it, and I love the effect of this technique. Essentially, you want to create a word using the letters within other word stamps.
To create this card, I cut a piece of smooth white cardstock with a rectangle die, and then cut another piece in plain copy paper. First I drew a vertical pencil line along the midway point of my copy paper, and then placed this into my MISTI tool. I then carefully laid out the stamps on the paper, making sure the middle of my desired letter was sitting on my pencil line.
When I closed the lid of the MISTI, the stamps transferred over to the lid, and I used black ink to stamp all the stamps onto the copy paper. Once I was happy with the alignment of the stamps, I placed the card into the MISTI and stamped all my images in pink ink. Whilst this ink was drying, I used a ruler and craft knife to cut a skinny vertical box into my copy paper – cutting out only the word SISTER. Then I could place this copy paper back in to my MISTI on top of the cardstock. The copy paper then masked off the stamping that I had done on the card, except for the word SISTER, peeking through the hole in the copy paper. But, then I could simply ink my stamp again in black, and stamp the whole image. The stamps leave their impressions onto the copy paper, except for the word SISTER, that stamps into the cardstock underneath. And because I have used the same rectangular die to cut out both the paper and cardstock, the black ink lines up perfectly on top of the pink ink underneath – you cannot even tell that there is pink ink under the black!
I love the simplistic nature of this card, but also the fact that it almost doubles up as a sweet poem, listing loving sisterly attributes! You can use this technique to create a whole batch of similar cards – but of course you need to do a little planning first to make sure that you have all the letters you need. Although I have used the Hello Gorgeous set for my project, you could also try out lots of the other stamps sets from Honey Bee Stamps, as there are loads of fab sentiment sets which would work perfectly for this technique!
To finish this card, I thought it would be fun to add the sweet arrow images, with a little copic markers to add a touch of pink – and then I added three layers of cardstock as a frame using a Mama Elephant Dotted detail die. Two tiny diamond gems, from the Honey Bee Stamps exclusive embellishment range adds just the right amount of sparkle which is sure to make any sister smile!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and see you next week!