Another Stamping Tool YOU can make!

I have always had a problem with evenly stamping a background. Oh, I can stamp a random background just fine but a lined-up pattern….no dice. So, inspired by the new inkadinkado stamping gear I made a tool to stamp straight backgrounds and I used it to stamp the background in this card:

 

Here is a quick video to show you how to make it and use it, easy peasy!

Here is a photo of the two tools I made. I made one to work with my inkadinkado stamping gear paddle and one to work with my home-made stamp machine paddle:

 

Give it a try and you will never stamp a crooked background again (unless you want to that is!) Til next time happy crafting!

FYI, the stamps used in this card are: Fairy (Crafter’s Companion), Sentiment (Stampin’ Up!), Frame (Rubber Stampede), Background small flourish (inkadinkado), Background round stamp (Inque Boutique), background cover-a-card (Impression Obsession) PS-after stamping my background with my homemade tool I stamped a large swirl pattern over the entire panel.

The Ultimate Card Showdown!!!

I couldn’t resist, I had to enter the 2 sketches 4 you ultimate card showdown (every time I hear that name I think of the monster truck show announcer “This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY it the Ultimate Card Showdown! Get your tickets, Kid’s seats are still $5!!!” what, is it only me?)  even though the competition is huge. The grand prize winner gets $500 worth of scrapping/stamping supplies including (what I am really in this for) a beautiful pink Bind it All!!! OK enough Jibber-Jabbering, here is my card:

Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink

Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink

Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)

Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)

The base is one sheet of SU! kraft paper folded in half. I score some decorative lines on the edge and inked it. I stamp the paisley and birthday definition on color gloss lazer paper. Tip: Gloss Lazer paper (from the office supply store, I used Hammermill color lazer gloss)  is great for detail stamping and a lot cheaper than glossy cardstock, you get 300 sheets for less then $10! then I sprinkled green, brown and gold powder on it to give it a patina look. I also stamped bolts down the side to up the “manly” factor and I “borrowed” some washers form hubby’s workshop and altered them with rust embossing powder. I added screw top eyelets to the flowers cut form map paper and the scallop boarder was cut from fiberglass window screening then painted brown and stapled on. I added a bit of die cut felt for texture and I made the transparency banner by printing a banner form the DB boho banner font onto a transparency and typed “happy birthday” on it before printing. Tip: I printed a whole sheet of banners while I was at it so I didn’t waste the transparency sheet, see:

DB boho banners font

DB boho banners font

Well, there you have it, I’ll let you know next week weather I made the top 30 or not;) Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Feeling Lucky?

You have until tonight at Midnight to Sign up for Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop Blog Candy! You need to sign up on Monday’s post to be eligible. If you missed the hop you can start at the beginning at the Die-Cut Diva blog and see all of the projects the CC&M designers have been working on and sign up to win different prizes at each blog but you’ve gotta do it tonight to win!

A lot of stamps on one small card!

A lot of stamps on one small card!

Keeping with the “lucky” theme here is a quick St. Patrick’s Day card. I used a free vintage image from Vintage Image Craft, Kraft Cardstock from Stampin Up!,  Corner flourish stamps from Magenta, Dollar stamps from Studio G, a frame stamp from Rubber Stampede, shamrock stamps from Inkadinkado and a die cut label from Creative Cuts & More. The cool thing is that all of this stuff was already laying on the craft table leftover from other projects! Love that!

I’ll pick a winner of the blog candy tomorrow good luck and happy crafting!

Altered Stationary Box

I bought this stationary box many years ago and knew one day I would alter it! Well that day came last week and I love the way it turned out:

Altered Stationary box by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Altered Stationary box by Lindsay Weirich 2008

My Minds Eye, Wild Asparagus Collection

Paper: My Minds Eye, Wild Asparagus Collection

Rubber stampede, Hero Arts, Hampton Art, Crafty Secrets, MSE!

Stamps: Rubber stampede, Hero Arts, Hampton Art, Crafty Secrets, MSE!

To make the realistic looking montage on the top I masked my images. It’s easy, here’s what to do. First stamp the scissor, label (both Crafty Secrets) and the Pen (Hampton Art) on a smooth cream card. Then stamp the same images on a thin scrap of paper, a post-it note works great for this, and cut them out. Then lay them over the images you stamped to keep ink from getting on them and stamp the postage (Hero Arts) again stamp the postage on a scrap, cut and place on top. Everything you have stamped is cover with a mask! Now ink up your script stamp (MSE!) and stamp over your montage randomly. The stamping part is done. You can mask any type of scene you want just remember to start by stamping the object closest to you (or on top) and work backwards.

I then colored the scene with Prismacolors and chalked the background lightly. Adding shading will make your objects “pop”, just make sure the shadows are on the same sideds, pretend that there is a lamp on shinging light on your display, the side of the stamped object that is facing the light will have no shadow and the side away from the light will. Good Luck and happy stamping (and crafting too!)

Lindsay

Shake Shake Shake…

This was the card that almost wasn’t! Ever have one of those days where you question your ability to own, let alone operate, a glue gun…well I did. This was a sticky, beady shimmery mess before it was all done. I’m so glad I didn’t chuck this card when I thought it was past the point of no return.

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Shaker box detail

Shaker box detail

I used my homemade shimmer spray on the flowers and bracket and I stamped and embossed the Celtic knot frame and frame and sentiment. I glued a scrap of transparency to the embossed frame. To make the shaker trace your frame on a scrap of cardstock and cut a 1/4″ boarder around and make snips in to the line ever 1/4 inch and fold up making a cup to hold your beads. Fold the tips of the snipped tabs in and apply tacky glue all the way around and place the frame on top. Wrap ribbon around if desired.

I think this would be nice for a wedding or St. Patrick’s Day. Til Next tome happy crafting!

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