Hey you crazy women!
I thought I would post another 'how'd they do that' tutorial and show you how easy it is to recreate the card featured in the Mini Sale-a-bration Catalog. This project is fun for a seasoned stamper, but is also a great project for someone just getting started in this hobby. So, since you guys are spread out all over the United States (and hello to my international guests), and I can't be at your homes to show each personally, I hope this tutorial will suffice as your 'in home party'! E-mail me if something doesn't make sense or you would like additional clarification.
So let's get started---
To begin, cut and 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Barely Banana paper in half so that you have two pieces of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"---score both piecesat 4 1/4"---this is a standard size card and will fit in the medium envelopes sold by SU. Next, take your Bliss Blue and cut 2 rectangles 4 1/4" x 3"---then take your Whisper White cardstock and cut 2 rectangles 4 1/8" x 2 15/16". You notice that I am telling you to cut 2 of everything. When ever I make a standard size card, I always cut 2 of everything because I am cutting a piece of cardstock in half and I hate wasting paper, plus it is nice to have an extra! (just one of my many quirks)!
Take your white rectangle and you are going to begin stamping your images. Stampin' Up has a wonderful and very talented design team. They design all of the beautiful cards and projects you see in the catalogs. It is O.K. to recreate what they have already done, so if you are unsure of your placement---copy the picture. The more you copy, the more comfortable you are with stamping and then you will begin to branch out and create your own cards and projects. But if you like what they did, why recreate the wheel??? The colors I used to stamp with are Barely Banana, Bliss Blue, Regal Rose, and Mellow Moss---remember to save a large enough area for your scallop punch image. If you don't trust yourself, create your scallop punch image---punch it out, lay it on the card for placement and then stamp around it---totally up to you!
Next, you will create your scallop punch embellishment. Using the image that fits the scallop punch, stamp the image on a scrap piece of whisper white cardstock using Barely Banana ink. Punch this image out using your scallop punch.
Then you will create additional embellishments, by stamping the star image 3 times on a scrap piece of whisper white cardstock in Barely Banana ink. Using your SU 1/2" circle punch, punch out just the center part of the star.
Attach your embellishments using SU Stampin' Dimensionals. This is a wonderful product---it lifts your images off the page and makes it a focus. This is a product I can't stamp without---I use it on cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects.
After you have attached your images, I cut off the excess that hung over so that the sides are straight and then attached the white rectangle to the Bliss Blue rectangle using adhesive.
Now onto paper piercing. Stampin' Up makes a wonderful kit that has all the supplies you need to do paper piercing, plus some tools that are helpful in additional projects. The tool kit is found on page 188 of the catalog. I think the paper piercing adds a wonderful element to the card, but this card could also get by without the piercing, if you are not quite ready for this step. To do the paper piercing, make sure the black spongy pad is behind your Barely Banana cardstock---place your just completed rectangle in the middle of your card (on the front), then line up your piercing template so that the holes are equidistant around your card (you may want to practice on a scrap piece of cardstock). Using your paper piercing tool---pierce firmly into each hole. (click on the picture and you will get a closer view)
Once you have gone all the way around (repositioning your template as needed), your complete card will look like this.
You will need to adhere your rectangle, but make sure you add your ribbon on the side before you adhere it. As with any project I want to demonstrate, I am always missing one product and this time it was the 5/8" So Saffron Grosgrain ribbon, so I substituted the 5/8" Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon instead (my blog, I can do what I want!)
Viola! A finished card!
Now, in the SU card example, they added a sentiment on the front---very cute and you are welcome to do this as well. I left mine blank and will add a sentiment on the inside as I need one (for whatever occasion I happen to be sending this card for. I thought this card was so pretty and I had so much fun making it, that I sat down and made 24 of them so that I would have them ready when an occasion came up (thank you note, thinking of you note, note to teacher, birthday card). If you have your supplies out---make several cards---use your products.
I made several in different colors and it gave a whole new feel to the card. Once again I consulted my catalog and used 2 color combinations that SU had provided in the front section. One card used Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Baja Blue. The other card used Summer Sun, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, and Pacific Point. Use the SU Color wheel for additional ideas.
Sale-a-bration is going on right now with SU and you could get the stamp set used in this card example for FREE. For every $50.00 you spend you get one FREE item from the Sale-a-bration Mini Catalog.
To view the mini catalog, go to http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/SAB09_US(1).pdf
The products used in this card example are:
4 Classic Ink Pads (what ever color combinations you choose)
$5.95 x 4= $23.80 (page 153-155 of the catalog)
Scallop Punch $15.95 Item #109043
1/2" Circle Punch $5.95 Item #104390
1 Pack of Assorted Cardstock $7.95 Pages 153-155 of the catalog
1 pack of whisper white card stock $7.50 Item #100730
1 pack of Stampin' Dimensionals $3.95 Item #104430
Total $65.10 (tax and shipping not included)
Polka Dot Punches Stamp Set FREE Item #113788
If you wanted to take your card to the next level, you might add:
Crafters Tool Kit $39.95 Item #104310 and receive in addition the Ribbon Bundle Item #114618 for FREE!
Also, no matter how much you spend, if you place an order on my website during the months of February and March, you will receive a FREE Stampin' Up Spring 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. This book is full of wonderful ideas for cards, scrapbooks, and 3-D projects!
What is great about all of these products, is they are basic tools that you can build on to make additional cards and projects!
Please visit my SU website if you would like to purchase any of these products www.nancyhendel.stampinup.net your items can be delivered directly to your home or office, anywhere in the United States.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org