Creativity for a Cause

Creativity for a Cause
Stampin' Up! is a global sponsor for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As the assistant lead for Stampin' Up! at the Tampa, FL location, I provide the House with hand-stamped cards for families to use during their stay. Contact me to help me create cards for this worthwhile cause.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simple Thanks
Pretty and simple.....and easy to duplicate. Here are a few tips.  1) Unlike lots of my previous cards, this one has a simple theme of polka dots. The designer paper, the embossed frame and the embossing folder are all the same, making this simple image and the words really stand out.  When you want all the patterns to coordinate think simple images.  2) The best way to use the embossed frame is to stamp your image FIRST then line up the folder around that image THEN emboss it through the Big Shot.  This guarantees you a centered image.  3) For those of you that prefer to stamp separately you could always stamp your image and then punch it out using the XL Oval punch (pg. 184). That particular punch fits perfectly inside this embossed oval frame. 4) I stamped the tulip separately, cut it out and mounted it on a small piece of  Dimensional. Don't waste those areas on your Dimensionals. Cut the border of the sheet up for small images like this. 5) To get two colors on one stamp; like I did here on the vase, use your markers directly on the stamp, "huff" (I call this the Darth Vader technique) then stamp. The "huff" remoistens the ink giving you a clearer image.

Stamp Set: Bright Blossoms (125495 wood, 125497 clear), Curly Cute (117014 wood, 120510 clear)  THIS SET IS NOW AVAILABLE IN SINGLE STAMPS. YOU CAN VIEW THEM HERE
 Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Ink Pad: Calypso Coral
Markers: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder (117335), Designer Frames embossing folder (123130)
Designer Paper: 2012-2014 In Color Paper Stack (126910)
Punch: 1 1/4" Square (to make the banner tail on the words, 119865)

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