Today, I decided to make a special card for my hubby for Easter. He’s a C.P.A. and he’s been working SO HARD lately. I wanted to let him know how much a appreciate him and all he does. I thought the Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer stamp set would be perfect, because it has this great saying “love you more than chocolate.” When I say that to someone, it means A LOT!!! Plus, I thought it was especially apropos on Easter, since it’s a holiday celebrated with a lot of chocolate.
For my Technique Thursday, I’m emphasizing an oldie but goodie – paper piercing. This is a technique that I tend to overlook. but it’s so easy; and it’s a great way to add that something extra to your projects that makes people say “WOW.”
For my tag, I used the Chalk Talk Framelits. These framelits are on sale this week for 15% off, and so is the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot. The Magnetic Platform is wonderful, because it helps framelits and thinlits stay put for cutting around stamped images. If you don’t have one, I strongly urge you to buy one this week. They are worth their weight in gold, and the price is right!!!
I tried out something new today. I’d heard that it’s a good idea to use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat under photopolymer stamps to get a better stamped image. (It has something to do with the fact that photopolymer stamps don’t have a rubber cushion.) To do this, you need a separate mat for stamping versus paper piercing. I recently bought one just for that purpose, so I thought I’d give it a try, and I have to say that my stamped images turned out better! I placed a small piece of scrap paper over the Stampin’ Pierce Mat to protect it from ink that might go beyond my project.
After stamping my tag, I used my other Stampin’ Pierce Mat and the Eclectic Paper Piercing Kit to pierce the tag. The stencil is super easy to align over the tag, then it’s just a matter of poking all the holes.
The rest of my card was fairly simple too. I used the Happy Hearts Textured Impression Embossing Folder to create a background out of Sahara Sand card stock.
I stamped three leaves from the Lovely, Amazing You stamp set in Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso and cut them out by hand.
I wrapped my card with Naturals Trim and Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon and frayed the edges for a rugged, manly look.
I like the manly colors on this card. They’re light for Spring, but still masculine. I got the combination from the Color Coach.
Supplies used on my card: