Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cinema Card Formulas

Hey, Stampers!

The Club Stamp Cinema collection (shipping today) contains a dozen 8.5x11" papers, a super-sized unmounted stamp sheet, five silver charms and some beautiful metallic ribbon. Follow the cutting instructions to create a fun batch of thirteen cards leaving only a teenie tiny pile o' scraps!

(Double click on the images to enlarge.)

Thirteen cinematic-themed cards.
Papers trimmed to look like a film strip.
Save your bubble wrap for a card embellishment.
Clapboards adhered with foam adhesive add dimension.
Little "winged" origami envelopes hold stamped tickets.
Paper trimmers ready!

1. Trim one 8.5x11 Aqua Plain, Wine Plain and Stone Print horizontally at 5.5". Cut one 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 8 and 4". Trim one 4x5.5 horizontally at 5.25". Cut the other 4x5.5 horizontally at 3.75 and 2". Trim one 1.75x4 horizontally at 3.75, 3 and 1.5". Score and fold the remaining 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25".

2. Cut one 8.5x11 White Text Print vertically at 4.5 and 4". Trim each 4x11 horizontally at 5.75 and 5.25".

3. Trim the other 8.5x11 White Text Print vertically at 4.25". Cut each 4.25x11 horizontally at 6.75, 5.5 and 4.25". Save the four 4.25" squares for the envelope origami technique shown below.

4. Score one 8.5x11 White Plain, Wine Plain, Aqua Plain and (2) 8.5x11 Black Plains vertically at 4.25". Trim horizontally at 5.5". Fold each 5.5x8.5 in half along the scoreline.

5. Trim the 8.5x11 Stone Print vertically at 7.5 and 4". Cut the 4x11 horizontally at 10.5 and 5.25". Trim the 3.5x11 horizontally at 9.5 and 4.75". Stamp the unmounted "G" image four times onto the plain side of the 1x11" strip with India Black ink.

6. Stamp four UM clapboard images and four UM ticket images onto one 8.5x11 White Plain with India Black ink. TIP: Be sure to work on a well-cushioned stamping surface to achieve the best image. Try a test image on scrap paper prior to stamping on the White paper. Allow the ink to dry and trim each image from the paper with a craft knife or scissors.

Fold the four 4.25" White Text Print squares into these adorable mini envelopes by following the steps provided in the video below. The tickets stamped and trimmed from the 8.5x11 White paper will fit perfectly within the envelopes.

With all of your papers trimmed, you're ready to stamp and complete your cards! Let's take a closer look at a few of them . . .

Stamp the "3," "2," "1" images with Ash ink, and the quote with India Black.

Use silver or white pigment ink to stamp onto the Wine panel, or emboss with white powder.
The small square of bubble wrap is attached with ATG tape. Stamp onto the plain side of the Stone panel.
There's plenty of silver metallic ribbon to wrap around the panels twice.
Stamp any greeting(s) within the clapboard image. 
The metal wing charms paired with the origami envelopes make a cute combination!
Pop in a movie and get started on your cards the moment your Club Stamp kit arrives. It'll make your day!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inspiration Three Ways

We all know that inspiration can come from any number of places. Today's batch of cards were inspired by three sources . . . Karen's cool background technique, Kay's clever cutapart tutorial, and Marya and Ann Marie's super simple August Card Sketch Challenge.

Let's get started!

1. Create the background. I used Gelato as suggested by Karen in her tutorial.

Oops!  I stamped the sentiment on my background upside down... stay tuned to see how I fixed my boo boo. 
2. Stamp sentiment onto card base.

Second try at a background with sentiment stamped right side up ;)
Tribal sentiment
3. Select a cutapart that coordinates with the Gelato background.

Artifacts cutaparts, Feb 2009

Distress the edges of the cutapart for added interest.
4. Create the card using the August Card Sketch as your inspiration.

5. Admire the finished card!

Remember my upside down sentiment?

Turn card base on its side, layer with another cutapart (to cover up said boo boo), and stamp with the Picnic sentiment. I stamped the Artifacts sunburst image on the background using the Gelatos misted with a bit of water.

Scribble Gelatos on an acrylic block and mist with water.  Press the stamp onto the block to load with color. 

BONUS: In the process of creating this card, I discovered another background technique!

I noticed the acrylic block had a neat pattern on it after I loaded my stamp.

I took a piece of plain white paper and pressed it into the colors.

Voila, another background!

Don't you love the simplicity of this month's sketch? The "white" space allows the background technique to take center stage.

Have fun with this technique triple-play!