Before I begin my Technique Tuesday tutorial, I wanted to express my gratitude for the incredible outpouring of congratulations and support I have received from so many of you over the past few days! There were many e-mails, PM's and comments from those I knew, and also from the 4 people who signed up for the Feedblitz subscription!! I read every message and beam with warmth. WOW you are all so cool. It is so heartwarming to hear from each of you and also so wonderful to be able to share my excitement, my artwork and most of all, my thanks.
This month Stampin' Up! is having their "Free Wheelin" promotion. When you purchase any one of the six selected stamp sets featured in this promotion, you will get the matching Jumbo Wheel Free! You can learn more about it here.
Each month I choose a Stampin' Up! product as my Feature Product. This month I am will be featuring Stampin' Around Wheels! So in addition to the free wheels above, all wheels, handles and ink cartridges are on special this month, only through me. My Technique Tuesday tutorials during the month of April will feature Stampin' Around Wheels. As well, throughout the month of April, you can expect to see lots of projects on my blog featuring wheels, and I will be demonstrating them during all my April workshops. I have 2 hostess opportunities in late April. If you haven't booked your workshop, contact me today!
Here is the special for April:
- 10% off any Stampin' Around Wheel small or jumbo, ink cartridges and handles
- My hostesses in April will receive 20% Off!
Roll with the Punches...I Dare You
The technique you are about to see is an original idea (gosh I really think it is)!!! You know I didn't think I had any of those, so it must be true what they say about age and wisdom. I know these gray hairs must be worth something! I could hardly sleep last night imagining the possibilities, and today I spent way too much time exploring them instead of staging the tutorial. However, on the upside, I have three samples to share with you...so that's gotta be worth something too!
Wheel, handle & ink cartridge
Punches...I'm using circles, but you'll see some other punches too!
Copy paper sized 3" x whatever...I used 8 1/2, but you can cut it card size too!
You can punch randomly or create a symmetrical pattern.
If you find a punch does not reach in, just fold in the scored edge and punch it too. It won't make any difference.
It will really depend on your project and your punches.
Here, I have cut my paper down to a border size, but you can do it on any size.
I use the scored edges to line up evenly if my paper is larger than my template. You could also do a diagonal waterfall effect.
When you are done you can remove the template.
However, if you are going to sponge, to get the effect in the banner above, then I recommend that you use your 2 Way glue pen the second way...that is put it on the back of your template, let it dry, then it will be tacky. You will not remove it at this point...you will
For this demonstration, I chose to outline the circles in the same colour of marker to give them definition. I did try this using the template, but found it wasn't sturdy enough, and my circles were warbly, or my pen slipped.
OK, I told you I played a lot today, so I'm going to share some of my first attempts then the cards.
Unfortunately, I did my first attempts on scrap copy paper, and despite the fact they turned out awesome, I can't really use them on a card.
Now here are a few more that I did, this time I tried the star punch:
OK, now for the finished product. And I am not going to go into details, but if anyone has any questions, please contact me. I will also be posting them on Splitcoast Stampers in my gallery "Scrapnextras" so I will list all the products there. And stay tuned for a DARE right after the cards!!!
I worked with SCS Sketch Challenge #170 for this card, and I really like the way it turned out!
This is the card I referred to when I talked about sponging. Here, instead of outlining the circles, I took my sponge and sponged around the edge of the circle, trying to leave some white. That is very hard to do with the smaller circles, but I still think it looks pretty neat. The little "strings" were done with a silver gel pen and a clear ruler so I could line them up evenly parallel to one another. Sorry for the poor picture. I don't know why, but my camera seems to have major issues when I choose an all white card. I really tweaked this in Photoshop, and this is as good as it gets. All these photos were taken at the same time, but the all white one goes weird on me. If you know why...please enlighten me!
Again I worked with the sketch challenge...it's just a little faster, and the sketch worked awesome for a border like this!! On this card I really wanted the circles to POP, so I added a little Old Olive by colouring and making some dots in the circles. I also drew a double line border, purposely stopping and starting at the circle edges which gives them some depth.
OK, now I dare you!
This was really a simple technique, so now I want to see what you can do. So I DARE YOU to create a card using this technique. If you do, link it up through the comments section so we can all see it. If you upload to Splitcoast, then use the keyword XTRAS1...you'll see mine there shortly.
Well I am exhausted. I have to say these brain waves are hard on a girl. Darn Gray hairs. Well, I'm not going to spend too much time worrying about that. I have a hair appointment next Tuesday for a cut and colour. I think I will enjoy being blonde again. I was getting too smart for my own good anyway.
Have a wonderful evening, and thanks again for all the support and encouragement!! You are amazing!