September 9, 2011

Simple Stamping

Happy Friday!

It is all about “simply stamping” at the Penny Black Blog this week.

You can read the six quick steps for creating this card “here” on the Penny Black Blog.

Two tips that I would like to share with you for this card are:

1) Sometimes heavier ribbons, such as grosgrain, can be difficult to wrap around card panels, tie in a knot and obtain just the right tension.  One solution is to wrap the ribbon around the card panel and glue the ends on the front.  Then tie a separate piece of ribbon in a bow and glue it over the ends. 

If the ribbon being used is wide, sometimes the knot in the bow does not cover the width of the ribbon.  In this case, use the previous method and add a small bit of fishing line under the ribbon where the bow is to be placed.   Tie the fishing line in a knot to “cinch” the ribbon.  When the bow is glued on top of the “cinch”, it will appear that it was tied.

2) To achieve an even and straight edge along the bottoms of flower stems, place a mask created from a thin piece of copy paper or Eclipse Tape (repositionable masking tape) where the “base” of the stems are to be aligned. 

      Stamp the stems so a small portion overhangs onto the scrap paper/Eclipse Tape.  When you remove the mask, all the stems will be neatly aligned and level.

Don’t forget to look at your stamps from different angles!  You’ll notice the group of flowers with the large daisy from the Touch of Whimsy transparent set was turned upside-down to stamp the stems.  Individual flowers were then repeatedly stamped at the top of each stem.

Have a great weekend,

Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Fern Green 05-002
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Tea Leaves VersaMagic, Red Magic VersaMagic