This month I am very proud to be a Guest Designer for Inspired by Stamping. For awhile I’ve been wanting to try some plaid stamping, especially now that fall is upon us, so when I seen the “Background Basics Lines” stamp set to say I was excited would be an understatement. This stamp set is fantastic to have on hand for so many techniques. You can create a background of any kind, with any ink colors and attach any sentiment to create a card for literally every occasion. I know I will be using this set so often, and it’s already well loved as you’ll be able to tell by the staining in the video (by the way, because it stains, that lets me know it’s a HIGH QUALITY set!!) You can check out the video below to see how I used the “Background Basics Lines” and “Sending You” stamp sets from Inspired by Stamping to create a set of fun plaid cards. And some great news, I have a 20% off coupon code with the purchase of $20 or more (excludes clearance items)!!! It will be an active coupon until November 20, 2016, so make you scoop up the all the items you want while you get the discounted price!!! The coupon code is:
For a full picture tutorial head over to the “Inspired by Stamping Blog“. I will quickly fill you in on this card set with a ton of pictures!!
As stated above I used the “Basic Backgrounds: Lines” stamp set and dye inks for all the stamping. After cutting six panels that measured 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ I made a light pencil mark about 1 1/2″ from the top of the panels using my t square ruler. This would serve as a masking guide, meaning everything above that line I masked off with a bit of painter’s tape and a sheet of paper.
With my masking complete I started my stamping. If you want to see the full tutorial on the actual plaid stamping you can head to the Inspired by Stamping Blog to see the full picture tutorial, or you can watch the video for all the info!
A few tips though: Use Dye Ink for this technique. It blends between lines better and the wait time for drying is considerably less than other types of ink. Also, when using very solid stamps like this put a piece of fun foam, a mouse pad, anything with a bit of cushion underneath your stamping. It helps leave a more solid stamped impression. Finally, have fun! Remember, it’s just ink and paper! Experiment with colors and patterns and just play!
To finish off each of my cards I did exactly the same thing. I first adhered a thin strip of cardstock, each color coordinated with a color I used in my stamping, over the masked line with double sided adhesive. Above that line I stamped my sentiments using the “Sending You” sentiment set. Again, I used an ink that I had used in the stamping so it would coordinate with the card. Also, even though I stamped the “Sending” sentiment on each card I used a different ending sentiment. You can see the photos for all the different combinations I used!
Finally, I used double sided adhesive to adhere each panel to an A2 top folding white card base. I plan on using these card myself, but because I kept with the plaid theme, put each card together the same way and used the same sentiment set this would make an amazing gift set! All you need to do is put these cards, along with envelopes into a box (You can also add a nice pen and a few cute stamps as well!) tie a bow around it and you’re good to go!
I hope that I’ve inspired you to create some plaid stamping of your own, just in time for fall! As you can see, this plaid pattern stamping really will lend itself to any type of card you might be needing and it’s just really fun to do!! It’s almost addicting to see all the different kinds of patterns, color combinations, etc. you can come up with!
If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card set you can find them all on the Inspired by Stamping Blog, but I have linked both stamp sets I used below. Don’t forget to use the coupon code to for 20% off $20 or more (Clearance Excluded)!! Again the code is:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!!