Welcome, to another week of Casing the Catty hop, where we are focussing on the Needlepoint Nook suite – pages 38 – 41 of the Occassions catalogue. You may be starting here with me, or you may have hopped over from Kelly – either way, welcome!
So today is kind of a special day… 17 years ago today, I married my main man. So I wanted to see how I could make the Florentine Filigree bundle, on page 40, work for a guy. It’s always a challenge to make cards for our male folk, isn’t it? I love the two samples in the Occasions catalogue, particularly the one used as a stencil for embossing paste – I must try this. However, my inspiration came differently this time.
Next to the images showing stamp designs are two pieces of information explaining how they come and what you can do with them. The paper piecing technique came to mind. This is how my card turned out:
The colours and paper you choose always helps to define male or female oriented cards too. Here I opted for a Basic Black card base and used the awesome Champagne foil. I punched the Filigree die from a piece of the foil. The size of the die is a little shorter for our card sizes, so I just trimmed everything shorter. The width works fine.
I really like the Black and Champagne together but I wanted add some more colour. I decided on an ombre-ish colour scheme and went with Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. But then wanted a pop of colour and went with Cherry Cobbler.
I love how this set works and has been designed to work perfectly with the Stamparatus, using the hinge technique, as shown briefly on page 40. I used that technique, here is how I lined them up:
I cut my piece of Whisper White for stamping the same size as my die cut frame – 135mm x 105mm. This allowed me to line up the White behind the die cut, then I placed them down together on the stamparatus, using a layer of small grid paper underneath. I was able to use the grid as marker if I needed. I placed my stamps over the top of the die cut, fitting them into the grooves. I closed the plate over to pick up the stamp and specifically used the one with the vertical hinge, so I could stamp down the cardstock. I carefully removed the die cut element layer, leaving the Whisper White carstock and stamped two rows in both blue colours.
I repeated the aligned process with the “plus” shaped stamps, and stamped down the whole cardstock in black ink. Using the stamparatus this way, allowed the images to stamp in the correct positions to line up with the die, so I could punch them all out in one pass of the Big Shot. Yay!!
I repeated the alignment process and stamped some rows in Cherry Cobbler on another piece of Whisper White cardstock.
Once I had all my tiny die cut pieces in piles on my desk, the hard part in creating this card, was deciding which stamped pieces in which colour to piece in to the die cut frame and where!! The combinations are endless!
I settled on this arrangement. To finish, I stamped the large coordinating circle stamp in Cherry Cobbler, punched with a layering Circle framelit. I cut this in half, as it’s quite large and I wanted the paper piecing elements to stand out more on this card this time. Punching my sentiment from the Well Said bundle, I layered them over some of that gorgeous satin black ribbon. I finished off the card with some of those tiny Black rhinestones from the Facet Dots embellishement pack!
Next up on the hop is Sandra Collett.
After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, March 31.
Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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