Hi Stampers. Welcome to our Pals Blog Hop, May 2018. This month we’ll be “Stepping Up with Textures or Techniques.” What’s that? Projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. Who knows, maybe both! Join us in the fun while we inspire you to “step up” your creations.
You may be starting the hop here or you may be coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
For my project, I used a technique (impossible card / fancy fold) and texture (embossing paste). I’m in love with the Magical Day stamp set and am sad that it’s being retired. I will be keeping mine and making many more projects with it!
This card is a card stock saver. The Basic Gray card base is only 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 2 1/8″ down the long middle. Next, I cut 1″ from each side, up to the fold line on 1/2 of the card. On the other side of the fold, I cut up the middle at 2 3/4″ to the score line. (See the template below.) Then you just twist the card, so one of the one inch strips is in front and one is in back.
I cut Smokey Slate CS to layer over the top by cutting a rectangle, 4″ x 2 1/2″ and scoring across the short side at 2″. I then cut down, 3/4″ from the edge to the score line. This left me with a sort of L shaped piece of card stock For the center (pop up) piece, I cut a layer of Smokey CS both cut to 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″. On the bottom front is a strip that keeps the card stable. This consists of a 5 1/2″ x 1″ strip of Basic Gray CS and a 5 1/2″ x 3/4″ strip of Smoky Slate CS.
I created the bricks with Stampin’ Up! embossing paste. I put some on my silicone mat and then mixed in some Basic Gray reinker and mixed well with the palette knife and pushed it all in the corner. Next I placed the Smoky Slate pieces on the silicone mat with the bricks mask over the top (from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks). Using the a palette knife, I spread a layer over the top, scrapping off all excess, so the bricks were level with the top of the mask. Then I gently removed the mask and set the piece aside to dry (it drys quickly – 5 min??) before gluing them onto the card.
Across the top of the center piece I added a 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ strip of Basic Gray CS. I scored down the middle (long ways) and made a cut every 1/2″ down to the score line and cut out every other piece to make the top of the castle. I layered the two 5 1/2″ strips together and attached it to the card on each side (be sure not to put adhesive in the section that goes over the blank spot).
The sentiment, from the Magical Day stamp set, was stamped in Island Indigo ink onto a scrap of Whisper White CS and Rich Razzleberry ink was sponged on the edges with a sponge dauber. It was then attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the dragon and knights from the Magical Day stamp set onto scraps of Whisper White CS and cut them out with the Magical Mates framelit dies on my big shot. They were then colored with the Stampin’ Blends. I then placed these onto the card with mini glue dots. This card will then fit into a medium envelope.
To see more retiring products (some of which have huge discounts) you can visit my online store in the Last Chance Products section. The nice thing about going directly to the store is that it has photos AND it is continually updated as things sell out. Remember that stamp sets are available until May 25th, but everything else retiring is already “while supplies last” and some things have already sold out!
I hope you love this card and use the template to make one of your own.
Now it’s time to see how the rest of the Pals are Stepping up with Textures or Techniques. Please use the Blog Hop Line-Up below to move from blog to blog. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.
Mark your calendars for June 13, 2018 where we feature projects for Babies, Birthdays and Brides. You’ll probably even see products from Stampin’ Up!s new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. Don’t miss it!
Blog Hop Line-up:
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
- Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
- Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Leah O’Brien at Stamp by the Bay
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Pamela Sadler at Paris in the Spring
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
- Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
- Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
- Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity