Using a Wreath Builder Template WITHOUT a Stamp Positioner

Using a Wreath Builder Template WITHOUT a Stamp Positioner

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Making wreaths is easy with a template from Gina K Designs.  (HERE is a video showing how to use this tool.)

While it is easiest to use a wreath builder template with a stamp positioner (like the MISTI), it is possible to create wreaths and other circular patterns without one and still achieve the same result.  Anything that has (2) raised sides at a 90 degree angle (like a shoe box top, a cookie sheet, a frame, a Stamp-a-ma-jig, etc.) and a large, rectangular acrylic (or wood) block will work.

Here’s how to do it using a photo box lid:

  1. Place your template in the corner of the box top.  (Once in place, the template cannot move.  Use tape to secure in place if desired.)  Place your card panel in the template in the square orientation (not diagonal/diamond orientation) to begin.  Place your first stamp on the card panel as desired.  (Place the stamp closer to the edge for a larger wreath or closer to the center for a smaller wreath.)

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2.  With your acrylic block squared/wedged in the corner of the box top, carefully lower the block to pick up the stamp.  It is important to keep the two sides of the block touching/wedged in the corner/two sides of the lid.

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3.  Remove the acrylic block with the stamp, and ink it up as desired.

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4.  With your acrylic block and inked stamp squared/wedged in the corner of the box top, carefully lower the block onto the card panel to stamp the image.  (Again, it is important to keep the two sides of the block touching/wedged in the corner/two sides of the lid as it was when you first picked up the stamp.)

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5.  Lift/remove the block. Rotate the card panel into the next position on the template.  (It’s now in the diamond orientation.)

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6.  Ink up the stamp again, and repeat the stamping.

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7.  Continue rotating the panel (now in the square orientation) and stamping the image…

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…until you’ve done it 8 times in each of the positions on the template.

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8.  Remove the stamp from the block, add another stamp, and continue adding images to your panel as desired.  (Always start in square orientation when adding another stamp.)

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As I said, it is easier to use a stamp positioner, but if you don’t have one, you can still create beautiful wreaths with a wreath builder template.

(The stamps used to create the wreath on the card above are from the “Wildflower Garden” stamp set from Altenew.)

Thanks for checking out my tutorial.

 

CAS Silver Embossed Hanukkah Card

CAS Silver Embossed Hanukkah Card

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This clean and simple (cas) card features stamps from the “Seasonal Sentiments” set by Gina K Designs and the “Festival of Lights” mini set by Papertrey Ink.  Both were stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K Silver fine detail embossing powder.  The star was stamped/embossed on a separate scrap of card stock and fussy cut since I was having trouble centering it perfectly when I tried to stamp it directly onto the card front. (User error I’m sure!)  The card stock was Gina K In the Navy and white.

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

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This gold and white card features the “Small Madison Window” die (style #816) by Poppystamps, inc.  I cut and layered 4 of them to make the white window stand out against the white background.

I used my score board and a ball stylus to create the lines on the background panel.  (The lines are a touch thicker when made with the stylus than with the bone folder.)

The tree in the window, the greeting, and the mat were all heat embossed with Gina K fine detail gold embossing powder.  The tree is part of the Penny Black “Wonder Collection” stamp set that was a free gift with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 113) from September 2014.  (The tree is called “A Splash of Winter” which is also available by itself.)  I used the “direct to paper” technique with a varsamark ink pad and the embossing powder to make the visible edges of the mat panel gold.  The tree was stamped/embossed on a piece of card stock from the Recollections Shimmer Silver and Champagne Card Stock pack from Michaels.

Here’s a view better showing the shine…

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Thanks for checking out my card project!

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Multi-Layer Emboss Resist Sympathy Card

Multi-Layer Emboss Resist Sympathy Card

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This card was inspired by the technique shown in this video.  I love how the background words “fade in and out” across the panel under areas of lighter and heavier sponged ink and behind the solid, embossed images.

To achieve this look, I started by repeatedly stamping a greeting on the white background panel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Then, I stamped the leaves with versamark ink, added clear embossing powder, and heat set them.  Once cooled, I sponged Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink (with varying pressure) over the embossed leaf images and around the edges of the panel.  The embossed areas resisted the ink allowing the stamped background words to show through.  Sponging over these leaves also caused the area around the leaves to be highlighted.

I spritzed the background panel with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.

I stamped the greeting on a small, white panel.  I then masked the area over my greeting with a torn piece of a post-it note and sponged and spritzed that as well.

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Safari Birthday Box Card with Tutorial

Safari Birthday Box Card with Tutorial

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I really like box cards because they have so much dimension for displaying, but they fold flat for mailing.  They are even better when you have adorable images to work with!  (I’ve included a tutorial at the end of this post for creating the box card base.)

The stamp set is called “Safari Friends” and was included (a free gift) in the April 2017 issue of Papercraft Essentials magazine (issue 145).  (I was lucky enough to find this set on ebay.)

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I created cut files for the images with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine, stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them with Bic Alcohol Markers.  I also used a few colored pencils for the boy’s and girl’s skin.

The patterned paper I used to decorate the box is from a digital set called “Zoo Visit” by Scrapbook Gems and was purchased on Etsy.  There is room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.

This card is 5 x 7 inches when folded flat and easily fits in a regular envelope for mailing.

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This card was a lot of fun to make!

If interested in seeing how to make a box card… Continue reading