The other day I got a new stamp and die set from Hero Arts 2016 Winter Catalog. I’ve enjoyed putting a card together this week, loving the red and green hues I used on white. While planning my layout, I noticed a new set of stamps I was blessed to win recently in a blog candy prize from Simon Says Stamp, laying in a stack of to-do items beside my craft mat. Picking it up, then looking at the stamp set I was currently stamping, I was happy to see that the stamps matched. What a pleasant surprise! Here’s the two sets. The Coffee Cup Tags are the stamps I bought. The Holiday Petals and Leaves are the stamps I won.
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags and Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts – sold together or separately https://heroarts.com/?s=coffee+cup&post_type=product
Hero Arts Holiday Petals and Leaves https://heroarts.com/shop-sidebar/cl787-holiday-petals-and-leaves/
And here’s the card I made. I’m working on an ATC for my friend, Patz. I’ll show it to you when I finish it.
General Things You Need to Make This Card
- paper trimmer
- ruler – My favorite is my sewing ruler. It is a small metal ruler with a gauge to set the length.
- double-sided tape
- toothpick – Use this to clean up the Nuvo Crystal Drops if you use them. A toothpick is also good to have to put a minute speck of Nuvo Drops on the image, such as the green specks inside the poinsettia.
Things That Are Nice to Have
- MISTI Stamping Tool – If not, use an acrylic block or stamp press.
- Provocraft Cuttlebug Die-Cut & Emboss Machine – If not, use scissors to cut out the images or the die-cut machine you may have. If you don’t have an embossing machine to dry emboss the card front, use a plain white background or glue narrow white strips of cardstock to the white card front to add texture and interest.
- Martha Stewart Score Board with a Bone Folder – If you don’t have this, fold the card in half and then run the smooth side of a butter knife or a ruler along the fold line to press it down. Make sure there is no pencil or ink on the edge of the ruler before using it.
- Computer and Printer – I used this to write my sentiments. If you can’t do this, stamp individual letters to make the words, if you have them, or hand write the sentiment.
The Paper, Ink and Markers I Used
- 80# Neenah Solar White Cardstock, 5 1/4 x 4 inches for card front, plus extra for stamping and printing.
- Bazzill Red Hots Cardstock, cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, folded in half to make a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card
- Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Lipstick Red
- Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Midnight Green – I noticed that this is about the same hue as Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Pine Needles.
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Antique Linen – Use a finger dauber to go around the edges of the sentiments.
- Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Florida Green – Color veins of holly leaves.
- Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Carmine Red – Color the holly berries.
- Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel, White – Use this to cover up any specks of unwanted colors on the card front.
Other Items Specific to This Card
- Crafter’s Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen – You could use instead, Zig Wink of Stella on the holly leaves and single poinsettia.
- Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Red Berry Gloss – Use on the holly berries. If you don’t have this, you could use Glossy Accents, Ranger Stickles or stick-on gems.
- Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Woodland Green
- Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, White
- Drinking Straw – Run the green ink pad over a white scrap of cardstock. Let this dry. Trim off a 1/8 inch strip.
TIP: When adhering an embossed panel to a card front, strong adhesive is needed. I’ve even been told to use a little liquid glue and not a tape runner for this. However, I’ve found that a strong tape runner adhesive works very well. My main go-to runner adhesive is Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape. On this particular card, I used Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, because it certainly will stay together and not fall apart. This tape is a challenge to use. You have to hold the container upright at a 90 degree angle and lift up to break the tape away from the paper. When adhering small items, I don’t want the tape to stick out the sides of the images, so I use Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive. This tape does not seal as tightly as the other two tapes mentioned.
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