It’s Monday! Not my usual response to the beginning of what I know will be a very busy week, but it’s going to be fun. My pre-order of new products from the Stampin’ Up! 2022/2023 Annual Catalogue arrived on Friday and I’ve been playing. This means that today I can start my sneak peek series leading right up until next Tuesday when the new catalogue finally goes live. Today’s project highlights a very interesting take on the Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) concept. I think there’ll be cheers all round.
Today’s project uses some of the new He’s The Man 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The colours used in the pack are Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand and Soft Succulent. There’s 10 double-sided sheets with a variety of patterns including a camping theme, one with cars and motorbikes, a BBQ theme and more. On the reverse are basic patterns that are great for backgrounds. Plus there’s two additional single-sided sheets, but more about that later.
Here’s the patterns on the ten double sided sheets…
I began my project with some Sahara Sand Card and the Tailor Made Tags Dies. From the die set I took the largest of the flat topped dies and cut out the tag base. Then I cut two oval hole reinforcements from scraps of Basic Black Card using the small die in the set.
Next, from the DSP pack I chose a small Sahara Sand and Basic Black diamond pattern. Then I used the bottom part of the large tag die to cut a piece about 1-3/4″ high. This gave me a piece that I knew was exactly the same width as the tag base with faux stitching on three sides. To add the stitching on the remaining side I simply turned the paper around so the bottom of the die could cut a little off that fourth side. This was an easy process as I lined up the stitching on the sides of the die and could feel it ‘lock’ into place. Now I just had to run it through my machine again.
Before putting away the large tag die I decided I should add some shine to my tag. So I used the bottom of the die to cut some Copper Foil Sheet. Then using the same process as before I added stitching to the top of the piece that ended up about 1/2″ high.
CHEERS TO NEW IDEAS
In next to no time I was ready to start putting my tag together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). I began by fixing the diamond patterned piece to the bottom of the tag base. Then up against the top edge of the DSP I glued the copper foil piece.
At the top of the tag I glued the two hole reinforcement pieces, one on each side. Then I cut 6″ of black twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After threading the twine through the hole I tied it in a simple knot.
That just left the “Cheers to all your years” sentiment to add. And this is where the innovation comes in… All I did was go back to the He’s The Man Specialty DSP and push out the printed sentiment piece from one of the two single-sided sheets. No punching or die-cutting required!
As I wanted to pop the sentiment up on Stampin’ Dimensionals I decided to first glue a little scrap card to the back, just to make it a little stiffer. Then with the Dimensionals attached I added the sentiment to the tag base and I was done. Just like that!
Oh my goodness, I love this paper, and especially the two sheets of die-cut pieces. They’re great for tags, cards, scrapbook pages, the list is endless. Stampin’ Up! have been coordinating some of their DSP with dies and punches for several years, but this really is a game-changer.
You’ll definitely be seeing more projects using the He’s The Man Specialty DSP from me in the future. In the meantime here’s the complete die-cut sheet from the pack – remember you get two of these…
Well that’s all from me for today, but I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for another sneak peek and a colourful thank you card.
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