When I bought the Elegantly Said Stamp Set it was definitely because of the sentiments. Not only did I like the words but the combination of scripts really stood out. I was also drawn to the large triangular-shaped decorative image and have had great fun trying out new ideas. Today’s project is the first in a set of three, a ‘clean and simple’ card.
My project began as I was experimenting with that large image from the Elegantly Said Stamp Set. I wanted to find different ways to use multiples of the image and this one was a bit of a no-brainer. I’d simply put four ‘triangles’ together to create a larger background. To help me though I decided to use my Stamparatus stamp positioning platform and a large piece of Thick Basic White Card. I thought it was 6″ x 6″, but in fact I found it in my ‘scraps’ and didn’t actually measure it properly. I still got the effect I wants but as the card wasn’t quite square I got a tiny bit of overlap on the stamping. It was a bit annoying but nothing that would effect my finished projects. But it was a lesson learned!
Anyway, to create the design I found the centre of the ‘square’ and divided it into four quarters. Next I placed the stamp rubber-side down in the top right quarter and closed the hinged platform to pick it up. After inking up the stamp with Tuxedo Black ink I stamped my image. Then I lifted the hinged plate and leaving the stamp in place I turned the card a quarter turn to the right. I reinked the stamp and added the second image to the card, and then repeated the turning and stamping twice more.
With the pattern complete I was ready to move on. So I placed three different dies from the Tasteful Labels Dies on the stamped area and cut them out. Two of the die-cut pieces were put aside for future projects while the largest one was kept for today’s card.
A DASH OF COLOUR
While I liked the black and white design I wanted to add a splash of colour and chose a light Just Jade Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. But instead of colouring the image I decided to colour the blank areas around the image. This really made the design stand out and that lead to more stamping using the large stamp and Tuxedo Black ink pad.
This time I needed more flexibility with the placement of the image so I mounted the stamp onto an acrylic block. Then I stamped parts of the image over a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Basic White Card. Next I repeated the process to fill the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. After that it was back to the light Just Jade Stampin’ Blends marker to colour in the background areas as before.
By this point I’d decided that my card base should be Thick Basic White Card. So I cut and scored the card using my Paper Trimmer, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the stamped strip down the right-hand edge. Then I added a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Just Jade Card as a border. Finally I glued the assembled layer inside the card.
At last I was ready to get started on the front of my card so it was back to the Elegantly Said Stamp Set for a sentiment. I chose “All the things you do are simply amazing” and stamped it onto some Thick Basic White Card with Tuxedo Black ink.
I could have left the sentiment as a simple layer with straight sides, but instead went back to the Tasteful Labels Dies. This time I chose a pretty scalloped circle with a stitched detail around the edge to compliment the detail on the other die-cut piece.
To ‘ground’ the die-cut pieces I first cut a 1″ x 3-1/4″ strip of Just Jade Card. This was glued across the card base towards the bottom. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the large stamped and coloured die-cut piece.
While working out exactly where to add the sentiment I thought it needed just a little something extra. So I cut some black twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After making a note of where the bottom of the sentiment was, I flipped it over and added a cluster of three Mini Glue Dots to the back. Then I created three small overlapping loops with the twine, using the Mini Glue Dots to hold them in place.
Once the twine was secure, I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and attached it to the card. With that my project was complete.
I really love how this turned out. Adding the colour to the background area of the stamped piece really makes it pop don’t you think?
For other projects using the Elegantly Said Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts
- Two colour flower with Elegantly Said
- Elegantly drawn, elegantly said
- Drybrush and blending brushes combined today
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Elegantly Said Stamp Set in a bundle with the Elegant Tag Punch (not used today). Using a single ‘bundle’ item number to order them meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.