My process for designing new projects varies. Sometimes I just sit and start creating something with no real idea where I will end up. Other times I have a definite plan and everything comes together just as I had imagined it would. Today’s project however didn’t go quite so smoothly. You see I’d planned to use the Elephant Parade Stamp Set along with the coordinating Elephant Dies. But I ended up ditching the dies in favour of fussy cutting with Paper Snips. All because of the colouring technique I’d used.
Everything started off fine. Using Basic Gray ink I stamped the sitting elephant onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card. Then using a Blending Brush I added a light layer of Basic Gray ink over the whole image.
I’d already decided this little guy would adorn a Post-It® Note pad and the Elephant Stamp Set had the perfect sentiment. Well almost perfect. Using Basic Gray ink once again I stamped “I’ll never forget your kindness” onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card. Then I used my Paper Snips to cut around just the “I’ll never forget” part.
All I had to do now was use the coordinating die to cut out the little elephant and I was ready to move on.
I wanted to create a little scene, so from the Splendid Day 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) I found a subtle leafy design. I cut a 3″ x 3″ piece and placed the elephant on top. But he looked like he was floating so I grabbed a 5/8″ strip of Soft Sea Foam Card to create some ‘ground’. Next, instead of cutting a gentle curve I repeatedly cut into one long edge to create ‘grass”. Then I trimmed the strip to 3″ wide and fixed to the bottom of the DSP using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
However when I went to attach the elephant I didn’t like the area around the die-cut piece which now looked a dirty gray. So I picked up the Paper Snips and trimmed close to the stamped outline. That was much better and so I added him to the scene using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
POST-IT NOTES COVER
Now all I needed was to create the cover for the 3″ x 3″ Post-It Notes pad.
I began by cutting a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Soft Sea Foam Card (although it actually could have been a little shorter). Then with the long side at the top I scored it at 3-1/4″ and 3-3/4″. Next I folded it along the scored lines and sharpened the creases really well with a Bone Folder. With that done I wrapped the card around the top of the Post-It Notes Pad and glued it to the back.
Keeping with my simple colour scheme I cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Basic Gray Card. Then I glued the wrapped Post-It Notes pad on top.
Next I cut a 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ piece of Basic Gray Card and mounted my little scene onto that before adding it to the top of the pad.
Finally I attached the sentiment with pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals and my sweet project was complete.
You know the little border around the stamped image normally doesn’t bother me. In fact often I like that white area. But today it just looked so wrong, probably because it was grey. Oh well, like most crafting issues there’s always a way to work it out, don’t you think?
For a couple projects where I actually used the coordinating dies, see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Elephant Parade Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating (but not used today) Elephant Dies (I still don’t like that name!). Buying them using the single “bundle” item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. For this reason I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.