Do you find yourself caught in a creative trap when working with stamp sets that have coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP)? I know I do. It’s like once I’ve seen the images in one colour palette I’m unable to un-see it. Then every time I use the stamps I gravitate to those same colours even if I’m not using the DSP. Today however I decided to be strong and try something completely different with the He’s All That Stamp Set. After a little play I ended up with this card.
If you’ve seen the He’s The Man Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) you’ll know that it’s mostly a combination of brown tones. So today I decided to try creating something using blues. I was actually inspired by a photo taken during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK. The photo was a close up of someone but her costume just reminded me of peacock feathers. So I used that nugget of an idea and set to work.
For the background layer on my card I began by cutting a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I took some Blending Brushes and began adding layers of ink. First I went over the whole piece with Bermuda Bay ink. I worked really quickly and even though the ink was a bit patchy I didn’t worry. Then I added a layer of Starry Sky ink. Once again I didn’t try to get an even coating as I wanted lighter and darker areas. Finally I went around the edges with Night of Navy ink to create a darker border.
I have to say that I immediately loved the effect created my the three colours and had to make that my coordinating feature. So I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and covered all but a 3/4″ strip on the right-hand side. Then I repeated the inking process over the visible strip. With that done I also used the same process to colour a strip along the bottom of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
Now because I’d used so much ink I knew it would take time to dry. Rather than wait, I speeded up the process using my Heat Tool set on 1 (low). This way I wouldn’t get inky fingers as I assembled the project.
HE’S ALL THAT
Before getting to the sentiment I decided to prepare everything else I needed. So next I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Night of Navy Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base. Finally I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the larger of my two inked layers to the inside.
For the front of the card I wanted the inked background layer to stand out so I glued that to a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then for some extra interest and shine I cut three 5″ pieces of Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon. After putting some Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back of the layered background I wrapped the ribbon around the centre to create three horizontal lines.
Only the sentiment remained, and for that I chose “To the man who does everything” from the He’s All That Stamp Set. First, using Starry Sky ink, I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut it out using my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine and the rectangular die from the All That Dies set.
With that done I fixed Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and mounted the sentiment to the background layer. Then with more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the assembled piece to the card base and my project was complete.
Note: the He’s All That Stamp Set also includes a “Wishing you a happy Father’s Day” sentiment which would be perfect on the inside of this card.
Oh my goodness, what a transformation! This hardly seems like the same stamp set, and I love it. I’ll definitely make more of an effort to use other stamp sets in colour schemes that differ from the coordinating DSP. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the He’s All That Stamp Set and coordinating All That Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. Buying the bundle saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links to both options below in case you want to explore these further.
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