While there’s lots of lovely new things in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue I try not to forget what I already have. As a crafter I always look at the way new things might complement existing tools and materials in my studio. The Buffalo Check background stamp was a bit of a no-brainer of course. A simple, classic check design that could be stamped in any number of colours. Today I paired the This Little Piggy Stamp Set with an interesting variation on the check pattern.
THIS LITTLE PIGGY
I love the look on the face of this little piggy and couldn’t resist using the image for today’s project.
I began by stamping the image complete with sentiment onto some Whisper White Card with StazOn Jet Black ink. Then I used a barely damp Aqua Painter to quickly colour the pig in Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand inks.
Next, to make the flower really stand out, I opted for Stampin’ Write Markers from the 2018-2020 In Color collection. I used Lovely Lipstick for the petals, Pineapple Punch for the flower centre and Call Me Clover for the leaf. Finally I drew a line over the blades of grass with the Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker.
BUFFALO CHECK TIMES TWO
I’d already decided to experiment with the Buffalo Check (background) Stamp and mounted it onto my Stamparatus to help me.
I began with a piece of Whisper White Card larger than my planned panel. Then I stamped the Buffalo Check image using Sahara Sand ink. Next I cleaned the stamp on the Stamparatus but left it where it was. To create the new pattern it was the Whisper White Card that was moved, about 1/4″ down and to the left. Then I stamped the Buffalo Check image using Blushing Bride ink.
With the stamping complete I could trim the stamped layer to the size I wanted and start assembling my project.
CARD BASE AND LAYERS
For my card base I cut and scored a piece of Sahara Sand Card using my Stampin’ Trimmer. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I covered the front of the card with a piece from the Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.
More liquid glue was used to fix the two stamped pieces to layers of Sahara Sand Card. Then two lengths of Linen Thread were wrapped around the check layers and tied in a simple bow.
Finally the assembled check layer was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, followed by the happy pig layer. Almost there.
Going back to the Wood Textures DSP I attached a narrow strip to the top of a layer of Whisper White Card with liquid glue. This piece was then fixed inside the card base.
All that was left was the Whisper White Medium Envelope. Using more liquid glue I attached a piece of the same Wood Textures DSP to the flap. Paper Snips were then used to cut the DSP to shape and I was done.
There’s so many lovely images in the This Little Piggy Stamp Set. Here’s some links to other project I’ve created with it.
WATCH THIS SPACE
I love my Stamparatus, not least because I no longer have to struggle with an enormous block for my background stamps. If you have issues gripping things or pain in your wrists and fingers, you’ll understand.
There are lots of other reasons I why wouldn’t be without this amazing stamp platform and more are coming!
Make sure you check back early next week for news from Stampin’ Up! regarding new accessories for the Stamparatus. I have no idea what’s in store, so we both have something exciting to look forward to. All I do know is that Stampin’ Up! have told Demonstrators to expect an announcement on September 17th. I’ll pass on the information straight away on my Facebook page, and on the next blog post following the announcement. Watch this space…