Sunday, June 12, 2011

Clear Block Card (6/11/11 Workshops)

This is a simple card that uses an acrylic clear mount stamp block to create a block of color.


Stamp Set:
* Charming (116519-w, set of 7, $19.95)

* Soft Suede card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" (115318, 24 sheets, $6.95)
* Naturals White card stock: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (101849, 40 sheets, $7.50)

* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (121030, $5.95)
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad (119670, $5.95)
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad (115657, $5.95)

* Size “B” Clear Block (117147, $5.95)
* SNAIL Adhesive (104332, $6.95; refills 104331, $4.50)

* Spray bottle filled with water


1. Score Soft Suede card stock ta 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Tear about 1/4" from all edges of Naturals White card stock; scrape edges across Soft Suede ink pad to apply color to edges.

3. Spritz Naturals White card stock with water; ink up Clear Block with Crumb Cake ink (just like you would apply ink to a stamp) and stamp block on wet card stock. Air dry or use heat tool to dry card stock.

4. When completely dry, use Early Espresso to stamp words over the left edge of the block of color (to make the image appear faded out, "stamp off" once before stamping on card stock -- that is, stamp on scratch paper once and then, without re-inking, stamp on card stock). Stamp flower and butterfly as shown (do not stamp off first).

5. Adhere Naturals White card stock to front of card.

This is a very basic card -- you can use it as is, or you could make several of them and set them aside until you're ready to use them. Then you can pull out a card and stamp a sentiment under the image, or add ribbon, or add other embellishments, to customize it for the occasion.

Oh, by the way . . . in the class I showed my folks the card I "boo-booed" on when I was experimenting with this technique. They all liked it so well, they opted to make that card instead! Here's a photo of it -- the only difference is that before spritzing the card stock with water, I stamped the clear block with Marina Mist ink. THEN I spritzed it and stamped the Crumb Cake ink over the Marina Mist. This version adds a touch of color to the card.


Cath ;D

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