Spring Smooches

My friend Darrah saw my Spring Fold card and tweaked the measurements so it was more manageable and user friendly.  She’s amazing.  I thought this was a fabulous idea, so I made one from the Bright Blossoms stamp set and Summer Smooches designer series paper.  Since it’s spring, these are really “Spring Smooches!”

I reduced my measurements so that I ended up with a 3″ x 3″ card.  You start with a 6″ x 3″ piece and score at 3″  and 4-1/2″ along the 6″ side.  You can get three of these out of a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, or 8 from a 12″x12″ piece.

Here’s the card before it’s sprung.

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Stamps:  Charming, Kindness Matters, Bright Blossoms; Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight classic; Jet Black StazOn; Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White card stock; Summer Smooches designer series paper; Other:  Scallop Square punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, stampin’ dimensionals, Simply Scored scoring tool and diagonal insert, basic jewels – rhinestones; masking tape, acrylic paint

Instead of using markers to ink the stamp and adding flowers with the markers, I stamped the whole thing in Old Olive, then added itty bitty flowers with a punch.  Here’s what I love though!

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I read an article on making your own tape, so, of course, I had to try it.  You’re supposed to use artist’s tape, but the store I was in only had colored artist’s tape and masking tape, so I just used the masking tape I had at home.  It also suggested fancy ink, but I wanted to keep it kind of close to Stampin’ Up!® products – or at least use things we don’t have in the catalog.

To prepare, lay the masking tape in strips on waxed paper.  For my first try, I inked the tape with craft ink, then heated it and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  It didn’t dry, so when you stamp on it, it actually lifts the ink off the tape.  Pretty, but not what I was going for.  So I clear embossed the tape, then stamped in StazOn.  It’s ok, but I wasn’t really thrilled.

For my second try, I used watered down acrylic paint, let it dry and then stamped.  I really liked the way that looked, so that’s what I used on the card.  It would look better, of course, if I could use a longer section of tape – like on a scrapbook page.  But I couldn’t wait to use it.

With the Simply Scored tool and diagonal insert, you can make an envelope to match the card!  Don’t forget the Summer Smooches will only be available this month.  Then everything except the fabric brads and stencil will be back in June.  But you can get a jump on your summer projects now!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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