Jul 10 2010
Today’s Stamp Simply Saturday HOP will feature some of our favorite Go-to Layouts. We all have them and a few of the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store DT girls and I would like to share ours with you. Take a look at my completed cards first, then we’ll back track:
All three cards have the exact same base, which is my favorite Go-to Layout that I use time and time again. In fact, please don’t scroll back and check because sometimes I feel it’s the ONLY layout I use! LOL!!!! Here’s how I start:
It’s a top fold card, A2 sized. Cut paper 11 x 4.25″ and score at 5.5″. Select 2 coordinating designer papers. The top piece is adhered first — it is cut 4″ high. The bottom piece is 2″ high. Cut a solid strip of cardstock 3/4″ wide and adhere it to the back of the DP piece as shown. For lack of better terminology I refer to this as my strip of piping (a sewing term). I like the crisp separation it makes between the 2 designer papers.
TIP: People always ask me how I cut things so exact that they fit so perfectly. Well, in this case, I don’t. My top piece of DP was cut 4″ high, but it was left the full 6″ wide as the sheet came. Tape is adhered to the card base, the patterned paper is placed on top, lining up the top and left edges, THEN I go to the paper cutter and cut off the excess on the right side. You can see what I mean on the 2″ bottom piece that is not yet adhered. I’ll adhere it as shown, then chop off the excess that’ll be hanging off on the right side. Easy, peasy and perfect results EVERY time!
This is the trio of card bases I made. I LOVE to make these bases. Sometimes when I feel I *should* be doing some stamping, but don’t feel overly creative or a little on the tired side, I just make up some bases like this. They are so easy to do and SO nice to have on hand when you need to whip up a fast card!!! All papers used on this post are from the Webster’s Pages 6×6 Combo Pack – Lullaby Lane/Lifes’ Portrait - $5.95. LOVELY papers! They can be seen here along with other papers I carry.
Adding sentiments is my next step. Ink used is my FAV for crisp images – VersaFine Onyx Black. All sentiments are from clear sets by Wordsworth and all cutting is with Spellbinders dies. Happy Birthday is from Everyday Greetings, cut with Fancy Tags. The quote by Mother Teresa is from Women’s Collection, cut with Labels Four Nesties. Congratulations is from Rose Border, cut with Fancy Tags. Kaiser Pearls in Blush were added to all sentiment die cuts.
And my last step is to trim them all up with some Silk Ribbon. All bows are made on the Bow Easy. And after the ribbon was added I went back and added Vintage Dies by Cuttlebug to two of the cards — just because they needed it!
Quite simple, as you can see. This beautiful paper begs to be seen, meaning we can create very simple cards, letting the paper shine through and do much of the work for us. Gotta love that!
This silk ribbon is Champagne and the Kaiser Pearls added to the Fancy Tag die cut add a little class.
I’ve really been enjoying this quote by Mother Teresa, making for a versatile card. Again, once the card base is made, not much work to this one either. This is white silk ribbon.
On this one I used the Webster’s Pages Bloomers Fabric Flowers that I have become so addicted to! They are adhered with a strip of Scor-Tape. If you’ve been following my posts of recent, you may remember 2 other cards with these peachy colored Bloomers on them. They all came from the same strip. I have one single rose left to use from this strip. Each strip on the card is 18″ long and even with my very liberal use of the Bloomers I got 4 cards out of this one strip. There are 5 strips per card.
As I said above, the Vintage Die addition was an afterthought. Once I thought I was done, it just needed it. Well, once the photos were all taken and done, I then realized that the Vintage Die cut needed pearls — so all other photos show it without pearls, but I went back and snapped this shot once the pearls were added. If only I knew what I was doing as I make these cards — LOL!!! — they just kind of evolve as I go — I am NOT a plan it totally ahead of time stamper — I just go with the flow and see what happens.
I just wanted to add a little silk under the Bloomers, so I made a bow of the 1/4″ Champagne Silk on the Bow Easy. A pearl trims up the center knot. And that’s about it for this project today!
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