Friday, April 26, 2013

Tips & Tricks - Colour Coach

Having the extensive colour palette that Stampin' Up!® has all sorted into colour families really helps with colour matching.  

Here's a card that I cased from Samantha from Blissful Domesticity.


I chose Rose Red as my card base and then worked from there.  When you want three coordinating colours or just a monochrome look (dynamic duo) there is no quicker way than to use the Color Coach (120148).

It contains all of Stampin' Up!®'s current 50 colours, you could probably sneak in cards for retired in colours as well if you have them, held on a large screw so can flick through and put colours side by side to see if they work together.  So much easier than hunting through files of different coloured cardstock.

Or even quicker you could do what I did. I found the card for 'Rose Red' and turned it over showing the combinations that the Stampin' Up!® team like best.  I matched the 'Rose Red' circles with it's dynamic duo 'Regal Rose' and then chose 'Elegant Eggplant' and 'Baja Breeze' as my other two flower colours.  Turning to the 'Elegant Eggplant' card I chose to use it's dymanic duo 'Perfect Plum' to complete the purple flower.  For the 'Baja Breeze' flower I had some 'Tempting Turquoise' scraps that I wanted to use up so didn't check the coach for that combination.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Tips & Tricks - Embossing Whisper White Cardstock

I love using Textured Impressions Embossing folders to add texture and remove the look of empty white space, fantastic!

But there are some embossing folders with heavily textured surfaces such as this one 'Woodgrain' that you need to take a bit of care with.

To emboss Stampin' Up!® cardstock like the calypso coral piece here I use the Multi Purpose platform on no tabs instead of tab one to stop the cardstock tearing.

However that didn't work with the softer whisper white cardstock.  It didn't look quite that bad when first embossed. I have to admit to pushing the tears up a bit to make them show better in the photo.

To stop the tearing I stuck a piece of 'Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet' to the back of the cardstock before embossing.  While you can see that the texture has been roughened a bit the adhesive sheet has held the cardstock together while embossing.  It also has the bonus of forming a tight bond with whatever base you are planning on sticking the embossed piece to.  Sometimes tricky with a heavily textured surface.

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (120805) come in a pack of 12 12"x12" sheets for $31.95.  They are a tacky adhesive and dry clear so able to be used with vellum and even acetate.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tips & Tricks - An Easy Way to Add a Tag to Tied Ribbon

I've been adding Tips & Tricks every Friday on my main blog.  It made sense to me to also put them here where they'll be easier to find it you're looking for a specific one.

Here's the first in no particular order.

This is a gift of 'thinking of you' cards that I put together as a thank you gift for an awesome Family/Band camp that I went on two weeks ago with my family.
When I'm adding a tag to something flat like this I don't won't it sticking up as sometimes happens when you thread the ribbon through it.  So I've added some adhesive to the tag and stuck it to the cellophane bag.