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January 2009

Texturz Backgrounds with the Big Shot

Texturz Backgrounds 

This is what it looks like out my backdoor today.  You can't see it in the picture, but the crabapple tree is still loaded with red crabapples.  Against the black & white winter landscape, it's absolutely beautiful. This backyard scene also inspired this elegant thank you card.

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Black & White with a light accent, beautiful

Notice also the texture in this card.  Mr. Brown brought my new texturz Backgrounds to use with my Big Shot. The hearts are also punched from textured Pink Pirouette card stock.

Seriously, back to the background.  I couldn't believe how easy it was to create this beautiful backdrop.

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Now that's dry embossing simplified. Would you like to see how I did it?

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The multipurpose platform that comes with the Big Shot makes it easy to figure out how to layer with the various dies. The picture on the bottom right shows the correct layers for using the texturz Backgrounds.  Starting from the bottom: multipurpose platform, texture plate, card stock, silicone rubber, Impressions Pad.  I did find through trial and error that I got a deeper etched background if I included two or three extra pieces of card stock above the impressions pad for extra thickness. The card stock remains unharmed, so that it can be used again.

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This is difficult to picture, because I was both the machine operator and the photographer.  But, you get the point.


Stamps: Cute & curly page 185, Holidays & Wishes page 33

Card Stock: Whisper white, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette textured

Ink: Jet Black Stazon

Accessories: Curly Label punch page 185, full heart punch page 184-185, heart to heart punch pages 184-185, Texturz Impressions Pad page 193, Texturz Silicone Rubber page 193, Big Shot die-cut machine with multipurpose platform page 193, Stampin' UP! Backgrounds 1 page 203 (six unique backgrounds are included in set.), black gingham ribbon page 179.

Let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial. What turtorials would you like to see in the future?

Have a fabulous day,


Inspiration from Templates

I'm often asked where I get my ideas for projects. Two great sources of inspiration are the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog and the Stampin' Success (monthly magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators).  There are literally hundreds of project ideas available in these resources.

Sometimes I use ideas as a jumping off point, sometimes I case them exactly, and sometimes I use the basic template. Today, I used the basic template, but changed the stamps. You can also change the color scheme, which is what I intended to do.  I decided to use the colors in the Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP on page 158, and realized that they were the same colors used in card from which I drew the template. 

The card below  is an example of using a template and making it your own.  the template that I used was from page 111 of the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog.


The punch queen was at it again, as you can see by all the punches used in this card.


Stamps: Just Buzzin' By

Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Sahara Sand

Ink: Ruby Red, Jet Black Stazon

Accessories: Scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-1/4" Square punch, scallop square punch, My Way punch, watercolor wonder crayons, blender pens, So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

Did you find this mini tutorial helpful? If so, let me know. What future tutorials that you would like to see?

Have a fabulous day,


Masking Tutorial

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Have you ever wondered to overlap stamped images without the extra lines.  This congratulations card is a good example of masking.

I wanted happy card to congratulate our friends Rhoda & Tim on the birth of their grandson.  What could be happier than the bear from Under the Stars.


Stamps: Under the Stars, Cute & Cuddly (Stamped frame), Wonderful Favorites (grandson), Congrats

Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Confetti White

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Ruby Red, Jet Black Stazon

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, curly label punch, stampin' dimensions, watercolor wonder crayons, blender pens, post it note

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Stamp your first image. In this case, it was the bear on the bottom left corner.

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Next, place your stamped and trimmed post it image over first stamped image.

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Stamp your next image, overlapping the first.

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Remove post it note and repeat process as many times as neccesary for desired results.

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on masking. Leave a comment to let me know if you found this tutorial useful, and to suggest future tutorials.

Have a fabulous day,