Penney, one of my valued and appreciated regulars sent me a comment not too long ago thanking me for including step by step pictures for making a project, which made me think. Not everyone has the same level of experience and if the card looks too complicated a newer stamper may feel intimidated from the beginning and not even give the card a chance. So, I'm going to do my best to break my steps down and photograph them to assist.
It's like I used to explain to my employees before I got Medically Retired. I put a huge marshmallow elephant in front of you and tell you that you have to eat it all! The elephant is bigger than your car and your thinking "how in the world am i going to eat that whole elephant?!". It's so frustrating your sure your not going to make it so you don't put everything you have into it. Well, if you think of it in terms of pieces, a piece here, a piece there or a bite here, a bite there. Next thing you know, your halfway finished with the elephant because you focused on just a small piece at a time, not the whole thing. Make sense?
So, I have broken my card down into "pieces" PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LET ME KNOW IF THIS HELPS!
So, here we go:
|Here is the card in finished form:|
|I stamped the sentiment & then punched it out with the Word Window Punch.|
|I then took the punched out shape and inserted the end in the Tiny Tag Punch to make a longer tag.|
|I sponged the edges.|
|I punched a circle out in Early Espresso, folded it in half and adhered to a strip of Sahara Sand. Then with my Paper Piercing tool and my mat pack, I used the guide to create faux stitches|
|I pierced hole through the tag end and strung it with Linen Thread.|
|Wrapped ribbon around this piece and tied in a square knot.|
|I tied the linen thread and a matching piece of ribbon and then adhered it to the strip with a safety pin.|
|Adhered that strip to the end of the card to still leave room for the focal piece.|
|What the other side looks like (nobody will see this as it's covered)|
|Scrub scrub... clean that stamp.|
|Using my Embossing Buddy I rub it on the Round Tab punched piece to make sure there was no static or oils from my fingers.|
|Using versa mark I stamp the punched piece.|
|While the stamped image is still wet I cover it with white embossing powder and then flick it to shake off the excess.|
|I adhere the punched piece with staples on the mat for the focal point|
|Apply Dimensionals to the back of the shirt.|
To add additional value added to your projects, add a stamped sentiment or velum sentiment on the inside of your card and perhaps include a punched shape or stamped image or sticker that matches the theme on the outside.
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