Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Hand Stamped Greeting Card with Punch Art Pumpkins

Hi Stampers! I've shared a few hand-stamped cards recently from our team "shoebox swap" and today I have another one, designed by Doreen, with a fall theme and thankful sentiment. This one uses a few simple but clever techniques you can easily duplicate.

A common problem and a simple solution: Using dark card stock for the base of your card might require adding a layer INSIDE the card for stamping and/or writing your message. A great alternative is to create a trimmed down card and put the dark card stock BEHIND it.

Unique Greeting Card Design

For this card, we cut Very Vanilla card stock to measure 8" x 5-1/4", scored it at 4", then embossed the card front using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. After sponging on Soft Suede around the edges, the Very Vanilla card was attached to a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Garden Green card stock.

HIP TIP: Add variety to your dry embossing - Use the embossed side (raised) or flip it over to show off the debossed side. The look is slightly different, but great either way!

Creating "punch art" pumpkins is fun and easy with basic punches. For each pumpkin, punch three of the same size shape (circles or ovals), sponge around the edges for definition and texture, then place two pieces overlapped side by side with the third piece layered on the top. (For sponging, I used Pumpkin Pie, followed by just a touch of Soft Suede.)

Adhere a "stem" to the back created using the Word Window Punch. We tucked in a bit of greenery as well, created with the Little Leaves Sizzlet and the Big Shot.

Using Decorative Punches to Create Punch Art

Finally, for the greeting, the sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink, and cropped using the Decorative Label Punch. For a framed effect, we punched two more Decorative Label's - one Pumpkin Pie and one Garden Green. These were cut in half lengthwise, trimmed of the center tip and layered behind the sentiment.

If you haven't yet tried your hand at a little "punch art", this is a great place to start. Be sure to remember the sponging - you'll be really disappointed with the results without it!  Are you a "punch art" pro (or aspiring to be one)? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite "thing" to create using punch art. Inquiring minds want to know.

Have a great day, punkin'!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings (116511)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657), Pumpkin Pie (105216)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Very Vanilla (101650), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Soft Suede (115318)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Little Leaves Sizzlet Die (114511), Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (121809), Sponge Daubers (104430), 1" Circle Punch (119868), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Large Oval Punch (119855), Word Window Punch (119857), Decorative Label Punch (120907)

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