Do you believe it’s been a month since Christmas?!
Do you believe that I have been so lax, that I haven’t made or written my Christmas thank you’s yet?!
What an ungrateful wretch – time to sit down and get to work.
Today I thought I’d show you how to make repetitive images on your cards.
VERY easy if you use photopolymer stamps (they’re the clear ones you can see through) but not as easy if you use stamps on wood blocks.
Stampin’ Up! carries a gizmo called a “Stamp-a-majig” that works wonders!
Essentially all it is, is an L-ruler and a piece of transparency. Of course theirs is much better quality, but you get the idea.
Line up the transparency sheet into the L corner of the ruler.
Line up your stamp into that corner and press the image into the transparency.
Now you have a template.
Put the transparency so that the image is where you want it on your card front.
Bring the ruler back into place around the top corner of the transparency and remove the sheet.
Your ruler is now set up so that when you stamp, your image will show up where you wanted it.
Line up your stamp with the L corner of the ruler and press.
To create a repeat pattern, you just keep moving the transparency sheet wherever you want your image to go, line up the ruler, remove the transparency and stamp!
I covered the card front with the circles and then (using a photopolymer stamp) inserted the word “Thanks” inside each circle.
It’s a very effective technique and means you need fewer stamps to create your cards.
(If you are a crafter you’re thinking “yeah right, like you’d ever stop at just two stamps”.
You can do this same process with large background stamps as well. It will help you line up one row with the next for a seamless look.
You can purchase a “stamp-a-majig” through Stampin’ Up! or I’m sure there alternatives out there that you can find at your local hobby store.
Worst case, borrow your husband’s t-ruler and a piece of wax paper and you can do the same thing.
My little cutie-patootie taught me how to watercolour cards – but we’ll save that tutorial for another day.
Have a great one!