Like everyone else, I love getting extra mileage out of my stamps, which is why Stampin’ Up’!’s “True Friend” stamp set is such a standout. In honor of this past week’s premiere of “Project Runway,” today’s project consists of three cards, all using the same stamp set “True Friend” in 3 unique looks for 3 different occasions.
Come On True Friend, “Make It Work “. . .
River Rock cardstock starts things off today. Old Olive was stamped with the True Friend multi-flower in Old Olive ink and adhered to the base. Near the bottom, I layered a non-SU crushed red velvet ribbon with Very Vanilla 1/4″ Grosgrain and looped another piece of Very Vanilla around to add a bow. Next, I layered Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper on Real Red cardstock. Perfect Layers has become one of my favorite tools for creating perfect mats. I created a Cool Tools Tutorial with instructions to show you how easy this tool is to use. I wrapped these two layers with the same layered ribbon as below. I then stamped the large flower in Real Red on Very Vanilla cardstock. I added a second color with my Old Olive marker. I cut around the image and matted it to Real Red cardstock, punched with a Marvy Uchida Super Jumbo Scalloped Circle Punch. A rhinestone brad (ice) bumps up the sparkle and some Stampin’ Dimensionals finish the project.
Stamps: True Friend
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Holiday Harmony Designer Series
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Cool Tools: Perfect layers, Marvy Uchida Scalloped Circle Punch
Perfect Touches: Rhinestone Brads (Ice), Very Vanilla 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Non SU Crushed Red Velvet Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals Design Inspiration: Splitcoast Stamper: Jen70
Apple Cider with a Friend:
For the next project, I again began with River Rock cardstock. I stamped it with the flower image in River Rock ink. I then grabbed the gorgeous Apple Cider Designer Series Paper and cut 3 rectangles of differing patterns and laid them side by side. A little Faux Stitching comes into play. I used my template, paper piercer in a zigzag pattern and “connected the dots” with a Close to Cocoa marker. I used a corner rounder punch for the Wild Wasabi border with small holes punched by my Crop-A-Dile. I then stamped Really Rust cardstock with a Faux Ribbon stamp from Papertrey Ink and layered it on top of the Wild Wasabi Border. I stamped Whisper White cardstock twice with the circle image, first in Close to Cocoa (bottom) and second Wild Wasabi (top). I then used the 1/1/4″ and 1″ circle punches respectively. The are layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Jumbo Eyelet in Pewter was the finishing touch, with the help of my Crop-A-Dile. Finally, I stamped the sentiment twice in Close to Cocoa and Wild Wasabi. I cut out the “YOU” from the Wasabi version and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then used Perfect Layers to mat the Close to Cocoa bottom layer. Voila!
Stamp Sets: True Friend, Papertrey Faux Ribbon
Paper: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Really Rust, Whisper White, Apple Cider Designer Series
Ink: Close to Cocoa (pad and marker), Old Olive (pad and marker)
Cool Tools: Crop-A-Dile, Perfect Layers, Paper Piercing Tool, 1 1/4″ and 1″ circle punches
Perfect Touches: Jumbo Eyelet (Pewter), Stampin’ Dimensionals
Techniques: Faux Stitching
Design Inspiration: Heather Thompson, Cards magazine, Sept. 2007.
Friendly Thank You
For my final effort, I softened things up a bit with a special thank you note. I began with Whisper White Cardstock and layered 2 patterns of Linen Prints Designer Series Paper. Then I added Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, with the end snipped in a flag pattern. A couple of Earth Elements buttons add some punch. I stamped the stemmed flower image and used my trusty Perfect Layers tool to create precise Cameo Coral and Close to Cocoa mats. I even used “PL” for 3 sides of the bottom Apricot Appeal mat but left the remaining side wide enough to add some paper piercing. I stamped my Party Punch stamp set “thank you” sentiment and punched it out with my round tab punch. I tucked in on the side and wrapped these fun projects up for the day!
Stamp Sets: True Friend, Party Punch (Hostess Set)
Paper: Linen Prints Designer Series, Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral (marker)
Cool Tools: Perfect Layers, Paper Piercing Kit, Round Tab Punch
Perfect Touches: Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain, Rhinestone Brad (Fire), Earth Elements Buttons