Have you ever looked at an item in your stamping supplies and asked, "What possessed me to buy that?" That’s exactly my attitude toward Sticky Strip. Frankly, it has so many purposes. However, mine has been collecting dust for eternity. With the arrival of my Bead Duos, I thought maybe, just maybe, we could make some fun stems. So that’s exactly how today’s card started to evolve. In addition, I decided to create "windows" as suggested in this week’s Splitcoast Ways to Use It Challenge.
Certainly Celery kicks things off with the card base. I then layered some orange patterned paper from the Jersey Shore Designer Series. Moving to the main image, I used Versamark to stamp three scallops on Orchid Opulence and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I first punched out their centers with a 1" Circle Punch (for my "window") and next punched the whole flower out with a Scallop Circle Punch. TIP #1: If you are using more than one punch on an image, punch from the middle or smallest first (as I did with the 1" Circle). It makes using the Scallop Punch next a breeze. If you try the Scallop first, there’s nothing to grab onto as you attempt to place it in the 1" Circle Punch to snap out the "window" . . . alignment is nearly impossible.
Using the 1 1/4" " punch, I snapped out some Pumpkin Pie polka dot paper from Summer Picnic (Mini Occasions, coming March 1) and glued one to the back of each flower. Prior to attaching to the center flower, I used an Elegant Eggplant marker to isolate the word "Hello" from Lots of Thoughts. TIP #2: INSTANT CIRCLE FRAME. On the front, I created a little frame of Pumpkin Pie using my 1" Circle Punch first, then punched again with my 1 1/4" Punch.
TIP #3: BEAD STEMS. When the Sticky Strip was finally allowed to come out and play, I snipped three pieces for stems and adhered them to Whisper White card stock (peeling off the top layer of the strip, since it’s two-sided tape). Micro beads were "drizzled" over the adhesive strips. Wisely (as learned though a past unwise decision), I did this in my small Powder Pal Pan so that I could easily siphon the beads that went AWOL back into the container. They grabbed the Strip beautifully. The flowers were then adhered above the stems with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The final touch was quick and easy. I just received the replacement triple flower stamp for the One of a Kind set. The original didn’t line up well with the Boho Blossoms Punch. Stampin’ Up! sent a new one out to everyone who bought the set and it works perfectly. I stamped the new and improved flowers in celery ink on celery paper and punched them with the Boho Blossoms Punch. The corner flowers are on dimensionals. The final touch was using the 1/4" Circle Punch to create flower centers and scatter some more Orchid Opulence around.
Stamp Sets: So Many Scallops (Sale-A-Bration, 111409), Lots of Thoughts (Sale-A-Bration, 111405)), One of a Kind (111101)
Paper: Certainly Celery (105125), Whisper White (100730), Orchid Opulence (100969), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Jersey Shore (110479) and Summer Picnic (Mini Occasions, coming soon 🙂
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (105110), Certainly Celery (105217), Versamark (102283)
Cool Tools: Circle Punches: Scallop (109043), 1/4" (104942), 1" (109046), 1 1/4" (104403), Boho Blossoms Punch (110711), Heat Tool (100005), Powder Pal (102197)
Perfect Touches: Green Bead Duo (110754), Clear Embossing Powder (109130),Sticky Strip (104294), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)