Today's post introduces "Sock Monkey," another in my series of Five Sneak Peeks from Stampin' Up!'s Fall/Winter catalog (available Aug. 11). I'm simply bananas over him in this 3-D version. He's a big line stamp, perfect for paper piecing designer paper or different colored card stock. The set comes with 2 sentiments and 7stamp options for him to hold/wear (banana, balloon, flag, heart, flower, and his party hat), use as a background stamp or simply a fun accent.
One main attraction of my monkey friend is that he is perfect for paper piecing (not "piercing," although that's another interesting idea). To kick things off, I inked my Canvas background stamp in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. TIP: This produced my very own "designer paper" to create his "fabric" body. The monkey image was inked in Chocolate Chip and then stamped onto the Canvas background. You with me so far? TIP: I used a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up! marker to re-dot his eyes since they got a little lost on the canvas background. He was then popped out with Paper Snips (scissors).
I stamped him again on Very Vanilla card stock and snipped out his vanilla outer mouth, tail, hands and feet and adhered them. He was inked one last time (again Chocolate Chip ink) and stamped on Groovy Guava for his lips and patch on his little bottom, also snipped and attached (delicately, of course). His hat was inked in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out. Using a Blender Pen, I colored the hat stripes in Barely Banana and Groovy Guava.
One of my dearest friends is turning "50" this month (I get my turn this fall–eek), so I skibbled some mat board thru a Cuttlebug using the Red Tag Alphabet Die Cuts. I had enough of the Canvas background left over from when I cut out the monkey and used the same piece to create the matching "50" to adhere to the top of the mat board.
My little pal is "floating" on Stampin' Dimensionals attached to layers of Groovy Guava Textured Card Stock, Barely Banana and Very Vanilla. The card base (5.5 x 4.25 and scored at the top) is Very Vanilla textured card stock (good enough to eat, I tell you). TIP: I inked up the banana stamp in Barely Banana and stamped it on matching card stock for a nifty background. A layer of Groovy Guava gets sandwiched below.
Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig (tutorial here), I was able to place "happy birthday" (All Holidays) with confidence. Four Hodgepodge Hardware (Pewter) brads doll up the corners (click here to save 25% on Hodgepodge Hardware). TIP: I added the brads using a template and paper piercer . . . much easier to have a mark vs. eyeballing them. TIP: The brads were added before attaching the second to last layer (Groovy Guava) to the card base so that they were buried (and don't show through on the inside of the card).
Some Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon wraps this card up like a pretty little present. If you haven't seen it before, click here for a video tutorial on how to create a Stay-Put Bow. One of my bow-licious favorites.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new stuff. I enjoyed the comments I received on yesterday's Sneak Peek. Thanks!
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Sets: Sock Monkey, Canvas Background, All Holidays
Paper: Groovy Guava Textured, Barely Banana, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured, Matboard
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker, Groovy Guava, Barely Banana
Cool Tools: Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale Alphabet Die-Cuts
The Perfect Touch: Hodgepodge Hardware Brads (Pewter), Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
COMING UP NEXT: SU's NEW SCALLOPED BORDER PUNCH & TUTORIAL