Monday 30 March 2020

Lockdown Layouts 2

If you missed the first Lockdown Layout, this is a special series to help you beat any boredom that comes with the month of lockdown. The Lockdown Layout series concentrates on showing you some simple layouts and projects that you can make by adapting whatever supplies you have on hand.

Lockdown Layout 1 concentrated on using DSP with a large punched or die cut sentiment. Today's projects go one step further. What do you do if you have no DSP? Simple - use your stamps to make some. These three cards are variations on a theme. Each uses a different stamp set but all three use So Sentimental stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly dies.

Card 1

1. Select a stamp set. Pick an image. I've used the skeleton leaf from Colourful Seasons.

On a piece of Whisper White 9.5cm x13.8cm, repeat stamp the image. I've used Cajun Craze ink.

Helpful Hint: Start stamping from the centre and work outwards. Make sure that some are stamped off the edge so that the resulting card front looks like a piece of fabric that's been cut up.

2. Select a sentiment. Then select a punch or die that fits it.

 I've used So Sentimental stamp set and the matching Stitched So Sweetly dies. I've chosen two of the scalloped edged stitched rectangle dies to layer up. Look at what dies and punches you already have and see how they look layered up.

To finish up the card, I've layered the stamped front onto a piece of Cajun Craze, 10cm x 14.3cm. The card base is Early Espresso. To ground the sentiment, I've added in a strip of Cajun Craze, 10cm x 1.5cm.

Finally add some embellishments. I've added a couple of Champagne Rhinestones.

Variation: Stamp the image in two or three complimentary ink colours.

Card 2

Like the last card, the card front is made by repeat stamping an image in a single colour.  I've chosen the spray from Forever Blossoms and stamped in Seaside Spray. Start stamping from the centre and work outwards. 

The white is again 9.5 cm x 13.8 cm and the Crumb Cake mat is 10 cm x 14.3 cm.

Here are two ways you can add variation to your card front. The first is to emboss the card front. I've used the Subtle embossing folder. The second is to add some light sponged distressing around the edge of the card front. These two things will add a touch of vintage to the design.

In the finished card you can see another way to vary your design: use ribbon to ground the sentiment.

Helpful Hint: to add definition to a sentiment, sponge colour around the edge.

Card 3

This card uses the Well Dressed stamp set, a Sale-abration item. I've chosen it to demonstrate another variation on this technique: you can use different stamps to create the card front.

This card has no mat, so the base is 10 cm x 14.3 cm.

Again, the sentiment is from So Sentimental and the die is from the matching Stitched So Sweetly die set. 

Helpful Hint: To get the Night of Navy edging, cut a blank, cut it in half and adhere it to the back of the sentiment.

To finish off the card, used a Night of Navy strip of card 9cm x 1.5cm and strip of Silver Glimmer paper 0.5cm x 10cm. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals. This is optional.

These designs are intended to give you some ways you might not have thought of to use your stash while you're in lockdown. 

Of course, if you see something you'd like to add to your craft collection then please feel free to order from me. At the moment, the Australian warehouse is still open and NZ Post is still delivering. There may be delays in delivering but to the best of my knowledge, you can still order.
UPDATE: Although orders can still be made, they will not be shipped until after the lockdown ends.

If you use this idea, please feel free to post a picture in the comments of my Jan Clothier - Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator Facebook page.

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