March 17, 2016

Terri's Take on the March 2016 Stamp of the Month

Hello stamp lovers!  I'm sharing another project for the So Suzy Stamps Stamp of the Month Club, featuring the new March release.  By the way, Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  This chic is part Irish, so I'm even more tickled that I get to post today, not only on St. Patty's Day, but also, the March release is an Irish Proverb!  It's like Christmas in March.  Seriously.  

I was super happy to see that this month's sentiment was a good sized phrase.  You can do some interesting things with quotes and phrases, due to the length; use it as originally designed, stamp and cut up the words.....there's so many different directions you can take.

So, first, I inked up my sentiment with Ranger black archival ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then chopped it up a bit.  I made little flag banners that I could stagger on this 6"x 6" card, popped out with foam squares.  The papers I'm using today are DCWV and from the "Hey Sailor" collection.  My sentiment pairs perfectly, don't you think?

I'm also using some DoubleClick Skittles bubble embellishments and Liquid Pearls, which can also be found in Suzy's online store.  Have you stopped by lately?  Oh my heavens, the woman has added some amazing products lately.   It's a one-stop shop so you can get the bulk of your crafty supplies without having to roam all over the blogosphere.  I love that.  

I may have mentioned before but an easy and fun way to make waves is to use a circle punch, but only put the edge of your paper halfway in, then punch.  Such an easy little trick that yields great results.

Also, let me quickly share a little technique that I did on my card that is fun and packs a little extra punch, by creating some interest on your edges, particularly if you want to have that vintage, old, burnished look.

1.  First, tear some paper and place about 1/2" to 3/4" off edge of paper and ink.  I used Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink and my Ranger blending tool.  

*Bonus tip - blot your dabber onto scrap paper to get just a touch of ink for a smoother, less splotchy look.

2.   You can leave your edge as is, as shown in the center picture or....

3.  continue gently dabbing and blending with the same color ink on the outer, untouched edge of paper, as pictured in the third frame.  If you wish, you could use a darker color or even mix it up and use a totally different color.

Last but not least, I finished off my card with May Arts Ribbon bakers twine, pulling the ends of the trimmed knot, for that frayed look.  

I can't wait to see what you all make with the SAM Club sentiment.  If you're not a member, now's the time to get into the next quarter which begins in April.  There are lots of perks to membership; exclusive stamps, fun giveaways and prizes, private membership into a SAM Facebook group and more.  Sign up for a 3 month term of go for the gusto... an entire year of coastal stamps!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

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  1. Terri, this card and tutorial is FABULOUS!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!

  2. Absolutely stunning card Terri and a really great write-up. I loved reading the process and all the helpful tips! ^__^ Thank you so much for sharing! *Big Hugs* <3


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