Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Happy Little Accident

Hi there My Stamping Friends, Its been a while since I've posted but all my girls are back in school and it seems that the routine of school busses, snacks, homework, girlscouts, band, preschool co-oping, school volunteering, PTA meetings and Back to School Nights are all under control. Whew! Now, I can get in some more stamping time! Which is perfect because I'm going to the Stampin' Up! Baltimore Regional this weekend and I've got to get working on some swaps. My stamp studio is clean(er) and my darlin' hubby is out of town so I'll have lots of time to stay up late and get some stamping done.

Before I can show you what I've been working on for swaps, I wanted to show you a technique that isn't new, but since I've never tried it before, its new-to-me. Last weekend I was at a downline meeting hosted by my friend Robin Merriman. The cards were fantastic and there was one that I KNEW I was going to CASE as soon as I got home. I'm not sure who made the original card but if it was you, let me know and I'll give you credit here. The card used the 'dryer sheet technique'. I'll attach a photo of the card that we made at Robin's house and then I'll show you what I made at home.

Here is the beautiful card we made at Robin's house:

And here is what I made at home:

My plan was to CASE (copy the card) but change out the sentiment since I didn't have the same stamp set. Sooooooo...there I was, happily stamping with one of my clubs when my card got a little oopsie (without being reinked, the stamp touched the card stock again along the bottom of the card). Rather than flip it over and start again (which is a perfectly fine thing to do) I decided to add some more trees and make a forest. I actually like the way it turned out. As Bob Ross would say, it was a 'happy little accident'.

To create the card I first stamped the image from the Lovely as a Tree and Four the Holidays stamp sets in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock. Then I used some adhesive spray on the whisper white and placed a used dryer sheet on top of the adhesive. I trimmed my dryer sheet to the size of the whisper white layer. My dryer sheet was still pretty thick (depending on what brand you use) so I sprayed a little bit more adhesive and covered it in dazzling diamonds glittler. I put brads in the corners and used dimensionals to stick it to the night of navy card base. My Stamping Friends that were in attendace that night LOVED the card and the technique. I hope you do too. Feel free to leave a comment for me and let me know.

If you want to purchase any of the products that I just mentioned you can order directly from my website at http://www.roseelleneastman.stampinup.net/ or you can send me a note and I can answer any questions you might have.

Have a great stamping day!

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