Well, I seemed to have struck a chord with many of you yesterday! Unanimously, it seems that everyone would rather I would stamp than clean! Hee hee...well, I didn't end up stamping much and I did end up getting some cleaning done. The video/DVD cabinet was a mess, so I spent some time straightening that up, cleaning out my magazine basket and my end table, which was piled with magazines, papers, books and crud. Everything looks pretty tidy now. By the time I was done with that, I was too tired to do anything. I knew I should have stuck to my instincts and stamped FIRST. Ah well. By the time I got downstairs to stamp, everything I did looked like doody.
And what makes it worse is this: my husband came home from work on Thursday and I showed him the now neat and tidy video/dvd cabinet. Did he say, "Hey, great job, darling!" or "Wow! You are so awesome!!!" or even "Looks good!"? No, he did not! He said, "Why did you have to do that?" As in, why didn't I get the kids to do it? Duh! They aren't capable! When I tell them to clean up the videos/dvds, the open the cabinet and throw them in higgledy-piggledy. Much better to do it myself. That way I could get rid of some of them too. Men. Barf.
So yesterday, I redeemed myself. I made cookies during the day, avoided cleaning and cooking dinner, and then last night I was able to go down and stamp. And since Linda was asking about the paper tole part of the card, I decided to make a new tutorial, just so you can see how really nice I am all over again!
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The Great Paper Tole Tutorial
First thing is, what is paper tole? It is the process of making a dimensional picture out of several copies of the same image. People do this with printed images as well, but stampers have an advantage in that they can stamp as many copies as they want! After you create the base image, you cut portions out of other copies (usually one or two) of the same image. These are mounted on dimensionals to pop them out from the base image.
So the first thing you need is an image, some ink pads for stamping or coloring, a pair of sharp detail scissors, and several pieces of cardstock that are the same color, plus some dimensionals or pop dots.
Stamp several copies of the image (this one is from the set Gossamer Wings).
I did one base image and two copies, using Very Vanilla cardstock with Basic Brown ink.
If you are using a line art image, color it in with the medium of your choice. Here, because it's easy and quick, I'm using my aquapainter and my ink pads.
I colored all of the base image, including the background, but for the copies, I only colored the parts I intended to cut out and pop up.
Then I cut out the parts of the copies that I wanted to pop above the base image.
Here are the parts I decided to use, plus the base image. The whole flowers will be the first layer above the base, the flower center and petal edge the second layer.
I put dimensionals on the first layer of images.
And I peeled the dimensional backings off and placed the cut out images directly over the same image on the base.
Then I placed the smaller pieces in the second layer, trimming pieces from the edge of the dimensional sheet to fit.
Here is the finished piece.
And since I am now as addicted to shadow box cards as I was to donut cards there for a while, naturally I had to make the finished piece into this shadow box card. I highlighted the images with a white gel pen. Colors: Certainly Celery, Always Apricot, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Old Olive. I used the Giga Scalloped Circle punch from Marvy over a circle I had cut out with my Coluzzle to make the cute frame. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations, punched out with the Keytag Punch. Lisa asked if these cards will fit in an envelope...yes they will...the whole thing squorshes fairly flat and can be resucitated by the recipient. But that means...gasp!...that we actually have to send these cards to PEOPLE? Erm...that's the part I have problems with!
I like this one even better than the first one (yes, I love myself!) AND I managed to make two cards in a row without using any of the In Colors...I'm trying to wean myself off them, but it's hard, oh it's soooo hard! Remember when we were all so stinkin' excited over Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal? They were strange at first, but I got to playing with them and they became some of my favorite colors! Then when those new In Colors came along, I just tossed those old new colors to the side to play with the new stuff...yes, I am a COLOR HO! There's nothing wrong with those old new colors, now is there? Once we were so excited about them and we'll be excited with the 6 new In Colors that come out in July! Right?
NOOOO! Cool Caribbean forever! (Housework, whenever!)