Archive for March, 2008
We’ve had family visiting for the past week and I’ve had very little time on the computer but I just had to post this card using a Flourishes set that will be released next week.
Everyone is always looking for cards for that special guy and this card uses the new Menswear Set. The set contains 9 stamps: a shirt, tie, beer stein, and several words and phrases. I just know I will get so much use out of this set! This shirt was stamped on blue textured paper and it looks just like a cotton oxford shirt! The tie was also stamped on white textured paper and the stripes hand drawn and colored. You can’t tell from the photo, but the black background was scored on the diagonal using a score pal and gives a nice masculine feel to it. Guava paper provides a pop of color. SU corner punch and nestabilities circle dies were used for the cut outs.
I think I am like many papercrafters in that I love all the tools and products that are available. Over the (many) years that I’ve been stamping I’ve become a little more discerning about buying things. I want to make sure that I’ll actually USE things – instead of them just gathering dust. I have a closet full of dust gatherers and don’t need any more!
Flourishes is offering three products that, not only do I love, but I use on a regular basis.
Eclipse tape – this stuff is fabulous! It is designed for masking, making stencils or non permanent stickers. If you’ve ever used a post-it note to make a mask – then this product is for you!! It comes in a roll, so it is much bigger than a post-it note. The material is heavier, so your mask won’t tear after a few uses, but best of all….the non permanent adhesive covers the entire back of the product!! With a post-it note you have to try and stamp your image so that you get some of the “sticky” part. No problem with Eclipse tape – you stamp your image, cut it out and the entire back is sticky!
Now I’m off to play with some of these!!
In the past I’ve attempted to make cards with transparencies – love how you can make the card look more dimensional with the clear overlay. The problem I had was that the transparency was very lightweight and did not hold up well with anything. It certainly could not stand up on its own.
I’m happy to report that Flourishes now carries heavy weight transparency, called Crystal Clear stock. This is not that lightweight overhead transparency that you get at the office supply store. This is much heavier and can stand on its own!
I did this quick card – it’s not my best coloring but I wanted to try the Crystal Clear out and am very pleased!
The card uses images from two Flourishes sets. The main floral image is from Easter Blessings, which is a cross with a floral overlay. I wanted the card just to be the floral image, so I inked up only that portion, colored with Prisma Pencils and sponged with lilac
The lilac panel that the image is mounted on was scored in a diamond pattern with my scor-pal, which is becoming one of my most favorite tools!.
Here is what the Easter Blessing set looks like. This and another set, Easter Bunnies are available at Flourishes. The Crystal Clear stock is also available there under the “paper” section.
Do you have an large unmounted or clear background or other large stamp and you need a large acylic block for it? Flourishes has just what you need!! This acrylic block pack contains three blocks in a convenient plastic storage box. The blocks sizes are: 6 x 5, 3 x 4, and 1 x 3. Three sizes to cover just about all your needs. The blocks are clear, but will come to you with a protective paper covering – just peel off the paper and you are ready to stamp!
Here is what the blocks look like with the paper covering. I keep these on my desk so they are at my fingertips and ready to use. The plastic box is great and large enough to hold a few other blocks that I have so that they are all in one place.