Today we’re pleased to welcome guest designer Lee Ann Weber to the blog! She’ll be sharing a creative idea for using small stamps together with our Paper Layering dies to create an eye-catching holiday card. This is a one of those designs that makes people say “how did she do that?!” Lee Ann will show you today — and it’s easier than you might think. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to be a guest here at Hero Arts. When I saw the Holiday Collection I was completely inspired to get my holiday cards started early. I have to do a lot of cards so I like to be able to produce a few different designs from one set of supplies. I wanted to create a collage of a tree from all of the beautiful tiny stamps in a few of the Lia Griffith sets. I love that you can find a new way to combine and use all the super cute little detail stamps in these or any sets that you have.
The idea is to pick a nice negative shape that you will fill with the small stamped images. It could be as simple as a circle, in this case a tree and compose your small stamps together into that shape. Once you have that collage created on a stamp press or Misti, you can use it to create a very detailed card or you can easily mass produce one layer clean & simple cards for all of your family and friends.
So let’s get started.
(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.)
You will need a top folding A2 card 5.5 x 4.25 and two overlay cards that will be cut small enough to show enough of the background on the base. I cut mine to 4.75 x 3.5. If you wanted a sentiment you could make it square and position it up higher on the card. One of the overlay panels will be die cut with the DI144 Paper Layering Tree die and the other will be embossed to sit behind it. Both of those layers will sit on top of the top folding base card that will be embossed with the CG683 Branches Bold Prints background stamp.
I used the new Hero Arts PW115 Brass Embossing Powder for this tone on tone gold and white card and I have to say that it is actually a really beautiful gold, it may have stolen my heart from my usual favorite platinum one.
After I cut the tree out with the layering die (remembering to flip the cardstock over and align it to the center of the already cut side, so it is perfectly symmetrical – see the video above for a demo of this) I carefully traced the tree onto a piece of paper and then arranged my stamps within the outline of the tree. In this instance I also wanted it to look like tree without the die cut so that I could also use the collage for a simpler mass produced card. I have other examples on my blog.
After positioning the small stamps in a tree, you can pick them up with the Misti stamp press, a large acrylic block or Fiskars stamp press. You now have a complete design that can be used in multiple ways.
You can now adjust anything you want, fill in any gaps and then test for quality on a piece of scrap paper. You can also place the die cut piece on top so that you can see what it would look like. You want enough of the little stamped images to define the outline of the die cut for you. And they are close enough together to be seen all over the tree.
After that I used Versamark to stamp and emboss the pieces and add a golden border around the edge of the assembled overlay cards. Then I assembled them together using the folded center of the tree layering die for dimension (this will fold flat in an envelope and then pop back up when opened) and a Copic colored gem to for a last bit of sparkle.
I hope you enjoyed the video and got some inspiration for using Holiday Collection stamps together. I made a couple of different styles to give you some ideas for other things to do with your stamp collage, so if you liked this project please visit my blog www.PaperHeartScissors.com for more card making tips and techniques.
Thank you to Hero Arts for having me as a guest. I love working with your products!