Saturday, April 12, 2008

Garden of Life (3)

Creating projects for the countdown is so exciting. I begin preparing for the countdown a few weeks before by drawing sketches and brainstorming around the materials that I have in my personal supplies. I also consider who might be visiting my blog and always make sure I provide something for everyone.

Today's project is a simple one--2 step stamping. I believe this was the first technique that I learned when I started stamping in 2004--of course at that time I had no idea that I would be stamping with my own 2 step stamps just 4 years down the road!!!

Step 1:
Using an 8.5x11 sheet of paper I stamped my flower in white pigment ink over the entire surface of the paper.



Step 2:
Next, match up and stamp the lined image using the hybrid ink.

Hint: I like to have two blocks during this process, one with my solid image, one with my lined image. I line up both images at the same time and place them closer to the top so that I KNOW that the images are in the exact same place. It is easy to lose your "bearing" when you stamp with detailed stamps so this is a trick I use so that I know that I am stamping the right way up.



Step 3:
Next you need to download your own copy of this purse template HERE. Click on Card Template. Once you have the template printed, place it over your 8.5x11 sheet and cut the lines as indicated on the sheet. I taped my sheet at the top so that it didn't move around while I was cutting.



Step 4:
Now that my cardstock has been cut according to the template, I score the lines. Once you have scored the lines, fold them.



Step 5:

Punch a hole in the centre of the flap using the fiskars "brad" punch (1/16th inch)



Place a decorative brad through the hole



Place a velcro tab over top of the stems of the brad (it's a good way to hide the stems) I usually attach the other velcro tab to this one and press firmly as the two pieces of cardstock meet. This ensures that you have the exact placement for both tabs to meet up.



Punch holes on both sides of the purse using the fiskars "eyelet" punch (1/8th inch)



Place a piece of ribbon approx 7 inches through the holes and tie a knot. I cut the ends (to make them less visible) after I tied the knots.



Step 6:
***If you use this to hold your newly created ring, place a paper strip in the centre of the purse, place the ring on the strip and secure with glue dots.



As a final touch I added some extra ribbon to my finished purse.



I also created some cards with my paper scraps (I followed the same procedure listed in step 1 and 2).





Here is my final trio! I created two cards to give you some variety.



Supplies


paper: Stampers Select White Cardstock by PTI, Berry Sorbet by PTI, Aqua Mist by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
ink:
Berry Sorbet by PTI, Aqua Mist by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI, Whisper White by SU!
stamps: Garden of Life (Urban Design) by PTI
accessories: Purse Brad by K and Co, Ribbon by PTI, Prima Flower, Flower brad by Bo Bunny
tools: 1 /8 punch by Fiskars .
1 /16 punch by Fiskars, corner rounder by EK Success, scor-pal

*You will also need velcro tabs.

If you could make one of the cards above, what one would you CASE?

...only 2 days left...be sure you tune in again tomorrow!

58 comments:

Jewels said...

I Love it That is so Fantastic.. Now I need to make some rings, some purses and some cards. I LOVE the card with the flower in the center because you have larger peices of cardstock showing off more of the hreat details of your stamp!! Thanks for another great stamp set and all the wonderful projects!! I hope you are designing many more sets :)

apron girls said...

I would definitely case "all things grow with love" mostly because I like how the cardstock is layered.

~Niccole~ said...

I would also have to say the "All Thing Grow With Love" ... I love the layered look, and the colors are fabulous together ... can't wait to see more

Anonymous said...

Another great stamp set that is going into the cart! I would case "All Things Grow With Love" because I like the layering. Heather

Jak said...

Another Fabulous Tutorial Alli, you are spoiling us.
Love the perfect match ink layered on top on the block white, it gived the stamped image depth.

Cheryl said...

Ok, I will just have to be honest with you and tell you that I will be casing ALL 3 cards!!!! I would never be able to choose which I like the best. What a designer you are (and I didn't know you hadn't been stamping for your entire life). Great work Alli.
Cheryl Sims

Elena said...

Alli,
Thank You very much for your fabulous tutorials and very creative design ideas!
You are very talented! And all of your works are always beautiful!
Wonderful work!
Elena

Tessa (shastess on SCS) said...

I think I am going to have to case the purse and BOTH cards! So simple yet so pretty. I really like the birthday one with the flower!

Anonymous said...

WoW!! Love the purse and cards. I will CASE both but the birthday card is a must CASE for me because I have primas that need to be used and the b-day card is perfect for them. THANKS, donna calamari

Judy S said...

All three projects are fabulous! I love the saying, "All things grow with love." And such a clever way to display the ring inside the purse ... can't wait to CASE these projects! This is a great stamp set!

Laura said...

I love this stamp set already and I haven't even really seen all the stamps! I like the All things grow with love card better, great use of white space, but both are lovely.

Chris said...

very nice, i love all 3 projects!!!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

This purse is awesome. What a great way to present a giftcard or money or tickets to a show or something. I can't wait to get my hands on this set :o) TFS Alli.

Ruth.

Michelle said...

Sometimes going back to our "roots" where it all started is just what we all need!

I would definately case the 2nd card with the flower although all of them are super!

One Creative Life said...

These were great. Hands down favorite is the "all things Grow with love card" Love that one!Yay! Cant wait to see more.

Jennifer Bradley said...

I love the card with the prima flower and fancy brad - very cool.

Tamara said...

These cards are great! I like them both, but the first one really struck me as I looked at it. It is very clean, simple, and unique and I REALLY like it.

cadnileb said...

Super cute! Love the purse idea! I really love the "All things grow with love" card. I love how you used different sizes of paper to create it. Super cute - definitely will have to case it!

Thanks for sharing!

karenannj said...

I love the "all things grow with love. So simple but so chic with the different color and size scraps.

Mary said...

So clever! I so enjoy the first card (with the overlapping cardstock). Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Alli,
Your patterened paper is soooo pretty. I have never been one to try to make my own patterns, but you make it look so easy. 2 step stamping was the first technique I learned too, but it still remains my favorite. Keep up the good work! Thanks,
Becky

Lesa said...

I would have to case the All things grow with love card. I love the color combination and the layering.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh......so cute! Love both cards....hard to choose between one or the other, so I would probably case both!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Cindy C.
cac1957@hotmail.com

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness Alli! What a fabulous set you have created! I think I'd CASE your All Things Grow With Love card. I don't make white cards often and it would challenge me to show more white. I also like that your colour pops off the card!

Nicole said...

Just lovely!
I love the colors and how the cards and purse coordinate! :D

Katie said...

I'm loving this stamp set - can't wait until we can see it in its entirety. I love how you thought of a perfect way to showcase your polyshrink ring.

I would pick the card with the three larger strips as my favorite. I love the tiny bit of white peaking through each section.

Denise said...

I love the purse card. I am definitely gonna have to try that one! I cant wait until the 15th!

Karen said...

I would definitely CASE the first one--I love the clean design. Enjoying all of your creative projects during this countdown!

Anonymous said...

Love all the ideas...but I think the Happy Birthday would be the one I CASEd...I love the addition of the flower...it matches so perfectly. Another great tutorial.

Thanks!
Charmaine

Kathy McDonald said...

Elli, what an awesome project! My favorite card is the birthday card, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the purse! I can't wait to get this set and start playing!

Kathy

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Love all your projects! These are all really really pretty and I love the unique purse!

DeniseLynn said...

wow what a beautiful trio! If I were to case only one of the cards it would be "all things grow ..." but really they are both fabulous. Thanks for always inspiring.

happiness blooms said...

The purse is such an adorable *gift box*! Both cards are so eye catching, but I really love the crisp, simple - but with such POP "all things grow" card.

sharon said...

I prefer the happy birthday card with the flower--but I really love both cards because I like how they showcase "patterned" paper that you made by stamping. And the purse would be a super cute way to give a giftcard also! And I am thrilled to see this stamp set has two-step stamps in it--I LOVE that!

Cassie said...

Very cool project! I want to say that I would CASE the first one first, but the girly-girl in me knows that I'd CASE the second one first. I say first, b/c I would CASE both of them!

Kristy said...

I love the purse and the cute polyshrink rings. I will definitely be casing this for my young nieces. Both cards are fabulous, but my favorite is the one on the left.

Anonymous said...

I really like the Happy Birthday card, although both are really cute! I like the flower on the birthday card. The purse is fantastic! I can't wait to order the set and try some of things projects on my own. Thank you for the inspiration!
Jennifer S

Sue Pardue said...

I just love all of it Alli. I can't wait to get your new stamp set. If I were to case one card (and I'm sure I will) it would be the Happy Birthday card. I definitely like it the best. The purse and the rings are wonderful too. You have so much talent!

Bethany Paull said...

I love white stamped on colors! That purse card is so calling my name!

Kacey Elliott said...

Very pretty! I lk thm all, but I ould say that "All things grow..." is my favorite of the three. I lik the layers, and the colors go really great together! TFS

Kacey Elliott said...

OOOH - sorry about all the spelling errors in my post above - we got a new keyboard and I am still getting used to it! That's better :-)

Tracy said...

I love that second card. It's simple yet has enough color and detail to really stand out.

Carolyn King said...

Really cute projects Alli! You have outdone yourself! hugs!

benderfamily1 said...

Fun purse! I like the look of All Things Grow with Love.

Angie said...

I will definitely be casing the purse! But I may also case the first card. It looks perfect for a simple man's card.

Anonymous said...

I've had some catching up to do here. You're projects are great!! Looking forward to seeing all of your new set- it's been amazing so far...

peggy lee

MWIT said...

Love your new set, Ali! The purse is so so cute; I love the way you included your rings. :) My favorite card is the one with all of the white space and the different sized rectangles. I love the simplicity of it and for some reason, really love the white space.

irishchristine said...

I love the purse tutorial! That would make a great invite! I enjoy your blog so much I hate it when you miss a day! LOL The new stamp set is cute!

Shelly Kettell said...

Where's my post? I did check it out in the midst of the 8 little girls running around! Love the purse - did something similar for the party! Thanks for sharing....I'm LOVING the Garden of Life!

Summer said...

This little purse idea is so cute! I think I am going to use it to make some party favors for my daughter's 5th birthday this June, I could slip a little lipgloss under the flap for each little girl! Thanks for the idea!

Kimberlee said...

I love the "all things" card! I really like the layout and amount of each color used. The quick cards make the most elegant ones! TFS

retiredheather said...

As usual you have outdone yourself. Well done Ali. Love the stamp set.
Retired Heather

Gina said...

Oh, I keep telling myself no more flower sets, but I have to make an exception just this once! This one is amazing!

Stefanie said...

Great cards Alli! I am loving this set. If I could only case one, it would be the first card. I like the look of the different sized strips.

huntla1 said...

I think I am really liking this garden of life set! I love the little gift bag/purse, and the two cards. Your tutorial makes it look pretty easy to do also. I can't wait to see the whole set.

Sue D said...

I like the happy birthday card best. Love the purse tutorial and the hint about the acrylic block.

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

Wow, these are adorable. I keep looking at the colors. Your pics make the colors so vibrant on my screen. One more sleep to release! Yay!!

Melissa said...

I would probably case the card on the left. It is so simple and beautiful! I love this technique you shared - I never would have thought to use white craft for the solid image!
Melissa