I made a couple of sweet little cards today while I was playing around with the new Host set, Seasoned With Love. I love gardening and plants, and I especially like something about the rustic little cans these plants are sitting in. Adorable. I really like trying to come up with a new way to use stamps and framelits. It’s always beautiful and easy to use a set in a way similar to the catalog sample, but it’s fun and exciting to create something totally new!
- On the first card, I think the stamped Seasoned with Love plants on the background add a lot of interest to an otherwise pretty simple and classic card, and I love the rectangle cut-outs! More on how I made those in a minute.
- The 2nd card I made using the retired Hearth and Home framelit to cut out the window, and the retired Brick Embossing Folder for the background.
- On the 3rd card, I decided to pull out every blue ink pad I own (pens would work well too!) and I combined stamps from the Timeless Textures set and the plants to make a fun background. I used a sentiment from Colorful Seasons on the front and the inside of my card. I love stamping backgrounds… I always feel like I’m creating wallpaper, and I like throwing out the most obvious color scheme and trying something fresh, too!
After I played around for a while with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits, I now think turning the squares into rectangles is pretty easy! Here’s how I did it…
First, I used the masking technique to stamp my plants in the cans. Really easy with these stamps since the top of the can is basically flat, so I was able to just lay a sticky note right along the top edge of the can and then stamp the plant. I like the 2 step stamping and how quick it is, but even though the little flower had a 2 step stamp for the leaves I opted to color it with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen for a little added dimension.
To make the square dies rectangular, I made my sandwich- using my magnetic base, acrylic cutting plate, paper, square die (and here’s the difference) I only put my top acrylic plate on 3 sides of the square. I pushed the plate through the Big shot so that it stayed about 1/4 inch away from the 4th side, so only 3 sides of the square would be cut, and then I ran it through the Big Shot.
Next, I flipped the paper around and lined up the square, overlapping a little of the previously cut sides. You can adjust how long your rectangle is at this point. Because the metal die makes little indents in the paper along the outer edges of the die, you can use those to line up the die on the second cut and get a straight rectangle. If that isn’t easy enough to see, you can fit the die back over the cut section (you can sort of feel it “lock” into place when it’s lined up over the first cut) and draw a pencil line along one side and use that as a visual aid for getting a straight line. I experimented with cutting out triangles before and after I had stamped so that I got exactly the size I wanted. I didn’t think one way was easier than the other. When making that second cut, make sure you put that top plate about a 1/4 inch before the 4th edge of the square (running down the middle of your rectangle) you don’t want a stitched impression in the middle of the rectangle (trust me, I forgot to do this and I made my “regular sandwich” out of habit with the top plate over the whole page and I cut a square and had to start over!) Run it through your Big Shot and you’ve got a new shape!
Here’s an example of cutting the rectangle after I had first stamped the images.
I finished up my card by stamping and fussy cutting out one more can, wrapping some twine around it and using the “thanks” tag that comes with the set. I used a 1/16th inch hole punch to punch a hole in my tiny tag to run my twine though and then I layered the can on top of the flower pot. I cut a darker gray for a band across the middle, and used dimensionals behind 2 of my rectangles to pop them up. Because I always like to try to add a little bit of interest to the inside of my card, I added one last little rosemary plant to complete my project. I hope this was helpful, and gives you one more way to use the Seasoned with Love stamp set!
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