Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Wild about elephants

Two baby cards – one to send, one to keep as a sample. They are gender non-specific not because I don’t know the sex of the baby but because the lady in question is expecting twins... one of each!

Eagle-eyed Stampin’ Up! fans will spot the Sage Shadow grosgrain ribbon on the bottom sample. How can this be? We don’t sell Sage Shadow grosgrain! But… I dyed some Whisper White Grosgrain with the Sage Shadow ink pad by pressing it firmly into the pad. It’s a messy job and it takes a while to dry but it’s worth the wait.

I love using the little bird stamp and flower stamp with this elephant – it’s really easy with the Stamp-a-ma-jig®.

The Stamp-a-ma-jig® comes in two parts – a black plastic T-piece and a square of thick acetate. Just to recap – and this time with pictures! – this is what you do:

1. Position the square of acetate in the corner of the T-piece. On the right if you’re right-handed, on the left if you’re “special”.  Holding the acetate in position, square up your stamp into the corner of the T-piece and stamp on to the acetate.

2. Take the stamped acetate and position it over your project, exactly where you want your image to appear. Now take the T-piece and square it up to the acetate again. Remove the acetate but keep the T-piece in exactly the same position. It has a non-slip base which helps.

3. Now position your stamp into the corner of the T-piece again and stamp. Your image should be exactly where you want it.

It sounds long-winded but it’s very simple really. I also used it to position the polka dot background exactly where I wanted it.

Stamps: Wild About You (p32), Polka Dots & Paisley (p51)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron (elephant – it was too pale in Banana), Barely Banana, Sage Shadow
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Whisper White, Stamp-a-ma-jig®

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  1. I love the baby cards! Oh so cute.

  2. These are absolutely darling :)

  3. Oh my - they are super sweet. I have dyed our SU ribbon too with wonderful results. I used a hair dryer and it dried really quickly. CC

  4. Love these cards....this is my favourite set at the moment.

    Carole X

  5. Love love love the dyed ribbon. Wonderful how it anchors the focal image.

    Great tutorial. The first time using a SAMJ can be daunting.

  6. Love your cards. And thanks for the SAMJ tutorial ... I have one and have never used it. I might have to get it out and give it a try.

  7. These are adorable baby cards. The elephants are just irresistable.


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