Saturday, September 25, 2010

Super Saturday Tutorial: Post It Note Plaid

Welcome to the Super Saturday Tutorial Feature for Created By You!  Each Saturday, I try to bring you something new, fresh and fun via a pictorial or video tutorial.  This week, I started off making something completely different… and ended up making a fun plaid background inspired by… none other than a pillow from the sofa in my great room!  (One never knows where inspiration will be found :)  It’s been such a crazy week with my first ever Splitcoast Stampers Video and Pictorial Tutorial, lots of business and networking meetings… it was really nice to just sit down and stamp!

Today’s card will be shared at the end of today’s Super Saturday Tutorial… Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see it, I hope you like it!  And, of course all the stamps, papers, inks and stamping supplies for today’s free tutorial are available at my Online Stampin Up Store … just click the Shop Now button to have your order delivered to your door!

Post it Note Plaid Tutorial: 


 Stampin Up Supplies for Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial Technique

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla 5 1/4” x 4”

Classic Inks:  So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  4 wedges of Stampin’ Sponges, Grid Paper or Graph Paper, 3” x 5” Post It notes (12 per project), Hermafix Dotto or other repositionable adhesive (you can use tombow liquid multi for this if you let it dry completely before attaching it to your grid paper.)

Are you ready??  Let’s make plaid!!

  • Place a small bit of repositionable adhesive on 4 corners of Very Vanilla Cardstock, align with lines of grid paper and attach to grid paper.  This will hold your cardstock firmly in place while you are sponging.  (As seen in next photo)
  • Remove TWO post it notes to prevent bleed, keep layers together, and align vertically 1/2” from short end of cardstock as seen in photo (below).  Use the grid lines to align and ensure that your post it note is perfectly straight.1a_plaid_cbyu
  • Use one wedge of the Stampin’ sponge, and So saffron ink to gently rub across the exposed 1/2” strip of cardstock… use a sweeping motion as it will provide more even color (vs. a pouncing motion).2a_plaid_cbyu
  • Move your post it note over two more grid lines (1/2”) and align with grid as shown in photo (above).
  • Use a fresh layer of two post it notes to mask the layer you have already sponged.
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  • Use Old Olive Classic Ink and a wedge of stampin’ sponge to sweep color onto cardstock… the photo above shows the uneven results you will achieve with pouncing motions… below shows the even color results
  • Use a fresh double layer of post it notes to move over another 1/2” and align with grids.4a_plaid_cbyu
  • Using a fresh layer of TWO post it notes and align with grid, moving over 1/2” …  masking both right and left sides.  Using two sets of two post it notes to use when sponging So Saffron, and two sets of post it notes to use when sponging Old Olive Classic ink will help achieve clean and crisp lines without cross contamination of your sponges.
  • From time to time, lift the left post it note to check to see if you have achieved uniformity in color.  When placing back on the cardstock, be sure to align with the grid marks again.5a_plaid_createdbyu
  • Continue sponging, rotating, and moving post it notes until the entire Very Vanilla cardstock piece has been covered with ink from edge to edge.7a_plaid_createdbyu
  • Throw away the 4 post it notes… they are probably quite saturated at this point.
  • Detach your Very Vanilla cardstock from grid paper, and rotate 90 degrees before sticking it back down… again, be careful to align edges with the grid paper
  • This time you will need two layers of two post it notes.  Layer them together so that the sticky edges align, so that they cover the entire 5 1/4” of your cardstock extending beyond the edges a bit too..
  • and place them 1/2” from the vertical edge of your cardstock (being sure to align post it notes with grid paper:)
  • Sponge Cherry Cobbler Ink across the exposed left edge of the cardstock


  • Check for color and intensity before removing post it notes, and set aside to be used with Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  • Now you are going to grab 8 more post it notes, and layer them again as you did earlier so that they extend and protect all 5 1/4” of your Very Vanilla Cardstock. 
  • Mask the left side of your cardstock 1” or 4 grid marks over from the Cherry Cobbler line.9a_plaid_cbyu

Use 4 more post it notes to mask 1” of the right side of the Very Vanilla cardstock.10aa_plaid_Cbyu

  •   As you can see… there is 1/2” space left between the two sets of 4 post it notes… 10a_plaid_cbyu
  • Remove the Post it notes, and reserve for use with the More Mustard Classic Ink11a_plaid_cbyu
  • Reattach the Cherry Cobbler Post it notes and continue working across the post it note with the same spacing as done in the prior steps (moving over 4 grids and masking last sponged line +2 to leave 1/2” to be sponged).. Alternate placing More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler post it notes and ink color until you have covered the entire piece of cardstock
  • Note:  Your sample will have two 1/4” lines of Cherry Cobbler ink at the top and bottom edges of the cardstock… I had to trim my cardstock after inking to use on my card.  12a_plaid_cbyu


Wasn’t that fun?  Want to see my inspirationwhat I did with my post it note plaid cardstock?

  • Baroque Motifs, large swirl image inked first with Versamark in, and then with Crumb Cake before heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Buttons layered with metallic brads to balance them with a wonderful vintage brad.  Note:  skipped 5 holes between piercings with Mat pack to leave enough room and space.Sept.25SuperSaturdayCreatedByYou
  • Although is doesn’t really show as well in the photo, the Perfect Punches greeting was actually stamped twice.. once with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, and a second time with Old Olive Classic Ink.
  • The Cherry Cobbler Image was punched with a scallop circle die… and
  • After punching the center of the Joy greeting with a 1 1/4” circle punch, the edges were lightly sponged with More Mustard Classic ink before attaching with pop dots to the Cherry Cobbler punched image, and pop dotted onto the card.
  • Ooooh.. and before I give you the shopping list… here is a snippet of the original sofa pillow which served as inspiration!Plaid_Inspiration
  • Before you leave… I want to offer just one more tip for using your mat pack with dark colored cardstock!
  • Have you noticed that the edge of the mat pack can be difficult to line up when using dark cardstock:tip_piercingdarkpapers
  • To remedy the situation, simply slip a post it note :) or copy paper between your cardstock layer and the foam pad which comes with the mat pack… it will brighten everything up for you!tipb_matpack

Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Post It Note Plaid Tutorial… scroll down for a complete shopping list of items used to make today’s card (not just the pretty plaid paper:)

Stamps and Supplies used in today’s Pretty Plaid Embossed Card:


  • Perfect Punches #117022(wood) or #120516(clear)
  • Baroque Motifs #113490 (wood only)


  • Very Vanilla #101650
  • Old Olive #100702

Classic Inks:

  • Cherry Cobbler #119669
  • So Saffron #105213
  • Old Olive #102277
  • More Mustard #103162
  • Crumb Cake #121030
  • Versamark #102283


  • Scallop Circle
  • 1 1/4” Circle


  • Neutrals Designer Buttons #119743
  • Metallic Brads #119741
  • Vintage Brads #117273

Additional Tools & Supplies

  • Mat Pack #105826
  • Paper Piercing Tool #116631
  • Stampin’ Sponges #101610
  • Clear Embossing Powder #109130
  • Grid Paper #102787
  • 3” x 5” Post It Notes (Office Supply Store)
  • Heat Tool

Visit my online Stampin Up Store to order your supplies… and I’ll see you tomorrow with another fun card design (or two)!




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Teressa Thompson said...

My gosh! I can't believe you don't have a thousand comments on this yet. This card is stunning and the technique you used to make it is incredible! I LOVE IT --- and I'm gonna CASE it and do a tut on doing in digitally.

Is it ok if I link back to your tutorial? How awesome!

Tee - the excited one! LOL

lisa808 said...

Thanks for another great tutorial and useful tips.

stampinsue said...

Gorgeous, Sharon! TFS. Love the Baroque overlay, too.

Leslie said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the details.

Susan Carlson said...

That is such a cool tutorial and a wonderfully finished project! I think I'll try it very soon.

Nellyne Heath said...

That is a fabulous card. The Tutorial is easy to follow also. I will be visiting your blogsite often.
Thanks for showing us all how to do that.

Patrice said...

Wow Sharon this is an amazing card I LOVE IT!!!!!

Created By You said...

Thanks Girls!! Tee, I look forward to your digital tutorial, you're a genius!!! I'm a little more digitally challenged, I'll probably stick to ink for a while... Hugs,