Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mini Tutorial: Apothecary Accents Label

Welcome back!  Today for the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge, I’m sharing new catalog sneak peek products Apothecary Accents and Layered Labels along with a Mini Tutorial for downsizing the largest Apothecary Accents Framelits!

The largest shape in the Apothecary Accents Framelits Die cutting pack is quite large as you can see by the very vanilla stamped image on the first card in this post.sqsc40 by sharon fieldFor today’s SQSC40 challenge, I’ve downsized it… a trick I’ll share in just a moment Winking smile.

When my new catalog pre-order arrived, I was quite pleasantly surprised by the patterns in the Comfort Café Designer Series Paper Package!  I hadn’t anticipated liking the colors and patterns given the pre-order sneak peek! downsized die cut and layered labels images on challenge cardAnd… I’m loving the new firm foam stamp pads as well although I know there will be a learning curve for new users.  The firm foam pads are well inked and best used to ink an upside down stamp… vs. the way we’ve traditionally inked a stamp.  Tapping lightly with the pad to the stamped image provides excellent coverage!mini glue dots used to attach bunny ear blue jean denim ribbon bowI was happy to see the denim jean ribbon carry over to the new catalog as well, how about you?  Here I’ve tied a simple bunny ear bow with proper tails, notched with my craft/ribbon scissors.old meets new retired brads on sneak peek cardSadly, will miss the larger brads, which I used often on cards and scrapbook pages as well!

Apothecary Accents Framelits Mini Tutorial and

Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters:  Downsizing the largest framelit die cut.align points on grid paper

  1. Die cut the framelit using a big shot die cutting machine and card stock of my grid paper... use lines to perfectly align placement
  2. Next, align the framelit die cut so that the right and left image points are on a solid line of your grid paper.  Center a ruler using the grid paper lines to ensure proper vertical alignment as shown, and use a pencil to mark along the edge of the ruler.image prior to cutting with tabletop paper cutter
  3. Your image now looks like this.stamp first for best results.
  4. Simply cut on the lines and remove the center of downsized die cut image

Additional tips for paper crafters:

  • Although you can stamp the image after downsizing the die cut, it’s much easier to stamp and then downsize!  LOL… I did it the other way around!SQSC40_ON_Createdbyu_Blogspot

Here’s the sketch for today’s challenge…. we’d love to have you play along too!  Simply create a card or project using the basic bones of today’s sketch and then stamp by the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge Blog to upload the URL of your project!  You know the drill!

See you tomorrow with more sneak peek cards and I look forward to reading your comments!

BTW… if you haven’t received your copy of the new Stampin’ Up! 2012-13 catalog, use the contact me form in the tabs at the top of today’s post and drop me a line!



Shop my online stampin’ up store for stamps and Supplies used in today’s…

Mini Tutorial:  Apothecary Accents Label SQSC40 Card

Stamps:  Layered Labels* WM 127070 / CM 127072

Papers:  Comfort Café Designer Series Paper Pack* 126898, Very Vanilla 100650, Early Espresso 119686

Inks:  Midnight Muse* 126860, Early Espresso 119670

Terrific Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine 113439, Table Top Paper Cutter 106959, Apothecary Accents Framelits* 127003

Awesome Accessories:  3/8” Denim Jean Ribbon 125053, 5/16” Brads 112534, Mini Glue Dots 103683

*New catalog sneak peek items will become available June 1, 2012

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Kelly Wentling said...

Great tip for sizing! Thanks Sharon! I like this new pattern of dsp and the new blue color.

Thestampinglady said...

Thanks so much for the sizing tip. Love your work and ideas!