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Another Saturday, Another Plaid

>> Saturday, March 28, 2009

by Sue W.


Does it seem to you that I've been using our plaid stamps alot lately?? It sure seems like it to me! Maybe it's because there's so many fun things to do with it! And just a warning - I'm not done yet!!!

Todays plaid is probably my favorite. I call it the Easy Plaid and there are 2 ways you can do it, either horizontal and vertical (like you'll see here today) or diagonal which you can see on our website in the Online Demos section. Either way the first thing you need to do is choose your ink colors. I've seen several cards this week with light blue and green and they inspired me!

First thing I'll do is show you the stamps I used -

As you can see here I stamped my first ink color (turquoise dye ink) in the center of my card both horizontally and vertically ( a large "plus" sign).

Step 2 is to clean my stamp and using spring green dye ink, I stamped the plaid again directly above my horizontal lines of the "plus" sign

Step 3 is continuing to use the same green ink as I rotate my card and stamp above my original "plus" sign. Based on the size of your card, you may need to clean your stamp and return to your original ink color (turquoise) and stamp any remaining blank areas. (you can see in the picture that both sides of mine need a little more turquoise ink)

That's it! You now have a custom plaid of your chosen colors. How cool is that? I've been know to say that the plaid stamp is one of a very few stamps that you can use for practically everyone, from grandpa Joe to baby Jill. All you have to do is change the ink colors. You can even go crazy and use more than 2 ink colors!

Now to finish my card - I trimmed my plaid so it wouldn't fill the entire front of my card and adhered white ribbon along the bottom edge, and attached it to my folded green card.

I stamped the Happy Birthday giga circle using cyan pigment ink, then stamped the cupcake inside it using black pigment ink. After embossing with clear embossing powder I colored them both in using my Bic markers. I punched it out using my giga punch and also giga'd a plain lime green piece of paper. I adhered both pieces to a bright blue piece of cardstock and used an oval punch to curve the corners. I attached this layer to my plaid and was finished except for adding my blue jewels to both the dots on the circle and on the white ribbon.

My fun was over - but only for a short while!!!

Now on to the new addition to my post -

Introducing -

Last week I asked the question if I should add this to my Saturday posts, and it seems to have gotten a favorable reply. So as long as I have a tip or a trick, and as long as you keep supplying me with yours I'll continue to add this to my posts. (to submit a tip or trick please email me at: - please don't leave them in the comments section, so they'll be fresh and new when I post them!) Please note that I am bribing you by offering blog candy for all tips and tricks that I use here! (Shameless aren't I???)
Here goes -
My Tip: If you have problems lining things up straight (like the plaid shown here), stamp it on the diagonal, lines that aren't particularly straight will be harder to notice!

Your Trick -by Vicki S. : When I have a wonderful DRS stamp that I have not taken time to mount yet, I simply put a piece of double stick tape on my clear mounting block and stick the stamp on and I am good to go :-)
Thanks Vicki!! Your blog candy will be on its way!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to email me your tips!!!
Sue W.


Stef H (GlitterbabeGreetings) said...

What a lovely card and a great idea on the tips.

Here's one.... for those that use unmounted stamps..... print the name of the maker of the stamp on the back,(i.e. DRS Designs) that way you'll always know who it is when you need to mention it.


Dawn said...

This card is lovely! Great colors... and what a great tip from Vicky... and you as well, Stef... I ALWAYS need good ideas!

Cathy Indelicato said...

Love the new feature...and the bling on your card!!!

Jennifer E. said...

Cool Card Sue! Love the idea of your tips and tricks! Now, I just have to get my thinking cap on!

Anonymous said...

What a really fab creation Sue! I love the colors on your card!! That cupcake is so yummy!! I love your plaid demos too!! :) THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Vicki S.!!!!

Vicki S. said...

Just checked in and wow I am so excited to have won!! Can't wait to see what it is!
Thank you :-) Love Stef's idea too.
The plaid card is really neat-think I need to go play today.

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