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A Night of Learning

>> Saturday, November 21, 2009

by Sue

Boy, did I have an wonderful night in my stamping room last night! My card came together just as I had hoped and I got lucky when several things I tried actually worked!

Earlier in the day I was looking at our new Merry Christmas arc stamp and I got to wondering if I could stamp it in a circle. Come to find out it's easy! If you stamp it in the center of all four sides of a 4 3/4" square card you get a circle! The rest of the card came together so quickly I was able to make a 2nd card using totally different paper colors for a totally different look.

This first Christmas Card uses "off color" colors - kind of~

Here's the same card using more traditional red and green.

While I was stamping the second circle I wondered what my card would look like if I turned the stamp around, so when I was finished I just had to try. Here's what I got ~

After finishing the front panel I was about to cut down another full sheet of card stock when I got to thinking, and I realized that I could make a 5" square card while only using a half sheet of card stock. The trick was to leave the front a little short -

When the card is closed it appears to be a regular card. When it's open it just looks stylish! I did add a little surprise inside.

So, what did I learn???

1) Using 1/2 sheet of paper for a 5" square card (you know that one already!)

2) If you color a clear jewel with a red Bic Mark it, you get a pink jewel. If you color a pink jewel with a red Bic Mark it you get a red jewel.

3) On my second card, on the green giga circle layer I colored all the dots in using a white pen. When it was dry I colored over it with my red Bic Mark it and I got bright red on green paper!

4) One of my biggest stamping pet peeves is cleaning black ink off a stamp only to be in a daze and re-ink it using the same black ink.

Stamps Used:

E102 - Merry Christmas Arc

L120 - Holly Giga Circle

H019 - Swag Mega Circle

D936 - Poinsettia Ribbon Slide


E102 - Merry Christmas Arc

G309 - Merry and Bright Greeting

F002 - Silhouette Holly

Thanks so much for stamping by!! Have a great weekend!!


Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Oh wow Sue!! Now this is VERY cool!! I love what you've done with that arc sentiment!! Talk about showing off potential!!

Cathy Indelicato said...

Great cards!!! You were busy!!!

Jennifer E. said...

Awesome cards Sue! Thanks for sharing your new ideas!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Wow! These are just awesome, Sue! Love the colors, the greeting in a circle, just everything.

Jessica G. said...

Fun new ideas for the arch sentiments! I especially like the large circle -- that would be fun for a circle shaped card, too.

Thanks for the great inspiration!!

Debbie Seyer said...


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