One of my favourite card styles at the moment is the front panel with an aperture and you may recognise the layout of today's creation - I made similar ones here and here. Framelits are brilliant for making the apertures and they make it easy to add a frame too, but for speed you can't beat the good old punch! Come and see:
The 2 1/2" circle punch is one of my most-used punches and it makes short work of this style of card. I inked my Morning Meadow flower image up with markers and stamped through a mask before placing the aperture panel over the top. TIP: When punching the aperture panel, layer the card stock with a same-sized piece of thin paper and punch through both together - you can use the thin paper as the mask for stamping/sponging and your image will be in exactly the right place.
The large flower from the Morning Meadow set contrasts beautifully with the smaller one and, once stamped, it punches out so quickly and easily with the new Pansy punch. (The new Stampin' Up catalogue features lots of stamp sets that coordinate with punches or framelits and there's a handy 15% discount when you buy both together.) I centred the flower with the new love of my life - a candy dot. I adore the Stampin' Up ones - they are brilliant quality (and it shows), they come in all the colour families, they're self-adhesive, and they can also be used as a brad by adding to a brad base.
Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Morning Meadow, Wetlands (sentiment)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green markers
Card stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight core'dinations
Other: Pansy and 2 1/2" circle punches, Garden Green candy dot, stamp-a-majig
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STOP PRESS! New releases and a special offer!
1. If you own the Stampin' Trimmer you're likely to be a big fan of its large cutting area, its ability to cut and score a card base in seconds without fiddling about taking blades in and out, its cutting guard that locks into place giving a really accurate straight cut every time, its portability... oh I could go on and on! Well, now you can set that fabulous trimmer can work even harder with the launch of the new Rotary Addition:
You just whisk the cutting guard out of the trimmer and replace it with the Rotary add-on guard, turn the cutting mat and tada! - you have a rotary cutter! There are also several gorgeous decorative blades available including my personal favourite, the perforating cartridge.
You can see the new items on pages 176-177 of the annual catalogue.
2. A new 'Best of' Stamp set has been released! Best of Shelli is the latest in the 25th anniversary celebration series and is available until March 2014. It comes in cling mount only at £13.95.
3. Why not bag yourself a free pack of designer paper? During the month of August, you'll get a free pack of designer paper when you buy three packs. (This applies to the regular packs not the speciality papers or the stacks.) Check out all the gorgeous designs on pages 151, 153 and 154 of the annual catalogue.
Talking of availability, this will be my last post for a week or two as I make myself more available to my family. Thank you as always for visiting me here and for your support, and I'll be back soon. I'll leave you with the words of my small nephew, who had entertainingly missed the point: "Bye alligator!"