This card is a little different in that it opens from the middle and the stamped cutout flowers overlap the opening. Not sure what or if there’s a proper name for this card. Perhaps Middle Opening Card? Or Two Side Paneled Card? If there is a name for it, and you know it leave me a comment. The flowers from this Flower Patch stamp set are solid and when used with the 2014-2016 In-Colors they really stand out.
I like this card because it’s a little different and was fun to make because of the difference.
I started with a regular size card base of a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock. This time I scored it at 2-1/8″ from one end, flipped the card and scored at 2-1/8″ from the other. Line up the middle as close as possible and crease with a Bone Folder.
For the side panels I cut two, 1-5/8″ x 5″ pieces and one 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece for the inside of the card out of All Abloom DSP Stack.
On a sheet of Whisper White I stamped flowers from the Flower Patch Stamp Set in Blueberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Tangerine Twist.
The leaves were stamped in Mossy Meadow on Pistachio Pudding Card Stock. I love the Mossy Meadow on the Pistachio because of the light green edge rather then white.
Once all the flowers and leaves were stamped I ran them through the BIG Shot with the Flower Fair Framelits. There’s a framelit for all the leaves and flowers except for the small flowers and those I just fussy cut with Paper Snips.
I layered the flowers and attached the leaves with Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive. The two largest flowers were overlapped the card opening. This way I wasn’t limited to just the side panels widths of 2-1/8″, which the largest flowers would not have fit on without the overlap.
Try one of these “Side Paneled Cards or “Middle Opening Cards” or whatever they might be called. And, please leave me a comment or two.
Remember to Stamp what you love and love what you stamp.
This is a card we made at one of my workshops and I have to tell you it was a disaster!!! Yes, even I have problems and mishaps in stamping and crafting. But, I find through disasters I learn something, like “what not to do” and “what to do.” When I made this sample for the workshop, I had a few stamping issues stamping solid flower images. At the workshop it didn’t matter what we tried, a solid image, especially with the large flower, was not to be. I tried everything you should do with the photopolymer (Clear) stamps. We were told to stamp on a soft pad of some kind. I use the Stampin’ Up! Paper Piercing mat. (I have one strictly for stampin) The mat didn’t help. We all tried and while we got a few good images to get us through the workshop, none of us should have to work this hard at stamping!
Now to get a good solid stamped image from a photopolymer stamp one should do the following:
1. Stamp on a soft pad. That is don’t stamp on the pad itself, but place your card stock on a soft pad then stamp on the card stock.
2. Press evenly on the clear block. If you look closely you can actually see the air releasing from th inked stamp.
3. If you have a stubborn stamp that still won’t stamp a solid image, try VersaMark first then the ink. The VersaMark will be sticky and hold the ink better.
4. You can rub the stamp on you Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub, sans the mist. Sometimes this helps with any residue.
Now if you’re still having a problem, like me, call Stampin’ Up! I did and they said once in awhile the stamp is cut uneven and the lower areas do not pick up the ink. Well low and behold I believe that was the problem with my stamp. I sent back my used set and Stampin’ Up! replaced mine. They even paid for postage. Thank you Stampin’ Up1
So there you have it a lesson in how to stamp a solid image using Photopolymer Stamps.