Carmen’s Amazing “Tie Dye” Stationery Kit

My friend Carmen DeBruce is an amazing stamper!  Not only does she do amazing work, but she also finds time to create an amazing amount of projects each month, even with her busy, non-stamping schedule.  I don't know where she gets the energy, but I love that she shares her awesome projects with us!  

Today's project is another example of the Amazing Carmen!  She wanted a cool project to do for a stamp class, so she CASEd a stationery box created by Jackie Topa, then took it too a whole new level by showcasing a myriad of cool stamping techniques. 

I'll give you a "tour" of the entire ensemble, but I'm sure I'll be leaving out something…it's so jam-packed with fun extras!  I'm gonna count up all the techniques as we go along…  

Box - front outside

Here is the outside of the colorful stationery box…it's bright and cheery and very "tie-dye" looking.  Love it!

(1) Baby Wipe Stamping—To achieve the tie-dye look, add drops of Re-Inker onto a baby wipe and use it as an ink pad. This project uses the Medallion stamp, but it would look terrific with any bold image stamp. Baby Wipe tutorial.

(2) One Sheet Wonder (OSW)—That's when you randomly stamp on one sheet of card stock, then cut it up into pieces to create matching projects.  The OSW pieces are used on the box and many pieces inside the kit. One Sheet Wonder gallery of ideas.

(3) Build A Blossom—Using the Build A Blossom stamps and Blossom Petals Punch to create a lovely focal point.

Box - full inside

Take off the lid of the box and it's filled with all kinds of goodies: cards, mini cards, tags, and more!

On the left side of the inside flap, is a little notepad covered with OSW paper.  You can use this to keep track of who to send cards to, or to make a gift list.

The little pocket on the right side holds stamps for mailing out the pretty cards!  TIP: The tutorial has the pocket opening toward the fold of the box flap, but if you put it that way your stamps fall out. Just turn it around like Carmen's.

(4) Decorated Pen—Use a piece of OSW on the inside of a Pentel RSVP pen to fancy it up!  Altered RSVP instructions at the bottom of this post.

Box - card holder part

Here's an upclose photo of the card holder pockets, again created with OSW card stock. Let's look at the coordinating cards…

Box -  1 card

(5) Scallop Trim Border Punch—Guests got to try out border punches using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

(6) Dyed Taffeta Ribbon—OK, Carmen may have been using non-Stampin' Up! ribbon, but you could certainly use our White Taffeta dipped in Melon Mambo Re-Inker for a colorful bow!  I'm counting it!  Ribbon Dyeing tutorial.

Stamp set: Curly Cute.

Box - 2 card

(7) Torn Edges—Create a beautiful layered border with a torn edge.

(8) Twisted Scallop Circle Punch—Create the "pointy" scallop border by punching once with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, turning the punch a little and re-punching it.  Mary Fish did a video on this same technique using a different punch: Fancy Flower Punch With A Twist.

(9) Watercolor Pencils—I'm not sure if she used Watercolor Pencils or Watercolor Crayons or Classic Ink, but choose any one of those and smooth the color with a Blender Pen.

(10) Glitter—She outlined the glass with a 2-Way Glue Pen and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds.

Stamp Sets: Cheers To You, Happy Thoughts (retired)

Box - 3 card

(11) Embedded Embossing—The OSW piece was layered on Tempting Turquoise card stock, then textured with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  See Embedding Embossing instructions.

(12) Paper Buttons—She created her own buttons by stacking several layers of 1/2" Circle Punches together and covering them with Crystal Effects.  She even used a skinny strip of card stock for the "thread."  Paper Button Tutorial.

(13) Layered Punch Borders—She showed how to use extra Square Scallop punches to create a layered border all the way around the top punch.  This is the same basic technique I used for the Decorative Label Punch border shown at this post.

Stamp Set: Punch Bunch (retired)

Box - 4 card

(14) Lengthening Punches—She showed how to use the Jewelry Tag Punch to create a long tag.  See how to lengthen the Jewelry Tag Punch in Diana Gibbs' video.

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes

Box - cards 3

There are four 3×3" Mini Cards and Mini Envelopes in the kit.  Carmen used the Flower For All Seasons stamp set with more watercoloring. 

Box - tags 2

Finally, she used the Two Tags Die to make some cute little gift tags featuring more techniques!

Tag #1 Stamp Set: So Happy For You (retired)

(15) Build A Cupcake—She showed how to use the Build A Cupcake Punch including the cute mini candles with flames!

(16) Crimper—The Crimper was used to create the textured cupcake paper.

Tag #2 Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs

(17) Emboss Resist—Embossed in clear powder, then brayered in Tempting Turquoise ink. Emboss Resist tutorial.

Tag #3 Stamp Set: Bold Blossom

(18) Pop-Ups—Using Dimensionals to give images a 3D look.

(19) Scrunchy Paper Flower—Using the 1-3/4" Circle Scallop Punch to make a paper flower.  Here's a great tutuorial by Dawn Griffith: Scrunchy Paper Flowers.

(20) Faux Suede—She used the faux suede technique on the circle scallop punches to create the flower above.  I just used this technique on a recent project: Altered Button Holder.

Holy Moley!  Didn't I tell you she was AMAZING?!  Her class sure got their money's worth out of this Too Cool project!  Fantastic job, Carmen!  *claps enthusiastically and gives standing ovation* 

Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with us, my friend!

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