I'm getting kind of sad because Sale-a-Bration is coming to a close very soon. I love this BEST promotion of the year, but it will all be over on March 31, 2018. I'm realizing that I have all sorts of too cool card ideas that I have yet to share with you, so we're gonna close out this year's promotion with a final Sale-a-Bration celebration!
Two Cool Projects Here! More Cool Ideas & Giveaways on Facebook!
Final Sale-a-Bration Countdown Starts Tomorrow!
Starting tomorrow, I'll be celebrating the final days of the Sale-a-Bration promotion with some extra-special fun! Each day, I'll feature two cool projects highlighting one of the Sale-a-Bration selections right here on my blog, PLUS, I'll have more fun Sale-a-Bration bonus ideas & giveaways posted over on my Too Cool Stamping VIP Group on Facebook. Don't miss out on the last Sale-a-Bration hurrah! Join my VIP Facebook group today!
All three of the Party Pandas are so adorable and I love that Darla Eigenschink used each of them on her super-cute easel card! This fancy-fold card is so fun for the recipient and so easy to make!
Background Basics—Darla's easel card starts with a 4-1/4" x 11" Calypso Coral card base that's scored along the 11" side at the 2-3/4" and 5-1/2" marks. The score lines are both folded toward the inside of the card. The card front is created with a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Sale-a-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper mounted onto a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock. She used Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the lower half of the card front to the lower scored panel of the card only, leaving the top half free. She wrapped a 1/4" Basic Gray ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration Shimmer Ribbon Pack around the card front and tied it into a double-knot.
Party Pandas—Darla stamped the Party Pandas in Archival Black ink for a nice solid black image onto a 4-1/8" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White. She started by stamping the center panda first, then added the two on the sides. She stamped the "hi" greeting in Bermuda Bay ink onto the letter in the panda's paws. Then, she used Bermuda Bay & Lemon Lime Twist Markers to color the party hat and a Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Marker to color the balloon. This stamped layer is mounted onto a 4-1/8" x 3-7/8" Bermuda Bay layer and adhered to the card front.
Sweet Sentiment—Darla stamped the birthday sentiment from the set in VersaMark ink onto a scrap of Basic Black cardstock, then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder using the Heat Tool. She punched it out with the Classic Label Punch, then snipped off one end to make it flush with the edge. I love that little detail!
Inside Sentiment—To make the easel stand up, you have to add a element on the inside that's popped up with Dimensionals. Darla stamped the Perennial Birthday sentiment in Bermuda Bay onto Whisper White cardstock, then punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. She punched a second shape from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, cut the shape in half and re-positioned the two halves to frame each side of the sentiment.
I love that this card mails flat, just like any traditional card! That's what really makes it Too Cool!
At a recent team event, Darla shared that she had been having lots of fun playing with the Party Pandas images with shrink plastic! Have you ever tried this technique? You stamp on the shrink plastic (purchased from a craft supply store), color it on the backside, then heat it up in the oven or a toaster oven and the plastic shrinks down into a miniature, hard plastic accent.
Look how tiny they are! The tallest with the balloon is about 1-3/8" high and they are about 5/8" wide. So cute! They are dinky compared to the original image size!
Some Shrink Plastic Tips—Here are a few tips on how to stamp successfully on Shrink Plastic.
Stamp with Archival Black Ink or StazOn ink.
Color on the back, frosted side with Stampin' Blends Markers or Sharpies.
You can color with Stampin' Write Markers, but the color may smear before baking.
Cut out the image before baking.
If you want a hole in your charm, you must punch it before baking. Use a 1/8" punch.
Finishing The Charms—Darla created a fun little dangling charms accent that can be attached as a zipper pull or as decoration on a key chain. She added jump rings through the holes on the pandas, added a small piece of chain, then combined all the chains on a larger jump ring and finished with a lobster clasp. You'll need some jewelry making pliers to work with the findings on this project.
You could also use these tiny accents as scissors charms, wine glass charms or even as shaker pieces in a shaker card! So many fun possibilities!
Register Now For The March 29 "Last Thursdays" Class—Create 4 cards using Too Cool techniques, plus envelopes. This month, we'll be featuring items from the Sale-a-Bration promotions and Occasions Catalog! This class is perfect for any level stamper, but it's designed for new stampers to get a feel for the basics and try out some simple, but cool, techniques! Class is Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm, at my Too Cool Stamping Studio in Fort Wayne, IN. Cost is $15 or the class is FREE when you place a minimum order at the event.