Hello, My Friends…
Lisa Arana here and I’m excited to be playing with an older but still amazing stamp set by Unity Stamp Company. It is that time folks… Christmas and Holiday cards must be happening! At least in my house. I am such a procrastinator. So really, I’m ahead of the game… slightly. By one more card. Haha. I usually like to mail out all of our out of state cards and presents the first or second week of December. Fingers crossed it happens. I’ll be honest. It doesn’t always happen that way.
This cutie pie stamp is so much fun. It really is special and different. I love the look of the snow globe and that darling owlie, of course.
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This probably couldn’t be any more clean and simple. I thought about adding more things… sequins, Nuvo Drops or ribbon. But in the end, I just really adore how the snow globe is the star of the show. To make it special, I did add some sparkle to the snowglobe part. I just couldn’t leave it without something to add a bit of bling.
I used a digital cut file available from Unity Stamp Co. If you do not like fussy cutting or you have a bunch of cards to make, digital cut files are perfect for you! I enjoy fussy cutting. I know, I’m weird. But if I want to make it easy on myself, I’ll pull out my Silhouette Cameo and let it do all the hard work for me. I plan to make a few of these so I let the machine cut out all my snowglobes and then I just need to stamp on the precut pieces. How amazing is that? Super amazing.
My machine is a Silhouette Cameo and I upgraded to the Designer Edition software years ago. It will import SVG files. Please research your particular machine. I don’t know how they all work but you definitely want to make sure your machine will work with SVG files before you purchase.
I have a video below to show the easiest way to use rubber stamps with cut files. You can see through clear stamps and judge where the edge of the die-cut is to get a perfect image in the center. Rubber stamps are solid and much harder to place exactly in the center of the die-cut. Well, I have a brilliant workaround. It is super easy and makes my little brain so very happy.
Here are the steps to recreate this card:
- Start with a standard size A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).
- Place your card base inside a MISTI or stamping platform. I’m using the mini MISTI today. Tack down your card base using a magnet and align your stamps so they are straight and in the center of your hard. However, that makes you happy.
- Stamp the snow globe in black ink that is Copic friendly (I’m using Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink).
- Stamp your sentiment below.
- Use your die cut machine to die cut the snow globe outline. Save the die cut and the negative piece to create a template.
- Without changing anything in your MISTI, place your die-cut template over your stamped image to make sure there is an even border around the snow globe. Tape it down with washi tape.
- Place your die cut back into the template. Stamp your image, repeat stamping if necessary to get a nice impression you are happy with.
- Remove all the pieces from the MISTI.
- Color the stamped and die-cut snow globe image with Copic Markers.
- Apply Glossy Accents within the snow globe image but around the owl. Sprinkle some glitter over the Glossy Accent layer.
- Add foam adhesive behind the colored snow globe image and pop it up on the card front. Add more Glossy Accents over the glitter to ensure it will not fall off (optional step) and then let dry completely.
- Admire your perfectly fussy cut stamped image plus the fun bit of sparkle and shine from the glitter and glossy accent. Someone you know is going to get one darling little card.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you are inspired by today’s project. If you create something, I’d love to see it. Join us in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group to share your card and tag me.