Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #002 April 26th 2006
The first issue of this first-ever Splitcoast newsletter went out last week, and the response has been tremendous! To our almost 5,000 new subscribers, welcome!

Many, many entries were submitted in our Name This Newsletter contest. We'll announce the winner next Wednesday in this space. See you then! - The SCS Crew
Big Buckle Card  
If you've visited the gallery since the Word Window punch was introduced last July, certainly you've seen some really interesting things created with it. We were so excited to see Susanne Moyer using this versatile punch during her cruise demonstration!
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Adhesive
  • Word Window Punch
  • Small corner rounder (optional)
  • One 5 1/2" x 7" piece of cardstock for the card
  • One 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock for the inside of card
  • One 1 5/8" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for the buckle
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Julie Kaehler asked: "I've heard people mention distressing your card stock with a bone folder. Could you please explain how this is done? Thank you."
    A: If you've ever whittled a stick, it's kind of like that. Use your bone folder like a knife to whittle away the sharp edges of the cardstock. Continue until you have the look you like. Here is a great card from Pinefeather showing off the technique:
    Faux suede is a distressing technique. Pull the cardstock over the bone folder's edge (imagine your cardstock is curling ribbon, and the bone folder is a pair of scissors) again and again until you notice the cardstock splitting. Carefully pull the cardstock layers apart. Find more hints in this forum thread:
    The paper behind mmferg's main image is a fantastic sample of Faux Suede:
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Irene Hirtle had a great suggestion for slider cards. "I found cutting plastic bags very frustrating, and thought there must be something easier to use and tried marker [flagging] tape. It is unsticky plastic tape exactly 1 inch wide that people use to tie on things so they show up...It's inexpensive, and works great. Thought this might be helpful...Thanks for the great step by step tutorials from beautiful Nova Scotia."

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
    Crayon Resist Create a very different shading on your card by using a white crayon on neutral Cardstock.
    Crayon Resist tutorial
    Crayon Resist gallery

    Change out the blade in your hobby (X-Acto) knife, clear off your cutting mat, and stock up on temporary adhesive. We'll be back next Wednesday with another great tutorial!
    This Week's Hot Topics
    Retro Resist is a great way to get a tie-dyed effect.
    Retro Resist
    Keep seeing Gamsol and stumps listed in the gallery, and don't know what they are?
    "Can't miss" instructions for Inkarella's Watercolor Resist technique:
    Do you want to know how to add color to the edges of your cardstock? Helpful hints about sponging:
    Muffysmom shared a cute vest template made with 5 Stampin' Up! punches:
    Did you know you can emboss Classic ink?
    April 19 to April 26
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Try the "pencil over" technique. Stamp your image in craft white on dark cardstock. Let dry and then color the image with colored pencils.
    Use this color combo for your projects: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue.
    Check out this week's classic card layout.
    Use twill in your projects.
    Create a card without using sentiment or verse stamps.
    Use lots of pictures in your layout.
    Scrapbook any kind of party, and use flowers on your page.
    Let a picture of a room divider inspire you.
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