Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #345 January 9th 2013
Mini Blinds  
Guest tutorial author and DD alumna Diane Zechman will show you how to create a mini blind card.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Cardstock
  • Scor-Pal
  • Adhesive
  • Patterned paper
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Cheryl asked: " I have been stamping for more than a year now and still feel as though I am stuck in the beginner mode. I love to watch your tutorials, I am just so amazed by the quality and wonderful teaching talent you display. So here is my question...What steps do you follow when you sit at your crafting table to design a project? How do you go about the process from start to finish. Please treat me as though I am "dumber than dirt"! I would not be offended. I get many lovely comments from those I send my cards to, however, I want to present my own thoughts and cares. I am sure that I am not the only person who could use this type of help.

    Also I have spent quite a bit of money on Spellbinder dies, the problem I am having is my paper sticks so very firmly into the die. Is this only beause they are new? Am I doing something wrong? I am using a cuttlebug., "
    A: When I start creating, I usually pick a challenge as my starting base. I think my favorite challenges are our Splitcoast Inspiration or Ways to Use it challenges - our weekly challenges are listed in the newsletter. They give me a starting point without hemming me in too much. From inspiration challenges I usually pick a form/layout or colors to use on my card. Then I go from there, picking paper that works with the color choice. Next I check my stamps what will work with the paper and the layout.

    When I work with a new image that I am planning on coloring, I still pick the patterned paper first. I learned the hard way that if you color and then pick the paper, it's a lot harder to match it to the paper you have. Next I pick a die to cut my image with. After that I try to find a layout that works for it. I have a few go to sketches that I keep using over and over.

    When I have intricate dies, I place a piece of wax paper between the die and the cardstock before cutting and embossing the cardstock. The wax paper makes it easy to remove the cardstock from the die.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Jo has a suggestion for the Twinkling H2O's tutorial:"If you are like me and find that Twinkling H2Os are too expensive, check the art department in your local craft store for shimmering watercolors. I bought a palette of 18 terrific shades for less than $8.00. Now I have another way to use them!"

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