Thursday, 24 May 2012

Poppy Meadow Card by Alan Scott

Like most crafters, I don't throw anything away. This includes those acetate packets that the That Special Touch Masks arrive in, they are very clear and well worth saving!
When stamp set Poppy Meadow by IndigoBlu arrived, I knew what I wanted to do - all those saved acetate sleeves are going to be used.
One thing that you have to remember, is that the best ink to use when stamping on this type of surface is StazOn. However, this type of ink is not recommended when you're using clear stamps. You can use them but be extra careful and make sure you clean them right away with a recommended cleaner. The same can be said for rubber stamps but they tend to be able to take that bit more.


StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad Poppy Meadow Stamp
StazOn Stamp Cleaner
1 clean acetate sleeve
Anti-Static Bag
A5 Silver Mat Card
A4 Made up Basic White Card
Backing Paper of your choice
1 length of ribbon plus 1 smaller length just to add to the bow
Silver peel off lines style
2 hat pins with added beads (if plastic don't worry about colours apart from white - read on ........)
Sharp craft knife and a steel edged ruler
Selection of ProMarkers to colour the Poppy
Normal items from our crafting box


First thing you need to do, is take your anti-static bag and give the surface of the acetate a good coating, then just gently woft (crafting term ....... To wave gently in the air while singing a fav. song!). Then taking the stamp, carefully stamp the image.
Now I know you have heard me go on and on about my fav stamping item but in this style of stamping, where you need to be firm and not to make even the slightest of smudges, the Fiskars Easy Stamp Press once again, came into it's own. I was able to make an impression and then remove the acetate sleeve, without any smears or smudges. As you can see, I have stamped a base image and then carefully placed the main poppy image over the base image.
At the same time, take some acetate that is the same and make another impression from any of the stamps you're using at that time - you don't have to be perfect about this one. This is going to be used so that you can test if the ink has dried. After all, you don't want to smudge your image! Place aside to leave the impression to air dry.
Next job is to secure your choice of paper onto the made up A4 card. To do this, place double sided tape onto the white card (all sides and down the middle is my preference). Remove the top layer covering the tape and on the sides and middle, just remove to half way. Now then, here is what I do and it gives me some "wiggle" time. Take a glue stick tube and place just a thin layer over the uncovered tape. This will allow you to move your backing paper a little and this in return gives you time to make sure all edges meet. When you're happy, secure into place and then remove the middle and sides. If the ink still does not look dry, we can cut out the aperture for the front of the card.
Take a sheet of A4 photocopy paper - we are going to use this as a template. Using the spare acetate sleeve, carefully measure where the overall stamped image will be. Then move in approx. 1cm on each line, to make the cut out smaller. By doing this, we can make sure that the image can be placed and we can make sure the image is balanced. When you're happy with the the size of the cut out, transfer the dimensions onto the inside of the front of the card. Always make sure your aperture is right - you can only cut the front of the card once. Carefully cut the aperture out and then place to one side. By now, the stamped image should be ready for the next step.
After you have selected your ProMarkers, turn the acetate sleeve over so that you colour on the reverse side. Place it on some scrap paper, so that you protect the stamped image, as it can be removed if you're ‘heavy handed’. When you're colouring, take your time and make small movements, as in some cases the saturation can be a little faint in some areas. When that’s done (as it's an alcohol pen, it will dry almost right a way), take your silver mirror board and carefully secure it by using a very thin double sided tape. Then the next stage is to secure onto the card, again using a thin strong double sided tape.

I cheated with the ribbon and bow, as the bow was made separately. If you crinkle up the main ribbon where the ribbon is going to be, it does look as if you have done it in one length. To do this, just take a length of string/cotton and make a knot to bring them in. Secure into place with a good glue dot or some strong clear glue. After I made the bow, I took a complimentary ribbon and just threaded into the centre of the bow and then tucked in the ends back in. It was secured into place with strong clear glue and the two hat pins were added. I used cheap Pony beads here. To colour them, I just used white ones and then selected a matching ProMarker and coloured the bead.
Job Done!
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