The Cat’s Pajamas makes wonderful stamp sets not only because they contain very clever designs but because they are packed with many little stamps that make a huge impact when stamped together! Our Thursday, February 2 class will showcase these stamps and I will share a few samples with you today. Most of these samples are inspired by samples on the various companies’ blogs. For more information on our Thursday class, click here.
“Admit One” Clear Set
The first set I will showcase is the “Admit One” clear set. I chose a variety of papers (from all different vendors) and brought them together with some die cut hearts, ribbon and red twine. The ticket of course is the star of the card and every little stamp on the ticket is in the set! The ticket is die cut with the Big Ticket die. I love this die because you can cut a single ticket or a line of tickets quite easily. Hint: Die cut the ticket first then stamp the ticket outline and add your other stamped images.
This card uses a completely different color combo (Doodlebug Sweet Cakes papers) but again the ticket is the centerpiece of the card. I love the “seal” stamp which can be added as a background. I inked the stamp in Memento Rosebud ink then stamped it off on scratch paper first so the stamped image on the ticket would be lighter.
To finish this card I die cut the TCP Heart Trio (it cuts 3 hearts at once!) from 3 different papers and layered them together to form the heart. The tiny “I love you” is part of the same set. The border below the ticket is cut with the TCP Circus Border die.
“Love Letters” Clear Set
Another TCP clear set that’s full of wonderful little stamps is “Love Letters.” This set also has a matching die called the Stamp Trio die. Unfortunately it was back ordered at the time I made these cards so I had to use other tools to add the postage edge. On some of the samples I cut the stamps out using postage edge scissors – I cut away from the stamped edge but it still gave the postage look. For a more authentic postage stamped edge you could cut the stamp out with scissors. That was far too tedious so I used my Japanese screw punch to punch out the semicircle edges and this worked great. Needless to say I am looking forward to receiving the die!
Who would think of using cherries paper for a Valentines card? Well, it’s cute and colorful and forms just the right background for the three “love” stamps. Hint: To add color to the middle of the stamps while still leaving a white border, I created a reverse mask using Eclipse paper. This let me adhere the reverse mask over one stamp at a time and sponge on a little Memento Pear Tart ink. To finish the card I added a little green ribbon and a heart die cut with TCP’s Heart Trio die.
This card is just so much fun. Again I took my color theme from the colorful background paper which is actually a holiday paper (My Mind’s Eye 12 Days of Christmas Merry and Bright)! I stamped 9 stamp outlines (it’s easy with clear stamps!) and then added the inside designs. The bear and his heart are from another wonderful set called “A Beary Good Year” which lets you add all kinds of little holiday icons to the bear to celebrate every holiday and card-sending occasion throughout the year! Love it! The “letter” the bear is holding is made with stamps from the “Love Letters) set. Hint: I enhanced the bear’s eyes and nose with Enamel Accents in black from Ranger. By the way, the mat behind stamps is the reverse of the background paper!
We now move from bright to more somber colors to create a card perhaps better suited to men. The decorative papers are from My Mind’s Eye (State of the Heart and Love Me collections) plus one paper from the new Basic Grey Kissing Booth collection. I used the same reverse masking technique described above, this time using Memento Angel Pink ink. The frame around the stamps is created with Spellbinder’s Mega Curved Rectangles.
The color theme for this card is classic black, white and red (check out our “Black, White and Red” class here). I stamped and white embossed the sentiment (from TCP’s Simply Said set) on black cardstock and adhere this to the red background. Next I added two postage stamps using Memento London Fog and Lady Bug inks.
What a cute little bear bearing a Valentine heart and letter to the lucky recipient of this card. The script strip (say that 3 times fast!) behind the postage stamps is stamped with the new Newspaper background stamp from Hero Arts. The rest of the card’s images are similar to ones described above. See the airmail border in the lower left? It’s in the set too!
Whew! That’s a lot of cards from two sets of stamps! Let me share with you some other stamps and dies coming from TCP this week:
Black and White and Red
Saturday, Feb 4 at 10am our class will be all about Valentines in black, white and red! We will start by making a fun criss-cross card with an insert. The decorative papers are by Kaiser (Ebony and Ivory) and stamps by Memory Box and Hero Arts. The hearts are die cut with the Spellbinders Nested Hearts. The next card we will make has an embossed background (Cuttlebug embossing folder) and a focal image made with Spellbinders nested hearts and heart circle dies. The red rhinestone heart is by Want2Scrap and matches the nested hearts perfectly. Our last project in this class will be making a candy presentation package using black and white papers and the same nested hearts. For more information on this class please click here.
Everything’s Better with Chocolate!
Giving chocolate candy is traditional at Valentines and in our Saturday afternoon class on Feb 4 I will show you how to make the presentation as yummy as the candy! First we will make a darling card with a whimsical sentiment. Next we will a cute topper to put on a cellophane bag of chocolates. Both these samples are made with My Favorite Things “Who’s That Chocoholic” stamp set. Lastly (photos not ready at posting time, but you can see them now on our class page – click here) we will make 2 more candy presentation ideas. Please join us for this fun class!
What’s in Store
New dies and stamp from Memory Box and Poppystamps – get them now as they sell out quickly!!!
New papers from October Afternoon (Kitchen Cupboard); Pink Paislee (Nantucket); Kasier (Ebony & Ivory); Basic Grey (Kissing Booth); Doodlebug (Sweet Cakes)
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