Sunday, October 8, 2017

Eclipse Explained

No, I'm not talking solar system. I'm talking technique!

I came across this technique this past weekend and liked it so much I had to give it a try. I'll explain the step-by-step process so you can try it too!

Here's how it came together:

  1.  First I set up a file in my Silhouette Design Studio (you could do this with die cuts as well). I set up a box measuring 4" high by 5.25" wide (which happened to be the size of the background stamp). I then added "JOY" text to the center of the box. I then loaded my mat with plain white cardstock and sent the cut file to my Silhouette Cameo.
  2. Before removing the cut out images from the mat, I placed it in my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (the open sides allowed me to place the whole 12x12 mat in there).  I carefully laid the background stamp, Snow Swirls, in the area to be stamped and closed the lid of the platform to pick up the stamp. I inked the stamp with Memento Ink (Summer Sky) and stamped the cardstock, reinking a few times to get full coverage.
  3. I then removed the cut out elements from the mat. The letters were set aside temporarily. The rectangle was adhered to a blue cardstock mat cut slightly larger than the stamped image. That was then attached to my card base.
  4. Foam tape was added to the back of the three letters and they were attached to the cut out spaces. I inked the edges before placing them down. The center of the "O' was then put in place (no foam tape).
  5. The sentiment was stamped on the same cardstock used for the mat. The stamp, All Is Calm, was done in Memento Ink (Paris Dusk). The piece was then trimmed out and foam taped to the front of the card. I added a little clear Wink of Stella to the letters to give it a little shine, although, sadly, I couldn't capture it in the photo.

I love the simple elegance this technique gives to the card. I sure hope you give this one a try. Would love to see your finished projects!

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!