Tuesday, 22 March 2011

...late St Pat's and some Mini Banners tips

Yep - I know, it was nearly a week ago - but like everything else in my life, it was running a little - anyhow here's what I did with our free digital image for St Pat's day - a card's a card, right???

I printed the image in something like 40-50% black - so that it looked follow? good. Then I sponged, really lightly (cos the printer ink wasn't liking it) with crushed olive distress ink.

coloured a few bits in with copics and printed out another label so's I could trim out the sentiment and pop it up on foam bits.

See that wee bit of shapely velum peeping out above and below the label? Well that's a label from the new Spellbinders labels 3 die template set - see it here. I cut it out and embossed it - I used my Grand Calibur, it cuts vellum like butter, no cracked edges!!

I sliced the label in half and adhered it behind the label. Went with a grey background that was stamped with a text background from Text-It. Stitched a little, and mounted all that on a cream card base that was sponged with the same green ink! 

Bitty Banners Stamping Tip

Just when I had the ink and camera out - I thought I'd show you a little something about Bitty Banners - the small set we released at the beginning of the month.

As you might be aware we released a large Vintage Banners set too - and it was designed to fit in with the new Spellbinders Nested Pennants die templates - we'll have these on the store later this month.

The smaller Bitty Banners set can also be used with some of the smaller die templates from that set - here's how:

I cut out my little banner/pennant shapes with my Spellbinders dies as shown - in the picture the dies are shown cutting side down with the card still in them - the exposed areas are the area that I normally design stamps to suit.

In this case, the little shapes are very small and for these tiny shapes I wanted something a little different.

So, in this case I have designed the stamps to fit just inside the cut line of the die, and not the emboss line as I usually do.

Normally the designs fit inside the embossed edge, but the Bitty Banners stamps fit just inside the cut edge, so you need to remove the die cut card pieces from the dies and then stamp.

Below you can see my piece of orange stamping foam. On top of that is the piece of die cut card. On top of that is the banner stamp - you're looking at it through the clear acrylic block

Below - this is what the card banner piece looks like when you have stamped - you can see that there is a much slimmer border of clear card all around the edge. I tend not to emboss these wee pieces when I am stamping in this way as it can result in a less than perfect image. 

Here are the three little stamp shapes that work with the tiniest of the Nested Pennant dies - you can see the fine borders all around!! So go - on try it!!! Just remember with the Bitty Banners to die cut the shapes and THEN stamp and you'll have lots of little bits to make wee banners and bunting for your cards!!!

Hope it tickles!


  1. Ooo, nice! Love the layered label and the vellum accent--must try that!

  2. Love the card with the banner popped up and thanks for the 411 on the mini banners.

  3. Love your St. Patty's Day card (and you're not the only one who is a little late: I printed them up and then ran out of time to make a card, but following your example, I think I'll go ahead and be ready for next year ;-D ).
    Thanks for the tips on the bitty banners. And I LOVE YOUR ORANGE STAMPING FOAM! Those little stick figures remind me of the little figures I would find on my things when my girls were little. CHERISH YOUR DAYS WITH THEM: they go too fast!!!!

  4. Beautiful card Claire, lovely colours and distressing.

  5. Great St.Patrick's Day card, love the colors and added dimension. I like the Bitty Banner tips too! : )

  6. Hi Claire,

    Love your card and tips! And you did a perfect job on your stamping, I do always have trouble aligning the stamps and the paper, but that's just my not so setady hand... You know I actually got a reversed tip from this post, hi hi. I always used the technique you described for the bitty parts and used that as well for your other stamps, but now I see that I could stamp these when the shape is still in the die and I did that and it was much easier, ha ha! Thanks for the reversed tip, ha ha!!
    All the best, Claire!

    Hugs, Wendy

  7. Thanks so much for the fab bitty banner tips. So unbelievably helpful. Might get some handsome banners on the go now. ;-). *happy dance*

  8. oooo thanks for the lil tips. great card by the way :D

  9. I am wondering, I registed for the board but don't have my registration. I for some reason can not get email sent to my email either and yet I can't re-register either. any help?

  10. Great card Claire. Thanks for letting us see just how these stamps are stamped properly. Got my penant set this time to play but grateful to know how to do it.


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