Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June '10 - Presto Patterns PPSAS6

Paper Pack Stamp-A-Stack 6
June '10 - Presto Patterns
Presto Patterns paper pack (contact me)
Country Morning stamp set (115334)
Brayer (102395)
Grid paper (102787)
Bone folder (102300)
Paper cutter (104152)
Snail adhesive (104332)
Dotto adhesive (103305)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430) (optional)
Classic ink pads and Stampin' Write markers in coordinating colors
Used here: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow, Going Gray

Other supplies: 
Baby wipes (not cleaning wipes - make sure wipes contain no alcohol or bleach)

1) Cut all four colored 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, plus one white 8-1/2" x 11" sheet in half, so you have 10 sheets measuring 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 
2) Set aside six sheets to be used as card bases, usually one of each color and two white.  Fold those in half using your bone folder.  

3) Cut a 3/4" strip off the bottom of both 6x6" textured sheets.  Cut each sheet into three 2" strips, so you have 6 textured strips measuring 2" x 5-1/4".  

4) Cut a 3/4" x 4" strip off the bottom of one of the Presto Patterns designer series paper (DSP) squares.  Cut a 2-1/16" x 5-1/4" strip off the same DSP square.  

5) Use a brayer to color the Presto Patterns DSP strips: First stick the 2-1/16" strip down to your grid paper using Dotto adhesive.  Roll your brayer over the darker colored stampin' pad until the brayer is well coated.  Starting with your brayer below the DSP strip, and parallel, roll the brayer back and forth inching slowly up the strip of Presto Patterns.  In this way you will first roll ink over the bottom 1/16" of the strip, then as you roll back you'll ink the bottom 1/8" of the strip, then the bottom 3/16", etc., until you've reached the top.  Your brayer can roll off the DSP strip on the left and right sides as you roll back and forth.  You will also be getting a lot of ink on your grid paper, so make sure you have enough space.  

6) Your 2-1/16" x 5-1/4" strip of Presto Patterns paper should now have graduated color all the way up, with the color very dark at the bottom and very light (or almost white) at the top.  Clean off the brayer using a baby wipe.  Repeat the process using the second, lighter ink color, and starting from the top.  In my example here I started with Dusty Durango going up from the bottom, and Crushed Curry coming down from the top.  The Crushed Curry was too light of a color, and I had to brayer that color twice from the top down.

7) After removing the 2-1/16 strip from the grid paper, repeat the process again with the 3/4" strip of Presto Patterns DSP.  The two strips should look similar.  

8) Stamp your images and/or quote on the Whisper White card stock, and cut out.  Color images using coordinating markers, if necessary.  

9) Cut mats from a contrasting color from the extra 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" sheets.  The mat for the 3/4" Presto Patterns strip will measure 7/8" x 4".  Measure your other images and cut mats for them also, each mat will be 1/8" both taller and wider, to create a 1/16" border on all sides. 

10) Lastly, stick down all the parts of your card with Snail adhesive and/or Stampin' Dimensionals.  Start with the Presto Patterns 2-1/16" x 5-1/4" strip on the right side, and the textured card stock on the left side on top and overlapping by only 1/16".  Adhere all the other pieces to their mats, arrange them by eye, and stick them down.

11) Stamp a coordinating bonus image or greeting on the inside of the card, and also on an envelope.  Stamp your personalized signature stamp on the back of each card, and you're done!

  • Don't follow all my directions! Make this layout your own. Get creative. Adjust for your own style and your supplies. 
  • Using the brayer to ink graduated color may take you a couple tries before you get the hang of it, but with a little experience it is soon easy.  
  • You can make 6 cards using only the supplies in one paper pack, but you will have a fair amount of DSP left over.  Supplement with another sheet of card stock for 2 more card bases, and substitute smooth card stock for textured card stock.  To create the most cards possible, cut the DSP 2" wide only, instead of 2-1/16".  
  • Don't forget the inside of the card and the envelope!  Stamp a matching image or a greeting.  Think of how your recipient will open the envelope and the card.  
  • Post a picture of your creations and leave a link here in the comments section.  If you upload to a public site, such as SplitCoastStampers.com, please use the keyword PPSAS6.  

NEXT MONTH: Greenhouse Gala designer series paper from the new catalog!

Charly Bratt

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Get the Scoop" Party and Open House

Please join me this Saturday, June 19th from 1:00 - 4:00 for a rubber stamping party, open house, and garage sale: 
3171 Sagewater Ct, Ft. Collins CO 80528

There will be ice cream (both to eat and to stamp)...

...a Stampin' Up! garage sale including rubber stamps, designer series paper, and color packs...

...door prizes...

...Make and Take cards to stamp, using the newest Stampin' Up! products...

...and the opportunity to "get the scoop" on the new 2010 catalog.  Place pre-orders for the new products, which will be delivered the second week in July.  This is also the time to place any "last chance" orders for colors and products which will be retiring June 30th.  From now through December all orders totaling $150.00 or more will include a complementary ink pad in your choice of one of the new colors!  

Do you think in might be fun to try stamping and making greeting cards, but you don't have any experience?  Host a workshop, which is free for you and for your guests!  I'll provide all the materials and the project, you provide the snacks and the guests.  All hostesses will receive both the current catalog and the new catalog when it becomes available in July (each normally priced at $10), and invitations to my Freestyle Stamping Club where I can give one-on-one help with projects.  Hostesses also earn free stamps and merchandise - ask me for more details!  

Charly Bratt
Independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
(970) 206-9120

Monday, June 7, 2010

Presto Patterns Paper Packs!

Presto Patterns Paper Packs are here!  

The new Presto Patterns designer series paper in the Stampin' Up! Summer mini catalog is gorgeous.  When you first see the papers they are white-on-white and they don't look like much, but add a color... and Presto!  

The papers are made with a resist pattern, so anytime you add ink or another color (like the Smooch Spritz sprays), the paper absorbs the ink but the resist stays white.  This way you can have the amazing designs from the Presto Patterns designer series paper in whatever color scheme you want.  

Try this DSP with Smooch Spritz sprays, or sponge on the ink.  In these examples I used my brayer, which was a lot of fun.  In this month's PPSAS layout directions I will share my technique for creating graduated color using a brayer.  

Check out these examples!  Would you like to try this technique yourself?  Contact me and buy one of my Presto Patterns paper packs - they are only $5.00!  

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 2010 Newsletter - Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards

Come to this stamp-a-stack class and make 9 masculine themed cards in 3 designs. Get ready for Father's Day and summer birthdays! Mix and match sentiments to make any combination of Father's Day cards, birthday cards, "thinking of you" cards, or blank cards. 

We'll be tying ties, playing with brads, buttons, and staples, and using my new Big Shot machine.  You won't want to miss it! 

Date: June 12 
Time: 2:00pm
Place: Charly's house
Class fee: $18.00
More info: CharlysInkLink@gmail.com or (970)206-9120

"Get the Scoop" Party and Open House

Come for the ice cream, stay for the sneak peak!  I will be serving ice cream cones and giving away door prizes while you make cards, shop my Stampin' Up! garage sale, and "get the scoop" on the new Idea Book and Catalog for 2010-2011.  I will be taking pre-orders for the new products, and reserving free copies of the new catalog for anyone who schedules a workshop for July or August.  You won't want to miss getting hands-on with the newest stamps and products.  Come early to get the best deals at my Stampin' Up! garage sale!

June Featured Card

Have you seen the new Presto Patterns paper in the Summer Mini catalog?  These specialty designer papers come with a pattern in a resist ink.  That means when you cover the paper in colored ink, the resist pattern shows through.  In this example the resist is in a diamond pattern, and I rolled on the Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry colors with a brayer.  

Want to give it a try yourself?  Book a workshop with me and you and all your friends can make this card (or a similar one) for free!  Email me at CharlysInkLink@gmail.com for more information.  

June  9: Masculine Cards sign-up 
June 12 2:00: Masculine Cards class
June 13 2:00: Freestyle Stamping Club
June 19 1 - 4: "Get The Scoop" party
July 8: Christmas Cards sign-up 
July 17 2:00: Christmas Cards in July
July 18 2:00: Freestyle Stamping Club
Aug. 5: Mini Scrapbook sign-up 
Aug. 14 2:00: Mini Scrapbook class
Aug. 15 2:00: Freestyle Stamping Club

Freestyle Stamping Club
Come to my Freestyle Stamping Club to give yourself a little crafting time and stamp with friends.  I will provide ink, some stamp sets, basic tools, and I will have paper packs available for $5.00.  Any of my current customers are welcome to come - if you have purchased $15 or more from me from the Stampin' Up! catalog in the past 3 months, then you are one of my current customers.

June Class - Masculine Cards
Father's Day is right around the corner.  Make the men in your life handmade cards with strong images, colors, and designs.  We will make 9 cards in 3 designs.  Class fee is $18.00.  

"Get The Scoop" Party and Open House
Ice cream, door prizes, and make-and-take cards are just the beginning!  Shop my Stampin' Up! garage sale to get retiring stamps and great deals.  "Get the scoop" on new products, place pre-orders, and reserve your copy of the new catalog by signing up to host a workshop.   

July Class - Christmas Cards in July
Finish all your hand-made Christmas cards now, and be stress-free and prepared when the holidays come around again.  We'll be making 30 cards for $30, using the new holiday Simply Scrappin' kit.  Please sign up by July 8th.

August - Flip-Open Mini Scrapbook
This 5"x 6" flip-open mini scrapbook is a breeze to make with one of our Simply Scrappin' kits.  With 14 pages, this unconventional scrapbook has a lot of room for pictures and journaling.  Class fee is $18.  Please sign up by Aug. 5th. 

Super-Mini Scrapbooking as Jewelry

What does a scrapbooker wear as jewelry?  Tiny scrapbook pages of course!  Here I've created super-mini pages, which are still recognizable as scrapbook layouts, in my 1" x 1-1/4" Simply Adorned necklace pendant.    

Can you call these scrapbook pages if they don't contain any photographs?  I think you can.  The art of scrapbooking has evolved far enough so that a design can still be recognized as a scrapbook page, even without photographs.  To me, you can call a design a scrapbook page if it contains these elements: 

1) a layout design
2) one or more focal images
3) journaling
4) background paper or a background pattern
5) matting/layers
6) (optional) multiple textures - such as embossing, textured card stock, paper piercing, etc.
7) (optional) multiple materials - such as ribbon, rhinestones, twine, glitter, beads, etc.

The challenge with super-mini pages is, of course, to find images small enough to be proportional in a page which is only 1" x 1-1/4".  Thankfully, Stampin' Up! solved my problem with their new set "Itty Bitty Bits".  I also used the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to make tiny circles and flowers.  

But there are more images you can use besides the one set.  I've successfully used tiny details found in larger stamps.  Look with new eyes at all your stamps.  Don't forget your Stampin' Around wheels!  Also consider cutting out small images from designer series paper, or even shrinking images using My Digital Studio.  

Making tiny scrapbook pages using materials intended for 12"x12" pages takes ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness.  Give it a try!  You may find yourself with a whole new hobby.  And if you wear your new pages in a Simply Adorned necklace pendant, you'll find yourself with a whole new jewelry wardrobe too!  


Simply Adorned 1" x 1-1/4" charm (#116798) 
Simply Adorned 24" chain (#116800)
Itty Bitty Bits (#117056)
Rough Type (#118659)
Punched Posies (#118535)
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309)
Scallop Trim border punch (#118402)
Travel Journal designer series paper (#117156)
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#119976)
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (#118772)
Stampin' Emboss powder: clear, white (#109130 and #109132)
Basic Black Stampin' Write journaler (#105394)
Big Shot machine (#113439)
Heat Tool (#100005)
cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, 
So Saffron, Whisper White
ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Versamark, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Bashful Blue

Charly Bratt
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Click here to download this newsletter