Saturday, September 29, 2012

I Figured It Out!! Wonderfall is Wonderful!!

Well, I planned to have a tutorial for everyone today, but I discovered that my planned tutorial was NOT the best way to use the stamp set and die!  I bought the Wonderfall stamp set and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  The Autumn Accents die is a die with 4 fall leaves and an acorn -- it's beautiful!  The maple leaf may be symmetrical, but the other leaves are not, so it's important to line up the stamps.

I had already tried perfectly positioning the leaves and then hoping for the best as I CAREFULLY lowered my inked stamps.  That worked about 30% of the time!   

I then thought that I'd cut out a bunch of leaves, perfectly positioning the paper, then stamp THROUGH the stencil I made onto a 2nd sheet, and once again, perfectly position the 2nd sheet of c/s to run it through the Big Shot, and voil`a ... the leaves would magically be in the right place!!  Well.... it still didn't work so great!  So... I had to come up with another method. 

Method number 3 was the keeper for me!  I LOVE my stamp-a-ma-jig!  Here's what I did:

Step Number 1:  Cut out your leaves using the Big Shot and your chosen cardstock (c/s) color.  I used Very Vanilla since I'll be stamping my images on the leaves after.

Step Number 2: Stamp your leaf image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet.  (As you can see, my SAMJ gets lots of use.  There are certain wood stamps that I use all the time so these are stamped with Black Staz-On on the absolutely clear side of the sheet -- the other sheet that has a bit of "texture" to it is the side that I use with my classic inks that I remove in between uses).  Anyway, I've stamped the image on the sheet and then I place my cut-out leaf BACK INTO the stencil.  This way, the leaf isn't going to move and I have the inked stamp heading right where I want it too!

Step Number 3:  Here you see that I just finished perfectly stamping the leaf.  By keeping it in the stencil but cutting it out first, it doesn't slide around so it sees the ink EXACTLY where I want it too!

Here's my finished card.  It's heading out in the mail this morning since I participated in a swap.  This particular swap was to use the colors More Mustard (my card base and one of the leaves), Tangerine Tango or Pumpkin Pie (I chose Pumpkin Pie -- for my large oak leaf), and Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso (I chose Early Espresso for my Core'dinations Card Stock mat, as well as for my maple leaf -- the acorn was stamped using a combination of Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip so I used markers to color the stamp).  I used the Tiny Tags stamp set for my little sentiment hanging on the Baker's Twine, and the Bronze Button was the perfect ending accent!

Here's a closeup of the card:

Thanks for joining me today!  Laura, you should see your card in about 3 days! 


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Stamps:  Wonderfall (128084 wood or 128087 clearmount), Tiny Tags (118091 wood or 118952 clear)
Paper: Very Vanilla c/s, Early Espresso Core'dinations c/s (127848)
Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine (123124); Brushed Bronze Button (127833)
Tools: Big Shot (113439) and Autumn Accents Bigz die (127812), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Jewelry Tag punch ( 117190)



TeriBStampin said...

Awesome tut and card! Will have to try it!

Ann Schach said...

Great tutorial...and an awesome card!

Vicki said...

Hi Jeanne, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for your lovely comment. With regard to my boxes, I don't have a template, after making my card, I just measure two pieces of card approx 2 inches bigger and using either the Martha Stewart or Crafter Companion score board to make the boxes. Many people have asked about my boxes I think I should do a tutorial, so what this space. Thanks again Jeanne. I love your card and what a fab tutorial, thanks for sharing xx vicki xx