Christina CrawfordWith over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!
Christina Crawford: For this project today, I am going to start by doing something monochromatic, and that means, the same color.
The color card stock I am using is called So Saffron, and the inkpad is also So Saffron, so stamping up colors. The stamps that I am using, is called polka dots and Paisley, and there's a little flower here that I am going to be using for the background. You want to ink up that stamp, and just stamp repeatedly to make a beautiful background. Once you get good at this, you can just keep on going really fast, and you have more confidence, that wherever you stamp, its going to be good enough.
When I first started, I was really into placement, I wanted it to be in the perfect spot, but its not necessary to create a background, and I am filling up the whole back of the card and if it overlaps, its okay too. So, let me just show you what it looks like. You can see the tone-on-tone.
Next, this time, just put that aside right now, and what I've done is I've taken some beautiful paper, its designer paper. It has a beautiful image on either side, and sometimes its hard to pick a side because its so pretty, but today, I am going to have it, so that the olive side is facing the outside, and I will put some tape on the other side, and layer this onto the card. But before I do that, I want to just perk it up a little bit more, and so I've taken one of the colors out, from this paper, and it is turquoise, and then I have the turquoise glow green ribbon.
To measure the ribbon, you want to lay down your paper, and fold your glow green ribbon over, and of course thats just way too much, and you want to conserve it, so, just pull it down a little bit, and also want to give yourself plenty of room to tie a knot, or a bow, using sharp scissors, these are the paper snips, just give that a cut. You dont want to tape this ribbon on, but you do want to tie it into a little bit of a knot or a bow.
Today, I am a better knot tier, so its going to be a knot. There's a little bit of excess ribbon, so I will fold that in half, this is just the way that I like to cut ribbon, and I'll take my paper snips, and just trim off, and throw away the rest. The reason why I didnt tape it, is because, you can slide your ribbon up and down this way, you can also rotate it a little bit more, so its on the side, but if you taped it, you wont be able to that.