Stampin’ Up! Beautifully Braided Saturday Simple Stamping Card - Episode 46

Hello and welcome to my blog and the next Episode of my Saturday Simple Stamping Card Series.  Today's project marks forty-six project tutorials that I have shared with beginning stampers and crafters.  This is a series that goes back to the basics and uses just stamps, ink, and paper (SIP Cards).  You can see all the SIP cards by either doing a search in the search bar or click here and see the playlist.  For my card today you I used the Beautifully Braided Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalog.  Create elegant borders with flowers, scallops, and braided patterns in the Beautifully Braided Stamp Set. With the included phrases, you can make greeting cards for your friends.  With the large images it makes for a perfect set to use on SIP Cards.  Here's a look at my project for today.

Simple Stamping Tips & Tricks: 

For my card today I used the Stamparatus to stamp the images; I did this because it was a little easier to stamp the large floral image onto my Whisper White Cardstock (4 x 5 1/4) perfectly.  If I didn't get a good impression the first time I could stamp it again just making sure the cardstock was in the positioner in the same place.  Do you have to use the Stamparatus or other Stamp Positioner?  No, you could use the large Clear Block F (which I have listed below in the shopping list) and just place the block on your table with the stamp facing up.  And, ink it up and place your paper on top of it making sure to give good even pressure on your cardstock by walking your fingers across every inch of the image.   I stamped the image in Highland Heather Classic Ink, and then used my watercolor pencils to color in the open line areas of the stems and berries.  I used the other stamp in the set to fill in the floral image by stamping off onto scratch paper to create a lighter ink color.  

I then stamped my sentiment on the right-hand side of the card in the Highland Heather ink.  I picked the sentiment because I thought it could be used for any occasion to send to a friend.  Once my stamping was done I used Snail Adhesive and attached it to my Purple Posy (5 3/8 x 4 1/8) mat.  I then added the card front to the Highland Heather card base (4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2) using Snail Adhesive.  I think that beginners do better with a dry adhesive when they first start out over the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I remember when I started how frustrated I got using the liquid glue.  It was either to much or not enough, until I got used to squeezing the bottle correctly.  So I try to teach you from my mistakes or set backs from when I started out stamping.  To finish my card I added another piece of Whisper White Cardstock to the inside cut to the same measurement as the front layer.  

Simple Stampin' Video Tutorial:

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Steppin It Up to Causal & Avid Cards: 

The Beautifully Braided stamp set can be purchased as part of a Cost Saving Bundle along with the Braided Bolder Punch.  When you purchase the bundle you save 10% off the cost of both items.  Here's a look at the cards I designed using the Bundle for the Casual and Avid Crafters.
 For my Causal Crafters I used the Beautifully Braided Bundle along with some additional cardstock and a couple more punches to create the Causal style card that can be seen here on the left. 
I punched out a 2" Circle Punch from the center of my Purple Posy cardstock.  I punched out from the center of the mat layer because no one will ever see it and know if you don't tell them.   This is a great trick to save on cardstock and get the most use from your investment.
I then stamped my sentiment on the front panel and used a 1 3/4" Circle Punch from that.  I then stamped the same image that we filled in the floral with the same way over the sentiment to create a little interest.  I then layered this onto our Purple Posy Circle with a little liquid glue.
I used the Braided Bolder Punch and some scraps of Highland Heather Cardstock and punched out the border braid.  I then attached it over the bottom third of the whisper white card front using liquid glue before matting it.
I then popped up the circle sentiment embellishment over the opening where I did the punch out to hide the hole in the card front.  I popped this up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  And that finishes how I made the Casual Crafter version of this card.

For my Avid Crafter card I repeated the same steps as for the Casual Crafter with a few alterations and additions to the card.

Once I had the braid punched out I decided to braid in some additional texture to the embellishment.  I picked the 1/8" Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and weaved it in and out of the openings on the braided cardstock until I got to one side.  Then I cut it off and repeated it in the other openings creating a double braid.  Once I was to the other side I tied the two loose ends of the ribbon into a bow.  It took about 28 to 30" of ribbon to do this.  I attached the double braided embellishment to my card front with liquid glue that I put behind it making sure to not only add the liquid glue behind the cardstock but the ribbon as well.

I then took some Basic Rhinestones Jewels and colored them with my dark Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.  This is a great way to get a custom embellishment to match your projects without a lot  of work.  You do have to color them and then let them dry a little while.  But, the look is stunning.  To do this you are going to color them while they are still on the backing from the packaging and just use the darkest blend that matches your project and color them.   Easy peasy!  Once the newly colored rhinestones where dry I just popped them on my card.  I added a couple on the sentiment piece, and then placed the others over the berries for a little extra bling.

All the items listed before the bundle on the shopping list is what I used for the SIP version of my card.  Everything after that are for the two stepped up versions.

Stampin' Up! Shopping List: 

Happy Stampin'
Rick Adkins 


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