Hello, crafty friend! Today I am kicking off a mini series of project tutorials featuring a fun new set of stamps & dies called “Party Animals” designed by the sweet & talented Becca Bonneville for Catherine Pooler Designs. Let’s get started with the first one…
Step 1: Stamp & Cut
As usual with sets like these, I start by creating a jig template, so I can stamp & cut loads of images rapidly. Dies usually come fused together, and like most people, I used to snip them all apart. My preference these days is to leave as many as I can intact, so I can use the jig stamping method.
For this die set, only two dies were nested inside of others, so I snipped them out before running the fused die through my cutting machine with this piece of green cardstock. A piece of thin scrap paper was placed into my stamping platform followed by the jig. I couldn’t find my sticky grid mat, so I used a bit of tape to keep it in place.
Next, I placed each stamp into the die cut openings as centered as I could and closed the platform lid to pick it up. After all the stamps were secured to the lid, I used a light colored ink to stamp them all onto the scratch paper below. If any images weren’t quite centered, I adjusted and stamped again in a darker color. Once the stamps were all set where I liked them, my jig was ready to go!
At this point I was able to die cut a boat load in lots of colors, place the cut pieces into their slots like a puzzle, and stamp over and over getting perfect placement every time with little to no effort in just a couple minutes.
Step 2: Ink Blending
Next, I took an A2 (4.25″x5.5″) card base and ink blended with a rainbow of inks. (Colors are listed in supply list below.) Using a swirling circular motion, I overlapped each color until I made it all the way around the border. Before moving on, a bit of splatter was added with white pigment ink as well as a bit of sparkly ink to give a confetti effect.
Step 3: Mat Layer & Sentiment
I die cut a mat layer using the Scallops & Dots die set & stamped a sentiment in black from the Party Animals stamp set. I thought it needed a little extra something, so I took the two party hat images from the same stamp set and stamped them in a light grey around the border and flicked on a bit more splatter ensuring I avoided the sentiment as not to accidentally cause any bleeding.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
The mat layer was secured to the base with a panel of foam adhesive, and the flamingo was added with foam strips cut to size. Finally, bits of iridescent sequins were added to further enhance the party confetti look I was going for.
That’s it! What do you think of this one? This is a great card recipe to repeat with any of the images in this stamp set and any ink color combination. I hope you’ll give it a try, and let me know how it turns out.
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– Laura Evangeline