Sunday, February 9, 2014

Stampin' Pretty Guest Stamper

I am so excited to share my project today.  It is always a thrill to be "guest stamper" for my upline Mary Fish.  Long before joining Stampin' Up as a demonstrator, I was a big Stampin' Pretty fan.  Viewing Mary's daily post was how I started every day.  Hopefully, I will be a good start to your day. 

A couple of weeks ago, I received the NEW Hexagon Hive Thinlits die as a recruiting perk from Mary.  WooHoo!  Free product is one of my favorite things about being a demonstrator.  Initially, it had not been on my list of "must haves" because there are so many great items in the NEW Occasions Catalog.  But that was before I tried it now I am addicted.
Here is my first card using the Hexagon Hive Thinlits die.  I decided to go with the look of ombre which is so popular right now - in fashion and hair color.  The Stampin' Up colors of Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay are a great combination for this look.  The pops of Daffodil Delight are the perfect accent - so cheerful.  

 I began by using the die on a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of card stock in Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  It helps to place a piece wax paper between the die and the cardstock before running it through the Big Shot. This will prevent the cardstock from sticking in the die.  I have had more problems with the Whisper White cardstock sticking in the die than other colors which are a heavier weight.  It also helps to run the die through the Big Shot multiple times.

When using the die, there a many small pieces, so be sure to have a small container like a basket handy on your desk.  It will help with the clutter--as if anything could help me--but it will help keep track of them until you find just the right project to use them on.

Remember, the hexagons from the thinlit die will fit on the Honeycomb Texture folder too.  Don't you just love the way the Stampin' Up products coordinate!

I used a sponge dauber to add ink to each of the hexagons before adding them to the Whisper White frame-Soft Sky ink on the Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana on the Coast Cabana, Bermuda Bay on the Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight on Daffodil Delight.  This just adds a bit of depth to the pieces.  
To get the look I wanted I decided to cover the entire frame with the hexagons even though the die does not cut out hexagons to cover the entire frame. Some of the colored hexagons fit into the frame and others were added on top of the Whisper White.  A few hexagons were cut down to fit in the corners.  Check out the die below.  Some parts of the frame are left solid. 

Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die


Now it was time to choose the sentiment for the card.  Because the background has a lot of detail.  I chose a simple tag made with the NEW Scalloped Tag Punch from Occasions catalog.  The watercolor stamp from the Happy Watercolor set was stamped in Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana.  The sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set was stamped in Black Staz'On over the watercolor background. Love it!

Check out the cute detail at the bottom of the tag.  The NEW Fringe Scissors were used to cut the fringe in Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana.  Add a few Designer Rhinestones and ribbon to the tag. BAM!  A beautiful card to share with someone special.

Products I used:

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants and Happy Watercolor
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Black Staz'On
Tools:  Hexagon Hive Thinlits die, Scalloped Tag Punch, and Fringe Scissors
Accessories:  Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Rhinestones, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

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  1. Great card. Love the colors. At first glance. the fringe looked like ribbon. Very creative. I love it!

  2. I LOVE this card... everything about it! The colors are stunning, great use of the sentiment over the watercolor image, and the fringe is perfect!!! Only negative, you are, as always, enabling me! I do NOT need that die, I do NOT need that die....
    GREAT JOB SHERRIE, as always!

  3. Wonderful technique for the die...can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!