Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sewing Tool Becomes a Stamping Tool :)

I read somewhere (can’t remember where!) about using a tracing wheel to make a cool pattern on paper. Then a friend reminded me of this (thanks Anne!), so I thought I would give it a try. Here is my second result. Heck, I guess I’ll add the first one, too!

For this card, I did the lines in a diagonal grid and put the “bumpiest” side up – the “wrong” side. I mounted it on Tangerine Tango – one of Stampin’ Up!’s “In Colors.” The butterflies are from a pack by Studio 18 that I got at Michael’s in the dollar section. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!’s set called All Occasions. The strip towards the bottom is just a scrap from trimming the main image matting.

For this card, I made squares instead of diamonds, and I mounted it right-side (smoother side) up. The flower stickers are from the same Studio 18 pack and the matting is Soft Sky. I also added some scoring with my Scor-Pal. A little story about the sentiment. I had the card all done and didn’t want to mess it up by stamping the sentiment crooked, so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped on the plastic with Soft Sky, but it wasn’t very easy to see. So, I grabbed a darker color. I stamped it off really well (or so I thought!) before I inked it up with Soft Sky, but when I stamped on the card, it turned out kind of purple. Drat!!! So, I just tried stamping the Soft Sky a little off from the “purple” for kind of a shadow effect. Not what I wanted, but I didn’t want to scrap the whole card because of it! If it really bothers me later, I will stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock and use Pop Dots to mount it over the current stamping.

Thanks so much for looking, and I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon!


Ittybittyinkspotstoo said...

WOW this is gorgeous and what a wonderful idea!!! your cards turned out stunning!!

bonnie32002 said...

Holy Cats! I have never used the bumpy side out when I use the bug. I am going to have to make a sample for myself so I can see it in person.
This is another winner!

Suzie said...

These are both so pretty! And a great idea using your sewing wheel. ;-)

KanataNewf said...

beautiful. I'm new to your blog courtesy of craftiblog. I love your designs and now absolutely have to follow. Using the tracing wheel has been something I've been wanting to do for a while. And now I have inspiration! Thanks so much!

Beth M said...

Love both of these! I use my tracing wheel all the time for faux stitching but I haven't tried using it to create a background. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

I love this effect! It adds so much texture and interest --- super!!