Well this week is really a fun challenge! As you can see in the design team inspiration cards, it is simply stamping an image or more and then cutting it up and putting it back together with space in between. Jennifer McGuire may not be who first created this technique, but certainly her video on demonstrating the technique has been viewed by many and I feel is the one that made this trendy!: Jennifer’s video My card is going to my fabulous neighbor, Diane, who is my next door neighbor. Therefore, I decided to split this image only once because the stamp set I used, to me. wouldn’t work well cutting it up in thirds or fourths.
I used a new set I purchased on Amazon: Kwan Crafts
The stamp set measures 6.5″ x 4.5″ and retails for $6.99. This is the same seller of the adorable 2 set package I featured last Saturday. You’ll notice that the package has no brand name. I’m sure they’re made in China to be that inexpensive, but they stamp as clear as the “way” more expensive ones. That’s because they don’t pay for fancy packaging and for all I know, don’t have to tack on a third party “brand” commission. However they can sell at this price point, they sure have a lot of sets with all types of themes and images. Plus, I received the set in 1 day!
Step 1: I used the “hydrangea”, bee, butterfly, two flowers, and “Have a blooming…” sentiment in the left top corner, from this set. Once I colored it with Copic Markers, I cut the image in half as shown, but basically right under the top flower.
Step 2: Next, I created the sentiment between the two halves on my computer and printed it out first on regular printer paper and made sure the size and length of the sentiment went across the entire width of the stamped card. Then I printed it about halfway down an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white card stock. Then I taped, with removable tape, the two halves in Step 1, to where it allows the sentiment to go in between the two. Leave these two halves tapes together and measure what the length and width is now. Next, cut the sentiment layer cardstock that exact size, with the two halves still taped in place. Mine measured 6.5 x 5″.
Step 3: Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of coordinating cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side. Fold over for a book fold. Trim to 6.75″ x 5.25″. Then attach the sentiment layer to the base card allowing 1/8″ border on all 4 sides.
Step 4: Apply foam squares as shown below. I know, I used a lot. lol
Now adhere the two halves over this layer as shown. I find by taking off the backing of the 3 foam squares around one of the corners and line that corner right over the corner of the sentiment layer but don’t firmly press yet. Then carefully pull all the rest of the backings off and carefully lay the rest of that half down. Then do the same thing with the other half.
I really hope you will give this technique a try. It’s really fun and we can’t wait to see what you cut up!
Other Products Used:
Michael’s Craft Store: Foam squares. all cardstock