Mistakes . . . And how to fix them

March 6, 2017

Thanks for coming by today.  Here is a card where things went wrong.  I usually make a card, and then replicate it, with plenty of photos, so I can show you the process.  But I made a few errors on the first card.  So I started the second card, careful to avoid those mistakes, and ended up making a few new ones.  In case you can’t tell, I’m not a professional card maker!  So hopefully you can learn from my mistakes, and find some techniques to cover your own slip-ups.

I used a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, and cut the word, “Love” with a Momenta die.  Since I’m going to be using foam tape on the back, I made sure there’s room for it all the way around the opening.  But you could use any die cut.  You could make a pine tree with green scraps behind it for Christmas, or flowers would be great for spring.  And of course, coffee is great for anytime!

If you want to stamp a sentiment on this panel, this is the time to do it.  Once you put foam tape on the back, it’s hard to get a clear impression with a stamp.  (Ask me how I know!)

Don’t forget to save the center of the letters, because you’ll need them later.  The positive piece can be saved for a later project.

These are my supplies:  lots of paper scraps in a range of colors, a piece of scrap paper to be the base (I chose white because it was laying on my desk, but any thing would work here), and tape runner.  My base is just a little larger than the word die in my white panel.  I don’t know if you can see it in the photo, but I covered the base paper with tape runner.

I laid the colored scraps on my base on a diagonal, and pressed them into the adhesive.  Feel free to use any scraps you have laying around, and using different widths together is fine, too.  Several shades of one color would look great for this technique.

I trimmed off the edges hanging off the base, and now I’m ready to put the card together.

I’ve covered the back of my white panel with 3M foam tape, cutting scraps to fill in all the tiny areas.  I also have the center of the “O” ready to go.  The piece from the “E” disappeared for the photo,but I found it later.

I’ve got everything attached to the card base and I’m done, right?  Nope.  Can you see that the Y in You isn’t as crisp as the rest of the stamp?  There was a piece of fuzz stuck to the stamp, and it transferred to my card.  Grrr!  This is why you’re supposed to stamp onto a scrap piece of paper first, to check for issues like this.  This is also why you should clean your stamps very well.  But I didn’t want to make a new card, so . . .

This time I learned my lesson, and cleaned my stamp with a lint-free cloth.  I stamped my sentiment again on a strip of black paper and heat embossed it in white.  I cut little flags at both ends, and popped it up on the card with foam tape.  I decided to add a little shine to the die cut, so I grabbed my Wink of Stella shimmer pen, and colored the paper scraps through the opening.  It probably would have been easier to color it before I glued it all together, but this works fine, too.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and if you decide to try it, I’d love to see the results.  Thanks for looking!

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