Introducing … Technique Time!

Products&TechniquesI am going to try sharing something a little new with you all today — so aren’t you glad you decided to drop by today?!

There are so many amazing Stampin’ Up! products and some pretty incredible “say what” techniques out there on how you can get that ink onto paper and end up with a spectacular piece of ART.

While swapping at Convention this year I managed to get my hands on some technique cards that just simply took my breath away and so I thought I would start with my first Products & Techniques post to help us both think outside the creative box.

Before I get started, can you take a guess as to the name of the stamp set that has been the longest selling in Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog?  Wait for it … if you guessed Lovely As A Tree then you would be correct!  I have this stamp set in my collection with a copyright date on the wood blocks that reads 2001.  (My fingers are crossed that it stays around for many more years to come!)

Coincidentally the technique swap I am going to share with you today uses Lovely As A Tree — and the technique used is called “Masking Tape.”


Designed by Terri Stewart

So just what is the “Masking Tape” technique?

When Terri created this card she started off with a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  She tore off a strip of masking tape and laid it sticky side down across a Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad and rubbed it slightly with her finger to pick up some of the ink, removed the strip from the pad and then laid it across the lower part of the cardstock and rubbed with her finger to transfer the ink which created the grass.  She repeated this step with a Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad and laid the strip across the upper part of the cardstock to create the sky.  Then she stamped the trees with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and double matted the stamped image with Basic Black cardstock and Marina Mist cardstock.

Sounds pretty simple, right, but the look is spectacular!  You could add extra “pizzazz” to your stamped trees by sprinkling on some Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then rev up a Heat Tool to give the trees some texture.

I can’t wait for the weekend to roll back around so that I can try this technique myself.  Now, if I can just remember where I put all of that extra painter’s tape …

If you are one of the half dozen or so people on the face of the planet who doesn’t already have Lovely As A Tree in their stamp collection, you can order yours by clicking on the links below (oh, and you can see / order the other products used in this card by clicking any of the links above too)!


Lovely As A Tree

(wood-mount) (clear-mount) (digital download)

Well, I was going to try and share two techniques with you but I think I will start and stop with just the one for today.  The others are also pretty spectacular so you can bet that I will be sharing them with you real soon.

Thanks for stopping by.  Again, I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps (or tape) to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends,



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