The Stamp Review Crew is at it again! Today we are sharing ideas for the Perfect Blend stamp set. I'm not even a coffee drinker (I've only had 3 cups total of it...so not my thing) but I simply had to have this set when it was released. It is such a fun set! I'm sharing a little framed decor that would make a fabulous gift for a friend:
A few things to keep in mind when you are creating a similar project:
1. Before you begin stamping a row of items, mark or lightly score the center of the strip of paper you are using. Start stamping from the middle and then work your way out on both sides. I learned this tip many years ago when I was the director of residence life at Moore College of Art and Design -- someone in this office applied this idea when making some posters. It works fabulous for sign making and it is also great for stamping!
2. Take time to assess your project along the way. As you will see below, I took a look to see what just 5 cups looked like in the frame...in my opinion, one more was needed on each end.
3. When I was finished with stamping and adding the cup wraps (these were stamped on crumb cake and cut out with my Paper Snips), I felt the design was too plain. It dawned on me that the spoltch stamp from the Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit would be just right for adding some "coffee spills" to the project. When adding the "coffee spills" I cut out an extra cup and used that to mask my original stamping.
4. When adding a sentiment or embellishments, consider working on an angle. The sentiment is straight on, but the piece I mounted it to was just not appealing when it was straight --- the slight angle definitely adds a little flair to the project.
And, I should tell you, the paper where all the cups is stamped is not cardstock. This frame is about 13 inches long and the opening is about 11.75" so a 12" background sheet was needed. I rarely have 12x12" cardstock and did not want to use one of the few pieces that have so I grabbed one of the posterboard like sheets that comes in with Designer Series Paper. I stamped on the matte finished side and it worked perfectly!
Supplies Used: Perfect Blend stamp set; Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit (splotch stamp); Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pads; Crumb Cake cardstock; "poster board" from a Designer Series Paper Pack; Paper Snips, Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Now before you hop along to the next blog, do take a moment and let me know your favorite hot beverage. I'll go first -- hot chocolate!
P.S. All the hop posts should be live by 6:00 AM Central Time...if a link is not working, please check back in a bit.
The Stamp Review Crew Perfect Blend Blog Hop Line-up:
- Heidi Baks runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
- Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
- Beth Beard mylittlecraftblog.com
- Adriana Benitez escape2stamp.com
- Tanya Boser tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
- Jill Coleman jillstamps.com/
- Shana Gaff stressfreestamping.blogspot.com
- Yapha Mason yaphamason.com
- Mary Rindal maryrindal.com/
- Ann Schach stampinchic.com/
- Nancy Smith iguanastamp.wordpress.com/
- Martha Stewart seasonsofstamping.com/
- Dawn Tidd tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
- Lisa Young addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/
- Kerry Willard Bray kerrywillardbray.com
- Rita Wright ritascreations.blogspot.com/