Have a giggle today with my Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle Facebook Live Replay. I had lots of opportunities for improvement and I’ve incorporated some of those into my blog post for you to benefit from my learning curve!
If you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, come on in and join the fun. I come live to you every week on my Design with Jo business page usually at 4:30 MST on Wednesdays. I love to get group participation to help me design my project. That way it’s always a surprise! Everyone is welcome to join in!
So what are we making today?
A cute puppy card. This one has an easy and fun technique made with your Stamparatus.
Never heard of a Stamparatus before? It’s Stampin’ Up!’s version of a stamp positioner. And what a version it is! It’s heads and tails (🤪 sorry couldn’t resist!) above the competition. I tell you exactly why I think so in this blog post.
Using it allows us to get two – and three – dimensional. Let’s take a closer peek at that trio of canines.
Don’t they all look like they’re waiting for the food bowl?
OK, let’s get on with the show so you can see how to make these for yourself ! Then I’ll share a few tips I picked up to give you a hand…
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
If you found this video tweaked your creative “bone” (again, sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙃), you might also like these ones, also showcasing the Stamparatus.
Cuttin’ It Up!
Real Red cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
Window Sheet – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Thick Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, scraps at least 2 1/2″ x 3″
Basic Gray cardstock – 1/2″ x 4 1.4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Soft Suede cardstock – strip 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
And we can’t forget the inside of the card. It’s just as important as the front with this technique.
Learn From My Mistakes!
I hope you watched the video. And I hope you had a little TEE HEE or two as I seemed to go from one challenge to another with this card! So here’s a few tips so it’s easier for you.
Over To You!
So, think you’d like to try this at home? Here are all the supplies I used to make this great design. A simple click is all it takes and the little brown UPS truck will be screeching to a halt outside your door before you know it!
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Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
OK, let’s see which one is your pick. Leave me a comment to let me know which one you like the best.
The trio in Real Red?
Or the trio with Night of Navy?
Or maybe this one I made after so I could figure those bloopers out! This one’s on Pacific Point.
Thanks for taking time to watch the video. Hope you played along to help create the design! My next Facebook Live is Wednesday, February 13th at 4:30 MST over on my facebook business page. I’d love to have YOU be part of it.
In the meantime, give your hand a try at these Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails bundle and let me know what you think.
You know how you make cards for best friends forever? Your BFF? Well what about if that friend is an over-the-top, pull-out-all-the-stops, pantingly-sweet-on-canines dog lover?
Then you make them one with the Happy Tails bundle just like this!
I love this bundle. Not only is it perfect for masculine greetings, it’s super easy to make multiple types of pups, each with its own personality! Like my “reverse” Dalmation!
I have a photo tutorial for you to build that doghouse a bit further in my post. But before you skip to that, let’s take a peek at everything you’ll need to make it yourself at home. Missing something? Just click on any picture below😀.
pull out your Versamark pad and white emboss powder for this two-step stamping Dalmation”-ish” pup, Spot TIP: make sure to use your Embossing Buddy over your black cardstock first so no stray specks are left behind
Add a panel of black cardstock embossed with the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder for a bit more texture behind the doghouse
I did try to pick a colour other than Basic Black for my card base but it really didn’t add any oomph to the card…hence black on black😁
punch your greeting with a circle punch TIP: the 1 3/4″ punch fits beautifully
Spot needed a home so I designed his doghouse and thought you might like the dimensions and steps too
Photo Tutorial Steps to Make a Dog House
Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP into a 3 1/2″ x 3″ rectangle.
Crop off 2 strips 1/2″ each
Trim edges off the top in a diagonal
Put liquid glue on FRONT along top diagonal cut edges
Attach 2 strips Wood Textures DSP on top of the glue so reverse side shows
add right side, then lay the left on top so the end matches up with the end of the right
Cut off ends of each “roof” side to match
crop 2nd smallest layering oval framelit to make the doorway
Do not discard (we’ll use this on the card too!)
Cut rectangle 1 3/8″ x 2″ and glue behind door
Trim excess from bottom
Add a sign with the tiny letters in the Pick a Pennant stamp set. TIP: make them a bit wonky as if they are hand painted by a child for fun!
What ways could you use this doghouse in your own designs? Maybe on a scrapbook page? Or in a home decor piece? I’d love to have you share it with me. Take a few minutes to email me at [email protected]. Or if you’re a Design with Jo VIPeep, post it on our page so everyone can see!
Love this bundle like me? Did you see this quick and easycard? How many of you have dogs you consider your BFF? I know I’ve got one curled up on his bed and snoring behind me right now.
But even if you don’t have a canine companion? When you design handmade cards for best friends forever like this one, they will treasure them – they might even bury them away to take out for another sniff later!
Are YOU a dog lover? Do you have friends and family who go a bit nuts about canines? Well I LOVE my furry child Holmes who’s a huge part of our lives. So today let’s see a couple cute dog quotes to spice up handmade cards. For you. And your dog lover friends.
Simple, sweet and fun with the Gingham Gala designer series paper on a reverse fold card. I love how fresh it makes this card feel with Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake.
I’m goin’ to the dogs this week with my Product of the Week! It will go a long way to helping you create wonderful cards for those dog aficionados.
And you won’t want to miss my Facebook Live over on my Design with Jo business page this Thursday at noon MST. I’m digging out my Stamparatus for a cool design.
The Happy Tails bundle from the Occasions catalogue is one sweet deal. Get 10% off when you purchase the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch together.
Jo’s Design Details
layer your gingham paper on your Crumb Cake and THEN tie around your Braided Linen trim
use liquid glue for the best hold with the trim on the front
randomly stamp your bones on the right hand side with Crumb Cake ink
lay down one solid wash of Ivory Stampin’ Blends before adding your Crumb Cake Blends combo
Colour your pup BEFORE punching out
Let’s take a closer peek at that cute dog quote.
Simply stamped in Crumb Cake ink. Then run it through the Big Shot with the Stitched oval and mat with a scalloped oval. I love how the braided trim adds a fun touch. TIP: I curled it by winding it around a pencil and holding it in place for a few seconds.
The Dog Builder punch has a sweet little heart on it. It adds a lovely detail to the inside greeting.
It’s Your Turn!
Let’s get you all outfitted to make these simple and fun cards for your dog loving friends and family. Simply click on any of the images below to purchase from my online store and earn Sunny Rewards just for shopping with me!
I love quick cardmaking zentangle ideas for great cards. Tell me, are you interested in any of these?
are black and white with pops of colour your thing?
have you got a few circle punches hanging around?
are you short on time?
do you like to get double duty from your creative time?
Then you might want to scroll a little further to see how you can make these quick cardmaking zentangle ideas.
So black and white with pops of colour. 👍
I’ll bet you might have a circle punch or two hanging around. How about these ones?
and a 1″
Short on time? 👍👍
So what about that double duty thing?
Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas
I’m talking about using your zentangle pieces of art and turning them into quick card projects. Here’s how I do it.
I tangle my pieces during down time, usually before bedtime. It’s very relaxing and helps me leave the worries of the day behind. Total mindfulness is what it’s all about. Take a 5 minute read here and here to learn more.
Here’s what a couple of my tiles look like.
Lots of times I’ll photocopy my pieces onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I have it ready to use for card making. (And I even took a larger piece and made my envelope out of it for this project too)
Once I have the copies done, when I’m ready I’ll punch out shapes or crop with a Stampin’ Up! framelit to suit my project. (Like the circles on this one.)
The final touch is to add a dash of simple embellishments like rhinestones, coloured pearls or snippets of ribbon or cord. Not too much as the focal point is the tangled art.
So where’s the double duty? Not only am I getting the relaxation of my tangling, I’m getting the raw material for my next card – or two!
Now if you think your tangling skills are a bit rusty but you like the look of this notecard, want another idea?
Take a piece of black and white DSP and punch away! Why not try the Botanical Butterflies DSP, free with a $60 CDN order right now?
I’m particularly thinking about the top right hand design. Wouldn’t that look awesome with Pineapple Punch of Lemon-Lime Twist in behind it? Or maybe the black background one with the little butterflies? Can’t you see that one popping right off the card?
My custom envelope is made a larger piece of zentangled cardstock and my Envelope Punch Board. This size will fit a 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ folded card. It’s almost like a card in a card when it’s put together!
Give It a Try
Now where are your punches and zentangled paper? Let’s see what you can come up with. Here’s everything I used to make mine so you can add anything you might be missing to your order.
PSSSSST! If you’re a Design with Jo VIPeeper, you’ll know all about my Steal of a Deal this week. If you’re not, everyone can join in. Just a 10 second click is all it takes so you can save some moola!
Have you seen how to use a hinged stamp positioner? In fact, have you ever tried a stamp positioner? They’re ideal for lining up your stamps and getting wonderful placement time after time.
There are several available and you may even have one. Even the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a simple positioner. (Have you got one of those hiding in the depths of your stamping tool drawer?)
But just like everything else, stamp positioners have gone high tech! Better features, more neat techniques. Plus the super cool Stamparatus allows you to do this now too!
See those cute coloured lines in the background? This is what the Stamparatus, Stampin’ Up!’s positioner has over every other positioner out there! Hinge step stamping that’s SO easy, you can do it with your eyes closed! (Well, maybe not completely closed 🤪!
The Amazing Life stamp set works a dream for this. It’s my Product of the Week!
I’m having fun playing with it and I’ll be featuring it on Wednesday on my Facebook Live (4:30 MST on myDesignwithJo Page.) Hope you set a reminder to join in the fun too!
How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner
Creating these repeating lines is a simple process with your Stamparatus. I show you exactly how hinge step stamping works in this YouTube video.
Jo’s Steps for this Happy Happy Birthday Card Background
position your first image at the top of your page and pick up with your Stamparatus plate
hinge step one colour (Pacific Point) all the way down your page as shown in the video
clean and remove stamp and insert plate back in top hinge
position stamp about 1/8″ below the first image and ink with second colour (Bermuda Bay)
hinge step one colour all the way down your page
repeat 3-5 for last colour (Granny Apple Green)
The Stamparatus is one cool tool, don’t you agree? If you have one and want some more tips for how to use it, you’re going to want to check out my YouTube playlist.
And if you haven’t gotten yours yet, check out why I think they’re a stamping tool MUST HAVE. Then click on the little image below to get yours on that little UPS truck delivered straight to your door.
This may come as a surprise (not!) seeing I’m trained as an accountant, but I like things to line up nice and neat. So it’s no wonder the Stamparatus quickly became my favouritist rubber stamping tool.
Grab yours and get started making fun backgrounds like this one. Take a peek at your stash of stamps to see what stamps you have that will work especially well. Here are a few of my go to’s:
lines and dots
words and sentences
smaller images both solid and open
Which ones will YOU use now you know how to use a hinged stamp positioner?