One Stamp Set – Three Ways : Swoosh
There were so many amazing ideas presented with the set that I couldn’t wait to get started creating! You saw a peek at one card I made with this set earlier this week:
I die-cut the word ‘hello’ out of the front of the card and backed the card front with yellow cardstock. This added a little stability to the card front since I die-cut off of the edge. Then, with the coordinating stamp, I added the ‘hello’ in a light orange ink on the yellow cardstock. It just fits perfectly and looks awesome.
I used a similar technique on the next card, only this time I didn’t back the opening with a secondary cardstock. One great thing about the quality of these dies is that they’re sturdy enough to cut through two layers-the patterned paper and the cardstock base it’s mounted onto.
I used my MISTI for lining everything up and stamping the sentiment onto the inside of the card. It was my first time using the tool, along with the first time trying to match the stamp with the die-cut, so it isn’t perfect. *Gasp!* [I know, I know.] The slight downfall here is that it isn’t perfectly lined up, and since I didn’t back the card front with cardstock [since I stamped on the true inside of the card] it isn’t as sturdy as a typical card. I positioned it near the bottom which I think was a better option than in the middle.
Here’s a view of the inside of the card where the sentiment is completely visible, even though it’s not lined up 100% with the opening of the die-cut. The tiny star patterned paper is a new favorite from the Beachside Collection, available from Lawn Fawn. It is adorable and I’m so happy the mini 6×6 stack I purchased has several sheets in a variety of colors.
Looking at it now, I kinda feel like this card needs something else, but I’m not sure what. Maybe I’ll just wait a little to decide.
On the next card I used the stamp along with the coordinating die-cut, but in a little different way. I was having some trouble lining up the stamped sentiment perfectly on the die-cut, even with the help of my MISTI and before I got annoyed, I tried a different approach. I had a newer paper pack with some super busy patterned papers so I wanted to keep the overall design of the card somewhat simple. I mounted the patterned paper onto an orange card base and I die-cut the ‘thanks’ swoosh from the same color and set it aside. I stamped the coordinating sentiment onto some translucent vellum in an orange ink. Then, I layered the vellum over the die-cut. It made it a little easier to read [since the pattern on the paper is kind of dark, along with being busy], and for a little decoration I added three orange sequins. I am such a sequin kick right now, I love them!
I think that the vellum strip which stretches from one side to the next adds a nice decorative element to the card, but it isn’t distracting from the pattern. Below, you can get a better view of the die-cut that’s below the vellum. The three orange sequins are from Doodlebug. Their multi-pack is awesome because it includes 3-5 shades of each of the 12 colors included! And I have to mention it’s a great value for the amount of sequins included. And they’re the amazing Doodlebug colors, so you really can’t go wrong.
On the third card using the Swoosh set, I decided to just use the stamps without the die-cuts. I’ve been on a serious rainbow kick recently so I decided to use that as a foundational idea for my card. I started at the top of the card and stamped the ‘birthday’ swoosh in a light yellow ink, slightly to the left of the center of the card panel. The top of the ‘t’, ‘h’, and the ‘d’ is stamped so that runs off of the top of the paper. I continued stamping in a rainbow of colors, slightly below one another and moving a little to the right with each color. The bottom layer which is stamped in pink has the ‘y’ slightly off of the paper to coordinate with the top of the card. Then I went back in and added the word ‘happy’ in a light grey ink to the left of the word ‘birthday’ on each level or color. The white panel all of this was stamped onto was mounted onto a light grey card base.
Unlike a traditional rainbow, I didn’t start with red or pink at the top and I had a couple reasons for this. The first was that I wasn’t sure how many colors it was going to take to fill the panel. [I tend to just start stamping without a detailed plan of what I want to accomplish. I find that when I try to plan every element of a card there’s little to no room for flexibility and sometimes, you just never know how things will work out!] The second is that I think it adds an element of whimsy.
Overall I’m really, really happy with the way that this turned out. I even made a second card that I will most likely add to the Etsy Shop [sooner or later!] after I send the first one out to someone special. The font choices that were included in this set are unique and unlike any other set I currently own. Plus, I really like that I can use the die-cuts alone or with the stamps and they seriously coordinate with so many other sets I own. Bonus.
Hopefully you enjoy them as well.
I’ll be back soon with more to share. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.