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Friday, March 25, 2011

Lovely as a Tree with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder

The stamp set Lovely as a Tree is a classic favorite. It fits any season. Most recently I used it to make a beautiful Fall card showcasing a technique called Grated Paper Fluff. On the card shown here the leaves are green because I'm celebrating that Wisconsin's winter is almost over and summer is on its way.

The tree is all one stamp so if you decided to make this card you'll need to use markers to get the two-tone image. Use a green marker on the leaves and brown marker for the trunk. Then "huff" or breathe on the stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping. The leaf stamp used to make the border piece is from the same stamp set.

To get the texture on the background piece I used the Square Lattice Embossing folder (#119976) with the Big Shot (#113439). Its interesting to compare the 2 sides of the paper because the image created by this embossing folder is slightly different on each side. Also, of all the embossing folders, this one alters the paper the most, meaning it has the most shrinkage. Its not significant in a negative way, but it is worth noting. 
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Curious about the Big Shot?  This machine is both a die-cutting machine and an embossing machine. It can handle a wide variety of materials. It can handle all the dies and embossing folders made by any other manufacturer. Its a little bigger than some other machines so there are some dies that work exclusively with this machine and will not fit in other machines. Stampin'UP! sells only the best.

If you don't have the Big Shot yet, now is the perfect time to invest in this excellent tool. Why? Because its Sale-a-bration! During Sale-a-bration every $50 you spend earns you a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog. In buying the Big Shot machine you'd earn 2 Free items. Also, be sure to check out the last page of the Sale-a-bration catalog. There's a long list of stamps from the regular catalog that you could choose as your free items.

Contact me if you have any questions about any of the projects on this blog or any questions about stamping in general. You can place your order on-line 24/7 and have it delivered directly to your house. Or contact me and have me help you place your order. 

Happy Stamping
--Katie

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