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Monday, October 28, 2013

Small Stamp Lay-out: Halloween or . . .

Dasy Lay-out for small images like Stampin'UP!'s Halloween Hello or Lacy and Lovely
Do you ever feel challenged by your small stamps on cards?  Its easy to create a card with a large stamp because a large image makes a great focal point. But sometimes the small stamps are too small to use alone. Here's an easy lay-out that works well with small stamps.

The top card uses a small flower image and sentiment from a set called Lacy and Lovely found on 117 of the Annual Catalog.  

The Halloween images on the second card are from a new stamp set called Halloween Hello on p 20 of the Holiday Catalog

Do you like that little dotted scallop trim piece on these cards?  That was made with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. Its a subtle touch - I could have just edged it with the straight paper, but that dotted scallop really adds a nice finished look. 

Stampin'UP!'s Dazzling Details adds sparkle
 Another good finishing touch is to add some sparkle.  The sparkle on the flowers on the top card was done with Stampin'UP!'s glitter glue: Dazzling Details.  This stuff is so easy to apply from the squeeze bottle. 

The squeeze bottle application of the Dazzling Details gives you really good control. You can make fine thin lines or you can "mound it up" in a dot. What I did here was use the tip to spread in out in a thin layer on the petals. 

Stamped candelabra image from Stampin'UP!'s Halloween Hello set colored with markersAnother way to add an extra touch is to color the images with a marker.  The candy corn on the Halloween card is obvious. But if you look closely you'll see I colored the candle flames too.  Its a small thing, but it adds a subtle, more finished look.

And this photo also give a good close-up of the Dotted Scallop Trim. 

The Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch is one of my favorite punches.  Have you seen my video on how to use this punch to make a medallion?


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