Saturday, 4 June 2016

Sitting Here

Hello, Crafters.

Ever since I first saw this stamp set, I knew what I wanted to do. I just needed the time because I knew it would be time-consuming! My idea was to make the swing and stamp trees behind it and then to use the Hardwood stamp as the background - not on the same card! LOL!

I didn't have a Post-It Note big enough so I adhered two 5" x 3"  sheets together and stamped the swing. I very carefully cut around the edge of the swing. I used my Paper Snips to cut out between the back panels on the seat. The Snips really come into their own with a task like this. The tips are so sharp, it was easy to cut into the area to be removed and then to cut around the edge.  It's such a big help having scissors that actually cut to the end of the tip.

It certainly took a lot of time and patience but it was well worth the effort. Now that I have the mask, I'll be able to use it several times. The only problem I had was with the rope supports. Once I had cut them out, they were very long and spindly; it was very difficult trying to work with them.

I used some non-SU removable adhesive to hold the mask in place (over the rope). I inked the Hardwood Stamp in Sahara Sand, stamped off once and then stamped onto my mask. It worked brilliantly except, when I removed the mask, quite a lot of the removable adhesive remained on the cardstock and when I tried to remove it, the ink started to smudge. Moral of the story - stick to SU products. I remedied this by cutting some thin strips of Soft Suede card stock and adhered over the stamped ropes.

For the rest of the card I stamped the cat in Basic Black Archival ink and coloured him with the Smokey Slate Marker Pen; I stamped the two cushions in Sweet Sugarplum ink; then I fussy cut the three images. I coloured the swing using Crumb Cake Marker Pen, the long cushion with Emerald Envy and the bird in Sahara Sand.

I adhered the top Whisper White layer to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum and wrapped a piece of the new Ruched Ribbon around the front and then tied another piece in a knot at the front. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White cardstock and layered it onto a piece of Sweet Sugarplum.

Going forward, I think I might ignore the rope supports and add them as pieces of cardstock, as I have done here or thick Baker's Twine. Whichever way I decide to go with this, it's a brilliant stamp set! 

As suspected, it was very time consuming cutting out all the sections on the seat but at least it will last me a few goes using this as a mask before I have to consider doing it again!

That's about it for today. I hope you have a great weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting,



  1. I love this card so much. it looks like a good set. when you have to make masks it can be a pain but as you say you can use them a few times. such a relaxing scene. cheers Jan.

    1. Thanks, Pearl. It really is a lovely stamp set in photopolymer so it's easy to position individual images, like the bird on the back of the swing! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. Love this! Of course, anything with kitties in it is a sure winner for me anyway, but you have done just a brilliant job of this Jan. As usual!! Love the colours, love everything about it, and love you're patience and perseverance in all that fussy-cutting ... my kinda gal, there! All the way! Your solution with the thick baker's twine is just purrfect! Adds a bit of texture! =^^= ... TFS!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. This is an absolutely fabulous stamp set! Tomorrow I'll be making the video for Wednesday! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.